Siam Society

★★★★☆
  • 2703 NE Alberta St

    Portland, OR 97211

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  • 503-922-3675

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The food was acceptable, nothing spectacular. Our server was wonderful but the owner/manager was very rude to us regarding splitting the bill for payment. No one from our party of six plans to ever go back because of this poor treatment.

3
★★★★★

The food was acceptable, nothing spectacular. Our server was wonderful but the owner/manager was very rude to us regarding splitting the bill for payment. No one from our party of six plans to ever go back because of this poor treatment.

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The Khao Soi Curry was more peanut sauce than a curry. The food was more dynamic and creative when they first opened. Still a good restaurant and I'll be back, but can no longer recommend it as gourmet Thai.

3
★★★★★

The Khao Soi Curry was more peanut sauce than a curry. The food was more dynamic and creative when they first opened. Still a good restaurant and I'll be back, but can no longer recommend it as gourmet Thai.

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Awesome. Just a simple great place to drink, eat and be merry. Food was good, drinks were great, service was also good. Ask for Aaron to wait on your table. Eat the Spit roasted chicken. It's the best in PDX.

TL;DR: Great Food, Great Atmosphere, good service

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★★★★★

Awesome. Just a simple great place to drink, eat and be merry. Food was good, drinks were great, service was also good. Ask for Aaron to wait on your table. Eat the Spit roasted chicken. It's the best in PDX.

TL;DR: Great Food, Great Atmosphere, good service

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My server came to me almost in tears before I even approached your table to offer any help. She indicated to me that your boyfriend's dad was beyond rude. When I came to your table to offer some help, your boyfriend's dad became belligerent and told me he didn't like the look of my face. At that point, when someone acts completely inappropriately, we need to ask the party to leave. Perhaps it's okay in your family to treat people like dirt or employees like servants, but you cannot do that to my staff or myself. Your boyfriend's dad became physically threatening in posture and proclaimed to us that he was from San Francisco, and therefore superior.

After we escorted you and your family from the premises, I had three tables thank me profusely for asking you to leave. I'm sorry you tired to dine with such an uncouth individual, but if that is who you prefer to socialize with, it is your own choice.

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★★★★★

My server came to me almost in tears before I even approached your table to offer any help. She indicated to me that your boyfriend's dad was beyond rude. When I came to your table to offer some help, your boyfriend's dad became belligerent and told me he didn't like the look of my face. At that point, when someone acts completely inappropriately, we need to ask the party to leave. Perhaps it's okay in your family to treat people like dirt or employees like servants, but you cannot do that to my staff or myself. Your boyfriend's dad became physically threatening in posture and proclaimed to us that he was from San Francisco, and therefore superior.

After we escorted you and your family from the premises, I had three tables thank me profusely for asking you to leave. I'm sorry you tired to dine with such an uncouth individual, but if that is who you prefer to socialize with, it is your own choice.

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WOW! I am still in shock over last nights attempt to eat at Siam Society. Let me preface this with a little history. Siam has been my family"s favorite restaurant for the last three years. This is the place we always take our out of town guests, go to for birthdays, anniversary"s or just any time we want a fabulous dinner. What we tell people is "just point your finger at the menu and you'll find something amazing".
So, last night we took my boyfriends dad and his wife along with my eleven year old daughter (her favorite restaurant, too). We had reservations and asked to be seated on the patio. I did notice that the hostess who sat us seemed to be in a very surly mood. I've been in the restaurant industry for 25 years so I understand having a bad day and I'm willing to give a little more latitude to people who have to deal with the public.

We were seated and gave our drink, appetizer and dinner orders all within ten minutes of walking through the front door. When we were seated we commented on the fact that it was so empty (one other two top). We drank one round of drinks and enjoyed our appetizers. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. During the course of our wait the patio started to fill up and we started noticing the other tables around us were being served their food and ours was nowhere to be seen. At one point our server brought warm plates and set them in front of us. No food. We waited. The plates got cold. My boyfriends father got up, I assumed to go to the bathroom, and then came back. A few minutes later a man comes to the table says he's the owner and did someone at our table wish to speak with him. My boyfriend and I both said no, we assumed he had the wrong table, but his dad said yes. Then he started complaining about the fact that we were still waiting to be served our food when most of the tables around us which had arrived after us were already eating. The owner explained that the food comes from different stations and it takes longer etc. Dear old dad says that"s not his problem and they end up in a pissing contest at our table AS OUR FOOD IS BEING SERVED! The owner got irate and told us all to leave or he'd call the police. Did I mention that my child was at the table?

By this time we had been waiting an hour and fifteen minutes for our food. They start setting the food down, my daughter has her fork in her hand and the owner orders his staff to pick up the food. WOW!
Was my boyfriends dad rude? Yes, I think he was. Was the owner over-reacting? Yes, he was.
Bottom line I ended up with a little girl crying for two hours and waking up in the middle of the night with a stomach ache because of the stress of the situation. I don't care how sexy the beef is, no food is worth that kind of trauma. Both men should be ashamed of their actions.
Now I have to retract my recommendation of Siam Society from everyone I've given it to. The idea of sending another family into that kind of situation is not okay.

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★☆☆☆☆

WOW! I am still in shock over last nights attempt to eat at Siam Society. Let me preface this with a little history. Siam has been my family"s favorite restaurant for the last three years. This is the place we always take our out of town guests, go to for birthdays, anniversary"s or just any time we want a fabulous dinner. What we tell people is "just point your finger at the menu and you'll find something amazing".
So, last night we took my boyfriends dad and his wife along with my eleven year old daughter (her favorite restaurant, too). We had reservations and asked to be seated on the patio. I did notice that the hostess who sat us seemed to be in a very surly mood. I've been in the restaurant industry for 25 years so I understand having a bad day and I'm willing to give a little more latitude to people who have to deal with the public.

We were seated and gave our drink, appetizer and dinner orders all within ten minutes of walking through the front door. When we were seated we commented on the fact that it was so empty (one other two top). We drank one round of drinks and enjoyed our appetizers. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. During the course of our wait the patio started to fill up and we started noticing the other tables around us were being served their food and ours was nowhere to be seen. At one point our server brought warm plates and set them in front of us. No food. We waited. The plates got cold. My boyfriends father got up, I assumed to go to the bathroom, and then came back. A few minutes later a man comes to the table says he's the owner and did someone at our table wish to speak with him. My boyfriend and I both said no, we assumed he had the wrong table, but his dad said yes. Then he started complaining about the fact that we were still waiting to be served our food when most of the tables around us which had arrived after us were already eating. The owner explained that the food comes from different stations and it takes longer etc. Dear old dad says that"s not his problem and they end up in a pissing contest at our table AS OUR FOOD IS BEING SERVED! The owner got irate and told us all to leave or he'd call the police. Did I mention that my child was at the table?

By this time we had been waiting an hour and fifteen minutes for our food. They start setting the food down, my daughter has her fork in her hand and the owner orders his staff to pick up the food. WOW!
Was my boyfriends dad rude? Yes, I think he was. Was the owner over-reacting? Yes, he was.
Bottom line I ended up with a little girl crying for two hours and waking up in the middle of the night with a stomach ache because of the stress of the situation. I don't care how sexy the beef is, no food is worth that kind of trauma. Both men should be ashamed of their actions.
Now I have to retract my recommendation of Siam Society from everyone I've given it to. The idea of sending another family into that kind of situation is not okay.

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I went to this awesome-looking restaurant with my wife last night. We sat on the patio, and our server Chris was super friendly. He asked if we wanted to start with some cocktails. We declined and ordered a French chardonnay instead, which Chris also recommended. I usually prefer red, but we were thoroughly impressed by this wine....I need to find out where to get this to drink at home!

We ordered the Moo Taut appetizer, which was amazing and complemented our wine perfectly. This was a pork dish with sticky rice--totally delicious. It was finger food that started our meal off with lots of laughing.

Then we had panang curry with mixed seafood and the roasted chicken. The curry was spicy, but so complex in its flavors. I tasted fresh lemongrass and lime leaves every so often--divine. And the chicken was sooo freaking juicy! It also came with sticky rice, so we got to eat with our fingers again.

