Keo’s Thai Cuisine

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January 14, 2012

Story By: Dining Out Team |

Keo’s Thai Cuisine in Waikiki has been serving Hawaii since 1977, and continues to attract locals and tourists. Keo’s marks its 35th year in business this September.

Owner Keo Sananikone says Keo’s attracts an older crowd because these patrons have followed the restaurant since its beginning. “Sometimes they bring their children and grandchildren,” he says.

  • (from left) Dean Luethi, Ruth Boden and Joan Burbick
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Once the sun goes down, the restaurant gets busy. Keo’s is the perfect place to go after a day adventuring around the island.

Dining Out recently caught up with Dean Luethi, Ruth Boden and Joan Burbick, who are visiting from Pullman, Wash., for a conference. They agree the quality of food and atmosphere at Keo’s is extraordinary. Burbick’s friend, who is a winemaker, recommended the trio try Keo’s during their trip.

The ambiance at Keo’s is divine. The indoor dining area is clean and calm, while the outside area gives guests a more tropical feel. Menus in Japanese and Thai are available upon request.

Dean Luethi: “I ordered the Spicy Lemongrass Soup ($4.50) and Soft Shell Crab Stir Fried with Pepper and Garlic ($19.95). It was good, and there was just enough tart. The mushrooms were good-sized. They also added pineapple, which cut the oil from deep-frying the crab.”

Ruth Boden: “I got the Pad Thai Noodles ($14.95). It’s exactly what I expected it to be, and it was tasty.”

Joan Burbick: “I actually got the Dinner Special Deluxe Set (34.95). The Lemongrass Soup was great, and the Green Papaya Salad was crunchy and tangy. My favorite was the Thai Tapioca dessert. It was the right temperature and consistency.”

Keo’s Thai Cuisine

  • Where
    • 2028 Kuhio Avenue
    • Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Call
    • (808) 951-9355
  • Hours
    • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Open daily
  • Website