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Kin Khao

4.3
556 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups

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Kin Khao is a casual restaurant that specializes in authentic Thai cuisine. The restaurant is committed to using only fresh ingredients sourced responsibly from local vendors and producers. The restaurant�s interior is modern and tasteful with comfortable seating options. Guests can browse the daily specials and recommendations outlined on a blackboard on one of the larger pillars in the dining room. Kin Khao also features a full-service bar.

Start off with an appetizer like mushroom hor mok terrine, which is a curry-mousse in a jar with mushrooms and crisp rice cakes, nam tok beans prepared with ayocote negro beans tossed with lime andcilantro or spiced peanuts with pua chili, arbol chili and kaffir lime leaves. The menu at Kin Khao offers a variety of meat and seafood entr�es. Popular dishes include caramelized pork belly and whole roasted rock fish seasoned with gaeng kua paste.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai, Californian, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 362-7456
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Narciso Salvador
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Cross street
Mason and Ellis
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Parking details
2 blocks away from the Powell Bart station. Valet parking is offered by the Parc 55 hotel ($12 for 2 hours after validation).
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on November 18, 2016

Some dishes were great while others we didn't love even though quality was great, just wasn't the flavors we enjoyed. Wings were very good and Bangkok noodles amazing! Didn't love the ribs or cod dumplings - overall good but not amazing!

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2016

Super cute spot and the food was overall great! We had the mushroom starter, papaya salad, wings, bean lettuce wraps and the drunken noodles which were all delicious. We tried the veggie Panang curry which was lacking in spice for me personally. The only thing that the entire table did not like were the pork ribs which seemed like they were slathered in too much of the paste they used to marinate.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Portions are large and meant for sharing! Keep this in mind especially if you are staying at a hotel. Loved the charred eggplant salad and fried duck egg salad for appetizers. Also liked the sauces for the fried whole rock fish but fish... not as fresh as I would have liked it. For $48 I expect it to taste like it was just caught. Beef cheeks in Massaman Curry was just ok.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2016

delicious, creative and fresh thai cuisine that balances tradition with originality, served by friendly and knowledgable staff in a comfortably casual modern setting. Can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2016

Not your everyday Thai food... This is elevated and special yet keeps with the flavor profiles of Thailand in a modern and new way.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2016

I've been eyeing Kin Khao for a long time. Truly, the food was good, but I was thoroughly unimpressed. It was JUST good, but nothing extraordinary. It was loud, service was appropriate, mediocre value.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2016

Inventive food and fine service but way too loud for conversation.

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3.0Dined on October 17, 2016

We were very much looking forward to dining at Kin Khao, given its reputation. While the food was outstanding, the overall experience was seriously marred by the extremely high noise level we experienced in the restaurant (perhaps related to the location of our table?). It was unsettling, and we often had to repeat ourselves to be heard while sitting directly across from one another (about 3 feet apart). The servers varied from warm to disengaged; the overall service experience was not exceptional. A Michelin star raises expectations of excellent food but also the creation of an ambiance to enhance the dining experience. Kin Khao succeeds with regard to the quality of the food, but not otherwise.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2016

Spectacular cocktails and food. Not el cheapo Pad Thai but authentic flavorful cuisine fit for foodies. Mushroom mousse on rice cakes is a must.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Always a flarvorful time, here. I loved the menu and the service is always on point!

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2016

The food was great, but our waitress had too many tables so the service was lacking. They need to invest more in service. Not a one michelin star experience wise.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2016

Fun place, excellent food. If you're. it into spice, not for you. My cocktail wasn't the best but loved every dish that came out. Went in a group of 6 and we shared everything. Highly recommend doing that.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2016

Kin Khao never disappoints. The menu is ambitious but not pretentious, and most importantly it's still recognizable as Thai food. The dinner menu is entirely different from the lunch menu, but it's not heavy food even for dinner. Highlights: the butter beans with lettuce are a must-have, plus the charred eggplant salad and the ling cod dumplings.

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1.0Dined on October 10, 2016

Oh they're just giving away Michelin stars these days… Sigh
There used to be a time when a Michelin star meant something and said something about the food the ambience the decor etc. sadly no more and this restaurant will be the primary driver for us to stay away from one star Michelin restaurants hoping that the two and three star properties revisit live up to their credentials.
The ambience was worse than a food court in Singapore Jakarta I'll Kuala Lumpur the only good point about the entire experience was the valet which is a lifesaver in any dinner in any large city
The eggplant was sour, the squid was stale and sour, The rabbit was creamy sugary and downright loathsome, The cocktails were watery sugary and tasted like melted Popsicles
The grilled rock Cod was not too bad but then I could do the same thing in my backyard By my own self it was just one large fish on a platter that has been grilled again not sure where that fits in the Michelin world
I'm hoping they will lose the star in 2017 and my faith in the Michelin star system restored

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2016

Nice, interesting flavors! I recommend the vegetarian menu.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2016

The food is delicious, service good, ambiance consistent with the restaurant being tucked into the corner of a giant corporate hotel. Take the blood sausage challenge!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Delicious and unique Thai food with pungent and complex flavors. Cool ambiance, laid back vibe, quiet enough to talk, and great cocktails. What a treat!

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2016

Dined here as a group of four friends.
Prompt, efficient service.
Interesting menu, excellent quality food, although I suspect the chillie quotient has been dialled back significantly to accomodate American palates.
Nice balance of salty/ sweet/ sour in the sauces & dressings.
The best Asian food we've had in San Francisco.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2016

One of the best and most unique restaurants in San Francisco. A gem!