The one negative thing I would say is that the patio was very busy, and the restaurant didn't seem to have enough staff for the amount of customers. That said, the food came out quickly, even though we had to flag down Chris once for more jasmine rice.

We sealed the deal with the chocolate cake, topped with cardamom ice cream. I had to lie down afterwards. It was so decadent that my wife got a little frisky, so I'm definitely going to take her back there again!

Have fun!

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★★★★★

I went to this awesome-looking restaurant with my wife last night. We sat on the patio, and our server Chris was super friendly. He asked if we wanted to start with some cocktails. We declined and ordered a French chardonnay instead, which Chris also recommended. I usually prefer red, but we were thoroughly impressed by this wine....I need to find out where to get this to drink at home!

We ordered the Moo Taut appetizer, which was amazing and complemented our wine perfectly. This was a pork dish with sticky rice--totally delicious. It was finger food that started our meal off with lots of laughing.

Then we had panang curry with mixed seafood and the roasted chicken. The curry was spicy, but so complex in its flavors. I tasted fresh lemongrass and lime leaves every so often--divine. And the chicken was sooo freaking juicy! It also came with sticky rice, so we got to eat with our fingers again.

The one negative thing I would say is that the patio was very busy, and the restaurant didn't seem to have enough staff for the amount of customers. That said, the food came out quickly, even though we had to flag down Chris once for more jasmine rice.

We sealed the deal with the chocolate cake, topped with cardamom ice cream. I had to lie down afterwards. It was so decadent that my wife got a little frisky, so I'm definitely going to take her back there again!

Have fun!

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The food isn't authentic Thai in my opinion - but it is very good nonetheless. But as others have stated it is a bit pricier, but I think it's worth it for the creative flair.

4
★★★★☆

The food isn't authentic Thai in my opinion - but it is very good nonetheless. But as others have stated it is a bit pricier, but I think it's worth it for the creative flair.

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I had the Northern Thai Green Curry. It was very good. The lychee and green bean salad was great too. We were seated quickly at a nice table.
The server didn't match the food quality. I was served pork spring rolls even though I specifically told them I was vegan. I even took a bite before they realized their mistake. She didn't offer to comp me for the mistake, which is a pretty serious one. She smiled maybe once, and my girlfriend and I were very friendly to her. I'd still give them another try because the food was delicious, but I'm still mad about getting served piggy meat.

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★★☆☆☆

I had the Northern Thai Green Curry. It was very good. The lychee and green bean salad was great too. We were seated quickly at a nice table.
The server didn't match the food quality. I was served pork spring rolls even though I specifically told them I was vegan. I even took a bite before they realized their mistake. She didn't offer to comp me for the mistake, which is a pretty serious one. She smiled maybe once, and my girlfriend and I were very friendly to her. I'd still give them another try because the food was delicious, but I'm still mad about getting served piggy meat.

Pros: The food was excellent.

Cons: The server was very unfriendly and seemed distracted.

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I have been going here with my boyfriend for over a year, there has been a few changes but if you live in the Alberta area then this is a must do for the restaurants in the area.

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★★★★★

I have been going here with my boyfriend for over a year, there has been a few changes but if you live in the Alberta area then this is a must do for the restaurants in the area.

Pros: Alberta

Cons: Sometimes crowded

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I went with my family last night and Aaron waited on us. We had a large group and it was a birthday celebration. The food was spot on and we really enjoyed all of our drinks. We had the Farmer's Market with mixed seafood, Pulled Pork Springrolls, and someone ordered some spicy noodles (I can't pronounce the name). All were very wonderful.

I don't know what the earlier reviewer is talking about in regards to the Koi fish, cause I really love it! People will nit pick and complain about anything when they get on line. Hey, getting online is usually anonymous, right? I suppose it gives everyone the needed courage to be nasty online, when one could just ask their server to fix a dish if it came out wrong. Instead of being petty online, just try and enjoy yourself and be good to one and another. It makes a better planet.

2
★★★★★

I went with my family last night and Aaron waited on us. We had a large group and it was a birthday celebration. The food was spot on and we really enjoyed all of our drinks. We had the Farmer's Market with mixed seafood, Pulled Pork Springrolls, and someone ordered some spicy noodles (I can't pronounce the name). All were very wonderful.

I don't know what the earlier reviewer is talking about in regards to the Koi fish, cause I really love it! People will nit pick and complain about anything when they get on line. Hey, getting online is usually anonymous, right? I suppose it gives everyone the needed courage to be nasty online, when one could just ask their server to fix a dish if it came out wrong. Instead of being petty online, just try and enjoy yourself and be good to one and another. It makes a better planet.

Pros: I really loved the Massaman Curry with Chicken

Cons: Had a great time!

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This place was pretty expensive and not my favorite thai food place on alberta for the money. the presentation was nice and the service was fast and friendly.

3
★★★☆☆

This place was pretty expensive and not my favorite thai food place on alberta for the money. the presentation was nice and the service was fast and friendly.

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We just had a great dinner at Siam Society. My only complaints are that we were seated by the open door on a chilly rainy evening instead of in the other half of the restaurant which remained empty. Seemed like they were really trying to keep everyone on the bar side.
The cocktails are always creative and well executed. Some of the flavors on this menu are nontraditional, with even some Brazilian influence, which sounds odd but mostly hits the mark. There are a few plates I'm not too fond of, including the hazelnut spring rolls, but some people may love them, and most of what we've had in our 4 or 5 visits has been really delicious. Our kettle of Thom Kha soup was rich and velvety with complex flavors. The Kao Soi chicken is a standout, but all of the curries I've had there have been delicious, including the halibut in green curry with mango. The space is beautiful - it's a fun place to bring people from out of town. Bring a sweater on a chilly day though, as such lofty ceilings must make it hard to heat.

2
★★★★☆

We just had a great dinner at Siam Society. My only complaints are that we were seated by the open door on a chilly rainy evening instead of in the other half of the restaurant which remained empty. Seemed like they were really trying to keep everyone on the bar side.
The cocktails are always creative and well executed. Some of the flavors on this menu are nontraditional, with even some Brazilian influence, which sounds odd but mostly hits the mark. There are a few plates I'm not too fond of, including the hazelnut spring rolls, but some people may love them, and most of what we've had in our 4 or 5 visits has been really delicious. Our kettle of Thom Kha soup was rich and velvety with complex flavors. The Kao Soi chicken is a standout, but all of the curries I've had there have been delicious, including the halibut in green curry with mango. The space is beautiful - it's a fun place to bring people from out of town. Bring a sweater on a chilly day though, as such lofty ceilings must make it hard to heat.

Pros: rich, unique flavors

Cons: chilly on a cold day

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I have been to Siam Society several times with my boyfriend, and it's one of our favorite places to go. Tuesday he and I decided to swing on by for happy hour, to find these giant, hideous koi hanging from the ceiling. I really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and tall ceilings give an open feel to the restaurant. The new decor gives a claustrophobic, "sushi-to-go" vibe. The food was still spot on but unfortunately, the atmosphere has changed. I really hope next time my boyfriend and I go in, things will be back to normal.

2
★★★★☆

I have been to Siam Society several times with my boyfriend, and it's one of our favorite places to go. Tuesday he and I decided to swing on by for happy hour, to find these giant, hideous koi hanging from the ceiling. I really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and tall ceilings give an open feel to the restaurant. The new decor gives a claustrophobic, "sushi-to-go" vibe. The food was still spot on but unfortunately, the atmosphere has changed. I really hope next time my boyfriend and I go in, things will be back to normal.

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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There are several other Thai food spots on Alberta that offer great food for less money. The Siam Society is housed in a huge fancy space so if ambiance is more important than this might be your spot. The now have a lounge in the back and offer happy hour deals.

3
★★★☆☆

There are several other Thai food spots on Alberta that offer great food for less money. The Siam Society is housed in a huge fancy space so if ambiance is more important than this might be your spot. The now have a lounge in the back and offer happy hour deals.

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It seems that many people I know have said, "You just have to try Siam Society for great Thai food!". So a few months ago, my wife and I did just that. And the verdict? What a disappointment!

