Chaam Berkeley

★★★★☆
  • 1543 Shattuck Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94709

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  • 510-848-9664

About Chaam Berkeley

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Sun-Thu 11:30am-9:15pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-9:45pm

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My wife and I enjoy dining out - who doesn't? A neighbor recommended Cha Am and we've been there about 6 times in so many months. We both especially like the wood-finished add-on area in the front. The waitresses are nice, not overly fussy and might not suit corporate-minded clients who might demand 5-star service. The food is quite mouthwatering. I find it has the best presentation of duck, not those small-chopped pieces. The mint ice cream is to join a gym for. They have working hours so call before you leave the house, except you plan to make do with Andronico's across the road!

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★★★★★

My wife and I enjoy dining out - who doesn't? A neighbor recommended Cha Am and we've been there about 6 times in so many months. We both especially like the wood-finished add-on area in the front. The waitresses are nice, not overly fussy and might not suit corporate-minded clients who might demand 5-star service. The food is quite mouthwatering. I find it has the best presentation of duck, not those small-chopped pieces. The mint ice cream is to join a gym for. They have working hours so call before you leave the house, except you plan to make do with Andronico's across the road!

Pros: Service, food, dessert

Cons: Parking, steep stairway out front

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Cha Am is good. It's just that there are now about 30 Thai restaurants in Berkeley so it makes the standard go up. When I was in college it was "the" Thai restaurant to go to. Now, unless your from Modesto, you'll be equally happy going to a number of other restaurants in Berkeley. It used to be considered (back in the 80's) one of the best Thai restaurants in the country, but now it's probably struggling to be one of the best Thai restaurants on the block!

4
★★★★☆

Cha Am is good. It's just that there are now about 30 Thai restaurants in Berkeley so it makes the standard go up. When I was in college it was "the" Thai restaurant to go to. Now, unless your from Modesto, you'll be equally happy going to a number of other restaurants in Berkeley. It used to be considered (back in the 80's) one of the best Thai restaurants in the country, but now it's probably struggling to be one of the best Thai restaurants on the block!

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Cha Am is located in the gourmet ghetto area of berkeley and is a decent place to go to dinner in berkeley. I've had their food about 3 times, good food, but it was pretty dry chicken in the curry the first time, but the 2nd time when I ate there is better. Service is satisfactory, location is great. Overall its a good place to go to if youre in the area, but not somewhere to go if youre coming out of your way.

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★★★☆☆

Cha Am is located in the gourmet ghetto area of berkeley and is a decent place to go to dinner in berkeley. I've had their food about 3 times, good food, but it was pretty dry chicken in the curry the first time, but the 2nd time when I ate there is better. Service is satisfactory, location is great. Overall its a good place to go to if youre in the area, but not somewhere to go if youre coming out of your way.

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Cha Am has never failed to satisfy my tastebuds! Their pad thai and pad see ew dishes are sensational. It's a must-eat if you're in Berkeley! During a less busier time, the service deserves an A+, but when you're there during a busier hour, you may need to wait a bit. The portions are larger than most Thai places I've been to, so you get more for your buck. Ohh.. and the brown rice is to die for. I don't know how they make it so aromatic and tasty - it's perfect!

The ambiance creates a homey and comfortable feeling. It's bright array of colors and decor creates a business in the atmosphere, but somehow it manages to not be too cluttery (though it does border on it). It can be romantic for date nights, but it's also a great spot for groups and an intimate crew of friends.

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★★★★★

Cha Am has never failed to satisfy my tastebuds! Their pad thai and pad see ew dishes are sensational. It's a must-eat if you're in Berkeley! During a less busier time, the service deserves an A+, but when you're there during a busier hour, you may need to wait a bit. The portions are larger than most Thai places I've been to, so you get more for your buck. Ohh.. and the brown rice is to die for. I don't know how they make it so aromatic and tasty - it's perfect!

