Lotus Thai - Hillcrest
Lotus Thai - Hillcrest
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Lotus Thai - Hillcrest

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lotusthaisd.com/hillcrest/hillcrest.html
  • Phone: 6192998292
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Lotus Thai - Hillcrest
The flavors and elegance of modern Thai cuisine unfold at Lotus Thai, award winning Thai restaurant and bar located in downtown San Diego. Lotus Thai presents a menu honoring regional recipes from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Southern Thailand.
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Lotus Thai - Hillcrest reviews from OpenTable diners
  • The food was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was great and the service was fast; even on v-day!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were seated right away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We were seated right away on Valentines Day! Btw, the drunken noodle is AMAZING!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Ive been here before, but
    SDrookieandVet
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Ive been here before, but this time I went for Valentines day. The service was kinda slow, but considering how busy. Wasnt to bad, food was great! Drinks were great! Its nice that they validate parking at the parking lot caddy corner from there place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Very Pleasant Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    I'm not a Thai food expert but the food was well presented and flavorful. Prices are reasonable. Wait staff was very friendly and attentive. We were too late for happy hour but that looks like a really good deal! Parking was easy and validated at the lot kitty-corner from the restaurant. Would definitely go back and recommend Lotus Thai to a friend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our party of 8 for a birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    Our party of 8 for a birthday for my granddaughter was excellent. After our meals, the waitresses dimmed the lights throughout the restaurant, then they, we, and other patrons broke into song--Happy Birthday. Then the waitresses brought coconut ice cream (with a candle in it) and a present of a nice picture frame. A Fabulous time!!! William Thomas
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was too spicy- we ordered
    Janisl
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    Food was too spicy- we ordered 2 out of 10 spiciness. Mango in desert was not ripe.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great, although service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Food was great, although service wasn't at the same level. We were left sitting there for a long time waiting for the check. To their credit, they gave us a free dessert, but i would've just preferred the check in a timely manner without the extra calories.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been to Lotus Thai a
    marty
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    We've been to Lotus Thai a number of times and always found the service and food to be excellent. However, on this occasion, the service was inadequate. we were ignored for a good twenty minutes before anyone came to take our order. It didn't improve much from there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    We had a reservation for 20 and they only put one server on our table, drinks, dinner and check were slow to come. Food was very good. Drinks were fair. Don't order a martini unless you like it in a wine glass - fail.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ordered a selection of entrees
    Kozandiego
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Ordered a selection of entrees and appetizers but all the sauces seemed to have thick sauces which seemed unusual for thai food. Flavors were good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a lovely time at this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    We had a lovely time at this restaurant. It was close by, food was delicious. Love the Mission microbrew!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always love Lotus Thai..........
    Horn2tr
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    We always love Lotus Thai............the food is always great, service was not up to par this time, maybe because we had a group of 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were visiting San Diego
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    We were visiting San Diego and this had good yelp reviews for vegetarian items. The waiter was very aware of any food allergies/dietary needs and was very helpful. The entrance has a wonderful indoor wall of water and statues, so the ambiance was very peaceful and serene. We had very good service and went back again during our vacation. Many interesting menu items not always found by us on Thai menus. We had to eat early so I can't say anything about what it's like late at night. Also, the free parking in this area is a plus.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • There were some misunderstandings
    Janisl
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    There were some misunderstandings during our visit there. Mainly because so many people try to help you which is good thing but sometimes things get lost. I ordered mild curry and got spicy. Nobody came to check how we doing. Water lady kept refilling water too often. She asked if I want more and I said no. She still reached over and filled it. Language barrier? After finishing entree we had spilled rice on the table- they picked up dishes but never picked the rice which stayed on the middle of the table till we left. Waitress never offered desert and brought us the bill before we out tell something. After we ordered desert and were waiting for it another waitress brough us the bill again. We said that we are waiting for desert and no r
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our drinks tasted watered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    Our drinks tasted watered down. The "bartender" must have shaken it with ice too long. You only need to give it a brisk shake of 3-4 times. Our server, a taller Asian guy did not check in with us very often and our request for no cilantro on anything was met with a big mound of it in my Tom Kha. Food was obviously fantastic. Lotus Thai never lets you down in that regard. The manager/owner came to check in with us frequently after the entree arrived so we definitely appreciated that. The hostess was so kind as to offer us a free 2-hour parking at the lot across the street since there was no parking on the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    This is one of our favorite Thai restaurants. Amazing food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • 22 August 2012: Met several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    22 August 2012: Met several friends for dinner at Lotus Thai and could not have been happier, other than maybe a larger table vs. a booth. Service was prompt and the food was wonderful. Recommend the lettuce cups - amazing, but remember to put the accompanying sauce on the cups. We each had three different types of curry dish. Sampling each others made it difficult to find a favorite because all were delicious in their own way. I'll be back next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Bad smell!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2012
    My girlfriend and I were actually very excited to try out lotus Thai. We usually go downtown or to taste of Thai right down the road. Well unfortunately when we walked trough the door we noticed a very awkward "bad" smell in the air. We didn't think anything of it but when we were seated the smell was even worse! So much so that we politely collected our things and walked out. We eat Thai food regularly enough to know that it wasn't just the smell of a dish that was served!