For starters, the mixed drinks were decent, but pricey. The food was mediocre tasting at best, only luke-warm, and WAY overpriced in comparison to the many other Thai restaurants in the PDX area. The service was a little spotty and pretentious. In sum, if Siam Society was the only Thai restaurant in town, it might be ok. But in a town with a Thai restaurant seemingly on every corner, Siam Society doesn't get it done. You can get much better meals for half the price at any of a number of other Thai places in PDX. Thai Basil, Beau Thai, Typhoon, and any of a number of other Thai joints in town will leave you feeling as though you got a much better deal for your money.

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★★☆☆☆

It seems that many people I know have said, "You just have to try Siam Society for great Thai food!". So a few months ago, my wife and I did just that. And the verdict? What a disappointment!

For starters, the mixed drinks were decent, but pricey. The food was mediocre tasting at best, only luke-warm, and WAY overpriced in comparison to the many other Thai restaurants in the PDX area. The service was a little spotty and pretentious. In sum, if Siam Society was the only Thai restaurant in town, it might be ok. But in a town with a Thai restaurant seemingly on every corner, Siam Society doesn't get it done. You can get much better meals for half the price at any of a number of other Thai places in PDX. Thai Basil, Beau Thai, Typhoon, and any of a number of other Thai joints in town will leave you feeling as though you got a much better deal for your money.

Pros: Decent drinks, nice atmosphere, hip neighborhood

Cons: Grossly overpriced food, much better value at other Thai restaurants

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Siam Society was one of the first restaurants I visited on my arrival to the US. I loved the ambience and the food. I always do. They have so many virgin drink choices and that is a huge plus for non-alcoholics like me. We booked a table and ate a nice romantic dinner there. Very nice old world-ish ambience. There were some mushrooms in my dish that kind of did not 'look' mushroomish. The person who waited on us, brought me an uncooked mushroom of that variety to put my fears to rest. I found it really nice on his part to have done that. There is plenty of parking around the restaurant in the street and this is a huge plus!

There was a kid celebrating her birthday and they seem to have a nice time. So, the restaurant is kid friendly too!

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★★★★★

Siam Society was one of the first restaurants I visited on my arrival to the US. I loved the ambience and the food. I always do. They have so many virgin drink choices and that is a huge plus for non-alcoholics like me. We booked a table and ate a nice romantic dinner there. Very nice old world-ish ambience. There were some mushrooms in my dish that kind of did not 'look' mushroomish. The person who waited on us, brought me an uncooked mushroom of that variety to put my fears to rest. I found it really nice on his part to have done that. There is plenty of parking around the restaurant in the street and this is a huge plus!

There was a kid celebrating her birthday and they seem to have a nice time. So, the restaurant is kid friendly too!

Pros: Food, Ambience, Wait Staff

Cons: None

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This place is really good. Its a higher end Thai Fusion place with a really cool buildout. I have always had good food there but people I have gone with every once in a while say its so-so even though 75% of the time its nothing but good things. This is a great date place with a cool albeit small bar on the second floor.

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★★★★☆

This place is really good. Its a higher end Thai Fusion place with a really cool buildout. I have always had good food there but people I have gone with every once in a while say its so-so even though 75% of the time its nothing but good things. This is a great date place with a cool albeit small bar on the second floor.

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I visited Siam Society on last Wednesday night. My girlfriend and I had scheduled "date night" and I wanted to take her to a romantic dinner that didn't cost a fortune. I also wanted to avoid the "high society" types in the NW, or SW. I decided on NE, and couldn't have found a better choice! The atmosphere was romantic, with low lighting, ambient house music in the background, and a friendly, attractive staff. I appreciated the staff's ability to ask the right questions, allowing our date to remain private and the flow uninterrupted. The service was leisurely, but so was the tone of the evening. The food was delicious. I actually planned to propose to my girlfriend that night, and had the ring with me. I mentioned this to the server and the host, and they excitedly took my requests and assured me that I would be taken care of. After dinner, they brought out desert, and had placed the ring inside the outer shell of the dish. It was very well thought out. They told me that it was their first time having a patron propose inside their place. They made it seem so smooth, and it went off so well, that I would love to recommend this place for such an event. The staff would make it go wonderfully.
Thanks Siam Society:)
Brad

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★★★★★

I visited Siam Society on last Wednesday night. My girlfriend and I had scheduled "date night" and I wanted to take her to a romantic dinner that didn't cost a fortune. I also wanted to avoid the "high society" types in the NW, or SW. I decided on NE, and couldn't have found a better choice! The atmosphere was romantic, with low lighting, ambient house music in the background, and a friendly, attractive staff. I appreciated the staff's ability to ask the right questions, allowing our date to remain private and the flow uninterrupted. The service was leisurely, but so was the tone of the evening. The food was delicious. I actually planned to propose to my girlfriend that night, and had the ring with me. I mentioned this to the server and the host, and they excitedly took my requests and assured me that I would be taken care of. After dinner, they brought out desert, and had placed the ring inside the outer shell of the dish. It was very well thought out. They told me that it was their first time having a patron propose inside their place. They made it seem so smooth, and it went off so well, that I would love to recommend this place for such an event. The staff would make it go wonderfully.
Thanks Siam Society:)
Brad

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Friday I sat down at the computer & looked up the website to get a number to make a reservation. They had several modern features on their website including an online menu & the ability to make your reservations online. The online reservation was easy to use.
My wife & I arrived that evening & we were greeted by friendly people who showed us to a table. The Power Sub Station concrete building has been reconfigured with a functional open feeling. Steel beams, arched tall windows & modern art fill the walls. It feels almost like a modern gallery.
To our surprise the Executive Chef Adrienne Inskeep came to our table & greeted us. She had heard from her staff we had arrived & wanted to make sure we were taken care of. In a very short time Chef Adrienne appeared with our appetizers. We had ordered the Tranquil Salad Rolls & the Pulled Pork Spring Rolls. Both are great, but the Pulled Pork Spring Rolls are my new favorite appetizers. The blending of flavors of vanilla & marinated pork with the hazelnuts in a crunchy wrapper . I have never tasted this combination of flavors before & really enjoyed it.

Main Entrees Chinese broccoli, chicken & peanut sauce &The Farmers Market Stir Fry with Seafood medley
The Chinese broccoli, chicken & peanut sauce was spiced with a hint of heat. The chicken was cooked to perfection. The Farmers Market Stir Fry with Seafood medley was an explosion of flavor. The vegetables & seafood made each bite like trying a new dish. You could tell everything was fresh!

For desert, we asked for the Chefs favorite, & we were not disappointed!
Sweet rice & fresh mango with grapes. Together this combination of fruit & sweet rice completed the meal.

My wife & I would like to say , " Thank you for the best tasting food we have had in a long long time. So original, so innovative & the friendly helpful staff were refreshing."

We have already made reservations for next week.

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★★★★★

Friday I sat down at the computer & looked up the website to get a number to make a reservation. They had several modern features on their website including an online menu & the ability to make your reservations online. The online reservation was easy to use.
My wife & I arrived that evening & we were greeted by friendly people who showed us to a table. The Power Sub Station concrete building has been reconfigured with a functional open feeling. Steel beams, arched tall windows & modern art fill the walls. It feels almost like a modern gallery.
To our surprise the Executive Chef Adrienne Inskeep came to our table & greeted us. She had heard from her staff we had arrived & wanted to make sure we were taken care of. In a very short time Chef Adrienne appeared with our appetizers. We had ordered the Tranquil Salad Rolls & the Pulled Pork Spring Rolls. Both are great, but the Pulled Pork Spring Rolls are my new favorite appetizers. The blending of flavors of vanilla & marinated pork with the hazelnuts in a crunchy wrapper . I have never tasted this combination of flavors before & really enjoyed it.

Main Entrees Chinese broccoli, chicken & peanut sauce &The Farmers Market Stir Fry with Seafood medley
The Chinese broccoli, chicken & peanut sauce was spiced with a hint of heat. The chicken was cooked to perfection. The Farmers Market Stir Fry with Seafood medley was an explosion of flavor. The vegetables & seafood made each bite like trying a new dish. You could tell everything was fresh!

For desert, we asked for the Chefs favorite, & we were not disappointed!
Sweet rice & fresh mango with grapes. Together this combination of fruit & sweet rice completed the meal.

My wife & I would like to say , " Thank you for the best tasting food we have had in a long long time. So original, so innovative & the friendly helpful staff were refreshing."

