Kao Thai Cuisine
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!
Delicious food and amazing bar drinks. Super service!
Green curry, just the right amount of heat and flavor, loved the addition of the eggplant. Pad Thai very tasty! And I highly recommend the green papaya salad.
Our server was helpful and efficient.
And my margarita was perfect. Not too sweet.
Fantastic! Great food, and service.
Dinner was delicious!
Excellent Thai spot. Good food. Excellent portions.
Great food and service! Nice patio seating!
The service, food and cocktails are fantastic! Great Happy Hour specials as well! This is definitely a regular spot for me now!
It was fabulous. Service first class. Good really tasty.
The people were very nice, and the food was great! Thai tea is a must when visiting Kao! We will definitely be coming again!
Awesome food and ambiance
Great service, inventive drinks, and delicious fare!
This is one of my FAVORITE restaurants in Columbia, SC. The outdoor dining when the weather is perfect…. Undefeated! The cocktails are tasty and IG worthy.
One of our favorite places to eat in Columbia! Everything tastes excellent.
Great food! Fabulous waitress. Loved sitting inside with big doors open so we could hear the love music across the street.
Good happy hour deals too!
Brought a friend that has never eaten here, and absolutely loved it. Great atmosphere and attentive waiter. Provided great service and flavorful food. Can’t wait to come back again!
The food was just ok - the spring rolls were cold and we had three orders of pad Thai - one had so much sauce, one had a medium amount of sauce and one had very little…very inconsistent. Service was not great. I wanted to love it but there are better Thai places in Columbia.
Great food and service on a very busy weekend. Would definitely go again when we’re back in town.
The food was absolutely delicious! Flavor blends, tender chicken, crisp vegetables, everything was to perfection! I have already recommended this restaurant to several people. Plan to go back very soon.
The food was wonderful and the staff was very friendly and accommodating! Definitely one of my favorite places to eat in Cola.
The food is always consistently good. I enjoyed the Panang Curry with shrimp. The service was attentive.
Great experience! Outdoor seating was wonderful, service was fast and courteous and the food was delicious!
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!
I really enjoyed the place. Ate outside and the food was good. Our waitress was very sweet and helpful. Definitely will come back.
Great happy hour deals on appetizers and drinks. Outdoor seating options available (it was raining so couldn’t take advantage). We’ll be back.
Good service. Fun fusion food.
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!
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
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.
Our first visit and we will definitely be back. Excellent!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The server (McKenzie S.) was polite and attentive. +++++
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.
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!
Delicious, tradition Thai yet inventive. Open, pleasant ambience.
Service was outstanding and the food held up to our expectations. We will return to dine again
Yummy food and nice outdoor seating.
Food, service and atmosphere were excellent!
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!
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 4.7 stars by 152 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.