5 Must-Try Thai Restaurants In San Jose

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Thai Restaurants In San Jose

Craving Thai noodles or a bowl of hot and sour Tom Yum? You’ll get a lot more in the city.

San Jose is surely an exciting spot to enjoy the variety of flavor and cuisine from all around the world. So, when it comes to Thai, how can the land fail you? Here’s a curated list of top Thai restaurants in San Jose to try for an exceptional experience.

Tee Nee Thai

There’s a reason why the San Jose metro voted it the “best Thai restaurant, best beer & wine list.” Tee Nee Thai is inspired by a brilliant fusion of Thai and Asian cuisine. Their selection of purely organic and local ingredients is the highlight; based purely on their promise of providing the ‘Fresh.’ Even though their menu is quite predictable and traditional, the beauty lies in their flavors. And of course, the variety. You’ll find beef, chicken, pork, seafood, vegetarian, and whatnot in good portions in your servings. A bit pricey but you’ll find out why when you grab a meal and drink. Don’t forget to try their German and Belgian beers!

Contact: 1423 the Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126, USA; (408) 947-7927

Restaurant Timing: Mon-Fri: 11:30am – 2pm | Sun-Thu: 5pm – 9pm | Fri & Sat: 5pm – 9:30pm

More Info:

  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer & Wine
  •  Vegan Options
  • Reservation Recommended
  • No Delivery
  • Take-Out Available
  • Reservation Recommended
  • Parking – Street, Church Parking Lot
  • Free WiFi
  • Kids Friendly
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Payment – Apple Pay, Google Pay, Credit Card, Cash
  • Indoor And Outdoor Seating, Sidewalk Tables

Recommended Food: Pad Kee Maw; Chicken Cashew Nut; Panang Curry Salmon; Yellow Curry Chicken; Green Curry Seafood; ‘House Special’ Thai-Tanic Eggplant; Pad Thai

New Krungthai Restaurant

Longing for the traditional native dishes from Thailand? New Krungthai offers a grand menu with all essential Lunch options, right from curries and noodles to seafood and BBQ. Everything, totally authentic! Looking at the outstanding tastes and excellent customer service, it’s difficult to justify why the restaurant is yet a bit understated. However, locals recommend it because not only the food is delectable but its presentation and the ambiance are equally amazing.

Contact: 580 N Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128, USA; (408) 248-3435

Restaurant Timing: Mon-Thu: 11am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 9pm | Fri: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm | Sat: 12pm – 10pm | Sun: 12am – 9pm

More Info:

  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer & Wine
  • Vegan And Vegetarian Options
  • No Delivery
  • Take-Out Available
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Private Lot, Street, Garage
  • Kids Friendly
  • Payment – Credit Card, Cash
  • Indoor Seating

Recommended Food: Red Curry; Sweet Sticky Rice; Som Tum/Papaya Salad; Tom Kha Gai/Chicken-Coconut Soup; Kwoey Tiew Pad Khee Mao/Drunken Noodles; Gaeng Panang/Panang Curry

Thai Elephant Express

For those adoring minimalistic experiences; this small, counter-service Thai restaurant is the most ideal spot to drop by. It’s completely kids-friendly, offers no alcohol, and serves basic yet extremely tasty stir-fries and authentic curries. Thai Elephant Express is most admired as a take-out restaurant, thanks to its super-quick services. As for the ambiance, the place is quite fun and lively to be in for a perfect family get-together.

Contact: 3005 Silver Creek Road, Suite 128, San Jose, CA 95121; (408) 528-8882

Restaurant Timing: Mon-Thu: 11am – 9.30pm | Fri-Sun: 11am – 10pm

More Info:

  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Vegan Options
  • Take-Out Available
  • Parking – Private Lot
  • Free WiFi
  • Kids Friendly
  • No Pets Allowed
  • Payment – Credit Card, Cash
  • Indoor Seating

Recommended Food: Pineapple Fried Rice; Spicy Lamb Noodles; Garlic Green Beans; Roasted Duck Curry; Massaman Curry

Must Be Thai

If you’ve had mixed feelings for home-style Thai food in your life so far; this South Bay restaurant will slide your mind to the ‘Thumbs-up’ side. Must Be Thai is a paradise for those who look for uniqueness in the menu. Items like Minced Pork Larb and Hor Mok Love Boat invite a lot of attention not only because these are uniquely presented but also produce very fresh flavors in the mouth as well. There’s a vast menu waiting for you to choose from gluten-free options, vegetarian options, meat options, seafood, and so much more. The warm and beautiful décor and the lovely, elegant presentation are other highlights.

Contact: 3143 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95117, USA; (408) 816-7179

Restaurant Timing: Sun-Thu: 11am – 9pm | Fri-Sat: 11am – 9:30pm

More Info:

  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer & Wine
  • Vegan Options
  • Reservations recommended
  • Delivery available
  • Take-out available
  • Parking  – Private Lot
  • Kids friendly
  • Pet-friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Payment – Credit Card and cash
  • Outdoor Seating

Recommended Food: Tom Kha; Drunken Noodles and Panang Curry; Papaya Salad (Namely Pok Pok Thai); Pad Kee Mao; Thai Iced Coffee/Tea; Hat Yai Fried Chicken; Crispy Fried Calamari

Sweet Mango

Sweet Mango might not attract you from the outside but don’t make any judgments yet. We’re here to discuss the taste, the food quality, the flavors, the presentation, and the authentic Thai food experience you can have in San Jose. Sweet Mango is a combination of everything. However, there’s a twist of Chinese and Burmese blends in the flavors. And believe us; it’s awesome. Find out more at localbest.com.

Contact: 1040 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95125, USA; (408) 293-2268

Restaurant Timing: Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu: 11am – 2.30pm, 4.30pm-9pm | Fri: 11am – 2.30pm, 4.30pm – 9.30pm | Sat: 11am – 2.30pm, 4.30pm -7.30pm

More Info:

  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer & Wine
  • Vegan Options
  • Reservations recommended
  • No Delivery
  • Take-out available
  • Parking – Private Lot, Street, Garage
  • No WiFi
  • Kids friendly
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • Payment – Google Pay, Credit Card, cash
  • Indoor Seating

Recommended Food: Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup; Mongolian Beef Lunch; Honey Walnut Shrimp; Mango with Eggplant; Pad-Kee-Mao; Fresh Mango with Sticky Rice; Mango Salad

The Bottom Line

These Thai and san jose restaurants are highly popular among locals. If your experience comes up with more names, do share it with us.