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Permanently Closed - O3 Bistro & Lounge

391 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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O3 Bistro and Lounge is a beautifully designed place to dine out. The place is comfortable and has a welcoming atmosphere. It has large windows to allow diners to enjoy the outside world while enjoying their meals. The inside has a rustic, spiritual feel to it. Its walls are decorated with large paintings of Buddha in mediation and the pillars are decorated with vinyls and tiles to add a sense of finesse.

There are parking facilities and catering facilities offered by the O3 Bistro and Lounge. The flavor at O3 Bistro and Lounge are kept uncomplicated and simple. Cooked from freshly produced ingredients, the highlights at O3 Bistro and Lounge include Pan Seared Wagyu burger and Stake Steamed Manila Clams.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Thai, Pan-Asian, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch Hours:
Monday – Sunday 11am to 3:00pm

Dinner Hours:
Monday - Sunday 3pm to 10:30pm

Happy Hour:
Monday – Friday 4pm to 8pm
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Phone number
(415) 934-9800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
McAllister Street
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Live Music and DJ available for special weekend events (call restaurant for details)
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Special events & promotions
Please contact for special events.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

We were a party of 6 and it was not very busy when we arrived. We were pleased with the selection of dishes and wine, but the wine we chose was out, so we had another choice which was very good. All the dishes were well prepared and mostly seasoned nicely. Often at Thai/Lao restaurants, I think the food is too salty from a heavy hand with fish sauce. Not so at O3. One of our dishes was accidentally not delivered, but we had already filled up with the other things we ordered so this was not a problem. Favorites were the crispy rice salad and the pad thai noodles. We also enjoyed the green curry shrimp. The shrimp were cooked perfectly - not over-done and rubbery as can happen. Four of us ordered the iced coffee, which was strong but a little too sweet for my taste. We were in and out in 90 minutes which felt leisurely and made it to our theater show in plenty of time.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

we were looking for a place close to Davies Hall. The restaurant was perfect. A five minute, walk, not crowded, not loud and good Thai food. I was surprised it wasn't packed. Not the least expensive Thai food in the city, but definitely worth it. The ingredients seemed really fresh and the spice level was just right for us. Love finding a restaurant where everyone at the table can have a conversation without yelling. Highly recommend.

lutke (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

Everything was delicious. The portions were quite generous. We asked them to make the spicy dishes on the tame side and they were perfect. For five people we had three vegetable dishes to share (eggplant was a standout) and everyone had their own entree. We will be back!

JaneP (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

Had a wonderful pre-theater dinner at O3. The food was tasty with lovely presentation, and the staff was attentive and friendly. Don't miss the signature cocktails.

Swiftwater (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

O3 Bistro and Lounge is within walking distance from San Francisco City Hall on Van Ness Avenue. It's great for all the occasions I marked above. The Thai food is as expected, and service is acceptable. It's a mainstay for us employees at City Hall, very convenient.

operalover (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Our entree arrived before two of our appitizers. The appetizers are good, not so much for the entrees. Go there because there is not much choice on that side of Van Ness and close to the opera house.

AnaG (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

My brother and I needed a place for dinner close to the opera house. O3 Bistro is conveniently lacated within one block. I was looking forward to dining, but was a bit disappointed with the food and service. My brother ordered a seafood dish which was too spicey. The server did not warn him about the heat. I ordered the trout that came with a mountain of mango slivers. Presentation was nice, but the waitress should have cut and served this dish. It was difficult to get onto my plate. The lychee friut cocktail was delicious, but wait staff unattentive until the bill came. Then they hovered like vulchers waiting for the kill. I would go back for drinks only.

porcinigirl (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

The food was pretty terrible. I don't plan on ever going back.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2016

Wonderful, delicious meal with generous portions. Each of the 5 of us ordered something different, lamb, ribeye, chicken, coconut shrimp, etc. and each was spectacular and plenty to share. Very swift service allowed us plenty of time to visit, enjoy dinner, and make it to the ballet on time. I highly recommend.

