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
As always an absolutely delightful exper ...
As always an absolutely delightful experience. From the friendly, welcoming & knowledgable service right through to the last (of too many) forkfuls. Every dish thoughtful, delicious and satisfying. Beautiful cocktail pairings give May a special edge up. Can't wait to come back.
Loved this olace. Exciting, different a ...
Loved this olace. Exciting, different and apparently authentic Thai menu. Better than virtually oll of the Thai restaurants we've been to. Also fascinating cocktail menu including a number that sounded great even though we hadn't heard of some of the ingredients. We went for the Chile pepper infused Margaritas--spicy and good. The fried watercress appetizer was different and outstanding. Main courses were also excellent. As an added treat, we were treated to a personal magic show by their multitalented owner/host.
This is got to be the best restaurant on ...
This is got to be the best restaurant on Vashon Island and the best Thai restaurant I've been to (and I've eaten all over the world). The place is so popular that service can be a bit slow. But the food is terrific, especially the pad thai with tofu (our favorite everywhere). Other dishes are great. We've been there many times and will continue to go there. Tnx/RSE
Eaten here many times. The food is marve ...
Eaten here many times. The food is marvelous. The service this time was a bit under par. Waiter seemed I'll prepared for the job. Couldn't hear him or understand him. Didn't relate the menu or options very well. Out of Thai ice tea and we were the first through the door upon opening. The piano music isn't appropriate. Makes it feel like just more noise. However, still the best Thai food in the Puget Sound area!!!!
Waitress was a little slow on drinks and ...
Waitress was a little slow on drinks and forgot to put in one our dinner orders, but she took it off the tab and had a great personality. Food was FANTASTIC!! Have yet to experience anything 'mediocre' from May's!
The food was delicious as usual, and -- ...
The food was delicious as usual, and -- as usual, we received kind, attentive service. I had mentioned in my reservation that it was my daughter's birthday, and they indeed gently celebrated her. We love this place!
A meal at May's is consistently fabulous ...
A meal at May's is consistently fabulous. Delicious, generous and beautifully prepared meals. Yummy cocktails and robust wine/cider selections. The staff is always courteous, genuine and professional. And the ambience is time travel to a place of pleasure. We on Vashon are truly gifted with this unique and outstanding culinary delight.
What a remarkable experience. Hidden fro ...
What a remarkable experience. Hidden from the street, you walk into a beautiful dining area.
The staff, from the hostess and everyone we encountered was charming and efficient.
And the food? Out of this world Thai. This is without a doubt the finest Thai dining experience I have ever had in the U.S. Unique and subtle dishes beautifully presented.
Can't say enough for this restaurant. We have already booked it for our next visit. Kudos!
This restaurant is great the first sever ...
This restaurant is great the first several times but given that they do not feature specials or seasonal entries it gets old after repeated visits. There could be a better seating system especially because even with a reservation it takes awhile to be seated. Wine by the glass is overpriced and the amount of the pour is measured with what seems like obsessive precision. Big glass, small pour. Over the years, with their success, the portions seem smaller, the sauces seem more watery with less of each touted ingredient in each dish and more sauce. The wait staff seems like they are mostly yogi's looking for a night job--a little too mellow and laid back , but very Vashon Island.
May Kitchen on Vashon Island, Washington ...
May Kitchen on Vashon Island, Washington is the best Thai restaurant I've been to in several years. The outside of the restaurant is nothing special but, when you open the door the Decour is authentic from Thailand and it makes you feel like you're actually in the country. The people who live on Vashon Island are very fortunate to have this five-star restaurant in their own backyard.
How could I say enough about how fabulou ...
How could I say enough about how fabulous this little gem is?! Outstanding service, quality of food is extraordinary, lovely ambiance, everything just perfect...all this on a small, remote island!!! Could not have hoped for a better place to celebrate with our 7 person group!
Make a day of it and grab the ferry to V ...
