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Som Chai

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1-17-14 Chuo, Okinawa 904-0004, Okinawa Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 98-937-2208
Saturday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Okinawa, Japan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I cannot say enough good things about Som Chai. Richard and his wife are great and friendly. The food is delicious. If you want a nice, friendly, family-run dining experience, give this place a shot.

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Thank tim22134
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wife and I were walking around looking for a restaurant and found this gem. I spent a lot of time in Bangkok and enjoy a good Thai food in this place met our expectations. Pad Thai was very good as well as the coconut milk soup. Definitely worth a return visit.

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Thank cprimus
Ginowan City
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

The specials are good, the service is fast and the owner is super friendly. Many of the customers are American, so the staff can speak English. It's not a fancy place but it has character. It is counter service and you gotta bus your own table.

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Thank JuliaNabholz
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Loved the variety of spices you can use on your dish. I mixed and matched some of them. Got the pad thai with the dessert. Definitely must go while on Okinawa.

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Thank Jason C
Cambridge
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98 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Som Chai is a small restaurant run by a Japanese Canadian man who knows a LOT about Thai food. The menu is not huge, but you will find numerous delicious dishes and appetizers and desserts here every day. If you are unsure what to order, just ask the owner or guests - people here are friendly and it's a laid... More 

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Thank MissRich64
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Yummy! Never a disappointment when you are craving Thai food! Always a crowd must get there early or call in your order for pick-up! The owners are very wonderful and friendly people! Met them when they first opened, left the island for 8 years came back and they still remember our names!

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Thank guambrkk4
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The food at Som Chai is always good as is the service. You should plan your visit so that you get there early in the evening other wise there will be a wait. A good and bad thing is that the owners will ask diners that have finished eating, to leave. So you can't hang out and visit after your... More 

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Thank Astankemp
Amherst, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I actually debated whether I should write a review because I thought about keeping this restaurant to myself. I just love the food so much! On some days the wait can be a bit longer but it's totally worth it. The menu is fantastic and changes frequently since there are always 2 specials. I have a gluten allergy and they... More 

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1 Thank Jennysnow
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

The food was excellent and we didn't have up wait long (we arrived around 5:45). I had Pad Thai, and my husband had the curry, which both were delicious. If you are going to eat at the restaurant, be prepared to bus your own table.

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Thank tnpaige
Okinawa, Japan
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Better thai food than I had in thailand! most items can be made vegan/vegetarian. The pumpkin dessert with the lime caramel sauce is amazing!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-17-14 Chuo, Okinawa 904-0004, Okinawa Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kyushu-Okinawa  >  Okinawa Prefecture  >  Okinawa
  • Phone Number: +81 98-937-2208

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?