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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Kin Khao reviews from OpenTable diners
246 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (186)hot spot (85)neighborhood gem (60)good for groups (58)late-night find (39)great for lunch (32)special occasion (30)notable wine list (21)vibrant bar scene (18)romantic (15)kid-friendly (13)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We had lunch there so this review pertains to their lunch menu. The menu is pretty limited, but there were 3 of us and we got 3 different dishes. Each was beautifully prepared, fresh and absolutely delicious. Service was attentive and quick.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The NY Times praise was deserved
    ClaudeVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I decided to go to Kin Khao after reading a review in the New York Times. The praise is deserved. The dishes we shared (terrine of mushrooms, rabbit green curry, and grilled Brussels sprouts) were all excellent. Rabbit is not frequent in the US, and according to the NY Times it is a specialty of the lady who created Kin Khao. We had a French rosé wine, after my friend explained to me that sweeter wines go well with Asian spices. The dishes were somewhat spicy, not too much, so you could still taste all the delicate flavors of the dishes. Our server was akways right there before we even realized we needed him. We were seated on time, but if you are early, there's no room to wait inside. The restaurant should add benches in the hallway.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Yum!
    PaloAltoDiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food with authentic flavors, artistic presentation. Menu has a great variety of dishes to choose from. Even cocktail and wine menu offers something for everyone. Service was attentive and pleasant without being intrusive. Decor fosters a well grounded, earthy vibe good for hipsters and foodies.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Not best for the gluten sensitive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Young and energetic and helpful wait staff. Very noisy. Food is not your usual Thai experience, but it is FABULOUS. We had told open table one of us was gluten-free, but when we arrived, we at first were told there was nothing to eat but salads. On further inquiry the manager and chef came up with a great meal. Still, this might not be the best choice for someone gluten-sensitive.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    fine Ty food! Well presented, delicious, and of good portion. would go back any time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Flavor Thai
    CJCbostonVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It was the combination of the many raves, the value price, and recognition of top 50 by Bon Appetit magazine. Yes the room is modestly decorated but functional - appreciated the space between the tables as well. The wine list is also modest - the owner explained her goal to stay value priced there too. Our two apps arrived fast - the wings and eggplant. Both were huge flavors - spicy/sour and great. The mains arrived soon after - one pork noodle dish that had the spicy heat cranked up right at the top borderline of too hot - but as we also ordered the pork bowl soup - we simply mixed the two mains together and the result was just right in heat and flavors. Worth a visit - but only if you are a fan of big flavors and heat!
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  • Surprising
    Luv2DineOut
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Based on published reviews, i expected great food. Was I ever disappointed when all four dishes were incredibly salty and just not good. Will never go back.
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  • Delicious Thai with Great Service
    criindel
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Was very excited after seeing reviews and pictures of Kin Khao. Went with some of the most recommended dishes including the spicy wings and the 5-layer dip. Everything tasted amazingly delicious, and their Thai Ice Tea was very legit. The service was very pleasant, and we even got to meet Chez Pim herself! Would highly recommend it, and definitely planning on going back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Not just another Thai restaurant
    bunket
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Thai haute cuisine in a casual, tucked-away venue. And the prices are good. The chef is treating Thai dishes with attention and creativity. Haven't tasted some if these flavored since my last trip to Bangkok.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to find but worth it
    604diner
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This gem was hard to find as it is inside Parc 55 Wyndham hotel. It is so worth the search though! Everything we ordered was delicious. We ordered the papaya salad, duck egg salad, ribs, caramelized pork belly (so tasty!!), clams, and curry rabbit. The curry rabbit and pork belly were my 2 favourite dishes, but everything else was amazing nonetheless.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kin Khao Visit
    pingVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The food was as tasty as the menu was enticing. The flavors were new with a moderate amount of heat and had been prepared well. Presentation was dependent on the ingredients and community type eating is not readily inducible for a dramatic presentations. Would repeat if only to experience different and quality Thai food.
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  • Excellent and spicy!
    SFeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This innovative Thai restaurant is well worth a visit. The food is fresh, full of bold flavors and kick. Green papaya salad is the best I've ever had! The only slight downside is the antiseptic interior ... and in a hotel. Oh well.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous, unique Thai food
    KKpdxVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was an overall incredible meal! The clams and beef curry were both amazing however the blistered green beans in XO sauce were the surprise star. The owners passion for the wines on the list is infections. We highly, highly recommend Kin Khao.
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  • Garlic!!! Enough to kill you!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great menu kind staff food is so over seasoned with garlic that you can't taste the ingredients, just garlic! Ashame as all made but came out so fast appeared to be premade and not made to order. Drinks on special cocktail list have no substitutions as yes they are also premade. Location in a lobby at parc 55.... Won't return
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  • Not buzz worthy
    ancom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Kin Khao is just fine, but nothing special and definitely overpriced. For example, the $25 beef cheek curry is no better than the $9 beef curry from the burmese food truck at Soma St. food park. The pork belly was tasty, but honestly pork belly is always tasty. The charred squid was a hit with the diners who like fish sauce but was overpowering to the rest of crowd. Cocktails are fine but nothing to write home about. Meh.
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  • Great choice in the Tenderloin!
    MrLunchbox
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fun meal! Spur of the moment booking just as place opened. Food ranges from very good to amazing. Two of us. noodle soup w/ pork belly (really great), charred eggplant salad, off the scale amazing, meatballs served with sticky rice and accompaniments to make little wraps- very good and string brand in XO sauce another favorite. Thoughtful kind service. Hip atmosphere if a bit dark and closed in. Good cocktail and wine selections. Looking forward to a return!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Your Typical Thai Restaurant
    HappyEaterVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Kin Khao doesn't serve "typical" Siamese Cuisine; instead, you experience Thai Food at another (higher) level! Everything we had was delicious. For the appetizers, we started out with the vegetarian options, mushroom mousse and burnt eggplant -- both were spectacular! Our main course consisted of the beef cheeks and chicken, which we loved as well. The flavors of everything we devoured created a party in my mouth. I can't wait to go back and try more of Pim's delicious eats!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    gingerspice5371
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We made reservations per Trip Advisor recommendations and were not disappointed. Because of a large conference in town (140K) the place was packed and our table wasn't ready. The sweet hostess bought our drinks and delivered them to us as we waited outside. We ended up sitting at the bar and the server was awesome. He made very good suggestions and poured great drinks. At the end of the meal, we discovered they also comped our appetizer, which wasn't necessary, but they felt obliged because of our wait and bar seating. The service and food are excellent but heed previous advice and make reservations and be prepared to wait; it's worth it!
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  • Meh.
    sonomahburg
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Food was OK (lunch menu); papaya salad good; other dishes not so much; told sauce with chicken dish Khao Mun Gai was spicy, but it was not, and dish needed something more than plain chicken & rice; The Pork Bowl did not have a "runny-yolk egg"--it was pretty hard boiled, but the broth was good.