Make a day of it and grab the ferry to Vashon. Be sure you make reservations for dinner to insure a table at this unique and cozy establishment. Servers are knowledgeable, polite, and attentive without smothering you. For cocktails, I had the "hunt for the margarita" and my friend had the "spider oil" . Be sure to treat yourself - delicious! Phad Thai was served at the table, but all their offerings are beautifully presented. Lots of ummmms and ahhhhs. Although plenty full, don't miss creme bruele and coconut ice cream. Can't wait for another adventure!
Here's when I knew May's kitchen would b ...
Here's when I knew May's kitchen would be great: when telling residents of vashon island that we were just visiting for the day, they told us to go to May's kitchen for dinner, unprovoked. Luckily we already had reservations for 10. One must order the pad thai there; they combine all the ingredients right in front of you. They killed it with the fried banana birthday dessert. And the service was fantastic. Would go back in a heart beat. highly recommend
All of the decore from the walls to the ...
All of the decore from the walls to the railings from the front door through the kitchen were imported from Thailand. If you're lucky May may take you on a tour herself. The service is outstanding and second only to the amazing menu and what may be the best Tai in the Seattle area. The drink menu has recently been upgraded with a selection of unique and delicious hand crafted choices. I highly recommend the spicy margarita - perhaps the best I've ever had. If you don't live on the island it's well worth the scenic ferry ride from Seattle for an evening getaway where you may for a minute forget you are in the Northwest.
We've been to May at least four times no ...
We've been to May at least four times now, and each time it feels like the food gets better but the staffing gets worse. Servers are courteous but there is NO reason it should take 15 minutes to get acknowledged and get water (not exaggerating), 25 minutes to get our first drinks from the time of being seated (our reservation was after 7p), and feel constantly handed off without one consistent point of contact. The hostess had a tough time keeping the front door shut (making our food cool quickly once it was served, since we were near the door). We had a "main" server, another kind fellow who brought the pad Thai with a long spiel that makes the food cold in its duration, a young teen expo/busser, and another fellow who was first to our table to offer a magic trick - this is newer to the restaurant and it felt very gimmicky and outside of the dining experience. I feel like the restaurant is either chronically under-staffed or just not thoroughly trained in service. For example, if we want water, don't ask if we want more once the first glass runs out. Always keep that sucker full! When our forks are at 4 o'clock, and the food is nearly or all eaten, that is a good indicator that it's time to take the plates. Staffing and service aside, the food is phenomenal. Love the fried watercress, the curries, the pad Thai, the satay and the tropical cocktails.
May's is an outstanding restaurant that ...
May's is an outstanding restaurant that just happens to be at home, on Vashon! The food is beautifully presented, beautifully conceived and always surprising. I was upset when we sat for 30 minutes without service to finally discover that our ticket had been "lost". I know this happens, but no sir, not to me! This was a special dinner with friends departing on a long journey. After flagging down a server, we did get apologetic service, but it took the shine off of the evening.
Once again we brought a guest who hadn't ...
Once again we brought a guest who hadn't experienced May Kitchen, and once again everything was incredible. From being greeted our hostess, great service from Our waiter Caleb, to the best Thai food around, May Kitchen is consistent.....consistently amazing. If you haven't been there, go. If you have, bring someone who hasn't!
I totally resent the waitstaff standing ...
I totally resent the waitstaff standing at the table when guests are deep in discussion. Some things are private. They seem to think their desire to engage/interupt is more important than the diners desires/needs. All they need to do to ensure good service is to briefly approach the table...if they are ignored, they should be considerate enough to back away and leave people to their discussion. Stop by periodically, but don't expect acknowledgement if the diner finds himself trying to carry on a conversation without interruption.
We have been wondering about this restau ...
We have been wondering about this restaurant for quite some time but have always felt a bit uncomfortable opening the doors. The front is heavily draped so it is a bit intimidating opening the door BUT we made a reservation so felt good to step on in and we are very glad we did! the food and atmosphere is wonderful. We will be back for sure.
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.
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