Star of Siam

★★★★☆
A spacious setting and fast service make this River North Thai restaurant a delightful lunch and after-work spot.
  • 11 E Illinois St 1

    Chicago, IL 60611

    Cross street: State Street

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  • 312-670-0100

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Star of Siam is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Chicago. The seating is spacious and they even have a full bar. It's great for both business and leisure.\n\nOn the downside, I have had spring rolls from the fridge once or twice and a little stale at least once, so I generally don't order them anymore - but that has happened to me at other Thai restaurants as well and generally don't order them unless I make sure they are fresh first.

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★★★★☆

Star of Siam is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Chicago. The seating is spacious and they even have a full bar. It's great for both business and leisure.\n\nOn the downside, I have had spring rolls from the fridge once or twice and a little stale at least once, so I generally don't order them anymore - but that has happened to me at other Thai restaurants as well and generally don't order them unless I make sure they are fresh first.

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Really enjoyed this non pretentious simple Thai place. Pad Sew Yu (sp?) was great, so was chicken served inside a pineapple. We chose a table with the hole under it, I don't remember seeing those in Thailand actually, but was kind of fun to tuck our feet into it.\r\n\r\n

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★★★★☆

Really enjoyed this non pretentious simple Thai place. Pad Sew Yu (sp?) was great, so was chicken served inside a pineapple. We chose a table with the hole under it, I don't remember seeing those in Thailand actually, but was kind of fun to tuck our feet into it.\r\n\r\n

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This is a letter I wrote to Star of Siam\n\nTo whom it may concern,\n\nI used to be a fairly frequent corporate customer of Star of Siam. Unfortunately due to a horrible customer service experience this past week, I am writing to let you know that you have lost a customer as well as my recommendation to more than 15 other colleagues who are responsible for multiple catering orders a week for our company.\n\nIn the past I have ordered anywhere from $300 to over $1000 of Thai food from your restaurant. Once even via CEO Deliveries for an order for our entire office, I placed an order for over $4000. You have lost a valuable customer.\n\nThis past Thursday I had an order scheduled to be delivered at 10:45am. At 10:45 the food was not here and I was not notified of any delays. After numerous calls and complaints, the food finally arrived more than 30 minutes late. This is completely unacceptable. More than 25 people were waiting for lunch that had a designated time. Their lunch time was cut short because the food was extremely late.\n\nWhen I spoke on the phone with management, every excuse was given from traffic to the hassle of having to go through security to waiting for the elevator. Being that this was not the first time we have ordered from your restaurant before, those reasons fell on deaf ears and the travel time should have been taken into account. At the very least, I should have received a call notifying me that my lunch order would be delayed. There was no proactive measure taken from the restaurant.\n\nOnce the food arrived, I spoke on the phone with a manager about a form of compensation for the inconvenience and complete unprofessionalism I experienced. Her suggestion was an order for free spring rolls on our next order. I found this to be insulting. There would not be a next order considering the circumstances. And the best way to compensate would be to discount part of the order for that day. She suggested taking $20 off of a $400 order. Again I found this to be an insult and said that wasnt good enough. Eventually the manager agreed to take %10 off the total bill. Realizing that she had to intention of righting this wrong, I agreed to that knowing that they had lost an customer and an email would be sent firm wide letting everyone know of this horrible experience.\n\nI understand that orders are mixed up at times or traffic delays a set delivery time. Ive worked in customer service before and I know that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong at some point. What is important in these moments is how a company fixes those wrongs; how they compensate for the inconvenience. Taking a small step in that direction builds a better relationship with your customer. People are forgiving when a wrong is made right.\n\nStar of Siam did not do this. What I experienced were excuses after excuses, unprofessional tones, and insulting suggestions on how to fix a problem that the restaurant caused. I hope this was an exception to the way you deal with customer service and that that manager was not a reflection on your companys leadership skills. I write this so that you are aware of how a situation was handled and would hope that you find a better way to deal with this should it occur to someone else. Perhaps calling a customer if you know you will not be able to make a delivery time. Perhaps airing on the side of delivering a little early rather than 30 minutes later. Or perhaps being a little generous in compensating customers when a mistake has been made.\n\nThank You.\n