We have already made reservations for next week.

Pros: Food , Service, Ambience

Cons: Parking,

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My wife and I had made an online reservation and were seated immediately outside. We enjoyed conversing with the hostess, who made us feel welcome. We perused the wine list, but were more tempted by the unique cocktails. My wife ordered a Thai Me Up (vanilla Stoli in a Thai tea) and I opted for the Soi Cowboy because it sounded manly and contained Tamarind pulp. After a short wait for our drinks from the bar, we ordered. While we waited for our entrees, an "extra" papaya salad was brought to our table at no charge. A pleasant surprise to say the least. The waitress was able to snag the last barbecued chicken for my wife (who had a backup planned since they told us they were low), and my S3XY Beef lived up to it's name. It being my wife's birthday, we ordered the Flourless Chocolate Cake with cardamom ice cream, which we enjoyed very much. We were then treated once again to a birthday presentation of Coconut Milk ice cream by the exuberant staff. We had an amazing time, experienced spectacular service, filled up on great food and managed to keep it under an hour and a half from when we walked in the door. I will be bringing family here, it is that good.

(PS had to say S3XY to get past citysearch autocensor)

2
★★★★★

My wife and I had made an online reservation and were seated immediately outside. We enjoyed conversing with the hostess, who made us feel welcome. We perused the wine list, but were more tempted by the unique cocktails. My wife ordered a Thai Me Up (vanilla Stoli in a Thai tea) and I opted for the Soi Cowboy because it sounded manly and contained Tamarind pulp. After a short wait for our drinks from the bar, we ordered. While we waited for our entrees, an "extra" papaya salad was brought to our table at no charge. A pleasant surprise to say the least. The waitress was able to snag the last barbecued chicken for my wife (who had a backup planned since they told us they were low), and my S3XY Beef lived up to it's name. It being my wife's birthday, we ordered the Flourless Chocolate Cake with cardamom ice cream, which we enjoyed very much. We were then treated once again to a birthday presentation of Coconut Milk ice cream by the exuberant staff. We had an amazing time, experienced spectacular service, filled up on great food and managed to keep it under an hour and a half from when we walked in the door. I will be bringing family here, it is that good.

(PS had to say S3XY to get past citysearch autocensor)

Pros: Friendly staff, attractive presentation, interesting beverages.

Cons: Kinda noisy.

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My girlfriend ate last Saturday. We were seated without a wine list with my chair facing my lovely girlfriend and behind her, a plain concrete wall with some black and white photographs of pointless images. Our veggie spring roll rap was good, the sauce bland. There were small pieces of something in my girlfriends glass of wine. We ordered two of the stakes but only got one order and plates to split. They offered to cook us another one but I declined. The Asparagus was not prepped (the bottom end broken off) the "demi gloss" was watery, stringy, and barely evident with little to no flavor. The fried sweet potatoes were hardly touched by either of us, you can check it out for 21 dollars. Nothing had salt or pepper, there was no salt and pepper at the table giving the food a bland and plain lacking basic structure of bouquet or flavor.

The waiter and the bus lady, at different times, interrupted our entree apologizing. The bus lady talked to us like 4 year olds asking, " How bout I bring out some free ice cream?"

to which I replied I would be ok seeing a desert menu after we eat our entree. After eating the meat, we were starving, I put my card on the table in clear site and was really ready to go. After waiting a good 5 minutes after the table was cleared, the waiter brought us out a flan which we didn't order and we didn't get our desert menus, which I was more than willing to pay for given a choice. Finally we were allowed to leave after a 50 dollar tab, two frowns and two empty stomachs. My girlfriend and I got into a fight because she felt I was being overly critical and sensitive. You can go spend your money and be the judge, I will never step into that place again. I will buy my 3 dollar sprite, not kidding, somewhere else.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend ate last Saturday. We were seated without a wine list with my chair facing my lovely girlfriend and behind her, a plain concrete wall with some black and white photographs of pointless images. Our veggie spring roll rap was good, the sauce bland. There were small pieces of something in my girlfriends glass of wine. We ordered two of the stakes but only got one order and plates to split. They offered to cook us another one but I declined. The Asparagus was not prepped (the bottom end broken off) the "demi gloss" was watery, stringy, and barely evident with little to no flavor. The fried sweet potatoes were hardly touched by either of us, you can check it out for 21 dollars. Nothing had salt or pepper, there was no salt and pepper at the table giving the food a bland and plain lacking basic structure of bouquet or flavor.

The waiter and the bus lady, at different times, interrupted our entree apologizing. The bus lady talked to us like 4 year olds asking, " How bout I bring out some free ice cream?"

to which I replied I would be ok seeing a desert menu after we eat our entree. After eating the meat, we were starving, I put my card on the table in clear site and was really ready to go. After waiting a good 5 minutes after the table was cleared, the waiter brought us out a flan which we didn't order and we didn't get our desert menus, which I was more than willing to pay for given a choice. Finally we were allowed to leave after a 50 dollar tab, two frowns and two empty stomachs. My girlfriend and I got into a fight because she felt I was being overly critical and sensitive. You can go spend your money and be the judge, I will never step into that place again. I will buy my 3 dollar sprite, not kidding, somewhere else.

Pros: Lots of booze

Cons: too many to mention

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I ate here for the first time with a party of 8 about six weeks ago. I definitely recommend reservations for weekends. We all shared one of the shrimp soups, and was fabulous. Cooked to perfection, with extremely fresh ingredients. We also shared the wonderful sweet potato fries. I had a chicken dish, which was good, but my husband's Beef stir fry was to die for. Everyone enjoyed the food, and our server was very attentive. Prior to meeting the rest of our party, my husband and I got to look over the happy hour menu, which is very inexpensive!

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★★★★★

I ate here for the first time with a party of 8 about six weeks ago. I definitely recommend reservations for weekends. We all shared one of the shrimp soups, and was fabulous. Cooked to perfection, with extremely fresh ingredients. We also shared the wonderful sweet potato fries. I had a chicken dish, which was good, but my husband's Beef stir fry was to die for. Everyone enjoyed the food, and our server was very attentive. Prior to meeting the rest of our party, my husband and I got to look over the happy hour menu, which is very inexpensive!

Pros: Good food, nice wait staff

Cons: A little too expensive for what you get

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On a friend's last night in Portland, 4 of us headed over the the Siam Society for fare-thee-well drinks. We sat at the bar and were greeted by a friendly older gentleman bartender. I knew then that this was going to be good (I inherently trust older bartenders more than teeny-boppers covered in tattoos that can't make a old-fashioned.) I had an espresso cream martini. It was so delicious, so perfectly balanced, like no other espresso/liquor drink I had ever had. 2 of my friends had caipirinhas, the national drink of Brazil. They were very pleased with the flavors. It isn't a common drink so I was impressed that it was on the menu. They also had laphroaig whiskey, which is rare to see in a bar as it is definitely an acquired taste. The drinks were $8 each, but worth savoring and they have a happy hour too! We didn't eat anything, but it smelled good. Overall, a classy place with delicious drinks and a friendly bartender that gave us a nice discount! We'll definitely be repeat customers.

2
★★★★★

On a friend's last night in Portland, 4 of us headed over the the Siam Society for fare-thee-well drinks. We sat at the bar and were greeted by a friendly older gentleman bartender. I knew then that this was going to be good (I inherently trust older bartenders more than teeny-boppers covered in tattoos that can't make a old-fashioned.) I had an espresso cream martini. It was so delicious, so perfectly balanced, like no other espresso/liquor drink I had ever had. 2 of my friends had caipirinhas, the national drink of Brazil. They were very pleased with the flavors. It isn't a common drink so I was impressed that it was on the menu. They also had laphroaig whiskey, which is rare to see in a bar as it is definitely an acquired taste. The drinks were $8 each, but worth savoring and they have a happy hour too! We didn't eat anything, but it smelled good. Overall, a classy place with delicious drinks and a friendly bartender that gave us a nice discount! We'll definitely be repeat customers.

