After More Than Two Decades, Amarin Thai Ends Run In San Diego's Hillcrest Community

November 16, 2020

One of the first restaurants to bring authentic Thai cuisine to San Diego, Amarin Thai has permanently closed after more than two decades in business.  

"We have been waiting for circumstances to change as well as hoping and praying for a better outcome," posted Amarin Thai Executive Chef and owner Suree Suksudecha to the company's social media channels. "Unfortunately it has not changed. And today we face the impacts of an uncertain future as COVID cases continue to rise amid a global pandemic. We gave it our best and are very proud to have served San Diego for over 22 years, but it is now with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to close our doors permanently. We will cherish over 22 years worth of fond and fun memories we have of serving up award-winning Thai food, of knowing so many of our customers by first names, and of taking part in so many community events every year such as San Diego Pride and Taste of Hillcrest. For us, Hillcrest is not just a community but had become our family. We want to sincerely thank all of our customers throughout San Diego and the entire Hillcrest community for your loyal support. We invite you to visit us at our sister restaurant, Siam Nara in Mira Mesa where we hope to continue receiving local support to stay in business."  

Chef Suree Suksudecha opened Amarin Thai in 1998 at 3843 Richmond Street in San Diego's Hillcrest community and the restaurant has received numerous accolades over the years. The restaurant has been closed for months due to coronavirus restrictions but just announced its permanent closure this week.

Restaurants are having an exceedingly difficult time as they face forced restrictions motivated at battling the spread of COVID-19, especially now followinga San Diego's recent imposition of new precautions on indoor operations after the county entering California's most severe purple tier last week. Many notable San Diego hospitality destinations have already permanently shuttered in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and associated prohibitions, including the entire San Diego-based Souplantation chain after 42 years in business, Crab Catcher in La Jolla after four decades, Searsucker in the Gaslamp after a 10 year run, Donovan's Steak & Chophouse after 12 years, Whisknladle in La Jolla after a dozen years, The Oceanaire Seafood Room in the Gaslamp after 15 years, The Dubliner on 4th Avenue after almost 20 years, 9 year-old Tiger! Tiger! Tavern in North ParkWinstons Beach Club in Ocean Beach after nearly 4 decades (although they hope it to be temporary), and just this week, Small Bar in University Heights after an 11 year run.  

Patrons are encouraged to visit Amarin Thai's sister restaurant Siam Nara Thai Cuisine at 8993 Mira Mesa Boulevard in San Diego's Mira Mesa. For more information, visit