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  • Outstanding Addition to Downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Having read about Kin Khao in the NYT and flying in for a conference, I held out little hope that I would be able to score a table. Not only was I able to get in, but the food was everything promised and more. We returned on two of our 5 nights in town and I sent several serious food people who also reported back rapturously on their experience. It's hard to raise any one dish above the others as particularly praiseworthy because every single thing that we ate over three nights was excellent. And we pigged out. Cocktails are also very surprising but all taste just right, in an odd "I would not have put THAT together" way. This place goes on my short "can't miss eating here again" list, and I travel regularly all over the world.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Real Thai
    SFvisitor
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is NOT your standard Thai restaurant! No satays here; just incredible flavors, quality and diversity of dishes that make your lips and tongue sing. Don't miss the ribs
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  • Different than most Thai
    CACuzcatlan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Very nice restaurant with a menu that is different than most Thai places. It's great for trying out other types of Thai dishes that aren't the usual (curries, pad thai, etc.) They do have all the standard items, but since you can get those anywhere, I suggested trying some of the less common dishes. The server was very nice and helpful. We picked dishes on our own, but I would not hesitate to ask for their suggestions.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Thai Par Excellence
    PhoebeWoof
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Lived in Thailand for a number of years. Kin Khao is the highest form of true Thai cooking and taste. Perfection. Family style; taste everything if you can. Can't wait to go back and order everything else on the menu. The only thing I didn't fall in love with is too much salt for me in 1 dish, string beans, and too much vinegar in grilled octopus. Hor Mok incredible, food spiced perfectly. The wine selected by our waiter was the best pairing ever. It was a happy meal for our table.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Real family Thai food
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Every bite of our meal was full of flavor, spicy but not tongue-numbing and just delicious. We were greeted warmly, the servers are quick, efficient, and most of all friendly and clearly proud of what they do and are serving. We'll keep coming back.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Authentic Thai
    FilippoVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Every dish had unique flavors. The mushroom mousse, duck egg salad, grilled squid, and massuman beef cheek were all exceptional. It's great to see a relatively short menu so each dish can be prepared perfectly. Noise level was fine early on, but they turned up the terrible techno-rock half way through the meal and of course, everyone in the restaurant started shouting to be heard.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great pre-theatre find!
    macjacVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Our first time, and we can't wait to go back. Great location for pre-theatre dinner. Nothing served failed to amaze us. They work hard at delivering a taste experience -- and they succeed.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Cannot wait to return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We loved every single second we were at Kin Khao. Lesson learned though, when the server suggest a wine (by the glass) ask the price. We loved what she suggested but the two glasses cost more then the four dishes we ordered. Or I was lazy in not checking the detailed receipt, which of course I cannot find, to figure out if there was an error made. None the less, spectacular food and service and it was a lot of fun to chat with Pim.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Although the food was quite good, the selection is too limited.
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  • Lunch at Kin Khao
    Food4FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Khao Mun Gai...chicken fat rice, secret sauce served with intense chicken consommé was good, nothing special even though it's their signature dish. Loved the jasmine rice, though. Khao Soi Gai...Northern style chicken curry broth was well prepared, quite spicy even though the chili was placed on the side as the menu indicated. Pad Kee Mao...drunken rice noodles with ground pork. This was my favorite dish. Delicious and full of flavor and not greasy at all. Black Rice Pudding...the only available dessert course served. It comes with puffed rice, coconut cream and sugar caramel. Not too crazy with this dessert. Service was excellent. Waitress and servers were attentive and kept the dishes coming at a good pace. Full house that day and noisy.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Thai
    Nb45
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I'm Thai. This food is legit. It is pretty heavy on the garlic, fish sauce and chili peppers so beware of super strong flavors. A couple dishes were too salty IMO.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Spicey Thai Food
    metoo
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Wonderful Thai Restaurant near the theater district. Unusual but authentic dishes presented by helpful servers. Great location for anyone going to ACT.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Profoundly delicious
    Hungry
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Always a menu full of interesting dishes prepared from terrific ingredients. A treat to eat there.
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  • Hard to find Thai dishes done well!
    msiam
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I was so excited to find dishes that are not the usual ones in most Thai restaurants, hence we ordered nearly everything on the menu! Their Southern Thai dishes were so good and tasty. The nahm phrik pao was so good with the clams, that is a must. We'll definitely go back for more!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twice as nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went two nights in a row because the food was so good.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    JPeatsanddrinksVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I enjoyed lunch at Kin Khao last week, and it was fantastic! The food was superb, and the atmosphere is bright, modern and comfortable. The lunch menu is an abbreviated selection, but everything we had was on point. The cocktails and wine list are full of well thought out, eclectic selections. I'm looking forward to going back for dinner!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Good Thai
    dinerdeliteVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We are not often Thai foodies, however we went with friends who are and with their help enjoyed lunch very much. The restaurant is in a corner of the hotel, corner of Mason & Ellis St, relatively easy to get to once you know that.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty change
    Hillbillyhouse
    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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    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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