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★☆☆☆☆

This is a letter I wrote to Star of Siam\n\nTo whom it may concern,\n\nI used to be a fairly frequent corporate customer of Star of Siam. Unfortunately due to a horrible customer service experience this past week, I am writing to let you know that you have lost a customer as well as my recommendation to more than 15 other colleagues who are responsible for multiple catering orders a week for our company.\n\nIn the past I have ordered anywhere from $300 to over $1000 of Thai food from your restaurant. Once even via CEO Deliveries for an order for our entire office, I placed an order for over $4000. You have lost a valuable customer.\n\nThis past Thursday I had an order scheduled to be delivered at 10:45am. At 10:45 the food was not here and I was not notified of any delays. After numerous calls and complaints, the food finally arrived more than 30 minutes late. This is completely unacceptable. More than 25 people were waiting for lunch that had a designated time. Their lunch time was cut short because the food was extremely late.\n\nWhen I spoke on the phone with management, every excuse was given from traffic to the hassle of having to go through security to waiting for the elevator. Being that this was not the first time we have ordered from your restaurant before, those reasons fell on deaf ears and the travel time should have been taken into account. At the very least, I should have received a call notifying me that my lunch order would be delayed. There was no proactive measure taken from the restaurant.\n\nOnce the food arrived, I spoke on the phone with a manager about a form of compensation for the inconvenience and complete unprofessionalism I experienced. Her suggestion was an order for free spring rolls on our next order. I found this to be insulting. There would not be a next order considering the circumstances. And the best way to compensate would be to discount part of the order for that day. She suggested taking $20 off of a $400 order. Again I found this to be an insult and said that wasnt good enough. Eventually the manager agreed to take %10 off the total bill. Realizing that she had to intention of righting this wrong, I agreed to that knowing that they had lost an customer and an email would be sent firm wide letting everyone know of this horrible experience.\n\nI understand that orders are mixed up at times or traffic delays a set delivery time. Ive worked in customer service before and I know that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong at some point. What is important in these moments is how a company fixes those wrongs; how they compensate for the inconvenience. Taking a small step in that direction builds a better relationship with your customer. People are forgiving when a wrong is made right.\n\nStar of Siam did not do this. What I experienced were excuses after excuses, unprofessional tones, and insulting suggestions on how to fix a problem that the restaurant caused. I hope this was an exception to the way you deal with customer service and that that manager was not a reflection on your companys leadership skills. I write this so that you are aware of how a situation was handled and would hope that you find a better way to deal with this should it occur to someone else. Perhaps calling a customer if you know you will not be able to make a delivery time. Perhaps airing on the side of delivering a little early rather than 30 minutes later. Or perhaps being a little generous in compensating customers when a mistake has been made.\n\nThank You.\n

Pros: Fairly Good Thai Food

Cons: Horrible Customer Service

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Sometimes when I was walking home from work at Lake and LaSalle, I would go out of my way to swing by this place to pick up some crab rangoon to take home. They make the best I've ever had. Even if you only stop in to try the crab rangoon, you will not regret a visit to Star of Siam.

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★★★★☆

Sometimes when I was walking home from work at Lake and LaSalle, I would go out of my way to swing by this place to pick up some crab rangoon to take home. They make the best I've ever had. Even if you only stop in to try the crab rangoon, you will not regret a visit to Star of Siam.

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My boyfriend and I have been eating at Star of Siam for about 2 years now, almost on a weekly basis. The owner knew us and would say hello when he saw us. It was our favorite place for thai. Until yesterday. We were there for almost an hour, finishing the carafe of wine we bought, getting ready to go (my boyfriend was in the bathroom) and a staff member came to me and asked us to leave because we were taking too long and they needed the table because it was busy. Are you serious?!! Ask a customer to leave? Especially two loyal customers who regularly stop by and tip extremely well??!! I don't think we will ever go back. Too bad.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I have been eating at Star of Siam for about 2 years now, almost on a weekly basis. The owner knew us and would say hello when he saw us. It was our favorite place for thai. Until yesterday. We were there for almost an hour, finishing the carafe of wine we bought, getting ready to go (my boyfriend was in the bathroom) and a staff member came to me and asked us to leave because we were taking too long and they needed the table because it was busy. Are you serious?!! Ask a customer to leave? Especially two loyal customers who regularly stop by and tip extremely well??!! I don't think we will ever go back. Too bad.

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With so many good thai restaurants in the city, I'm surprised that this place has such a good reputation. It's just okay -- the food is okay, the atmosphere is okay and the prices are fine but not great.

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★★☆☆☆

With so many good thai restaurants in the city, I'm surprised that this place has such a good reputation. It's just okay -- the food is okay, the atmosphere is okay and the prices are fine but not great.

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Went here for lunch on a Saturday. I got a noodle dish and my girlfriend got steamed veggies with tofu and rice. Her steamed vegetables were drenched in butter, of all things, and my noodles were average at best. The fish cakes appetizer was good, but nothing exciting. Service was very fast. Overall an average Thai place, probably won't go again and wouldn't recommend it.

