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Real Thai Kitchen

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1632 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2531
+1 831-427-2559
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Toulouse, France
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Friend and I went for take out. They claim no MSG, not real sure if that's true. They answered quick and without real knowledge. When I got to the beach with my food, I was pretty greasy and quite devoid of the chicken I ordered with it. Had that super sodium after taste that makes you die of thirst -... More 

Thank BarthalemewL
McLean, Virginia
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Very friendly staff seated our party of 12 quickly. We all enjoyed the delicious lunch buffet. The peanut salad dressing was yummy. 3 choices for curry, 2 noodle dishes & several chicken dishes made for a nice selection. We also ordered Thai iced coffee, Thai iced tea & Thai beer. We would come here again.

Thank delacrue96
Santa Cruz, California
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396 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

My daughter took me here for dinner. We were greeted warmly even without reservations. It was a busy night. We ordered the Tom Kha at her recommendation and tried some of the other spicy items. The food was fresh. The Tom Kha delicious and served in a bowl with flame. The veggies were al dente and quite good. Won't go... More 

Thank JeriLG
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Great food and price point! LOVE the chicken ginger soup! My daughter and I eat there at least once a week since we found the place a few months ago. Very friendly staff

Thank Bonnie S
Santa Cruz, CA
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157 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Every so years, I've given this place another chance, and each time I've written it off. The problem is the food -- it's bland!

Thank JimBrown
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Their lunch buffet is the best I have been to. There are three types of curries, meat and vege options, brown rice, salad, soup, noodle dishes and fruit. They are really nice and replenish the dishes often. Enjoy!

Thank Anne B
Portland, OR
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95 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I find the lunch buffet food perfect every time I come here. However, my wife, who is pre-diabetic, claims that she always feels terribly sluggish from too much sugar, and has a crash an hour later. Again, that's not my experience - I think that the curries are especially delicious.

Thank blavine
Silver Spring, Maryland
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1,028 reviews
671 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015

We stopped into Real Thai Kitchen for a Christmas Eve takeout dinner. Even though the place was JAMMED, the atmosphere was at once convivial and nearly quiet. Seemed like a delightful place to have a meal. The staff -- all decked out in reindeer headbands -- were efficient and careful to check all orders before they went out. Most of... More 

Thank jaseaton
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

I go out to eat for the dining experience as much as the food. I eat out a lot because I travel for work but I also enjoy dining out for pleasure. This particular instance was on a business trip. I walked into this place and stood there for several minutes as various staff glanced at me, not acknowledging me... More 

Thank Nicole G
San Francisco, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015

The experience was a quick one, I was in a hurry and the food came very quickly. Our server had a good sense of humor. The food was a little disappointing, I had the spring rolls which were very dry and the red curry which came out very watery. I prefer my sauces with a little thickness, this was very... More 

Thank Alastair B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1632 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2531
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-427-2559

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