May Kitchen + Bar

4.8
1037 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
May Kitchen + Bar brings a taste of Thailand to Vashon Island, WA. From the 150 year old dark teak paneling to the hand crafted iron work, the interior whisks you away to another, more relaxed place. Sit down and begin your meal by enjoying an original cocktail carefully crafted to bring out the most flavor from exotic ingredients. Then consider the food. You will have to come back, because you will need to try everything at least once. May Chaleoy is renowned for her ability to bring out a depth and complexity of flavor in all your favorite Thai dishes. May's attention to detail and dedication to the authenticity of her food is clear after your first bite. Come see for yourself.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai
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Hours of operation
Dinner

Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 408-7196
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
May Chaleoy
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Cross street
Bank Rd SW
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Public transit
The nearest transit stop is Vashon Hwy SW and SW Bank Rd. We are just south of the stop on the east side of the street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May Thai Kitchen is our go to place when we want to treat ourselves, family or friends. Delightful. The service is perfect.

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OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was delightful and provided excellent recommendations. The food was outstanding and the cocktails were perfect!

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KW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the May Kitchen and it was wonderful. The seating is a nice mix of tables and intimate booths; great ambiance and music level; service was exceptional; food was delicious! Servings were large so we had plenty of wonderful food for another meal at home.

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d
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May’s is a wonderful surprise of outstanding food and professional service on Vashon. We’re already big fans and this was just our second visit. Each dish was delicious and fresh, with true Thai flavors. They don’t skimp on the herbs and spices like some more Americanized Thai restaurants do. Cannot recommend them enough if you like Thai food. We also really enjoy their cocktails. They also surprised our birthday boy with a gratis dessert. How nice was that?! You should try them.

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IB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have eaten at May Kitchen three times in the few years they have been open, and each time have asked ourselves the same question. What’s the big deal here? Much of the food is very sweet to our taste. That is not necessarily a flaw, but if you like your food on the savory side, you may be surprised at how sweet this food can be. A case in point is the Pad Thai that is served table side. As the server goes through the spiel about May’s childhood memories of having Pad Thai in the market in Thailand, I noticed a pile of granulated sugar perched on the side of the platter, next to the red pepper flakes. The server was planning on stirring that sugar into the noodles, and I had to ask her not to do so. Even without that added dollop of sugar, the dish was still too sweet for our tastes. I don’t care for my Pad Thai as the dessert course, thank you. It is not just this dish. The sweetness of other dishes has been a put off each time we have dined here. I am sure that there are many regional variations in cooking styles within Thailand, and maybe this is legit for May’s region. It is not bad food, but it is not appealing to us. The service was excellent and the general ambiance was fine. We think that the reason it is so popular is that Vashon offers too few dining choices.

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V
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

May Kitchen is a great restaurant but every place can have an off night. Our server was very eager to please but their inexperience impacted our experience negatively. May’s has tiny tables & large dishware. We should have made it clearer that we didn’t want all three courses (4 items) on the table at once. It made for cold food and a cumbersome dinner. Our cocktails took 20 minutes when the restaurant was only a quarter full & the service was intrusive although well intentioned.
It’s a gorgeous place and usually the service is better. The food is lovingly prepared and the presentation is beautiful. I highly recommend May. Their front of the house training could be improved.

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May K&B is my favorite place to go to on Vashon. Food is always delicious and the atmosphere is always so unique.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love it every time we go! Never disappoints

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J
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent, cheerful and friendly service, top notch ambience. Food was well herbed, delightfully presented, but too sugary and oversalted for my palate. Also, cilantro-tastes-like-soap-sufferers beware, EVERYTHING contained loads of it. Perhaps you can request the dishes be prepared without, but I didn't think to. When May's was first open, it didn't seem like the recipes were cilantro-laden. Recommend beer, not wine, with Thai food.

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. Every bite was a treat!

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BH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Thai food - the best I have ever found. The ambiance is incredible: you walk through the door from the Main Street of vVashon into another world. The bar and seating is very conducive to quite conversations and energetic interchanges. The range of selections is fascinating and the table prepared Phad Thai is always a treat. A can't miss treat for anyone living on or visiting vashon Island.

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PP
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing as always. You're not rushed, we had plenty of time to eat our appetizers before our meal came. It was timed perfectly actually. Even though it was extremely busy, food arrived quickly and fresh. Our waitress was very attentive and helpful with the menu. Would definitely eat here again, and again, and again.

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M
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May Kitchen and Bar is always stellar, both in service and atmosphere. The food is amazing, the chef and owner May is truly a gifted chef and this is the best Thai food you will find outside of Thailand. The servers are warm, knowledgeable and make you feel like a welcome guest. Overall a lovely experience.

