Zen Yai Thai Restaurant

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771 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
(415) 885-0725
Zen Yai Thai Restaurant - Quiet dining room at night
Zen Yai Thai Restaurant - Pumpkin curry
Zen Yai Thai Restaurant - Green curry seafood dish...MMMM!
Zen Yai Thai Restaurant - Zen Yai store front
Zen Yai Thai Restaurant - Zen Yai at night
Zen Yai Thai Restaurant - Zen Yai dining area
Zen Yai Thai Restaurant - Zen Yai has the BEST chicken satay & peanut sauce!

Zen Yai Thai Restaurant San Francisco Reviews

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30 reviews
Perhaps San Francisco's best chicken satay! Feb 27, 2008
Zen Yai is a nice spot near the Civic Center that attracts the local lunch crowd with its tasty dishes and reasonable prices. The staff is friendly and service is fast so you don't wait long for your food. Most entrees range in the $6 - $9 range but they have great lunch specials for $5.95 and the portions are generous enough to where you'll often take home the rest for later. I've tried numerous items on the menu and every time have been pleased. The seafood claypot is great as well as the eggplant and chicken dish. The curries are also very good and you can specify just how spicy you want it. What makes this place one of my lunch favorites however is the chicken satay appetizer. You get a plate of 4 skewers of satay chicken with a mouth-watering peanut sauce for $4.95. Combine an appetizer with one of their many great entrees and you'll waddle out of there! Don't forget to order a Thai iced tea to complete the meal. While service is great, my only caveat is that sometimes they accidentally tack on an extra buck to one of the menu items (usually the appetizer) so you have to watch your bill. When you bring it to their attention, they quickly correct the error but I've had it happen often enough here where I'm always double-checking. Other than that, this place is a nice little spot!
Zen Yai store front
Zen Yai at night
Zen Yai dining area
Zen Yai has the BEST chicken satay…
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