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Satay Restaurant

82 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (43)

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SATAY has been an Austin tradition for 26 years with several Zagat -rated and local awards. We offer fine Thai cuisine and special menu items from countries surrounding the South China Seas with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menu options. Our MSG free cooking and great tasting food have made us a favorite and an Austin landmark.

SATAY Restaurant was founded in 1987 by renowned chef and food scientist, Dr Foo Swasdee. Our focuses are using fresh, homegrown organic herbs, sustainable/local ingredients for recipes created by Chef Dr. Foo with nutrition concepts in mind. Seasonal menus offer dishes specially designed to give the healthiest options for weather changes. Examples are slow-cooked dishes such as Star-War, Duo-Beef Panang, Thai Gumbo, or our famous GET WELL SOUPS. We offers a full bar, banquet room for private party and business meetings, a tropical patio and an experience of culture, music and cuisine all at once.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Thai, Pan-Asian, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(512) 467-6731
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Dr. Foo Swasdee
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Private party facilities
We offer private dining from 15 to 50 guests in our "Baby Elephant Room" with a guaranteed deposit towards purchase. We can offer indoor-outdoor dining by combining the banquet room with patio to serve up to 80 guests. With special arrangement with Chef Dr. Foo, the main dining room can be reserved for a more formal private party with a minimum guaranty of 100 guests on Sunday-Thursday nights excluding New Year’s Eve, Valentine's and Mother's Days.
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Private party contact
Dr. Foo Swasdee: (512) 576-0820
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SATAY offers all size catering from graduation parties to weddings, up to 300 guests through our catering department "Passport-to-ASIA Catering" with arrays of cuisines from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, etc.. We offer full bar and full staff services in addition to special arranged cultural performance per guests’desire. We hope to make your experience with us "One to remember!"
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Cross street
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Parking details
We have plenty of parking as it is shared by a few tenants and 40 parking spots are assigned to SATAY. Parking is very convenient as it's adjacent to SATAY with a handicap ramp right in front of our gate entering the restaurant.
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Public transit
SATAY is within walking distance a few blocks away from the Public transit station behind Northcross Mall.
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Patio music during Spring and Summer. Soft music in dining room area few nights a week throughout the year. Thai music and cultural performance for special occasions such as Thai New Year, King’s and Queen's Birthday, etc.
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Special events & promotions
SATAY celebrates both traditional Thai and American cultural events and important holidays throughout the year. Join us for New Year's Eve celebration, Valentine's specials, Mother's Day and Father's Day specials, Independent Day, as well as Thai New Year "Song Kran Water Blessing ceremony and Khan Thoke Dinner" on April 13th, our King's Royal Birthday (December 5th) and Queen's Rayal Birthday (August 12th) with Thai classical dancers, and special Thai Dinners for the ceremony. For special Holidays meals, we offer "Thai Turkey" for Thanksgiving and "Rijstaffel (Indonesian Rice Table)" for Christmas Holidays celebration. You can create special events for your favorite Non-Profit organizations at SATAY on any night of the week (except Friday and Saturday nights and major holidays)and SATAY will donate 15% of the sale to the organization. Think of SATAY as a place for your celebration of all occasions and enjoy fabulous meals at the same time.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

Great little restaurant! Great service - appears very clean- great food! Will be back!

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

Fast turn around, great food, friendly service!

AustinVegans (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We just enjoyed another great vegan meal at's a hidden gem for vegeterians and vegans here in Austin!

Restaurant (Austin)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 2015

Read a lot of reviews before choosing Satay to meet friends for dinner. Some reviewers, who described themselves as being very familiar with Thai dishes, described their (Satay's) food as "bland". I suppose that could depend on the menu choices made. We dined on our 47th wedding anniversary and most recently al fresco with friends. On both occasions we were not disappointed. We will continue to patronize Satay until then.

We don't believe you would be disappointed. If you are, please accept our apology for steering you wrong. Stuff happens. Would it be a first? Probably not. Decide for yourself and vote with your wallet!

BTW, lots of choices on the menu. Some are pricey, some are not. Choose accordingly.

The End

cgangey (Austin)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2015

This was the first visit for my husband and me. I have wanted to dine here for a long time. We were celebrating the birthday of the husband of the couple who joined us on this occasion; and for them, they had been coming here for years. And, for all of us, this was a wonderful experience. Foo came to our table and visited with us and our experience was made even the more amazing, if that was possible! We can't say enough about the dishes we ordered for our dinner. . . everyone was pleased and the dishes were shared around. We can't wait to revisit Satay and highly recommend the experience to others! You will NOT be disappointed!

dport (Austin)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2015

A hearty dark roux filled with the holy trinity, cilantro and thai veggies and spices. A little light on seafood this time, but everyone should try it, maybe often. Doctor Swasdee has another creative dish!

vipDoc72 (Austin)
2.0  Dined on October 23, 2015

We went for lunch last Friday and had the worst food that I've had in a very long time. My wife had chicken pad Thai and I had Asian flat noodle with chicken. The chicken in both was rubbery and tasted a little off as if it was on the verge of going bad. The flavor on both was lackluster, but they flat noodle dish was almost fishy and sour. my wife loves pad Thai and has it as often as she can. She says this was the worst she's ever had. There are too many good restaurants in Austin to ever waste time going here again.

vipetxgrl (Austin)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2015

After years of visiting Satay only with a friend from work, I finally got my Boyfriend to go for dinner...AND HE LOVED IT! Now he asks to go more than I do. YAY!

