Khao Sarn
Khao Sarn

Khao Sarn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://khaosarnboston.com/
  • Phone: (617) 566-7200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit: We are located in the heart of Coolidge Corner. Green Line "C" Cleveland Circle, Coolidge Corner Stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Khao Sarn
At Khao Sarn, we know Thai Food. Our Chef and owners are Thai and our food is authentically Thai. Made from the freshest ingredients available, our food is simply what we are known for. Our menu is extensive and we offer dishes from all over Thailand. Our mixologists have a plethora of knowledge on wine and cocktails. Some of our specialties include the classic Lychee Martini, Rose Essence Mojito, and a myriad of fruity creations like the velvety Frozen Mango Cabana.
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Khao Sarn reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (5)romantic (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • outstanding food. Excellent and prompt service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent Thai food. We ordered spicy food and spice level was exactly where it should be. Prompt and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attractive Restaurant
    diningcape
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Khao Sarn is a very pretty restaurant and very convenient if you are in Coolidge Corner. The food only got four rather than five stars because my husband and daughter did not love the pad that. The curry though was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Neen813
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We decided to try Khao Sarn on a recent visit to Boston. Despite the mixed reviews, I decided to give it a try as it was conveniently located to where were were staying in Brookline. We were NOT disappointed. Ambiance is very nice & we were promptly seated upon arriving at our reserved time. Our waitress was friendly and very helpful with recommendations. The food was fresh, hot, tasty & portions were good. Prices were moderate. Our group had tofu triangle appetizer, spring rolls, Pad Thai and Mango Fried Rice (excellent!). We will definitely return & would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Thai Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We really liked our meals at Khao Sarn. Hot Pot Vegetables and Noodle Tofu dishes were especially good. The service was very good but tailed off a bit once the restaurant got very busy on a Saturday night. Also, the noise level got a bit loud once the room filled up. Still, this was a great place to go out with friends for reasonably priced Thai food in a very nice setting. We look forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste, volume, service all good.
    kuishinbo
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had a group dinner with 10 of my colleagues. Not too spicy, may need more for who fond of Asian cuisine, but good for everyone. People are attentive and give you a good advice about menu and the number of dish you may need for your party. I recommend to visit there in group of a couple of people, 3-4 or more to enjoy variety of their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 61 reviews are from the Khao Sarn reviews archive.
  • Nothing special
    NyneveVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My friends and I went to Khao Sarn on a wednesday night. The place wasn't busy when we got there at 8 pm, but they still put us in the coldest, darkest area possible. I ordered the crispy chicken pad thai. It was okay, but I've definitely had better although the portions were big. We also ordered the crab rangoon as an appetizer - not worth it. They were thin triangles with a little cream cheese, tasty enough but not what we expected. I'd go back, but definitely do takeout instead.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good Thai Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Consistently good Thai food accompanied by pleasant service in good setting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Quiet Lunch
    Chucklev
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We were looking for a place where we could have a quiet lunch -- in order to have a conversation. This restaurant had good food and a pleasant ambiance. I had a salad with chicken and my friend had a Thai dish -- more exotic than mine -- and we shared a Thai version of flan. I liked this place and will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Thai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I have had Thai in many cityies and this stacks up well compared to all my prior experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will visit again for sure!
    LovetodineoutVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    I ate here during a recent business trip to Brookline. I did the research on Open Table and was anxious to try it. The food was excellent! The service was a little slower than anticipated but it was not excessive at all. It was a Tuesday night and the restaurant was half full. I would recommend the restaurant and would definitely go back again if in town again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Thai since Bangkok
    Shazaam
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    A woman owned business, the owner is native Thai and the food is the best Thai I have had since traveling to Thailand. The flavors were perfect, the spice was appropriate ( and you can ask them to make it super spivey and they will). And the mango sticky rice was perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic thai food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    authentic, creative, outstanding menu. everything we have ever ordered at khao sarn has been delicious and truly impressive. the staff and owners are so friendly and experts on thai cuisine. this is the best thai food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant on New Year's Eve
    gsinv
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My companion and I were in Brookline staying over for NYE. The restaurant in the hotel was drab, so I searched on open table and found this Thai place. We got in without a bother. The restaurant was about 90% full. It was well worth the trip! Spring rolls were crisp and fresh-tasting. Beef Rard-Na was absolutely delicious. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid Christmas Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We had never been to this restaurant before. Decided to try it on Christmas Eve. They were clearly under staffed. They were trying hard, literally running around. We ordered appetizers and 4 entrees. After 45 minutes, they brought the entrees. When we asked about the appetizers, we were told "Oh they'll probably show up soon." Never did. When we paid the bill, we asked to have them taken off. The waitress looked startled, deducted the amount but never apologized. Food was OK but not enough to make up for the service. Again, it might have just been that night but they weren't even completely full.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, well presented
    Stretch
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Convenient Coolidge Corner place to meet for lunch or dinner. Consistently excellent food, reasonably priced, nicely presented. Noise level varies with the size of the crowd, but it is never very too loud. A great neighborhood spot, but worth a trip for some of the best (if not the best) Thai food in the Boston area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food. We had a group
    Rick
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Excellent food. We had a group of 9 which they handled easily. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for quiet lunch
    Buffiehk
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Not many people great place for business lunch or catching up with friends. Pretty authentic Thai food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just so-so
    MumsedsoVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    This was our 2nd visit-the 1st time was great very fresh,very tasty,lots of flavor.This time blah.Server was not helpful & didn't seem interested in finding out answers to questions.We asked if oyster sauce was made w/oysters-she said no-we quickly Googled it & proved her wrong. Maybe we should have done our homework ahead of time, but still - the server should know these things.We asked for 2 orders of spring rolls,then canceled 1,she brought 2. They were mostly rolls of dough w/very little filling.The pan sautéed veggie cake appetizers were mushy/raw in the middle - most of the apps were tasteless but we were starving at this point so we ate. For 4 people the food bill w/ 1 cocktail came to $100 for mostly veggie dishes,&2 chicken dishes.
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  • Good Thai
    James
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Found this place on Urbanspoon and decided to try it with some friends. It was good, not amazing, but I have no complaints. The dining area is bigger than I expected for the location. The food came out quickly and was very tasty. One of my friends ordered the pineapple something and found a few large chunks of crab meat in the dish which wasn't listed on the menu. I would have considered it a pleasant surprise but he didn't seem pleased. Not sure if he's allergic. Overall a good thai place. We went at 6:45 on a Friday night with a reservation through OpenTable and we were seated right away. It wasn't too crowded. Not the best Thai I've ever had, but I would still recommend it if you're looking for Thai food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Thai food
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Always get great food at khao sarn. Good service too
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Thai worth a visit
    BostonianVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    Really enjoyed our dinner. Have tried Thai restaurants all over the place and thought this one scored high. Topped off with Thai Singh Ha beer for $3 bucks made for a nice weekday dinner in Coolidge Corner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Experience
    BrooklinerVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    I am not a fan of Thai food, and this experience did not change my mind. We ordered a spicy shrimp and vegetable entree that had very few shrimp but cost almost $16! The wide rice noodle dish was mushy. The app'r portion (chicken satay) was skimpy. I would not go back.
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  • We've fine here a number of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We've fine here a number of times. Each time the good has been wonderful. Their Pad Thai and Fish w. V vegetables are consistently great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Valentines dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Had an excellent dinner on Valentine's Day! Attentive service without being overbearing Delicious food, loved the chicken with mango, and nice size portions. Complimentary Valentine dessert a nice surprise. Soft lighting, low noise level and a rose made for lovely ambience. Very enjoyable dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great appetisers. Mains course
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Great appetisers. Mains course wasn't so great. The balance between vegetables and meet in my curry was completely wrong. However, the staff were very friendly and helpful.
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  • The dishes here are mediocre
    shmai
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    The dishes here are mediocre and they are overpriced. The food tastes good, but they nickle and dime you for everything, including a simple bowl of rice. How do they expect you to eat their dishes sans rice?! Rip off.