Pros: amazing drinks, experienced bartender

Cons: tiny bar area

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We went there the other night for my wife's birthday and the door lady couldn't find us a seat so she was acting like a spastic even though we said we were in no hurry. It looked like she was spending more time ordering around the other workers (rudely) than actually finding us a seat. Seems like they need some better management there. Once we finally got a seat our server, Emily? was very courteous and efficient. We shared the halibut and the ginger chicken, both tasty but expensive for Thai food and not that outstanding. The same spastic door lady then started asking us every 5 minutes "how is everything" and became a little overbearing. Emily got us a complimentary birthday coconut ice cream that was very good.

1
★★☆☆☆

We went there the other night for my wife's birthday and the door lady couldn't find us a seat so she was acting like a spastic even though we said we were in no hurry. It looked like she was spending more time ordering around the other workers (rudely) than actually finding us a seat. Seems like they need some better management there. Once we finally got a seat our server, Emily? was very courteous and efficient. We shared the halibut and the ginger chicken, both tasty but expensive for Thai food and not that outstanding. The same spastic door lady then started asking us every 5 minutes "how is everything" and became a little overbearing. Emily got us a complimentary birthday coconut ice cream that was very good.

Pros: ok food, good server

Cons: ok food, annoying manager

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I will have to say we have eaten here before and both times the food was good. However, we went last week with our son and when we asked if they had a high chair we were told" no" and then the server walked away. Not at all what we expected in a family friendly neighborhood. The resturarant was nearly empty and our service was not good. We were looking for the server more than once and waited a long time for him to come to take our order.

1
★★★☆☆

I will have to say we have eaten here before and both times the food was good. However, we went last week with our son and when we asked if they had a high chair we were told" no" and then the server walked away. Not at all what we expected in a family friendly neighborhood. The resturarant was nearly empty and our service was not good. We were looking for the server more than once and waited a long time for him to come to take our order.

Pros: good food

Cons: inattentive and unfriendly staff

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I ate here with my best friend last Friday and man was it packed in there. They wanted to seat us up in the private dining room, but we decided we liked the atmosphere downstairs better. We had to wait a few minutes for a table to clear up, but they set it right away and besides we enjoyed our little chat with the older bartender behind the bar. I had a Ginger Cosmo and Dave had a Soi Cowboy. Both drinks were great! For dinner we had Pulled Pork Spring Rolls and Calamari. Next we shared the Grilled Beef Salad "Tiger Cries". Everything was awesome, but we were starting to get full, cause the portion sizes are really big! For our entrees we also shared the Yellow Curry with braised Lamb Shank and Dave ordered the Pan Seared Halibut with Green Curry, which was recommended by the server. The Yellow Curry as just heavenly and the Green Curry was spicy but totally out of this world! I am in love with this restaurant and I will definitely be back. Everyone was very friendly and the service was great.

2
★★★★★

I ate here with my best friend last Friday and man was it packed in there. They wanted to seat us up in the private dining room, but we decided we liked the atmosphere downstairs better. We had to wait a few minutes for a table to clear up, but they set it right away and besides we enjoyed our little chat with the older bartender behind the bar. I had a Ginger Cosmo and Dave had a Soi Cowboy. Both drinks were great! For dinner we had Pulled Pork Spring Rolls and Calamari. Next we shared the Grilled Beef Salad "Tiger Cries". Everything was awesome, but we were starting to get full, cause the portion sizes are really big! For our entrees we also shared the Yellow Curry with braised Lamb Shank and Dave ordered the Pan Seared Halibut with Green Curry, which was recommended by the server. The Yellow Curry as just heavenly and the Green Curry was spicy but totally out of this world! I am in love with this restaurant and I will definitely be back. Everyone was very friendly and the service was great.

Pros: Huge Portions.

Cons: Very busy on the weekends

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Terrible, terrible, terrible food. We were actually shocked at how bad it was. The food was surprisingly flavorless and way overpriced. Perhaps if we had had a ton of drinks prior to eating, we wouldn't have noticed as much.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Terrible, terrible, terrible food. We were actually shocked at how bad it was. The food was surprisingly flavorless and way overpriced. Perhaps if we had had a ton of drinks prior to eating, we wouldn't have noticed as much.

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the drinks before dinner were great, the coffee after dinner was good. Everthing in between was poor. I had the farmers market stir fry with seafood. It was unforgivable. The plate, $20 worth, was a slop of over-cooked vegetables swimming in a soy kind of sauce. It was dark in the restaurant I had not a clue what I was eating until I got to the two clams and they were bitter and sour tasting.
I don't understand how restaurant can stay in business and serve such poor food.
It was cold, dark and noisy. It was like eating in a concrete bunker. With chiefs more interested in the show than the food.

1
★★☆☆☆

the drinks before dinner were great, the coffee after dinner was good. Everthing in between was poor. I had the farmers market stir fry with seafood. It was unforgivable. The plate, $20 worth, was a slop of over-cooked vegetables swimming in a soy kind of sauce. It was dark in the restaurant I had not a clue what I was eating until I got to the two clams and they were bitter and sour tasting.
I don't understand how restaurant can stay in business and serve such poor food.
It was cold, dark and noisy. It was like eating in a concrete bunker. With chiefs more interested in the show than the food.

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I crave the food at Siam Society. The first time we went I had the Banana Roasted Pork, it was so good I knew I had the best meal at the table......till I tried my husbands, he had the Kao Soi Chicken Curry, I can't tell you how good that is, I promised the next time I would get that. We went again and I got the Kao Soi Chicken Curry and my husband had the Pan Seared Halibut in Green Curry, that was so good, I said next time I am getting that. I am sure this will continue. We took our 17yr old son and his date and they tried everything and loved it. We started with the Pork Cake & Jalape?o Ice Cream, who would think of Jalapeno in ice cream, all those flavors together are amazing, the Fresh Manilla Clams were yummy, the Sweet Potato Fries delicious, our son had the Burger and loved it! For drinks we love the Jalape?o Margarita. Save room for dessert, the servings for dinner are big enough to bring leftovers for lunch and trust me they are just as good the next day, and then you'll have room for dessert. We had the Silk Cocoon and substituted the coconut ice cream for the cardamon ice cream, it was fabulous. Hmmmmmm, I think I might have to go there tonight, the flavors are spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!

2
★★★★☆

I crave the food at Siam Society. The first time we went I had the Banana Roasted Pork, it was so good I knew I had the best meal at the table......till I tried my husbands, he had the Kao Soi Chicken Curry, I can't tell you how good that is, I promised the next time I would get that. We went again and I got the Kao Soi Chicken Curry and my husband had the Pan Seared Halibut in Green Curry, that was so good, I said next time I am getting that. I am sure this will continue. We took our 17yr old son and his date and they tried everything and loved it. We started with the Pork Cake & Jalape?o Ice Cream, who would think of Jalapeno in ice cream, all those flavors together are amazing, the Fresh Manilla Clams were yummy, the Sweet Potato Fries delicious, our son had the Burger and loved it! For drinks we love the Jalape?o Margarita. Save room for dessert, the servings for dinner are big enough to bring leftovers for lunch and trust me they are just as good the next day, and then you'll have room for dessert. We had the Silk Cocoon and substituted the coconut ice cream for the cardamon ice cream, it was fabulous. Hmmmmmm, I think I might have to go there tonight, the flavors are spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!

