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Kin Khao

Kin Khao

Thai Restaurant$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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    Lauren M.
    "Michelin star restaurant with no frills"(10 Tips)
    Cécile
    "Mushroom hor mok and green curry rabbit!! Delicious."(8 Tips)
    Eugene K.
    "The drunken noodles are a must if they're on the menu!"(11 Tips)
    Jon B.
    "... calamari, beans, and rabbit curry!"(5 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterMarch 10, 2014
    Seekers of authentic Thai flavor will like Kin Khao. Expect housemade curry pastes and chili jam and unusual offerings like the saeng-wah salad, a ceviche-like shrimp dish over ground catfish. Read more
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueAugust 30, 2016
    Absolutely deserving of its Michelin 1*. Isaan cuisine with switches for California produce, exceptional flavours all round. The $55/person tasting menu is a steal and demonstrates Chef Pim's finesse.
    Upvoted Apr 10
  • SFGate
    SFGateDecember 4, 2014
    It's a block off the main drag (on the back side of the Parc 55 Hotel), but it serves the best Thai food in the Bay Area. The menu is extensive but be sure to try their warm black rice pudding! Read more
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissDecember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best authentic and ambitious Thai food in SF. It reeks of fish sauce from around the corner in the best way. Standouts: mushroom hor mok (curry terrine) and khao soi (chicken curry noodles).
  • Matthew K.heart icon on user image
    Matthew KamenMarch 26, 2015
    One if the best Thai restaurants I've been to. The Yaowaraj Noodle dish is awesome. And check out the Pretty Hot Wings appetizer.
  • Eunice W.heart icon on user image
    Eunice WJune 2, 2017
    Really authentic Thai flavor, great place in SF downtown. Curry mousse w/mushroom was so tasty, hands down best surprising dish. Green curry rabbit was my second fav 🔥! Oh, and it has 1 Michelin ⭐️
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksFebruary 25, 2016
    Recently given a Michelin star, this joint is not your average Thai restaurant. With some incredible dishes and tongue tingling spices, you won't look at Thai food the same again. Read more
  • Guillaume R.heart icon on user image
    Guillaume R.October 2, 2015
    A little difficult to find as the entrance is on the South-East corner of Mason and Ellis. Extremely flavorful and delicious, lots of great beers and bold flavors. The Namprik Long Rua is to die for.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 29, 2016
    These wings are large and in charge, and coated with Kin Khao's tangy, spicy sauce. This dish is awash in tamarind, fish sauce and other Thai ingredients, and comes with a hot towel to clean up after. Read more
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WinstonFebruary 24, 2015
    There's lots of bold, authentic Thai flavors to find at Kin Khao. Don't miss the Mushroom Hor Mak Terrine, Pretty Hot Wings, Brussels Sprouts, Pork Belly, or Curry. Read more on WinstonWanders below! Read more
  • Jon B.heart icon on user image
    Jon B.March 6, 2018
    Total gem of a restaurant tucked away in the Parc 55 hotel. Awesome Thai food that does not shy away from the spice. I especially loved the pork belly, calamari, beans, and rabbit curry!
  • Jeanne L.
    Jeanne LaddApril 30, 2016
    The roasted eggplant appetizer is delicious and don't miss out on the panang veggie curry. The menu is marked for vege dishes and it means true vegetarian, no fish sauce on those dishes 😋
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 21, 2014
    Look for the Hua Hin Beach (dark rum, coconut cream, stout, lime, kaffir lime, salt) and the Kafe Mao, which complements the more spicy dishes with mezcal, cassis, coffee and cream. Read more
  • Steven H.heart icon on user image
    Steven HFebruary 14, 2017
    Excellent non-traditional Thai meal with quality ingredients slightly let down by the little things, which add up: Like the $5 Thai iced tea being a glass of ice with a gulp of liquid
  • Emily L.heart icon on user image
    Emily LMarch 23, 2018
    That pork belly... best I’ve ever had. Everything was delicious, definitely worth the Michelin star they have. Friendly service, good portions and an inventive take on Thai food.
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris H.December 2, 2017
    This place has a Michelin Star yet it's comfy and casual. Memorable dishes include the green rabbit curry and the chicken wings. Definitely get the chicken wings.
  • Adam R.heart icon on user image
    Adam RedstoneMay 23, 2018
    Amazing everything! Got vegan salad and drunken noodles. Rice pudding dessert pretty good too - not too sweet for a decadent ending. Sat at the counter and service was top notch. Thanks Kin Khao!
  • Matt M.heart icon on user image
    Matt MayoJuly 10, 2017
    The port belly is served in an iron pot with a pig on the handle. The good at this spot is eautiful, spicy, and not to miss if you love Thai food!
  • Vicki C.heart icon on user image
    Vicki ChauvinJuly 24, 2015
    Nam tuk beans are delicious, pad kee Mao with pork-a seasonal dish was so good and yum Kai dos with duck and egg was outstanding. Didn't have room for the black rice pudding. Great quick service
  • Jessica W.heart icon on user image
    Jessica WickhamFebruary 24, 2017
    With no fuss or needless frills, it makes incredibly delicious and authentic Thai food. Listen to the staff, they know their stuff & make great recommendations. Be brave & try the Namprik Long Rua.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 21, 2017
    Owner Pim Techamuanvivit goes the authentic route, but if you don’t like spicy, be forewarned. The papaya salad and pretty hot wings are go-tos…and an order of sticky rice. Read more
  • Joshua C.heart icon on user image
    Joshua ChanOctober 18, 2015
    Looking for an upscale Thai fusion restaurant with booze? Look no further. Wide selection of wine, beer, and cocktail to go with their wings, ribs, and pork belly. Try the fish if you're more than 2!
