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30+ Thai Restaurants in North County San Diego (Guide)

30+ Thai Restaurants in North County San Diego (Guide)

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Thai cuisine relies on the perfect balance of aromatic herbs and spices to flavor meats, vegetables, and seafood. Although there are unique regional cuisines within Thailand, most of these influence each other. You’ll find plenty of coconut milk, turmeric, and other ground spices that give Thai good that signature salty, sweet, sour, and spicy blend. Desserts include fresh fruit like mangoes or pineapple with a rice cake pairing. If you’re looking for authentic Thai food, you’ve got to check out these locations in North County San Diego.

Thai One On

Thai One On lets you bask in exotic decor with colorful parasols hanging from the ceiling as you eat your favorite Thai dish. There’s plenty to try if you’re a vegetarian, meat eater, or seafood lover. Try the delicious Half Moon Tons with avocado and cream cheese, the vegan-friendly mock duck wings, and affordable lunch specials. For your convenience, order online for dine-in, takeout, or delivery.

Thai Thai Restaurant

Thai Thai Restaurant offers a relaxed and casual atmosphere to enjoy authentic Thai cuisine with tons of vegetarian options. Curry enthusiasts will enjoy their varied selection of curries options including a savory Pumpkin Curry and Duck Curry. If you prefer fried rice dishes, don’t leave without ordering the pineapple fried rice served in a fresh pineapple.

Onny's Thai Restaurant

Onny’s Thai Restaurant is a hidden gem of a laid-back restaurant where you can savor Thai specialties. Unique dishes include Pumpkin Curry, Tilapia Basil, Tamarind Prawns, Panang Salmon, and Mango Curry. Best of all, you can pair your meal with North County craft beers on tap. Onny’s Order provides an online ordering service for takeout or delivery.

Thai Table

Bring friends and family to Thai Table’s welcoming and no-frills establishment to get your spice fix. Thai Table’s specialty dishes include a Mixed Seafood Coconut Soup, Tilapia Rad Prik, Spicy New Zealand Green Mussel, and Ginger Tilapia all for budget-friendly prices.

Thai Garden

Come to Thai Garden for friendly service and their signature entrees like Duck Red Curry, Crispy Honey Chicken, and Honey Lemon Duck. If you have a big appetite, stop by Monday through Friday for a $10 lunch buffet you don’t want to miss.

Cafe de Thai & Sushi

When you can’t decide between sushi or Thai food, go to Cafe de Thai & Sushi. Satiate your hunger with starters like grilled herb pork and a crispy shrimp cocktail followed by Chef’s specials like the trout with papaya salad or mango chicken shrimps. Happy Hour is Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 7 pm. During Happy Hour, customers can get hot sake for a two dollars, imported beer for three, and appetizers starting at $4.25. If you work nearby, they also offer excellent lunch specials.

Darunee Thai Cuisine

Formerly Sarika Thai Kitchen, Darunee Thai Cuisine is a family-owned business that makes homestyle Thai cuisine for an affordable price. Customers can come in from 11 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday or Saturday 12 pm to 3 pm for lunch specials under ten dollars. Choose from favorites like Pad Thai, Pad Woon Sen, and See-Ew Noodle.

BKK Thai Kitchen

BKK Thai Kitchen provides diners with a calm and welcoming decor for them to enjoy a meal. Start your meal off with signature BKK grilled pork or beef meatballs served with spicy plum sauce. Vegetarians will appreciate the BKK Vegetarian Lover dish with fried tofu, shiitake mushrooms, baby bok choy, and garlic sauce. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for lunch specials served weekdays from 11 am to 3 pm.

Sue Thai Om

Formerly, Happy Chang, this intimate little restaurant tucked away in a strip mall has authentic Thai food served in large portions. Sue, the owner, prepares House Specials like Beef Nam Tok (lime, chili, onions, cilantro), BBQ Chicken, Beef or Pork marinated in a unique blend of Thai herbs and Sue’s Orange Chicken. Students with valid school identification can get a free Thai Tea with their order. If you can’t make it to Sue’s, they offer delivery.

Savory Thai

Savory Thai has comfortable booths and tables where you can sample a huge menu of authentic Thai cuisine. Choose from Chef’s Recommended Mussaman Curry,  Free-Range Chicken Yellow Curry, Tamarind Fish, and Traditional Thai Basil. For added convenience, order delivery and take-out online.

