Basil Canteen @ 11th Street

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$30 and under
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Thai
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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D
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

They seemed short of staff the night we dined which resulted in slow service although the owner/ manager stepped in. The food we had was outstanding and there are a lot of dishes still to try, so we will be back.

CM
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

FANTASTIC FOOD! great atmosphere. Our server had a strange attitude and seemed annoyed to have to take our order, and had zero personality, but did take the time to take a decent picture, so I appreciated that!
Food was so good- we had a party of 8 and everyone loved their food- and my friend was so glad they had gluten free items and a GF separate menu!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has always been good and I return repeatedly with friends and sometimes by myself. Convenient to South of Market performance venues like Oasis for before or after the show meals and cocktails.

MF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food came out before drinks arrived.

S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really good Thai food. The fresh spring rolls and the various noodle dishes were a hit for our group.

CH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dishes are reasonably priced and very tasty. And the drinks menu is interesting and has something for everyone. Service was prompt and courteous; they helped us get out fast so we could make a show nearby. I'm not a big fan of community tables. I'd put up with it to eat there again however.

DJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service, as usual, did not disappoint. Basil Canteen is in our regular rotation for a reason.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

I really enjoyed the food but the service was pretty bad. I had a reservation but we weren't seated until 20 minutes after the reservation. After being seated, there was one server in our area it it took her forever to get to our table. Also the mixed drinks weren't very good either. Avoid the Full Moon drink.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Happy hour specials were nicely priced with variety.

E
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spicy Thai food in a cool ambiance. Friendly service.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Don’t think I saw their “Boat Noodle” on the menu the last time I was there, but I tried it this time and it was really good..

r
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, not the best Thai I have had though. Enjoyed it though.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Great location. Service was also great. Food was underwhelming and the drinks were WAY watered-down. Like, we had to laugh at how watered down they were. Overpriced for the experience.

l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and creative drinks!

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, good food...would definitely go back!

OT
New Mexico
363 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely fantastic Thai food. I have had Thai throughout the US & in Thailand and this is as god as it gets. Delicious, tasty & any adjective you like, definitely a place for great Thai food. Happy hour until 7:00 PM, so all wines are $5.00 per glass, such a bargain.

JR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, reasonable prices. The wok-fried brussels sprouts were very disappointing. They were undercooked and steamed, not much flavor.
The green curry, squid dishes were terrific.

LM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent!! They even have a Saturday happy hour which was a great deal!!

ME
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing papaya salad!!! Very nice place. Any time!

ST
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food is amazing but don't expect for a fast service.

H
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great cocktails. What more could a girl want? Highly recommended!

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delish. The owner was there making sure everything came out perfectly. Prices were reasonable. The egg rolls were amazing.

WV
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, especially for large parties (we had 12). They have great long tables and a pretty diverse selection of food; everyone enjoyed what they got

B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken Satay reminded me of thailand... in fact all the dishes did.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great experience! They messed up and accidentally brought us the wrong appetizer but it was super yummy and they offered to come it and bring out our original order. Great service overall. Drinks were good too!

JT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yum yum yum!

BC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and very good customer service. I will return to have lunch here.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Extremely undercooked chicken, waiter said it wasn’t possible and that I just wasn’t used to it.

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

This menu does not include information about peanuts included in some of their dishes. This is a big problem for people with peanut allergy. Not a lot of options for anyone not hardcore Thai foodies. Won't be returning.

YB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thai food. As one who knows Thailand very well, this could be the best Thai food in SF. Don't order the "American stuff" like Brussel sprouts. Stick to the Thai dishes and you will be very pleased. Nice staff. 110% recommended.

GC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Each dish had different profiles while still sharing many common ingredients. Pork, chicken, prawns, beef variations in 10 different dishes seemed original even though some like Pad Se Ew are standards. Gai Tod Pad Pik Khing are must have. Pleasant staff. Unique cocktails Siamese-Kaze was standout. Quiet evening because of moderate amount of guest, atmosphere is open, casual and generally relaxing. Could talk in normal voice.

e
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place always has consistently solid food. I would recommend all of the noodle dishes & stir fries!

SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Thai in town

G
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always so accommodating of my large group at a late seating.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Decent setting, food was mediocre.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful innovative food, not just mainstream Thai. Fantastic service, cool building, easy street parking!

LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place so much that we would have dinner every time we plan our trip to San Francisco! I highly recommend this place for lunch and dinner!

T
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was looking forward to dining at a well rated Thai restaurant in SF. While the service was very good as well as the ambiance the food was simply average. On a good note the curries that came with the duck and shrimp dishes was nicely crafted. Debatable however if we - there were 6 of us , would return. Thats unfortunate as we did want to like this restaurant.

JT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistently good food, served quickly and with medium Thai spice (American scale)

DK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thai food, delicious cocktails, and good service at this SOMA Thai restaurant. Also love the two level space, and the upstairs dining area is perfect for a small gathering. Definitely one of my favorite Thai restaurants in SF!