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This place is definitely pretty and slick, and the service is fine, but the food doesn't justify the price tag. We have Thai food every Friday night with some Vietnamese friends, and had resisted going here because they feel that Thai food shouldn't be this expensive. But tonight was our treat and we wanted to try it because of the glowing reviews, and alas were really disappointed. The place is very dark which makes it difficult to read the menu, which also means you can't really see what you're eating, which leads to scarfing up whole chilis that you normally would set aside. And after picking thin, sharp sticks of inedible lemon grass out of the too sour and too salty Tom Yum soup I knew we were in trouble. The chicken in the soup was in chunks large enough to have to be cut with a knife in order for the 4 of us to each get some chicken, no easy task in a bowl of soup. We ordered entrees that seemed popular in the reviews and only enjoyed one of them, the Farmer's Market Stir Fry with Shrimp. The Banana Roasted Pork was loaded with fat, and the condiments surrounding it were confusing and uninspiring. The Koa Soi Chicken Curry came with a thick, too sweet peanut-like sauce served on overcooked noodles, not much there reminiscent of actual curry. And the jasmine rice that comes with the meal was overcooked and mushy. So out of 4 dishes only one was good, pretty bad odds I'd say. And at a third more than you'd pay at most Thai restaurants that's a pretty poor value. I wouldn't revisit this place even on someone else's dime.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place is definitely pretty and slick, and the service is fine, but the food doesn't justify the price tag. We have Thai food every Friday night with some Vietnamese friends, and had resisted going here because they feel that Thai food shouldn't be this expensive. But tonight was our treat and we wanted to try it because of the glowing reviews, and alas were really disappointed. The place is very dark which makes it difficult to read the menu, which also means you can't really see what you're eating, which leads to scarfing up whole chilis that you normally would set aside. And after picking thin, sharp sticks of inedible lemon grass out of the too sour and too salty Tom Yum soup I knew we were in trouble. The chicken in the soup was in chunks large enough to have to be cut with a knife in order for the 4 of us to each get some chicken, no easy task in a bowl of soup. We ordered entrees that seemed popular in the reviews and only enjoyed one of them, the Farmer's Market Stir Fry with Shrimp. The Banana Roasted Pork was loaded with fat, and the condiments surrounding it were confusing and uninspiring. The Koa Soi Chicken Curry came with a thick, too sweet peanut-like sauce served on overcooked noodles, not much there reminiscent of actual curry. And the jasmine rice that comes with the meal was overcooked and mushy. So out of 4 dishes only one was good, pretty bad odds I'd say. And at a third more than you'd pay at most Thai restaurants that's a pretty poor value. I wouldn't revisit this place even on someone else's dime.

Pros: Farmer's Market Stir Fried Shrimp

Cons: Overcooked noodles and rice, too dark to see what you're eating, 3 out of 4 dishes weren't good

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My wife and I periodically go to the Siam Society to enjoy their exotic drink menu and have a few appetizers. The time we actully decided to dine we got a great table in Dustin's section. He is what made this Thai restaurant different from the other dozen Thai restaurants on Alberta Street. When we asked him about wine he first asked us what we were looking for, and then just brought us a glass and it was perfect (and it was one of the cheaper glasses on the menu, which I respect). Then after that he gave us perfect service, he was not overbearing, or overly cheesy, he made me feel like I was a good friend of his rather than a customer he was trying to make money off of. For all of these reasons I will come back, as well as good food(Try the ko soi curry and the Banana Roasted Pork). The bottom line is anyone can cook you a good meal these days, however finding great service is like looking for a needle in a stack of needles. As for the owner I do agree with everyone about him being unprofessional - he should stick to owning the place and stay out of the way of the staff who knows what they are doing.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I periodically go to the Siam Society to enjoy their exotic drink menu and have a few appetizers. The time we actully decided to dine we got a great table in Dustin's section. He is what made this Thai restaurant different from the other dozen Thai restaurants on Alberta Street. When we asked him about wine he first asked us what we were looking for, and then just brought us a glass and it was perfect (and it was one of the cheaper glasses on the menu, which I respect). Then after that he gave us perfect service, he was not overbearing, or overly cheesy, he made me feel like I was a good friend of his rather than a customer he was trying to make money off of. For all of these reasons I will come back, as well as good food(Try the ko soi curry and the Banana Roasted Pork). The bottom line is anyone can cook you a good meal these days, however finding great service is like looking for a needle in a stack of needles. As for the owner I do agree with everyone about him being unprofessional - he should stick to owning the place and stay out of the way of the staff who knows what they are doing.

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We made reservations at Siam Society and we arrived 10 minutes late for our 8 pm reservations. The man who identified himself at the owner, smirked as he told me that he had given away our table. The way he smiled caused me to ask him if he was joking, he seemed as if he delighted in the fact that he had the power to take away our dinner plans. He made no effort to make us feel welcome, nor did he apologize for giving our table away stating he has a policy of holding a table for ten minutes only, even though we arrived at 8:10. It is really unbelievable that a restaurant owner could be this rude and unhelpful, the term, "customer service" seems to not be a part of the siam society business plan. We will never dine there again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We made reservations at Siam Society and we arrived 10 minutes late for our 8 pm reservations. The man who identified himself at the owner, smirked as he told me that he had given away our table. The way he smiled caused me to ask him if he was joking, he seemed as if he delighted in the fact that he had the power to take away our dinner plans. He made no effort to make us feel welcome, nor did he apologize for giving our table away stating he has a policy of holding a table for ten minutes only, even though we arrived at 8:10. It is really unbelievable that a restaurant owner could be this rude and unhelpful, the term, "customer service" seems to not be a part of the siam society business plan. We will never dine there again.

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Because my wife and I had enjoyed the Siam Society's atmosphere, food, presentation and service in the past, we and another couple planned a meal here Friday night after taking in a play. The place advertises that it's open until 11 pm or later on Fridays and that the late Happy Hour begins at 10 pm, so we thought there'd be no problem with our getting there at 10:10 pm. Were we ever wrong. Although we could see something like 16 people dining and at the bar--and there were probably more in the outside eating area who we couldn't see--we were told the place was closing early because the Labor Day holiday had slowed business. As we drove away, we noticed a party of about 6 who was also turned away and unhappy, and a party of three who also seemed to be changing their plans near the door. This means the restaurant lost about 13 customers in a 5-minute period. So, beware: it you plan on making this a later night destination, be prepared to have the Happy Hour carpet pulled out from under you.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Because my wife and I had enjoyed the Siam Society's atmosphere, food, presentation and service in the past, we and another couple planned a meal here Friday night after taking in a play. The place advertises that it's open until 11 pm or later on Fridays and that the late Happy Hour begins at 10 pm, so we thought there'd be no problem with our getting there at 10:10 pm. Were we ever wrong. Although we could see something like 16 people dining and at the bar--and there were probably more in the outside eating area who we couldn't see--we were told the place was closing early because the Labor Day holiday had slowed business. As we drove away, we noticed a party of about 6 who was also turned away and unhappy, and a party of three who also seemed to be changing their plans near the door. This means the restaurant lost about 13 customers in a 5-minute period. So, beware: it you plan on making this a later night destination, be prepared to have the Happy Hour carpet pulled out from under you.

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I don't know if Siam Society is the most authentic Thai restaurant around- it seems a bit too slick and put together for that, but its food sure is incredible. It's menu is a stunner- if you like Thai food, you'll have a hard time narrowing your choice down to just one entree, but you'll definitely be happy with whatever you get. The cocktails are fantastic, too, and the atmosphere, trendy and romantic.

2
★★★★★

I don't know if Siam Society is the most authentic Thai restaurant around- it seems a bit too slick and put together for that, but its food sure is incredible. It's menu is a stunner- if you like Thai food, you'll have a hard time narrowing your choice down to just one entree, but you'll definitely be happy with whatever you get. The cocktails are fantastic, too, and the atmosphere, trendy and romantic.

Pros: Innovative, exotic menu, great cocktails

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Hands down the best Thai food in Portland. Each dish had it's own distinct flavor (instead of a plethora of coconut milk). And family-style service allows you to try a little of everything.
Must haves: Banana Roasted Pork, Cardamom and Coconut Ice Creams, Mango Caipiroska.

2
★★★★★

Hands down the best Thai food in Portland. Each dish had it's own distinct flavor (instead of a plethora of coconut milk). And family-style service allows you to try a little of everything.
Must haves: Banana Roasted Pork, Cardamom and Coconut Ice Creams, Mango Caipiroska.

Pros: Flavorful Food, Beautiful Building

Cons: Nothing

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I HAVE LIVED IN PORTLAND FOR MANY YEARS NOW AND HAVE NEVER HAD AN EXPERIENCE LIKE THIS ANYWHERE IN PORTLAND. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT TO ANYONE WHO THINKS CUSTOMER SERVICE IS IMPORTANT. THE WAITERS AND BARTENDERS SEEM GREAT HOWEVER THE OWNER RUINED THE EXPERIENCE, AND I WOULD NOT WANT TO SUPPORT HIS BUSINESS IF I WERE YOU!!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I HAVE LIVED IN PORTLAND FOR MANY YEARS NOW AND HAVE NEVER HAD AN EXPERIENCE LIKE THIS ANYWHERE IN PORTLAND. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT TO ANYONE WHO THINKS CUSTOMER SERVICE IS IMPORTANT. THE WAITERS AND BARTENDERS SEEM GREAT HOWEVER THE OWNER RUINED THE EXPERIENCE, AND I WOULD NOT WANT TO SUPPORT HIS BUSINESS IF I WERE YOU!!!!