Ocean Thai Cuisine

Ocean Thai Cuisine is a family-friendly place to meet up and try some aromatic cuisine. House specialties include a large Seafood “STEAMBOAT” to share, Pork Spare Ribs glazed in pepper and garlic, and succulent fried fish. They also offer a varied selection of fried rice, noodle, and soup dishes. Stop by for lunch specials served every day from 11 am to 3 pm for around ten dollars.

Chan Dara Thai Cafe

Enter Chan Dara Thai Cafe’s cozy interior to try one of their many soups, noodle and fried rice dishes, and plentiful vegetarian options. There’s no better time to come than during lunch from 11 am to 3 pm where you can get Thai specialties for under ten dollars.

Kinaly Thai Restaurant

Kinaly Thai will satisfy any Thai food lover. Their specialties include a Basil Duck, BBQ Chicken, Spicy Tilapia, and Sweet and Sour Pompano. If you feel like ordering some takeout, Kinaly Thai lets you order online for pickup or delivery. Lunch specials run from 11 am to 3 pm and start at just $8.

Panya Thai Kitchen

Head to Panya Thai Kitchen for some appetizing Panang Curry, Eggplant Stir Fry, and Spicy Fried Rice dishes. For lunch, Panya serves affordable lunch specials from 11 am to 3 pm. Make sure to try their special Prince’s Duck or Thai Style Ribs.

Sabai Sabai Thai Kitchen

Come to Sabai Sabai for a wholesome and friendly dining experience. Pay this cozy restaurant a visit to sample authentic and fresh Thai food from time-honored recipes. Don’t forget to try their pumpkin or mango curry as you sip on an imported beer with a side of boiled peanuts, a popular side dish in Thailand.

Rim Talay Thai Cuisine

Rim Talay believes in serving healthy, vegan-friendly, and gluten-friendly Thai cuisine just two blocks from the beach in downtown Oceanside. You’ll love their Thai Street BBQ Pork, spicy Devil Wings, Crispy Pacific Red Snapper, and aromatic Tom Yum Noodle Soup. Pair your meal with a nice cold imported Thai beer.

Pad Thai Restaurant

Step inside this small and relaxed Thai establishment for inexpensive curry, soups, noodles, salads, fried rice, and house specialties. These specialties include the meaty 3 Kings, Garlic Scallop, Roasted Garlic Duck, and Thai BBQ Cornish Hen. Finish off with a decadent Thai dessert like sweet rice with mango.

Nattiya

Nattiya offers a comfortable and casual space to partake in your Thai food favorites. With multiple awards under her belt, chef Nattiya Sontisup has proved she can make great Thai food. Head to their website to order appetizers like Tulip Dumplings, Larb Salad, Tom Kha soup, and specialties like Artichoke Panang and Panang Crab Cake. Nattiya makes it easy to order online to dine-in, takeout, or delivery.

Birdseye Kitchen

Birdseye Kitchen features a hip and modern East Asian eatery where you can try Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. Birdseye only uses locally sourced and all natural meats and vegetables to create their dishes. Thai options include Tom Kah, Tom Yum, Yellow and Mussamun Curry, Wild Fish Curry Noodles, Larb salad, Pad Thai, and Thai iced tea or coffee. Craft beer lovers will appreciate their gluten reduced beer on tap by Duck Foot Brewing as well as a large selection of local craft beer bottles.

Lotus Thai Bistro Restaurant

Lotus Thai Bistro Restaurant has a homey feel and delicious and signature Thai entrees. Choose from specialties like the Pattaya Pineapple, Princess Duck, and Lemongrass Chicken. Lunch specials (served 11 am to 3 pm) feature a vegetable, duck, pork, and seafood dishes. Complement your meal with your choice of wine or beer from their extensive wine and beer list.

King and I of San Marcos

Located in San Marcos’ Restaurant Row, King and I Thai Restaurant features a welcoming rustic vibe with your meal. Menu specialties include poultry, beef, and vegetables with fried rice, BBQ, noodles, soups, salads, curries, and starters.

Thai Society

Customers love Thai Society’s sleek and minimalist decor. Invite a few people to share appetizers like a butter lettuce wrap, salmon roll, and coconut crusted tofu. Don’t skip out on trying their Tamarind Salmon, Three Flavors Fish (chili, garlic, basil), and Pork Loin.Affordable lunch specials are available weekdays from 11 am to 3 pm.