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2015

Everything on the menu was unbelievably fresh. The sauces were perfect compents to the entrees. This was our first time dining at Satay and we will definitely return!

vipetxgrl (Austin)
4.0  Dined on September 18, 2015

I brought my boyfriend here for the first time and he has declared that we must return. Yay! I always enjoy visiting Satay. This time I had the Laksa Noodle Soup with chicken and my standard Mango Martini! The boyfriend had both Thai and Vietnamese Egg Rolls.

vipAussiekoala (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on September 6, 2015

Great food in a setting that is casual and not fancy. Interesting dishes!

vipDestra (Corpus Christi)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

Food and service is always excellent and I come here a lot for lunch.

vipDestra (Corpus Christi)
5.0  Dined on August 17, 2015

I love coming here because the food is always great and also wait staff is very attentive. During the afternoon It is never that busy so feels like having the place to yourself.

vipRyan (Austin)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2015

Some of the best Thai food we've found in Austin (we lived in southeast Asia for a year so we know good Thai). We try something new on the menu each time and it always turns out delicious. Each of the dishes are extremely fresh and full of flavor. Definitely worth giving a try

vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
2.0  Dined on May 27, 2015

If you like good Thai, this place will surely disappoint. The coconut soup had separated - it's by far the worst we've had in NW Austin. And the drunken noodles were visually bland and tasted the same. We will not go back.

vipDestra (Corpus Christi)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2015

I come here often and always enjoy the food and the waitstaff is very pleasant...has the mom and pop feel.

Paige (Austin)
3.0  Dined on April 11, 2015

I didn't like the food here – it was fried in unhealthy oils, was lackluster, and frankly unimpressive for Thai – but the scenery was something else. The whole shop glowed with a kind of magic, and I'll be back again soon just for that.

vipDestra (Corpus Christi)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2015

I always enjoy eating Thai food in Austin ...great waitress too

vipClaudeB (Houston)
4.0  Dined on March 30, 2015

The larb gai was hard to find on the menu, we had to ask. It was worth it - nice entree size, with lots of mint.

vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
2.0  Dined on March 20, 2015

I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. If you know Thai food, this is definitely not the place for you. Everything seemed to have been made well in advance and just kept warm. We were really disappointed.

Balu64 (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Satay had a special menu for the holiday. Entriees were great, satisfied my carnivore craving Andy dates vegetarian needs. Service was quick and discreet. Very quiet music for background made for great ambience. Will definitely be back.

StephanieC (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2015

My server was so sweet and the rendang panda go super tastey. It is on the more expensive side, especially with all the North Lamar/Chinatown options less than 10 minutes north. But descriptions were good and I tried something I wouldn't otherwise have (i.e. I didn't go straight for the pad/noodle dishes)

Foodie786 (Houston)
3.0  Dined on January 9, 2015

We came here after another Thai restaurant was packed. Food was decent but tasted a little bland. Once we added more soy sauce and chili paste it was better. Restaurant is cool overall but I prefer more flavor in my food.

vipLoke (Houston)
3.0  Dined on October 24, 2014

We were there for lunch and were given the standard lunch menu. Wish I had the chance to order ala carte.

vipAnna22 (Austin)
4.0  Dined on September 17, 2014

Satay is great. No complaints. Their soups are wonderful; I had the coconut lemongrass with chicken, and I will be going back for more. Very quiet inside, so probably not good for rowdy groups.

vipjonnyu (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2014

Ambience very nice, bar suspect, server and bar tender weren't sure if they had items to mix any drink we asked for(?) Only domestic beer is Shiner Bock. Appetizers were wonderful, enjoyed the dumpling special and spring rolls, entrees were great I had Satay and my customer had the curry special. Would go back and recommend same.

Joyyy (Austin)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2014

I've known lots of nice Thai restaurants here, but this one is so great and it amazed me so much with its awesome taste! I wish I were living in Austin.

lovelyluke (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2014

This place has been around forever and is well known by locals as one of the best Thai places anywhere. The California crowd seem to have not zeroed in on this spot, which is fantastic. Beautiful courtyard area and well made and inventive dishes. If you want wonderful Thai food in a quiet atmosphere sans crowd go here. I recommend the "Kampung Udang" appetizer, coconut shrimp in a traditional clay serving dish. I've had a few entrees here and they are awesome as well.

AustinFoodie (Austin)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2014

Satay has a long standing reputation for incredible Thai food. This was my first meal, and it lived up to everything people say about it. Wonderful!

JayS (Austin)
3.0  Dined on March 23, 2014

It was quiet since there were no more than 4 people in the restaurant at a time.

The food was OK, but they still have the best Vietnamese Spring Rolls in town.