©2019 by Senae Thai Bistro

The Chef

Amonwadee “Dee” Buizer, Chef and Owner of Senae Thai Bistro is pleased to bring over 30 years of experience as a very successful restaurateur to downtown Tucson.


Since opening her first restaurant in 1987, Sweet Basil in Berkeley, California, she and her siblings have owned and operated 7 restaurant locations in California (Soi Four in Oakland, and Basil Thai and Basil Canteen in San Francisco), Maryland, and most recently Soi Four in Scottsdale, Arizona


Senae Thai Bistro offers exquisite, traditional Thai cuisine that is beautifully presented, and exceptionally served.  Our carefully chosen wine, beer and cocktail selections are perfect complements to her dishes.

The Restaurant

Beautifully transformed, the site, now known as the John Wesley Miller Building, was built in 1946 as the home of the McLellan five-and-dime store.   


Senae features a state-of-the-art kitchen and a dining area that is decorated with natural wood, a “living wall,” and an upstairs mezzanine that seats up to 16 guests in a private setting. Not to be missed is the stunningly lit bar with a magnificent quartz bar top and decorated stainless fascia. 

Environmental Sustainability

Influenced by her husband Jim, a Professor of Environment at the University of Arizona, Chef Dee is dedicated to locally sourcing her restaurant to the extent possible. She has forged a partnership with the University of Arizona Community and School Garden Program to grow many of the herbs and vegetables you will find in her cuisine. She has also incorporated numerous energy and water conservation, and waste-reduction measures in her design and operations.

We invite you to enjoy your experience at Senae Thai Bistro, and encourage you to give us your feedback either directly, or through your favorite social media.  We also encourage you to engage with us via Facebook, Yelp, Instagram and Twitter.