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  • Unimpressed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Having predetermined that it was going to be a Thai kind of night, I was excited to find this highly rated restaurant in Brookline. There are actually a few other relatively highly recommended Thai places in the neighborhood, but the others lack dine-in ambiance and I was planning on taking a friend out for a celebratory dinner, so Khao Sarm, with it's better ambiance seemed the perfect spot. I was totally disappointed. Right off the bat I could tell by the menu that this was not Thai food aimed at Thai people, but Thai food aimed at Americans, which although not a crime in and of itself, doesn't really jive with my tastes. The food is totally uninspiring and was not of the best quality. Meh!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet & Delicious
    sarahG
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    As usual, the food was great. Two people in my party wanted slight changes to their dishes, both of which were accepted easily and willingly. The Tom Yum Goong soup was super-spicy. The mango chicken curry, although requested mild, had a bit of a kick. Regardless, GREAT food. Also, one person in my party is especially sensitive to noise and has a hard time hearing sometimes. She found Khao Sarn to be unusually quiet even though the whole restaurant was full. Overall, a fantastic meal.
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  • The food was decent but I
    DDBoston
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    The food was decent but I expected the wait staff to be a bit more courteous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Generally good but Pad Thai,
    How2
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Generally good but Pad Thai, a signature dish, was overcooked.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wide noodles cooked beyond
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Wide noodles cooked beyond recognition. Peanut chicken dish was watery and tasteless.
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  • The food here is the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    The food here is the best thia food in Boston hands down. I will be going here for years to come. I reccomend this place to everybody! Love it here!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great food - Service TOO efficient
    Bzimma
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    Overall, the food was quiet good although we found the service slightly overbearing despite their efficiency. Within 30 seconds of finishing our food, they were ready to swoop in to take our plates. The cheque came 15 seconds later and then 1 minute later the waitress came to check if we had put payment yet. It made the whole experience feel rushed. I would probably go back though as the food was very good and comparably priced to the other local Thai sitdown restaurant, Zenna.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • The food was very tasty, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2012
    The food was very tasty, and very authentic - very similar to what I've eaten in Thailand. The Som-Tum salad was delicious and presented beautifully. The red curry was good, but the lemon scallops did not taste of lemon to me. They were too gingery in my opinion. On the whole, a delicious meal, and would definitely recommend to a friend. The atmosphere inside was quite plain, but the location was great.
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  • Excellet food, excellent service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    Excellet food, excellent service. We will be back for sure. Servings were very generous. A great find in Bookline!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Khao Sarn is an alternative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/29/2012
    Khao Sarn is an alternative to Pho Lemongrass if you live in the Brookline Area. It's like a fine dining restaurant that happens to serve Thai food. I had chicken dumplings and a Pad Thai entree and they were delicious. The Thai iced tea is also tasty. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thai at its finest. The vibe
    TopNotch10VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Thai at its finest. The vibe is friendly with freshly prepared dishes and a lively bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get the Thai Garden Chicken!
    sarahG
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    Having been to Khao Sarn a few times before, I knew that I was going to walk away happy. But this experience may have been my best Thai experience in Boston yet. We ordered vegetable spring rolls and tofu triangles for apps. Both very good. The triangles were unique in that they were almost dry on the outside, and really wet and soft on the inside. The difference in texture was really interesting and the sauce with which it was served was delicious. But the best part of the meal was the entree. We had the Thai Garden Chicken. And it was AMAZING! The sauce was fantastic; we ended up eating more rice at the end of the meal simply because we wanted to have more of the delicious sauce. I highly HIGHLY recommend it. You can't go wrong
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/21/2012
    always reliable, good, well seasoned fresh food. Well prepared; nice aesthetic
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  • It was ok, but not very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    It was ok, but not very good. The food was kind of boring and not really spicy or tasty. Service was ok but we had to ask for the waitress 3 times to come over and take our order, but it was Valentine`s day and quite crowded.
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