Marnee Thai - Ann Arbor

4.2
238 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
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About

The Thai word “Marnee” literally means “gemstones,” which are dazzling, colorful, and highly precious. Thai rubies and sapphires are very well known all over the world. Similarly, we at Marnee Thai carefully select high quality herbs and ingredients to make sure all of our Thai dishes retain their original authenticity. Our first Thai restaurant in the U.S., Lotus Thai (opened in 2002, on Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor), has been well received by customers who seek authentic Thai food. This enthusiastic reception encourages us to open our second restaurant in the U.S., right in downtown Ann Arbor, Marnee Thai.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-2:00pm: Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm -9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(734) 929-9933
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We are pleased to serve your catering needs. We now also do delivery for catering. Please give us a call.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
plentiful parking within immediate area. we validate Republic Parking.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.1
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3.8
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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Decent. Busy because of graduation weekend.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our food was perfect and the service was extremely fast

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

I always love eating at Marnee Thai. Yesterday was particularly special. The restaurant was strangely empty. It was quiet. The food was delicious. We were three. Two of us were taking a former neighbor out for lunch. She's a "former" neighbor, because she's been hit with hard times. She moved out of her house after her huaband of 25 years announced that he was done with the marriage.. This restaurant proved the perfect spot for the kind of conversation we hoped to have. We succeeded. The owners were kind, soliticous, and caring.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and good value. Decor has touches of Thai influenced pictures and fabrics. Go for the food, the ambiance is more diner than cafe.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Great tasting food and excellent service! I would highly recommend this restaurant for Thai food lovers!

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Wonderful place for delicious Thai food with GREAT service.

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2.0Dined on November 17, 2017

We waited an hour for our food and the overall service was poor at best. The food was also very expensive. Of our two dishes, one was quite good and the other pretty bad. Overall, there are better Thai places to choose from in the area.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Nice menu selections, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Food was very good.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Great Thai food...

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was well prepared. The coconut curry chicken was very good. My date enjoyed it more than the stir fry that she ordered (which was still good). The chicken satays were good, but the peanut sauce that came with them was exceptional. Spiciness levels were perfect. Portion sizes were large. We probably ate half of our entrees and took the remainders home. The amount of rice was just a little on the small size, considering how large the entrees were. Service was very good, even though our server admitted that he was not a regular server. The server was very attentive in regards to our beverages. Also, he easily fulfilled (twice) our request for some slices of lime.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Another great meal at Marnee Thai. A busy night, yet the food came quickly thanks to the hustling waitstaff and managers. Waitress pleasant and helpful. Food spiced to your liking. Gr at authentic options.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Nice place. Went with a party of 5 before a football game. Very friendly service. Food was good and served in a timely manner. I would recommend as a pre-game location.

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Booked for 15. They then called & said could only accommodate 12. Food was very low quality, with a few dishes being inedible. No liquor license, so drink choices were limited. Only one server for entire restaurant, and he had a poor attitude. I realize people just have a bad night, but it didn’t help the overall impression. Also, the view is of a gas station.

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2.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Medium spicy can end up being Super spicy. Pad Thai lacked any composure or taste.

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4.0Dined on August 15, 2017

I have dined at Marnee Thai twice now and both time really enjoyed my food! The menu offers a wide variety of choices and you can adjust your spice level on most dishes (a must for a wuss like me when it comes to spicy food!). It can be served plated or family style so it's a good place for big groups or friends that want to eat a little bit of everything. I've left both times with left overs so it's a good value too. My only complaint is about the bar, I would love to see them expand their selection a bit and carry some more variety, especially in wine. I think there are 3-4 beer options, and 4-5 each of white and red wines. While all the bottles are very reasonably priced, I'd prefer to see a couple more expensive options because the wine we drank was by no means a great wine -- you get what you pay for though! The only thing to add about this specific visit was that we were asked to leave at the end of the night, politely enough, but asked to leave nonetheless. We had just boxed up our food and were using the bathroom -- we were a large group (10) so this wasn't quick given that they only have single stalls -- it was 9:35 and they had stopped serving at 9:15. I was told by the servers "not to rush you, but the owners need to lock up because they want to get to their other restaurant". At which point I noticed that the 3 people sitting in the corner booth were not customers but the owners. They had not been there all night so why they suddenly needed to lock up and leave was beyond me, or why one of them couldn't move on as we finished up -- it just didn't make sense. I don't blame the server because he was probably being told by the owner, but they didn't even make an effort to ask us how the meal was or if we enjoyed ourselves, he didn't even smile when I told him we'd be on our way as soon as everyone used the bathroom. Even after a wonderful meal with family in from out of town (out of the country, actually!) I was really rubbed the wrong way by this.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Disappointed after all the things I'd read. Slow service. We ordered appetizers that never came. They didn't have wine they listed and the server presented the dessert menu with a dismissive air... "we only have...."

