Satay Restaurant
Satay Restaurant

Satay Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.satayusa.com/
  • Phone: (512) 467-6731
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Thai, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Dr. Foo Swasdee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: SATAY offers all size catering from graduation parties to weddings, up to 300 guests through our catering department "Passport-to-ASIA Catering" with arrays of cuisines from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, etc.. We offer full bar and full staff services in addition to special arranged cultural performance per guests’desire. We hope to make your experience with us "One to remember!"
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private dining from 15 to 50 guests in our "Baby Elephant Room" with a guaranteed deposit towards purchase. We can offer indoor-outdoor dining by combining the banquet room with patio to serve up to 80 guests. With special arrangement with Chef Dr. Foo, the main dining room can be reserved for a more formal private party with a minimum guaranty of 100 guests on Sunday-Thursday nights excluding New Year’s Eve, Valentine's and Mother's Days.
  • Private Party Contact: Dr. Foo Swasdee 5125760820x
  • Entertainment: Patio music during Spring and Summer. Soft music in dining room area few nights a week throughout the year. Thai music and cultural performance for special occasions such as Thai New Year, King’s and Queen's Birthday, etc.
  • Special Events: SATAY celebrates both traditional Thai and American cultural events and important holidays throughout the year. Join us for New Year's Eve celebration, Valentine's specials, Mother's Day and Father's Day specials, Independent Day, as well as Thai New Year "Song Kran Water Blessing ceremony and Khan Thoke Dinner" on April 13th, our King's Royal Birthday (December 5th) and Queen's Rayal Birthday (August 12th) with Thai classical dancers, and special Thai Dinners for the ceremony. For special Holidays meals, we offer "Thai Turkey" for Thanksgiving and "Rijstaffel (Indonesian Rice Table)" for Christmas Holidays celebration. You can create special events for your favorite Non-Profit organizations at SATAY on any night of the week (except Friday and Saturday nights and major holidays)and SATAY will donate 15% of the sale to the organization. Think of SATAY as a place for your celebration of all occasions and enjoy fabulous meals at the same time.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shoalcreek
  • Public Transit: SATAY is within walking distance a few blocks away from the Public transit station behind Northcross Mall.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of parking as it is shared by a few tenants and 40 parking spots are assigned to SATAY. Parking is very convenient as it's adjacent to SATAY with a handicap ramp right in front of our gate entering the restaurant.
A word from Satay Restaurant
SATAY has been an Austin tradition for 26 years with several Zagat -rated and local awards. We offer fine Thai cuisine and special menu items from countries surrounding the South China Seas with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menu options. Our MSG free cooking and great tasting food have made us a favorite and an Austin landmark.

SATAY Restaurant was founded in 1987 by renowned chef and food scientist, Dr Foo Swasdee. Our focuses are using fresh, homegrown organic herbs, sustainable/local ingredients for recipes created by Chef Dr. Foo with nutrition concepts in mind. Seasonal menus offer dishes specially designed to give the healthiest options for weather changes. Examples are slow-cooked dishes such as Star-War, Duo-Beef Panang, Thai Gumbo, or our famous GET WELL SOUPS. We offers a full bar, banquet room for private party and business meetings, a tropical patio and an experience of culture, music and cuisine all at once.
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Satay Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (5)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (3)great for lunch (3)good for groups (2)special occasion (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Nothing to 'wow' about.
    LokeVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were there for lunch and were given the standard lunch menu. Wish I had the chance to order ala carte.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Anna22
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Satay is great. No complaints. Their soups are wonderful; I had the coconut lemongrass with chicken, and I will be going back for more. Very quiet inside, so probably not good for rowdy groups.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enchanting with reservations
    jonnyuVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Ambience very nice, bar suspect, server and bar tender weren't sure if they had items to mix any drink we asked for(?) Only domestic beer is Shiner Bock. Appetizers were wonderful, enjoyed the dumpling special and spring rolls, entrees were great I had Satay and my customer had the curry special. Would go back and recommend same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Thai Food
    Joyyy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've known lots of nice Thai restaurants here, but this one is so great and it amazed me so much with its awesome taste! I wish I were living in Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find!