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  • Highly Recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Excellent wine list, extremely delicious food. I highly recommend this place will return when I visit San Diego again. Thanks you guys
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service were
    David
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    The food and service were great! The only thing I would recommend is that they have better blinds on the window because as the sun was setting, we had to move around our table to avoid the sun in our eyes. Otherwise, this was a really good dinner and we really enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Be aware that if you order
    foodnwinelvrVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    Be aware that if you order the chef special "Massaman Short Rib", that they meant "SPARE RIB". We were expecting beef short rib, but instead got pork spare ribs that were tough and tasted like they weren't fresh. The rest of our meal was good, not fantastic but solid. We have other Thai restaurants we like better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They accomodated my large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    They accomodated my large group very well and did not get impatient or frustrated when I wasn't sure how many people were showing up. Treated our group with respect and also gave us privacy when we needed it. The food came out very quick once we ordered it and everything was so delicious. Definitely my favorite restaurant in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was absolutely delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2012
    Food was absolutely delicious. Portions were great for sharing. Everything tasted fresh. The waiters weren't on you every 10 mins to see how you were doing they would periodically check in. The manager at the end of the meal stopped by to see how we liked it. It was a lovely place and I will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A San Diego Thai Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2012
    Outstanding Thai food! Their menu is unique and the service was perfect! I highly recommend Lotus Thai!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Ambience was great, food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    Ambience was great, food was awesome and the perfect Thai food in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • With at least seven Thai restaurant
    DoofusVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2012
    With at least seven Thai restaurants within a half-mile of Sixth and University, Lotus and Amarin are the two best choices for very diverse menus and dependable fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic Food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Fantastic Food and service was good. Good prices too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The salmon dish is very good.
    mbinstcharlesVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    The salmon dish is very good. The pot of Thai wonton soup has many more wontons than I was expecting and is very tasty. Service is poor though.
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  • Made a reservation for 6pm,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    Made a reservation for 6pm, arrived just a few min before. I'd forgotten to tell them I had a reservation & they didn't ask if I had one, so we were seated. Half way threw our evening, the manager, "Kitty", rudely interrupted & asked if we had a reservation, "I said, yes, & apologized for not checking in". Kitty then, in front of everyone, started lecturing in on how we needed to check in, bla, bla, then walks away still talking.. I was speechless & amazed at what just happened! I could not enjoy the rest of the evening and said we just needed to leave & made sure to tell the manager, "Kitty", how rude it was of her the way she handled that in front of everyone & how that is no way to treat your customers. Kitty would not look at me!
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  • took my family there, who
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2012
    took my family there, who ordered a pretty standard chicken pad thai, masaman curry, tropical chicken and island fried rice. everything was amazing! I live closer to a certain thai restaurant off university avenue (about a mile east) who everyone raves about, but personally I think lotus thai is much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The only negative was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2012
    The only negative was the parking. I found out I could get a ticket from you for parking and was able to find a parking spot. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food could have been a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/2/2012
    Food could have been a little hotter and also the kuri wasnt spicy enough and was ordered spicy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/25/2012
    Wonderful service wonderful food everything was perfect
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  • Everything is wonderful there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/21/2012
    Everything is wonderful there ,, love each visit .. the food flavor is amazing! Service is beyond great ! Love love love this place!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Best Thai food !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    The food at Lotus Thai was excellent. The service was superb! Enjoyed everything about the experience. Really glad we found this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The Coconut Soup with Mixed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    The Coconut Soup with Mixed Seafood was so delicious that even though I was full I had to eat more. The Cocktails were made just right I had the Silk Pearl and the Strawberry Lemon-drop. The waiter were prompt and attentive, this is my second time there and I will definitely be back for more. Oh try the Calamari during happy hour!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was ok and the prices
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    Food was ok and the prices were fair, but the service was lacking to say the least.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic