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About Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar Downtown
Welcome to Mai Thai Restaurant a culinary experience unlike any other in Boise. We offer hand crafted cocktails, unique rolls and sushi with a variety of Authentic Thai and Asian influenced culinary masterpieces.Complimenting the quality of the food itself at Mai Thai is the atmosphere and the excellence of service. Choose to relax at the bar with one of our handcrafted cocktails or any one of vast variety of beers, fine spirits and our Wine Spectator Award winning wine selection with a 100+ bottles to choose from .You can sit down and relax while enjoying your meal beside a tranquil, reflective pond with a cascading waterfall. Select from an array of possibilities, knowing that whatever you order will be individually prepared by our authentic chefs, here directly from Thailand, using only the highest quality and locally sourced produce and meats from Idaho. Come experience Boise’s Best Local Thai Food 15 Years in row and award winning cocktails and happy hour.
Boise, ID 83702
Thai, Asian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm.
Between Capital and 8th Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer many off-site catering options to fit your taste and budget. Inquire through our website for more information or just give us a call.
Capital Terrace Parking Garage directly across the street from us on Idaho street offers the first hour of parking for free. And the meter parking in front of restaurant is free on weekends and after 6:00pm daily.
Chef Justin Scheihing
Private Party Facilities:
We have a private room that accommodate up to 12 people.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar Downtown Ratings and Reviews
We were able to sit and visit with our friends and enjoy an excellent meal. We each ordered a different main course and we were very happy with our choices. One was hot, two were Thai specialities, and two were on the main menu - Chef specialities. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Mai Thai has been one of our favorite restaurant for years. Their kitchen is innovative, creative and has never disappointed us. Their sushi is amazing. The ambiance is great, the service has always been top-notch--until last night. The waiter, who was unknown to us, did not get our (very simple) sushi order right and forgot one of our main dishes. It took another fifteen minutes to get the rest of our dinner. My wife's dinner ended up getting cold because she did not want to eat alone. We had to ask several times to get some soy sauce--which is usually put on the table before the dinner arrives.
Knowing when to drop the check also is an art a waiter needs to learn. Our waiter obviously had not mastered this yet. No one wants to feel rushed at dinner, and having the check plopped down while you are still eating is, in my opinion, a not so subtle way of saying, 'time to get out'.
That being said, our usual waiter, Joseph, dropped by our table as we were about to leave and inquired about our experience. After informing him of what had transpired, he apologized and explained that this had been the young man's first day on the job.
This of course, explained a lot!
Despite this not-so great experience, Mai Thai will remain one of our favorite dinner destinations in Boise.
We had a 7:30 pm dinner reservation. We didn't see a waiter until 20 minutes later. At least we got water.
They sat us right next to the indoor water feature. I do not recommend sitting there. The water fountain had a smell I would describe as wet dog. It was also splashing onto the table. I asked if they could turn off the water feature. They said they would ask the manager but nothing happened. Since the restaurant was full I asked if they could seat us in the bar. But the bar was full as well. We decided to power through it and try the food. I had the Cashew Chicken. It was OK at best. Not much chicken. My wife just had vegetable fried rice. It was greasy. But the beer was good... At least the manager comped our dinner. We won't be back.
I absolutely love Mai tai! I've been coming here since they opened and it has never once let me down! Evil jungle prince and swimming angel are my favorite dishes right now (it's always changing). Larry is a fantastic waiter with thorough knowledge of the dishes and it's a good idea to take him up on anything he suggests : ) The ambiance, price, quality, killer cocktails!! and the friendly staff will always have me coming here over any other restaurant. Oh! And they fry their tofu perfectly! Yum!
Our waiter was nice but not great. Took a long time between cocktails for him to even ask if we wanted more. Long delay in taking our order. Table next to us came in after us, had a different waitress and their drinks and food came out long before ours. It was disappointing. My husband did however enjoy the Boar. It was delicious.
I love the food at Mai Thai but the sound level of the piped in music is much too high. I asked for it to be lowered and it was for a short period, but then was raised again. It was difficult to carry on a conversation and reduced the overall satisfaction with the dining experience.
I found Mai Thai about four years ago on an annual trip to Boise and have made it a point to visit this amazing restaurant every year since. The food and service is incomparable, and the menu has so much variety that even picky eaters will be able to find something to satisfy. Everything I've eaten here has been fresh, creative, and flavorful. It's not the cheapest place to eat, but I'm willing to pay a little more for well-crafted food and dining experience. And this place delivers.
It was Valentine's so it was a busy night. The service was slow but I think that was why. That being said our server was fabulous - personable and helpful with menu questions, selections and personal attention. Food was much better than I remembered. Don't know if something has changed or if I just ordered the right thing. I had grilled salmon with red curry sauce that was a surprise with its richness, spice and overall flavor. Also a curry noodle that my husband and I shared and for which we practically licked the bowl. For us, the only down side to Mai Thai is the noise factor. With very high ceilings and big open room design, there is lots of "noise", which makes it difficult to hear each other or even for the waiter to hear us.
we had the private table in the back of the restaurant which was great. Great waiter, attentive busboys, only problem was when the chef brought out 2 dishes we knew weren't ours and we told him that, however he also delivered a dish we thought WAS ours and proceeded to pass it around our table only to have him rush in and grab it off our table saying it was a mistake. Wouldn't you think he'd have left it there and said "enjoy, my fault" instead of taking half a dish full of delicious food. Did he just fix a half serving more and add it to that plate? Makes you wonder.....
We are visiting Boise and have eaten out several times. This was the most disappointing food we have had. Presentation was great but the dishes didn't deliver. The tiger prawns were rubbery and the dishes overblown.
The service was surly and not the nice friendly service we have been used to in the US.
Our 2nd visit was better than the first. Food is excellent! Service is very good. Ambiance is so-so but acceptable. Really, it's about the food, though. The old-style Mai Thai drink is totally great - too bad it's on the pricy side. Some of the best Thai I've ever had. Thanks!
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