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
223 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (170)hot spot (77)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (52)late-night find (39)great for lunch (30)special occasion (27)notable wine list (20)vibrant bar scene (18)romantic (14)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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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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    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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  • 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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  • A unique, delicious experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Get the mushroom curry mousse. My date was craving Tom Kha which they don't have on the menu - every menu item is much more inventive and unique than your average thai restaurant. The curry mousse was the perfect answer to the tom kha needs :) Service was great, drinks were great. I'd go back again and again.
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    fit for foodies, 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
    Monica
    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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    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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  • 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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