May Kitchen + Bar
May Kitchen + Bar

May Kitchen + Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maykitchen.com/
  • Phone: (206) 408-7196
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
May Kitchen + Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (106)neighborhood gem (103)special occasion (85)romantic (49)hot spot (48)good for groups (33)vibrant bar scene (17)notable wine list (13)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great food. Moderate prices. Reserve early!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was awesome. We had a party of 8 and we came at the end of dinner service, so they ran out of wide noodles. They gave us a double portion of the dish using the skinny noodles. Food came right on time and there was plenty of it! Wait staff is excellent, friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keoki
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Outstanding, cordial floor staff deliver an enticing menu and offer their own suggestions and preferences for diners' consideration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clearly the best Thai food in the land.
    KW33VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I make special trips out from Seattle just to get this Thai food. It is by far the best i have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Thai Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Everything from being able to make a reservation on line to adjusting the time was very well done. The food was truly fabulous. Great flavors and variety for food critiques and those with allergies. Our waiter was quick to jump accommodated our mood and conversation. We really enjoyed our evening and felt free to have time to enjoy our time there. It was busy and every table was full, but we felt like we had our space. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent great service. Wonderful atmosphere. Food was awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth the effort
    AnneK
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Use Open Table to make reservations. Weekends are always busy - for a reason - the food is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special cultural experience
    Rain
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This restaurant does not fit any of the categories above in my thinking. It is a place of beauty and flavor that offers surroundings from a different culture and time, filled with the presence of unheard stories that fill me with a deep gratitude to be sitting among them. The friendliness and respectfulness of the staff extend this aura of dignity and graciousness. And the flavors and textures of the food reflect an attention to each ingredient that is also very respectful and holistic. The food is the most delicious I have ever eaten at a restaurant, but that is just one part of a greater experience of the people and the place they have created thanks to the care and creative direction of May.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Thai food in WA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food is fantastic and inspired. The presentation and the service are great. Ask about the wood and decorations - the story is fascinating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Shells
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had a very lovely and delicious dinner. We met great Island friends who recommended the spot and were not disappointed... in fact, I'd take a ferry and drive to Vashon for that red curry again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    Mimo
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It was my birthday and my husband and I were brought glasses of champagne at the start of the evening on the house as was the delicious dessert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best
    Localguy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Consistently the best restaurant on Vashon Island for several years. The best choice for entertaining off island guests. Sometimes can be a little loud inside. But that's because a popular restaurant is usually packed with people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once Again!
    Caro
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    May's Kitchen is wonderful. There recently with a friend and sat at the bar. This allowed us fun chats with the very friendly and expert bartenders. The food, as always, was superlative: appetizers, red curry. They have a new appetizer: chicken wings with special sauce, yum! I took an extra order home for later. I always receive a warm welcome and try to go every couple of weeks. The best Thai food ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.