O3 Bistro & Lounge
O3 Bistro & Lounge
  • Address:
    524 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Thai
    Price: $30 and under

O3 Bistro & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.o3restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4159349800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Hours:
    Monday – Sunday 11am to 3:00pm

    Dinner Hours:
    Monday - Sunday 3pm to 10:30pm

    Happy Hour:
    Monday – Friday 4pm to 8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Thai, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Music and DJ available for special weekend events (call restaurant for details)
  • Special Events: Please contact info@o3restaurant.com for special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McAllister Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from O3 Bistro & Lounge
O3 Bistro & Lounge strives to bring you an unforgettable experience through great food, a relaxing environment and welcoming service. With our contemporary and chic décor, O3 offers a stimulating dining environment that couples seamlessly with the delectable cuisine. In addition to an outstanding dining and social experience for our patrons, O3 constantly strives to provide the highest quality of food. We proudly serve local organic produce, ecologically and humanely raised meats, game and poultry. Only the best ingredients are used. Make your reservations today.
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O3 Bistro & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (17)neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (13)vibrant bar scene (11)great for lunch (11)hot spot (7)special occasion (7)romantic (7)late-night find (6)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Thai Cuisine & World Series.....
    MizKatzVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    ....what could be better? I had a ticket to the opera that night but Game 1 of the World Series was starting at 5:00. So I met friends here for a delicious dinner and to watch the game. They were very nice to us, did not rush us out. The food is quite delicious -- we enjoyed a curry and a seafood special...started with spring rolls and wings....and finished with sticky rice & mango -- a perfect evening all the way around!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-opera gem
    RonlroVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I don't quite understand the negative reviews here. Better than decent Thai food right across from the opera house. Quick and efficient service, good drinks, inexpesive, and a nice atmosphere. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This is the second time we have gone there prior to seeing the opera. First time food was great and well balanced. This time , as I ordered the same dish (papaya salad with shrimp) it was not good at all. Shrimp were dry there was too much sauce and it was overly sweet. Seems most dishes and accompanying sauces are to sweet for my taste. Probably won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return
    Jerry
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The location is excellent for the Civic Center area. The service is friendly and prompt. The food was good but less so that a previous visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thai Bar Food
    LoganVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Nothing more than bar food and mediocre at that. Very little care by the chef given to every single dish we were served. It was a culinary disaster.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Is there a manager
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was excellent. The servers were friendly and helpful when waved down. However there were too few servers and they appeared to work too hard and without organization. The crowd was almost entirely bound for the opera, symphony or the Orpheum. Everyone arrived and tried to leave at the same time. The restaurant seemed to be unprepared for what must be its normal routine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great flavors
    finedineVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been twice and both times the food has been great. Good fusion of flavors in the menu's offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater goers
    Climbers
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This location of this place is fantastic...easy to get to any number of theaters and good food. I find the food to be authentic Thai food...it is good and tasty. However, the other night we were a party of four that arrived a 6p.m. in order to get to the theater by 8 p.m. The service was terribly slow and inefficient. My husband asked for a glass of wine repeatedly and never received it, we had to wait over an hour to receive our food. and the bill was calculated twice incorrectly. It was the 2nd time we had been there and really did enjoy the food. We will give them one more opportunity but if the service doesn't improve we won't frequent the bistro again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food!
    JessMC
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    You have to try the Papaya Salad and the Pumpkin Curry!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but nothing special
    aleksandrovsk
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    They've done a very nice job with the design and occupy a really great corner of their building. Unfortunately it's not the best location and not the place you'd necessarily want to hang out on a Saturday night. The restaurant mostly caters to concert, theater, and symphony goers, but if you're looking to go to dinner beforehand I know I'd much rather go somewhere along Hayes St. (3 blocks away) where there is a bit more vibrancy. The food was good but, like the general atmosphere, was not especially inspiring. We did have a nice time but next time I'm in town for a concert I probably would choose to go elsewhere. Oh, and the bathroom was totally gross. It's a shared space with the rest of the building but still. Yuck.
