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Thaiphoon Restaurant

27 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
  • Neighborhood Gem (21)
  • Great for Lunch (13)

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Over 100 delicious selections to choose from the menu. Some of Chef's best recommendations are Stir Fried Mango Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles, Yellow Curry Chicken and Roasted Duck Curry. There is a full bar, outdoor seating, elegant main dining room with beautiful decor and handcraft paintings made from Thailand.
Voted the Best Thai Restaurant by the readers of the Palo Alto Weekly from 2006 to 2012. Hall of Fame winner 2 years in a row 2011-2013.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Thai, Asian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
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Phone number
(650) 323-7700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Wanna Vongampai
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Please contact the restaurant directly, our staff will be happy to recommend dishes that will fit your needs. We cater weddings, lunches and dinners for corporate America and local businesses, birthdays. Minimum delivery for catering order is $150.00.
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Cross street
University Ave
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Parking details
City street parking available. There is also a parking lot available.
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Public transit
VTA 35, Caltrain
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Milly (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

I grew up in the area, so I've seen a lot of restaurants come and go around University Avenue. There's a reason Thaiphoon stays when so many (often really good) restaurants have fallen. They make seriously great food. Whenever I come back for a visit, my family and I always make a point of going to Thaiphoon. I do have some menu items I especially like, but I've yet to be disappointed by a new menu item. This place is the best.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

Spicey eggplant didn't have much eggplant, prawn dishes skimpy on prawns. Mediocre Thai cuisine.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

Fair food. Not bad, not great. Fine service. There are probably better options in the area.

vipMezzo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2017

The food at this restaurant is good. The curries are the best I've eaten in the area. The decor is getting old and needs to be updated. Some of the servers are good others not.

vipZOEE (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Good food but not great service

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2017

How can I return to a restaurant when the service is so terrible? After we ordered our food our server never returned. Someone else brought the food, but no one stopped by to see if we needed anything. We had to flag down another server to order more rice, to have our water glasses filled, to get back the cork for the wine bottle we brought but did not finish, and to ask for the check. (We also filled our own wine glasses, which does not bother me as it's better then their constantly overfilling them, but when I spend $15 corkage at an inexpensive Asian restaurant that has a small, lousy wine list (with no vintages listed) anyway I should be getting something for my money.) The food we like but there is no point eating it there.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Pretty good Thai very slow arriving--one dish came 5-6 minutes before others. Pad Thai was great but the lamb in the lamb curry was very tough, almost needed a knife. Surprised the bill arrived before we were even asked about dessert. Ran out of the Stella draft (only one of two for a Thai restaurant?)

WH13 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

We went to Taiphoon for a birthday with the family.
We had to wait for nearly 30 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation.
Then the service was quite quick and friendly.
The food was good but not exceptional.
The restaurant was very noisy in the beginning due to a couple of big parties, but quieted down after they left.
My takeaway: avoid at peak times

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 13, 2016

Not impressed with the food at all. Their Shaken Beef was way too tough, and mango chicken was just OK.
Not planning to return.

vipYouGetOneShot (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2016

Americanized Thai food but very good quality. Having lived in Thailand 6 years I was hoping for more authentic dishes but most Americans probably don't want that. Som Tom was lacking but the waiter warned me in advance it would not be authentic. It was packed on a weeknight so obviously the locals know it's good. No complaints from me.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on November 16, 2016

Made a reservation and they kept us waiting for over 1hr. Worst of all, when I asked about it we received incredibly bad service to the point we decided to leave.

VjJ12345 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

The person who took our orders was not pleasant, she snapped when asked about ingredients. She kind of spoiled everyone's mood.

vipPatB (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on October 6, 2016

The food was disappointing, kind of bland. We were especially upset because we told the waitress one person was allergic to red peppers or soy sauce and she wrote that on our check but both dishes came with those ingredients.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

Quiet location to meet friends. My friends and I were looking for a Thai place, and this was one of the suggestions. Thaiphoon is a delicious place to dine with lots of options for everyone.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

So disappointing. "Veggie" coconut soup was just carrots, mushrooms, and white bok choy with very little flavor. Lemongrass chicken very blah with no lemongrass flavor. Pot-stickers too greasy with only plain soy sauce accompanying them. Other dishes equally poor. Definitely does not deserve more than 3 stars except for nice outside seating (if you get there early). Very poor Thai food dining choices on the Peninsula which is why we tried Thaiphoon. Had eaten there years ago and was disappointed but gave them another try. Shouldn't have bothered.