Portland >Food & Dining > Sivalai Thai Restaurant
4806 Se Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721545.519061 -122.613244
Neighborhoods: Sunnyside, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Excellent food, excellent service! These are some of the nicest people around! We've been going here for years and have always been greeted with a smile. The free Thai Iced tea, the free Coconut Rice with mango and the free salad roll with peanut sauce will round out hearty helpings of excellent food. Low prices for a huge meal, it's one of the best deals in town.
Delicious, authentic food and outstanding service – I am shocked to see all the negative reviews of this amazing restaurant. I have never experienced friendlier or more welcoming service, and the food is equally outstanding. I am a huge thai food fan, and I find the food at Sivalai to be well above average for Portland thai. The best part about the food is that it is unique-- so many Portland thai spots serve the same old standards, whereas Sivalai has those offerings and so much more. Not only is everything delicious, but the staff also offers complimentary beverages, appetizers and dessert. I cannot believe that these sweet, welcoming people would ever behave rudely or become irate at a customer. They consistently bend over backwards for my family and for other customers in the restaurant when I am there. I really value that kind of warmth-- maybe they are kind to those who are kind in turn.
If you want generic, Americanized "thai" food, go to the mall. If you're looking for authentic, spicy thai food and a warm, fun experience, Sivalai is the one for you.
A Horror Film – This might be one of the worst experiences I've had in 2011 in general - stay away!!!!!!!!!!
My first clue should have been the ice-cold tea or when the waiter completely disregarded my question about whether a dish contained a common allergen. Language barrier or bad manners? I'm not sure.
My boyfriend's two-star order came out with 5 stars instead - maximum spicyness. At his polite request to tone down the spice, the waiter INFLATED. He became defensive, combative and nasty.
The waiter literally took the dish back into the kitchen and rinsed off the sauce. Brought it back and slammed it down.
Upon my boyfriend's polite comment that most restaurants usually prepare a second dish following a mistake, the waiter because further combative and rude. It was approximately 5 minutes before closing time, and he literally turned off the lights over our heads.
I'm non-confrontational. I work a job that requires a significant amount of interaction with the general public - and I certainly know better than to make a customer feel threatened when I've made a large mistake. I left feeling sick and shaken. That man needs help.
Great authentic Thai Food, Drunken Noodles to die for! – Sivalai is great authentic thai food served by a very friendly staff. Thier menu is varied, and everything I've been served is very flavorful. I've tasted the real thing on the streets of Chiang Mai, and this is a very faithful version.
I'm not sure what the other negative reviews are about, clearly they don't know real thai food when they eat it.
The servers are always very friendly, and attentive, and the food is served very quickly.
I used to love this place. – I started coming to Sivalaya around 2001 and it was one of my favorite Thai places. The owner would always greet us at the door. I returned from Korea last December and took my wife there on our first night in the US. The food was great but the energy of the place had vanished.
Yesterday I went and it was the worst Thai food I have ever had. The Rad Na (favorite dish) was bland and oily. The Tom Yum had freezer burned shrimp. I don't remember if there was ever a lunch menu, but we had to pay full price for our awful food. My wife even felt it was worse than Wong's Garden - it has to be really bad for her to say it's as bad as Wong's.
Save your money! – My husband and I just got home with our take out: veggies in peanut sauce and pad thai. Both were beyond terrible, the peanut sauce was thin as water and tasted oily, no other flavors, just oily. The pad thai was also only oily tasting and had nothing but noodles, oily noodles. The veggies in the "peanut sauce" were barely thawed, not fresh at all or cooked. We were so disappointed since we rarely eat out. We would have had much better Thai food buying something frozen from the market. I just threw it all out, sad sad waste of money.
Very good food, great prices, fun friendly service – Try these dished: Rainbow, Cucumber Salad, Yellow Curry,
We tried Sivalaya Thai a number of years ago becuase they'd taken over our previous favorite Thai restarant (Thai Touch). The owner, Jose, definitely takes you off guard at first. But he is so friendly and funny it's hard to resist him. His somewhat loud personality is an unusual contrast to most soft spoken Thais. We go to Sivalaya about 2x per year because of the distance from our home in outer SE County. Jose remembers our names every time. The food is good. Our favorites are some that have been mentioned in reviews before... a veggie dish called Rainbow, the spicey sweet,Cucumber Salad, Yellow Curry, and the sticky rice dessert with papaya or mango. This is a small restaurant with a casual atmospher. If you want the expense and stuffy atmosphere of places like Thaiphoon, then by all means go there instead and let the rest of us enjoy Paradise... Sivalaya!!
Mouthwatering Thai food in record time! – I am hooked on Sivalaya! The service is great and you won't have to wait long for your food at all. The waitresses know my boyfriend and I since we go so much and they bring us as much free ice tea, soup, desert and rice and we can eat (we always end up leaving a big tip)! Dishes have big servings and come with heaping bowls of steamed rice. The drunken noodles and fried eggplant are my favorites. This is a small family business that i definitely support and will keep coming back to!
Service too fast? – Upon entering we were greeted enthusiastically and seated immediately. The iced tea was free but we were just a bit disappointed to find out they don't serve beer. The service was fast and friendly almost to the point of being insulting. When we received our appetizer, soup, a huge bowl of white rice, main dishes, and (unordered) dessert all within a minute of each other, we felt as though we were being rushed. The food was okay. The topper was when they went to dish our leftovers into boxes. We figured we'd be going home with a pile of rice. But the waiter came back with only two small containers. We wondered where the rest of the rice must be going. Not long after that moment I saw one of the waitresses head back to the kitchen, scoop a bowl of rice back into the rice cooker and place the now empty bowl on a pile of other bowls next to the cooker. I'm really really hoping that wasn't our leftover rice, but that sight combined with the rushed service will probably keep us away from Sivalaya in the future.
The Best Thai Food for the Money – I love this place! I have gotten take-out from this place for a year, but recently came with my family and I dined-in. What a wonderful experience! Great service, great food, great value. We will definitely be return visitors. What a wonderful restaurant! I suggest the hot and sour soup! So substantial and so fulfulling!
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