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★★★☆☆

Went here for lunch on a Saturday. I got a noodle dish and my girlfriend got steamed veggies with tofu and rice. Her steamed vegetables were drenched in butter, of all things, and my noodles were average at best. The fish cakes appetizer was good, but nothing exciting. Service was very fast. Overall an average Thai place, probably won't go again and wouldn't recommend it.

Pros: Fast service, quick seating, OK prices

Cons: Average food, at best

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I love this place! The food is great and so is the service. The spring rolls were addictive. In fact, so was all of the food. There were a coupld of things I said I would never try, but did. For instance, the spring rolls, I don't normally go for them, but they were excellent. You can dress up or just decide to go in as you're awalking by. It doesn't matter.

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★★★★★

I love this place! The food is great and so is the service. The spring rolls were addictive. In fact, so was all of the food. There were a coupld of things I said I would never try, but did. For instance, the spring rolls, I don't normally go for them, but they were excellent. You can dress up or just decide to go in as you're awalking by. It doesn't matter.

Pros: Food, service

Cons: Parking

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I have never ever had SWEET Pad Thai until my lunch here. I asked for spicy Pad Thai, and it resembled overcooked noodles in a bowl of grease. All the great crunchy vegetables had either been cooked or left out of the dish, and the ""spicy"" part came from some sliced jalapenos and red peppers (?) that were also overcooked. My friend's Pad Kee Mao was pretty much the same thing...overcooked in a puddle of grease. The only flavor we really had was from the generic red chili sauce they gave us in abundance. Unfortunately we had ordered out, so we couldn't send it back. We both threw out more than half of our lunch. If I wanted grease for lunch, I'd have gone out for a burger instead.

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★★☆☆☆

I have never ever had SWEET Pad Thai until my lunch here. I asked for spicy Pad Thai, and it resembled overcooked noodles in a bowl of grease. All the great crunchy vegetables had either been cooked or left out of the dish, and the ""spicy"" part came from some sliced jalapenos and red peppers (?) that were also overcooked. My friend's Pad Kee Mao was pretty much the same thing...overcooked in a puddle of grease. The only flavor we really had was from the generic red chili sauce they gave us in abundance. Unfortunately we had ordered out, so we couldn't send it back. We both threw out more than half of our lunch. If I wanted grease for lunch, I'd have gone out for a burger instead.

Cons: puddles of grease, poor flavor

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Star of Siam has a nice, modern feel to it. Their tables are arranged, set into recesses in a platform so that you can sit cross-legged, or straigt up, western-style.\n\nThe food was excellent. Their Tom Kha Gai was fantastic, and lacked mushrooms (for which I do not have a liking) but had not strained out the lemongrass. \n\nMy Pad Thai was delivious - I didn't care as much for my dining companion's beef and broccoli, but it was fairly gingery (which taste like soap to me).\n\nAltogether, I'd gladly go here again the next time I am in Chicago.

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★★★★★

Star of Siam has a nice, modern feel to it. Their tables are arranged, set into recesses in a platform so that you can sit cross-legged, or straigt up, western-style.\n\nThe food was excellent. Their Tom Kha Gai was fantastic, and lacked mushrooms (for which I do not have a liking) but had not strained out the lemongrass. \n\nMy Pad Thai was delivious - I didn't care as much for my dining companion's beef and broccoli, but it was fairly gingery (which taste like soap to me).\n\nAltogether, I'd gladly go here again the next time I am in Chicago.

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I have eated Thai food all over the world and cook it at home very regularly. I KNOW WHAT THAI food looks & tastes like. This was TRULY AWFUL THAI! Spring rolls raw with scrambled eggs covered with a molasses sauce. Pad Thai with no egg,no Nam Pla and no cilantro, no green onion. Tom Ka Gai with tomato broth. Curried fish that had no discernable fish, but only large spicy blob. I joked with waiter that the chef couldn't be THAI he said he's not , I said OK that explains this mess.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have eated Thai food all over the world and cook it at home very regularly. I KNOW WHAT THAI food looks & tastes like. This was TRULY AWFUL THAI! Spring rolls raw with scrambled eggs covered with a molasses sauce. Pad Thai with no egg,no Nam Pla and no cilantro, no green onion. Tom Ka Gai with tomato broth. Curried fish that had no discernable fish, but only large spicy blob. I joked with waiter that the chef couldn't be THAI he said he's not , I said OK that explains this mess.

