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Meun Fan Thai Cafe

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1819 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1672
+1 805-882-9244
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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355 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small restaurant on the Mesa in Santa Barbara is ok, with decent Thai food and service but it is not outstanding. Based on descriptions from friends, I was expecting something really special and we had an average experience. The food was tasty but not stand-out versus other Thai restaurants. The wait staff couldn't remember who had ordered what and... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We choose Thai food for dinner while we visited Santa Barbara for a few days. Excellent service from the Thai server and really good freshly prepared Thai food. We shared the Pad Thai(chicken), Spring rolls, Tom Yum Gai (chicken ). We had plenty of left overs. They also serve a sweet Chardonnay wine from one of the local Santa Barbara... More 

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Thank JerryFlanagan
San Francisco, California
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131 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I thought the service was very nice and efficient, also nice upscale interior. The food was not as good as expected, not bad, but could be better. I had a sweet sour soup with chicken that I thought I recognized from other Thai places but could be better as it was mostly broth and mushrooms with little other vegetables. Crab... More 

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Thank KenSanFrancisco
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. Lots of vegetarian dishes to choose from and great taste. We love this place and recommend it to anybody that loves Thai food😊

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Thank Faranak M
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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264 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Excellent choice of Thai food and always busy. We usually go for the take-out so we can enjoy at home. Pad Thai, drunken noodles, eggplant dishes, spring rolls are just a few of the delicious items.

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Thank davis40vacation
Santa Barbara, CA
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113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Meun Thai is located in a tiny parking lot off Cliff Dr. (near Lazy Acres) on the Mesa in Santa Barbara. Owned by a lovely Thai woman, the food is fresh, authentic, and delicious. It is our go-to restaurant for Thai food. Sometimes we will just have appetizers (they aren't all fried, which is sometimes the case; the steamed dumplings... More 

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Thank KKGSB
Santa Barbara, CA
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

4 of us had dinner at Meun Fan last night (on New Year's Eve!). We each ordered different dishes, and each of us thought our choice was the best!. (Appetizers: cucumber salad, Minced chicken with mint and lime juice, ginger, peanuts and lime juice appetizers. Our entrees: spicy chicken and basil, Red curry with chicken, pineapple and peanuts in coconut... More 

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Thank VickieBHS
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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302 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

Renting a house nearby for a few days and this was one of the restaurants within walking distance. Charming service from the Thai waitresses and really good freshly prepared Thai food. We shared the sizzling platter (chicken), Masaman curry (beef) and pad Thai with a couple of Singha beers. As good as the Thai meals we've had in Europe. The... More 

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Thank SugarloafView
Santa Barbara, California
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61 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

Good thai and I love that it is on the Mesa. The food is always good. The service is kind of hit or miss, but you will always end up with really good food. I usually try to go on the earlier side when they aren't too busy.

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Thank Evan S
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

Other reviews almost kept us away. It got a bum rap. The room was full on a Monday night with locals and people stopping to pick up take out. Good, solid, fresh Thai food. Good service, though waiter and busers' English is limited. Curry excellent; eggplant overcooked for my taste, sticky rice just right. This may have been a communication... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1819 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-882-9244

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?