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3.0Dined on October 3, 2016

Very good thai food! We had the tasting menu/ sharing menu. However, we got very little information during the meal, and when we got some information about what we were eating, we could hardley hear what they were saying, becsuse of the noise level. When the last course came, we were already full. Thus we did not get to enjoy the meal to the full.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2016

My gf and I took her friend visiting from out of town here and we loved it!! The flavors were so incredible. We look forward to returning!!

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2016

By far the best Thai cuisine we've tasted in the Bay Area - almost like being in Thailand. Service was great. Parking is tough being in the city and all. We opted for the tasting menu and were blown away by the super tender and flavorful beef cheek and pork loin dishes. Loved the mushroom terrine and smoky eggplant. The low light of the evening was the dessert - adding toasted coconut to vanilla ice cream in a jar with jam does not make it Thai. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

The food was so yummy and delicious! The cocktails the server recommended were amazing! Tasty flavors and perfectly balanced! I loved it here and will return for sure.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

AWESOME!!!!! If I had to pick one food to eat forever, it would be the drunken noodles with pork. OMG!!! Love this place!

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Exceptional food. Incredible overall dining experience. We'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2016

It was great!

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Innovative yet authentic. The ribs are to die for, even though my mouth is on fire for at least 15 mins after devouring them. Rich in flavor, tender till the meat falls off the bone, lip smacking good! And the pork belly is delish. So are the wings!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Yum! This restaurant is not your standard pad thai -mee grob Thai restaurant. It served delicious unusual local recipes from Thailand. We had a reservation on a Friday and we were glad we did. It was crowded. They have a great beer selection. The food is very flavorful. If you are up for real Thai food, this is it.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Kin Khao has attracted world-wide attention for its distinctive menu. It's a great place to take guests who are open to trying new kinds of food. Everything I've ever sampled there has been both interesting and delicious. It's a really exciting experience, and the wait staff do a great job of making you feel at home.

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3.0Dined on September 20, 2016

It is not a place if you don't like spicy food, like me, although I love Thai food. Menu is very limited. My husband and friends, who like spicy food, really liked it though. We were meeting friends who were in a conference. The reason I didn't give a better overall score is because my friends were late, which happens sometimes, and my husband and I were hungry. I told my friends not to worry as we would start with appetizers and drinks. However they didn't let us sit unless full party showed up, and because they took more than 15 min, they cancelled our reservation altogether (as a non-show), even after I checked in with them so they knew we were there. Once we waited again for another table, besides being very very hungry and having my mouth burning from spicy, everything else was ok. I don't want to be unfair with the restaurant, but my experience that night was not very good.

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2.0Dined on September 19, 2016

Just meh. Kin Khao has a Michelin star and has had countless write-ups, but overall fell short of expectations. Biggest disappointment was the food, starting with no pork belly (server said oven was not working properly). We settled for the mushroom curry terraine, which wasn't like a mousse at all, but more runny, like a sauce. Had good flavor and the rice crackers that came with it complimented it well. Next was a Thai "tamale" made w/ground pork, blood sausage and sticky rice. We couldn't taste the meat and even with the toppings of onions, cilantro and peppers, still turned out bland. Last was the Massaman curry - beef cheeks were tender but flavor underwhelmed. We didn't want to risk getting dessert only to be disappointed. Specialty cocktails were also lackluster. Best part was the service. Host was friendly and welcoming, which gave us a great first impression of the restaurant. Server was knowledgeable and attentive. Overall, fair but would probably not go back or recommend, especially with so many other Thai options in the area.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2016

Really fast service!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Delicious food!!! It was some of the best Thai food I've ever had. We had the pad kee mao and massaman nuea - I would definitely go back next time I'm in San Francisco!

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Chicken wings were delicious, cocktails were great & beautiful. The vegetable panang curry was extremely disappointing - big, bland, starchy vegetables, way too many lemongrass fibers/hairs, and ridiculously overpriced at $30 for a veggie curry. Service, ambiance, and noise levels were all just ok.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2016

Interesting, original. Worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2016

Great service. And warm and welcoming. 2nd time there and will go back next time I stay nearby again!

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2016

Amazing food and service! From the appetizers to the desserts top-notch all around.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Vacation trip to SF

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2016

My mother and sister and I went to this restaurant for a birthday dinner. The drinks were interesting but in the end nothing really outstanding. We had the stone fruit salad which was amazing. The salad was one of the best options I've ever had at a Thai food place. And, the vegetable panang curry also a wonderful flavor if a bit more broth than substance. The beef cheeks dish my family ordered was nicely flavored but so spicy they could only tolerate a few bites each. The pork ribs we inedible for all of us. I like spicy and we were warned that the ribs were spicy however the flavoring on the ribs was not a flavor spectrum that I would describe as food. It was like chewing on burnt wood with chili peppers. The restaurant politely removed the item from our bill (as well as from the neighboring tables bill as they were complaining as well). We won't go back - there are too many other restaurants in the city to return!

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Maybe I'm just not adventurous enough, but I did not like the food.
- Pork Belly: good, but not crispy enough.
- Banana leaf sausage: interesting and original, enjoyed the first few bites, then lost interest as it was kind of bland.
- Don't remember the name, but it said "warning: not for thai food beginners" underneath. I should have taken the advice. Basically a ramekin of fried catfish and shrimp paste, with assorted raw vegetables. It was pungent.

Drinks were excellent. I had the sake, which was absolutely delicious, and my date had a cocktail that was fabulous as well.

Service was excellent as well.

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