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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

Not open for lunch, 8/9/2014
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, 6/10/2014
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, 4/5/2014
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, 4/2/2014
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.


TAP in now open on Mondays
Reviewer: Nancy from Santa Barbara, CA
Best lunch in my neighborhood.


Amazing food, slightly slow service
Reviewer: Dave from Santa Barbara, CA
Best Thai food in town by far. Fresh, delicious, and homemade. The service is slow (but as my sister recently told me we American's eat too quickly and we need to relax and enjoy the meal rather then stress about how slow our food is coming) and the ambiance is a little odd, but it is worth it trust me!!


Just okay
Reviewer: Sally from Santa Barbara, CA
I gave the review below and stated I did want to give this place another try, as I wasn't impressed. So yesterday I ordered the yellow curry lunch special. It came with soup: broth tasty but way overcooked brocoli (it was mush), salad tasty greens with a great peanut dressing. Curry was okay: standard yellow curry served with white rice. Do they serve Brown rice? Not sure, wasn't given that option. I notice the waitress both times doesn't check in on you after meal is delivered. I sooo wish Sawasdee in Ventura (on Johnson Drive) would open a location in Santa Barbara.


Good, need to go again to get a second take.
Reviewer: Sally from Santa Barbara, CA
I got the Pad See Yew (I think the call it PCU Noodles) which I get at EVERY Thai place I go to. It was okay, but after eating it awhile I thought, 'wow this is salty!' but it wasn't salty from salt it was too much fish sauce (nam pla). I did like the side salad was greens (not iceberg lettuce) and a nice peanut dressing (not a packet of icky ranch dressing like at Your Place) I won't order it again, but do want to go back and try a curry.


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