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The service is phenomenal and the food is fun. They got us in on New Year's eve and were very gracious. the building itself is historic and beautiful! Great place for a date or a small group of friends. Alberta Street is great to walk after dinner or if there's a wait.

2
★★★★★

The service is phenomenal and the food is fun. They got us in on New Year's eve and were very gracious. the building itself is historic and beautiful! Great place for a date or a small group of friends. Alberta Street is great to walk after dinner or if there's a wait.

Pros: service, drink menu, food

Cons: none

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After having grown up in New York and a little stint in Chicago, I have to say I have never had Thai food as good as this. Amazing space and the food was completely out of this world! I had the Banana Roasted Pork dish. It was fantastic. My partner had the Kow Soy (Sp?) and I couldn't stop stealing bites off of his dish. Our friends had told us to come and meet them there because of their last dinner there. We were skeptical about another Thai restaurant, but am I glad we gave in. They ordered the Green Curry with Seared Hailbut. Another Oh My God dish! The service was friendly and down to earth. We really enjoyed ourselves. I highly recommend the place.

2
★★★★★

After having grown up in New York and a little stint in Chicago, I have to say I have never had Thai food as good as this. Amazing space and the food was completely out of this world! I had the Banana Roasted Pork dish. It was fantastic. My partner had the Kow Soy (Sp?) and I couldn't stop stealing bites off of his dish. Our friends had told us to come and meet them there because of their last dinner there. We were skeptical about another Thai restaurant, but am I glad we gave in. They ordered the Green Curry with Seared Hailbut. Another Oh My God dish! The service was friendly and down to earth. We really enjoyed ourselves. I highly recommend the place.

Pros: Delicious food, great space, great service

Cons: None yet.

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I never thought I'd give up Typhoon, but what luck--a really, really good Thai restaurant is right here on Alberta Street. My boyfriend and I have eaten here a dozen times and have always had excellent service. They are usually packed. We often order ahead and get food to go. I am such a creature of habit and order exactly the same thing: panang curry, extra spicy, with chicken. I love it! The portions are huge--enough for several days (and I am a big eater). Also, the spring rolls are the best in the world--do not miss the spring rolls--they "flash fry" them in truffle oil (!!!) and they are light and just delicious.

2
★★★★★

I never thought I'd give up Typhoon, but what luck--a really, really good Thai restaurant is right here on Alberta Street. My boyfriend and I have eaten here a dozen times and have always had excellent service. They are usually packed. We often order ahead and get food to go. I am such a creature of habit and order exactly the same thing: panang curry, extra spicy, with chicken. I love it! The portions are huge--enough for several days (and I am a big eater). Also, the spring rolls are the best in the world--do not miss the spring rolls--they "flash fry" them in truffle oil (!!!) and they are light and just delicious.

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I had heard such good things about this place, but it really doesn't live up to the hype, or its potential. We arrived there to _finally_ be greeted (after about 15 minutes of being ignored) with complete confusion about our reservation. Eventually they figured it out, and we were seated, where we had to wait another 10 minutes before even being acknowledged by our waitress. A few very simple questions about the food revealed that the waitress DOESN'T know the food, she had to ask the kitchen even the most basic stuff. And her service was appalling... she stopped by to drop of the food and drinks, but beyond that, she could never be found. And then THE FOOD... WAY TOO OILEY and WAY TOO SALTY. Ick. I had to wipe my lips every time I took a bite, due to the greasiness left behind. Not impressed at all. No interest in going back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I had heard such good things about this place, but it really doesn't live up to the hype, or its potential. We arrived there to _finally_ be greeted (after about 15 minutes of being ignored) with complete confusion about our reservation. Eventually they figured it out, and we were seated, where we had to wait another 10 minutes before even being acknowledged by our waitress. A few very simple questions about the food revealed that the waitress DOESN'T know the food, she had to ask the kitchen even the most basic stuff. And her service was appalling... she stopped by to drop of the food and drinks, but beyond that, she could never be found. And then THE FOOD... WAY TOO OILEY and WAY TOO SALTY. Ick. I had to wipe my lips every time I took a bite, due to the greasiness left behind. Not impressed at all. No interest in going back.

Pros: Cool building (although it is very loud inside)

Cons: Overly oily & salty food, noisy atmosphere, dreadful service.

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Have always enjoyed everything here--I believe this is what Typhoon used to try to be, but never quite succeeded at. Interesting preps with local ingredients and authentic Thai flavorings; service has always been knowledgable and efficient, maybe not the fastest or friendliest, but well worth the standard 20%. Their seafood anything has always been a great crowd pleaser, and we've dined in twosomes up to eight with few hiccups in seating.

2
★★★★★

Have always enjoyed everything here--I believe this is what Typhoon used to try to be, but never quite succeeded at. Interesting preps with local ingredients and authentic Thai flavorings; service has always been knowledgable and efficient, maybe not the fastest or friendliest, but well worth the standard 20%. Their seafood anything has always been a great crowd pleaser, and we've dined in twosomes up to eight with few hiccups in seating.

Pros: Great ambience, consistently good and inventive flavors

Cons: parking, can be a little loud

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While Siam Society offers some of the best Thai infusion and amazing drinks their servicesleaves something to be desired. I have been there more than 5 times and I can only say that one of those times was a pleasant experience. Recently we had a birthday party there for 13 people, we were told to be there at 6:00 so we wouldn't interfere with their busy time, which we respect and understand.

We arrived at 6:00 and were immediately told we would have to be out of there by 8:00 because another party was due in. I found this completely rude and unprofessional, if you can't support two large parties then tell one of them they can't come in. Most of our party didn't arrive until 6:30 and the wait staff was getting visibly irritated and kept reminding us we had to be out of there in 1.5 hours. For food that costs way above average and drinks that are also above average in price you would think they would treat their patrons better. At 8:00 PM we were again reminded that we had to be out, most of us were still having drinks and two people from our party had come in late and wanted to order some appetizers, they were told they would have to be "To Go".

Portland offers some of the best restaurants around and if you want to continue to support business growth you can't treat your customers that way. Each individual in our party complained later and said that they would not go back, word of mouth is everything in this business and Siam Society may find that those mouths are going to start talking.

so while their food is amazing beware if you have a large group who wants to enjoy the evening and relax, this is not the place to do it.

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★★★☆☆

While Siam Society offers some of the best Thai infusion and amazing drinks their servicesleaves something to be desired. I have been there more than 5 times and I can only say that one of those times was a pleasant experience. Recently we had a birthday party there for 13 people, we were told to be there at 6:00 so we wouldn't interfere with their busy time, which we respect and understand.

We arrived at 6:00 and were immediately told we would have to be out of there by 8:00 because another party was due in. I found this completely rude and unprofessional, if you can't support two large parties then tell one of them they can't come in. Most of our party didn't arrive until 6:30 and the wait staff was getting visibly irritated and kept reminding us we had to be out of there in 1.5 hours. For food that costs way above average and drinks that are also above average in price you would think they would treat their patrons better. At 8:00 PM we were again reminded that we had to be out, most of us were still having drinks and two people from our party had come in late and wanted to order some appetizers, they were told they would have to be "To Go".

Portland offers some of the best restaurants around and if you want to continue to support business growth you can't treat your customers that way. Each individual in our party complained later and said that they would not go back, word of mouth is everything in this business and Siam Society may find that those mouths are going to start talking.

so while their food is amazing beware if you have a large group who wants to enjoy the evening and relax, this is not the place to do it.

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After casually passing the building twice, a quest for parking to be sure, I was amazed at how the building set itself apart from the neighborhood...yet belonged at the same time. Pushing the archaic doors open drafts smells of Indian Mace and Cardamom into the nostrils, an olfactory appertif. I don't often consume the top-shelf style infusions available here, but a nice 10 yr. Balvenie scotch would do nicely. The service was excellent, considering the amount of people on a Friday night. Food could not have been better. Authentic Yum Moon Sen, basil-coconut steamed mussels, Thom Yum soup, and Seared Char with Chimachurri glaze...you must be joking. Molten Flourless Cake with Kopke Port capped the night perfectly. I've NEVER had an experience like this stateside. Do it.

