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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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4.3

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4.3

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4.0

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Moderate

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2015

Food wasn't what we expected but ok. Service was not so great. A bit disappointing but food was still quality.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2015

Location isn't the best but the food is worth the trek. Noise made it hard to hear but the food was delicious. Cant wait to go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2015

The food here is really great. So far this is the best Thai food I've found in San Francisco. Also, the prices are reasonable. So it is a truly excellent value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2015

Food was very good, our server was very friendly. Enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2014

We had a reservation on NYE for 6 people and had a late additional guest -- they accommodated us with no problem and didn't make the dinner experience feel rushed (although they were packed and no doubt had another group just after us). The food and drinks were fantastic, the service excellent and it gave us a great start to the night. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2014

Great dinner out at Bail Canteen! We were a group of 11 and everyone found something they enjoyed on the menu. Lots of small dishes to start with and affordable entrees ranging from $11-16. Good portion size and very tasty. Service was fast, and they offered a nice assortment fun cocktails. Must go for Happy Hour 5-7pm and then follow with dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 13, 2014

Friendly staff and accommodating for our larger party. Good was great as we enjoyed each dish family style. Service was ok but the place was packed so somewhat expeted. For good Thai, I would recommend you try this place out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2014

A quite pleasant, reasonably priced Thai restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2014

We sought the opinion of a SF foodie and were told to book at Basil Canteen@11th Street. We were not sorry! The staff was very friendly and helpful. We had a nice table for four upstairs. The food selections were many and all the dishes we ordered were excellent. The bar drinks were also great; two of us had ketel vodka with grapefruit juice. Our waiter took the time to describe the dishes so we could order exactly what we wanted. We asked for the food to be mildly spice and it was. Many times in Thai restaurants we ask for this but our request is ignored.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2014

We went there in the early evening, when it wasn't crowded yet. Service was attentive, but food was not up to par with previous visits or other Thai restaurants. It was clearly fresh, but it was overall bland. We have the vegetarian rolls, they were good but too greasy. Then we had the drunken beef and the pad see Ho (spelling might be wrong); nothing bad with them, but a bit more seasoning would have helped.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2014

I enjoyed my meal. Food was great, Saketini was great and the staff was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2014

Incredible food and ambiance. Booked a group of girls and it was quiet enough for us to talk.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2014

Appetizers outstanding including one dollar oysters that weren't tiny, and I rather delicious. The only drawback was very loud & live room which made conversation difficult. The food was worth the noise;-)!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2014

The food is delicious. A great and real Thai Restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2014

Basil Canteen's appetizers (salads, taro fries, etc) were DELISH, but none of the main dishes were as amazing as I hoped.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2014

Delicious food, beautifully cooked and full of variety. We will be back to eat our way through the menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2014

The food is pretty good. Surprisingly nice beer list.

Love the interior: open, high ceilings, industrial-ish furnishings. Services was slow and spotty, but overall fairly courteous.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2014

Our table was ready when we arrived (party of 10). Great menu with a lot of options. Good if you prefer individual plates rather than family style.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2014

I meet a friend from the East Bay at this restaurant -- chosen because of its proximity to BART, and easy parking for me at lunch. We keep returning because it has an extensive menu, lots of choices to fit our moods, and good prices for the quality. Had a delicious/unusual chive cakes (I loved, she liked -- so I got an extra!), grilled pork satay, and papaya salad today. Great service, and only $13 each (pre tip).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2014

The seating upstairs was romantic and comfortable. I recommend making a reservation, I was seated right away.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2014

Visited the location on a Saturday Night. We did not have any real idea of what to expect - but either way were blown away. Excellent quality ingredients and excellent final dishes. Full of flavours, spices - just great. Definitely a place to return to ASAP. Found the wine list a little lacking - but the food IS the priority :)

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 25, 2014

Basil was bustling at 8:30 Friday night but we were seated promptly, had a great server and all six of us found our choices to be delicious -- so much so that there wasn't sharing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2014

We love it!!! Great Food... We have been back a number of times and we keep bringing new friends. Thanks!

