An Authentic Thai Restaurant in Dorchester, Dorset

Traditional Thai - Open Tuesday to Sunday

Sit back and relax on ornate, hand-crafted furniture and enjoy the traditional Thai experience. At Kao San Thai Restaurant, we provide a huge range of high-quality food to delight your taste buds. Sourcing items directly from Thailand, we always go the extra mile for our patrons. Choose Thai food and try something new. You’re sure to enjoy it.

Thai food

About Us

Gain an authentic taste of Thailand at our unique Thai restaurant in Dorchester, Dorset. Serving a wide-range of Thai food, we provide the complete Thai dining experience for everyone in the area. Perfect for tourists and locals in the area, our specialist chefs ensure that you enjoy your food. Thai food is often an underappreciated part of Asian culture, as many people think of Indian or Chinese options. It’s never too late to try Thai. With more than 30 years of experience in crafting delicious dishes, you are sure to enjoy your stay. 

Celebratory events such as birthdays are covered by our friendly team. Just give us a call beforehand to let us know. It’s the full Thai dining experience, and the takeaway option increases our flexibility. First and foremost, this is not fast food. This is the same menu and high-quality ingredients; all you have to do is order and pick it up. It’s that simple. On Fridays and Saturdays we recommend ordering takeaway early because we get very busy in the Restaurant from 7 onward.

Time for Lunch

The Restaurant is open for lunch from 12 til 3pm Wednesday to Saturday

Lunch menu

‘Incredible Food’

“Lovely restaurant, incredible food and fantastic staff. Our food was so fresh and tasted incredible. Can't wait to visit again! Thank you!”

– P. Hammonds


‘Very Friendly’

“Staff very friendly and accommodating. Food came quickly and was really lovely. I was able to take my leftovers home too!!! Will be back for sure!!”

– B. Membury


‘We’ll be Back’

“Warm welcome as soon as you walk through the door. We all had starters, mains and desserts which were all good. They even did a little special extra for my mum's birthday. My only, very small complaint is that the chairs are very hard and straight backed which was a tad uncomfortable. Thank you for a lovely evening we'll be back!”

– R. Berry



“Lovely to have a new Thai restaurant in Dorchester. I especially recommend the chuu chi curry and som tam but ask for them extra spicy as they are a bit timid with the chillis for our taste. I wish them all the best and it will be one of regulars now for sure.”

– M. Harper


The Finest Ingredients

Our founder, Mon, comes from Mahasarakham in Thailand, and she ran her own restaurant in Bangkok before moving to London. Our chefs, Mi and Nong, have decades of experience creating delicious food at restaurants in Thailand and England including Sang Thai restaurant in York and Yum Yum, in London. Ken, our front of house manager, has managed restaurants in Thailand and England for many years. We import specific ingredients from Thailand. Coconut milk, spices, and fruit and vegetables are imported from carefully selected suppliers. Our team also source meat, fish, and non-Thai vegetables from local suppliers.

A Rich History

Named after the famous Kao San Road in Bangkok, Kao means rice and Kao San is uncooked rice, so Kao San Road used to be Bangkok's rice market before it became the famous night life street of today. There is no official way to translate Thai script into English, so you can spell it however you like. It could be Kao San, Khao San or even Cow San, as long as it sounds the same! Although ‘gin’ means ‘eat’, it is incomplete in Thai unless you say ‘gin kao’ – meaning ‘eat rice’. A normal Thai greeting includes ‘gin kao lerr’ or ‘have you eaten?’

Contact us, in Dorchester, Dorset, for further information on the delicious Thai food that is available at our Thai Restaurant.