March 2019 by M Z
Good Thai food at a great price. Only Thai place in San Francisco that two people can eat for under $25. Also, they stay open late in a part of the city that closes early. I love the red curry and pad see ew.
March 2019 by John Sanchez
first time having Thai noodles...glad I came here. the meat was super tender and with a little bit of hot sauce the soup really came to life. definitely coming back
March 2019 by Hayden Shieh
Quick and delicious Thai food in the city. Don't let the looks of the storefront decieve you because the food is terrific
March 2019 by Forrest Spellman
Great Thai food, might be a bit harder for english only to navigate. The staff is friendly and helpful should you need it
March 2019 by Joseph Wang
Food is okay. Small restaurant. Hard to find parking.
March 2019 by Anh N.
I usually love king of thai, I always got the pad see ew and I never have any problems. Late last night, I decided to get green curry with the chicken instead and I got food poisoning. No bueno. Really disappointed, I don't think I'll never come to this place for curry....just stick with the stir fried noodle dishes.
March 2019 by Victoria T.
Man, I never thought I would give this place 2 stars. Before today, I would've given a 4 or 5. I've been coming here since my high school days!! (If u must know how old I am now..it's been at least a decade since I've been frequenting this place! :p) A lot of memories & a lot of good eats. This place has really changed *sad face*. Food is not always 100% consistent, but still decent. Also, they've raised their prices like crazy. Aside from all that, I've always had a good experience here...up UNTIL TODAY, 3/11. I stopped in just before 10pm and the waitress told me, "TO-GO ONLY." (Okay, np) I then proceeded to order and pay. As I waited, I asked one of the kitchen staff what time they usually close (I know they usually stay open later than this time) the staff guy said, "Usually 11pm, but we are slow today." I thought it was semi-shady to close before what you state your business hours to be, but I was just happy to have gotten my order in. Then I was sHoOk. I asked for those pre-packaged condiments and the waitress said rudely "YOU CAN GRAB IT YOURSELF!" Really? Thaaa nerve. Maybe she knew she was rude bc she did lower her voice and then attempted to sound calm and said "Just take it, whatever u like." Still smh tho. This is not my first encounter with her here, mind you. I've noticed her attitude before. I do give ppl the benefit of the doubt, however that ends today for her. I kept my cool bc u don't want to see me mad. Oh no, u dont :p I left with that not sitting well with me. This place really used to kill it. I still like the food and there's another waitress that's super kind to me. But you may want to save yourself the heartache and go to Thai Time or Marnee Thai. Oh, she forgot to garnish the cilantro for my soup!!! -_-
February 2019 by Vivienne K.
The street side modest and at the same time, ironically, gaudy exterior defined by yellow characters in purple with telephone number and Thai splashed obtrusively across the storefront may have you questioning the restaurant. What's going on? Add to the confusion the fact that there is a King's Thai Cuisine 1 and King's Thai Cuisine 2 on the same street within blocks of each other on Clement Street - and moreover, the fact that there are various other variants of King's Thai cuisines across the city and you may find yourself thinking: (1) there are so many - this must be good, right? And the more important follow up - (2) which one is the best one? The answer to (1) is invariably "it depends" and in my humble opinion, this is the best location for your Thai soup noodle fix, minus one issue for those that live in this day and age: CASH ONLY. In the era of Apple Pay, Square devices, and pending hyperloop, pull open the glass door which clear enclosure is lined with the menu page spread, and be greeted by a host who will remind you "we are cash only." Next, after you enter the long passageway with the open kitchen filled with pans and spices on the left side, you will arrive at the seating area and witness the right wall lined with various food of the year awards. The menu is in itself quite the expansive mechanism with 7 pages chock-full of food items to choose from. My favorite page is #2 - under the heading "soup noodles" - each bowl delicious in its own right. The top picks? (1) #4 Guay Tiew Ruer Ruam (beef base spicy noodle dish) - get the flat rice noodle! (2) #5 Guay Tiew Moo Look Chin Pla (pork, fishcake and chicken base noodle dish) - get the vermicelli! (3) Chef's Special A Golden Pumpkin (a delicious coconut base red curry with vegetables, basil and pumpkin) I recommend venturing here on a cold day when you are craving hot soup broth - it is certainly refreshing as compared to ramen, udon and other soup noodle options as you can use the sauce and condiment tray located on each table to adjust the sour, salty and spiciness levels - that extra oomph. King's Thai Cuisine 1, you certainly live up to the number 1 that so proudly defines your name. You may not be a brand of luxury, but your meals are no less fit for a King by SF standards.