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★★★★★

After casually passing the building twice, a quest for parking to be sure, I was amazed at how the building set itself apart from the neighborhood...yet belonged at the same time. Pushing the archaic doors open drafts smells of Indian Mace and Cardamom into the nostrils, an olfactory appertif. I don't often consume the top-shelf style infusions available here, but a nice 10 yr. Balvenie scotch would do nicely. The service was excellent, considering the amount of people on a Friday night. Food could not have been better. Authentic Yum Moon Sen, basil-coconut steamed mussels, Thom Yum soup, and Seared Char with Chimachurri glaze...you must be joking. Molten Flourless Cake with Kopke Port capped the night perfectly. I've NEVER had an experience like this stateside. Do it.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Uniqueness

Cons: Price, lighting

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The food is excellent, but it's not worth the appalling customer service. I went there on a Friday night with two friends, one of whom is six months pregnant, and we were told they would come get us next door at Bink's in a half-hour when our table was ready (Cool!) Ten minutes later, they came and got us. We rushed to finish our drinks and headed over to Siam Society, but when we got there, they had already given away our table. The wait staff apologized and told us we had the next available table, but then when the next table was free, they gave it away to someone else with a reservation. They told us for sure we would get the next table. A half hour later, another table freed up and they gave it away to someone else with a reservation. An hour-and-half after we first arrived, we were still standing waiting for a table. Another table freed up, and they gave it away again, so we ended up walking out and going to the Thai restaurant two doors down, which seated us immediately and gave us prompt service. This was my second bad experience at Siam Society. On a previous visit, we were told soon after we finished dinner that our table was needed, and if we moved to the patio, they would give us a free drink. Very bad form to be rushed away after you've just dropped a lot of $$ on dinner.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is excellent, but it's not worth the appalling customer service. I went there on a Friday night with two friends, one of whom is six months pregnant, and we were told they would come get us next door at Bink's in a half-hour when our table was ready (Cool!) Ten minutes later, they came and got us. We rushed to finish our drinks and headed over to Siam Society, but when we got there, they had already given away our table. The wait staff apologized and told us we had the next available table, but then when the next table was free, they gave it away to someone else with a reservation. They told us for sure we would get the next table. A half hour later, another table freed up and they gave it away to someone else with a reservation. An hour-and-half after we first arrived, we were still standing waiting for a table. Another table freed up, and they gave it away again, so we ended up walking out and going to the Thai restaurant two doors down, which seated us immediately and gave us prompt service. This was my second bad experience at Siam Society. On a previous visit, we were told soon after we finished dinner that our table was needed, and if we moved to the patio, they would give us a free drink. Very bad form to be rushed away after you've just dropped a lot of $$ on dinner.

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We went without a reservation and the place was packed. To my surprise, waiting was no big deal, as we were told to go over to the bar next door and they would personally come get us when our table was ready. Once we were seated, the expereince just kept getting better and better. The food is amazing (try the yellow curry with crispy catfish), the staff is awesome, and the space itself is unbeatable.

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★★★★★

We went without a reservation and the place was packed. To my surprise, waiting was no big deal, as we were told to go over to the bar next door and they would personally come get us when our table was ready. Once we were seated, the expereince just kept getting better and better. The food is amazing (try the yellow curry with crispy catfish), the staff is awesome, and the space itself is unbeatable.

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I live in the Alberta nieghborhood and visit this restaurant on a weekly basis. I really like the bartender Don and the staff is always friendly to me. I always order a ginger lime cosmo and Khao Soi for dinner. I think it's the best restaurant in Portland. At least it's my favourite...for now. I love the happy hour, I love the private courtyard. It's a wee bit more expensive than your average Thai noodle shop, but you're paying for atmosphere and better food quality. If it were my restaurant I would hire more staff on the weekends, as it gets a little busy and sometimes the bartender gets burried in drinks. I'm suprised he stays so calm. Sometimes it's also a little too warm inside for me. Also, the courtyard gets filled up really early, so if you're looking to sit outside, make sure you make a reservation for the courtyard or get there early enough. Enjoy it, I do!

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★★★★★

I live in the Alberta nieghborhood and visit this restaurant on a weekly basis. I really like the bartender Don and the staff is always friendly to me. I always order a ginger lime cosmo and Khao Soi for dinner. I think it's the best restaurant in Portland. At least it's my favourite...for now. I love the happy hour, I love the private courtyard. It's a wee bit more expensive than your average Thai noodle shop, but you're paying for atmosphere and better food quality. If it were my restaurant I would hire more staff on the weekends, as it gets a little busy and sometimes the bartender gets burried in drinks. I'm suprised he stays so calm. Sometimes it's also a little too warm inside for me. Also, the courtyard gets filled up really early, so if you're looking to sit outside, make sure you make a reservation for the courtyard or get there early enough. Enjoy it, I do!

Pros: Excellent food, drinks and service

Cons: Gets very busy on the weekends.

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The first time I went to this chic NE hotspot, everything was magnificent. Charming service, great atmosphere, delightful cocktails and wonderful food. I was thrilled to have a higher-end restaurant in my neighborhood and raved about it to friends. However, the most recent time was very disappointing. Although the service was initially wonderful, the food was a significant issue. Our calamari and my prawns were grossly oversalted and my friend's beef was overcooked (she asked for it medium and it came well done). When she sent it back, it returned raw in the middle (essentially seared). I'm going to hope that this was an off night for the Chef and give the place another try - it would be a shame to lose this on my list of Alberta favorites.

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★★★☆☆

The first time I went to this chic NE hotspot, everything was magnificent. Charming service, great atmosphere, delightful cocktails and wonderful food. I was thrilled to have a higher-end restaurant in my neighborhood and raved about it to friends. However, the most recent time was very disappointing. Although the service was initially wonderful, the food was a significant issue. Our calamari and my prawns were grossly oversalted and my friend's beef was overcooked (she asked for it medium and it came well done). When she sent it back, it returned raw in the middle (essentially seared). I'm going to hope that this was an off night for the Chef and give the place another try - it would be a shame to lose this on my list of Alberta favorites.

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Best food I've had in Portland yet with a great atmosphere and terrific service from our waiter. Ask Jered! He's great! They make killer cocktails too. Try the adventurous dishes, you won't be disappointed. Our waiter recommended the Kao Soy and Seared Scallops in Dende oil. Amazing food. Go there. This is definitely a destination restaurant.

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★★★★★

Best food I've had in Portland yet with a great atmosphere and terrific service from our waiter. Ask Jered! He's great! They make killer cocktails too. Try the adventurous dishes, you won't be disappointed. Our waiter recommended the Kao Soy and Seared Scallops in Dende oil. Amazing food. Go there. This is definitely a destination restaurant.

Pros: Ask for Jered's service! Great wine and cocktails. Amazing outdoor courtyard.

Cons: Street parking. Can be very busy and packed to the gills on the weekends. Make reservations!

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I realize that most people might dine here because of the atmosphere. But, I found that the food was okay and I would rather be in a restaurant with an average atmosphere with excellent food. With all the thai restaurants in the Portland area I found the food here to be more trendy than tasty. I'm not saying it wasn't good. It just wasn't worth the price tag! If you are looking to impress a date, sure go to Siam Society. If you are looking for great Thai food, find another establishment. I have been taken on plenty of romantic and fun dinners that tasted much better than this! If you are the "trendy" type...then Siam Society is for you!

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★★★☆☆

I realize that most people might dine here because of the atmosphere. But, I found that the food was okay and I would rather be in a restaurant with an average atmosphere with excellent food. With all the thai restaurants in the Portland area I found the food here to be more trendy than tasty. I'm not saying it wasn't good. It just wasn't worth the price tag! If you are looking to impress a date, sure go to Siam Society. If you are looking for great Thai food, find another establishment. I have been taken on plenty of romantic and fun dinners that tasted much better than this! If you are the "trendy" type...then Siam Society is for you!

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Price & Food

 

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