The ambiance creates a homey and comfortable feeling. It's bright array of colors and decor creates a business in the atmosphere, but somehow it manages to not be too cluttery (though it does border on it). It can be romantic for date nights, but it's also a great spot for groups and an intimate crew of friends.

Pros: Amazing food!

Cons: Can be a little sweet

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We eat at Cha Am pretty regularly, even though there are other Thai restaurants closer to us. Their Tom Kha Gai is excellent, and I haven't found better yet. They also offer very good brown rice in addition to regular white rice, which is a big plus in my book. Their Pad Thai is not my favorite. I find it a little bland, and it has a disturbing "nuclear orange" color to it.

2
★★★★☆

We eat at Cha Am pretty regularly, even though there are other Thai restaurants closer to us. Their Tom Kha Gai is excellent, and I haven't found better yet. They also offer very good brown rice in addition to regular white rice, which is a big plus in my book. Their Pad Thai is not my favorite. I find it a little bland, and it has a disturbing "nuclear orange" color to it.

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I went with a group there, and got the most horrible service that I think I've ever gotten at a restaurant (and I eat out a lot!). The waiters were downright mean, and got about 50% of our orders wrong. When on of the waiters brought out a chicken dish for a vegetarian, she insisted that my friend ordered the chicken and didn't want to take it back. Someone else at my table who just so happened to order a vegetarian plate but wasn't vegetarian offered to switch with her. Another friend asked about two desserts and then chose one, but then they brought out both of the desserts for her. By this time we didn't even try arguing with them. In the end, they seriously overcharged us, and everything was written in Thai, so we didn't know what was wrong. No one would come help us with the receipt. Every couple ended up paying ~$10 more than what they put in originally (this is on top of a couple of people paying extra for the wrong dishes that they got). And the fact that everyone had to pay more says a lot, because usually when we eat out, we all put to much money in and end up getting a few bucks back. I have vowed never to eat there again!

By the way, the food is alright. Not great, but not any different from the Thai you can get at a lot of places around Berekely and in the Ranch 99 mall.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went with a group there, and got the most horrible service that I think I've ever gotten at a restaurant (and I eat out a lot!). The waiters were downright mean, and got about 50% of our orders wrong. When on of the waiters brought out a chicken dish for a vegetarian, she insisted that my friend ordered the chicken and didn't want to take it back. Someone else at my table who just so happened to order a vegetarian plate but wasn't vegetarian offered to switch with her. Another friend asked about two desserts and then chose one, but then they brought out both of the desserts for her. By this time we didn't even try arguing with them. In the end, they seriously overcharged us, and everything was written in Thai, so we didn't know what was wrong. No one would come help us with the receipt. Every couple ended up paying ~$10 more than what they put in originally (this is on top of a couple of people paying extra for the wrong dishes that they got). And the fact that everyone had to pay more says a lot, because usually when we eat out, we all put to much money in and end up getting a few bucks back. I have vowed never to eat there again!

By the way, the food is alright. Not great, but not any different from the Thai you can get at a lot of places around Berekely and in the Ranch 99 mall.

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Cha Am is one of the finest Thai Restaurants in Berkeley - . Its located in the heart of the "Gourmet Ghetto" - next door to Chez Panise. Its a great place to take your date - and it wont hurt the wallet too much either.

What sets this place apart is the cosy atmosphere. The place is small - and its decorated in sort of a Thai-Berkeley style.

I remember going there when the balcony was open air- but now its enclosed with a curved plastic window that shields you from the relentless wind. You can still watch the summer sunset from there - and feel like you arent freezing! (In SF they are fogged in by then).

The food is very very good. I recommend the Chicken with Coconut - Curry .

The service is always top notch - and most nights you can get in without a wait.

Watch your step on the steep stairway.

