Taste of Thai

527 University Avenue, San Diego CA 92103

$25 - $50

Taste of Thai in Hillcrest offers an extensive selection of authentic Thai cuisine that is light, fresh, and traditional. The menu includes Thai curries, noodle and rice dishes, and house specialties, often offered with a choice of chicken, pork, seafood, tofu, or vegetables. The seafood section of the menu is especially tempting, with dishes like Whole Fish in Curry sauce and Grilled Thai Prawns. While the menu is extensive, every dish is prepared well, proving that the kitchen is skilled in crafting intricate and harmonious presentations of taste and flavor. The simple décor imparts a subtle elegance, which serves as an ideal backdrop for enjoying Taste of Thai’s sophisticated and authentic cuisine.


  Business Info

  • Address: 527 University Avenue, San Diego CA 92103
  • Cross Street: 6th Avenue
  • Location: Hillcrest & Uptown | Hillcrest
  • Cuisine: Asian | Thai |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Unknown
  • Dress Code: Unknown
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (619) 291-7525
  • Features: Takeout Available,
  • Occasion: Dining Alone, Business Dining, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Trendy / Hip,


  Business Hours

Reservations Available

Lunch - Main Dining Room 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Dinner - Main Dining Room 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.  
Lunch - Main Dining Room 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Dinner - Main Dining Room 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.  
Lunch - Main Dining Room 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Dinner - Main Dining Room 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.  
Lunch - Main Dining Room 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Dinner - Main Dining Room 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.  
Lunch - Main Dining Room 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Dinner - Main Dining Room 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.  
All Day - Main Dining Room noon - 11 p.m.  
All Day - Main Dining Room noon - 10 p.m.  


Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the curry paste is available on the restaurant's website.

Customer Reviews & Ratings

Excellent food  

Their food is very good. I love the panang curry with duck. Thats my fav dish. The hot basil with chicken is also good, but don't try them together... Also their soups are pretty decent. The service is also good.

Excedes expectations  

After reading the above posts we were skeptical. Everything was clean and the food was great. We had the curry chicken and the grilled red snapper with garlic sauce. I was impressed that the food was so healthy. Much better than the average Thai restaurant


We were in for a little something different and we were NOT dissatisfied. GREAT food, good pricing. Only negative is atmosphere, tablea are crowded and conversation loud. Not for the romantics.

Taste of Thai  

The Tast of Thai restaurant is a very good experience. Their food is not only delicious, but also inexpensive. The only bad point is that their food, although better than some, is not authentic, it is an "Americanized" version of Thai food.

Fresh food, boring menu.  

Food is fresh, service is quick. Menu is boring. For something really tasty, try Celeadon across the street.

not that great  

waiters and bus boys were constantly trying to take dishes away even though we weren't done eating-gave the feeling that they wanted us cleared out ASAP so they could get more people in. Also the crispy duck pretty much sucked-smothered in a sauce and covered in frozen peas and square carrots. this is a taste of thai?!

Not as good as it used to be  

I used to dine frequently at Taste Of Thai many years ago. I moved away and have recently moved back to San Diego. My coworkers and I had lunch at Taste of Thai last week, and it was bad. The service was fine, but I ordered the Pad Thai and it was only slightly warm and bland. My friend ordered Garlic beef and she didn't utter a word about it, so I figure she didn't like it. My other friend ordered chicken with peanut sauce and the appearance of it was quite unappetizing. Oh well, there are plenty of Thai restaurants around...


Nice atmosphere is the first thing you notice, followed by lack of choices on the menu and bland food. Expensive for lunch as well.

Taste of Bad Service  

I couldn't believe the service in this place! About 2 minutes after we were seated, the waiter spilled a tray full of drinks all over our table and onto both of my friends. The drinks stained one of their shirts and soaked the other's jeans. Since the table was covered in liquid we had to move tables. At the end of the meal, the waiter handed us the bill and expected us to pay the entirety, including our drinks. I told him that I wasn't going to pay for the whole meal so he talked to the manager. The waiter came back and told us to get a receipt for the dry cleaning and he would reimburse us for that. I couldn't believe it. We came in from out of town and the restaurant wouldn't even pay for half of the meal. What a joke! I'm giving them 1 star since the food was good.

What Happened?  

I have eaten here dozens of times over the last ten years and recommended this retaurant to everyone. On my most recent visit, the food was mediocre. The eggplant was in great mishapen chunks, some pieces not cooked and some overcooked. The springs rolls were not crispy and the ingredients were bland. The noodles reminded me of canned soup. The whole order was insipid, runny and bland. The service was ok. I hope they get their act back together. Maybe I just caught them on a really bad night.


We had lipstick on our glass, that should be the easiest part to clean on a cup..so they probably just rinsed it. there were little black particles floating around in our water, and what do you know! when we go back to the bathroom..they were taking the water straight from the faucet in the kitchen..the food was ALRIGHT..i've had better thai and lots cheaper..try THAIGO in Carmel Mtn..they also tried to rip us off by charging more thinking we wouldn't notice..it couldn't have been any more obvious since they wrote the right total down..then erased it..and wrote a down a higher price. i truly don't recommend this place. oh yeah..they're table cloths were soiled and had stains on them. YUCK