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About Taste of Thai

Proprietors Val, a native of Thailand and Art Habbestad deserve much of the credit for the emergence of the Hillcrest restaurant scene. It was 1989, they opened their marvelous Taste of Thai restaurant right in the heart of the vibrant community. It was a time when Thai food was coming into its own. Taste of Thai started a unique trend of Thai food and the first vegetarian cuisine in the San Diego area. The location was perfect and the locals embraced the hip and trendy restaurant. To this day, the restaurant still remains among the most popular, despite the fact that a number of other Thai spots have opened up near by. In 1997, Art and Val opened up a second, even more beautiful restaurant at Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar and experienced instant success.

The factors that contribute to the continue success are light food, fresh- made dishes at reasonable prices with traditionally seasoning that has a daily consistency at both locations. The use of fragrant herbs and spices and the delicate specialties on the menu will ensure the memorable dinning experience.

Throughout the years, Taste of Thai has won most of the critically acclaimed awards in this industry including Gold Medallion and ZAGAT Survey.


San Diego Restaurant Association

Gold Medallion 1990
Gold Medallion 2006
Gold Medallion 2007
Gold Medallion 2009

Zagat Survey 1999

San Diego Magazine

Best Thai Reader’s Choice since 1995 to present

Sign on San Diego

Best Thai – Sign On San

San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego’s Best Thai Reader’s Poll

San Diego Home/Garden lifestyles Best Thai Reader’s Choice

944 “Best Thai Restaurant”

Taste of Thai - HillCrest

527 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 291-7525
Fax: (619) 291-0788
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Lunch Specials - Taste of Thai Hillcrest

Taste of Thai - Del Mar

15770 San Andres Dr.
Del Mar, CA 92104
Phone: (858) 793-9695
Fax: (858) 793-9167
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Lunch Specials - Taste of Thai Delmar