My wife and I travel all over the world and when we asked for Thai food we were recommended Rama. We got seated in a great booth in the dining room with a view of their full wall waterfall. Our server Jonas was amazing, he helped us through the menu and recommended his personal favorite dishes which were all spot on. Their exceptional wine list complimented our food excellently and we can't look forward to coming back to San Diego to eat there.
If you are looking for some good food and a tastefully designed atmosphere you will not be disappointed with RAMA.
Situated in the heart of downtown San Diego it makes it a convenient stop before a late night out on the town. Its only minutes away from clubs/bars and a couple blocks away from the Petco Park.
One entree is more than enough to satisfy your hunger. I went out with a group of girl friends and we ordered several different dishes to share. We had their Drunken "spicy" noodles, Panang Curry, and Pad prik. All of which were very tasty, but my favorite was the drunken spicy noodles.
The price was reasonable. Its approximately $15-25/person (incl. tax and tip, but excludes drinks and alcohol). Price varies depending on if you order one of the more specialty items.
Other than the food and the price you will be amazed by the decor of this place. There is a great ambiance there, perfect for a nice romantic evening with your significant other or an elegant spot for your group.
Stay a minimum of 100 yards from this godforsaken establishment. It is hard to tell whether the staff is stupid or just plain evil, but they do everything in their power to destroy your evening and succeed in their unspoken mission to do so. We were in the best of moods when we arrived and pumped with adrenaline when we left. The arrogance of the owner and staff is beyond your wildest nightmare....
Pros: Busboy fills in as waiter since the waiters will not provide service
Cons: Service is the worst that I have ever experienced in my many years of dining
First time there and will not return, the food was not great, and had to wait over an hour. Do not recommend this place..
Cons: slow, not that great food
Had high hopes as my family loves Thai. The service was friendly, even funny, but this did not make up for the slow kitchen. Too many apologies by the serving staff and not enough timely service. The food served was just on the edge of being acceptable temperture-wise. No kids menu, so dinner with two kids is expensive and certainly not worth the dining experience. The food was tasty but skip the spinich with peanut sause, it was so sweet, it could have been a desert!
Cons: Slow, cold, expensive
What a disappointment! The evening started out great and went down hill quickly. We ordered a cosmo and a beer. The waiter was very friendly and informed us that they only carry one type of beer. Fortunately, the one beer called Chang was very good. We ordered a grilled shrimp appetizer and a noodle wrapped shrimp appetizer plus a cup of wonton soup. The waiter came back to say they were out of wonton soup. We thought this was strange but okay. Next the grilled shrimp arrived and it was delicious. The waiter came out with the 2nd shrimp appetizer and told us he had a partial order as they were out of the crispy noodle wrapped shrimp. We were dining on the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend and surprised they were out of two things. Next we asked for the wine list and were told they were totally out of White Wine.
We go out to dinner to nice restaurants frequently and have never been told by a restaurant they are entirely out of White wine. The waiter told us they were busy during the long weekend and ran out of wine. It appears something strange is going on at Rama. We had two entrees that were good but not great.
The restaurant took off the crispy shrimp appetizer from our bill. At the end of the evening we felt cheated and taken by the restaurant. Our bill was $70 which seemed unfair when our dining experience fell way short of our expectations. I wonder if Rama uses premade items from restaurant supply companies since they were out wonton soup and crispy shrimp. Find another Thai restaurant.
A good friend invited me to dinner at Rama's as he knows I like to try new places. I've been in the food industry / restaurant business for over 30 years. I was introduced to Alex Thao the owner and wasn't impressed by his smug uppity attitude. Our server was very nice but slow, real slow. So slow the food was cold when it arrived. This WAS NOT Thai food at it's best. When I asked to speak with Alex he said he would take care of it but never did.
Once Alex found out what I did for a living he asked if I would help him out. I'm a very trusting person but in this case I should have listened to that little voice in my head when I met him.
Alex has yet to pay a substancial bill for work done or even make good on the bad dinner experience. I suggest you hold on to your wallet and keep walking.
Pros: Nice interior
Cons: Service, cardboard tastes better and the drinks are watered down
Prior reviews probably helped to change service. Service was excellent, but more important the Curries were great! I had curries all over the place, and this was great. Atmosphere is also relaxing, waterfall on the wall is very original. This is a great place to dine.
Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance
I have to agree with the review written by druna0974.
Worst Service I've had in SD in 5 years 09/12/2006 Posted by druna0974
My friend was in town from the East Coast and I'm sorry I even brought him to this place. The location was a quick walk from his hotel and that was about it.. The service, the food and the drinks were horrible.
The appetizers were overcooked, the main dish for the both of us was spicy (we asked for nothing spicy) and the drinks were watered down. With an Asian Restaurant we know the service is going to be relaxed and not prompt, but we could have gotten service out of a snail then our waiter.
We asked to speak with the owner or manager. We finally spoke with Alex Thao who apologized and told use he would take care of everything. Alex never returned.
We refused to pay for our meal and walked out. The owner caught up with us down the block and started yelling at us to pay our bill. We told him to call the cops.