Thai Pan Cuisine

Head over to Thai Pan Cuisine to dine in a bright and colorfully decorated Thai restaurant. Their specials include a Spicy Basil Salmon, Spicy Cod Fish, and Crab Fried Rice. Kids 10 and under can order up smaller entrees like Orange Chicken, Chow Mein, Fried Rice, and Teriyaki Chicken. Stop by for lunch specials from 11 am to 3 pm.

Siamese Basil

For an intimate and casual dining experience, head to Siamese Basil for affordable lunch specials (11 am to 3 pm), fried rice, soups, and salads. House Specialties include Japanese Eggplant, John Special (scallops, red coconut curry), and BBQ Chicken.

Northern Spirits Jazz Club

From the chef that brought you Nattiya right next door, head chef Nattiya Sontisup brings North County residents Northern Spirits, a piano and jazz lounge that hosts world-class musicians and makes tasty Thai fusion cuisine. Stop by for live music Friday and Saturday nights and Karaoke Thursdays. For dinner, Northern Spirits has authentic Thai appetizers, soups, salads, curry, and fish-based dishes.

Bua Thai

Come to Bua Thai for an inviting atmosphere and generous portions of your favorite Thai dishes. Bua Thai offers unique chef’s creations like their Crispy Duck Salad, Ho Mok Talay (seafood clay pot), and Lemongrass Chicken. For a quick bite during lunch, get your favorite Thai dishes from 11 am to 3 pm for budget-friendly prices.

Iron Pan Thai Kitchen

Iron Pan Thai Kitchen has cozy indoor seating with a breezy outside patio where you can enjoy your food. Head on over for lunch specials from 11 am to 3 pm where you can get an inexpensive and freshly prepared Thai meal. Chef’s recommendations include Panang Salmon, Sticky Rice with Mango for dessert, Crab Fried Rice, and Soy Ginger Fish.

Takhrai Thai

Takhrai Thai has one of the most extensive Thai menus in North County San Diego. Choose from a wide array of lunch specials (11 am to 3 pm), seafood, BBQ, soups, salads, and desserts. Customer favorites include the Duck Over Spinach, Mango Chicken, Steamed Cod, and Pineapple Shrimp Curry. For convenience, order your food online for takeout or dine-in.

Pattaya Thai Restaurant

Located in Rancho Bernardo, Pattaya Thai Restaurant serves up authentic Thai cuisine in a casual and modern space. Try from their varied menu options like their Garlic Sole Fish, Thai Orange Chicken, and Crab Fried Rice. Pattaya Thai Restaurants offers gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly curry, fried rice, and noodle dishes.

The Original Sab-E-Lee

The Original Sab-E-Lee serves up authentic northeastern Thai cuisine like Pork’’s Neck Nahm Tok, Catfish Larb, Spicy Raw Beef, Bamboo Shoot Salad, and Pork Jerky. No matter what curry, appetizer, soup, or fried rice dish you’re craving, Sab-E-Lee is sure to make it when you order it.

Pailin Thai Cafe

Dine below colorful parasols at this quaint and cozy restaurant. Pailin Thai Cafe features lunch specials at competitive prices, traditional Thai desserts, imported beers and Chef’s Specials like Salmon Green Curry, Spicy Curry Noodles with Halibut, and a seafood-friendly Asparagus Delight.

Gor Gai Thai Eatery

Located in 4S Ranch, Gor Gai Thai Eatery offers a contemporary and inviting space to enjoy Thai cuisine. North County residents can order their favorite traditional Thai sides, drinks, desserts, fried rice dishes, curries, noodles, stir-frys, soups, and appetizers. They offer delivery and take-out.

Mae Ploy Thai Cuisine

Mae Ploy Thai Cuisine offers over 50 dishes in an ample dining area with tables and booths. Their chef’s recommendations include the Three Flavor Fish, Asparagus with Shrimp, Pla Ma Nao, and BBQ Chicken. Lunch specials are served weekdays from 11 am to 3 pm and run you anywhere from $8 to $12.

Fred Hernandez: Fred Hernandez is a freelance writer, blogger, and musician from North County San Diego. Fred currently covers pop culture, travel, food, and politics on his blog, FredsGuideToLife.com with his signature biting wit. Fred's work has been featured on MerryJane.com, SanDiegoReader.com, and a variety of B2B and B2C companies.