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 (Berlin)·Dined on April 11, 2014

It is a very active and lively crowd. Noisy and Noisier. Food was good, interesting and service was good,

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2014

It's a little hard to find, but it is well known. Highly recommend a reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2014

The lemongrass chicken was fantastic, and the drunken beef was a close runner up. Also tried the chive cake appetizers which I would definitely get again, super flavorful and interesting cakey texture. Almost like a Thai latke. I also enjoyed the decor and layout - why is brick so cool? Anyway, cool space. I went here on a date but it would be great for a group, since everything is a la carte and it's a pretty spacious/open layout. Didn't try any of the cocktails but they all sounded tasty.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2014

Maybe because it was the second upscale Asian restaurant I'd been to in two days, both with bland versions of food I have had better for less money elsewhere in SF....this was fine, interesting menu of dishes beyond the usual, but neither the papaya salad nor the strip steak was better than average.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2014

The food was really great. We ordered family style and there were no bad choices. The restaurant is a little bit noisy, but overall it is a good spot for either a small or large group.

Would recommend to anyone!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Went there for the first time this week end with my husband. We were very delighted by the place and particularly by the food. Very tasty food at reasonable price. Service efficient and smiling. We will definitely come back !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2014

Nice vibe and decor, noise level was loud + doors were open hearing street noise with cars zipping by, buses etc (not cool). Service was okay, they tried to provide but I had to catch their attention a few times as lunch crowd was streaming in. Food was good but nothing memorable. I know it's Thai food which can be hot/spicy but all our meals came with a bit more spice than what I would call normal.The Kiramaya cocktail was good and the wife liked her silky sky. The appetizers were pretty good. Overall would be a 3/5

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 1, 2014

The menu is a refreshing, selection of tasty and authentic Thai dishes, and the modern open concept dining room is comfortably spacious and attractive.

It was my first visit, so I was impressed by the dining room and the menu. Unfortunately the cocktails were weak and the food was overly salted.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2014

The food and service are wonderful!! I have been to this restaurant several times and have not been disappointed. Small restaurant so be sure to make reservations for popular nights. Definitely try the Thai sweet chili-glazed baby back ribs appetizer. Yum!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2014

The bar was nice to hang after work. Happy hour is very happy and the food was good portion. Friendly bar tender with good cocktail!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2014

Went there with a friend - great for conversation, but food was not as good as I expected from Basil's. Started with the chives cakes, which were slightly over cooked but still tasty - would have liked more schirachi and less soy sauce. Also had Larb, which wa a little under seasoned for my taste (we'd ordered medium heat) and the drunken beef, which was by far the best dish of the evening. Jasmine rice was beautifully prepared, fluffy and sticky at the same time. We ended with the mango and coconut forbidden rice - mango slices were perfectly ripe and the rice was just sweet enough. But my cocktail - a lemongrass/vodka concoction was too sweet and also had a slight artificial taste. But good value for $. Will go again for ambiance & chat

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2014

Great food! Great value! Definitely try the Thai sweet chili-glazed baby back ribs! Amazing!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2014

This is a great meeting place to rendevouz with your friends. Food and presentation and service is a definite plus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 2, 2014

We had dinner at 7:30 on Thursday evening and had a wonderful meal. Waitress was very helpful. We enjoyed a nice variety of dishes including traditional favorite pad Thai and several curries. All were delicious. Very reasonable prices. Interesting building. Very few diners there that evening. We were a party of six and for about an hour we were the only ones there. Neighborhood was a little sketchy, so perhaps there is a larger lunch than dinner crowd. In any event, we had a very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Checked out this place for a quick dinner the other night - new year's eve. I'm a huge fan of their sister restaurant a few blocks away, Basil Thai. I was very happy with the food and it's nicely priced. Seems like a good spot for groups; if you're a group of two I'd recommend sitting downstairs as the second floor loft can get quite loud. The service wasn't great--no one really check on us and we had a hard time getting server's attention. Overall, this is a nice, affordable neighborhood spot but nothing to go out of the way for.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2013

The roti was delicious! I definitely plan to go back for more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2013

Food and service were good. The taro tempura fries were very good, unique and different so definitely get these! The pad thai was good as well. I wouldn't say it was anything special compared to other places. But it was convenience to get to on a busy evening. I've been to their sister restaurant Basil Thai which is also good.

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