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.
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.
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.
Was lucky to pick this place for lunch while visiting La Jolla. Some of the best Thai food I've had. Flavorful, appropriately spicy...so tired of toned-down bland Thai...great value. I'd highly recommend this place.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Clean and beautiful environment. Food slightly pricey but taste and portions almost makes up for it.
We were a visiting party of 5 (including 2 vegetarians) and everyone was pleased with their dishes. I especially liked the Tom Kha Gai (coconut chicken soup with lime and galanga root) which I consider the "litmus test" dish to judge a Thai restaurant). The spices were nicely balanced, the chicken was all breast meat, the lemon grass, galanga root and kefir lime leaves were in good proportion. I prefer straw mushrooms, however. The chef is liberal with the "heat" index, so order conservatively unless you like really spicy food. We also enjoyed the Pad Thai and musmun curry.
The decor is pleasant, but not intimate. Thai food is inexpensive in some locales. Not so much in La Jolla. I'd go there again, given the chance.
Food delicious and setting updated and modern. Unusual as many
Thai restaurants can be basic with very little ambience. Service good and priced moderately for San Diego.
The restaurant is small and well appointed with a water feature and nice artwork. The food was delicious. I had halibut with a tamarind sauce, delicate and flavorful. My husband had a noodle dish with scallops that he enjoyed. We ate there on Valentine's so it was a bit more hectic than usual, but we'll definitely go back.
My friend and both were impressed with our first visit on Saturday night. Plenty of great choices, even for me as a vegetarian. Will definitely plan to go again!
From the time we sat down to the time we checked in was very good we came during of time, the service was fantastic the food was great I would recommend it to anybody.
The staff were kind and the food was good. Most of us liked the food very much, but we all agreed that curries are a bit sweet. If the food were less sweetend it would be much much better.
But the soups were fantastic. and we loved the creme brulee!! The overall price is also nice. I would recommend this place to friends!
Everything was wonderful.. Service, food, etc. Cant wait to return. Great place to have in our neighborhood.
We both ordered the same entrée, one at a spice level of 5, the other at a spice level of 10 out of 10. Both dishes came out exactly the same -- quite mild, like a 1. Also the flavors in our dish did not blend together. It's as if it was a bunch of separate ingredients which did not come together as they should have.
The crispy calamari appetizer was good, but the entrees spoiled the meal.
We will not go back to this place.
best green curry I have ever had (and I have had quite a few), nice that the waitress recommended some dishes and her recommendations were good (yummy dessert). The place was packed as it was Christmas day but the staff were all very friendly and efficient. Will definitely go there again.
Tried this on the recommendation of Food Lover's Guide to San Diego, by Maria Montana, an excellent guidebook. Food was very good. Started with appetizers of crispy calamari and steamed veggie dumplings - yum - then went on to the Red Snapper, which was crispy and delicious, and a curry, which was also very tasty. The wait staff was mixed; our waiter was friendly, but easily distractible, and forgot a few things here and there. Will try this one again.
I have eaten in many thai restaurants and this one was as good as any. Food was excellent. Had the best calamari as an appetizer and it was as good as any I've ever had. We had many selections and are were excellent. I'd go back tomorrow!
We had to many servers, some one sat us that was normal. Then we got a
Waiter who took our order. So another person brought out our drinks Some one different brought each part of the 3 course meal. We had so many people serving us the waiter gave us the check before we had the dessert he asked if we wanted. And none of the 4 or 5 servers asked how was the food
My friend and I decided to try this place out for Restaurant Week, and it was a pretty decent experience. The menu options were amazing--it was hard to make a decision on the 3 courses we'd be having. Even so, after finally coming to a decision, we were extremely happy with our food choices. The only issue we had was with how long it took to get dessert after the main course, as well as the bill--between finishing the main course and getting our cards back to pay, it took 40 minutes. You could tell, however, that they were probably overwhelmed with the Restaurant Week crowd. That will in no way prevent me from coming here again or recommending the food to friends.
We went to Chedi during restaurant week because it was the only place we found that had available reservations before 9pm. The food was good although not as good as other Thai I've had in San Diego. Loved the chocolate dessert though. The wine was good too. The service was friendly, but I was a little annoyed at their seeming rush to get us out of there. With the 3-course restaurant week meal, they brought our main course before we had finished appetizers and dessert well before we had finished dinner. But the meal was nice overall.
