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Kin Khao

4.3
4.3
558 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai

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.

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Menu

Main

  • Mushroom Hor Mok Terrine$14.00

    curry mousse in-a-jar with mushrooms, crisp rice cake

    • Som Tum Papaya Salad$10.00

      spicy chili+lime+fish sauce dressing, green beans, cherry tomatoes, dried shrimp, peanuts

      • Yum Yai Salad$15.00

        a mix of raw, cooked, & batter-fried seasonal vegetables, not-so-spicy chili jam dressing

        • Yum Polamai$15.00

          stone Fruit Salad with toasted coconut, shallots, bird's eye chili, Mint, cilantro, shiso

          • Stir-Fried Baby Choy Sum$9.00

            with light soy, garlic

            • Yum Kai Dao*$10.00

              fried duck egg, chili jam dressing, peanuts, shallots, mint, cilantro

              • Khao Kan Jin$15.00

                pim's favorite Chiang mai street food banana leaf-wrapped steamed pork+rice+blood sausage, served with garlic chips, fried & raw shallots, cilantro, lime [it's super good. we dare you to try it!]

                • Plah Pla Muek$16.00

                  charred monterey bay squid with a spicy+tangy seafood sauce, peanuts, cilantro

                  • Pretty Hot Wings$12.00

                    Nam Pla fish sauce+garlic marinade, tamarind+Sriracha glaze

                    • Caramelized Pork Belly$17.00

                      sweet, savory, voluptuous pork belly cooked in a cast-iron pot

                      • Nam Tok Beans$14.00

                        ayocote morado beans tossed isaan-style with lime, chili, rice powder, light soy, shallots, scallions, mint, cilantro

                        • Kua Kling Ribs$16.00

                          spicy, dry-fried pork ribs in Southern-style turmeric curry paste, Kaffir lime leaves

                          • Pad Kee Mao$18.00

                            spicy stir-fried drunken noodles with ground pork, rice noodles garlic, birds eye chili, onions, bell peppers, holy basil. Vegetarian version made with hodo soy tofu

                            • Namprik Long Rua$27.00

                              (Boat trip relish) spicy, umami-bomb Kapi shrimp paste relish, caramelized pork jowl, crispy catfish, seasonal vegetables (warning: this is not Thai food for beginners)

                              • Whole Roasted Rock Fish$50.00

                                seasoned with gaeng kua paste, served with lime, cilantro, fish sauce, thai chili, spicy+tangy seafood sauce (limited availability)

                                • Mussels & Peach Gaeng Kua Curry$35.00

                                  salt spring island mussels, k&j farms' peaches, gaeng kua curry paste, coconut milk, lemon basil

                                  • Khun Yai's Rabbit Green Curry$35.00

                                    Kiew Wan curry paste, coconut milk, rabbit leg & saddle, Rabbit meatballs, apple eggplants, Thai basil

                                    • Massaman Nuea$35.00

                                      Braised beef cheeks in Massaman curry, coconut milk, burnt shallots, potatoes

                                      • Vegetable Panang$29.00

                                        seasonal vegetables Braised in panang curry, coconut milk, kaffir, thai basil

                                        Featured Items

                                        • Chicken Broth$4.00

                                          • Spiced Peanuts$4.00

                                            • House Pickles$4.00

                                              • Pork Cracklings$7.00

                                                • Salted Duck Egg$4.00

                                                  • Sticky Rice$4.00

                                                    • White Jasmine Rice$4.00

                                                      • Brown Jasmine Rice$4.00

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                                                        What 558 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                        4.3
                                                        4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                        • 4.4Food
                                                        • 4.1Service
                                                        • 3.7Ambience
                                                        • 3.8Value

                                                        NoiseModerate

                                                        87% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                        1. R

                                                          Rach

                                                          Seattle

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          1.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Reviewed on March 2, 2019

                                                          overall1foodserviceambience

                                                          Brought a good friend here from out of town. Initially put off by the musty foot smell and aroma carried throughout the restaurant. Server was quite stoic. Ordered the Saeng Wah Salad which was the biggest mistake I have ever made when ordering anywhere. I am convinced of this as no one else has written a review about this dish, all too wise to order. This dish is a bowl of room temp. fried crusties with some room temp shrimps and i guess catfish, that tasted like lemongrass. So bad I I had to scrape off my plate back into the bowl which upset our server; I am unsure as to why. Panang quite spicy, pretty good, but overall not worth 30$. No meat and I've had much better for 12$. So many places to eat in SF. I would avoid this one.

