I am a Laguna resident, and I would rate Thai By the Sea as the best overall (by elimination) of the three Thai restaurants in town. However, every time we've gone there when it's busy the staff seems overwhelmed, and it takes a long time for the food to arrive. If you're willing to deal with that, the food has always been worth it in my experience (maybe 10-12 visits over that last couple of years including takeout). The ingredients have always appeared to be fresh and menu items are just slightly on the healthy side (not including the Thai Iced Tea, of course!) The location is a little out of the way and parking is tricky (rear lot is best if you can find space).
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