Lemongrass Thai Cuisine
Lemongrass Thai Cuisine
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Lemongrass Thai Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lemongrasssf.com/
  • Phone: 4153461818
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Executive Chef: Toi Sawatdee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate up to 50 guests. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Toi Sawatdee 4153461818

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green & Union
  • Public Transit: Muni lines: #19, #45, #41
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two public lots nearby: one is at Polk@Broadway and there is another at Polk@Pacific.
A word from Lemongrass Thai Cuisine
Lemongrass Thai Cuisine is the most popular Thai restaurant in the Russian Hill District. Since 1994, Toi Sawatdee has taken great pleasure in serving her original Thai curries, fresh seafood dishes, spicy noodle soups, and flavorful vegetarian fare. Always using the freshest ingredients and an exquisite combination of spices, Lemongrass Thai Cuisine is sure to satisfy any Thai craving.
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Lemongrass Thai Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Awesome seafood and spices!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/13/2012
    Whole fried trout w/ mango sauce, Crispy chicken, Sizzling snapper, Fried banana with honey and ice cream... all delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Lemongrass Thai: Romantic spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    I made a reservation for my wife and I at 7pm thinking it was a good idea. You never know how busy a restraunt will be right? Having never been there it took a second to find. Parking is a nightmare in this area as there are NO parking garages nearby. When we got to the Lemongrass and went in, I was shocked. We were the only customers in the restaurant! We were greated cordially and seated against the wall in the middle of the resaurant. The decor was pretty standard for a Thai restaurant and a little dark inside due to the wood paneling. Perfect for a romantic meal with a loved one. We ordered an appetizer which was delicious and not too quick in coming out so we could menu surf. We both had a curry dish and they were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had to leave early from this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    Had to leave early from this reservaton. It was too loud to have a nice dinner. The noise level was not what I expected.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've eaten at Lemon Grass
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    We've eaten at Lemon Grass before and found the food very good, but this time we thought the food was lackluster. Perhaps we ordered the wrong things, as looking at other tables we thought their food looked great. We thought the portions were small, though.
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  • Exceptional Thai food! Service
    pufferfishVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    Exceptional Thai food! Service is excellent. Portions are large. The pumpkin curry and asparagus seafood dishes were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food, not great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    good food, not great service. still, it's in my neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They're very busy on a Friday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    They're very busy on a Friday night, but service is speedy and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly busy for a Monday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/16/2012
    Surprisingly busy for a Monday night. Food is always good - one of our favorites in the area, but I don't think they were prepared to handle the rush of people they got for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lemongrass is truly a neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    Lemongrass is truly a neighborhood gem! My husband and I wanted to have an early dinner (5:30pm), due to the fact that we were going to a nearby theater that would require standing in line for an hour, so we chose Lemongrass beacause it was in a convenient location. What a surprise to find such a quaint spot! We were seated at a window table that offered a great view of the comings and goings of the charming North Beach neighborhood. The food was wonderful, service was quick, ther servers were attentive,friendly, and had smiles on their faces...what a treat! When we visit San Francisco again...this is definately on our list of place to dine. 2 thumbs up on this one!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Lemongrass has wonderful food.
    CBranchVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2011
    Lemongrass has wonderful food. The waiters are weird tho. They are not consistent and very dictatorial on what a table should order. I find it a bit rude. Go slower, discuss dishes with customers and understand what they want and explain clearly what they will be served. When the food does arrive it is wonderful and exciting to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time here so hesitate
    RadarVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2011
    First time here so hesitate to give a bad review but dishes were hit and miss. First had appetizer sampler which was OK, then fish cakes, not so good, then a special prawn and pumpkin curry that was very good, then a meat dish that was just OK, then another prawn dish that was not even remembered and finally a fried banana dish with ice cream for desert that had a very ordinary vanilla ice cream. I have had other Thai food that was quite delicious so know what to expect. Service was good but a little surly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/1/2011
    The food is always excellent and the service is also excellent. I highly recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Thai Restaurant
    NeighborhoodPatronVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2011
    I love coming here on Sunday nights for dependable, tasty Thai food. The service is great and many of the same severs have been there ever since I first started coming. A staple in my hood, for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2011
    The food here is not gourmet, nor does it push the envelope, but it is very good. Getting a table is relatively easy and it's a cute little spot, not oustanding by any means, but good. I wouldn't go there for a romantic dinner. But it's great for a quick bite in a fun neighborhood before you head out for the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • they brought the wrong appetizer
    lackattack
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    they brought the wrong appetizer but quickly made the correction. the food was great and the service was even better. i will definitely come back.
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  • Warm, friendly neighborhood
    MartinVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2011
    Warm, friendly neighborhood place. Two reserved parking spots in front, though often taken. Food is good to very good, depending on dish ordered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really good Thai food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Really good Thai food and we eat the cuisine regularly but hadn't eaten here in a very long time - everything was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was a little rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/6/2011
    Service was a little rushed and cold (even though place was not full), but food was very good. Ordered green curry, an excellent calamari stirfry, and chicken on a cast-iron skillet (it could have been quite good, but the skillet was too hot and scorched the bottom layer). Street parking is a nightmare, but there are lots a few blocks away that charge $10 for the evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant enough and quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/11/2011
    Pleasant enough and quite affordable but not distinguished in any way.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a sunday night not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2011
    It was a sunday night not too busy, decent service and food was pretty good. I enjoy the curries here. We ordered the green curry and Pad Keemow (spicy noodles with veg). I would have liked more noodles in the dish, but nonetheless was a decent meal.
