Maenam
Maenam

Maenam

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maenam.ca/
  • Phone: 6047305579
  • 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 6047305579

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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Maenam reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)neighborhood gem (52)special occasion (37)great for lunch (19)good for groups (19)hot spot (17)romantic (13)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • excellent and creative
    molarmiler
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The chef menu is the way to go. The menu changes with seasonal goodies and you can substitute if you do not like certain course. I would vote Maenam as the best Thai food in Vancouver
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Went for an early dinner pre Bard on the Beach. The food was excellent, but quite spicy (which I like). The three of us shared two appies, two mains and rice. The eight spice ling cod was excellent, moist and full of flavour as were the prawns wrapped in Betel leaves. Service was quick, friendly and courteous. The sound level was low enough that we could hear each other speak. Value for money was good, and I would recommend this restaurant for a pre theatre or film meal, or for anyone who enjoys food with Asian flare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    juella19
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was our second time dining here, first time was during dine out. The service was amazing. My sister and I were gluten intolerant and my husband had a nut allergy but we wanted to do the chef's tasting menu. The server asked if we wanted the chef to chose and ensure it was all but and gluten free, we said sure! I would highly recommend this, the dishes chosen make sure the meal is balanced and a variety can be sampled. Every dish was amazing and we even got an item not on the menu. I would highly recommend this place and will go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food, flawless service
    Annie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our third visit was once again stellar. Food preparation is simu better than most good Thai restaurants, the style of serving way better. Dishes come in perfect taste combinations and timing is just right so that the meal is spaced rather than dishes served helter skelter. The chefs menu was the best. Our server a delight knowledgable but reserved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be much better.
    Fussybutfair
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Much too noisey! two of four dishes mediocre - green curry way too hot, glaze on ling cod much too sweet. Not as good as it used to be.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good as ever
    Nickm007VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Tasty, Authentic and friendly service. Another enjoyable meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great gluten free options
    TheGlutenFreeActressVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I went by for dinner and were hugely surprised by how many of the dishes could be made gluten free, and there were a number of them that could be vegan as well. Really tasty and flavourful. I highly recommend :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Disappointed
    Fevens
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I expected great things given the reviews I read on the internet, but it was quite possibly the worst Thai Food I have ever had (I have spent a month in Thailand)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful & Tasty
    outforastroll
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    What a delightful place to eat! The meals were extremely diverse and tasty. The facility was handicapped accessible. Fun dishes I hadn't seen before. In a great neighborhood, so take a stroll after you dine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    Westcoast
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Maenam is becoming a regular place for us. We find the food a party for your mouth as the flavours are so well developed, fresh and, sometimes surprising. A new find for us was the Salmon Salad, a ten out of ten. We tend to order the Chef's Menu of five items as it introduces us to new flavours and dishes we would not have the nerve or knowledge to order on our own. Service was bright, cheerful, efficient and friendly even though the place was packed. Great place. Make reservations as the place is always busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    eatinvan
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    One of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver, Maenam has excellent food and high quality service. Good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philly travelers love Maenam
    Phillyguys
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We got a great tip to try Maenam and we were wowed. Food is excellent -- fresh, great spicing, wonderful use of fresh herbs. Service is sweet and attentive and the wine list has some excellent choices. The place was jumping on a Sunday night, with families and two-somes mingled in a nice and not too noisy hubbub. Highly recommend it -- and make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thai gem
    ISDiner
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had the smaller 5 course Chef's tasting menu and it was excellent. Plenty of creative dishes for two people. The service was extraordinary. Overall, an incredible dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BeefVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Takes no liberties or short-cuts in delivering fantastic, modern and inventive thai-food. Fun place with a great team. A true find in Vancouver
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Time Policy Sucks
    JAYP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Love almost everything about Maenam. Food, service, ambience, is fantastic. I'm a frequent diner out, and a long-time customer who spends a good dollar in this restaurant. A phone call in advance of my reservation telling me that I had to be finished dinner in 1-1/2 really put my girlfriend and I off. We almost canceled. Even though food comes quickly and we were told politely, telling a couple trying to enjoy a nice Saturday evening out they only have an hour and a half to do so, put the only bad taste of the night in my mouth! I understand the motivation for the call/policy, but might you expand this to 2 hours or address diners that are lingering, not eating or drinking, specifically?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is refined and creative.
    20thandProud
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Special occasion because prices don't make it affordable everyday. But you get what you pay for...very good quality refined thai cuisine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time and enjoyed it
    Westcoast
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have been take out customers for a while and decided to try the restaurant, were a bit worried about comments on poor service, haughty servers and such but found the opposite, friendly service, quick service and really great food. Try the fixed menu and get exposed to some dishes you would not normally order. Lots of great flavours and excellent presentations. We enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful lunch!
    ninjapigeon
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Brought an out-of-province friend here, for food that i felt recommended by William Gibson (the author). When the doors opened at noon, we were seated promptly, and served with a smile. It felt a bit under-staffed, but we had no complaints service-wise. Will visit again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Royal Dinner not Worth the Money
    Allan
