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Chedi Thai Bistro

146 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (145)
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  • Good for Groups (71)

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If you want authentic Thai food in the La Jolla area, try Chedi Thai Bistro. It features modern, sleek architecture and the menu items are plated much the same way with chic, clean presentations. Chef and owner Sutharian �Pia� Kampuntip has designed a unique menu for Chedi Thai Bistro. Some of the popular items include Thai crispy calamari, pad thai with shrimp, pan roasted Chilean seabass, Asian grilled prawns and pan seared Atlantic salmon.

For those who crave Thai dessert items, Chedi Thai Bistro has a menu that offers mango sticky rice, taro root custard, ginger cr�me br�l�e and fried banana ice cream.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Thai, Vegetarian / Vegan, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 551-8424
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sutharin Pia Kampuntip
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Cross street
Mabel Bell Ln
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Parking details
Parking lots behind the building.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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viprose (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

We looked forward to having Thai food on our visit to La Jolla, at a restaurant that used to be one of our favorites in the old days: Royal Thai, now Chedi Bistro. The restaurant could be attractive, but it is not kept up well and looks a bit shabby and lackluster. From beginning to end, it was a disaster. We had a reservation, but when we arrived they said there was no table, even though clearly there were some open. We didn't get any attention for the first ten minutes, until my husband asked the man at the desk for some water. We did not seem to have a designated server. One young woman came once and apologized for the wait. Except for that high point, we had to ask for everything, and no one checked with us to see how we were doing. Long after we were finished, we had to ask for the check. The food was OK, nothing memorable, but pleasant. The service was non-existent, and the servers were clueless. The kitchen seemed slow and disorganized, and not all the food came at the same time. They don't seem to care about their guests' welfare at all. This is a shame and unfortunately inspired me to write this review to protect others from a disappointing experience.

FoodChef (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 22, 2015

The Thai food scene in San Diego isn't too great, and this place was average compared to the rest. The menu was quite Americanized, which was a down for me since I wished that everything had more heat. The steamed mussels for appetizer were nothing special - just seems like they steamed some previously frozen mussels. The entree was good - I got green curry and it came with rice. The dessert wasn't too great. The friend bananas are not fried in a batter, but wrapped in wonton wrappers, They were lukewarm (not hot) and chewy (not crispy), so they seemed like they were sitting under the hot lamp for an hour before we were served. At the end of the night, the server casually dropped off the check for us without a single "thank you" or even a smile, which was disappointing.

It is on the more pricey side for Thai food that I could get elsewhere, so I'm just going to save money next time and go to the hole-in-the-wall, more authentic Thai restaurants that I am used to.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2015

Was lucky to pick this place for lunch while visiting La Jolla. Some of the best Thai food I've had. Flavorful, appropriately tired of toned-down bland Thai...great value. I'd highly recommend this place.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2014

The ambiance is nice, the service friendly but disorganized. We waited too long for ordering and food and beverages. Some of the dishes were tasty while others left much to be desired. Too expensive for Thai food!

Sandra (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2014

We (a family of three) are Thai food fans and have visited Thai restaurants all over the world. This allows me to say that this is probably the worse Thai food that we have ever tried. The soup that was supposed to be medium-hot was almost sweet; the pad thai was made with a different kind of pasta and a sweet sauce; the lamb had too much pepper. Desserts were not bad, though. I had stiky rice and my daughter had taro. I am sorry to give this negative review but I think it could help the chef to improve its cooking.

vipMorimotolunch (Portland)
2.0  Dined on October 12, 2014

Went on a Sunday evening and it wasn't too busy. Service was good but I was expecting better food given the location and ambience. Tom Kha Gai was way too sweet and bland (not enough lemongrass and fish sauce). Green papaya salad hit the right flavor notes. Charred squid wasn't charred and dish was way too bland (it was supposed to be the spiciest choice on the menu).

PRob (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on October 8, 2014

All of the dishes, and we have four, were lacking in flavor and texture. They were not able to even give us adequate spicy flavors. There was nothing distinctive. I would say it is barely mediocre. Very pleasant wait staff but it was almost as though they knew the food was not so good.

vipRayF (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2014

My wife and I shared the Lovers appetizer which was great. I really liked the shrimp dumpling that was part of it. Their Pang Curry is excellent and their Drunken noodles were very tasty. We will return.

viptracyn (Denver)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2014

Portions were very generous! We had spring rolls for appetizers that are twice the size of other restaurants. I did my best to not inhale them before my entree came. We also had the veggie dumplings which I wasn't crazy about but my co-workers seemed to really enjoy them. I had the turmeric curry (without shrimp); though the broth and vegetables were delicious, I could have done without the noodles which were a little overcooked. I would have rather had the entree with rice instead, but overall a great dish. I definitely will make sure to stop by again next time I'm in the La Jolla area.

5h3rm6n (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

Clean and beautiful environment. Food slightly pricey but taste and portions almost makes up for it.