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Kao Thai Cuisine, Columbia, SC

Kao Thai Cuisine

4.6
4.6
383 Reviews
$31 to $50
Thai
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 Main Street District!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Thai, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (803) 569-6881
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women
  • Neighborhood
    Columbia
  • Cross street
    Main St. and Lady 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, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 383 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Columbia

    Best Food

  • Columbia

    Innovative

  • Columbia

    Healthy

  • Columbia

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383 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    My girlfriend and I went to Kao had a really poor food experience. The wait staff was cordial and attentive, good for them. The food however wasn’t edible, my girl ordered the crab fried rice and I ordered the pad see yu and I had to send it back because the food was atrocious! The dish had an overpowering flavor of cooking oil, greasy and unpleasant. I sent that dish back and got a pad thai, which wasn’t any better, at that point I was so disappointed, we paid the check and left. I DON’T recommend this place at all!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience, as always! We love this place!!

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  3. FL510

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Surprisingly the food was on the low side of mediocre. Not much taste. Service was kind.

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  4. BillJ

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there and will not be the last. Food and service was fantastic. Presentation matched the taste. Had a great experience.

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  5. DonaldT

    Charleston

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Like the overall vibe on Main St, and the atmosphere in the restaurant, cozy, warm, low-key. Cocktails were excellent (variation on an old fashioned), soup (chicken with mushrooms) was unique and flavorful, stir fried rice with pineapple and chicken was good but not quite to the level of outstanding (pre-cooked chicken medallions very bland and overall a little heavy on oil). I’d return to try several other interesting menu items.

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  6. Groupof12

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food! One of our favorites in town. Had an someone who had just moved to cola from DC with us and they remarked how great it was to have great Thai food in our fair city 😁

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  7. LisaG

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and beverages were wonderful. The seating can be a bit close if you're looking for some intimate conversation time. I will definitely be back for the happy hour appetizer specials. Wonderful service from Skye. Thank you!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Keep trying this place because food was excellent at their previous location. Every time we’ve been to the new location on Main St the food quality is significantly lower. Chicken in all dishes tasted overcooked and chewy. Something has gone amiss with the kitchen process. Very disappointing.

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  9. BrianM

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hello Kao Thai, Holly is a very professional and polite waitress. For the chefs, more Curry on the Thai Fried Rice, kind of boring. We still recommend Koa Thai when you travel to Columbia and are craving Thai food.

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  10. ChrisF

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Process of booking and confirming was seamless, seated immediately with a great seat, excellent recommendations, food was amazing, service was spot on and efficient. Highly recommend!

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  11. ThomasH

    Charleston

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fast and friendly service with delicious food! The Tom Kha Chicken soup is a standout!

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  12. JamieC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My group dined here for the first time, and it certainly will not be our last. We really enjoyed the food. It arrived to our table in a timely manner was delicious. Our server was courteous. The restaurant was clean. This is a great spot to satisfy your Thai cravings.

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  13. Morgan

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our first time at Kao Thai since they moved to Main Street, food was delicious as always. It did take a while to get our drinks from the bar but they were great as well.

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  14. MartinI

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food great, although portions a tad small and could have been hotter A long wait for drinks, but cocktails were very good

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  15. CierraM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter was so kind to us and giving his favorites from the menu. Inside the restaurant is kept very clean and had a great chill atmosphere. The food was absolutely delicious I had no leftovers!

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  16. Jonathan

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, I wish you would add the KFC for lunch!

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  17. KenSz

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Party of four, catching up after not seeing each other for awhile. Ambiance was great, service was great, food was decent, not the best we've had, but good. We had a 7:45pm reservation, didn't order till about 8:30pm, food couldn't have been there before 8:45-9pm. We were sitting there enjoying chatting through dinner, and afterward, finishing drinks. We were never asked if we wanted dessert, which was unusual for a restaurant, and all of a sudden it got brighter. Lights from under the customer side of the bar were turned up so that it was like headlights shining on the couple who were facing the bar. Then, the interior lights were turned up all the way. Come to find out, they close at 10pm, and were giving us a giant hint to leave. 10pm, in downtown, on a Saturday night?! Explains why were weren't offered dessert. They just wanted us out the door.

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  18. StephThet

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was exceptional. Great drinks as well.

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  19. AshleyB

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was stylish and cozy. Service was good, food was great. Drinks were pricey but delicious. Overall great experience, highly recommend!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food here is AMAZING and the staff is so nice and attentive and make great drink recommendations

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  21. HeidiB

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food! Try the Pad Woon Sen and the Tom Yum soup! Don’t sit on the wooden chairs.

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  22. brandonp

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall our experience was good but our server could have been more attentive but the food was our standings.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not the level of service we typically experience with this restaurant. The food took forever to arrive and looked like it sat under a heat lamp for a while. Food was still very good but maybe because of the holiday season, the server seemed inexperienced. We will definitely go back because every dish we try is great. Tonight Penang Curry with chicken was very flavorful. Bao appetizer was also good.

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  24. ReneeE

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious curry dishes and great service! We will be back!

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  25. JaiK

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. The best fried Brussels sprouts ever! The service was spot on, the waiter helpful, very good serving sizes, high quality ingredients, well made, and tastefully presented. The waiter was knowledgeable about ingredients in the food, such as fish sauce. We are vegan, so he offered to swap the red curry gravy with a vegan option to omit the fish sauce.

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  26. CitizenCain

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good, well crafted dishes. Seating and service a bit chaotic. Fairly busy Thursday night. Kitchen turnaround was quick.

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  27. rices2002

    Charlotte

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We loved KAO at the old location, great food, service and space. We were excited to try the new spot but were disappointed in all aspects. Food was just ok, especially with the fact that we were offered additional roti and then charged extra for it when the bill came. Similarly with the rice options that come with entrees, plan to pay extra for fried rice. They might not tell you, but it will be there. That goes right into the service issue, we waited 20 minutes to be spoken to once seated, then another 15 minutes for any type of beverage. Appetizer took 30 minutes, finally came out when our dinner was brought. Random service issues arose all around us throughout our dining, so it wasn't just us. The space is loud and cramped.

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  28. ColaThai

    Charleston

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Thai food. Good service, food very good, fair prices, Nice vibe. Definitely will go back.

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  29. BrittanyB

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were amazing ! Service was great ! Will definitely return for another visit !

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  30. SarahR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite date night spot for us. Always a delight!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Excellent service. We love the green curry dish best.

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  32. AutasheaW

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Was treating my boyfriend out since he always wine and dine me. We tried this spot out which was our first time together and it was nothing short of amazing. We will be back for another date night.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Loved the family friendly environment. Went with mom dad wife and 2 babies. We got a lot of appetizers and main courses and every item was awesome.

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  34. RhondaM

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was amazing, as well as the food. The only negative note was that one of my order was missing the shrimp that was supposed to be include in the fried rice.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice and attractive ambiance. Servers were excellent. Food was absolutely delicious

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  36. Patel

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Thai restaurant in Columbia we are regulars especially on Wednesdays for their wine down Wednesday 😜

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and service! However, the music was a bit too loud. My partner struggled to hear me lol. The playlist was popping though!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an excellent choice for lunch. The food and service were both excellent! I will certainly dine there again!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Serve seemed rushed, but pleasant. We are repeat customers and will be back.

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  40. MayCola

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was outstanding - our drinks and food were delicious.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kao Thai Cuisine using the Order Online button. Kao Thai Cuisine also offers 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 383 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kao Thai Cuisine

1307 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main St. and Lady St.
  • Neighborhood
    Columbia
  • Hours of operation
    Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Thai, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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