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We ordered the 9 course Royal Thai Dinner after asking the server about it. He said that since it was our first time at Maenam, it would be the best way for us to experience the menu. As foodies, we were game to try almost anything the kitchen delivered to us. Overall, the food was good but not exceptional nor was it worth the money. We don't think any of the dishes were on the main menu...so we really did not experience the menu. Of the two main course meat (beef and pork ribs) dishes, the sauces for too similar and the beef was extremely fatty. To our surprise, desert was not included with the meal. The server seemed upset when we didn't order any desert and quickly brought us the bill. We would not recommend Maenam.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love it
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Maenam is always a great spot. Servers are excellent and fish is so fresh. One of my first choices for lunch!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stir fried beef with holy basil!!!
    mistermarzipanVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I always enjoy coming here for lunch. Because lunch is the only time they serve Stir fried beef with holy basil. This is easily my fave dish here and I cannot recommend it enough. I've had their curries and appetizers too which are also good. But it's this holy basil dish that takes top spot here. I can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uneven
    Somewhatpicky
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I've dined at Maenam four times. The first and third times the food was uniformly excellent and unique. The second time, some of the dishes were very well done while others pretty well tasted alike and were uninspired. My last experience was that the food, with the exception of one dish, was mediocre. The "Chef's Menu" a prix fixe selection seemed randomly selected on that visit. Dishes were not paired or sequenced well. Most of the dishes could have used more vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Lunch Spot
    jonkristjan
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Not your typical Thai restaurant. The food, wine selection, and service were all top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reservation problem
    AMBiT
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant they claimed emphatically that they did not have a reservation for us. This was a working lunch and it reflected poorly on me that they did not have our reservation. It will make me think twice about using Open Table again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hi end Thai
    Pachy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had the 9 dish Royal Thai dinner for 3. Appies were fresh, original, flavourful and nicely presented. The chef seemed run out of ideas on the final course, with 2 near identical stir frys being served, but overall the food was excellent. Seating is tight, noise volume is high. Patrons mostly affluent westsiders, many on dates, generating an "in-crowd" happening vibe. Our waitress was pleasant but seemed distracted and messed up a couple of drink orders, but the rest of the food service team delivered the dishes with nicely paced efficiency. The wine list is adequate for this type of venue. We had a good time and will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    mochingbird
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Each time we come to Vancouver we head to Maenam. The food and service are alway good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    When I dine I like great food and great service....Maenam nails them both!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maenam Experience
    difficulttoimpress
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I appreciated having the opportunity to make a reservation on line. The number of items on the menu were a good amount. Overall it was a pleasant experience although somewhat difficult to hear over the noise. The food was served quite promptly and the staff were pleasant, although perhaps stretched a bit too thin. The soup was lovely with distinct flavours, the Green Papaya Salad was good but could have benefited from a bit stronger flavour. We were somewhat disappointed in the satay and the Pad Thai. However, overall, I think it's a pretty perfect fit for the Kits atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Thai Food
    malovesfood
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Maenam is an amazing place. The food is delicious and they have some great wine to pair it with. We love doing the chefs dinner, because it means you don't have to think ahead about what you want to eat and a pro makes the decisions for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Consistant Favourite
    Hughman
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. It is consistant in delivering top notch food quality. For three in our group it was their first experience. All three agreed this was their new favourite restaurant in the city. We highly recommend the Chef's Tasting menu. This restaurant's wine selection pairs perfectly with the food and they also have a really fun cocktail selection that are unusual and delicious! We give this not only best Thai food in the city; but definitely one of the top restaurants in the city. A true adventure for your pallet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommend the Chef's menu
    Super55
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    After a trip to Thailand, where my wife and i attended cooking school, we were looking for what we hoped would be the best Thai restaurant in the area. I am pretty sure we found it. We have eaten at Maenam 3 times since our return and each time ordered the Chef's Menu which is a set menu decided by the chef. Each time the courses have been very different, and delicious. Our party doesn't drink alcohol, so I can not comment on that aspect of the restaurant. However I had the impression there was a nice wine and drink list. As far as the ambience and service, the atmosphere is very comfortable and the decor is modern. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. It will be one of our special occasion restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Excellent food and attentive service without intrusion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Huge hit!!
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I go to Maenam often. It is always terrific do to the great food and service. I brought some new guests for a birthday. My guest said "i could live here". No doubt we will all be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • enjoyed the Chefs Royal Thai dinner
    jwistead
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The restaurant offers several cocktails built around South East Asian ingredients... these were an enjoyable and unique experience. The Chef's Royal Thai dinner highlighted local, fresh seafood instead of more common/popular Thai dishes... this was also a great experience. My wife and I will return to this restaurant based on the strength of their razor clams, fried oyster and pig ear.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 796 reviews are from the Maenam reviews archive.
  • Great celebration dinner
    bentobox
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Just had an awesome time, the server was very friendly, the food was stunning.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All the hype is deserved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    This is superb thai food, best I have ever had. I cook thai food frequently and I found the food simply addictive, inspiring me to try some new recipes! The special cocktails are thai themed and delicious. If you are looking for a quiet romantic spot this is a bit noisy but great for dinner with friends or family.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    amazing service at lunch!! food is always 5 star. every time i bring a new guest they love maenam.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved this restaurant so much
    hardtoplease
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wowed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.