    lovelyluke
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This place has been around forever and is well known by locals as one of the best Thai places anywhere. The California crowd seem to have not zeroed in on this spot, which is fantastic. Beautiful courtyard area and well made and inventive dishes. If you want wonderful Thai food in a quiet atmosphere sans crowd go here. I recommend the "Kampung Udang" appetizer, coconut shrimp in a traditional clay serving dish. I've had a few entrees here and they are awesome as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    AustinFoodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Satay has a long standing reputation for incredible Thai food. This was my first meal, and it lived up to everything people say about it. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.2
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 50 reviews are from the Satay Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Sunday lunch
    JayS
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    It was quiet since there were no more than 4 people in the restaurant at a time. The food was OK, but they still have the best Vietnamese Spring Rolls in town.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thai Curry Roulette
    AustinDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Satay serves up Thai Curry Roulette on Tuesday nights. Each Tuesday, Chef Foo prepares three different types of curry. Often it will be curries not found on the regular menu. Its an all you can eat feast! I highly recommend trying it out if you are a fan of curries. And leave room for dessertr! We had chocolate silk pie (amazing) and sticky rice with mango (very Thai!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Thai Food in Austin
    JD76
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We have had food in Thailand and are very critical of Thai food and this place was very impressive. Very authentic from the decor to the food, we had a very enjoyable experience there. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Experience
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was the first experience I have had in a restaurant that I felt fleeced by the food prices. Average food at a very high price. I felt like a fool paying the bill.
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  • Poor service, salty food
    luvthai
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were so disappointed in our experience at Satay. I used to eat there all the time many years ago and assume the full menu is still fantastic. But the limited menu choices for Valentines day were disappointing. The service was friendly, but so slow. We got our meals first after a long wait in a full room of hungry food-less people and felt like we were in a fish bowl. On top of that, the food wasn't that great. It was expensive for the portion size we got and we were so worn out from waiting, we left before dessert (even though we paid for it).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Vegeterian/Vegan Selections
    AustinVegans
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our first visit, and, as vegans, we were very pleased with the options available. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen overwhelmed on Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Unfortunately the kitchen was unprepared for the Valentine's Day meal. We had a reservation for 6 people and were seated at 6:00pm. By 7:45, we had only gotten appetizers, and each person's arrived separately at about 15 minute intervals. Our waitress walked out of the restaurant at 6:30 (which we discovered an hour later) and no other server waited on our table. Finallly, with no hope of ever getting our meal, we left at 7:45. Other diners also left without being served.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Austin Original
    JenakayaVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Had dinner here with another couple recently. Attentive waitstaff and fantastic food. Can't beat it. Love the authentic atmosphere...not just someone trying to make an experience happen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Variety, Service
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Satay has been around for a long time, because they have figured out how to serve reliably good food with attentive service. There are plenty of choices, a reasonable wine list, and a good patio for the summer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tom Kha Gai
    etxgrlVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    While we have enjoyed many items from the menu, my friend and I always order the Tom Kha Gai. It is delightful. The Mango Martinis are pretty good too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southeast Asia and New Orleans
    dport
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Thai Gumbo with a rich, dark roux and green onions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shorthanded service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    went on a Monday evening and the restaurant was about 1/3 full. There were only 2 waiters so service was pretty slow and our server had to be reminded about several items. I heard a comment to another table that they were shorthanded that evening so I don't expect this is their normal level of service, just bad luck for my party that night. The food was awesome which made up for the slow service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    The food here is really outstanding - fascinating choices, all delicious. Our waitress was a little hard to find on occasion, but she was extremely knowledgable and very good at guiding our selections. Very quiet here, which we loved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch service was off, it
    bpnobleVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    lunch service was off, it was understaffed and slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satay offers a tour of the Far East
    Torpedo
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    I've lived and worked in several of the countries that Satay offers cusine from. The Satay culinary version of the dishes are excellent. The The spices are perfectly matched with no spice overcoming all the others. The flavor and aroma of the food is outstanding. It may take a couple of vists to find your favorite but the wait staff is more than helpful in explaining the dishes to you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tom Kha Gai
    etxgrlVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    This is my favorite item on the menu. It is so flavorful and comforting. My friend and I share the Fire-pot and i am still left wanting just a little bit more. Mango Martinis are also sublime!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable. Food is well
    DrRoyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Always reliable. Food is well prepared and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 words - Tom Kha Gai
    etxgrlVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    This is the best soup of any kind i have ever eaten. My friend and I have it every time we visit Satay. We first would get cups, then graduated to bowls, and now we get the firepot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thai comes alive
    Dreamweaver
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    I love the creativity used in putting the menu together. Nice quiet ambience: tasty tasty food. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 Words
    etxgrlVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Fried Goat Cheese - combined with grilled watermelon and Tejano ham for a truly excellent salad course. Totally Awesome. We always enjoy our meal and are treated so very nicely by the staff when we visit Luke. I love that the menu changes seasonally and I get so exceted innovative dishes each time we visit. Thank you, Luke, for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very, very pleasing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Satay is a really lovely place to dine. The waitstaff is sometimes a bit odd but the food and the atmosphere make up for it. It is somewhat pricey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satay offers delicious Thai food
    whatworks
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We had a lovely casual family dinner at Satay. The service was very attentive. The daily special, a Thai treat with red snapper, Thai basil and seasonings, roasted red peppers, and fresh, crisp green beans was superb. The menu offerings were extensive, and servings were all very tasty, and generous in portion. We enjoyed the restaurant very much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    JPFromOCVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We had a late lunch this past weekend and it was spectacular. Huge shout out and thanks to Dr. Foo and her staff!!!
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  • Great turn around!
    NYBUDVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    We had a little glitch at Satay. I mentioned it to the Manager and he turned the glitch into a very positive experience. I give the restaurant kudos for this. We already loved the food now have another reason to return. My family and I will definitely be back and we will recommend Satay to all our friends. Thank you Satay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUTSTANDING! our first, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    OUTSTANDING! our first, but definitely not our last, time here! absolutely delicious, and the best service we've ever had! definitely recommending to all!
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  • Very tasty food. The reason
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    Very tasty food. The reason it gets a 4 rather than a 5 is because portions are small for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bland...No Thai people eat here.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    There should be a "When there is nothing else" Special Feature becuase I could not associate any of the ones above. The restaurant had good reviews so I decided to take my family. The flavor of the food was bland. I guess you can't expect much from Americanized Thai Food. Pad Thai by the Mueller Airport is more authentic if you are Thai or married to a Thai person. This was my first and last visit to Satay.
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  • They had our reservation,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    They had our reservation, good..but too many people and couldn't handle the crowd. Wait for food was 30-60 minutes. Not good. But our husband and I enjoyed ourselves despite the poor ambiance for Valentine's and long wait for food. Waiter did best he good and kept the drinks flowing and some on the house because we waited so long.
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  • I was at first dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I was at first dissapointed by the fact that they would not take my coupon, but the delicious food and friendly service quickly blew me away and more than made up for the initial flaw. There was a live duet, and candles at every table. Most of all, the food was excellent. I would highly reccomend this to thai and food enthusiests everywhere. Try the siamese duck!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For great, flavorful, Thai
    Bradford
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    For great, flavorful, Thai food using healthy recipes designed by renowned chef and food scientist, Dr. Rommanee "Foo" Swasdee, you can't beat Satay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Anniversary Dinner
    MikeC
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    The food is more Southeast Asia instead of Thai. The experience was terrible due to folks seated adjacent to us having a business meeting and their inability to keep their voices down (If you see an IPO from a Auto or Aircraft engine maker from Austin, TX, avoid it, their management is totally clueless). I had told Satay that this was a special occasion and they still did not have the common sense to move us after this group got loud. It will be a long time before I try them again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sadtay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Birthday celebration. Food late and cold. Tea, room temperature . Complained to waitress. Another pot of hot tea was ordered but no improvement. Waitress commented that a machine had the control of temp. Cold food, cold tea, slow service....not sure we will be back.
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  • The food could not be better.
    DrRoyVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    The food could not be better. It feels like the items were especially prepared for you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Victorious Return to an Old Fav.
    pickyeater9
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    I hadn't been by Satay for a while but I'm glad we went recently. My spouse had a chicken dish that you consume in lettuce leaves which was very tasty and refreshing (low calorie, too). I had Bai Thong which is red snapper in a treatment of thai basil and lemon grass wrapped in a banana leaf. Really, really good. They have a full bar but we opted for a couple of Singhas which were served with a frosty glass. Nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet