May Kitchen + Bar
May Kitchen + Bar

May Kitchen + Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maykitchen.com/
  • Phone: 2064087196x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Executive Chef: May Chaleoy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bank Rd SW
  • Public Transit: The nearest transit stop is Vashon Hwy SW and SW Bank Rd. We are just south of the stop on the east side of the street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from May Kitchen + Bar
May Kitchen + Bar brings a taste of Thailand to Vashon Island, WA. From the 150 year old dark teak paneling to the hand crafted iron work, the interior whisks you away to another, more relaxed place. Sit down and begin your meal by enjoying an original cocktail carefully crafted to bring out the most flavor from exotic ingredients. Then consider the food. You will have to come back, because you will need to try everything at least once. May Chaleoy is renowned for her ability to bring out a depth and complexity of flavor in all your favorite Thai dishes. May's attention to detail and dedication to the authenticity of her food is clear after your first bite. Come see for yourself.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
May Kitchen + Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)neighborhood gem (91)special occasion (75)romantic (43)hot spot (37)good for groups (28)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (12)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (4)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Best thai food in Seattle region!
    tshadair
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First time visitors. Will return often! The food was magnificent, especially the phad metmamuanghimmaphan! You also must try the phad thai just for the experience of having it prepared right at your table. We had the yum phak boong appetizer. Could become addictive. Our service was great. Kalib answered all our questions and had wonderful suggestions. All in all, an unforgettable experience. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Thai around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    May Kitchen's reputation preceded it, and still it managed to blow our expectations out of the water. Even the phad thai was memorable and unexpected--not something I would ever have expected to say. Our server was the friendliest and most well-informed I've ever seen. This place is off the charts amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top shelf
    Musicman
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Everything about the dining experience at May's is top shelf...from the food, to the cocktails...all the way to the service. We've never had a bad experience at May's and enjoy having dinner there whenever we're able. If any of the staff was having a bad day, you'd never know it because every one of them is cheerful and friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Highly recommend this restaurant for locals and visitors to the Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing ....
    Bangkok30
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is a beautiful little place and the staff are very sweet and helpful. However, I'm always disappointed by the food. They seem to rely on Thai chilis to cover up the real flavors. As a special treat, we ordered the creme brulee, which was runny and flavorless. Don't think we will pay the high prices for mediocre food again. Tables are very close together and we got to hear clearly the conversation of the couple next to us.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    RitaVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    May Kitchen+Bar is my favorite restaurant on Vashon Island. The bar is great and the waitstaff are cheerful and knowledgeable. One of my favorite dishes is their spicy cold squid appetizer. Heaven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Thai Food EVER!
    CourtdeG
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have been to countless Thai restaurants and none of them hold a candle to May Kitchen!! Every dish is just fantastic! Such a depth of flavor and not just your typical Thai. The authenticity is unlike anything I've experienced at any other Thai restaurant. The decor and ambiance are so wonderful you feel like you are walking into a different world when you step inside. The service is wonderful, the Pad Thai presentation is a definite treat! An absolute must for the ultimate culinary experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Delights!!!
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Because the hot-spicy-chocolate cake wasn't available the night I was celebrating my birthday (2 days early - - with 2 friends), I was given a Gift Certificate (hand written/drawn!) for one when I wished to come back in. AND, we were treated to a free celebration dessert that night. On my birthday, then, I received a second Free Birthday dessert - -- and both were awesome* Talk about special!! -- - and terrific customer service. MAY did that, and Hillary was also the Best at helping it all happen. What a special 62 year treat*
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love May's Thai!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We are so lucky on our little island of Vashon to have such decadence! Extraordinary in every way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!
    EarlGodt
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    From appetizers through entrées and deserts ,it was a fantastic experience. The service was superlative. The fried plantains encrusted with coconut paired with coconut milk ice cream was heavenly. All of the courses were large enough to split between two. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE this place!
