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Kin Khao

556 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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).
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.3  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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!

vipAziN (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

TheGlobalFoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

njcsf (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

Samsara (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2016

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

Foodar (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipJTLSR (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 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.

LT34 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

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

vipSomaleeB (St. Louis)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipFrequentEater (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipblah (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 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

Nicke (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 9, 2016

Nice, interesting flavors! I recommend the vegetarian menu.

peterm (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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!

AlexisS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (Melbourne / VIC)
4.0  Dined 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.

mimi (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2016

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

Paul (London)
3.0  Dined 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.