Kinara Thai Bistro
1126 SW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 227-5186
Fax Number: (503) 227-5186
Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Take Out, Thai, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Seafood, Continental
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
12/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This place has a pleasant atmosphere and the staff is very friendly and attentive. I had the Drunken Noodles and they were made to perfection. The Chicken was tender and juicy and had just the right spice. My friend ordered the Chicken Satay and the Yellow Curry, both of which were really good. The food looked, smelled and tasted great. If I am in the neighborhood, I will go again and again!
09/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I are in love with this place!!!! Their drunken noodles and pork panang are the best. And oh ya, let me not forget about their fresh(really fresh!) spring rolls. If you're Thai food lover like we are, Kinara is the place for you! The owner and other staffs are really nice and graceful. Great location, atmosphere, prices and most of all really goooooood Thai food.
08/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
A realistic Thai FOODS. I been there with my parents once and never thought it would be that good. None Thai restaurant had ever have my heart. But this Thai restaurant definitely won it. They made the most delicious Thai foods[real toox)]. Well you know that not that much kids love Thai restaurant. Well I'm just a teenage...and really I do think this Thai restaurant is really was made for kids and all kinds of people.
08/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I met a friend for lunch at this ""hole in the wall"" place only to experience the best service and Thai food I've had in Portland. It's small but the food is very fresh and delicious; plus, the service is exceptionally pleasant and grateful. I will definitely go back and I think you should try it!
08/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
A pleasing staff and ambience, but gastronomically not so pleasing. We ordered the stir fried mango chicken dish and while it and the side dishes were very artfully arranged, the end result was one of are considerable gastric distress. Although the menu stated stir fried, the chicken was really deep fried to the point of petrification resulting in nearly fossilized hard lumps of meat within a thick dense encrustation of grease. It's too bad; with all of the previous positive reviews I was really prepared for a fine meal. Perhaps there was a substitute cook the night we visited. (I've awarded two stars, but considering the food alone, one star would be appropriate.)
07/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I literally just finished my takeout lunch from this place and felt compelled to write. It was AMAZING. I had a thai beef salad with the leanest flank steak, fabulously fresh organic salad greens, and a to-die-for lime dressing with a spicy/sweet/sour combination.
The service here is also top-notch. Very friendly. I will be back....maybe for lunch tomorrow?
04/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place is truly a diamond in the rough. Kinara is a little off the beating path. The way I know about it is that I take MAX to work and I go right past it twice a day.
Anyhow, Kinara has caught my attention for the longest time for whatever reason. Tonight my wife and I did something about it as my curiosity got the best of me.
When we arrived, we noticed how clean the place was. The place is a little small, but it has a neat kind of eclectic look to it. The staff were very friendly. The music was nice. They played downtempo/trance/electronica type of music which was perfect given the ambiance of the place.
About the food, it was terrific! We ate Pad Thai noodles, had yellow chicken curry, and had this stir fried prawns dish. We also had Thai Iced Tea. The Thai food was probably one of the best I've had in a long time.
Given the food, the prices, good music, atmosphere, etc., this could rank as the one of the top Thai restaurants in town. Definitely, a great place with a significant other or with a small group of people.
We plan on going back very soon!
02/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This Thai Bistro is wonderful- I felt compelled to write this review in light of the review just posted. I don't typically write reviews on City Search (this is the 2nd one I have ever done in my life), but the review below- to me- is horribly misleading. In short- Kinara is warm, is good, and is a little bit different. I go there often and I am a self-confessed foodie. I love a range of foods and a range of Thai and this bistro definitely satisfies on alot of fronts. I am just about to order my weekly take-out as I type this (I try something d/f each week.) What is always consistent is the tastiness of the food and the warmth of the owners and staff. I highly recommend for people who live near the restaurant- Goose Hollow, PSU, Cultural District, etc. They do great take-out. They deliver. And they have great customer service. Get their menu- post it on your fridge. I guarantee you will be calling once a week for your Thai fix. I do hope whoever reads this can tell this review is written by a real person and a real customer.
11/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
A friend and I went to Kinara Thai Bistro the other night and had an enjoyable time. The restaurant appears to have been remodeled recently, since everything looked new. And it's very CLEAN! We went early, which we always do when dining out, and I would recommend this to anyone planning to dine here. It's a smaller place, probably not well suited for parties of more than, say, 10 people. (Tip: If you want a quiet, romantic dinner for 2, get there early and ask to be seated in the back room.) But they offer takeout and the food is exceptional. We both ordered specials and were very satisfied with our food. The Thai iced tea was perfect and so was the service. The prices are very reasonable, making this an ideal place for students and scholars alike. The atmosphere is warm and professional without being stuffy. I'm looking forward to going back VERY soon to try the garlic and pepper chicken, and my friend has her eye on the beef salad. Give this place a try -- you'll be glad you did!