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The service was bend-over-backwards wonderful, especially on my birthday. It's a gem*
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best on island
    Sandy22
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love, love, love Mays! As always the food was wonderful. 4diners shared 4 different entres. The service was spectacular. I do eat there quite often, and am treated so well by all the staff, and that does spill over onto my table mates. Nothing bad to say about this resturant. The front of the house and the kitchen all wrk together to provide the ultimate dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food that you crave!
    bestntown
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food is awesome, the wait staff wonderful and the atmosphere superb. Plus its close to home to have a nationally acclaimed restaurant on Vashon Island! I would recommend to anyone for those with mild palettes to those that like spicy as you can customize the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was very good, as usual. Our waitress was really helpful with one of our guests gluten allergy (and patient with him!). Nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our meals were delightful. From the vegetable roll appetizers to the fabulous entrees every plate was a delightful taste surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You must experience
    Hitster
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A must visit for non Islanders, its a great get away and nice diversion from the norm. Oh, did I forget, the food is great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Vashon must!!
    8alot
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I cannot say enough about how wonderful this restaurant is! The servers are incredible and the food is amazing!!! It is the best Thai food we have had anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was worth the trip.
    CharlieinBellevueVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is definitely worth the ferry ride to Vashon Island. Probably the best curry I have every had. Not sure it is authentic Thai as I have never been to Thailand, but superlatively pleasurable to my palate. We had the green curry and the veggie/chicken dish with the longest name. The beer on tap and glass by the glass selection was a little limited due to a supplier issue the night we were there. There is no obvious signage on the restaurant, so you find it by looking for the two elephants on top of the building and by the address. My only criticism is that the wooden high back chairs we sat at were very uncomfortable for my form factor. The place was nearly full at 5:30, so they are certainly drawing a crowd. One taste tells why.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Hard to share soupy dishes with each other, but we all wanted tastes of everything. The fried watercress is too delicious!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining Delights!
    Schnabbercoup
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    May Kitchen offers excellently prepared and presented exotic dishes from Thailand in a setting that could sometimes be intimate. Authentic Thai decor delights the eyes, but noisy, drinking neighbors can also be intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Thai food ever!
    SeattlePinotTasters
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Try the Red and/or Green Curry. Very yummy! The red rice is great too. Fried watercress is enough for 4 people! Service is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dream in the making
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    What drew me to May's was the story behind it. The owner apparently dreamed of this place and has spent the last few years making it a reality. The decor is lovely, the food is world-class, cocktails are okay. The staff at the front of the house will really benefit from some training and organization. if you're relaxed and it's all good, May's is a nice spot for a meal and seeing how it's the only game in town for Thai, will likely continue to flourish. A delicious outing in any case.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Thai Ever
    PickyEater
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I thought I knew Thai food, but once I went to May's it was like I had never had it before. The spring rolls were amazing, the Pad Ke Mao was hands down the best I've ever had in my life. If you like Thai, you have to try this place. All the ingredients are fresh and delicious - it's so worth the trip over to Vashon. And the prices are very good for such excellent food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a ferry ride to Vashon
    maurygirl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    May's Kitchen and Bar is a gourmet oasis in a town where the rest of the eateries are mundane at best. The decor is understated and elegant, the staff is highly professional and attentive, and the food is heavenly. I had the specials the night I went: as an appetizer, basil leaves with a variety of toppings such as peanuts, toasted coconut, ginger, lime and hot peppers with a sweet sauce, and for the entree a whole trout flash-fried in the pan surrounded by mango strips and other veggies and filleted at the table. Everything was well-prepared, nicely presented and totally delicious. The place is so popular that you must make a reservation to ensure that you'll get a table.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • visit - I want to go to May's again
    14cath
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The crisp watercress and spring wraps are a must. Everyone loved the shrimp puad Thai. The overall vote amoung we four was the oyster mushroom dish over the cashew dish, both with red rice. I got the leftovers. :) :) :) . I put the leftover rice into the dishes before they are boxed up. So, lunch just goes into a bowl and reheat. The next 2 lunches were the best. The coconut flavor was more prounced, the onions melted in my mouth - some with a bit of crunch. The sauces of the 2 dishes are totally different. I will gladly eat either one again. Excellent food. Family and friends visit Vashon Island, I'll take you to May's. Be well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MBP23
