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Som Chai

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1-17-14 Chuo, Okinawa 904-0004, Okinawa Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 98-937-2208
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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90 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Som Chai is a small restaurant run by a Japanese Canadian man who knows a LOT about Thai food. The menu is not huge, but you will find numerous delicious dishes and appetizers and desserts here every day. If you are unsure what to order, just ask the owner or guests - people here are friendly and it's a laid... More 

Thank MissRich64
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Yummy! Never a disappointment when you are craving Thai food! Always a crowd must get there early or call in your order for pick-up! The owners are very wonderful and friendly people! Met them when they first opened, left the island for 8 years came back and they still remember our names!

Thank guambrkk4
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The food at Som Chai is always good as is the service. You should plan your visit so that you get there early in the evening other wise there will be a wait. A good and bad thing is that the owners will ask diners that have finished eating, to leave. So you can't hang out and visit after your... More 

Thank Astankemp
Amherst, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I actually debated whether I should write a review because I thought about keeping this restaurant to myself. I just love the food so much! On some days the wait can be a bit longer but it's totally worth it. The menu is fantastic and changes frequently since there are always 2 specials. I have a gluten allergy and they... More 

Thank Jennysnow
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

The food was excellent and we didn't have up wait long (we arrived around 5:45). I had Pad Thai, and my husband had the curry, which both were delicious. If you are going to eat at the restaurant, be prepared to bus your own table.

Thank tnpaige
Okinawa, Japan
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Better thai food than I had in thailand! most items can be made vegan/vegetarian. The pumpkin dessert with the lime caramel sauce is amazing!

Thank logangrant
Okinawa, Japan
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

It is so authentic and quaint. The wait is totally worth it, but you can find the right times to go. Best pad Thai I've ever had! Beware of the heat factor. I love this place!!

Thank Sarah F
Little Rock, AR
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Read a few reviews about this small but amazing restaurant, right outside of Gate 2. I had the coconut soup with tofu and noodles and it was the best coconut Thai soup I've ever tasted...absolutely delicious. The restaurant is small, only 5 or so tables and the kitchen is right in the open area, so you can watch all of... More 

Thank jaypeapeachy
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

If you are visiting DO NOT leave until you eat here. If you live here you should be eating this at least once a week! Hands down the best food I've ever had. Always get the special it's always something new 💕👌🏽😍 Kao Soi with chicken 😶

Thank Carmen H
Beavercreek, Ohio
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

This is the absolute best restaurant we've been to on Okinawa. We eat here at least twice a month...and we live 30 min away! The food is THAT GOOD! Have brought more than 25 friends/family to enjoy the Pad Thai & Tom Kha soup. Thanks Richard--you're an amazing chef! Looking forward to our next visit. ~Chad & Kate

Thank Newkie12

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-17-14 Chuo, Okinawa 904-0004, Okinawa Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kyushu-Okinawa  >  Okinawa Prefecture  >  Okinawa
  • Phone Number: +81 98-937-2208

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?