Basil Canteen @ 11th Street
Basil Canteen @ 11th Street

Basil Canteen @ 11th Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.basilcanteen.com/
  • Phone: 415-552-3963
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Asian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Todd Sirimongkolvit
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Basil Canteen can accommodate a private party up to 30-40 guests at our mezzanine area or up to 80 guests for a complete buy-out. We offer customized family style as well as hors d’oeurves menu for large groups. Cocktail party is available at the main bar area with communal table that seats up to 20 guests. Please also check out our 'happy menu' that we offer from 5:00 to 7:00 weeknights.
  • Private Party Contact: Arun Jirakorn 415-552-3963
  • Entertainment: Ambient Music and guest DJ on occasion

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Street
  • Public Transit: Muni Bus line 12 stop in front of the restaurant, Muni trains, get off at Market station walk down 11 street 4 blocks to Folsom St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Relatively easy to find parking around here. From 9:00AM-6:00pm, There is one hour parking zone on Folsom from 11th street going east (toward 10th), 2 hours parking from 11th street going west (toward 12th sty.)
A word from Basil Canteen @ 11th Street
Experience the flavors of Bangkok and the atmosphere of the old landmark 'Jackson Brewery' in SOMA at Basil Canteen. Enjoy the wide range of Thai snacks, noodles, rice dishes, and house cocktails at our long communal table or at our sleek and cozy mezzanine. Through this taste, sight, and sound, one night in Bangkok has never been this close.
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Basil Canteen @ 11th Street reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (11)great for lunch (7)romantic (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • diner99VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A quite pleasant, reasonably priced Thai restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm and friendly
    BettyBoop
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We sought the opinion of a SF foodie and were told to book at Basil Canteen@11th Street. We were not sorry! The staff was very friendly and helpful. We had a nice table for four upstairs. The food selections were many and all the dishes we ordered were excellent. The bar drinks were also great; two of us had ketel vodka with grapefruit juice. Our waiter took the time to describe the dishes so we could order exactly what we wanted. We asked for the food to be mildly spice and it was. Many times in Thai restaurants we ask for this but our request is ignored.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Service is good, food is just OK
    GIanlucaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went there in the early evening, when it wasn't crowded yet. Service was attentive, but food was not up to par with previous visits or other Thai restaurants. It was clearly fresh, but it was overall bland. We have the vegetarian rolls, they were good but too greasy. Then we had the drunken beef and the pad see Ho (spelling might be wrong); nothing bad with them, but a bit more seasoning would have helped.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I enjoyed my meal. Food was great, Saketini was great and the staff was great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Incredible food and ambiance. Booked a group of girls and it was quiet enough for us to talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Thai
    BuffVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Appetizers outstanding including one dollar oysters that weren't tiny, and I rather delicious. The only drawback was very loud & live room which made conversation difficult. The food was worth the noise;-)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excelente food
    aleneubauer
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food is delicious. A great and real Thai Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    smm12
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Basil Canteen's appetizers (salads, taro fries, etc) were DELISH, but none of the main dishes were as amazing as I hoped.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SusannaSVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Delicious food, beautifully cooked and full of variety. We will be back to eat our way through the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, OK service
    GImmeHeatVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food is pretty good. Surprisingly nice beer list. Love the interior: open, high ceilings, industrial-ish furnishings. Services was slow and spotty, but overall fairly courteous.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 208 reviews are from the Basil Canteen @ 11th Street reviews archive.
  • Great for work lunch (groups)
    Standard24Dave
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Our table was ready when we arrived (party of 10). Great menu with a lot of options. Good if you prefer individual plates rather than family style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • three lunches, all good
    RobinWVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I meet a friend from the East Bay at this restaurant -- chosen because of its proximity to BART, and easy parking for me at lunch. We keep returning because it has an extensive menu, lots of choices to fit our moods, and good prices for the quality. Had a delicious/unusual chive cakes (I loved, she liked -- so I got an extra!), grilled pork satay, and papaya salad today. Great service, and only $13 each (pre tip).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Robinchristine
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The seating upstairs was romantic and comfortable. I recommend making a reservation, I was seated right away.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basil's version of Asia...
    NeoklassiksoulVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Visited the location on a Saturday Night. We did not have any real idea of what to expect - but either way were blown away. Excellent quality ingredients and excellent final dishes. Full of flavours, spices - just great. Definitely a place to return to ASAP. Found the wine list a little lacking - but the food IS the priority :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food!
    jamiev
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Basil was bustling at 8:30 Friday night but we were seated promptly, had a great server and all six of us found our choices to be delicious -- so much so that there wasn't sharing!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food isfresh hot & full of flavor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We love it!!! Great Food... We have been back a number of times and we keep bringing new friends. Thanks!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, food good
    rwasirius
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    It is a very active and lively crowd. Noisy and Noisier. Food was good, interesting and service was good,
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great hidden spot
    EatIt
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    It's a little hard to find, but it is well known. Highly recommend a reservation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, hip vibes
    nomcity
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The lemongrass chicken was fantastic, and the drunken beef was a close runner up. Also tried the chive cake appetizers which I would definitely get again, super flavorful and interesting cakey texture. Almost like a Thai latke. I also enjoyed the decor and layout - why is brick so cool? Anyway, cool space. I went here on a date but it would be great for a group, since everything is a la carte and it's a pretty spacious/open layout. Didn't try any of the cocktails but they all sounded tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too Americanized for me but ok
    RobinWVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Maybe because it was the second upscale Asian restaurant I'd been to in two days, both with bland versions of food I have had better for less money elsewhere in SF....this was fine, interesting menu of dishes beyond the usual, but neither the papaya salad nor the strip steak was better than average.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food
    n3lla
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Went there for the first time this week end with my husband. We were very delighted by the place and particularly by the food. Very tasty food at reasonable price. Service efficient and smiling. We will definitely come back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food!