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

The big cheese over at Marnee Thai really knows what he is doing. He is good at helping gauge your tastes and interests. We love it over there.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

This is really good Thai food. It is pretty close to the real thing

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1.0Dined on June 13, 2017

My wife and I dine at Marnee often. The food is always very well prepared; and the restaurant is fairly quiet (save during Restaurant Week, which is what we encountered a few nights ago); and the service is excellent. Marnee is a real stand-out in Ann Arbor, a town full of very noisy (and often pretentious) restaurants that are not as good.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

The Thai food is authentic and there chef had some great specialty dishes. I love this place and have come here multiple times once I discovered it a couple of years ago.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2017

I was surprised when I entered to see only two other patrons present on a Saturday night in prime time; and then 20 minutes later my party of 2 was all that remained. The soup, Tom Yong, was good though the soup of my accompanying party was lukewarm at best. Our appetizer of Chicken Larb had almost no flavor; disappointing! I then had Mixed Vegetables which was good and my accompanying party had the Pad Siew, which was just OK. The experience was not to the level that would cause me to return. My search for the best Thai in Ann Arbor continues. Used to be Tuptim, but the owners retired and sold the business, and for some reason the new owners don't believe in the adage that, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2017

My favorite dish is their crispy duck for $22, but when we went it was dry and not tasty. Just a couple of spoonfuls of sauce. The spring rolls were good, however. Probably will not go there again soon.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

I love going to Marnie Thai. The wait staff are always friendly and efficient. The food is yummy . . . my favorites are: spring rolls, vegetable fried rice, chicken pad prig, and mixed vegetables. The food is freshly prepared with a spice option of mild, medium or hot. We like the mild plus. The food is consistently good :)

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

We made a reservation here because it was graduation weekend in Ann Arbor and I had left it quite late and this was one of the few reservations still available. So my expectations were not particularly high. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. I was expecting average and actually the food was delicious. I would go back and I would recommend it.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

We were visiting in Ann Arbor and wanted to get some Thai food. We changed our reservation at the last minute to accommodate two more people, and they rearranged our seating area without any issues. Food was authentic, and if you want spicy, you'll get it here! We had a variety of foods on the menu, and had more than enough to eat so that a couple of "to go" boxes left with us. The place is small, and decor relatively plain, but if you are in the mood for Thai food, you'll not be disappointed.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Marne Thai was experiencing a busy weekend due to U if MI graduation. Our table was readily available, however service was slow. A very thoughtful gesture was to serve complimentary spring rolls while we waited. The food was tasty and we enjoyed sharing several entrees. The green curry which is my " go to " Thai dish was much spicier at the "medium" heat level than I typically experience.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Didn't seem that busy, but food took 45 minutes to get to the table. Glasses were empty for long stretches of time. Peanuts in the stir fry were old, had turned. Used to be a really good Thai spot. Maybe it was just an off night, but I probably won't go back. Too many other good spots in AA.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Our second trip to Marnee Thai in 2 weeks. Excellent again! Wonderful service and food. Spiced to your liking. Healthy, flavorful. Chicken Pad Thai and Panang some of our favorites. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Food is always delicious and the service is some of the best in A2. We frequent here often and have never been let down. Servings are quite large. You have to try the green papaya salad!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

Authentic. Reminded us of places we ate in Malaysia and Singapore. Great, friendly service. Prompt. Excellent food spiced to your liking. Highly recommend. Waiter left his phone at our table to have us listen to music we talked about. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Good Thai spot with large portions and reasonable prices. Nothing fancy but we liked the Satay, red curry and pad Thai.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

The best Thai in Ann Arbor, and the best deal in downtown. Hard working, prompt servers. Great variety of vegetarian options. The mixed appetizer is missable (a collection of fried selections) but the main dishes and noodles are nicely done. If you want truly spicy items, their curries can be quite hot. If you prefer milder spice, just say so.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2017

the dinner was very good. However, the service was extremely slow because a server didn't show that evening so it was all on a very kind young lady who did an excellent job.
I had pad thai, which was very good except for one problem. The noodles were toooooo long to eat them. They were tasty but I had no knife to cut them. And as they cooled they became more sticky. I wish I had a sauce to thin it out so I could eat better.
Please make sure you have enough servers and please make sure you either give a knife for the pad thai noodles or make them shorter.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2017

Very good food and service here.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

I don't think I would eat-in here again, but I would definitely order takeout. This is the best Thai place I've found in Ann Arbor thus far. Good Tom Kha Gai and Drunken Noodles, but kind of a weird vibe in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2017

We have visited Marnee Thai a handful of times, and enjoy both the food and their quality of service. Their drunken noodles and fried rice are both very good! There "spiciness" ratings are very generous, as in common with Thai food, so be careful! We also especially like their Tuxedo Mousse Cheesecake, though we have not seen it recently.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2017

Enjoyed the meal. The room is open and small. Two person staff for the the room and all tables were filled. Service was still good.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2017

Went for restaurant week. Food was great. Would have liked more than 2 ice cream options for dessert but that would not stop me from going again. Also the service was slow because there were lots of people dining but only 1-2 staff doing the serving.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2017

Came here for Restaurant Week and we'll definitely be back. The portions were on the big side, so we both had plenty for lunch the next day. I'm not too familiar with Thai food, but this was a great first impression!

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2017

Went here for Restaurant week so it was expectedly busier than normal. Service was a little slow but considering they only had two servers they did very well. Food is exceptional - very traditional Thai flavors and good heat. We had the vegetarian spring rolls (served crispy and hot), pad thai (crushed peanuts a nice touch on top), and chicken panang (great flavors!)...all super yummy. We'll be back after restaurant week is over.

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