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Zenyai Thai Cuisine

425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
+1 805-957-1193
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible5%
7 Dec 2016
“Very popular”
10 Mar 2017
“Great little gem!”
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Asian, Thai
$$ - $$$
425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

This is a hidden gem in Santa Barbara, and although it's a tiny restaurant, the food is fresh and flavorful. They also have limited but delicious wine available by the glass to wash down the spicy yuminess. Try the pumpkin curry, it's wonderful.

Thank Sunnymoonz
Reviewed 8 December 2016

It's unusual not to see Zenyai crowded. There are only a dozen or so tables, but traffic seems to move fast--so it's usually not difficult to be seated. This past time we had a couple of their curries, and they both were delicious and slightly...More

Thank Greg N
Reviewed 28 April 2016

We were here with a few "Santa Barbarians" and according to them this is the best Thai in town. The traditional Thai dishes on the menue. We all choose different courses, all tasty.

Thank TheNomisFamily
Reviewed 18 April 2016

My husband had green curry and I had red, both with shrimp. Very good food at a reasonable price. We did ask for one white and one brown rice and only got white however it didn't stop the food from being good.

Thank Karan L
Reviewed 21 February 2016

OK a very simple place , but I have to say some of the best Thai food I have had anywhere. I have been eating Thai since I was 17, have a home there. Spend a lot of time there. Eat Thai three times a...More

Thank edkhub
Reviewed 29 January 2016

Zen Yai serve authentic tasting Thai dishes. I like their various kinds of noodles and curry dishes.

Thank Racel1028
Reviewed 16 November 2015

I am mystified as to why this is the number one rated Thai food restaurant in Santa Barbara. My daughters and I were there on a Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.. The server seemed annoyed that she had to bring us menus. We ordered tom...More

Thank beckyjake123
Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

Not Real thai Tom yum without lemongrass or coconut Fischcakes didnt Taste of anything etc The Chef Must have off. Not Real thai - tasted more like malaysian with The wrong curry

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 27 April 2015

Although dining alone on a Saturday evening, I was warmly welcomed to this small, intimate cafe on lower State Street. The red curry with chicken was excellent. It was well seasoned after the server diplomatically sought my preference: "If it usually very spicy. Would you...More

Thank NJ_Traveler05
Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

Here now 2 small families with 2, 3 year olds. - quick service - great food. We tried thai tea, spicy noodles, red and panang curry -good size portions - tea pot..refills was awesome. We had 3 small pots as tea was awesome - curries...More

Thank M S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-957-1193
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