Kao Thai Cuisine

4.5
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$30 and under
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Thai
Located in the old Columbia Firehouse Headquarters (closed down in 1995), this unique restaurant revitalizes the historic building by combining the old and the new - complete with original rafters, floors, and garage door exit.

Our menu offers modern Thai eats that are commonly found on the streets of Bangkok as well as a mix of creative pan-Asian and Asian-American fusion dishes that are fresh and exciting. With a rotating menu of specials, we hope to continuously bring new flavors and dishes to the Vista!

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What 54 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarrieH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fanatic food. Great service!

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish food and fantastic service. Can’t wait to eat there again.

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ColaThai
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good, tasty Thai food. Attentive and excellent service. Location in Columbia's Vista very nice. Open-air seating. I would recommend upgrading the selection of white wines. Very Reasonable prices. We will definitely return.

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MeganW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time going and I had an amazing experience. We sat outside at a table for 4 and we were plenty spread out from everyone else. Everyone was so nice and helpful and the food was delicious.

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MK2LV
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, lots of choices, service was awesome. Will go back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was absolutely terrible and had zero flavor to it. I have had a lot of terrible Thai food since arriving in the Midlands, but this takes the cake for the worst. I wish I would have never visited this place. I would not recommend this establishment to anyone else.

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ReneeA
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our anniversary dinner here very much. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and drink menu. Order was served promptly and was delicious.

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FATPUG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and the service was excellent! Will def be back and recommend to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service and food. The Duck Roti Roll appetizer & Tom Kha Soup were delicious. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Will come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are always so nice and friendly. The place is spotless and you can see them constantly cleaning. I’ve tried multiple things on the menu and everything’s been amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. The waiter was very outstanding & nice & understanding. The scenery was very beautiful. No noise , food came out face, the food portion was very nice for the charge amount. Overall place I give them a 10. The place & staff was so amazing.

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Angie
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sat outdoors to maintain social distancing but were bitten by mosquitoes! The management should look into that!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife on date night. Started out w the sangria, shrimp pot stickers, sausage, mango salad, and dinner was the beef noodles. Wonderful food service and drinks. One of our favorite places downtown.

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KevinR
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, extremely friendly staff, excellent food.

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vipDessie
Cleveland
66 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Probably one of the best Thai meals we’ve had except for the beef in the green curry (was a bit too chewy and tasteless) but the sauce was superb. Attentive service. Limited wine selection.

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NelsonS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so fresh tasting and delicious. Our sever was very attentive and extremely pleasant. One of our new favorite places.

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MelissaH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thai food in a fun atmosphere. Would highly recommend to anyone seeking options in Columbia and surrounding areas.

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TheKid
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Kao was very accommodating and attentive. Will return!

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Zoezoe
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Papaya salad tasted not fresh and had no flavor. Pad Thai was just okay and I have eaten a lot of Pad Thai. Overpriced for the quality of food. For someone who’s favorite food is Thai food I would not recommend this restaurant for good Thai food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Date night at our favorite restaurant

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Steve
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Arrived early for a reservation and were seated immediately. Took 15 minutes for a server to address the table, 15 more minutes to place an order, 30 minutes to get apps, another 10-15 to get meal. We had to eat main course in a hurry as we had an event to attend. What should have been a relaxing meal did not turn out that way. No offer to adjust bill for lack of service. Food was really good and the people were nice. Dining room was not that busy. It was fist time there so I don't know if they had a bad night or are just really slow. I can't recommend based on the service.

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DayA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food is great but the glassware was not washed properly. ALL the glasses on our table had lipstick imprints on the brim.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed with the experience dining here.

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vipbrooksrg
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale Asian fusion with an emphasis on Thai cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent and came out in a timely manner. The only downside was it is tight quarters.

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vipChanges
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Thai in Colombia. Great wings and dumplings. Curry w/ crusty Hawaiian bread is to die for!

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vipDanS
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Valentine’s Day dinner with my girl at Kao! Food was excellent, Isiah our server was right on time, and the drinks and pace were perfect. A wonderful evening on a special day!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food not very good, waitress inattentive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food well presented. Service was on ooiny

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DrBond
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service is usually better, but the food is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There were 8 of us and they got us in and out in time for us to make our show. Several of us ordered different appetizers that we shared and we enjoyed all of them. We also enjoyed our meals and were able to take some of it to enjoy the next day. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the dishes and drinks and was very pleasant. I think we would all go back again; I know I would.

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CarolineW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

loved the food, as usual but the service was extremely slow, Without any apology from staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service.

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vipEdward
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kao Thai is excellent. We will return.

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Chuck
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Our waiter explained the menu and helped us with our selections. The good was great.

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HowardM
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is the second time that we've been to Kao Thai and we haven't been disappointed yet. The waiter was friendly and was always very present to make sure that we had everything we needed. The food is delicious. I'm planning to order the crab fried rice next time to see how good it is.

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NicNac
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Columbia restaurant week
The service was SUPER slow and the food was average. The waitstaff was extremely pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the atmosphere and service immensely- most of the food we had was perfect, there was just one dish that didn’t have the same depth of flavor as the others- but will definitely give it another try as 99% of what we had was fantastic!

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RhettS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our experience at Kao Thai. The food was exceptional and the flavors something to be happy about. The service was great. We will definitely be going back.

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RichardA
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Appetizers were very creative and nicely seasoned. Seafood salad was a very pleasant surprise and coconut soup was very good. Entrees of Pad Thai and chicken kom gai (between spell check and faulty memory, I can't get the names right) were both complex, pleasing flavors with nice balance of spice and heat. Deserts were good but the appetizers and entrees were what I would make a point to come back for. Convenient free parking along side and behind the restaurant.

FAQs

Kao Thai Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 569-6881.

Kao Thai Cuisine is rated 4.5 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

Kao Thai Cuisine does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.kaothaicola.com/giftcards.

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.