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May Kitchen + Bar
May Kitchen + Bar

May Kitchen + Bar Details

  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Mays has quickly become a tradition and delicious habit for many Seattle area folks. I love the food: exotic, unusual, consistently delicious. The people who work there are wonderfully warm, friendly, expert. I always return and never am disappointed."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Take the ferry from Fauntleroy to Vashon for really great Thai food in a lovely setting."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I always take guests who visit to May's. It is a special place on Vashon for good food and authentic atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Terrific food and super service. Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I can't recall the name for my dinner, but I tasted all the food at our table. All were very good and very interesting, but mine was outstanding! There was squash and a killer paprika sauce with pork, too. What a treat."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "May Kitchen was fabulous! We brought our house guests to May for their first time and they were so pleased with the experience. The food is always so fresh and flavorful. We have never had a bad dining experience at May Kitchen and Bar!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 11th Anniversary at May's Kitchen and had an absolutely fantastic dinner! When you enter May's Kitchen it feels like you have been transported to Thailand, and once you receive your dinner you would put money on it.....:) Living on Vashon, it is a real treat to have one of the top restaurants in Seattle on our doorstep. After our evening at May's we felt like we did on one of our first date's, since we met in Vietnam it was lovely having the Southeast Asian ambiance to rekindle our romance. For those that do not live on Vashon, I overheard a couple talking about how they loved the ferry ride over and incredible view of Mt. Rainier, and how being on the water added to their evening out! Highly recommend May's!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Love this place! You go May! Always take my out of town company there. Love the food and also the interesting mixed drinks. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable Wish they served lunch as well. Would frequent it even more often."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Table-side prep for phad thai is engaging and fascinating - components are explained as they are added. All dishes arrive promptly and fresh. Staff is friendly and efficient. One member of our party was lactose intolerant, vegetarian, allergic to peanuts and gluten intolerant but they were able to see to her needs and provide a delicious meal that was completely satisfactory. Overall a fun experience, not terribly expensive - a popular spot for the locals that's been a long time coming since there has been no other thai place as far back as I can remember."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "From the original cocktails (my favorite, the cucumber kazi) to the flash-fried watercress w/coconut milk drizzled over it and green curry, this is the best place for thai food around! Excellent service and friendly atmosphere make it a place I continue to go back to."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Everything was excellent. I almost don't want to tell people about this place. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The best fish I ever had......wowza!!!! Just moved to Vashon...don't think we could have moved here if there wasn't a yummy Asian option. So...if it wasn't for May's we wouldn't be living here "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We brought guests from the mainland who found the food, service and ambiance to be much to their liking. It is great to have a place to go and bring guests where the dining experience is so seamlessly pleasing."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We live on Vashon but had never been to May's before. I chose it for my birthday and was amazed at how great the food was-- and the service. It is exciting to have such a nice restaurant on this small island with reasonable prices and wonderful food."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We always enjoy the service, the atmosphere and the food. Very special place on Vashon, worth the ferry ride. The papua taud and yum phak boong are delicious. We always have the thom ka and then try to save room for our favorite dish, phad priew waan with pork. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • " A hidden gem. All my party said best Thai they have had. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Love that the decorations were sourced from Thailand and that the food is very authentic and freshly made... even the thai roasted chills are roasted and ground daily. Friendly staff ... a lovely gem hidden in the middle of Vashon downtown. My only con was that the wait for our food was over an hour. Needs better organization between server and kitchen. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Great waitstaff - attentive, engaging, ready to make things perfect. Ambiance, lovely teak panels lining the entire restaurant and great vintage styled lighting. Don't miss the *great* Garuda hanging over the bar! ***the food is fantastic*** Curries are perfection, the Phad Thai comes with a demo, the bar mixes a masterful drink. A gem. Catch it if you can! (Reservations strongly recommended) "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "They don't advertise, they don't have a sign, and they don't need one..."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We are regulars at May Kitchen + Bar, and we are never disappointed. The food is amazing, the best Thai food I've ever had. The staff is warm and gracious and they always make customers feel like welcome guests. I always make a point to stop in the open kitchen and say hello to May. She is wonderful, and you can tell the welcoming atmosphere comes from the top down. It is definitely worth a trip to Vashon. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at May's this past week. The staff was incredibly attentive and fun. The drinks and food were delicious! "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Portions are generous. The papia taud is awesome and the fried watercress is delicious & very popular. The phad makeua is one of my favorites - if you like eggplant, you'll live this dish. The Phad Thai is uniquely prepared and comes with a brief preparation demonstration by one of the staff. Can't go wrong with any entree - they can prepare spicy or mild. Fried bananas with the coconut ice cream is a nice finishing touch. Recommend Blue People tea with the meal. Service is excellent and responsive for how busy it is here. Recommend you make a reservation, especially if you have more than 4 in your group. Sometimes a walk-in couple might find 2 places at the bar. May Kitchen is beautifully decorated with imported Thai teak. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We keep returning for the fabulous food and friendly atmosphere. We brought our neighbors to introduce them to this great place. They loved it! We also like the convenience of making reservations online. Thanks again for another delicious evening, we will be back."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I love love love May Kitchen! I have been there three times, and every time I go the service is outstanding and everyone is so personable. The food is always delicious no matter what we order. I can't tell anyone enough to go and try it out!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. Service was not the fastest, but the taste made up for it. We will be coming back to try some other dishes."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "this is the best place on Vashon Island. Extremely attentive but unobtrusive service. A feeling of intimacy and friendliness. The food is authentic, almost like being in Thailand. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Amazing food. Try red curry, fresh chicken breast and basil with red rice on the side and you'll experience nirvana. Reservations a must weekends and prime times. Try this place!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "A great change to your typical Thai food here in the states. Fresh tasting, presented well and some of the dishes are very original and tasty. We loved the watercress appetizer and the deconstructed pad thai dish that was tossed together at your table, with baby banana and banana blossom, and spices to your liking. All the food was tasty and we will be back! We took a ferry and made a special trip to try this place and we are glad we did"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I met with a group of friend and we had such a great time the food was AMAZING. I return often with my husband. "
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We alway are treated Better then family. They have the best staff on Vashon it's a must try. I know you will go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our second time at May Kitchen surpassed our first. The food and presentation: perfect! The service: intelligent, warm, friendly, efficient! The ambiance: beautiful, serene, compelling. We dined with our son and daughter-in-law who travel widely and who simply raved at every dish, the delicious cocktails, and the Island-produced Cabernet. Best Thai food they've ever had - anywhere in the world! May Kitchen continues to be the most amazing and gratifying culinary and restaurant experience in the region. SUPERB!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "From the warm and fascinating interior (wooden walls and fabric hangings imported from Thailand) to the attentive and helpful staff, May's provides a great foundation to their true treasure: the food. We went all out, having three different appetizers, three entrees and two desserts between the four of us. Each one was unique and delicious in their own way, although we all had favorites by the end of the meal. I particularly appreciated how the less-spicy dishes were still full flavor. I'm very pleased to have another fabulous place to go out for dinner."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "You don't have to go to Seattle for outstanding Thai food. It's authentic and delicious---the menu changes seasonally and the waiters are well versed on the menu. I go there as often as I can."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food is excellent - flavor, freshness, presentation. It reminded me of the food prepared for us in Thailand. The setting is cozy and the staff pleasant and attentive. I definitely recommend with two thumbs up."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Food carefully prepared, delicious, artistic presentation. This is definitely Thai with a difference. May's is very popular, so it was crowded and busy, but a good friend and I were able to carry on a personal conversation, though noise and close table placement felt like a bit of an issue."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The staff at May do it right--from smooth reservations to last-minute accommodation, from family style to date at the bar to takeout. The flavors and presentation are fabulous. Lots of care taken. Huge variety of flavors--get help with the menu if you have strong preferences. There is no star system, but the menu highlights what is spicy and what is not spicy, and you can always add heat. Those who can't eat wheat or dairy find they can have almost everything on the menu. Even some fun, creative cocktails (which can up the price of your meal considerably--beware!). Really, a great resource for lots of dining-out contexts. Can't say enough good things!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is Vashon Island's best-kept secret. It doesn't even have a sign; look for the elephants on the roof. The staff is great, attentive and very friendly. Pay attention to the "Spicy" note on some dishes. Our server said the owner believes dishes should be prepared as they are in Thailand: some are spicy and some are not. May Kitchen is true to the Thai tradition. That said, my daughter who adores spicy!!! food loved everything. The less heat-tolerant in our group stuck to milder choices and raved about them. I highly recommend eating family style here. Everyone will want to taste everything. Also, when you are asked, get the red rice."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A great place to take visiting guests; friends always ask if you have included a meal there. The fresh spring rolls and the watercress appetizers are worth repeating anytime. There are special, and tasty cocktails for those who want something different from wine. The wait staff are excellent in explaining the dishes, and they do have ones that are not spicy. The red rice is a must as well."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Definitely a family place, with Mom in the back and built--literally--by the owner May. Not the spiciest Thai food I've gotten, even when ordered 'pet pet' or Thai spicy, but delightful deep and subtle flavors with lots of layers and depth. Also refreshingly clean and fresh throughout. The service was friendly, very on spot and quite fun."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food here is AMAZING. Everyone was was so nice, and the restaurant has a great atmosphere and is a hidden gem."
    Dined on 3/15/2014