Kin Khao
Kin Khao

Kin Khao

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kinkhao.com/
  • Phone: 4153627456x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Thai, Californian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Gaines
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mason and Ellis
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 2 blocks away from the Powell Bart station.
A word from Kin Khao
Kin Khao serves delicious Thai food that stays true to its origin, made with seasonal produce and sustainably raised or caught meats and seafood.
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Kin Khao reviews from OpenTable diners
202 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (156)hot spot (63)neighborhood gem (52)good for groups (45)late-night find (40)great for lunch (30)special occasion (26)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (14)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Tasty change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Just go and eat here. You won't be disappointed. Beef cheek amazing and relish is something different that should not be missed. Enjoy
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Délicieux!
    Mouche
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was excellent and the flavors subtle. The pork belly is definitely one of the best, the black rice pudding is the only dessert on the menu but absolutely scrumptious. The service wasn't the best.
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  • Flavorful, well-prepared Thai Food!
    DrDave23
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a lovely dinner with a friend at Kin Khao last Friday night. The place was packed, but they did not rush us out the door in an effort to turn the table, and our server's suggestions were spot on. I'd definitely come here again!
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  • nnnnsssss732
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious food - had the laab tod appetizer which was great, the dry-fried riblets, and the khoi soi gai. All were fantastic.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Great food great cocktails
    metooVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This isn't your sam old Thai place. The food is interesting and compelling. The cocktails are unique.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Returned for my third lunch. First was fabulous, second was so-so. Third time was excellent again. Relieved that second was just an off-day. Lunch menu is much smaller than dinner menu, but noodle dishes are all wonderful -- much more reminiscent of Thailand than overly-sweetened versions that most US Thai restaurants serve.
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  • Thai like you've never had before
    Phenomnomnom
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our favorites are the Khao Mun Gai--ginger poached chicken with chicken fat rice and chicken broth. The chicken broth is SPECTACULAR. If I could just get a coffee cup of it to-go, I'd be more than happy. Seriously, it's so rich that we always order an extra side of it. It costs $4, but pretty much worth it. The drunken noodles, green beans and pork belly are also very good! Service gets kinda slow, but the food makes it worth it.
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  • A great lunch spot in Union Square
    AOng
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food was wonderful as usual. Service was on point & non intrusive.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    gellis
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food is fantastic! The service was awesome. Our server guided us through the menu and made great recommendations for our meal. The bar serves fantastic cocktails perfectly mixed. The price was good for San Francisco. My one and only issue is they pack a lot of tables into a small restaurant and it can get a little noisy. But the food makes it well worth it!!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Thai
    jaysfo2eat
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My new favorite Thai restaurant in SF. Just hits all the taste notes perfectly. This is a true gem and is not your typical Thai food place that you might be used to going. Kin Khao will take you to a whole different level and they're doing a great job. Love the chicken wings and the papaya salad along with other dishes. What a place! Love it!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • VG
    VeritoG
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was delicious, especially the hot wings. The server was friendly and knowleable and I loved the pewter dishes and cups. My only complaint is that seating is awfully snug and they didn't have the alcohol needed to make one drink I ordered
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual, fun menu
    Baalbek
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We started out with the pretty hot wings and the papaya salad. The wings were not overly spicy but had a great tangy flavor. It's one of those dishes that I would have to order every time. I would also have to get the Tom Yum cocktail every time. It is one of the best drinks I have ever had and went so perfectly with the food. For mains we got the pork sausage and the khao soi gai. The sausage had a wonderful intense curry flavor and paired nicely with the lettuce and cucumber. I got the the khao soi gai with tofu which didn't have as much flavor as perhaps a meat might have. Also, I didn't taste or see the mustard greens. Even so, the rest of the meal was so good and the wait staff so pleasant that I would still highly recommend it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    None of those delicious sounding dishes were on the menu at lunch
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  • Not your average Thai Food
    SamFran
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent cocktails that really compliment the food and taste like Thai cocktails should taste (not your sweet Mai Thais but dense and interesting). The food is closer to what a real Thai person might eat, not the Americanized version. Easily one of the best Thai restaurants in SF. Great find.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal in SF
    TopChef
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Spicy chix wings are excellent starters. Very large, meaty wings...but you get the entire wing and must separate them into the drums, splits, and tips. No problem for me...but maybe some ppl would be squeamish about that. Charred eggplant salad was great as well. The selections here are adventurous...don't come looking for neighborhood pad thai!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had the burnt egg plant app, spicy wings, lamb wraps. Then dinner was masaman and the pork belly. Way too much food for 2 people. The masaman was our favorite. The service is really slow and needs some work. They are friendly but just not up to par for how much you spend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maybe an off day?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Returned for lunch. Three weeks ago everything was fabulous. This visit, the food (including 2 of same dishes ordered previous time) was not nearly as good. Flavors were muddled. Didn't pop as they had the first time.
