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Maenam Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maenam.ca
  • Email: info@maenam.ca
  • Phone: (604) 730-5579
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday. lunch noon - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday to Thursday 5:00pm -10:00pm
    Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Executive Chef: Angus An
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Maenam can accommodate private parties from 8 to 45 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Colin Turner/Angus An (604) 730-5579

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maple
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Coin parking on West 4th is available (free after 10pm).
A word from Maenam
Simplicity, innovation and balance are the key ingredients in chef Angus An’s philosophy behind the authentic Thai dishes served at Maenam. His menu is rooted in balancing intense fresh flavours with seasonal ingredients and locally sourced products, while respecting the tradition and the origin of each recipe. With inspiration found in continuous travel, the menu at Maenam is ever-changing but always served with Thai flare and enjoyed in its traditional context, be it family style dining or riffs on Thai street food.

Cellaring one of the most exciting Riesling collections in Vancouver, the wine list at Maenam is a food focused undertaking and concentrates on lighter reds and a spectrum of aromatic whites. The wine, beer and cocktail list evolves as quickly as chef An’s menu, spanning a range of old and new world styles, with a special focus on the best of British Columbia.
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Diner Reviews
  • "An overall enjoyable meal all of the time we have dined. Food well presented, happy talkative staff with informative personal care to meals and food restrictions. Will dine many more times and recommend."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "loved this restaurant so much after our first visit 2 weeks ago that we came back again. the first visit we ordered the chefs menu which was the most delicious thai food I have ever had. this visit we ordered the same but the waiter strongly encouraged us to try the more exotic preset menu(cant remember what it was called). We tried to be open to experimenting but it proved to be a little too advanced for us newbies. We just couldn't appreciate the sea urchin or the sweetbreads or the duck soup. I'm sure a seasoned thai food lover would have been more appreciative! Anyway we love the place and will be back- we'll just know to do our own thing!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We arrived 1/2 earlier than our reservation and were happy to seat us. We requested to sit at a different table after we received our drinks and they were happy to do it too...excellent service! The food, cocktails and pairings were amazing...such good value for you $$. Great night and would go back in a second!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Good Thai food. My second visit - food was just as good as my first visit a few months ago. Fast efficient service. Very noisy the night I was there but the restaurant was full - a good sign! On the down side, I have never been told the time I must leave when the reservation was confirmed. Our allotted time was from 5:30 - 7. What's with that? We finished our meal in that time but I would have enjoyed lingering over an after dinner drink, a coffee, or a dessert. An hour and a half is not a long time for a dinner and we did not feel much like having dessert or coffee knowing that the clock was ticking and our server definitely gave us the impression that our "time was up". Maybe it is more relaxing if you go later in the evening."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been here several times and usually come away very happy with the food and service. This time, the food was not quite as good, and the service was terrible. The server forgot to take our drink orders, so we ordered them ourselves. Then the food came before the drinks, which is not ideal. We ordered the chef's selection, but specified no peanuts, as one of our party had a peanut allergy. Sure enough, two of the dishes came with peanuts. And when the server asked if we were done, and we said yes, she turned around and proceeded to ignore us for about 15 minutes until we finally flagged her down and told her to remove our food and give us the check. Also, I wish the 'pescatarian' chef's menu had included at least one vegetable dish."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We took our parents there for the first time and they totally loved it! Considering how well traveled and hard to please they could be, it was huge to hear them saying it's the best thai food they ever had!! It was our second time to the restaurant and so glad it's as great as we remembered from few years ago. Well done, Maenam!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I enjoyed our dinner at Maenam on Saturday night. The food and service were great. It was nice to have a little extra elbow room at the table and sit in comfy upholstered bench seats. It made for a relaxing and enjoyable dinner experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Some dishes were great, like the confit duck salad, the other dishes were just avarage, but with a salty price for what it offers. Definately not good for kids, but great environment for adults."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "First off...the food was great.....but do not bring families or kids here.....we knew going in that it was a modern thai place vibrant n noisy....but they made no effort to accommodate us with a toddler n the server was horrible...he had no interest in us as a family....I'm thai and was not impressed by the decor or atmosphere ....food was good however."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I have been 7 times in the last month or so! Excellent .... Service and food!!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "A second visit with friends from Denmark was just as special as the first. The smaller chef's menu gave us the opportunity to taste many delicious courses without having to fret about making good choices on food we knew little about. The mussels are outstanding - we had them presented in two ways but I still love them best in the coconut curry sauce. We also took the wine pairing option and enjoyed three BC wines well chosen to complement the variety of the food. Our server was very professional and helpful when introducing the dishes for us, easily answering our questions. The room was less crowded this time and consequently not quite so noisy but that is one of the challenges of such a popular restaurant."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great place. Food was good but a little too salty. Service was the most interesting part. The gentleman that served us was very quirky and a little scattered but seemed he seemed to be serving the entire room so maybe this was why. I think I will give this place another try as the first time I dined here I was blown away by the food, this time I would say the food was just good."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Green Papaya Salad to wake up our taste buds on a rainy night. Perfect roti and stir fried long aubergine to dip in the green curry of halibut and aromatic curry of free range Fraser Valley chicken. The most delicious burst of flavours we have had in a long time at a Thai restaurant. Accompanied by a Joie Gewurtztraminer. For take-away we brought back some Tom-Kaa, Coconut Mushroom Soup, for our daughter and she loved it. Very good take-away menu."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Excellent food, so elegant, inventive and tasty. For someone who can't eat any dairy products this place is a dream. It is also very healthy. The only down side was the feeling that my party and I were being pushed out after our meal. I understand that Maeman has strict rules on the length of time you are able to enjoy your meal (for a party of two-1 1/2 hours and party of three 2 hours) BUT I noticed that there were several tables in the restaurant that were not occupied, so there was no need to be curt about whether we were going to eat dessert."