Obao

4.3
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2325 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai

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Pre/post Theatre
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OBAO bridges the gap from the street of Southeast Asia to the streets of NYC, bringing you combinations of various Thai and Vietnamese comfort foods with a twist. OBAO takes traditional dishes from Thailand and Vietnam like Pad Thai and Pho Noodles and adds a touch of luxury and elegance without ever compromising on authenticity. At OBAO, you will taste the highest quality ingredients while experiencing comfort through food you never thought was possible.

With the success of our Flagship restaurant in midtown and Water Street location, OBAO is proud to unveil its Hell's Kitchen location located on 9th avenue between 45th&46th.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.2
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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B
Denver
113 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

good place--very hectic at night, quiet at lunch time. Great selection of dishes-veggie, noodles, fish, meat. Variable spice levels--everything is very tasty.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Crab fried rice was amazing and so was the pad Thai

D
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good food, good service. Nice drinks. Happy family

n
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food.. great service .. would highly recommend.

PA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a bunch of small plates pre theater and all were very good. Happy hour prices on drinks throughout restaurant which was very nice. Mushroom dumplings, Chinese broccoli, calamari, and sautéed bean sprouts all delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great - had the lunch special

l
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food. Fun place. Liked it so much I went 2 nights in a row.

JR
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful food and service. I will be coming back for sure.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

More than I expected. Very tasty food.

p
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our group loved the food. Thai and Vietnamese fusion well executed.

b
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

We dined there before seeing Moulin rouge at the hershfeld theater. We were seated and the server came
up to us quickly and got us drinks. We had checked the menu out online and couldn't wait to try the dumplings, pork belly and ribs. Unfortunately the server began by telling us they were out of all of those apps. We were crushed. We settled for fried spring rolls and kimchee fries which were good. We ordered the grilled lemongrass short ribs for dinner. What came out was a plate of sliced beef with sautéed onions and some sliced carrots. looked much different than the menu showed. The server was very nice but said they didn't order enough food for the weekend and they ran out. We may try it again but we were there at 5: 30pm not 11pm

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cool vibe, great music and nice food!

AS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Phad thai lobster ok only

RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

-The atmosphere at Obao is exceptional with a lot of fun lighting.
-Can't go wrong with the Pad Kee Mao.
-They were out of several of the apps we wanted to try - the Pork Belly being the main one.

DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it and my partner loved it as well. Great date spot that demonstrated that I was intentional with both ambiance and taste. Drinks were amazing "Fig-I-Tini" was the best I have ever had! This place is a must

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for Valentine’s Day and it was amazing! Service was so quick and the food was delicious!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very Good !!!!!!!!!!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I made a reservation for two for me and my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. The restaurant was fully booked but I managed to get the last spot on OpenTable for 4:30PM, which is a bit early for dinner, but it was okay, and with the holiday and restaurant’s midtown location, traffic was ridiculous so despite leaving on time, we didn’t get there till about 5:15. I wasn’t confident that they’d let us in but I called maybe 15min before we arrived and after mentioning we did make an official reservation, the man over the phone said we could still come and when we got there, the host immediately gave us a table in the quieter space upstairs (after I showed proof of the reservation). I have zero complaints about the food, drinks, or service. Our food was great, I enjoyed the two drinks I ordered, we constantly got refills on water, and the servers made sure to keep checking in that everything was going well. The space between tables was a bit small so we were sitting very close to other guests but simultaneously it was still pretty quiet and intimate, and I didn’t feel like they were invading in my space our overbearing my conversation, nor vice versa. The interior design was beautiful and made the vibe feel extra special, but I also wasn’t completely blown away with amazement by anything. I can’t recall if there was a dessert menu, and if there was I don’t think we got one, but I would definitely come back again and try something else on the menu.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

Asked to have a dish modified due to a dietary restriction and the server refused

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good quick service. Food was delicious. We had the calamari app and the papaya salad with the Claypot Catfish They have happy hour 3-6pm.

S
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you like Thai food, you will like Obao. Great food, good service, reasonable prices. A step above other 9th avenue Thai restaurants.

t
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Delicious food, but English language impediments completely messed up properly crediting our Open Table reservation. it required subsequent correction after the restaurant canceled the reservation after we dined there. The food quality makes up for the annoyances.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was great. There were four of us, and we started with the calamari, but it was a small serving and so only 1.5 pieces each. Otherwise, it was a great meal.

h
Wales
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, great atmosphere. Attentive staff. Slight wait but worth it! Would recommend to all. Pho Bo was amazing!!

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Dated and touristy. Crowded and tight but felt larger because of mirrors. Felt like an old nightclub and played the most awful 2000's house music. Food was generic take-out quality thai food.

NY
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good food, good drinks, large selection of food options, noisy

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very good...they were out of a few menu items, however the veggie dumplings and kimchee fries were fabulous. I would definitely recommend and plan to return with friends!

JL
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

Overall it felt from the minute we arrived that they wanted us to eat fast and play the bill so they can have new customers and do the exact same thing again. The food was good but didnt save the overall feeling.

F
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Great restaurant, unfortunately it took a long time to receive our drink order. The place was packed.

HH
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

We got seated right away in the upstairs area. Our servers were two people training. We waited 15 minutes for water while the other guest sat after us were greeted with water immediately. The servers would come over to take our order but than start a side conversation and walk away, it was very odd. One of our entrees came out before our cocktails, our side of veggies came out after we finished our entrees and also came out wrong. Absolutely a horrible experience.

VT
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

always reliably good...I come here almost every time I'm in NY.

OT
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible. I had the catfish that was prepared perfectly and tasted divine! My daughter wanted lobster and lobster she got! She said it was the best lobster she’s ever eaten! We definitely will be back when we are in NYC!

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We really enjoyed our cocktails and appetizers. Server was quite good too - gave us good advice.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good experience and had several vegetarian options which I loved! Scene was great, very up-beat and the food was delicious! Would for sure go again

AR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Most of my friends are 40+ and the energy here is decidedly younger. Nothing wrong with that--but noise is an issue for some of us. Also, the service pace is designed to turn tables on a dime, so my partner was asked multiple times --sometimes literally twice in a minute--if his plate could be cleared (no--he was still eating). I ordered a glass of wine that I was charged for, yet it never arrived (Obao took care of the charge immediately). Overall the experience felt rushed and impersonal. Food was good, but if you want to relax , talk, and enjoy a meal, it may not be a good fit.

KA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Mostly good.
Soup wasn’t hot enough and then it took a while to cone back.
Other than that food delicious plentiful and reasonably priced.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious, but I felt a little rushed once the woman with the tablet kept coming by and seeing how far along we were and then talking over her headpiece. That’s my only negative comment. We will definitely be back.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pre-theatre option. Lovely atmosphere with unique drinks and generous portions of wonderfully prepared Thai and Vietnamese dishes. We will be back.

SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently great food and great service. Love the decor/atmosphere.

AG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Can vouch that the Pad See Iew was the only good part of the entire evening. Service was horrendous. Servers would disappear for long periods. The noise level was so high, we had to practically yell across the table. There was zero hospitality. The short ribs were barely passable. Shrimp rolls were just... eh. Not a great value for the quality of the food and the service. Rather just stick with my local authentic Vietnamese and Thai restaurants than this failed experiment of fancy fusion.