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  • Great Thai food in a casual
    Jochen
    Dined on 9/3/2010
    Great Thai food in a casual atmosphere. No fuss ambience. Go there for the food not for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wife and I drove up from Redwood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2010
    Wife and I drove up from Redwood City on our last day of a 2 week Ca. trip, just wanted a light dinner in a Thai restaurant somewhere in the city. The reviews of Lemongrass online made it seem like a good bet so the address went into the GPS and off we went. Found it without a problem, but the GPS had trouble finding us a parking spot. :-) Finally we returned to LG and my wife inquired about the "reserved" spots (2) in front of the restaurant. Turned out they are reserved for diners! So we get in right on time (7:45pm). Service is excellent, chicken on sticks/peanut sauce appetizer, then Chicken curry and Savory LG Chicken (hmm, too "chicken" to try anything else I guess). Everything was fantastic including service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had the several dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2010
    We had the several dishes and they were all very good. I'm a big fan of yellow curry chicken and it was pretty good :-)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everytime we have gone to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/1/2010
    Everytime we have gone to Lemongrass we have had a wonderful experience. We get a different dish each time and all are excellent. Our favorite dish is the Savory Lemongrass Chicken which they add a little more pepper spice upon request. This is a perfect meal. all of the staff is extremely friendly and courteous. This is a great place for a date or a group evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a pleasant place to
    Localgirl
    Dined on 6/21/2010
    It was a pleasant place to have dinner with my brothers and sister.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a true neighborhood
    HoltwestVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2010
    This is a true neighborhood gem. Great food and even better service. Whatever else you order, don't miss the Crispy Rice Salad!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We arrived at this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2010
    We arrived at this restaurant on a Friday night expecting it to be packed, to find it half full and nice and quiet. A three course meal plus a bottle of wine cost $74 (including a 15% tip). Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • this place was empty when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2010
    this place was empty when we arrived around 8:30, and has been empty in the past when i've dined here. This is a huge surprise because the food is soo good! The servers and hostess are all very friendly and helpful. I had the dish with beef, spinach, and peanut sauce, which wasn't too heavy. It was just right. I have also had the spicy beef salad which is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was Excellent!!!! My
    ICPeddlerVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2010
    Food was Excellent!!!! My entire family loved the foos and service was top notch. We got there late - just before closing and they treated us as if we were the first customer of the day. Prices were extremely reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The overall experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/22/2010
    The overall experience was excellent. From the moment we were seated we were provided with outstanding service. We asked for recommendations on what to eat and each item suggested was full of wonderful flavor. The Savory Lemongrass Chicken was served on a sizzling platter and we asked to add a little heat(spice) which was done expertly to provide the absolutely perfect balance of flavor and heat. This has now become our favorite Thai restaurant in the City.
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  • Large menu, the food was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/4/2010
    Large menu, the food was very good, and the ambiance was nice - it fits well in such a cool neighborhood as Russian Hill. The service was awkward and abrupt... our server seemed new and flustered, even though the restaurant was not 1/3 full. But the food came out in proper order and every dish was executed beautifully. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you're looking for Thai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2010
    If you're looking for Thai in or around the Marina, this is a good spot. We went off-hours and were spolied by the owner, Toi ("No one does Tai like Toi," so exclaims the menu) and had a lovely time. It's quiet and elegant without being pretentious, a tough combo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The food was delicious and
    PLG7VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2010
    The food was delicious and interesting. Pad Thai is always my standard-setting dish in a thai restaurant, and their's was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Great place, reasonable price.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/20/2010
    Great place, reasonable price. Really enjoyed the soup dish and a beef dish I ordered.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • From your first step in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/20/2010
    From your first step in the door to the mango sticky rice you will be planning your next trip back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We did not appreciate having
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2009
    We did not appreciate having a confirmed reservation only to learn after we had arrived in town that they had wanted to make the reservation earlier, had turned up all the lights in the restaurant and rushed us through dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As visitors to San Francisco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2009
    As visitors to San Francisco we were looking for something relatively close to our hotel and came upon Lemongrass in a magazine. There are lots of restaurants near to it but Thai food is a favourite of mine and my husband so we thought we'd give it a go. The food was really good and there was lots of it. It was a Sunday night but the place was really busy with both sit-downs and take-aways. We weren't rushed either, despite this. The good thing, too, was that it didn't seem to be a tourist trap. Along that stretch of Polk Street there were loads of restaurants we could have chosen but we're glad we chose this one!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, generous portions,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2009
    Good food, generous portions, very reasonable prices, good service Pleasant if tired decor, not-so-fresh smell especially towards the back of the restaurant Relatively easy street parking (for a Thursday lunch), but meter maids roam the area so be vigilant about feeding your meter
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was excellent, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2009
    Food was excellent, service was great and not intrusive. Noise level was low enough that our party of six could talk easily without raising our voices. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We dine at Lemongrass a few
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    We dine at Lemongrass a few times each year because it's in our neighborhood. It is always consistently good, with delicious food and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate