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Satay Restaurant

3.9
82 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
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About

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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Cuisines
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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(512) 467-6731
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Neighborhood
What 82 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.9
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4.1
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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!

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

Fast turn around, great food, friendly service!

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AustinVegans (Austin)
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2016

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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
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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Cross street
Shoalcreek
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(512) 467-6731
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Entertainment
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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Catering
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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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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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
Additional
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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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.