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  • Will Be Back
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We decided to try O3 for a pre-theatre dinner despite being apprehensive after reading reviews submitted by other OT diners. The staff was attentive though not the most expedient. Perhaps not the fault of the table servers as much as the lack of urgency in the kitchen? The Pad See You with duck was awesome as was the salmon dish. The appetizer sampler left much to be desired. Consisted of mostly fried food (tofu, samosa, shrimp) and a couple of chicken skewers. Skip this dish. The place was pretty empty as diners left to make their 8PM curtain calls. If they were open later, we might have stopped back in for a nightcap.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kman25
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It was ok. Nothing special. Quite reasonably priced with a nice enough menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went there as it was close to the opera and we wanted to attend the pre-opera lecture. Service started out a little slow but got better. I think they were training and communication was a little difficult. Aside from that the food was very tasty with unique flavors and sauces. The mango shrimp salad was a standout, it came in different levels of heat. spicy is really spicy. We both enjoyed our meals. Cocktails were just ok. As per my dinner mate. I would definitely go back for the unique flavors and closeness to the opera house
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A popular eatery for office workers
    VissidarteVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    from many of the Government buildings around Civic Center. The food is well prepared, and the menu is varied. Vegans, Vegetarians will delight in many of the offerings. The portions are large and prices most reasonable. There is a full bar which will serve the many opera and symphony attendees before or after an event. Parking is available in the Civic Center Underground Garage, 1 1/2 short blocks away. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for before-performance dinner
    oaklandron
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A very casual place for having a good meal before the symphony or opera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Jimbo
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a terrific meal here before a symphony concert. My wife had the Trout with mango; I had the vegetarian Tom Yum which was wonderfully flavorful and a delicious vegetarian Pad Thai. Kudos for a Thai restaurant that serves a regular cup of coffee. Portions were generous. Our order was taken within 10 minutes and served timely. Had to work a bit to get the check, but no big deal. My wife and I both felt it was the best Thai meal we've ever had. O3 Bistro has earned a place in our Civic Center rotation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • O3 nice location next to cpuc
    Takawong
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Nice Thai resturant on Van Ness near City Hall and CPUC. Very good lunch meal. Very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    OldenGoldie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There were 4 of us for lunch, and we ordered an appetizer, a soup, a salad, and an entree. It was the perfect amount of food, but I should mention that we are all older and don't have huge appetites. All the food was really good, but our favorite was the crispy shrimp rolls and the yellow curry with chicken. Even at "medium" hot, the papaya salad was a little hotter than we like. Suggest getting it "mild" if you are not used to hot pepper. All the staff was very attentive. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly service.
    kathyVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went here prior to the symphony . Friendly helpful staff. Good suggestions. Liked the pad Thai . Lamb was excellent though their mild can be spicier than I'm used to. My new favorite per show place. Definitely get the Happy hour appetizers
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre show spot
    kathyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Fun place. Accommodating staff. Tasty food, which can be spicey. There was a work party during the first part of my dinner- got pretty noisy. Requested a change in location, and it was quickly done. Terrific place for a performance meal, 1 block from the opera house and symphoney
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmmmm
    paulonce
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was everything Yelp said it would be. The service was so-so, but the food was right on the money. I got a salmon pot curry thats spicy level was set to medium and it was perfect! The shrimp fried rolls were great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIBLE SERVICE...FAIL!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had reservations at 6pm. When we arrived there were about 4 other tables in our section (not busy at all). After we were seated no one ever came to take our drink orders or anything. Not even to say I'll be right with you...I mean NOTHING!! After 20+ minutes of waiting, I finally said something to the lady running around and she said someone will be right there. Another 10 minutes passed before we gave up and walked out. I have to also mention that while we waited, there was very little action at the other tables around us.