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  • Delightfully surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is definitely not your "Thai food 101" (as they say on the menu) place. Every dish we tried was very different from the usual fare offered by Thai restaurants in the city, each having wonderful flavors. Would absolutely recommend to friends (but you can't be squeamish about fish sauce). Try the "Relish" dish, clams, curry beef cheeks, squid. All delicious.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • A little sad...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had such a great dinner a few nights ago, I was super excited to come back and try the chicken rice dish, so I came back with a friend for lunch. Sadly, the dish wasn't up to par with everything else that we had the other night. It was a little on the dry side, and pretty much on the bland side.
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  • Disappointing
    motherofmany
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food is pretty expensive and limited menu. Spice is the name of the game. Papaya salad was almost inedible it was so spicey and the the noodle dish had so many bird chillies it ruined the taste of the dish. Green beans and larb were tasty, but nothing to write home about. Drink menu looks good and expensive. We had beers. I wouldn't go back. Too many great thai restaurants that control the spice based upon your request, both in SF and the surrounding Bay Area.
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  • Fresh and bright
    AGoodEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Not the usual offerings. Flavors distinct not one-note or mushy. Ribs, kau soi, pork sausage all standouts. Only miss was delicacy of grilled squid overwhelmed by tart and sweet sauce. Interior unremarkable; doesn't invite lingering. Tasty, small plates; tab for 3 people incl. 1 beer per and tip =$40 per person.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As advertised
    SaraV
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My waitress made an excellent cocktail recommendation. The food was intense and interesting, portions were generous, and everything arrived quickly (except my delicious cocktail, which I think the waitress forgot to order). I'll definitely be back again soon.
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  • unusual thai
    gelatoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    delicious and unusual thai dishes... a fun place to take someone who is a bit of a foodie but might normally find Thai kinda plebian. the mushroom mousse w/rice cakes was amazing. so was the eggplant dish. mmmm.
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  • nemme
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Wonderful food but hard to find. Entrance is NOT on Cyril Magnun. It's on the corner of Ellis and Mason.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kin Khao is legit
    Chef
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Kin Khao is the only Thai restaurant worth eating at in the Bay Area.. ALl their pastes, sauces, curries are made from scratch. You can taste the authenticity, quality, and love in the food. I'm practically a regular here. Great job, Pim, Michael, and KK team.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EattravelVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Amazing food, good service (can be slow), very loud.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Food excellent, Service Distracted
    JimPVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The menu is very creative and extraordinary. Khan Khao management needs to focus on service. If you do not mind a frenetic, chaotic, inconsistent approach to service it's all worth it. The selection on the menu and the quality overcomes the service for us but if service is not more orderly and predictable it will cost them in the long run. The tables all around us experienced the same issues to the degree. Although all strangers between tables, it was so bad we were commenting between us that it was continually necessary to remind the servers of drink orders, food orders and other needs. One of our party described it upon our departure as superb food served by the Marx brothers.