Pros: fast seating, cheap, well lit

Cons: food poor, not Thai tasting

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This restaurant is gorgeous inside. It has the coolest decor fit for business dinner, date, or quick lunch. It smells amazing. The staff . . super friendly, and the owner is so sweet and he actually went out of his way for me and my companion. You never meet restaurant personnell this dedicated any more. The most amazing part . . The food!!! Best, hands down. I have travelled the world and this tom yum soup is the greatest I ever had. The spring rolls are swet and tangy. On top of it the prices are amazing. 2 people: appetizer, lunch entrees, drinks, sharing soup ( huge portion) with tip . . 30.00 and we brought our leftovers home. GO TO THIS PLACE!!!

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★★★★★

This restaurant is gorgeous inside. It has the coolest decor fit for business dinner, date, or quick lunch. It smells amazing. The staff . . super friendly, and the owner is so sweet and he actually went out of his way for me and my companion. You never meet restaurant personnell this dedicated any more. The most amazing part . . The food!!! Best, hands down. I have travelled the world and this tom yum soup is the greatest I ever had. The spring rolls are swet and tangy. On top of it the prices are amazing. 2 people: appetizer, lunch entrees, drinks, sharing soup ( huge portion) with tip . . 30.00 and we brought our leftovers home. GO TO THIS PLACE!!!

Pros: Best Thai food ever, Ambiance, tom yum soup

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Star of Siam cannot be beat with a stick when it comes to its prices and the food. The dishes are delicious, but they offer any substitutions, of if you don't see anything, they will make what you want. That was not a problem when we went there; we were thoroughly satisfied. The dining room is nothing to write home about, except that there are some fun booths that are build into the floor for a different dining position.

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★★★★☆

Star of Siam cannot be beat with a stick when it comes to its prices and the food. The dishes are delicious, but they offer any substitutions, of if you don't see anything, they will make what you want. That was not a problem when we went there; we were thoroughly satisfied. The dining room is nothing to write home about, except that there are some fun booths that are build into the floor for a different dining position.

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The food at Star of Siam is exceptional!! I have been to this restaurant several times over the years and the food is consistently outstanding. The prices are extremely low despite the beautiful atmosphere and attentive service. I highly recommend Star of Siam if you are looking for a great thai food at an affordable price and do not want to sacrifice ambience.

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★★★★★

The food at Star of Siam is exceptional!! I have been to this restaurant several times over the years and the food is consistently outstanding. The prices are extremely low despite the beautiful atmosphere and attentive service. I highly recommend Star of Siam if you are looking for a great thai food at an affordable price and do not want to sacrifice ambience.

Pros: price, menu selection, convenient location

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Star of Siam is my favorite Thai restaurant. Chicken staty, CRs are especially good apps, and for entrees nothing beats the Panang Chicken and Basil Chicken. The panang is gpeanut-oily, dark and thick, but if you're not counting calories you shouldn't miss it!

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★★★★★

Star of Siam is my favorite Thai restaurant. Chicken staty, CRs are especially good apps, and for entrees nothing beats the Panang Chicken and Basil Chicken. The panang is gpeanut-oily, dark and thick, but if you're not counting calories you shouldn't miss it!

Pros: cheap valet parking, fabulous food

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I love Thai food but Star of Siam made me feel unsatisfied. I've noticed a lot of Thai Restaurants use white meat to cook their chicken dishes and this totally destroys the flavor. The meat comes out dry and bland since the chicken isn't marinated. The beef is also treated the same way. Marinate your meats please! Tons of veggies are on your meat dished and can leave big eaters with a half empty stomach. Overall, its just OK and havent been back there for a year.

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★★★☆☆

I love Thai food but Star of Siam made me feel unsatisfied. I've noticed a lot of Thai Restaurants use white meat to cook their chicken dishes and this totally destroys the flavor. The meat comes out dry and bland since the chicken isn't marinated. The beef is also treated the same way. Marinate your meats please! Tons of veggies are on your meat dished and can leave big eaters with a half empty stomach. Overall, its just OK and havent been back there for a year.

Pros: Inexpensive, Atmosphere

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If you're walking, don't give up trying to find it! It's tucked down the stairs off E. Illinois. But once you make it there, you're in for a treat!\n\nWe enjoyed 2 appetizers, teas, a large soup and entree for $30. Wow. The chicken satay is great and especially recommended.

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★★★★★

If you're walking, don't give up trying to find it! It's tucked down the stairs off E. Illinois. But once you make it there, you're in for a treat!\n\nWe enjoyed 2 appetizers, teas, a large soup and entree for $30. Wow. The chicken satay is great and especially recommended.

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only one location left for this place-if you're in the area it's a good choice. the curry sauce and peanut sauces here are rich but luscious. can be busy at lunch but service maintains. beautiful atmosphere.

