Amarin - Thai and Vegetarian Cuisine

Veg-Friendly Restaurant
Average: 3.3 (15 votes)

Amarin has elegant atmosphere and high quality Thai food. All of the main entrees are available vegetarian with choices of mock "duck" and tofu. Highlights include spicy tofu salad, vegetarian satay appetizer and a $4.95 vegetarian lunch special. Excellent curries as well. Ask for the vegan menu!

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Location: Hillcrest (map)
Info Hours
3843 Richmond St.
San Diego, CA 92103
Mo 11am-3pm, 5-10pm Fr 11am-3pm, 5-11pm
Tu 11am-3pm, 5-10pm Sa 12-4pm, 5-11pm
We 11am-3pm, 5-10pm Su 12-4pm, 5-10pm
Th 11am-3pm, 5-10pm

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Brent & Sandy (unverified)
Jun 03, 2011
Lots of veg options

We go here regularly. We have been to Thailand so we know Thai food. This the best Thai food we have tried in San Diego out of the many restaurants we have gone to. Their vegetarian satay is one of the best I have ever had. We are not easy to please and we think the quality of the food is good.

Kathryn (unverified)
Sep 26, 2010
Fantastic and Affordable!

I have dined at Amarin for the past 7 years or so and find the food to be absolutely fabulous - and inexpensive. The vegetarian options are plentiful, and I can always enjoy a good meal with my friends, whether they are vegetarians or not.

sfg (unverified)
Oct 12, 2006
pretty good

it was a little on the expensive side, but tasty and fairly quick. we went to the point loma location

Morgan * (unverified)
Aug 10, 2006

I regret eating as many desperate meals at Amarin as I have. The food is very mediocre, but works well when I'm so hungry that cardboard and apple cores sound appetizing. For quick, cheap Thai food (that may or may not fit strict vegetarian standards--I have my doubts)--try Amarin. If you're looking for Thai food to get excited about, skip McAmarin and head for Celadon in Hillcrest.

Jon (unverified)
Mar 15, 2006
There IS NO VEGAN food here (well, MAYBE the white rice is...MAY

Vegans, don't be fooled! There is fish paste, oyster sauce, chicken broth etc. in the sauces and soups!

The curry sauces are from a pre-made mix that have sea creatures of all sorts in them (traditional Thai paste); they don't make it on site and therefore could NOT leave it out even if they wanted to! If really pressed (ask to see the container) you'll find out the truth when the staff show you the container. Tell them you have a shellfish and seafood allergy and see what reaction you get...speak slowly and clearly and with emphasis on how DANGEROUS it is for you to have these items in your food and they'll grudgingly come clean. Even the 'vegetarian' food is NOT 'vegetarian' let alone VEGAN!!! This place LIES to veg*ns repeatedly and I am so angry that they pass the food off as 'vegan' and 'vegetarian'.

The ONLY place I have successfully had truly vegan food at a Thai place is at Taste of Thai in Hillcrest and Celadon, right across the street.

dentdedinosaure (unverified)
Mar 15, 2006

the satay is really good but i suspect the curries have fish paste. I asked to leave it out, but the yellow curry had a very strong fish flavor. perhaps it was a mistake. i have been there a few times with inconsistent results. although the satay was good everytime. i have almost given up on SD Thai food and wait till I go to LA.

jonquil (unverified)
Mar 09, 2006
best thai curry

holy jeezuz! amarin's red curry with veggies is easily on my top-ten list of best things i have ever put in my mouth. if you are into thai curry, and want it the way it should be, eat at amarin. also, an impressive wine selection, albiet not cheap. amarin also has many other vegan items, and the best selection of vegan appetizers. nice cozy atmosphere and wine bar next door.

Lisa (unverified)
Jan 04, 2006
Vegetarian Thai Food?

Has anyone checked to see if they don't use anchovy or fish sauce/powder in their sauces? Almost all thai food places do, and still call menu items 'vegetarian'. It's a little known fact. Google it!

Joe (unverified)
Dec 02, 2004
Terrible F-

The food is terrible since they had new owner last year. The price goes up while the portion &quality of the food and service goes down.The waitress (which I assume she's an owner) yells to other servers & customers. What kind of restaurant is that? Won't come back again.

Joanna (unverified)
Aug 23, 2004
great menu

i was lucky to enjoy this place, since i live out of town. The curry and ginger dishes were great. No one offers mock duck where i live, making that a very enjoyable addition.

Matt (unverified)
Dec 15, 2003
2nd location in Mira Mesa!

For those that live up north (or work up there like me!), there's also an Amarin Location in Mira Mesa/Sorrento Valley, at 6675 Mira Mesa Blvd. It's in the Food Court, and there's some other decent vegan options nearby...

Julia (unverified)
Nov 07, 2003
Best Damn Thai food

Best Damn Thai food in Hillcrest/North Park at least. Make a point to get the spring rolls!

shabbychef (unverified)
Oct 23, 2003
eh, not so good

yes, there are vegan items on the menu.
the food is pretty bland, not at all
exciting. you almost expect to be getting
iceberg lettuce in your stirfry. passable
yes, but not a treat by any means.

cari (unverified)
Oct 23, 2003
inexpensive and delicious

this cute little place has great curry and vegan satay. the lunch special is a great deal! outdoor patio seating and good service too.

David (unverified)
Oct 13, 2003
SD,has lots of Thai,this is my favorite!

Lots of veggie options and a cheap lunch special. Awesome.