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Meun Fan Thai Cafe

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1819 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1672
+1 805-882-9244
11:00 - 21:00
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Santa Clara, California
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387 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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 

Thank Alice W
Laguna Beach, California
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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

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 

Thank JerryFlanagan
San Francisco, California
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133 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 

Thank KenSanFrancisco
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74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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😊

Thank Faranak M
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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268 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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.

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 

Santa Barbara, CA
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12 restaurant 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 

Thank VickieBHS
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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306 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

Thank SugarloafView
Santa Barbara, California
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63 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

Thank Evan S
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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195 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
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 

Thank TravelbeeSantaFe_NM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?