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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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4.5

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4.2

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4.3

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4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food was great. Service was awful! The server was rude, didn’t check on us, will as us a question and just walk away leaving us at mid sentence. Finally she didn’t ask if we needed coffee or desert. She just brought the bill! And actually we wanted desert. It was just a bad experience. Very disappointed and I was embarrassed to have suggested this place.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always have a good time at basil vsnteen. Food is delicious and varied.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food, we all had a great time here and enjoyed our meals. Would come back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious food as always! Got to sit upstairs and everyone in our party enjoyed it! I do wish the restaurant had some sound proofing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Nice staff and very accommodating. We were a big group and things went smoothly.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was really great, with a good price, especially for San Francisco. Unfortunately, it was a hot day and we had to sit upstairs, which made it a hot experience in so many ways ;) I recommend more fans or air conditioning.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Nice and peaceful. Food was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Prepare to speak loudly. Food was terrific.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Perfect for a big group; ample room at the table and we could still see and hear each other. There was one dish that was just so salty that no one much of it. I'd come back though - it was a good experience, plus it was easy enough to get to and leave from. They do close early for a Saturday night (kitchen closed at 10:00 pm). We got our orders in on time and they let us hang out past 11.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The restaurant called the day before the reservation to say they had a problem in the kitchen and they would be closed until after the weekend. They made a reservation for us at their sister restaurant, Thai Basil, also on Folsom, between 7th and 8th.
This review is for that restaurant. Overall very good, a bit noisy. But they have happy hour specials on small plates and drinks that make it an awesome value! Food is very good. Will go back there as well!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

This was my second time visiting Basil Canteen and each time, I've walked away very happy. The food is wonderful with lots of flavor and color. The veggies are cooked to perfection! I'm only sad that I couldn't take my leftovers to go since I was on my way to a show for the evening. Highly recommended!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The menu here is very similar to Canteen's sister restaurant, Basil Thai. All our food was excellent, with many dishes that you don't usually see at your average Thai place. We sat upstairs, which was nice because it was a little quieter. Great experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Food was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We went before theater and happily had Happy Hour cocktails and small plates at a very reasonable price! Very good indeed!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great food, nice structure, uncomfortable chairs mixed results on cocktails.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fun, Spicy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Delicious options! Great for big parties!

The shrimp was perfectly cooked.
Great amount of options for vegetarians and meat lovers.

The service was okay, we felt s little rushed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

In family style fixed menu need flexibility to switch and pick

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

I chose Basil Canteen as dinner spot nearby a bar where I was hosting my birthday party. I've been here before and love the food, ability to host larger parties (we were 8) and proximity to fun bars. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Everyone loved our food!

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Spicy, fresh and delicious Thai food. nteresting cocktails, great ambience and friendly waitstaff.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Spicy, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Brought the office gang here since they can seat a large party (12). We went family style and had a great time. The place is relatively quiet and good for large party conversations. The wait staff provided very good service and was attentive. The food is extremely good here and the range of options is terrific. The prices are reasonable for food and drinks. While not a fancy place, this place is great for a casual business meeting or a get together with friends/family. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Good flavor, Comfort thai cooking ,friendly atmosphere

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Food was awesome as usual.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2017

I had the pleasure of having dinner here with myself and 11 of my colleagues. Not only was the food delectable but the service and staff went up and beyond! I totally recommend this place!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I went with some friends for dinner. The food was good and they have great options but service was problematic. I ordered noodles with tofu and it came without them and so they had to add it later to my dish. Also they took away the spicy add on things from our table while we were still eating. The waitress didn't even care to ask if we were done with it.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Last minute booking on Valentine's day. To my surprise, restaurant had great atmosphere and was very accommodating even though we brought our toddler with us. Food was decent/average, but staff was very attentive. I would recommend this restaurant if you want a place for casual dinning.

Tags: Spicy, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2017

They were not diligent about checking on ingredients for a dish when told one of the diners at my table had a food allergy, and he had an attack. They were then initially argumentative that they had checked everything but finally admitted their error, but it was careless.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Was great for a team dinner - would book again. Good service, good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Waited a long time - 30 min - despite having a reservation. Food not as good as sister location.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Service and selection was great for a large group! Everyone was very pleased.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Great lunch spot with coworkers. I made a reservation in advance and they sat me at my own table vs. a communal one. Lunch rush can be busy so expect a bit of a wait for food. It's my local go-to spot.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Great service and some tasty dishes. We were a group of 9 and we're treated remarkably well considering all our special requests. Will keep coming to Basil often!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great tasty food! Wait staff very friendly! I was there for a late night food.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

You HAVE to order the dick and cabbage dumplings to start abs the fried bananas and young coconut ice cream for dessert. Incredible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Basil Canteen has decent Thai cuisine, and it certainly helps that the staff is mostly Thai. The drinks are good, a bit weak though - the Greyhound needs a bit more vodka to give it a kick. The friend chive cakes as an appetizer don't look very appealing, but they taste as expected. The tofu dishes are very good, and the other ones frankly were common Americanized thai dishes that were not very memorable. On the fence as to whether I will return to Basil Canteen for a second chance.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2016

We were able to make a reservation for a group of 12 only a few days in advance, and the staff were willing to change the location of the table after we arrived. I appreciated their flexibility. Service was fast and efficient, and the food was excellent!

Tags: Fun, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2016

We started with the duck filled dumplings and they were delightful paired with a spicy jalapeño dipping sauce. Next came a battered chicken stir-fry that was overcooked. I would not order that again. The shrimp and pumpkin curry with pineapple was amazing! Perfectly cooked and seasoned. I would go back just this dish. I can't even remember the 4th dish - it was uninspired.

We arrived before they got busy and service was ok, but the couple seated next to us that arrived 10 min later suffered from slow service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Basil Canteen is a great restaurant with an over-abundance of Thai dishes but the service was horrible. Yes, it was a Monday night and the staff did apologize.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Very nice place. We seated in the loft. Had 6 kids. Our waiter was very accommodating and friendly. Great experience. Food was great. Glad we came here for our special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Good food and very accommodating service made for a great dinner with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Delicious food, great variety, nice atmosphere. Will have to go back for the bar

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