Marnee Thai Restaurant
- General Info:
- When Chai Siriyam opened his celebrated Marnee Thai restaurant in San Francisco in 1986, he hoped to give his patrons a taste of Thai cuisine and culture so transporting that they could enjoy the country?s wonders without ever having to leave the neighborhood. His plan worked. Ad yet more than twenty years on, Chef Chai?s artistry and balanced hand with Thailand?s inimitable cuisine may in fact have sent just as many newly minted Thai-food enthusiasts to his homeland as they?ve brought through his restaurant door. The Taste of Thailand Skilled Thai cooks have an almost sixth sense for synthesizing disparate flavor elements into a seamless, unified, utterly balanced whole. And that?s not something they?ve achieved by accident. Thai cuisine has been developing as long as has Thailand itself, and over that time, it?s practitioners have learned which ingredients counter others, when to pair something mild with something heavy, and when to balance something hot with something s weet. The chief tools of this edible art are the herbs, spices, roots, shoots and other ingredients that comprise the Thai cook?s seasoning armamentarium. There?s nothing particularly mysterious or exceptional about the contents of the Thai pantry. Ingredients like cilantro, kaffir lime leaf, sweet basil, mint, lemongrass, coriander seed, cumin, peppercorns, garlic, galangal, ginger, chilies, tamarind, shallots, coconut milk palm sugar, dried shrimp, and fish sauce are common coin throughout SE Asia.
- Irving St Location: 2225 Irving St. San Francisco, CA 94122 - 9th Avenue Location: 1243 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
- Southwest San Francisco, Outer Sunset
- Party Planning, Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Thai Restaurants, Caterers, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities
- Other Information:
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Thai, Vegetarian, Pan Asian, Omelets
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Posted: 2/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This is the best Thai Food in San Francisco.
My boyfriend introduced my to Marnee a few years ago and I have never been able to find another place that I love more!! The food is authentic (as far as I can tell) and extremely tasty!!!! I love their daily specials.
The people that work there are always nice and friendly as well.
A few of my favorite dishes are...
Papaya Salad with Soft Shell Crab
Beef with String Beans
They have some sort of fish dish with garlic that is amazing (look on the specials)
and of course - Fried Bananas.
I suggest that you try this restaurant!!!
Marnee serves some of the best Thai cuisine in the city. The curries, noodles, and rice plates are all to die for (the pad thai is my favorite). If you can't stomach spicy foods, you can ask the waiter for a milder version of the dish. Inside the restaurant, the tables are a bit small and cramped, so try not to bring a party of 10 (unless you have a reservation). Parking on Irving is terrible during the lunch hour, but it's decent at night.
My husband and I have been to Marnee Thai for over 20 years and always enjoy their authentic Thai food. We had to move out of the city due to my husband's work, but we always go back to eat and visit the staff there when we are in town. We love all their dishes especially the new dish called ""Avocado Salad"". For the new customers, I reccommend to order different dishes everytime you go back; don't be afraid to try new dishes because you will love them all like us.
My family have been dinning at Marnee Thai restaurant for the last 15 years and never one time disappointed. Our last visit to the restaurant was last nite. We love the mango salad, corn cakes, spicy and sour PoTaek soup, Prawns with String Beans, and Pad Thai Silver Noodle. We would recomend anyone for any item on the menu you will never be disappointed.
Posted: 7/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I had a worst experience of all time in this restaurant. First of all, reservation does not work here. I made a reservation and I still had to wait in line for our table. Second, they just want to make money and rush you. We were asked to place the order while standing waiting for our table, and then they rushed the food to us and give us the check before we even finish our dinner. Bad services, they didn't give us water after we asked 3 times. WORST attitude, because their service was so bad, I decided that forget about the tip. They don't deserve it. The owner even came out of the door and asked for the tip. What the... I will be happy to give the tip if you perform good service. But, ask for tip outside the door.
The food is not as good. You can have better Thai food at Ploy II on Haight or Grand Pu-Bah on Division.
TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED. NEVER GO BACK.
Posted: 7/3/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went here just the other day, and just the place surprised me. I saw on the walls that it was chosen best thai food in SF by Citysearch. It wasn't a small, stinky, germy place. It was designed so that you felt like you were in a hut. The thai ice tea is very sweet. Pad thai is nice and refreshing, while at the same time is tasty. I think that the waitress was a little bit slow, but the food came in about 10 mins. It's inexpensive, and all comes together as a nice dinner and lunch place.
Posted: 6/3/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to the 9th ave branch.
After I went home, I found that I have been charged extra for the tip.
The waiter charged exactly 20% for tip although I gave 12%. The cashier changed the tip amount and charged more on my card.
What a bad experience!
I never had such an experience in any restaurant.
Tip is given for great service and 20% tip should be given on my will.
I will never go to this restaurant.
Posted: 3/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We happened upon this gem of a restaurant while visiting from LA for the weekend. Serendipity was at work steering us here! The proprietress, May, took us under her wing, recommending their most famous and popular dishes. The Larb salad with beef was light, but substantial, with incredible flavors on the beef and in the lime dressing. Another of May's recommendations was the noodle dish with soft shell crab - a melt-in-your mouth combination that all of us loved. Overall, we were totally impressed with the freshness of the food together with the brilliant use of spices and sauces. It was clear to us that the food is not only infused with love, but also with real culinary know-how. An added bonus was the great conversation we had with May, who advised us not only on food choices, but also on our future fortunes. A great evening overall!