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IH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love my visits to May’s. Will definitly be back!

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DN
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The soup was not hot. Sorry, no more to say about it

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing and we all loved the pad Thai and the yellow curry.

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quick ferry ride from Seattle, entering May’s is Iike a portal to another country, dark teak walls and silk curtains create a soothing ambiance. Wait staff are professional and attentive and genuinely strive for an excellent dining experience. From the fried watercress appetizer plate, simmering Tom Kha gains soup, to PhadThai prepared table side, the food is authenticity delicious. Will be returning soon. Thank you.

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VN
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best authentic food and wonderful service. Wish us islanders could keep it a secret but happy to share this wonderful venue!

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only item missing from the menu was my favorite pork dish. It had lots of vegetables and an outstanding sauce. The plate looked like a soup/stew with pork strips. It may have had tamarind.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best!!!

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocooned in wood and candlelight, we always feel nurtured at May. More than a meal, it’s an experience. Friendly servers seem like old friends as they deliver information along with fragrant plates of food. And food is the star here. Outstanding food. For us. a night at May Kitchen and Bar is an evening in paradise.

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OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love the food and atmosphere and the wait staff, but the bartender is terribly slow to serve drinks.

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H
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food as always delicious. I love the cuisine, and you do it the best for many miles. The house was full, but conversation was not too loud. I came by myself (never did that before!) and met someone beside me at the counter, and we had a very good conversation.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May has the best atmosphere for fine dining of anywhere on Vashon, and the food is second to none. Even the kitchen is beautiful. The staff are all professional and helpful.

On Halloween two years ago I attended a late night dance party at May, and ended up making an amazing friend.

On a personal taste level, I often like my curry dishes a bit less saucy (still very spicy, with perhaps a teensy bit more heat).

That's not to say I don't love the food here. I wouldn't know a thing about thai food because I've never been to Thailand.

Thanks for being an inspiring restaurant and contributing so much to this community!

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience! Very comfortable and attentive service. Delicious food. Excellent value, especially considering the exceptional quality. Warm, rich, even cozy ambience, with tables arranged in a way that enhances privacy even in the midst of a small-ish dining area. Our special occasion was enhanced by choosing to dine at May's. We have already recommended this restaurant to others, and we will return as soon and as often as possible. (We intend to work our way through the entire menu.) Can't comment yet about the cocktails/wine list, because we chose not to indulge on this visit, but the list was impressive. To say that it is worth the drive--and the ferry ride--is an understatement. Thank you to all at May's--bravo!

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PK
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely has become my favorite Thai restaurant anywhere, and a favorite special occasion restaurant on Vashon. Lots of great vegan and vegetarian options.

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TR
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly staff. The decor is warm and inviting. Very enjoyable.

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the best Thai food in the Seattle/Tacoma area. The flavors of every dish I have tried are complex, fresh and something I could not duplicate at home.

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VD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Thai food you will ever have outside of Thailand. It is worth noting that they will take special care if you have nut allergies. There is nothing I do not love about May Kitchen! Do get reservations - they are almost always full.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - as always! Authentic gem on vashon- worth the drive/ferry.

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MH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was dubious when a friend said it was "the best Thai food in the STATE" but after eating there I can concur. Great vibe and amazing food. If I had a single complaint it would only be I was seated at the window and it was a little chilly. But this did not hamper my enjoyment of the food.

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TT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I celebrated my 75th birthday at May's with my family; and, as always, everyone thought that the restaurant was extraordinary.

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CC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Food, Fantastic Service, Wonderful ambiance!

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HM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Thai food I've ever had, on a beautiful island that's worth the ferry trip from Seattle. 10/10 -- would highly recommend!

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AG
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Don't be put off by the fact that it's a little hard to find due to its completely nondescript exterior; this is amazing Thai food. It was recommended to my by a local for a date night out while we stayed on the island. I'm so glad we did. The service was great and the food was amazing. I'll definitely be going back.

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RT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I eat at May's it is an extraordinary delight. I have never been disappointed. The green curry with chicken is the best around. Some may think the noise level is a little much but I find that it adds to the liveliness of the experience.

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SB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, food, and experience. They go out of their way to help you have an enjoyable experience. The food is a 11 out of 10 in my opinion.

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SM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are consistently very good. Nice and cozy.

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m
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best Thai food in the area. So worth the ferry ride to Vashon. Period.

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TH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love coming to May Kitchen & Bar, and this was no exception! My sweetie and I especially loved the deep fried banana + coconut ice cream dessert. In a word, yum.

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