January 2019 by Jun J.
A small "hole in the wall" restaurant that has simple but good tasting and large serving portions for a great price. Though the entrance is small and seating arrangement is crowded, The service is fast when seated. Recommendation: -Guay Tiew Yen Ta Fo Soup (very generous with seafood and the soup was flavorful and not too oily)
January 2019 by Greg West
I love the soup. Number 1 is awesome.
January 2019 by Ivy C.
Whenever the whole family takes a trip down to San Francisco, visiting this place is a must! Although there is a second location right across the street, we always come back to the original location :) We always order the pad thaiw and beef noodle (#4) and occasionally, the green curry with rice! I highly recommend getting those 3 dishes first since the flavors of each dish is strong itself. But today, we got something different. We ordered a papaya salad, satay, pad see ew (chicken) and shrimp pad Thai. The first thing that came out was the papaya salad. It was absolutely refreshing and crunchy to the taste. Tangy but not overpowering! The Satay contains chicken with some sweet red onion and cucumbers. I don't know what sauce they put it in but it's a nice sweet palette cleanser. I did not have any of the pad thai cause my father ordered it, but he always says that it tastes better than before when he visits :) The pad see ew that I ordered was perfect. Savory sweet soy sauce that the noodles soak up is absolutely divine. And the perfectly crunchy Chinese broccoli makes everything better. There is a reason why this is one of my family's go-to restaurant whenever we come to San Francisco. They deserve all the awards that they've won !
January 2019 by Phil B.
NO SUCK place to eat! They DO offer folk and chop stick when I order out. Order DON'T get mix up! Manager COME BACK from 24/7 vacation and don't care big complain. So HAPPY to eat here San Francisco. Will come back MANY time.
January 2019 by Kevin A.
Suck place to eat ! No folk or chop sticks if you order out. Order always got mix up! Managers always on vacation 24/7 if you have a big complaint on there customer service. So sad to eat here in San Francisco
January 2019 by Bellebiez P.
I always love the food here. Very tasty, authentic, and got reasonable price! But my family has been going to the Kings Thai cuisine 2 since it's a bigger place but that location failed miserably (foods are bland and service sucks as servers do NOT know how to smile) so we came back to this location. Still impressive as it has always been. Service is great and everyone smiles and Is so energetic. I will stick with this location and will never go back to the other location!
January 2019 by Sharon W.
Sorry, this is not a glowing review, but hopefully it can save some of y'all from heartache. Actually, from stomach ache! I picked up a vegetarian pad thai for dinner and it was not good - there was a chemically bitterness to it, as if the oil they used had gone rancid? Some of my vegetables were sour/starting to ferment. And, there was a burnt/smokey taste throughout, though mostly on the eggs. My stomach's been queasy ever since...
December 2018 by Shelby B.
Ordered delivery from here and it was amazing. Big portions, came quickly, and cured my hangover. I still had leftovers for another meal, too. Highly recommend the pad kee mow, I got it with tofu.
December 2018 by Christopher B.
Came here and they we're closing two hours before the posted time! They just told my group to leave and go next door which was closed as well! I guess this is one reason why they have such low ratings. Call before hand and maybe keep it as a last option when it comes to late night dinning in the city
December 2018 by Mai N.
Love this place! Very friendly environment and the food is bomb. It's addicting! I love their Tom Kha Gai soup. The broth has coconut and is very light and healthy. I also love their Pad Kee-Mao noodles. The noodles are flavorful and spicy. So good, I don't want to share!
December 2018 by Jennifer C.
Delicious no frills Thai food! This King of Thai is the original location and definitely tastes the best out of all the King of Thai restaurants. My go-to is their Pad Kee Mao with beef which is full of thai basil that I love that many other Thai places I've been to seem to lack. The beef they use is ground beef which I like more than bigger slices of beef because you get some in every bite and the adds texture to the noodles. It has a nice medium spiciness from the chilies to it and is so savory and delicious. My boyfriend usually gets their fried chicken over fried rice, which is huge portion for a decent price. The chicken is white meat but isn't dry and is served with a side of sweet chili sauce with a heaping bed of fried rice filled with tomatoes, onion, and scrambled eggs. They're cash only so remember to bring cash!