                                                        2. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 18, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                          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!

                                                        3. AN

                                                          AziN

                                                          New York Area

                                                          89 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          89 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 30, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                          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.

                                                        4. TG

                                                          TheGlobalFoodie

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          14 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          14 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 21, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          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.

                                                        5. n

                                                          njcsf

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 18, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          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.

                                                        6. S

                                                          Samsara

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 18, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        7. M

                                                          Meatx

                                                          Exclusive

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 17, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                          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.

                                                        8. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 17, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

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

                                                        9. F

                                                          Foodar

                                                          Vancouver

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          3.0

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 17, 2016

                                                          overall3food5service3ambience2

                                                          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.

                                                        10. JT

                                                          JTLSR

                                                          Atlanta

                                                          28 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          28 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 16, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                        11. LT

                                                          LT34

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 15, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        12. SB

                                                          SomaleeB

                                                          St. Louis

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 14, 2016

                                                          overall2food4service1ambience3

                                                          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.

                                                        13. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 13, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                          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.

                                                        14. FE

                                                          FrequentEater

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          45 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          45 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 12, 2016

                                                          overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                          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.

                                                        15. b

                                                          blah

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          63 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          1.0

                                                          63 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 10, 2016

                                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                          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

                                                        16. N

                                                          Nicke

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on October 9, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          Nice, interesting flavors! I recommend the vegetarian menu.

                                                        17. i

                                                          incognito

                                                          New York Area

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 9, 2016

                                                          overall4food5service3ambience2

                                                          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!

                                                        18. AS

                                                          AlexisS

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 8, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          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!

                                                        19. N

                                                          Noelb

                                                          Melbourne

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 7, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                          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.

                                                        20. m

                                                          mimi

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 4, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        21. J

                                                          Jork

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          36 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          36 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 4, 2016

                                                          overall3food4service1ambience2

                                                          Food is very good but I can't understand how Kin Khao can keep its Michelin star with its poor service.

                                                        22. P

                                                          Paul

                                                          London

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 3, 2016

                                                          overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                          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.

                                                        23. DM

                                                          DanMG

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          29 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          29 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 2, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                          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!!

                                                        24. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 2, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          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.

                                                        25. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on October 1, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                          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.

                                                        26. CS

                                                          CraftySwan

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 30, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        27. CD

                                                          CharlesD

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 30, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        28. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 25, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                          It was great!

                                                        29. d

                                                          discerningdiner

                                                          Seattle

                                                          57 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          57 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 23, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                          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!

                                                        30. RW

                                                          RumiW

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on September 23, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          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.

                                                        31. WR

                                                          xWRL

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 23, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          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.

                                                        32. A

                                                          Awesome

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on September 20, 2016

                                                          overall3food4service3ambience5

                                                          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.

                                                        33. UF

                                                          UberFoodie

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          61 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          61 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 19, 2016

                                                          overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                          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.

                                                        34. RT

                                                          RajivT

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 18, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Really fast service!

                                                        35. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Houston

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 17, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          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!

                                                        36. CN

                                                          CaseyN

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on September 16, 2016

                                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                          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.

                                                        37. JD

                                                          JaimeD

                                                          New York Area

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 14, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                          Interesting, original. Worth a visit.

                                                        38. j

                                                          jaxsterdam

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 12, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        39. AB

                                                          ABSS

                                                          New York Area

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 11, 2016

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        40. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Chicago

                                                          1 review

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on September 10, 2016

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                          Vacation trip to SF

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