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Champa Garden

Thai Restaurant$$$$
San Antonio, Oakland
  • Hannah G.
    "Nam Kaow( Fried rice ball salad) is the best."(4 Tips)
    Kelly W.
    "Nam Kaow (fried rice ball salad) and the Kaow soy..."(3 Tips)
    Ronnie J G.
    "fried banana with coconut ice-cream."(3 Tips)
    Anjell S.
    "Try the nam kao (fried rice ball) it's great!"(2 Tips)
44 Tips and reviews
  • nam kaow
  • healthy food
  • fried bananas
  • nam kao
  • authentic
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  • Eriks S.
    The fried spring rolls are to die for!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockJune 15
    Fired chicken dumplings in the apps are awesome.
  • Kung H.
    Kung HsuJune 11
    Delicious food.
  • Blake R.
    Blake RsfieldDecember 5, 2015
    Sampler was bomb digity.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nam Kaow (fried rice ball salad) and the Kaow soy noodle soup are my favorite here. Get the sampler if it's your first time. Delicious food but extremely slow service.
  • Svetlana K.
    Svetlana KuzinaJune 22, 2015
    Now I got why the hell it takes so much time in a line to get in! food is delicious . We had a great with friends last night.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJune 19, 2015
    Really like the nam kaow (fried rice salad with lettuce cups). Very good food, off the beaten path Oakland.
  • SFGate
    SFGateMarch 10, 2015
    This small restaurant has been luring diners with its interesting blend of Thai, Laotian, Lue and California cuisine. Try pungent dishes like fried rice ball salad w/ preserved pork or other specials. Read more
  • Ninon ™.
    Ninon ™January 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The service was quite efficient for even. so perhaps they've changed since those earlier tips.
  • Ninon ™.
    Ninon ™January 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the champa sampler !!!
  • Zoé B.
    Zoé BecquartJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is wonderful
  • D. R.
    D. RonenNovember 16, 2014
    Larb, Lao style. Not for vegetarians.
  • David L.
    David LounsburySeptember 11, 2014
    Chicken Larb was great; try the rice balls too.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimAugust 10, 2014
    A comfort spot for my girlfriend and I. Can't enjoy regular chicken soup after having tried their chicken soups and their curry dishes are a must-try.
  • Will I.
    Will ImholteAugust 7, 2014
    This place is laughably slow.
  • Megu K.
    Megu KJune 29, 2014
    Hours on yelp and foursquare are NOT accurate. Drove all the way here expecting it to be open until 9pm (as it shows) but it is closed from 3:30-5pm. Pretty annoyed.
  • Jeanine S.
    Jeanine ShimatsuJanuary 25, 2014
    Order take out and go pick it up. Otherwise you'll just wait for.ever.
  • Destry S.
    Destry SaulOctober 25, 2013
    Pumpkin Curry = best thing ever.
  • LJ Y.
    LJ YoungAugust 31, 2013
    There's definitely a wait but it was worth it. staff was apologetic about the wait.They were fast upon taking orders and serving the food. Over all great place to dine. Nam Kao was really good!
  • Lingyee W.
    Lingyee WongAugust 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pumpkin curry is so goood!
  • Pro B.
    Pro BRobermanAugust 9, 2013
    Get here a half hour before you intend to eat! Fills up fast!
  • Aimee B.
    Aimee ButlerAugust 4, 2013
    The fried rice ball salad and the duck curry with eggplant are both so amazing I want to cry!
  • Julianne C.
    Julianne ChaiApril 19, 2013
    Sampler platter!
  • Eva
    EvaMarch 28, 2013
    I like the disco ball. That's what does it for me.
  • Elizabeth A.
    Elizabeth AJanuary 28, 2013
    They were great about making my food vegetarian (no fish sauce, no oyster sauce). Just ask!
  • Rich B.
    Rich BrunkelJanuary 27, 2013
    Great Food! Crappy service. I've never been to a place where the wait staff acts like they are being troubled by working there. .....anyway great eats!
  • Mario T.
    Mario TeiguerosMay 27, 2012
    I think it was called lumpa or lulupula or something but it's salad and delicious.
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TranMay 20, 2012
    Want to try the Lao style papaya salad despite the warning? Be prepared for authentic crazy fish paste. I'm sweating profusely from "medium" spiciness. Ask for iced water in advance.
  • Gavin M.
    Gavin MaedaFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite is the Seafood Pho.
  • Jill B.
    Jill BensonFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the red curry and pad see yew
  • Salonje R.
    Salonje RochellJanuary 13, 2012
    Red Curry is very Yummylicious! Not hot at all which is a plus for some people but not for me...I like it spicy...
  • Stephy Y.
    Stephy YuJanuary 9, 2012 has gift certificates for this place but they apply the discount off the total after tax+tip so it's not as good of a deal. Food is decent for the price though.
  • Carlisle H.
    Carlisle HaworthNovember 22, 2011
    Avoid the Lao style papaya salad!
  • Jonno N.
    Jonno NortonOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Consistently horrible service. Nice kids, but they do not know how to run a restaurant. You'll fight through it for the amazing food though.
  • Ronnie J G.
    Ronnie J GarciaSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone has slow service as a tip, I don't notice because the food is really great. I would recommend the mango beef, pineapple shrimp and the fried banana with coconut ice-cream.
  • Gavin M.
    Gavin MaedaSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The seafood pho is incredible. I always...ALWAYS get it.
  • Anjell S.
    Anjell StaanaAugust 9, 2011
    While you're at it. Try the nam kao (fried rice ball) it's great!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MApril 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Champa sampler. Just do it
  • Dana B.
    Dana BerryMarch 5, 2011
    Hella slow service
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GohJanuary 14, 2011
    Nam Kaow( Fried rice ball salad) is the best. Lao sausage and Larp
  • Brent W. H.
    Brent W. HopkinsNovember 26, 2010
    Food ok; service not so good. One of the few Thai restaurants in the area.
  • Michael E.
    Michael EnslowNovember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is really great here, but wait can be really long and service sub-par. Take out is a good option is you're in a hurry.
  • Shaolin B.
    Shaolin BBoyMay 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Always. The fried quail, the beef mus sa mun curry and the tilapia with cilantro sauce. Hell yes. Finish with fried banana or mango sticky rice for the win.
  • Esther H.
    Esther HanApril 3, 2010
    Pineapple Fried Rice! Tom-Yum if you're feeling soupy Mango w/ sticky rice or Fried Banana w/ coconut ice cream for dessert!
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