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  • Kin Khao
    jieh
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A good but not great Thai restaurant, different from most. Massaman curry tender but with no curry flavor. Good salads and noodles. Caramelized pork belly fine but the same as available in a dozen other restaurants. Main course served before the salads. I would eat there again, but it is not a destination restaurant
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great downtown addition
    Jennifer
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I had wanted to try Pim's restaurant when I came to SF and was so glad to have had the chance to go for lunch. It was as good as I expected! Shared two dishes with a friend, and would have loved to try more.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top 50 New Restaurants in the US
    bluesonwhyteVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Bon Appetite magazine has named this small fusion eatery one of the top new restaurants in the US. With good reason it turns out. Whiel offering a very short menu, the quality here is first rate. This is exciting food. Not to be missed. The legal address is very misleading - go to the corner of Mason and Ellis instead.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • extremely good
    carlo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    i was there last night with my wife and daughter. very nice atmosphere (a bit noisy though), very friendly owner and staff. my green curry rabbit was fabolous, as were the Monterey bay calamari my wife had. the flat pork noodles of my daughter were also very good. some good german (pfaltz) white wine to complete the set. the bill was reasonable. I would come back if I lived in SF :)
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  • live this place
    xhyunheex
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It was a great experience for me to dine in at kin khao. Appetizers and entree was off the chart but the dessert could have been better. There were only one dessert, didnt have any choice but to have the warm black rice pudding. Only thing that could have made my experience better was removing the dish off the table. It wasnt very busy but I had empty dishes piled up on my table. Other then that the whole experience was great!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    authentic
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good modern, fresh thai food. Not fusion, but high end. Great service. Will definitely got back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Tender Pork Ever
    oink
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Hard to find the entrance. It's inside the 55 Parc hotel. I went through the hotel before realizing the restaurant entrance was at the back of the hotel. Well-executed and rare thai dishes can be found here. I had the most tender pork I've ever eaten. It literally melted off your fork. The thai sausage was a refreshing break from the usual bratwurst and chorizos. It even smelled good, being stuffed with fragrant basil, galangal, lemongrass, ginger and pork. Modern decor and dim lighting. Not too fancy. Good for the after-work crowd, reunions with old friends and possibly even dates, although it gets noisy at times in this cozy space.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Cutting edge Thai food
    DaveinSF
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is sophisticated Thai (or Thai-like) food -- for the most part, excellent. The squid dish was over salted, but everything else was either very good or outstanding. Owner has clearly made an effort to provide wines that will go well with her food. I will be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern TAI EXPERIENCE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    No Pad Tai here! Exciting cuisine with great flavors--Rabbit loin and meatballs was delicious, with a memorable green curry sauce. The Wings are fabulous..Staff was very helpful and friendly---Very popular spot, with a lot of chatter, when the space fills up. Some tables are quite close.--JA.
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  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food brought my taste buds' memories flooding back of their trip to Thailand more than 20 years ago. Lunch menu was short, only containing a few of the most highly recommended dishes, but all 4 items we sampled were delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Khin Khao is a treat
    mrc1VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Lunch at Khin Khao is a real treat, albeit with a limited selection of excellent entrees. Look for the restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Parc55 Hotel--although it is better and more reasonable than many hotel restaurants. I recommend the pork bowl and the chicken rice, both quite tasty and filling.
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    great for lunch
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  • Thai food at it's best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Kin Khao is the most authentic Thai restaurant I've eaten in outside of Thailand. The smells, flavours and textures were so nostalgic of time spent in Thailand, that when I left the restaurant I half expected to be in Chaing Mai. Our server was also very helpful in making this a delightful evening out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thai, authentic, gr8 ingredients
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent food. Authentic Thai food (so unlike most dishes you'd find in a Thai restaurant in the US), cooked deftly using top notch ingredients (please don't expect big portions and low prices). Great experience
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