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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.

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The North Slow-simmered, smoothly seasoned comfort foods make Northern Thai cooking stand out; creamy curries and coconut milk soups; meats and vegetables with a tangy edge of lime; little ground-pork sausages called name; and the regional predilection for sweet glutinous rice, steamed and rolled into palm-sized balls that are handy for dipping into pungent relishes and sauces. The Northeast Thailand?s barren, rugged North-lying just across the Mekong River from Laos and Cambodia-got dealt a tough hand with its unforgiving landscape. The irony of it all is that despite its obvious unsuitability to farming, the area developed mainly on an agricultural model. But while the Northeast, also called the Isan, remains Thailand?s least economically prosperous region, culinarily, it?s a diner?s dream. The South This narrow strip of land stretching from Central Thailand down to Malaysia is a little bit of paradise nestled between the Indian Ocean on the west and the Gulf of Thailan d on the east. Southern Thailand promises a lush natural bounty and conditions ideal for growing tropical produce. The Central Plains The Chao Phraya River Valley in Thailand?s Central Plain is both rice bowl and produce market to the country. Yet it?s squeezed up against the 21st-century metropolitan city of Bangkok. This region is home to Thailand?s palace cuisine, while also laying claim to one of Asia?s most enticing street-food scenes. *Please Visit Our Website for More Information*
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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
Take Out Restaurants, Thai Restaurants, Party Planning, Caterers, Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Asian Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Take Out, Thai

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Steve L.



Excellent Thai food with great customer service. There Pineapple duck fried rice and Tun Yum Gong soup all my favorite.

Todd K.



I LOVE this place! family owned, there are two locations. Everything is perfect. My favorite Thai in SF, hands down.



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Best Thai in SF

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
Spicy Chicken
Beef with String Beans
Pumpkin Curry
They have some sort of fish dish with garlic that is amazing (look on the specials)
Chicken Satay
and of course - Fried Bananas.

I suggest that you try this restaurant!!!
Happy Eating




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.

Thai Food Lover


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Wonderful Thai Food

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.



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Great Place for Authentic Thai Food

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.



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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.




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Inexpensive, tasty Thai food!

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.



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worst experience ever!

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.



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Fabulous blends of flavors with a warm and welcoming vibe

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!

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