    LoonyJoon
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was really great. We ordered family style and there were no bad choices. The restaurant is a little bit noisy, but overall it is a good spot for either a small or large group. Would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    Open
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Nice vibe and decor, noise level was loud + doors were open hearing street noise with cars zipping by, buses etc (not cool). Service was okay, they tried to provide but I had to catch their attention a few times as lunch crowd was streaming in. Food was good but nothing memorable. I know it's Thai food which can be hot/spicy but all our meals came with a bit more spice than what I would call normal.The Kiramaya cocktail was good and the wife liked her silky sky. The appetizers were pretty good. Overall would be a 3/5
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting Thai Menu
    Snorc
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The menu is a refreshing, selection of tasty and authentic Thai dishes, and the modern open concept dining room is comfortably spacious and attractive. It was my first visit, so I was impressed by the dining room and the menu. Unfortunately the cocktails were weak and the food was overly salted.
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  • Wonderful!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The food and service are wonderful!! I have been to this restaurant several times and have not been disappointed. Small restaurant so be sure to make reservations for popular nights. Definitely try the Thai sweet chili-glazed baby back ribs appetizer. Yum!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice bar
    Wailin
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    The bar was nice to hang after work. Happy hour is very happy and the food was good portion. Friendly bar tender with good cocktail!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Thai Food in SOMA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Went there with a friend - great for conversation, but food was not as good as I expected from Basil's. Started with the chives cakes, which were slightly over cooked but still tasty - would have liked more schirachi and less soy sauce. Also had Larb, which wa a little under seasoned for my taste (we'd ordered medium heat) and the drunken beef, which was by far the best dish of the evening. Jasmine rice was beautifully prepared, fluffy and sticky at the same time. We ended with the mango and coconut forbidden rice - mango slices were perfectly ripe and the rice was just sweet enough. But my cocktail - a lemongrass/vodka concoction was too sweet and also had a slight artificial taste. But good value for $. Will go again for ambiance & chat
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Great food! Great value! Definitely try the Thai sweet chili-glazed baby back ribs! Amazing!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great meeting place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    This is a great meeting place to rendevouz with your friends. Food and presentation and service is a definite plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Thai food!
    LATraveler
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    We had dinner at 7:30 on Thursday evening and had a wonderful meal. Waitress was very helpful. We enjoyed a nice variety of dishes including traditional favorite pad Thai and several curries. All were delicious. Very reasonable prices. Interesting building. Very few diners there that evening. We were a party of six and for about an hour we were the only ones there. Neighborhood was a little sketchy, so perhaps there is a larger lunch than dinner crowd. In any event, we had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, anonymous service
    Sarabande
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Checked out this place for a quick dinner the other night - new year's eve. I'm a huge fan of their sister restaurant a few blocks away, Basil Thai. I was very happy with the food and it's nicely priced. Seems like a good spot for groups; if you're a group of two I'd recommend sitting downstairs as the second floor loft can get quite loud. The service wasn't great--no one really check on us and we had a hard time getting server's attention. Overall, this is a nice, affordable neighborhood spot but nothing to go out of the way for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The roti was delicious! I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    The roti was delicious! I definitely plan to go back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Food and service were good. The taro tempura fries were very good, unique and different so definitely get these! The pad thai was good as well. I wouldn't say it was anything special compared to other places. But it was convenience to get to on a busy evening. I've been to their sister restaurant Basil Thai which is also good.
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  • Great service.
    Ruthie013
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    We had a wonderful time the environment was mellow and relaxing. The food was outstanding we ordered lime curry it was delicious. We had a cup of wine from Argentina Mendoza it was very classy and good. I was constantly served water my cup was never empty during my stay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • big fan of Basil Thai...I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    big fan of Basil Thai...I didn't think the canteen dishes were as flavorfull
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  • Nice place
    Vegan4LifeVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Thanks for a great evening. Good service and food. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous minced chicken and
    AsterVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Fabulous minced chicken and basil dish. Will one time try another dish on the menu! as I seem to order the minced chicken and basil each time I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doubled but not a Team
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    The food was awesome. Having been to this building, in its various incarnations, this was a great surprise. The odd thing was there were two waitresses. They seemed to not have a specific section and to be working in tandom. It was odd to have one person come to you and ask you what you want, then a second person come along. This happened a couple of times and it wasn't a big deal. It just seemed inefficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    It's probably better to go as a group where they'll seat you on the mezzanine. There was only two of us and they put us in the area by the entrance that was the area they designated for the 2 seaters. Wasn't really a great area. We had the duck and the pork belly dishes. Both were tasy but the pork belly skin was tough and the duck along with its skin was on the chewy side as well. The experience wasn't bad but it's not making me want to go back any time soon. Staff was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly capable and often rewarding
    Coolaisles
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    I find the place worthy of repeat visits. When it is busy, it tends to be a disaster. Take out orders further impact the wait and the service at these times. When the crowd is manageable, the place not noisy and the kitchen able to concentrate, the food is excellent and subtle flavors exist and you can relax while enjoying it all. It gets crazy and a lot of that goes out the door. Go on a week night and truly enjoy a kitchen team that really does try to please. A lot of the time, they get it right. That's not to say you can't go on weekends, it is just not the same experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.