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
37 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (13)great for lunch (8)late-night find (5)hot spot (3)special occasion (2)romantic (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hidden place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    Weird neighborhood, amazing restaurant and extensive menu with fantastic choices. Curry was amazing and the meat in it was of good quality and cooked perfectly (i had beef short rib green curry) and the mixed drinks were great as well. Service was a little awkward and not many people in there but great tables and nice setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was alright. Service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    It was alright. Service was fine, and food was decent. Nothing spectacular, but nothing to complain about - just an all around solid choice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unrushed, excellent meal
    Camdon
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    This was our first time at Basil - 8 of us and we all had a great time. The quality of the food was excellent, the service good, the quantities just right and the final bill a little less than I expected. We were there meeting n old friend who came into town. So the best part was that everyone left us to take our time to order - drinks, appetizers, main course, desert and leaving. The restaurant wasn't crowded, but it was busy. Still, we never felt rushed. The food was beautifully presented and very tasty. Dishes seemed to be different versions of the usual thai food you'd expect. I don't remember if they asked for how spicy we like things. I prefer them much spicier than anything we got. But everything was full of flavor and tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Poor Service
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    My husband and I went there on Friday night. No one greeted us when we walked in and when we went to the register, a woman took us to the table without really saying anything. We weren't offered help with the menu. The food took a very long time and we got very little attention from our server. The positive note -the food was pretty good Thai food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unbelievable!
    judithVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    The first time I reviewed this restaurant, I was "taking dictation" from my spouse who went with two friends - and everyone raved! THIS time it really was me plus a friend and both love everything about the place - the way the space was used, the lovely service, the fantastic food! In fact, I took ribs home for Lil & my friend took an entire meal home for dinner for herself, partner & their son. Definitely a place to which we will return over and over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, flavorful, well-prepared
    DoctorjVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Fresh, flavorful, well-prepared Thai food. Excellent value. We had a wonderful time. I look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best Thai I've had in a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Thank you Open Table. I looked for a long time on Trip Advisor & didn't find a Thai restaurant that turned me on. When I looked on Open Table, this one immediately got my attention. The food & drinks were perfect & creative (eg sake with lychee juice, shrimp curry with pumpkin and another with mango). The servings were big, especially the papaya salad, which was enough for 2 people. The decor was also creative ( looks like a converted industrial space, well designed & airy). Staff was very attentive to our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Thai Food ever Tasted
    judithVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    The heading says it all! My spouse & her buddies really liked basil Canteen. Now she & I are planning lunch there soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple and classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    A pleasing encounter, excellent pumpkin curry! I appreciate the various seating options - intimate to communal. Very glad to have it in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food before a night out!
    emvee
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    Excellent food. Friendly but sometimes spotty service being short-staffed. Paid a lot of attention to our needs and very knowledgeable on the food and understanding our needs/choices. Good wine beer and cocktail menu - not extensive but well chosen. Overall - recommend the place strongly and would definitely go back esp if in the neighborhood for a show/concert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good and unusual Thai
    SouthernvisitorVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Very good and unusual Thai food, not what we expected, but much better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hip Thai Joint
    Leelo84VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Very cool space with delicious food. The service was a bit slow (I think they were understaffed) but we weren't in a hurry so it was OK. Definitely worth checking out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good Thai food - service
    foodluvVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    Really good Thai food - service is a little off, but they seem to be trying.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The noise was too much! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    The noise was too much! The food and service were good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really enjoyed myself. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    I really enjoyed myself. The food was delicious, right prices, great service. The portions were a great size to share with one other person. I would definitely come back here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Thai food Ive had outside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    Best Thai food Ive had outside of Thailand Roti with skirt steak and green curry app is amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    Jared
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    The food here is really delicious, and I like the cocktails as well (lychee martini and things like that).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delightful find, with a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    A delightful find, with a great atmosphere and very attentive and warm service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique look & feel with great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Great place for groups. The brick interior somehow doesn't take way from the Thai food simply makes the experience more unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had actually thought I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    I had actually thought I had booked Basil's other café on Folsom. When I arrived, the maître d explained that they had the cantina down the street. She kindly called the cantina and had my reservation moved to the café. I have eaten at the café a course of times and have always found the food to be wonderful. Because of the staff's kind gesture, I will be sure to check out the cantina the next time I am in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not a gourmet place, but very
    diner99VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Not a gourmet place, but very nice Thai food with enthusiastic service. Prices are right and portions sizes just right. Only caveat is that Happier Hour cocktails have LOTS of ice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Excellent tasty Thai cuisine and yummy creative cocktails. We enjoyed very attentive servers - and the prices were extremely reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, but cake cutting fee!