My wife and I stripped by for late Thai dinner while waiting for our son to finish his business dinner across the street. it was an absolutely delicious and enjoyable surprise. The food was aromatic & delicious, the service superb, and the atmosphere delightful. We we even provided with complimentary Thai ice teas shortly before closing time! We'll definitely return in the near future. Chedi Thai Bistro is one of the best Thai restaurants in town.
Came here for restaurant week. Prices are a little steep compared to other Thai restaurants in San Diego. Tom Kah Soup was excellent. My snapper was too ginger-y, and didn't taste fresh; otherwise a good texture and nicely fried. Dessert was ginger creme brulee, which was good--thankfully much less ginger than the fish. Wish they filled the ramekin a little more than 1/2 cm from the bottom the sugar brulee was actually overpowering the creme.
It's worth a try if you're in the area on a nice date. Be warned: it's not super authentic Thai, rather Americanized in my opinion.
Service was excellent, we had Lin as our waitress--she checked on us and got me a better drink when I told her I didn't like the one I'd ordered!
We came for the happy hour and loved the selection. We also ordered off the main menu and had a wonderful vegetarian curry. The food was flavorful and beautifully presented, and the service was attentive and prompt and unobtrusive. We'll be back for sure.
A bit of a strange one. We arrived and there was one other table seated and the rest of the place was empty. There was one woman handling the front, seating, serving and take-out orders. There were MANY take-out orders. As the time went by others came into the restaurant. Clearly they were not expecting to be busy and cut back on upfront staff. Turned out to be good food and the one server who was running her you know what off did a nice job.
Service was great. Everyone was attentive, smiling and eager to please. However we were the only patrons in this small restaurant when we went for an early dinner. Ambience was nice, also. Plates were beautifully decorated. The texture of my Chilean Sea Bass was not as firm as I would prefer, and the duck my friend ordered was dry. The sauces and accompaniments were delicious. And the Thai dessert in coconut milk was delicious.
Food was great! We eat Thai a lot, and this had a few diverse options for the more eager palate.
Always a pleasure to go there, always delicious.
I have been craving the panang angus beef ever since! Food was fantastic!
All reviews seemed excellent. Maybe they had an off night but the appetizer was greasy, the fish was dry and the lamb was tough.
This is the fourth time we've been to Chedi Thai Bistro. We keep coming back and bringing new friends. Everything we've ordered has been delicious and fresh. This is definitely our go-to place when entertaining family and friends.
Absolutely fantastic. Great food and service!
The quality of the food was not as good as last time we were there (2 years ago). The servers were very attentive, but just too quick to take plates away, e.g. to serve the dessert before one of us had not even finished the second course..
The food was very good! The menu for restaurant week was great- a good amount for only $10 per person. We were surprised how vacant this place was with the food being very good. Our server was nice- the staff could be friendlier and more inviting. We love Thai food and were used to picking our own heat with the selected dish, but the dishes here came with a heat already and you would have to pick the dish based on the heat you want.
Chedi thai is an amazing place; there isn't a single thing on the menu that doesn't look good, and everything i had was fantastic. everyone else's dish was amazing too. This place appears to be very popular as we had reservations but when i got there they were turning away anyone without reservations because they were so busy, the wait was over an hour. Granted this was during Restaurant Week, still probably a good idea to make reservations if you're going to go!
Chedi Thai Bistro is a hidden gem in San Diego. Great food, great service and a comfortable dining environment. High quality in and out. Great attention to detail and it shows. I'd happily return to Chedi Thai!
We went to this restaurant because it was close to the Comedy Store where we had plans later that evening. We had a waiter named Nate who we really liked. Unfortunately the food was bland. To be clear, the food wasn't bad, it just had no kick at all. I would compare it to Chinese food. When ordering, Nate had asked us how spicy we wanted the food and gave us a range of 1 through 5 explaining that 5 was very spicy. We went with 4 based on his recommendation. Not sure what happened but there was no spice at all. Maybe if we had went with 5 it would have been better.