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzFebruary 6, 2017
    Intense flavors. Authentic, spicy, oily, delicious, not "Americanized" & not customizable. Service wasn't outstanding, had to try to get attention, but overall interesting experience, worth trying🔥.
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 13, 2015
    This Thai spot takes it's curries seriously. The green curry rabbit has the food world in a tizzy. Come for lunch since it seems they've axed their late night hours. Read more
  • Eugene K.heart icon on user image
    Eugene KimJuly 9, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite restaurants in sf. Equally good for eating around at the bar, or going family style with a big group. The drunken noodles are a must if they're on the menu!
  • Diana R.
    Diana RestrepoMarch 30, 2016
    The lunch special is awesome here. You get to try a little bit of everything. Ribs and curry with rabbit meatballs are both exquisite.
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacNovember 4, 2015
    Michelin star restaurant with no frills -- for the beans and squid dishes, you must love spicy food! Don't skip the rice throughout the meal. Black cod curry was my favorite.
  • J Crowleyheart icon on user image
    J CrowleyJuly 27, 2016
    Pad Kee Mao was hyped as their best dish. But IMHO it was more heat than flavor. It's good, but nothing to wake your dead grandma about.
  • Jong Hwan K.
    Jong Hwan KimAugust 2, 2018
    Gotta reserve ahead to skip the wait here!!! This place offers real good cocktails and good curry, of course.
  • Avneesh K.heart icon on user image
    Avneesh KohliOctober 23, 2018
    Truly excellent Thai food. Try the mushroom hor mok starter and the butternut squash panang curry!
  • Garry T.heart icon on user image
    Garry TanJanuary 6, 2019
    The curries are always good. Noodles are also worth it. Beware the spice. They do it up there.
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    NanaSeptember 3, 2016
    Omg what a delicious find! Thanks Michelin! Pretty hot wings YAS! Som Tam was as good as what you get in Thailand(yes I've been 🙄) curry noodle soup 😋🌶 get it! Overall 👌🏻food
  • ᴡ S.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ SocaDecember 3, 2015
    Great green Papaya salad - beware spice-a-phobes, it's pretty hot 🌶🌶 Pork belly to die for, don't forget the sticky rice!
  • jonathan g.
    jonathan gettingerMay 28, 2014
    Yum Yai salad boasts an array raw, cooked, and tempura-fried vegetables laced with an umami-heavy, sweet-sour-salty dressing made with fish sauce and Pim's grandmother's chili jam.
  • Nico P.
    Nico PitneyAugust 21, 2014
    Special, complex flavors in every dish. Loved the duck egg salad and the veggie stir-fried noodles. Squid dish was so unique -- very strong citrus paired with very strong spice. Julep cocktail was ok
  • Rania
    RaniaFebruary 6, 2020
    Interesting modern twist on Thai. Loved everything we had. Discreet location, unless you’re looking for it you won’t find it.
  • Ginger S.heart icon on user image
    Ginger SmithOctober 20, 2018
    Our table did the sampling menu and everything was amazing, but the highlights were definitely the pork belly and... The green beans!? No, really, they were delightful.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    Don't overlook the selection of unparalleled curries — all cooked from spice pastes that are made fresh daily in house. Read more
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITMay 27, 2015
    We love the Pinto Market Lunch Combo! But don't miss the Mushroom Terrine, Wings, or the Papaya Salad!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneOctober 18, 2018
    Nam tok beans $14, spicy grilled squid $20 and sour mussel curry $33, with sticky rice $4. Thai tea soft serve with tapioca and almonds $11.
  • Hannah G.heart icon on user image
    Hannah GMApril 5, 2016
    The massaman and green curries, and the Yaowarat noodles, are excellent. Be sure not to miss the great drinks or the spicy squid appetizer!
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    themanwiththeluggageJanuary 17, 2018
    Michelin-starred dining in a casual setting. Outstanding Thai food and very good service. Excellent quality for money. Worth a visit!
  • Chad B.heart icon on user image
    Chad BApril 17, 2017
    From the top left: Massaman Nuea, Carmelized pork belly, white rice in pot and Yaowaraj Noodles. Yummy!!
  • Chris E.
    Chris EdwardsAugust 7, 2014
    Refreshingly modern take on Thai fare. The dry ribs, rabbit green curry and crab noodles were outstanding. Don't go expecting a massive plate of Pad Thai though—it isn't that sort of place.
  • Scott C.heart icon on user image
    Scott CallensNovember 15, 2018
    Friends & Family menu was delicious. We loved the pork belly, fruit salad, bean and rice lettuce wraps and rabbit
  • Varadh J.heart icon on user image
    Varadh JainAugust 21, 2017
    Recommend the Pad Kee Mao along with the Beans for vegetarians 🌱
  • Julian M.heart icon on user image
    Julian ModestoMay 26, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    It's got a Michelin star for a reason. Get the pork belly, any noodle or actually anything. Also, the bartenders know what they're doing
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LeeMay 3, 2018
    Everything here is very authentic and delicious. My favorites are the Nam Tok Beans, Caramelized Pork Belly and the Mushroom Hor Mok Terreine!
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    BommySeptember 18, 2014
    Mushroom hor mok and sai ua (grilled thai pork sausage) lettuce wraps are on point. Skip chicken fat rice and black rice pudding dessert; nothing special.
  • Tim M.heart icon on user image
    Tim MacalinoNovember 27, 2017
    A HYPNOTIC dinner!Massaman Nuea( braised beef cheeks in massaman curry, coconut milk, burnt shallots, potatoes).
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