1923 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704Neighborhood:
ThaiPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.plearn1923.com/
- Phone: (510) 549-9999
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Thai
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
A word from Plearn Thai
Plearn Thai provides delicious Thai in the Berkeley area with dine in, delivery or carry out service.Continued
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Plearn Thai reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance2.8Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)good for groups (1)Show More
- Solidly AverageeorrDined on 11/6/2014Nothing sets this establishment apart from the multitude of Thai restaurants I've visited over the years. Nothing extraordinary about the chicken satay, although the peanut sauce had an interesting and pleasantly chunky texture. The pork-stuffed chicken was new to me, a little dry and containing more fat than I would have expected. The red curry salmon was good. Generous portion of fried banana with coconut ice cream. Surprisingly, Plearn didn't honor an OpenTable dining cheque. Not sure why this restaurant came up as the first listing for Berkeley given the average dining experience.
- NewbieVIPDined on 10/14/2014I remember this as very good and this visit was just ok
- The following 12 reviews are from the Plearn Thai reviews archive.
- A Little Tired, Needs an UpdategolfkatVIPDined on 6/27/2014Both the menu and the décor needs some update. Staff very friendly and helpful. Penang curry chicken had chicken that was a little dry or over cooked. Otherwise, flavor was very good. Mi grob was very good. Fried fish cake over cooked, as were the veggie dishes.Special Features:
- Nice Thai placeHillfolksVIPDined on 6/13/2014Wanted a place close to Berkeley Rep for pre-show dinner. First time there, so going off of other reviews for quality and fast service. It wasn't crowded so we had attentive service which we were looking for, don't know how it might be on another night if crowded. chicken satay and Tod-mun fish cakes starters were very good. Eggplant w/ pork and veggies (47) was very good, the beef w/ red curry sauce (27?) came as meat only in the dish which we didn't realize and were a little disappointed in the flavor and lack of other ingredients... both the white and brown rice are very good. Portions are fair, we took a small box of leftovers, and we were satisfied overall. Seems to be a nice neighborhood reliable place.Special Features:
- Pedestrian Thai FoodSFDinerDined on 2/8/2014Not bad is the best that can be said. Bland chicken coconut milk soup with chicken meat that must have spent a long time in the freezer it was so tough and dried out. Green beans smothered in an oily sauce, again with no distinctive spicing. At least it wasn't expensive.
- Wasn't open!ShamusDined on 1/26/2014Made reservation and arrived and posted hours on line with open table were not close to what was real hours at the restaurant. Plearn in Berkeley didn't open until an hour after we had confirmed reservation. Obviously suggest restaurant and open table update hours. I ate at original plearn all the time in the 80's and eat at the one in walnut creek now.
- Location was goodboppiessDined on 1/12/2014This was an easy restaurant to go to before Berkeley Rep. I found my dish a bit to greasy for my taste but I am probably overly sensitive. Could have also been a bit less dry. But it was fine and the staff were pleasant. Would have liked a few more options since I don't eat animal products but they were very accommodating when I asked if ingredients could be left off. I would go back.
- Very quiet 6 PM on a ThursdayfoodluverVIPDined on 1/9/2014Very quiet 6 PM on a Thursday night in January. The interior looks plain and a bit shabby, but the service was bright and friendly, and the food (calamari salad, curry salmon, mixed vegatables, brown rice) very tasty and quickly served. A good spot for a pre-movie dinner.
- Not great foodNickVIPDined on 11/22/2013The pad thai was tasty, but nothing else was good. I eat a lot of Thai food, so I trust my opinion here.
- A decent thai place. SaucesdebowVIPDined on 10/10/2013A decent thai place. Sauces were well prepared. Spicy dishes were just the right temperature. Seafood in one dish was overcooked and rubbery. Chicken satay was a little greasy. The restaurant is close to Berkeley Rep, so it is a convenient place to grab a bite before the show.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Slow cooking = good tastingwillDined on 9/28/2013Plearn Thai is the go to place for fresh food, seasoned well and cooked slow. If you are eating at the restaurant, be prepared to wait, for everything is cooked to order. I highly recommend the salmon cooked in banana leaf or salmon in one of their many curries. At the same time, check out their menu for they do a good and fast take-out business as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Thai I have ever hadOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/15/2013We did not know until last week that Plearn had opened up across the street and down a block from their old location on University. I am really glad they were on Open Table, so we were able to eat their great Thai cuisine again. The five of us celebrated the graduation of our youngest from college and their food has not missed a beat. The BEST Mee-krob. Great calamari salad, coconut soup, Pat Thai, and great curries. We have eaten about 50 times at their old location and my family is thrilled to rediscover their fabulous food at their current location.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great lunch specials and bestOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 5/20/2013Great lunch specials and best spot for pad ke mao, can't find that taste anywhere. And service is super friendly!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We have gone to Plearn sincebigkahina2wipedoutVIPDined on 11/17/2012We have gone to Plearn since it opened. It used to be the place chefs went on their day off. No longer. The food was edible but not as it once had been. Same for the service. Unlikely we'll return.