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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.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Thai, Asian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly from 5:30pm-10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Ambient Music and guest DJ on occasion
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.)
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.
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
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
I didn't like our waitress at all. She was a bit unfriendly and very inpatient. She didn't even like to give us a suggestion, or help us to pick since it was our first time there. She never smile or even asked us how was the food like she doesn't even care. It's not a warm or friendly place to me over all. The food is good but not that many choices.
Stopped in here with a relative that was in town. The exposed brick and ambiance is very nice, though the location (as others have stated) is kind of odd. The options for seating are plentiful enough. We went on a Sunday night so it was very quiet and we had our pick of seating. We brought our 2.5 yr old and newborn and they were very accommodating and had a spot set up for us in advance for the stroller and high chair. Food was good. I am used to thai food that is heavier in flavor. A couple of our dishes were a little bland but there were two others that were just right, so it could go either way depending on what you choose. The dishes seemed lighter than most thai so maybe they are cooking healthier than delivery style thai shops
I had a dinner there for my rommates birthday. We were sat on the second level, which is slightly tucked away from the hustle of the first floor and made us feel like we had our own private resteraunt. The food was well prepared and delicious.
Great experience. I'll come back.
Basil Canteen is my go-to place for dining with groups of 6 or more who like to share. There are so many things on the menu that family-style is the only viable option for sampling them. The downstairs communal table can be great fun. Drinks are Asian-inspired and tasty. My favorite is their take on a sake-tini: cold, unfiltered Nigori sake with lychee puree.
Great and authentic Thai food!! Our all time favorite is the cat fish dish. Don't miss it out! All the starters are great!! The presentations are beautiful and each dish has a nice size to share. The food is nice and light. I love that the chef uses lots of fresh vegetables.
Parking is super easy in this area, which is a big plus for a city like San Francisco.
Food was great- everything we ordered was wonderful. And the space is good-looking. But the service left a lot to be desired. Considering how few customers there were when we were there, it's amazing that they didn't pay more attention to us - it's like they purposely walked by us avoiding eye contact whenever we needed them.
We enjoyed our first visit to Basil Canteen. We've been to the older one, Basil Thai,and have loved the food there. This was very good also, with small plates or dinner dish options. Everything was served quickly, and was delicious. I'm looking forward to returning.
I was pleasantly surprised by how modern and attractive the restaurant looked on the inside, when the area in the neighborhood looks a bit rough. All of the staff was pleasant and helpful. They had a few vegetarian options to choose from, which is nice. My Japanese eggplant was cooked perfectly and tasted great. Good times.
Just shows how important good service is. This was my second visit in as many days, as the first combined good, authentic food and laid-back (in the right way), friendly service. The food was great on the second night too, but the waiter failed to crack a smile all night. That's fine, but left me feeling far less welcome or inclined to return. The ambience is cosy and quiet, though amazed how few people were in there, even on a Monday. Still, one of the best places within a few blocks, and would go again when in town.
We were waiting for a good 5-10 minutes before anyone showed up at the front to ask about seating. Once seated, I had to go find the server after 10-15 of waiting, just to get some water brought out. Once we finally recieved the food, however, it was quite good. Starting with the fried shrimp wontons, then moving on to the talay pad pong gari (stir fried prawns, calamari, and manila clams), and last with the kee mao talay (noodles with chili and manila clams). I'd recommend Basil Canteen again since the food was so good, but hopefully the service issue was uncommon.
The food at Basil Thai and Basil Canteen are great. However the wait service was terrible that night. The upstairs waiter vanished for a fairly long time. I'm guessing it was atleast 30min before another waiter showed up to seat more people in the upstairs section.
I was quite pleasantly surprised by the tasteful food. I especially liked the Thai tapas style food served. My friends and I were able to share all the different plates rather than have a traditional single full plate meal. I'd definitely go back and try other dishes.
The food here is excellent....the seating is uncomfortable and the building just seems cold, temperature wise. That's fine in the summer weather but now it just makes the place seem cooler. The food is wonderful. Every dish I've had has been very well prepared, full of flavor and tasty.
We went for a late night dinner (9pm) on a Sunday night. The lamb appetizer was mind-blowing, but everything else for the night was disappointing. Whole grilled octopus appetizer was overgrilled and left a burnt taste for the rest of the night. All 3 entrees (a tofu, stirred fried monk fish and toasted pork belly) were very underwhelming: you can barely find the monk fish bits amongst the greens, pork belly was weirdly soft/crunchy? Tofu was surprisingly the best of the lot (hard to mess with tofu).
Service was slow, even if there was less than 5 tables occupied that night. I don't remember my previous visit to be this disappointing. Perhaps the Chef is out on Sundays? :(
I'm used to normally going to their 'Big Sister' Basil Thai on Folsom between 8th and 7th St. This was my first visit to the Basil Canteen, not really realizing the atmosphere and menu is set up for more of a bar experience than a dining experience. So for me the food experience wasn't really as great as Basil Thai, but the service was excellent.The staff was very friendly, welcoming and accommodating. They had an upper dining level that was very private and perfect for a 'getting to know each other' first date. :) So if we had gone to Basil Thai my date and I would not have been allowed to hangout for several hours, like we did. So Basil Canteen was the right choice for that particular situation and I had a good time. :)
The food was great, but the service ruined the entire meal. When our server first greeted us and we attempted to order appetizers and drinks, he told us that we'd better just order everything now because he had a large group at another table and wouldn't be able to get back to us for awhile. We felt rushed, but we ordered our appetizers and our meal. Another server delivered our appetizers and we didn't see our waiter again.....ever. We ate our appetizers and waited for our entrees to come out, but had to get up to check on the rest of our food. We never saw our waiter again.
The location of the restaurant is great, as it is down the street from Slim's. However, the Thai food they serve left something to be desired. The dishes were overly sweet and also took an hour to get out to our table. A good point was that the waiters were attentively clearing our empty plates and glasses throughout the meal, and filling our water glasses. The decor inside was cool and classy, and I enjoyed the ambiance upstairs.
Basil Canteen has dishes you haven't seen other places. The tapioca dumplings (sakhoo saimu) are a MUST-TRY, and pair beautifully with a dab of the hot/sour sauce on the table (a variation of sriracha, I think). The house-infused spirits make great cocktails. The beef noodle bowl (kao soi neur) was fantastic, and reminded me of Malay more than what I've usually seen in Thai cuisine. The basil chicken (gai pad gra prow) was more familiar, but very well executed -- sweet, and subtle. We only had iced coffee for "dessert" (too full for more); it was sweet and cool, lovely after the spice.
Noise may've been quiet only b/c we went on Monday evening, but it was a nice dinner for our anniversary, and service was superb -- fast, friendly, helpfu
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