October 2019 by Tom P.
Come here for the food, not the ambience. If you can hang in there with semi-clean tables, the tight dining area in the back, and radio on the wall and the phone ringing off the hook - then you're in for a real food treat. Otherwise try carry out, its really good Start off with the Som Tum salad. A perfect blend of crispy and cool fruit with a tantalizing spicy sauce topped with fresh ground peanuts. Its the perfect way to sample and enjoy the delicious hot and fresh sauces provided in clean table serving bowls. One of the go-to must have dishes here is the Gai Pad Med Ma-Muang, which is off the charts. Tender pillows of chicken fried to crispy perfection, served with expertly cooked carrots, onions and peppers in a delightful spicy chili sauce that's not too overtly hot - along with a large mound of white rice. The only downside is that the serving is very modest overall, and will leave you wanting more.
October 2019 by Lauren C.
When I first moved to SF years ago and lived in the outer sunset, this was my go to Thai spot. Parking can be difficult as it is on clement street, but it's definitely worth the trouble! While I've moved since then to somewhere closer to downtown, I still find myself making the trek over here for their food! My go-to's are their beef noodle soup (amazing, especially if you're hungover), pad see ew w/ extra mushrooms, pad Thai, and pad gra pao w/ an egg (the way they cook their egg is insane - lots of oil, over easy, and extra crispy!!). I believe they are still cash only, but there are a few atm's nearby. They also have a delivery option which is convenient, but I highly suggest eating in, as the few times I've gotten delivery it hasn't been quite the same. Plus, they have an extensive spice cart at each table which really enhances the food that you can't get with delivery!
August 2019 by Zen M.
I recently discovered this via ubereats or some delivery service app and I have had good experiences each time! Food is good, pretty spicy even for a mild if you're not into spice. I always get the veggie pad thai with flat noodles and haven't gone wrong with that! Would definitely recommend for a night in - somehow it always comes hot!
August 2019 by Colin Putney
Excellent food some of the best thai I have ever had. The thomka soup was definitely a large portion and loaded with chicken and vegetables. They are open late til 11. The only reason I gave it 4 starts was for cleanliness in the dining room. They could use a good cleaning.
August 2019 by Joanna Kane-Potaka
Delicious. Very good value. Friendly service. Would definitely go again.
August 2019 by Sarah Al-Kassab
Cash only. Most authentic broths! Try the beef stew and the roastd duck noodle soups!
July 2019 by Theo L.
Great food! Ordered through Grub Hub and it came fast and hot. It was a delicious meal! Got the pad thai (chicken), pad see law (chicken), and the duck red curry. Everything was pretty amazing! Definitely gonna order it again!
July 2019 by Richard Ikeda
Great food at cheap prices!
July 2019 by Stella Lamar
Quality food, more complex flavors in their pad Thai than I have found elsewhere. Curry portions were generous and filled with good veggies. Delicious hot Thai tea for 1$ and really good hot sauces. Would totally stop back in.
June 2019 by Star Wilkinson
One of the oldest and best!
June 2019 by Luba M.
Don't expect warm and friendly service when you're here. But expect really good food and generous portions at reasonable prices, all served with efficiency from great staff. The place is always clean and comfortable. And aside from the one time I got food poisoning from the pumpkin curry, every meal I've ever had there has been awesome. And I would say I've been there at least 75 times over the years. Also open late and that's a huge bonus. Only reason it gets four stars instead of five is because of that one food poisoning incident.
May 2019 by Ellie415
Attractive decor features dark panelling and nice accents. Stick with the classics, such as the Pad Thai and curries. The special was over-priced and bland (grilled honey pork). Would like to come back and try the soups.
May 2019 by Erast B.
I have been ordering via Uber eats from this restaurant for over 2 years, and every time the food from there shows up at my doorstep - no tensils, called them a number of times - sorry, we can't do anything. Seriously, I order food to go, please put tensils inside, bio degradable tensils are 2 cents if you buy in bulk, this isn't that hard guys.
April 2019 by Kaman C.
Ordered Grubhub from here for the pad see ew with added chicken and the 5 piece chicken satay. Everything was super tasteless and BLAND. The noodles had no taste! Super bland! Nothing had flavor and I had to drown my chicken in sauce to get some sort of taste. Probably one of the worst Thai food I have ever eaten. Chicken satay was super underwhelming as well. Looked like the chicken thin slices used in my pad see ew just grilled lightly on the grill and they called it the satay...lol. Will not be reordering or dining at the restaurant.
March 2019 by April Z.
I cannot believe I never write a review for this place considering I've ordered from this place on Uber eats AT LEAST 30 times now. Food here is SO GOOD and cheap. My boyfriend and I also love coming here to eat because the people are so friendly and the food is better fresh. My boyfriend grew up in Thailand and he thinks this place has the most authentic Thai food in all of the Bay Area. My favorites are the duck fried rice, pad see ew, and the fish cake and larb appetizers. But I don't think I've had a single bad dish here! I probably could eat here at least once a week for the rest of my life because it's truly THAT good. Cash only tho!
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...