Obao

4.5
2418 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
OBAO bridges the gap from the street of Southeast Asia to the streets of NYC, bringing you combinations of various Thai and Vietnamese comfort foods with a twist. OBAO takes traditional dishes from Thailand and Vietnam like Pad Thai and Pho Noodles and adds a touch of luxury and elegance without ever compromising on authenticity. At OBAO, you will taste the highest quality ingredients while experiencing comfort through food you never thought was possible.

With the success of our Flagship restaurant in midtown and Water Street location, OBAO is proud to unveil its Hell's Kitchen location located on 9th avenue between 45th&46th.
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and food... average drinks

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Got the pho han (chicken) and my friend got the pho bo (beef). Food came out quickly and was very satisfying!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Good service. Lovely experience.

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Visitor
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t know what to expect. Enjoyed the food and unique vibe and energy with my pho. Had Covid plastic walls up between the tables, which I liked. Would definitely go back.

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Jul1
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

outdoor dining was nice and spaced out. service very nice. mushroom dumplings yummy!

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LuisaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Decent food, a little "used", friendly service. Yummy pork belly and Chinese broccoli.

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Meag
Cancun
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Far too noisy. They blast a playlist of explicit rap songs with occasional dance music and it sounds closer to a bar than a restaurant. At least outdoors you don't hear the customers shouting, but there are still speakers blasting. It greatly detracts from the food. I have had a few dishes and beef and they all have one thing in common: The beef is overcooked. Even the shortrib, which was once succulent. 53rd St location has the same issue. They also seem to constantly run out of menu items. I have recently gone twice and this was the case both times. The Pad See Iew is more sweet than savory and almost no vegetable. They oddly topped it with jalapeno, and I had to send it back (I don't take spice well). Bokluklak(?) NZ meat with butter sauce has an astounding sauce, and the meat is somewhat chewable, but more rubbery cubes. The massaman curry is fantastic so long as you avoid getting it with beef/shortrib. The broth looks larger than it is because of the bowl and yet the bowl of rice that accompanies it only lasts HALF of the dish. The meat dumplings (5) were surprisingly great. Filling for 1 person but better to share. There is a dessert on their menu they no longer offer that I was wanting to try. There's just a few more things I want to try and then I may never go back, just because of the unpleasant dining atmosphere.

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vipRachael
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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DenisseMonge
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I would only do this place again for takeout.
It was short from what photos promissed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food.

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Miah4
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The staff is attentive to their customers. Would come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!!! The food is outstanding and excellent drinks!!

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Anonas
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

For the price in NYC I will recommend it. The food is good asian fusion. The tables are a little tight particularly with social distancing. Service was a little slow but staff was friendly.

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vipLauren
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing. Great food, nice atmosphere, great service, not expensive- love everything about it and highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great, food was really good, the vibe was stellar.

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davider
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have a quick lunch at Obao and I must admit everything was really good!

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo muy rico y excelente servicio y precios accesibles

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Vivamom
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went with my kids ages 11 and 7. Food was good but not amazing and somewhat pricey. I think they may have been understaffed, the service was okay but not that attentive.

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JeffC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall a good experience and I would go back. I only rate it three stars because it was good. My scale 4 stars is one of the best in town 5 stars is one of the best I have ever had so 3 is a good rating. Service was great ambiance is really nice and food overall is good.

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vipBrianC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was amazing! Veggie Green Curry, Crab Fried Rice -so good

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NickiG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the place was clean and they have very good customer service.

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vipLucieP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

This restaurant is not operating a 50% NYC occupancy. The restaurant was full and bustling with unmasked patrons everywhere. The toilets were also soiled.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time!! Food was great and music was great, but wish they gave clean plates in between courses. Eggplant and crispy tofu was amazing!! Definitely will come back again!

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marianne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Restaurants looks better on pictures but was still nice.Service was good and fast.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place exceeded my expectations! The food was delicious, by far the best Thai food I’ve had. The drinks were so good and the ambiance was perfect. I will definitely be a regular in Obao.

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CourtneyA
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and service and the portions were bigger than expected!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great service and quaint atmosphere. Lovely!

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GCred
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must go! Food and service is incredible! We enjoyed everything and the staff was very friendly and attentive. I can't wait to go back!

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WilliamO
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was AMAZING, the food, the service and the drinks. I will definitely go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant experience. The host was very accommodating & welcoming. Special thanks to him 🙏🏻

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Quaint layout but not your most intimate setting, still a great overall value when considering food, service, and price. Food wait time almost nonexistent which is another value-add

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, staff was friendly and attentive. And great food and amazing cocktails! Very fresh ingredients and very tasty too! Great ambiance and vibe. Will definitely go back again soon! Thanks for a great experience!

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CMill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Seriously. Will definitely come back!

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jeffreyt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and great tasting food !

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Escee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really appreciated the indoor dining experience after a whole year- there was a quick temperature check and the hostess took down my party's information for tracking, which I appreciated. The atmosphere at Obao was upbeat and intimate, and the food was really quite amazing. We ordered the calamari and steamed dumplings as appetizers, pad see ew and drunken noodles as entrees and all were fantastic. The calamari, in particular, was the highlight dish; it was perfectly tender and juicy, with a crispy outer batter, and laid on a bed of marinated vegetables. Instead of the typical calamari rings, they were rectangular strips, which was arguably a much better texture. The sauces for both appetizers stole the show. Definitely looking forward to return in the future, if only for just the calamari!

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James
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Outdoor dining was not that good. Food was okay. Hard to get a waiter to come by when you are outside

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JayE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Overall I would recommend this place . I wouldn’t go back for the food honestly it was subpar and the portions were small. I ordered the lemon grass ribs and also took home a plate of pad Thai. Ive definitely had better Thai food. The staff was friendly however and the ambiance was lovely . Great music and nice decor .

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Urstrule
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

For me my meal was great my bf didn’t really enjoy his meal. I think overall it was a fun night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I definitely will be going back!

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JoeL
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were outstanding. This is the second time we have dined here and they always exceed expectations.

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You can order delivery directly from Obao using the Order Online button. Obao also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Obao is rated 4.5 stars by 2418 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.