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★★★★☆

only one location left for this place-if you're in the area it's a good choice. the curry sauce and peanut sauces here are rich but luscious. can be busy at lunch but service maintains. beautiful atmosphere.

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This is an excellent restaurant that has adapted and succeeded and developed over the last 20 years. From my perspective the only issue I have had with them is in getting true ""Thai-Style"" cusine. In their defense, I understand why. They believe -and with good reason I am sure! - most Americans are not prepared to appreciate this. At the same time, I heartily miss the days of the opening of the restaurant when the Steamed Curry Fish was truly an enlightening experience! Please give this as an option again, and don't make me beg for true ethnic spicing, please trust me!!!

2
★★★★★

This is an excellent restaurant that has adapted and succeeded and developed over the last 20 years. From my perspective the only issue I have had with them is in getting true ""Thai-Style"" cusine. In their defense, I understand why. They believe -and with good reason I am sure! - most Americans are not prepared to appreciate this. At the same time, I heartily miss the days of the opening of the restaurant when the Steamed Curry Fish was truly an enlightening experience! Please give this as an option again, and don't make me beg for true ethnic spicing, please trust me!!!

Pros: Flexible Food Prep., Friendly Prompt Svc., Great Food Value

Cons: Requests Difficult, Inconsistent Results, Pre-prepared Food

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The only thing that really impressed me was the deco - unique hats, and displays... apart from that, the food was mediocre, and I hate places that charge you extra for rice... when it should ALWAYS accompany asian entrees. It is equivalent to charging extra for taco shells when you order tacos. Do NOT order any shrimp entrees because you will only get 4 med. size shrimps - expensive when you are charge $7.00. The fish cake appetizer was pretty good. Not going back.

1
★★★☆☆

The only thing that really impressed me was the deco - unique hats, and displays... apart from that, the food was mediocre, and I hate places that charge you extra for rice... when it should ALWAYS accompany asian entrees. It is equivalent to charging extra for taco shells when you order tacos. Do NOT order any shrimp entrees because you will only get 4 med. size shrimps - expensive when you are charge $7.00. The fish cake appetizer was pretty good. Not going back.

Pros: deco, not crowded

Cons: lacking in taste, bad value

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This is my FAVORITE Thai restaurant. The food is EXCELLENT and the prices are very reasonable. The pad thai is to die for!

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★★★★★

This is my FAVORITE Thai restaurant. The food is EXCELLENT and the prices are very reasonable. The pad thai is to die for!

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With all the good Thai restaurants in Chicago, this one should be very nervous.

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★☆☆☆☆

With all the good Thai restaurants in Chicago, this one should be very nervous.

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Star of Siam is great, it has reasonable prices, the ambience is great and the service is too. If you take classes at HW or work downtown it is not that farand take a break and go for the walk! (it's close to Harry Carey's)

2
★★★★★

Star of Siam is great, it has reasonable prices, the ambience is great and the service is too. If you take classes at HW or work downtown it is not that farand take a break and go for the walk! (it's close to Harry Carey's)

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STar of Siam - has a very friendly staff. The portions are great - they have all the imported beers. Everything is freshly made. The coconut ice cream is the best.

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★★★★★

STar of Siam - has a very friendly staff. The portions are great - they have all the imported beers. Everything is freshly made. The coconut ice cream is the best.

Pros: Always a table, courteous service, a bounty of food

Cons: the wall tables

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If nothing else, go here for the potstickers. They are excellent. It's always a must have for me at the Taste of Chicago each year. All other dishes are good, but not the best Thai in the city.

1
★★★☆☆

If nothing else, go here for the potstickers. They are excellent. It's always a must have for me at the Taste of Chicago each year. All other dishes are good, but not the best Thai in the city.

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I have eaten a lot of authentic thai food,but I must admit, this thai food is truly made for Americans and that is a shame because Americans will never taste what true thai food is supposed to taste like if it is bland and not prepared properly. My husband is thai and we both know what thai food should taste like when it is prepared correctly. This is not it.

1
★★☆☆☆

I have eaten a lot of authentic thai food,but I must admit, this thai food is truly made for Americans and that is a shame because Americans will never taste what true thai food is supposed to taste like if it is bland and not prepared properly. My husband is thai and we both know what thai food should taste like when it is prepared correctly. This is not it.

Pros: not crowded, inexpensive

Cons: pay for parking, add tip for poor serv, plain/bland food

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Star of Siam, one of the first Thai restaurants in the city, is not free of complacency or carelessness. While it is a solid-enough option and some of the dishes are decent, it just does not always deliver. However, the soups are of note,…

 

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