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Maenam is now one of my 'once a week' places! The crispy pork belly, halibut green curry, sable fish soup and mushroom salad are some of my top picks. Every dish is perfect every time I have had them (all of them more than once). The bartender, James, is one of the best in Vancouver. Excellent at his craft. I have tried many of the signature cocktails and would highly recommend them."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I am from out of town visiting and heard about this place from a local. I couldn't have been happier with the suggestion! The food was light, fresh and aeromatic. Not your traditional American Thai food at all. Would definitely go again when I come back to Vancouver."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My experience at Maenam was bit under my expectation. I would say the atmosphere of the restaurant was romantic but the standard of the food was just average. I thought that I could have gone to an authentic restaurant with more reasonable price. Even though food did not wow me, I really liked their Thai iced tea and the atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I've had several amazing lunches & dinners there within the last month. It's my new favourite go to restaurant! The Chef menus are amazing value for the variety they offer to everyone. The food is beautifully prepared and presented. Amazing complexity to the flavours. Takes traditional Thai food to another stratosphere. Creative cocktail list with a nice Thai twist. Wine list compliments the menu as well. The hostess Katie is friendly, warm and very hospitable. The wait staff are also professional, courtesy and attentive, but not in your face. Some of my must haves are the steamed mussels, Sablefish soup, and curry specials. Kudos to Chef Angus An and his talented culinary team! Thank you"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Had dinner their with another couple and we shared plates. The food was great, we enjoyed the different flavours."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The flavors and menu items were excellent and the food was fit for kings and queens. Definitely going back on my next trip to Vancouver for the Warm Mushroom salad and Red Curry shot Ribs. Yummy"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Very nice Sunday evening with chefs menu . A lot of food and very tasty. Would recommend this restaurant for great Tai food."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "So so good! I went for lunch and dinner this week. One must try the mushroom salad and the crispy pork. The cocktail list is so perfect for the style of food."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "If you like Thai food, it is a crime to not check Maenam out. They are the best in the city!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food good service. We both looking forward to go back again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Having just returned from Thailand in January i was excited to try my first bite of thai food since coming back to Canada. I was not disappointed - except for one dish -- the chicken cashew special. Not special at all. Aside from the prices being high and the noise level being above easy conversation with friends, i would go back and possibly recommend to friends looking for expensive thai in the city."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My top choice for lunch in Vancouver. Every guest i have taken to Meanam has been trilled. Food and service were both 5 star."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "tried all new foods I had never had before and absolutely loved them. amazing recipes and warm staff."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Our dine-out at Maenam was very pleasant. The food was delicious especially the grilled chicken with pomelo salad. There are alot of flavours in that dish. Our Thai dining experience was reached in tasting all the different styles of dishes. We had an early seating so we could get to a concert. Our service was very good and our meal came quickly but we didn't feel rushed but made it on time for our next event. Thank you vor a wonderful time."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Maenam is my favourite Kitsilano gem! The senses are always amused through the flavours and aromas of the dishes. I've never been disappointed by the Chef's dinner menu, great for a couple or a group of four. Although, I was sad when the tuna dish took a haitus, I'm still hoping they'll bring it back! My new favourite treat is to head to Maenam for delicious Thai food and walk a few doors down to the new ice cream shop called Rain or Shine for a small cup of ginger icecream!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "the dishes we ordered were delicious but the service the could be better."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "This was taking Thai food to another level. We had a the Creamy hot and sour soup - delicious!! followed by Stir Fry aubergine , which was tasty, but this vegetable has to be cooked a bit more than they did it. We also had the Aromatic curry of assorted vegetables which was excellent. Overall a very pleasant experience and will definitely go again."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The suggestions made by the server added up to a wonderful variety of flavours and textures. All in all one of the best Thai meals I've eaten."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I had amazing time at Maenam. The dine out menu had many choices with shareable context."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This was my 5th visit since Maenam opened and the food was very good as always. But lunch time service ruined it. Our server (male) was not friendly, did not smile, did not make an effort to connect and was just full of himself. It was as if he was doing us a favour by allowing us to dine in his restaurant. He had an air of superiority. We loved our tom yum soup, pork belly salad, chicken curry, pad thai and rice donuts. All were very tasty. But the poor service left a very bad taste in our mouths so we left disappointed. I regret leaving a generous tip and I regret not getting his name."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The hot and sour soup with prawns wasn't hot at all, a bit tangy. There wasn't a bold flavor in there that i'm used to. Fish wtih 3 sauces may have been better if it was crispier? but i'm not sure what it's supposed to be like. The saving grace for the dinner was the rice donut with pandam sauce. But i was told that's not regularily on the menu anymore. Our waiter was quite rude at times. Not sure if he was trying to be funny but the attitude came about a few times during dinner."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Always dependable Maenam for excellent majestic Thai Food! Special Dine Out program menu was offered that evening. Good eats - 3 spiced fish, papaya salad, mussels, chicken salad and 2 desserts courses. Drinks - non alcoholic- Thai Iced Tea. Herbal Tea. Good!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Each dish had its own distinct flavour and was very delicious. Have been there before and will come again. Had a very enjoyable evening"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We had a great experience, the food was good (especially the mussels & blossom salad). It was something we never tasted before.We would definitely return again."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Heard great things about this restaurant - and, so, decided to give it a try. Possibly my expectations were too high, but I found everything just average. Nothing to rave about - not sure what all those so-called 'foodies' experienced."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Very good, authentic Thai food in a modern setting."
    Dined on 1/25/2014