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  • Slowwwww service
    singy
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was good however service was terrible. Only 2 girls working the whole restaurant. They are listed on the SF Opera website - so why not make sure you have enough staff to cover when a performance night
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  • 03 Bistro dinner reviews
    nodinehere
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The spicy eggplant was tasteless and the brown rice wasn't good either. I would not recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Morticia
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Since I work in the area I'm lucky I get to come to this restaurant pretty often. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The staff is friendly, the place is clean and roomy and for an hour I can forget it's in the Civic Center area. They have a full bar too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost there
    Hubbie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had 4 dishes; 3 were excellent: Appetizer platter, Mango salad, Coconut shrimp curry. Unfortunately, the chicken was tough and not tender in the Cashew Chicken dish, although the sauce was fine. The service was attentive and anticipated needs. The atmosphere was modern chic. Will try again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phoobah
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As first time visitors we had a wonderful experience. The food was simply splendid. The flavors were astonishing. Portions were very generous. Service was excellent. The food was the best I have had since my visit to Thailand. 03 is the "go to" restaurant for splendid Thai food in SF. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • crispanVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Delicious Thai food, much better than the usual run of dishes. An excellent selection and friendly service, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, Close to Orpheum, etc.
    KJSFVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We found this restaurant because we had a group of six and wanted to eat around 5:30 nefar the Orpheum. We could not get a reservation at any of the Hayes Street restaurants we tried. So we went here. It was an easy walk to the Orpheum and to Civic Center BART. The food was very good and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 274 reviews are from the O3 Bistro & Lounge reviews archive.
  • ybrob24VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was solid and very good service. Clearly optimized for the show crowd
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  • Very good Thai food! Large portions
    srreviewer
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We ate dinner at O3 Bistro before the opera on a Saturday night. We were seated right away and received good service. I thought the food was very good. We had papaya salad, a red curry dish and the Spicy Dice. Great flavors, though the salad was a little salty for my taste. The service was good and they were happy to modify the spiciness of the food for us. The only real negative thing was that the my first two choices of wine on their list were out so I went with my third choice. It was not good at all. It had not been stored well. My partners wine did not taste good either so I would avoid wine there and have one of their pretty cocktails.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Xyrkol
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My crab fried rice was delicious and my chicken satay was perfectly done. My friend's seafood soup was wonderful. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It has changed in the last year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I preferred this restaurant when it was more of an Asian fusion. Now it is strictly Thai. I love Thai food and this is fairly good Thai food. I liked the Chicken larb wrap, the pad see ew, but we ordered a dish the waitress recommended the Thai "Southern Style" Beef. The meat was very tough. Flavor if the dish was good but you really couldn't enjoy because of the poor quality of the meat. The two people waiting at our table were very nice but one was fairly new. The location is convenient to go to the Opera afterwards.
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  • Wash windows
    Lolly
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Do that! and wash the lovely glass vases in the entry.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good pre-concert restaurant
    Hungry
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our roast duck curry (spicy) and mixed seafood dish were both delicious. Service was attentive and quick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for pre-concert dinner
    MizKatzVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We dined here for the first time before going to the opera. The decor and ambiance are lovely -- an interesting transition from the former California Pizza Kitchen. We shared the fresh spring rolls, spicy eggplant and pumpkin curry with shrimp, and one order of coconut rice. Everything tasted fresh and delicious. My only issue with the pumpkin curry is that it was served in a hollowed-out and carved kabocha squash, and while it was a very artistic presentation, I could only think of 'food waste' -- something that needs to be addressed as more people become food-insecure. However, I do recommend this restaurant and will definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food at affordable prices
    FoodE
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    If you like Thai food this is the place. Great before symphony or opera as it is very conveniently located in the Civic Center area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • after the shows start
    heavenly
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A lovely experience, and very available after the Ballet etc starts. food and presentation very nice, with good service. Bar could use a little professional tuning up, i.e an experienced bartender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for Ballet Night
    luvSFlife
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    O3 is the perfect spot for a good dinner before the ballet, the opera, or the symphony. It is conveniently located a block away from the venues and offers efficient service and good food. I have always had a good experience in the restaurant. Very friendly and efficient staff and food that is priced well and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-Show Dining
    Bonvivant
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    O3 is very close to the symphony, ballet, and opera venues. The staff was attentive and the food arrived without too much of a time lapse. When our server couldn't identify the vintner of the house wine, she got the information for us before we ordered, and she accurately identified the level of the spicyness in our orders. We had sizzling seafood, papaya salad, and a pumpkin curry with 2 kinds of rice. The food was good; my only objections was that the pumpkin was undercooked, but not enough to completely undermine the dish. This was my second visit and I would still recommend 03, especially for a pre-performance meal.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.