    Sincin
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    I've been here many times and everything is good. The fried catfish, the minced chicken, the roti, the angus beef, I can name it all! Downstairs is open with a big commune table, like Nopa if you've been there and upstairs is better for groups. Just didn't like that they charged for cake cutting fee! Large groups already has 18% gratuity, so feel I that it should be included because that was an extra $15 on top of the bill after being taxed and tipped on it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Close, but no cigar
    IlTenoreVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    I've been a fan of their sister restaurant, Basil, for years. Basil Canteen seems a more youth-oriented, casual space with some delicious deals at happy hour, which is why we chose to meet friends there on a recent stay in San Francisco. The food, though quite good, is not quite on a par with the original, and the bartender seems slightly less creative as well. Lots of hard surfaces and large, semi-communal tables; the noise can quickly reach shout-over levels. I'd go back for happy hour, but would prefer to dine at the original (not, alas, on OpenTable).
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A different Thai
    Sodalake
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    Although you will find a number of standard Thai dishes on the menu (pad thai, satay, etc.), and they are good of the kind, the star selections are their own. I didn't see one dish I would not like to try and those we sampled all met my expectations. The "drunken beef" with flank steak, eggplant, green beans, lemon grass and chili was delicious. Vegetarian dishes, though not abundant, were excellent including the yellow curry with stir fried vegetables and tofu. Try to make happy hour to sample their cocktails and a nice discount on a number of small dishes including the taro fries and crispy vegetable rolls. Basil Canteen is off the beaten path, but the Number 9 bus from Market Street will take you to the front door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Modern Thai done right!
    bonedoc97VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Great Thai food served in a beautiful modern loft setting. Be sure to try the flank steak and Indian roti fried bread appetizer with green curry. YUM! Their chicken satay just melts in your mouth and they're on special during the week for Happy Hour (before 6 pm). Love the spicy crispy catfish in red curry and their pineapple and green curry braised short ribs are really flavorful.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Thai food and atmosphere.
    cloudy
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Great Thai food and atmosphere. We go there when we want to just have good Thai food and no hassle. Nice ambiance too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, Creative Thai bar / restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    This is a great Thai place with most staples and a number of creative dishes. We had the Sakhoo Saimu and Larb Gai for appetizers. The Sakhoo Saimu is a fun dish comprising a sweet, chewy dumpling of tapioca-encased pork. The Larb Gai is a lettuce wrap with a tangy filling of shredded chicken, chili and mint. These appetizers highlighted the meal. For the main courses, we had the Drunken Beef and Kana Mu Grob. The Drunken Beef was good, but ordinary. The Kana Mu Grob, which we had with pork belly, seemed better in theory. The pork belly was not crispy and the broccoli included mostly stems, giving the dish an unfortunate leftover quality. Service was friendly and attentive. We will no doubt return to sample the menu further.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK...not bad...not great.
    KnowsGoodDining
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Space is on the "cool / SOMA" looking end. Host was accommodating...didn't fret when we switched from 4 to 8 people. My "constructive feedback" is (1) there was a large window open at the high end of a wall (i.e., near the ceiling) on a cold night, making the restaurant chilly. Half of our crowd of 8 had a sweater or jacket on and were still cold. And (2) I had to get up several times to get somebody's attention -- including to pay the bill -- because the staff were busy making up their napkin-with-utensils set-ups. I was a waiter, so I understand the desire to get that stuff done, but when there are customers on the floor I believe the rule is...pay attention to the customers.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Overall not very impressed. It feels like they're cutting some corners to save money when it comes to the food. Nothing was terrible, but it wasn't amazing either. The curries we had were fine, but a little wimpy on the vegetable, tofu, and shrimp content. The spinach leaf appetizer with shrimp and coconut was good — with a welcome spicy tanginess — but the portions were pretty small as things go. The noise level was too high given how sparse the crowd was (it was maybe 30% full when we dined around 7pm on a Friday night).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i still love thai food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    basil canteen was a fun spot. this was the first thai restaurant i went to after having visited thailand. the drinks were great. the bartender was very knowlegable and friendly, and we chatted a bit. the food is very good (although americanized, as is every thai restaurant). very enjoyable. it seems like the popularity of thai food is waning in general, but i am still a fan.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't miss. One of my favorite
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Can't miss. One of my favorite restaurants. Thai with a flair!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Found this one when crusing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    Found this one when crusing around on folsom street, was quite a discovery. The location is nice and cosy, service is attentive and food very good. The happy hour food and drink specials are recommended, you get a lot for your bucks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another excellent pre-symphony
    Stephen
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    Another excellent pre-symphony meal at the Basil Canteen. Explored some more of their Thai cocktails this time and was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Staff very friendly, but it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2012
    Staff very friendly, but it took a long time to get served. Left waiting a lot. The food was excellent though.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food. Not the usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    Very good food. Not the usual mushy Thai food. Even the pad thai was not greasy and not sweet. We ordered 4 appetizers and one entree. Too much food, but it all was good. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to start out for
    MulligansVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Great place to start out for a night of dancing with DNA and cowboy bar right down the street. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Healthy offerings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    Went here before seeing American Idiot when it was happy hour. The sauce for the chicken satay was very good, had the spring rolls and those were delicious as well. Dinner we had pumpkin curry shrimp, ground chicken with basil & chile, tofu & eggplant, & mango shrimp. All were good. Brown rice was really good. Not huge portions which was great for us. High quality food, & reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet