About May Kitchen + Bar
May Kitchen + Bar brings a taste of Thailand to Vashon Island, WA. From the 150 year old dark teak paneling to the hand crafted iron work, the interior whisks you away to another, more relaxed place. Sit down and begin your meal by enjoying an original cocktail carefully crafted to bring out the most flavor from exotic ingredients. Then consider the food. You will have to come back, because you will need to try everything at least once. May Chaleoy is renowned for her ability to bring out a depth and complexity of flavor in all your favorite Thai dishes. May's attention to detail and dedication to the authenticity of her food is clear after your first bite. Come see for yourself.
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Bank Rd SW
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The nearest transit stop is Vashon Hwy SW and SW Bank Rd. We are just south of the stop on the east side of the street.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout
May Kitchen + Bar Ratings and Reviews
Highly rated restaurant. We asked for t ...
Highly rated restaurant. We asked for the chef's choice, hoping for something special and unique since we are very familiar with cooking and eating Thai food. We received the simplest dishes, papaya salad, deep fried prawn, Pad Thai and a fried fish. It was unremarkable and we were disappointed. When we expressed our disappointment the very friendly server made no effort to remedy the situation.
I want to think that this was an off day ...
I want to think that this was an off day and actual Chef May was absent because if this is to pass off as proud, authentic Thai food then I know nothing... Besides the fact that our entrees were over salted or was drowning in cumin or that our jasmine rice came out undercooked. Not sure why service felt the need to keep saying "Your food will be out soon!" Every 10 minutes until 45 minutes later, we finally received our pad Thai. My family is too timid to say anything and we didn't want to make a scene sending everything back, though we still tipped at least 18%. Unfortunately we came all the way from North Seattle, excited to try May on Vashon, and let's just say those are two hours and $100+ I will never get back.
We absolutely loved our experience at Ma ...
We absolutely loved our experience at May's, I would make the trip back to Vashon just for a meal here. The specials were amazing and the table-side Pad Thai were so special. We also had great cocktails and the bill was very reasonable for the quality of food we got.
The ambiance was amazing and the service was so friendly. We left there glowing and happy :)
Excellent and varied Thai Cuisine. Most ...
Excellent and varied Thai Cuisine. Most folks order a selection of appetizers and entrees and share family style. The Thai Curries are great and so is the Pad Thai in many varieties. The fresh spring rolls and the octopus appetizers are a spicy wonder.
The bar has good cocktails, micro brews and wine; sometimes slow delivery. Great waitstaff. Almost any dish can be made vegan by request.
May's Mitchen & Bar might have ruined me ...
May's Mitchen & Bar might have ruined me forever. I see Thai food differently now- will I ever be able to eat anyone else's Pad Thai? Or must I move to Vashon Island just to be near that Green Curry? Trekking to May's from Seattle was well worth it. Every part of the experience was a treat for the senses. The visuals: the carved wood paneling, brocade curtains, rosewood and gold flatware, and coconut rice bowls created a sense of enchantment and expectation that something special was about to happen- and it did. The food was exquisitely presented and delicious. We had light as a feather spring rolls topped with crispy coconut and sizzled onion, a rich and exotically spiced green curry on red jasmine rice, perfect citrusy/hot pork me krob, and the not-to-be-missed Pad Thai - tossed at the table with tamarind, cane sugar, chili, chopped peanut, and banana flower. Yes, this is not your usual Thai food restaurant. Go! You too may be ruined for life.
If you are looking for a traditional tak ...
If you are looking for a traditional take on Thai, this is not it. It seems everything on the menu had similar names as other restaurants but were spiced differently. It was different but delicious. Flavors never experienced before. Delicious. Loved it!
Love the food! It's the biggest draw. D ...
Love the food! It's the biggest draw. Difficult to get a table without a reservation several days ahead of time. Table service was okay but it took way too long to receive bar orders. Nearly finished with meal before receiving drink order.
Best restaurant on Vashon. Superior ser ...
Best restaurant on Vashon. Superior service and food. Not the too sweet Thai food cooked in many Thai restaurants-steps beyond. The walls are imported from a Thai home and add to the atmosphere. Fun to share with friends.
This was our first time visit to May Kit ...
This was our first time visit to May Kitchen, and we were really impressed! Our waiter (Caleb) was extremely friendly, up-beat and helpful! His menu suggestions were spot-on! He was great! All six of us were of the same opinion, that the food was wonderful! My wife and I do not eat out very often, but we will definitely be back to May Kitchen and Bar to try some of the other wonderful entrees! Thank you for a very enjoyable evening!
We love the food and drinks. Only one c ...
We love the food and drinks. Only one complaint-- not enough spice on the shrimp dish. This was our 3rd visit - we ferry over from Southworth. It woud be nice to have a 4 p.m. service. Loved the dish with pineapple and cashews and will be over again to try more and probably family servings - we did some sharing. Thanks for asking.
If you're on Vashon you have to try this ...
If you're on Vashon you have to try this place. Their storefront has absolutely no markings or indication that there's a business of any kind inside, and yet, it was packed (I highly recommend reservations). So their business is entirely word-of-mouth and the word is unanimous (5 stars after ~500 reviews online).
I want to go back several times and sample more of the menu. Every plate that walked by caught our interest. My gf and I got an appetizer and THREE entrees to share, and I wish we could have tried another without bursting at the seams.
Came here on a usual Friday night at 7. ...
Came here on a usual Friday night at 7. Reservations is highly recommended on weekends. We specified for the bar. EVERYONE is incredibly welcoming and accommodating. Then the food is just as good as the staff. The chicken wings are crazy delicious especially! Thank you May and May's staff for a wonderful birthday on Vashon island!
May Kitchen is always impressive and nev ...
May Kitchen is always impressive and never disappoints. Beautiful atmosphere, friendly service and familiar faces with their staff, and to top it all off - the food is ridiculously good - best Thai food I've ever had.
Our drinks sat on the bar for several mi ...
Our drinks sat on the bar for several minutes. Finally my husband went to get them. When the waitress discovered what happened all she said was "thank you". Many had rave reviews, however our appetizer and entrees were "ho-hum". We have had much better in Eugene.
Ate at May's and it was phenomenal again ...
Ate at May's and it was phenomenal again. I eat there every month or so and it always is spot on! Best Thai food I've eaten outside of Thailand. Can't wait for the next time! Make sure you make reservations, it's always packed!
May Kitchen produces stand-out Thai food ...
May Kitchen produces stand-out Thai food, using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes and presentation. This is the Thai meal you have dreamed of, but rarely found! The gaeng faak thong, kabocha squash in turmeric and cardamom yellow curry, was stellar - the mix of flavor notes and textures forming a beautiful tapestry of deliciousness, with no one flavor note (or heat) overwhelming the others.
Second time I've eaten here, both were f ...
Second time I've eaten here, both were fantastic. Both the food and service were amazing. i can't say enough about the flavoring of each dish. I have told lots of people that they need to go to Vashon Island to have the best Thai food I've had!
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