December 2018 by Wayne W.
First time here and the food is amazing. Parking was easy and the service was great. They have 2 TVs and lots of take out orders. I have to admit that I am impressed with this place.
November 2018 by Jim Chen
Great Thai food, only down side is that this place only take cash payment.
October 2018 by John Tieu
Great spot for comfort thai food. Fries chicken fried rice is the best!
October 2018 by Joe S.
Possibly the best Thai food in SF. Small hole in the wall place, CASH ONLY. Authentic Thai. Amazing Pad Thai, and everything else is 5 Star food. No lunch menu, and not necessarily cheap. However, huge portions and top quality fresh everything. Anybody who gives this place less than 4 Stars doesnt know what they are talking about. A top destination for great food; a hidden gem.
October 2018 by Erast B.
I became addicted to King Thai on Clement about 6 years ago, back when they only took cash as payment. My favorite dish in this place is duck over rice with spicy soy sauce, the place makes duck in a fabulous way, plain, delicious, minimalistic, just the way I love it. This place is not perfect but very consistent, it will be delicious every time, if you are ordering a delivery - make sure you specify every detail about your order the way you like it or somewhere, something will be misplaced. My new addiction - fresh spring rolls! Try them but be careful as it's an addiction that's hard to shake off ))
September 2018 by Food Shutterbug
Good, cheap Thai food with MSG free selections.
When I’m visiting SF for extended stays or need a quick, filling meal after 9p, eating at King’s Thai Cuisine #1 helps me stay within my travel budget.
I try to eat MSG free as much as possible and was very pleasantly surprised that their pumpkin curry doesn't use any MSG (most places use MSG). Other dishes w/o MSG that I order regularly are the Pad Thai, Pad See Lew and the chicken noodle soup which is item #6 on the menu as Guay Tiew Gai. Ask for less noodles and more bean sprouts if you're trying to cut back on carbs and they'll do it without complaint.
September 2018 by Clifford W.
Ate lunch here weekday. Street meter parking $2.25 /hour. Pad Kee Mao and Beef noodle soup. Tastes authentic. Decor in Thai and picture of old king /queen. Food tasty but maybe less sugar seasoning for me
August 2018 by Emily C.
King's Thai Cuisine #1 will always have a special place in my heart since it was one of the first Thai restaurants I've eaten at. I was born around the area and my parents would take me here whenever they had a craving for Thai food. The reason why my rating isn't a 5 is because the pad Thai here doesn't taste as good as I remembered it to be many years ago. I came here with my father and younger sister after they picked me up from the airport. We ordered a couple of #4s, a kind of beef noodles soup, and a tofu and veggie pad Thai. The noodle soups taste pretty much the same as I remember-- beefy, rich and slightly spicy. However, the pad Thai just was a bit bland. I remember liking the green curry, so maybe I'll opt for that the next time I visit!
July 2018 by Merrick W.
People are getting the other location of this restaurant on Clement, which is called King's Thai Noodles #2, confused with this place, which is KTN #1. This is the smaller, simpler location closer to 8th St. that has the purple storefront and, although VERY basic interior (e.g., fluorescent lighting), has WAY WAY better food, better prices and much nicer servers than the other, fancier location -- which is down the street near 4th St and has terrible food and service (see my review there and other reviews). If you don't mind the casual interior you will have a much better eating experience at King's Thai Noodles #1. It's hard to believe the two restaurants are related, they are world's apart in quality. Unfortunately, #1's overall rating is much lower than it should be because people are getting the two confused and giving low stars to this one when it should be for location #2. Double-check you got the right location when leaving a review!
November 2017 by Lucy Z.
Your standard, typical, hole-in-the-wall Thai place. Definitely more take-out/delivery than sit-down restaurant. The prices are on the cheaper side but that means the portions are on the smaller side as well. - Duck Noodle Soup: slices of roast duck on your choice of noodles. I went with the thin rice noodles and it was a good combination. Definitely on the saltier/soy sauce-heavy side but I just wanted the duck so it worked out. It supposedly came with vegetables...... but that was questionable. - Green Curry: boy says it was solid! - Thai ice tea: always on the sweeter side, but what else would you expect. Good if in a pinch (and for those late night hours) but definitely would not be anyone's first choice lol
November 2017 by Vi Tran
Get the duck red curry!