Anne (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

The food here is good, however the service not so much. The wait staff is friendly, but they're not knowledgeable and they're extremely inefficient. Many also have trouble with English. They clearly need better training. If you're on your way to a performance, be sure to leave plenty of time.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

Coconut shrimp dish was good. The spring roll was substandard. The only really great thing was the cocktail. Wish I'd known happy hour only applies to the bar area. Would've been happier paying less given the quality of the food

Linnea (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 7, 2016

Laotian/Thai food. There was almost nothing on the menu I recognized, but our server was very helpful. My dinner partner and I shared a soup and a curry. Both were very flavorful and beautifully presented.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

Great place! We ordered the chicken skins, chicken pad thai, fried trout, pork belly w/ Chinese broccoli, Thai iced tea and Sao Lao = all were really good, especially the trout and the chicken skins.

We had an early dinner, but noticed the live band/DJ set up. I'd be interested in checking that out at a later date.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

The food was fabulous. The bar area was hopping. The place was full by 6:15. Very nice ambiance though tables were close together. Reasonable prices. Would have tried more dishes if we were a group but it was only two of us. We had soup...fantastic...and two main courses. One was the green curry rice with shrimp (shrimp was extra but they portion was generous). Fantastic. And we had fried whole trout with mango. Everything was amazing.

I highly recommend.

Misinka (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 8, 2016

Very tasty, fresh and light Asian fusion food, recently with more prompt service, in a pleasant soothing and quiet surroundings.

vipPapayaSalad (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 3, 2016

Server was courteous, prompt, and helpful to answer my friends' questions. Order of food service was a bit off. Maybe they were slammed in the BOH, but the tables were only 2/3 full.

The quantity of sticky rice was pathetically small ; beyond ridiculous. However, the Lao sausage was very good, not super spicy, not super salty, and I would recommend this dish to you pork lovers. Don't bother with the fried chicken wings, nothing special, just meh. In general, the dishes weren't really traditionally Lao spicy. Actually, not even close. Their dishes cater to folks who might like to dip their toe into Southeast cuisine. Slightly larger quantities of the salads would be greatly appreciated, especially at the price points that they ask.

The restaurant is beautiful and has a soothing ambiance. The staff people were very nice and attentive. I hope the chefs will bump up slightly the quantity and dramatically increase the flavor profiles of their appetizers and salads; they weren't bad, but they weren't outstanding either. I felt like they were exercising too much restraint for Isaan style food.

I want this place to succeed as we need more Asian restaurants in this area to complement the plethora of European restaurants in Civic Center.

Would I come back? Maybe. Its convenient location and really kind staff is a big plus.

sparkle11 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

We had a wonderful dinner before a show atSHN on Saturday night. The restaurant decor is very stylish. Our waitress was extremely helpful as my son has a severe dairy allergy. She keep checking with the kitchen and informing us of the dairy free dishes, which is a big plus in a restaurant. We were able to order completely dairy free food, so we could all share. The food comes quick and is plentiful. We plan to return next time we are in SF, great pre- theater location as well.

viprubberblues (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

This was second visit and not as good. Waitress could hardly speak English. Went here before Jazz Center show. The ribeye salad was so tough that we had to send it back. The duck was very greasy. The seafood combo was good. I would only go back if there was no other place to eat early. Too bad. Nice atmosphere.

LIzzyB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2016

I reserved a table for seven for lunch. We arrived on time and was greeted by the hostess who guessed that we were the party with a reservation. We were promptly seated and given just enough time to peruse the menu. We ordered and the food was prepared really quick - it came out piping hot and aromatic. It was delicious. The pad Thai with chicken was good, but I was most impressed with the Pad Thai with shrimp; they were huge and I was told very good. A few had a rice dish and said that was good, as was the curry. The bill was a little more than $100 ad that included tax and tip. This will be my go to lunch spot when in the City.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

Wanted to try this restaurant before going to the symphony. Entered at 6:15, with only 3 other tables occupied, it took the waitress 15 to 20mins to take our order. We were a bit concerned. However, once the food is ordered, they came quickly. We had the Tom Yum Gong soup, Lamb chop, basil eggplant, and a side of brown rice. All the dishes were delicious though a tad on the salty side. The lamb chop was especially well prepared - marinated and grilled to med rare with curry sauce on top. We ordered the Petite Syrah, which in hind sight we should have returned. It tasted like it's been opened for a while. Overall, food is exceptional. Service is good once you get some.