Alex is a rude and arrogant and my friend and I can't understand how he has three restaurants (Chow Noodle House and Celadon).
Pros: The ambience was okay
Cons: Everything, plus the owner
During a recent business trip, I ate here twice for lunch. I was passing on the street, acually looking for Rama, and found the host outside so he escorted me through a narrow hallway past the bar and into the restaurant. First impression is of quite nice white table cloths, interesting touch with see through fabric curtains between tables and a water sculpture in back. I ordered the lunch special for ten dollars and found it well worth it as it included soup and a whole plate load of main entree, salad and fried spring roll. I also ordered the thai ice tea. l liked the Pad Thai which can come with chicken or beef included in special price. Next day I had the Panang curry. All around good value and good food.
It was quite sparsely populated during lunch, but at night the crowds come out and when I passed at 11pm found the bar crowded to overflowing with a young hip crowd.
Pros: good location in gaslamp, nice ambience
Cons: downtown hard to park, what's with the electronica music?
This is the 3rd time that I dine at Rama for different occasions. It is a beautiful venue and the food, though relatively overpriced, is pretty good. However, after making a reservation and arriving 10 minutes before, we were made to wait 1 whole hour in their 30-two lounge. When ordering drinks, they were out of a certain vodka, and they apparently didn't have any limes or lemons in the entire restaurant. By the time we were seated, we had to wait another 15 minutes before we were approached by our extremely rude and distracted waiter. We had a group of 10 so a friend and I decided to order for the entire table, to make it easier on him. Not only did he not know how to describe some of the dishes, he seemed frustrated with his evening, and he rudely turned his back and walked away from our table when we tried to add more items to our order. This happened on two different occassions so I do not feel that it was an accident. After complaining, we received a not-so apologetic apology from the man working the front check-in. It is a shame that this is the best level of service that such a unique venue is able to offer. It is pointless to have a unique location with good food if you don't know how to treat your customers. I will not return and I advise those who want to try it out to be fair-warned that the service may just ruin your experience. You would be better off going to a more authentic, hole-in-the-wayll Thai restaurant.
We're from out of town and chose this restaurant out of Fodor's.....it was even rated a "Fodor's Choice." Our server treated us as if we'd never eaten in a Thai restaurant before, explaining what "satay" was (while pronouncing it wrong) and so on. We're in our 50's, restaurant owners ourselves and well traveled. We let her know that we had a time limit but she couldn't have been more clueless. After our (leisurely) appetizer, she asked if she should put in the order for our entrees! We finally had to ask for a doggy bag twice but she couldn't find our food that she'd carried off to pack up. The food was extremely mediocre across the board and expensive for the quality. We were expecting excellent royal Thai food. We also got to listen to the owner kiss up to the hotel concierge seated at the next table making sure that she "sent everyone his way" while showering them with freebies. Not a good experience at all.
Pros: nice hostess
Cons: $12 parking, terrible service, mediocre food
If we had to walk away with one thing - I would say that the ambience was fabulous. Hip and trendy bar in the front (waiting area lounge while we waited for our table). However the restaurant was almost like a little trip back to Asia. Running water, dimmed lights, warm air - it felt as if you were sitting outside in Thailand - though thankfully not nearly as humid. It was cold outside when we went, so it was quite pleasant. We liked the option that they gave for a semi-private feel with booths that could be closed off with drapes. Very romantic. The food was very good also - definitely one of the better Thai restaurants. Presenation of the food was good. The menu offers all dishes, with your choice of meat (veggie options are an option also). This is a nice change - allowing diners to get their favourite dish, with the preferred meat of choice. Although this then does not really allow the diner to fully experience the 'authentic' dish - as it's meant to be done. However the food was delicious. The wait staff were very attentive and helpful. Impressive wine list also. I would definitely go back.
Pros: Ambience, service, unique
Stay far away - owner needs a reality check.
I had the displeasure of meeting the owner of Rama, Alex Thao personally last Friday night, and I can only say he his smarmy. We had reservations for 9pm, and after 45 minutes and many questions about when we would be seated (and no offer for a cocktail on the house while we waited) Alex informed us we would not be seated at his restaurant. He took offense when I told him that part of running a restaurant is keeping the reservation, or at the bare minimum keeping the waiting guests happy. The entire bar was filled with guests who were more than a 1/2 hour past their reservation time. It is obvious that Alex packs his reservation list, so he can get more people into his restaurant, and as they wait, they spend even more at the bar. Pure shyster. Any good restaurateur would have gone out of his/her way to accommodate the guests, even for a 5 minute wait. I can not urge you enough to stay far from this place.
Pros: It is Downtown.
Cons: No respect for the reservation or customer
I've eatem at a couple of Thai places in San Diego and I think that Rama has the best ambience and great food. My girlfriend enjoyed the Thai margaritas and I enjoyed looking smooth at a cool place. Recommend!
Pros: Ambience, Food Quality, Drink Quality
Cons: Parking (Gaslamp), Walk-In was a wait