Kao Thai Cuisine

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$30 and under
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Thai

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Good Vegetarian Options
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!

Specials

Bottomless Mimosas Saturday Brunch

Enjoy bottomless mimosas during brunch, every Saturday from 11am-2pm.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 11, 2020

Ends: January 12, 2119

Availability: Sat 11:00AM-2:00PM

Happy Hour

Enjoy $4 drafts and $2 off all cocktails as well as $5 small bites!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 18, 2019

Ends: December 19, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-7:00PM

What 29 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

DS
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food not very good, waitress inattentive

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food well presented. Service was on ooiny

DB
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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

OT
Charleston
6 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.

CW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

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

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service.

E
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kao Thai is excellent. We will return.

C
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.

HM
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.

SS
Miami
10 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

OT
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!

RS
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.

RA
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.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service with generous portions. I was cold during the meal so I wore my leather jacket the whole time.

T
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good accessible parking. Wasn’t very crowded. Good drinks at happy hour prices. Food was tasty and service was attentive.

OT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great service food and experience

R
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food & presentation was excellent. Server was very nice. Only semi-negative comment, it took a little longer than I expected to get our food considering at the time, the restaurant was not that busy. First time visit, will definitely visit again.

MS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and cocktails with friendly service. Restaurant could benefit from some lower lighting and dressing to elevate the atmosphere but the tasty Thai food can’t be beat.

PD
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Will definitely go again.

D
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb, and the service from Zia (?spelling?) was impeccable. We will absolutely return!

A
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Made me feel like I was back in Thailand!

b
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food and drinks were great! It was extremely loud. We had to nearly yell to hear each other in conversation. The service was slow but the server was very nice.

b
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent. There were four of us and we ordered the bao and chicken wing appetizers to start. The wings were crisp, and the bao was a folded bun, soft and fluffy, with a delicious filling and extra hoisin on the side. My friend had the green curry which was served in a large bowl and tasted incredible. I had the Pad kapow with chicken. The ground chicken was mixed with red and green bell peppers and onions tossed in a flavorful and slightly spicy sauce. It was delicious! We will definitely be dining here again.

LG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Friday evening and sat outside, listening to the live music from across the street. Wonderful Tom Ka soup and great entrees. They have some of their own dedicated parking which is a major plus in the Vista. Had a quiet table for two, nice fall temperature and a very good/attentive waiter. First time there, we'll be back again.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I dined here this week. Love that they have so many gluten free options. The drink menu is great. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about their menu.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here before going to a show at the venue across the street. Enjoyed sitting at the bar engaging with the bartender about wines. The food was delicious. This restaurant is one of only 2 in the Columbia area on The restaurant week list that has gluten-free options.

LP
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

First timers loved it.. they should advertise better.. we had no idea they were in Cola for 15 months now.. don’t hide a fantastic venue😎