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About Satay Restaurant
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.
Austin, TX 78757
Thai, Pan-Asian, Asian
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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!"
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.
SATAY is within walking distance a few blocks away from the Public transit station behind Northcross Mall.
Chef Dr. Foo Swasdee
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.
Private Party Contact:
Dr. Foo Swasdee: (512) 576-0820
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
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.
Satay Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
Satay serves up Thai Curry Roulette on Tuesday nights. Each Tuesday, Chef Foo prepares three different types of curry. Often it will be curries not found on the regular menu. Its an all you can eat feast! I highly recommend trying it out if you are a fan of curries. And leave room for dessertr! We had chocolate silk pie (amazing) and sticky rice with mango (very Thai!).
We were so disappointed in our experience at Satay. I used to eat there all the time many years ago and assume the full menu is still fantastic. But the limited menu choices for Valentines day were disappointing. The service was friendly, but so slow. We got our meals first after a long wait in a full room of hungry food-less people and felt like we were in a fish bowl. On top of that, the food wasn't that great. It was expensive for the portion size we got and we were so worn out from waiting, we left before dessert (even though we paid for it).
Unfortunately the kitchen was unprepared for the Valentine's Day meal. We had a reservation for 6 people and were seated at 6:00pm. By 7:45, we had only gotten appetizers, and each person's arrived separately at about 15 minute intervals. Our waitress walked out of the restaurant at 6:30 (which we discovered an hour later) and no other server waited on our table. Finallly, with no hope of ever getting our meal, we left at 7:45. Other diners also left without being served.
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