Kao Thai Cuisine

4.8
132 Reviews
$30 and under
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 132 people are saying
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MaryAnneM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Outdoor seating was wonderful, service was fast and courteous and the food was delicious!

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KeMc
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Highly recommend trying if you haven't. Amazing food and the service is always outstanding. They have the best happy hour specials downtown, too!

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BrendaY
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the place. Ate outside and the food was good. Our waitress was very sweet and helpful. Definitely will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great happy hour deals on appetizers and drinks. Outdoor seating options available (it was raining so couldn’t take advantage). We’ll be back.

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vipThomasS
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good service. Fun fusion food.

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Kristen
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met for a girls night out and late bday celebration. Decided to sit outside, and there was plenty of shade under the trees even for the summer in Cola. We tried several drinks, small plates and curries from the menu and weren’t disappointed by any of them. Definitely recommend the roti 🫓. Our waitress was very friendly and checked on us many times through the meal even with us sitting outside. We will definitely be back!

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Dave77
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Server seemed in the weeds and one dish was so-so. The other 2 (pineapple fried rice and the pork dish) were delightful as usual. Great value and quality

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RayJ
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, but their draft beer selection was poor. they need to incorporate more craft beers especially those made here in Columbia. With that said we will make this a place to go for at least two to three times a month.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and we will definitely be back. Excellent!

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vipDeebee
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service fantastic, and our server was very helpful in selecting items that were vegan. Lovely atmosphere, great bar, and lots of sharing options.

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pamr
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations were on time , wait staff quick and knowledgeable and friendly. Party of 6 shared appetizers and meals so we could try a lot. Everything was delicious.

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vipjimbored
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food! Service was a little slow, but super nice and friendly. Music was a little loud, but that’s great if you have kids.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Front end :
The front end staff ignored the reservation request for Outdoor Seating. When we arrived, we were told that they had already filled the outdoor tables, some with walk-ups. We were told that it was a common restaurant practice. They offered a table inside but I reiterated that if I’d wanted to sit inside, I wouldn’t have specifically requested Outdoor Seating. The hostess said that it might be an hour wait for Outdoor Seating. We rolled the dice that someone would leave and were seated ~20 minutes after our initial reservation. P.S. When we asked for the manager we were told that there was no management on site at the time.

Food :
We went to Kao Thai in 2020 after returning from Thailand and were pleased with the food. They seem to have changed the recipes as everything that we ordered was less spicy and much sweeter. The management will probably say that the spice level can be adjusted but how were we to know that they’ve changed.
It happened that we went on Wine Wednesday - 50% off bottles. We ordered a Sangiovese. The bottle arrived already uncorked (red flag) and the foil was raggedy. The wine looked and tasted like an inexpensive Pinot Noir had been poured into a Sangiovese bottle. After the reservation snafu, my wife just wanted to move on and not complain.

Note to management:
Always present and uncork bottles at the table.

Service :
The server (McKenzie S.) was polite and attentive. +++++

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Bobby
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Pad Kapow Slaps. It is packed with flavor. My girlfriend enjoyed the duck curry also, it tastes like the beach. We will definitely return.

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JasonG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for our first time last night. We had no idea this place existed despite being to Tin Roof and the Senate before.

The food quality is excellent. We ordered several dishes and all of them were delightful. Highlights for apps: fried shrimp shumai and char siu pork. We both agreed that the pad thai and pineapple fried rice (with chicken and shrimp) were winners. I liked the Pad see ew more than she did. The "KFC" was also good, but too much of a kick for both of our liking.

Bottom line...go, great food and atmosphere. We will be back!

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BillG
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, tradition Thai yet inventive. Open, pleasant ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and the food held up to our expectations. We will return to dine again

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Yummy food and nice outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were excellent!

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vipMichelleLyn29
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere! The spring rolls, Pad Thai and Pad See Ew were delicious! The server was excellent also! Definitely recommend!

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StacyM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

As a vegetarian, This is one of my favorite restaurants in Columbia. It took over an hour to get our food last night, which on a Monday night, is a long wait. They seemed to have a lot of take out orders though and I realize many restaurants are short staffed right now.

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DBlan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food, service and drinks. Roti curry appetizer and Duck curry are amazing!

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ColaDinner
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Have enjoyed eating here every time. Great Pad Thai

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DonC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding,beginning w/ drinks, appetizer, and main course!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience was great as usual. I am a frequent customer and enjoy the quality of the food and attentive service. The music and noise level were unusually loud last night, but the restaurant was busy.

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Walden
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived up to our expectations! Location is engaging. Parking very convenient (back of the restaurant). Food, service, and ambiance - perfect. We plan on going back.

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LizC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was amazing Thai food! Will definitely be back!

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall the food was great. 4stars given for service because our reservation was at 6:45. We arrived on time and seated immediately. However, no one addressed our table until 7 because there was a”miscommunication” about who would be our server. This caused for me to miss out on a drink or 2 for happy hour...which ended at 7

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were wonderful. It was the first dining experience there for my out of town friend, and she really enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are excellent! Our favorite spot, can’t wait to go back!

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ColaDinner
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've eaten there about four times and have enjoyed it every time. I've always gotten the Pad Thai with fried tofu but my my companions have also raved about what they have had.

JM
JudithM
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kao Thai is a regular for us. The patio is beautiful (especially with the perfect weather). The food and drinks are ALWAYS good and the wait staff is personable and fun.

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aquafarr
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, glad we found it. Will eat here again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! We loved it!

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mikec
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was OK and the service was very polite but disjointed. Took appetizers from half the table then ran away for 10 minutes. All the time she showed up and put the other order in for appetizers which delayed the dinner orders which came out half hazard Lee when they did and after a long time. I like music and I don’t mind it being at a mid to high level but this was obnoxiously loud.
I would not go back honestly

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GinaM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Love my Kao fam ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our overall experience was beyond terrible! They should be embarrassed to seat customers. The manager is inexperienced and our waiter seemed clueless. The only two employees that were exceptional were the bartender and host. I will never go back or recommend to anyone.

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FrankH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the better Thai places in town. Great location.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Like more authentic
Food was sweet !! should made as ordered for taste adjustment

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kao Thai Cuisine using the Order Online button. Kao Thai Cuisine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 569-6881.

Kao Thai Cuisine is rated 4.8 stars by 132 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.