PROS: Good Food, Great Atmosphere
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5
★★★★★

Cha Am is one of the finest Thai Restaurants in Berkeley - . Its located in the heart of the "Gourmet Ghetto" - next door to Chez Panise. Its a great place to take your date - and it wont hurt the wallet too much either.

What sets this place apart is the cosy atmosphere. The place is small - and its decorated in sort of a Thai-Berkeley style.

I remember going there when the balcony was open air- but now its enclosed with a curved plastic window that shields you from the relentless wind. You can still watch the summer sunset from there - and feel like you arent freezing! (In SF they are fogged in by then).

The food is very very good. I recommend the Chicken with Coconut - Curry .

The service is always top notch - and most nights you can get in without a wait.

Watch your step on the steep stairway.

PROS: Good Food, Great Atmosphere
CONS:

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reviews are mixed, but I had a very good meal at Cha Am. We ordered the grilled marinated yellow tail fillet, served with a garlic, chili, and lime sauce (a special for the night). The fish was EXELENT tender, had a wonderful, almost smokey flavor from the grill. The asparagus that came with the fish, was also grilled, and bit over done and dry. The fish was soo good though, it was excusable. It was possibly some of the best fish I have ever had.

We also had the Pad Thai, which was average. The Tom Kai gai was very good, not too sweet, or too spicy, had good compliments of lemon grass and fish sauce. The stuffed chicken wings (stuffed with ground pork, black mushrooms, celery, among other things) were good (and large!), and not at all greasy like I feared they might be. They were an unsual treat.

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★★★★☆

reviews are mixed, but I had a very good meal at Cha Am. We ordered the grilled marinated yellow tail fillet, served with a garlic, chili, and lime sauce (a special for the night). The fish was EXELENT tender, had a wonderful, almost smokey flavor from the grill. The asparagus that came with the fish, was also grilled, and bit over done and dry. The fish was soo good though, it was excusable. It was possibly some of the best fish I have ever had.

We also had the Pad Thai, which was average. The Tom Kai gai was very good, not too sweet, or too spicy, had good compliments of lemon grass and fish sauce. The stuffed chicken wings (stuffed with ground pork, black mushrooms, celery, among other things) were good (and large!), and not at all greasy like I feared they might be. They were an unsual treat.

Pros: Interesting specials, great prices, friendly staff

Cons: slow to take order, parking

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This place is really cute inside and has very good food. We had the pad thai and the pad see ew and both dishes were delicious! Definitely save room for dessert as well.

2
★★★★☆

This place is really cute inside and has very good food. We had the pad thai and the pad see ew and both dishes were delicious! Definitely save room for dessert as well.

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Cha Am used to be one of the bet Thai restaurants in the East Bay, however, over the last five plus years it slowly has gotten worst every year. I've given Cha Am many chances at redeeming itself and it has failed every year.

1
★★★☆☆

Cha Am used to be one of the bet Thai restaurants in the East Bay, however, over the last five plus years it slowly has gotten worst every year. I've given Cha Am many chances at redeeming itself and it has failed every year.

Cons: Food

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their gai gra pow had no pow,... it was a oyster gravy sauce with peas and carrots???? what kind of gai gra pow is that? If my tongue is not on fire it wasnt close to good try sabuy subuy on college near the ccac. Thats some great thai.

1
★★☆☆☆

their gai gra pow had no pow,... it was a oyster gravy sauce with peas and carrots???? what kind of gai gra pow is that? If my tongue is not on fire it wasnt close to good try sabuy subuy on college near the ccac. Thats some great thai.

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This has always been my favorite Thai food; they use fresh ingredients, and the quality is consistent. The Cha Am noodles are excellent--I strongly recommend them. Cha Am is much better than the Thai place on the corner . . .

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★★★★★

This has always been my favorite Thai food; they use fresh ingredients, and the quality is consistent. The Cha Am noodles are excellent--I strongly recommend them. Cha Am is much better than the Thai place on the corner . . .

Cons: Parking can be tricky, Wait can be long

 

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