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Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar Downtown

4.3
50 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Thai, Asian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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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.
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Phone number
(208) 344-8424
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Justin Scheihing
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Private party facilities
We have a private room that accommodate up to 12 people.
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Catering
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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Capital and 8th Street
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Parking details
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.
Additional
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
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

I took my wife here for dinner before going to the theatre. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT experience. Great Smiles, Great Service, AMAZING FOOD. Great prices. All around perfection. Beautiful place, nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2017

One of my favorites - been going for years and they never disappoint. Exceptional service, good drinks, great menu.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Not our best experience this last time. Out of any by-the-glass Chardonnay. Out of regular menu item, lamb with curry. Duck with honey marinade did not fall off the bone as advertised. Will go back but will have to think about it.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

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!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Good for fusion look elsewhere for tradition thai foods!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2017

We had the lunch buffet and enjoyed the Duck noodle Soup, salad and appetizers. Some other foods were a little too spicy for us, but we tried everything and will go back for special dining.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2017

Great food, wonderful staff, and delicious cocktails!!

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

It is the best Thai restaurant in this area. I was, am and will always recommend it.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2012

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.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2012

If you like Thai food, Mai Thai is always a good place to go in downtown Boise.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2012

Everything about Mai Tai was wonderful. Great service, delicious food presented in a very pretty and appealing way and lovely ambience.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2012

This is the 4th time we have eaten there and will return often. We had our son's wedding rehearsal dinner there two years ago and loved it!!

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2012

The food was "ok" but the service was very slow.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2012

Incredible late night dinner with a fantastic, energetic wait staff. The night could not have been any better

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2012

helpful waiter, who assisted with indecisive patrons, with picky tastes. he was congenial, patient and good humored. I appreciated it.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2012

The service was very friendly and helpful....it was a perfect evening for a family event. The advice we received on our selection were spot on.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2012

Very pleasantly surprised with the interesting and varied menu, reasonable prices, and quality of food and ambiance. Would highly recommend. Did not order sushi - concerned about quality in Boise, but based on what we ordered, would try it next time.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2012

Food was really good as were the drinks. Service is a little spotty.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2012

Even if the food were average the atmosphere is amazing and worth the visit. But the food was even better and the service was superior. Don't miss this place in downtown Boise.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2012

Food was outstanding, as usual! Although, there was something going on behind the bar, as it took about 20 minutes to get out drinks. It wasn't like that the first time we went there though. All-in-all, we WILL go back...YUMMY!!!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2012

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.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2012

Excellent service and superb food. We loved the cashew chicken and the noodle delight...great veggies and presentation!

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2012

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.....

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2012

The menu had multiple choices for vegetarian tastes. Our soup and entrees were exceptional!

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2.0Dined on January 16, 2012

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.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2012

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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5.0Dined on January 7, 2012

Every time I have been to Mai Thai I have had a fantastic experience. Food, atmosphere and service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2012

Had a nice lunch...can't wait to take my wife for Dinner.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2011

Outstanding food! Noisy but probably because it was New Years Eve. Our waiter was one of the best I've ever experienced.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2011

Awesome food....always flavorful and well presented by a great staff!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2011

AMAZING MENU! ALWAYS A FAVORITE!

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2011

Slow food preparation that wasn't explained. Very kind wait staff though.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2011

Great food, friendly, efficient wait staff.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2011

The buffet was amazing. Normally, I'm not a fan of buffets, but Mai Thai does it up right! Thank you for bringing the buffet back into my life!

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2011

Great service and food! Ordered a couple of dishes we've never had before and weren't disappointed. Fabulous combination of flavors.

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