4457 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA | Directions 9140334.152628 -118.449066
Neighborhoods: South Valley
Friendly and delicious – They have an awesome lunch special for $7.99 includes soup or salad, pad thai and white rice or fried rice with entree, over 30 entree options with the lunch special. The staff is always kind and food comes out quickly. They also have a bar area for mixed drinks and boba selections. My favorites are the Chicken Sa-tay, Volcano Chicken, Pineapple fried rice and the Thai Wings.
Not authentic, weird atmosphere – The food was not authentic and the place was weird. They didn't even serve pork, which is a staple in the Thai diet. Whether or not you like pork, this should tell you how un-authentic this place is.
Diverse menu options (fish or scallops!) – What I love about this place is that - unlike most Thai places - you can get fish, shrimp or scallops with any dish. I don't eat red meat, and am tired of chicken, so this is perfect for me! Also, this place has my favorite lemongrass soup in town (try it with fillet of sole instead of chicken). The "gah-tong" appetizer is another favorite..
Best Thai in Sherman Oaks – I've been to this restaurant twice and both times was impressed with the yummy food. It's definitely the best place for Thai food in Sherman Oaks, maybe even the entire Valley. Plus, the portions were plentiful. When I got with my boyfriend, we generally just split an entree and maybe each order our own soups. We've never had to wait for a table, and once ordered, the food arrives quickly. Try to Taro Smoothie drink--I'd never heard of "taro" before but that staff convinced me to try it and I'm glad I did. It was delicious. Oh yeah, and I LIKE the pond. It's a nice touch.
Thai-sty! – My boyfriend took me here claiming it to be his favorite thai restaurant. I have my own favorite (the Original Thai BBQ) and am pretty partial to it, but I decided to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did. The food was really good and flavorful, we ordered pad see ew with some seafood stew thing which was delicious. The thai iced coffee comes with whipped cream on top and I ended up leaving satiated and impressed. This will be my thai restaurant substitute when I'm in the valley. Oh, and I love the pond! It's a random but unique touch.
Hidden Treasure!! Best thai food at a low price – Lannathai serves the best thai food in Los Angeles at a great value!! This is especially comforting considering the service is friendly and you never have to wait for a table. While some of the more pretencious types might consider the ambience a little tacky, it is quite unique and quickly grows on you. (where else do you find a fish pond in the middle of a restaurant). So while you may not want to risk a first date at lannathai it's definitely a keeper.
User review by c_louwho – I have gotten take out from this place twice. The lunch specials are a great value. The spicy eggplant is really tasty, while the pad thai is only so-so. I received quick service. I love the fact that it has a full bar, and contrary to other reviewers, I like the pond. It's nice.
better thai restaurants out there – this is a decent place to go for their lunch menu (since it's pretty cheap), but the variety and quality of the dishes in general are really just average. the boba is nice, if you're into that. the giant fountain in the middle of the restaurant is completely useless, unless it's to hide the fact that the place is never fully packed anyways. the service is REALLY slow, so be prepared to wait for EVERYTHING.
The food is lacking – I've been there four times (each time hoping for a better experience). The staff is good, but that's about it.
it IS authentic – my boyfriend is Thai and he claims it is authentic (he talks to the waiters in Thai) although choices are Americanized. The food is average, but very plentiful and the set dinners they offer is way more than enough food. We took enough food home to last for days. Take advantage of the plethora of boba drinks they offer. Yes, the atmosphere is a bit cheesy with the pond, but those kinds of things are frequently in many Thai restaurants and if you're just looking for some good Pad Thai and Pad See Ew, then this isn't a bad choice. If you want the real stuff, and are more adventurous, try Sanamluang Cafe, but I doubt many non-Thai people would feel comfortable there.
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