Child Policy

Personal Email from a patron:

"I have just recently come across your restaurant and was very excited to have my first fine dining experience. When I called to make the reservation the lady that answered the phone was well spoken and very informative. When we arrived we were greeted with the same hospitality by our host who sat us at our table. 


To my surprise we were seated by a family of 4, two parents and two children under the age of 2 with one being in a car seat.  As our dinner progressed so did the movement of the older child and the parents walking around to quiet and entertain both children.  

Unfortunately, this ruined what I was expecting of this establishment. I spent a considerable amount of money for a fine dinning experience and walked away feeling extremely underwhelmed. However, I would like to say the food met my expectations but was overshadowed by the distractions of the patrons seated next to us."

Because of poor reviews and insight offered by our patrons over the past months, we have carefully considered our options. Bodhi Thai dining loves the opportunity to cater to the whole family. We would like to suggest to our younger patrons enjoy our daytime experience. The fine dining evening experience has been well received by our guests.

Bodhi Thai Dining has now established a policy effective June 15, 2018, to restrict dining for children under the age of 6 years.  The following question will help you understand our position and why we have chosen to do so.

Is it acceptable to bring young children or infants to

a fine dining restaurant?


It is not fair to the other diners - Diners go to a restaurant like Bodhi for a specific type of dining experience. They expect an adult atmosphere - quiet, refined, sophisticated, and genteel. Many people at such an establishment will have planned, worked, and saved for this evening, and some will have been there to celebrate a special milestone in their lives.  

It is not fair to the restaurateurs - the chefs, cooks, wait staff, etc. They work very hard, and they deserve to have their skill and creativity presented in the environs for which they were conceived - not ruined by the wails, screams, commotions of children being true to their own nature.

It is unfair to the children - It is natural for very young children to want to explore, to seek others' attention, to make noise, to be active. Taking them to an environment where the opposite is expected is unreasonable. Children who cannot - or are unwilling to - sit quietly through a meal should not be present in a fine-dining restaurant which makes it unfair to virtually everyone involved.


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 explicitly prohibits restaurants from refusing service to patrons on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin. There a number of legitimate reasons for a restaurant to refuse service, some of which include:

  • Patrons who are unreasonably rowdy, distracting other patrons dining experience,  or causing trouble
  • Patrons that may overfill capacity if let in
  • Patrons who come in just before closing time or when the kitchen is closed
  • Patrons accompanied by large groups of non-customers looking to sit in
  • In most cases, refusal of service is warranted where a customer’s presence in the restaurant detracts from the safety, welfare, and well-being of other patrons and the restaurant itself.

It is our desire that this policy will be a guideline for our patrons and those who would inquire about bringing young children or infants to dinner. We understand that patrons may have special circumstances and we are available to discuss these options with those who are passing through the area due to travel or need special provisions for whatever reason. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.


Thank you for your understanding,


Executive Management Team


Parking available on Main Street or access our parking from Butler Street behind the facility.


126 E. Main St.

Lexington,  SC 29072


Tel: 803-957-1994

Fax: 803-359-9625






Hours of Operation:


Tuesday - Saturday


11:30am - 2:30pm

Tuesday  -  Wednesday


5:00pm - 9:00pm


Thursday - Saturday


5:00pm  -  10:00pm


Closed Sunday & Monday



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