San Luis Obispo County is starting to be known for its fabulous wine and food culture with tourists traveling from all over the state and even country to taste the vino and dine in the fanciest of restaurants. But, where does one go when they just want some tasty and authentic Thai food? From my 20 years of experience dining on the Central Coast, here’s the lowdown on the Best Thai Restaurants in the county:
1015 Court Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Thai Palace serves up some of the most authentic Thai cuisine on the Central Coast at this newly remodeled establishment. Upon entering the automatic doors, colors of burgundy and gold treat the eyes as you are whisked down the hallway to one of their many tables. The menu is a great several-page mix of traditional appetizers, noodles, soups, and carnivorous delights. Vegetarians are very well catered to as their menu is easily substituted with tofu or vegetables in place of meat items. The service at Thai Palace is exquisite as well, with anything you need brought to your table with impeccable timing. Dishes range from $8-11 for Lunch and $10-16 for dinner. Beer and wine are also offered to accompany your meal. Of all the Thai restaurants on the Central Coast, this is by far a favorite of many of the locals.
Noi’s Little Thai Take Out
1288 2nd Street
Los Osos, CA 93402
Noi’s Little Thai Take Out is a cult classic here in San Luis Obispo County. Residents of the sleepy little town of Los Osos are honored with the privilege of having Noi’s so close to home. Diners travel from all over the county to experience what Noi’s has to offer, and for good reason. Noi Miner opened her restaurant over 10 years ago and it has continued to be a hit with the Thai cuisine loving crowd. With her small, simple, fresh menu and daily curry specials, there is something for everyone, including the vegetarian crowd. Dishes range from $8 – 12 and are all available for take-out. Noi’s offers only several tables for dining, but the beautiful coastal bay is just a short stroll away for enjoying your delicious meal. Order your meal ahead of time and arrive early to see Noi sauteing your meal to perfection in her cast iron wok right before your eyes.
208 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
With a name like “Thai-Riffic” how can one go wrong? Indeed, this is an excellent question, as Thai-Riffic was the original Thai restaurant in San Luis Obispo and still continues to thrive to this day. Authentic Thai decor line the walls, tables and menu. Presentation and impeccable flavor of their dishes is never a let down and come together to create an authentic and intimate Thailand dining experience. They offer wonderfully priced lunch specials starting at $8 with healthy portion sizes, a must if passing through San Luis Obispo. Centrally located between the shopping district and Downtown, Thai-Riffic is the perfect Thai spot for a delicious, affordable and convenient meal with friends and family. Try the Sesame Ginger Beef over White Rice – you wont be disappointed!