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About 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.

1489 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Thai, Asian, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly from 5:30pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
11th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 552-3963

Website:
http://www.basilcanteen.com/

Entertainment:
Ambient Music and guest DJ on occasion

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.)

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.

Executive Chef:
Todd Sirimongkolvit

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 5:30 to 7:00 weeknights.

Private Party Contact:
Arun Jirakorn: (415) 552-3963

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Basil Canteen @ 11th Street Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.4

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4.4

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4.2

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Moderate

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Excellent food, service and ambiance!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Great place, food and service! Good for large group and convenient. Thumbs up!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 16, 2016

I'd eat there again if friends invited me out but otherwise wouldn't go back for the food. Service was friendly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2016

Tasty food and thai iced coffee is great wakeup drink

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Food is always great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Excellent Thai food with many vegetarian options. Lots of spice if that's what you want. Friendly accommodating service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Too noisy and the service messed up our order twice. Probably cuz that can't hear you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2016

Took about 45min to get our first appetizer (soup)

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 27, 2016

Our first time there. We were a party of nine people, celebrating graduation of my daughter from college, was an awesome place!
Thanks!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

My friend and I enjoyed the food! We also appreciated the waitress's patient help with my dietary restrictions.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2016

we always enjoy having dinner here the food is excellent very flavorful, their other location is also very very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2016

wonderful quick service, unique delicious flavors. not the same old greasy thai food that is oversweet that seem to be the usual thing in the City. really great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 24, 2016

This looks small and regular form outside, but was so cute and spacious inside! There is an upstairs level, which provides extra space. The food was delicious, and i consider myself picky with Thai food. There were three of us and everyone loved their food. It was a good sized position and very reasonably priced for San Francisco. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Among the best Thai I have had in SF! We had kang kua goong (shrimp and pumpkin curry) and pak pad pong gari (vegetables with curry) and both were great! The servers did not speak English well but were friendly and attentive. The restaurant is spacious and has a soma loft kind of feel. Close to DNA Lounge if you want to go clubbing afterward.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2016

Could have eaten three plates happily along with some rice & Thai tea 🙂

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2016

The food was very good, and the staff was very accommodating to our large party, which changed in size a couple of times.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2016

This was our second time and it was a bit disappointing, our friend's dish took forever and in the end we decided to cancel. All the other dishes were very tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2016

I love this place and the delicious food. I had the Neur Pad Nham Pik Pao (sliced beef short ribs, peppers & onions with sweet roasted chili jam) and my friend had the Sikrong Mu Tod (Thai sweet chili-glazed baby back ribs) which are to die for. This is a great place for lunch or after work for happy hour with friends!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2016

The Happy Hour/Dinner was for a retiring colleague. Since the start time on Open Table said that it was 5pm, I made the reservation for 5pm. Turns out the restaurant management changed the time to 530pm recently but they accommodated us anyways.
The cocktails were great, food was wonderful, and the staff was very professional and attentive.
It was an overall great dinner party and everyone went home full and happy!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 7, 2016

Nice fresh ingredients to the dishes, but just too bland for our tastes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Was there for NYE dinner. Fancy menu, thoroughly disappointing. First off, the location is not great especially if you're walking after its dark. Good thing we were with a couple other people.

Lychee thai iced tea --1/5 : way too sweet. Had to water it down twice
Roti -- 0/5:drenched in oil and flavorless. I been to many thai places and the roti is typically the one that doesn't disappoint.
Taro rolls-- 1/5: flavorless
Tua pik Khing -- 2/5: This gap kao did not come with rice. You have to order those separate. The curry was flavorful but the green beans and tofu lacked any flavor.
Coconut rice -- 4/5: This was the only dish I liked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2015

I chose this restaurant for it's proximity to a nightclub show I had tickets for. I did not know what to expect and was surprised at the great Thai menu, service, and ambience. Highly recommended as a destination SOMA.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2015

I had the catfish entree, my friend had the tofu veggie entree. Both dishes contained the perfect amount of flavor and heat. Anyone going to Slims should absolutely stop here for a most excellent pre-show dinner. Me, it's a return destination on it's own.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2015

Great food, good for groups, nice service. I also love their happy hour!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2015

Casual dining and excellent meal.
This was my second time eating at the Basil Canteen. Both times I've thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Presentation was impressive. My lamb red curry was fabulous. Well worth the drive from the East Bay.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2015

I like the place not in love with it.
I find the place a little too loud , if you like to share your table is a good place to do so.
Not much for that . like to dine with the person I choose to not with strangers

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2015

The most delicious Thai food I have ever tasted! Enjoyed a fun girls night out for dinner and drinks at this wonderful venue. I am definitely coming back soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2015

The food was good and the restaurant itself was really pretty inside but the large party that blocked the stairs to the main dining were totally oblivious to anyone else. There's a major bottleneck going from the front door past the large group. The notice carried upstairs and service was slow... Probably b/c oblivious guests wouldn't let servers by or they were taking up a lot of the attention from the staff. I'm sure we just went on a crazy night but that was the impression we got.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2015

We had dinner here with some friends prior to seeing a show at the hypnodrome. Everything was fresh & delicious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2015

The ambiance is great, very industrial and cool. The menu looks good, tons of choices. We had a beef noodle dish in lime curry sauce which had great flavor but the meat was terrible, chewy and with an old taste to it as if it wasn't fresh. The pumpkin curry chicken dish was just okay- nothing impressive and the spring rolls tasted frozen. In short, I won't be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2015

This place has some of the best thai food in the Bay area. Easy, comfortable place to have an informal dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 3, 2015

Great food meets great atmosphere. First time here got me back for a second round the next night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 26, 2015

The food was very tasty and just the right amount. We also tried their cocktails, which were not bad. However, we were out of there in 45 minutes after having soup, appetizer, main, and dessert. The waitress had taken my plate before my husband was even finished with his...I thought that was very rude.

So if you do want a fast meal, come here. But if you want to sit and enjoy your Sunday evening, I suggest looking else where.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2015

Although I don't live in the neighborhood I will go here when I am reviewing the near by Oasis Club or Thrillpedder's production on 10th. Thai food is excellent and you get big helpings. Quiet for conservations which I like.

Richard Connema

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 30, 2015

The food is artful, composed of the freshest ingredients and is absolutely delicious. The service is attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2015

Basil Canteen is another one of our favorite go-to restaurant. The food is always delicious. It's really good for groups and street parking is pretty easy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2015

A very pleasant Thai place with good food. My cocktail was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2015

Waited 15 min to take the order 30 minutes to deliver main dishes and never re-filled water or drinks. Food was good, but service non-existent

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2015

From the moment we walked into the door the smell of the Thai basil nearly took me floating away. I loved it. Tables are very close to one another and lots of hard surfaces so the place is pretty noisy. I certainly woul not call it intimate. The food was very good, large portions and great flavors. Sort of an eclectic but extensive menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2015

What a great find. We were taking our daughter to the airport and found this via the internet. Great food, excellent service and very nice building. Highly recommended!

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