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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u
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service. Ambiance was great for group

DM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was unexpected but delicious and creative. Space is rather cavernous and loud but manageable.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went here for SF restaurant week, and was a little disappointed in the process. We were seated without receiving the RW menu, so had to ask for it additionally. When the courses came out, it was incredibly fast — we were still eating from the previous course when the next came out, ready to clear our plates. I think the speedy service would be great for a normal dinner format (ordering off the menu, not in courses), but we felt rushed and like we couldn’t enjoy each course. Staff was very friendly, however. The duck curry was delicious, tapioca dumplings were INCREDIBLE, but the larb gai was average. I would suggest to others looking for Thai food in the area specifically, but not as a out-of-your-way option.

SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week - great dinner options, very well worth it, would go again.

KM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Great spot for a large party. We had a table for 8 and enjoyed sharing dishes. Really tasty.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

such consistently good food and friendly staff

CM
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the green curry short ribs were amazing- and I loved the Thai- spiced corn fritter appetizer. The popcorn chicken appetizer was just ok. Food is SO GOOD here! Wish the music was a little quieter

CB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. I love the Mago Sticky rice above everything and the Full Moon cocktail

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solid. Great happy hour menu.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious pre-show dinner with delicious cocktails!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good experience and friendly staff. Overall everyone in our party enjoyed their meals.

D
San Francisco
49 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
83 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
15 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
9 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!

SB
New Mexico
372 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
7 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.