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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

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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 October 3, 2011

Great traditional Thai in a great industrial style venue at a great price and easy (for San Francisco) to park on the street!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2011

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2011

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

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 23, 2011

If you want OT credit, make sure the hostess marks you present at the reservation desk. Tasty food, ample and plated nicely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2011

Nothing special but a pretty space and nice for a quick neighborhood lunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on May 28, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2011

Really good food in a very unique and edgy environment. Been there twice and would go back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2011

Great place, lovely ambience, good food. We go there from our office for lunch regularly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2011

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2011

Always love Basil Canteen......the food is spicy, unusual Thai street fare with a flair......the interior is very cool........

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2011

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2011

Service was average at best... This place will work best if you only focus on the Food, which is absolutely delicious. The wine list was also sub-par... Again, left happy b/c of the Food, period.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2011

Enjoyed a nice Valentine's Day dinner there. Will definitely be back again. Food was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2011

Great place! The fresh spring rolls were different than other places (in a good way) the peanut sauce for them was a little watery, but had a nice flavor. The "drunken beef" was a nice portion and great taste.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2011

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2011

Amazing food! We only wished we weren't going out after so we could have taken the leftovers!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on January 9, 2011

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2010

Loved the very unique menu selections! There were many things that I had never heard of, all of which were DELICIOUS! We would go back again and agin!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 17, 2010

Probably the best Thai food in SF!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2010

We were 30min late and they still had a table for us. Incredible!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2010

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2010

The food was good, but expensive, and doesn't hold up to the big sister, Basil, in flavors, depth of menu, value for food received.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2010

The staff was very friendly and were very helpful. Todd and Arun were great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2010

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? :(

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2010

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. :)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2010

We had a very pleasant dining experience at Basil Canteen. The food was great. And even there's a couple of big parties around us we were still able to get our service and food in a reasonable timing. Definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 19, 2010

Great food. Friendly people. Service was a little too slow but the food made up for it. Very clean, modern, and unique atmosphere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2010

Was a great place to celebrate a birthday -- wonderful long table right by the bar!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2010

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2010

The food here is EXCELLENT - perfect proportions, authentic Thai flavors. Everything was DELICIOUS. The service was fair, but the cool interior of this place makes it a very fun spot - we'll be back for sure!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2010

We had a fairly large group and they were most accomodating. The food selection was fantastic and tempting to try more than we needed. Everyone enjoyed their selections emmensely. A definite recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2010

If you like lamb chops (or if you're not sure)...this is the place to get them. The mix of Thai seasonings and the lean lamb is insanely good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2010

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2010

Slow service initially. Had to send back pad Thai because it was too rubbery. Other dishes were good and very flavorful.

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