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Kao Thai Cuisine, Columbia, SC

Kao Thai Cuisine

4.6
4.6
237 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 569-6881

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Doug Seaver

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Cross street

    Senate St. and Park St.

  • Parking details

    We offer customers free parking in our adjacent lot. Enter on Senate St. and exit onto Park St.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 237 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Columbia

    Best Food

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Columbia

    Good for Groups

  • Columbia

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Columbia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. TS

    TracyS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars b/c we love it so much! I don't have 50 characters worth of words to say though. Well, that did it.
  2. CT

    ColaThai

    Charleston

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal as usual. Excellent service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was really good and service was great!
  4. j

    jane

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has become my favorite! Fantastic staff… waiter made some great recommendations for us. We had a mix of small plates and entrées. The pineapple fried rice was amazing. Our specialty summer cocktails were memorable enough to make a special trip just for those! I’ll be a regular here.
  5. LS

    LizS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Had amazing summer cocktails, very inventive and delicious.
  6. TR

    TatiR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Kao Thai is my go-to when it comes to taking someone out who is visiting. It is such a warm and inviting atmosphere, and everything on the menu is so delicious!
  7. LS

    LizS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistenly an excellent meal and inventive drinks. Always enjoy it. We had Sky as our server again last night and she is simply awesome!
  8. CT

    ColaThai

    Charleston

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a dinner with friends
  9. DV

    DesireeV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, we were there on time for happy hour. We order a couple of cocktails and food. Everything was delicious but the green curry was incredible. Kuddos to Riley who was our server!
  10. M

    Moss

    Charleston

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was outstanding! He was attentive, thoughtful responsive . He remembered us from a previous visit, including what we had ordered. We look forward to returning.
  11. TS

    ThomasS

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Quite possibly the worst service I’ve experienced since my first time here. The experience has gone downhill. From just above average to wtf. One of the best Thai food places in the area now victim to poor service. 30 minutes to get warm beer. Left before anything else worse could happen. I guess we are done.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was tasty and cool vibes but it wasn’t the impressive Asian experience I was seeking
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem in Cola!! Excellent in all categories. Riley was an exceptional waiter.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was super nice and attentive, but not overbearing. The appetizers and food was very tasty and the portions just right! The drinks were also delicious and well presented! We definitely will be back!
  15. JL

    JasonL

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an outstanding experience! Look forward to coming back.
  16. j

    jackieg

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fOOD IS VERY TASTY, SEASONED WELL, SERVED HOT AND PLENTIFUL
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Hidden gem
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. Ian was caring and attentive. He made wonderful suggestions. We had a great experience. Definitely will return and recommend to others!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was great in our opinion. Our server seemed to be the only server working that night so service was delayed but he did a great job considering that circumstance. Would recommend
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    A great place to go sit for 35 minutes and see waitress once. Terrible warm beer and service sucks!!!!!
  21. j

    jane

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special shout out to service. I wish I remembered his name but he was spectacular. Such a great evening of fantastic food, delicious cocktails and amazing hostess, bartender, and waitstaff. This was my third visit here, so I can co firm they are consistent with their level of food and service.
  22. CT

    ColaThai

    Charleston

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed another great meal at Kao Thai last night. The food was cooked perfectly. The service was exceptional. and eating out in front of the restaurant with a nice breeze was delightful. Will definitely be back.
  23. ES

    EricS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Server was inattentive and slow. Food came out at wildly different times for the 4 of us. The server would come around very rarely and would stand at the end of the bar with some kind of drink in plane view when he just told us he would check were the rest of our food was. The food was tasty but had no spice which is very unusual for Thai food.
  24. LC

    LCMO

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is a total hidden gem in Columbia. Amazing food, great happy hour specials and super convenient.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and service
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. First trip but will not be the last. The portions were huge and service excellent. We had to wait awhile for main entrees but it nit diminish the experience.
  27. AM

    AmandaM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best thai in Columbia! Food is always hot, full of flavor, and delicious!
  28. PH

    PhilH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. Kao Thai has become our goto for Thai food in the area. Check it out if you haven't already.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent experience! Having a parking lot also made getting there easier. 10/10 would recommend
  31. M

    Martha

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good. The food, drinks, and service were 100%!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kao Thai is high on our list for dinner options! The food is consistently good. The service is always great. The relaxed atmosphere is welcoming.
  33. AH

    AllyHPhD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience and food were amazing. Ally, our server, was outstanding.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I tried a new restaurant for our anniversary this weekend. The food was very good. The weather outside was beautiful so we were able to enjoy a seat outside. We were very glad that it worked out for us to sit outside because it was quite loud inside. Under other circumstances we would have likely been fine with a more energetic ambience. Our server was fantastic and gave us great advice on the drink menu the appetizers and a few entrées. Overall we were very pleased with our visit and look forward to coming back!!
  35. R

    Rich

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was quite different from most Thai restaurants. Unique but very good. Our server, Skye, was excellent.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Service was soooo slow. Granted it was prior to Elton John concert. We had a 630 reservation. Seated at 645. Waitress didn’t come to table until 7pm. And got drinks at 715. Lucky we ordered appetizers and was able to get it fast and get out by 745. Recommend turnover reserved tables in timely manner. Food always great. Drinks fabulous. This is our favorite restaurant so we’ll be back. We had an amazing (apologetic) hostess and waitress. Tip well they deserve it!
  37. CT

    ColaThai

    Charleston

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was exceptional. The Roti and curry was great, the Pad Kapow and Panang curry were both excellent. Service was attentive and prices were reasonable.
  38. S

    Shelbs

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time dining at KOA was very impressed will definitely go again
  39. MB

    MichaelB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server made some excellent recommendations and the food, drinks, and appetizers. Food was flavorful, hot, and timely. Our server made some good drink recommendations as well. This restaurant never disappoints. We weren't rushed. We were pleased with the experience overall and will return
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food and drinks weren’t impressive, classic Thai fried rice had no flavor. The waitress hounded us for our food order before our drinks even arrived, could have had a better meal at IHOP across the street.

FAQs

Kao Thai Cuisine does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Kao Thai Cuisine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 569-6881.

Kao Thai Cuisine is rated 4.6 stars by 237 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Kao Thai Cuisine

1001 Senate Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Senate St. and Park St.

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer customers free parking in our adjacent lot. Enter on Senate St. and exit onto Park St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Doug Seaver

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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