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything was absolutely perfect - we luckily had the same server I had before. We told him to order everything for us and he created an amazing experience yet again!!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Thai food in Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The phad thai with fresh banana flower buds are a MUST HAVE. Be sure to make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vashon. Who knew?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Got a recommendation to this place from friends and I thought, "Vashon? For amazing and authentic Thai food?". Then they said, "You must make a reservation otherwise expect a 1-2 hour wait". Again, my reply, "Vashon?". It's true. Worth every penny of the ferry fare. The staff are remarkable: knowledgeable about the menu, attentive without being intrusive, kind, happy, and obviously like their job. And the food. Wow. Everything was incredible, but the highlights were the grilled squid (an amazing sauce complemented the delicate, soft squid), the phad thai (that is assembled tableside for you, truly incredible), their house-made green curry with chicken (the most savory and rich curry I've tried), and the spicy minced pork. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Travel to Thailand on Vashon
    happyeater
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I really recommend taking the ferry trip to Vashon for a fantastic Thai experience. Flavors burst across your palate as you savor the many spices in your amazing appetizer and entrée choices. Be sure to order the traditional phad thai for a true Thai experience. A very outstanding dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Green Curry is my favorite
    RickandTom2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have found the Green Curry with chicken to be my favorite dish. When I travel I will try the same dish in other restaurants and there is none to compare to May's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gwypea
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fabulous all the way around, so lucky to have this restaurant here on the island, the best Thai food ever anywhere, wonderful service and so much fun. The Mayor is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flash Fried Tilapia
    LoveVashon
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We shared the special flash fried tilapia and chicken phad thai, excellent mix! Definitely go for the red rice! Service is very good, everyone appears to love working there and are proud of the cuisine. Spices were excellent. Décor is really lovely and a lot of attention to detail. I wish there were booths for 2, or even more space - it is not as romantic as it could be because tables are too close. I requested a private spot in my online reservation & was told we couldn't be in the booth for four-even though there was no one in it during our entire meal. That's my only complaint, quiet Sunday night dinner that is overall not a cheap date- should be able to have more privacy versus sitting inches from another couple...
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    one of a kind. fabulous unique dishes. visually beautiful interior
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    FoodTravelDude
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It might be great for Vashon but there are many Thai places in Seattle that are the equal or better. We were disappointed.
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  • May Kitchen never disappoints!
    like2dinelocal
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is pleasing to the palate - vibrant flavors and interesting choices. I'm not interested in stingingly hot and spice and I always walk away satisfied. Staff are attentive without being bothersome, and authentically cheerful and energetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food.
    goodfoodgeek
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food is always amazing....fresh and so authentic. The prices are great...super reasonable! I wish I could go more often. The service is equally top notch. They are always super friendly and sweet. The Green Curry is my all time favorite. It's hard to venture out and try something new because it is just so good. It is probably my most favorite restaurant. We are so luck to have it here on Vashon
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pad Thai on Vashon
    Padguy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    If you didn't know what you were looking for you would walk right past this little gem. Good food, great service. Pad Thai is among the best we've had anywhere, including Toronto, NY etc. Only thing - who thought those high tables and chairs like you find in chain restos would be comfortable or appropriate. Burn em and get standard height seating please. They lose stars thanks to these torture devices.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    RabidNemo
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food here is absolutely fantastic, best I have ever come across. I also highly recommend the creme brulee and roasted brown rice tea. The interior is beautiful and has an impressive bar with a wide variety of drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made Anniversary Special
    Bradonvashon
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've been to Mays several times, and the food never disappoints. Her signature pad thai is always on our order-- not just because it's tasty, but because it comes to the table not fully prepared-- the server finishes it to your liking with spices and ingredients. This night was our 27th wedding anniversary and I had made the reservation on line noting the occasion and if they had a special dish or treat, we would be grateful. The staff did not disappoint, they had set up a table with special settings, and brought us a special champagne. Every staf person brought a dish or drink to our table and went out of the way to say congratulations. It was very discreet, but very welcome . Everything was perfect
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Island Treasure
    IslandMuse
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    May's is a terrific restaurant - we have been numerous times and have never had a bad meal!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PERFECT
    JrlyellVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    MY HUSBAND AND I EAT AT MAY KITCHEN AT LEAST THREE DAYS A MONTH AND EVERY TIME IS JUST LIKE THE FIRST. WE ARE TREATED LIKE FAMILY AND HAVE BECOME PART OF MAY AND TOMS FAMILY. WE LOVE GOING THERE TO HAVE DINNER IT IS OUR BY FAR FAVERITE RESTURANT ON VASHON.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.