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TAP Thai Restaurant
3130 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 682-1114

  • Category: Thai
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Reviews by the General Public

Really good to great
Reviewer: Frank from Santa Barbara, CA
Four of us went to Tap Thai, not having been here before. We all ordered differently. The chicken satay was rated great, uniformly. The peanut sauce was perfect, the chicken was tasty and juicy. The Thom Kha soup was rated good, but one person felt it was too salty. It was hot and full of meat and mushrooms. The corn cakes were great - the citrus sauce accompaniment was superb. The Pad Thai was also great - the plate was cleaned up by a real aficianado of Pad Thai. The Green Curry was also rated great - it can be made less spicy if desired -perhaps that is recommended for a first time. All in all - a winner!

Good but noisy
Reviewer: AnnieB from Santa Barbara, CA
The signature Pat Thai dish was sweet (not what I had in mind), but apart from that surprise, good. However, someone at our table ordered the Green Curry and we all agreed that was the best choice. Service brilliant - but oh! - the noise; next time we'll take it home with us.

Worst "Thai" Food In Town
Reviewer: Richard from Santa Barbara, CA
Dreadful and boring cuisine. It seems to be a primitive computer's interpretation of what the owner's consider "healthy" Thai food (and when was Thai cuisine considered unhealthful to begin with?). What we experienced in terms of flavor reminded me of an old science fiction movie where humans are served food that was scanned by an alien trying to please them but ended up just a hollow image. The menu included a few traditional items and a couple of nouveau dishes that, again, just didn't deliver any true flavor or execution. PLENTY of salad greens, carrots, and out-of-season tomatoes, though, if you're a vegetarian! Mediocre service at best. In short, limited menu, nothing very flavorful. Enough said. Avoid.

Salmon, way over cooked
Reviewer: Mike from Santa Barbara, CA
The salmon was so over cooked that I should have sent it back, however the sauce was very good and the veg were perfect. The people were so nice and attentive I just didn't feel like telling them. I will try this place again.

Not open for lunch
Reviewer: Bill from Santa Barbara, CA
Despite the hours shown here and on the TAP website, they are not actually open for lunch, just dinner. Previously I have gotten dinner to go and it was very good.

Very nice dinner
Reviewer: Salmo from Santa Barbara, CA
My neighbors and I finally tried this restaurant for the first time and were very pleased. We arrived around 6:00 and were seated right away. Although we each chose different selections from the menu we noticed an overall pattern: the food was flavorful and simple. No superfluous frills, no hiding behind excessive spiciness. Our server was pleasant and answered our questions knowledgeably. All four of us, from the 67-year old to the 13-year old, agreed that we would return soon.

Slow and Unorganized
Reviewer: Jay from Santa Barbara, CA
My wife and I went to check this place out on a Friday night. When we got there they were fairly busy with almost every table full and another couple waiting. A little metal table that sat in the center of the place which was approximately 1 foot away to a larger table that had small children right next to it opened up and the couple before us refused the table and waited for a wall table. Since we wanted some kind of privacy we opted for the same thing. Couple after couple came in and were seated to center tables which wasn't a huge deal since we were next in line for a wall table and chose to wait. Finally 2 wall tables opened up and sat empty and uncleared for about 10 minutes. A waiter started to clear the larger of the 2 tables and my wife and I looked at each other and said the 40 minute wait was worth it. Next, a group of 4 comes in without any reservation and they were immediately sat down in that table. Please remember that we had been waiting for 45 minutes at this point. The other wall table which became available 15 minutes ago was still uncleared. After being there for as long as we were and noticing that in that 45 minutes of standing and waiting I realized that the larger family in the table right in front of us was just getting served apps and they had been there before we arrived. As a matter of fact, out of all the tables, I would say maybe 3 of them even had food on their tables. That and combined with the inadequacy of the unorganized staff I took my wife's hand and hightailed out of the place. Everything turned out great since we found a lovely Indian restaurant 2 blocks away that didn't have any of these problems. I just wish I could have those 45 minutes back!

Not closed, just moved
Reviewer: Salmo from Santa Barbara, CA
They have re-located into the space formerly occupied by Brummis, the German restaurant, on State Street, next door to iGrill Korean BBQ. I am waiting for the curiosity crowds to thin out before trying it.

four's the average
Reviewer: chris from Santa Barbara, CA
We had the eggplant salad and pad Thai. The eggplant was worth a 4.5 - roasted eggplant stuffed with shrimp and veg, all swimming in a spicy broth, and covered with a crumbled topping. A definite repeat treat. The pad Thai, on the other hand, was only a 3. With chicken and shrimp, lots of carrots and sprouts, it was boring and bland as the eggplant was flavorful and exciting. Service was fine and prompt enough for made-to-order. Reasonable prices plus lunch specials. The place was noisy with only a few diners and needs some softening. Online menu is inaccurate. We'll be back because the salad proved they can cook.

Timid Thai
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
The food had no zing pow what so ever, which is what I expect when eating Thai food....a timid attempt.

Try the corn cakes or calamari -
Reviewer: greg from Santa Barbara, CA
Love this place; don't understand why it isn't more popular. Food tastes very fresh, good quality. Yes, the menu variety is a bit small, but the flavors, the employees, and the prices make it a place worthy of regular visits. Parking in the back too. Owners are really nice and hardworking.

I can't wait for the sticky rice to come back!
Reviewer: Jelena from Santa Barbara, CA
I love this place! My favorite dish is pad thai but if i feel eating something more light i would usually go with tom kha gai with shrimp and larb gai. The food and service is great.

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