In its elegant eatery steeped in a relaxing ambience, Osha Thai Restaurant serves fresh cuisine originating in Thailand. Osha's fresh spring rolls with shrimp and a peanut dipping sauce, as well as the crispy Thai samosa stuffed with potatoes, carrots and spices, make for wonderful starters. Fragrant curry dishes like the beef and basil panang curry and the sweet and spicy prawns and pineapple curry are diner favorites. Osha Thai Restaurant also crafts a variety of noodle and rice dishes, such as the crab fried rice with egg and the rice noodle pad see ew with Chinese broccoli and a rich bean sauce.
Osha Thai's house specialties such as the sizzling tom yum seafood, filled with an assortment of wok-fried seafood and veggies in a hot and sour sauce, speak to the quality of ingredients and passion of the chef.
Well, I woldn't choose this restaurant if I were paying, because Thai food need not be expensive. But for a nice business lunch if you are near the Embarcadero Center, this is a great choice. Authentic Thai cuisine in very nice surroundings. Wait satff was very professional too.
My wife, sister, and I were looking for a restaurant in the area and I found this nearby.
For a Tuesday night it was quite lively.
Food - excellent tasting for a Thai restaurant. Service - impeccable. Didn't even need to ask for anything, the wait staff was always there with more water, requests for new food, drinks.
Osha Thai is an upscale restaurant, with steep prices on their food and drinks. I gave this restaurant an overall "Good" rating because of the term "Employer Mandates" on the bill. Really? You charge what you do and want to make that statement to your customers? The charge is miniscule and I understand its a fee to businesses for their workers to ensure they have health insurance in SF.
Don't insult me by putting this cost as a line item though. It's necessary that your workers are covered and that cost should be part of the prices I am already paying. Calling it out will make me think twice before going to this establishment again.
Nothing interesting or inspiring here.
Service was good but average.
Appetizers (marinated olives, bean minestra soup) were basic.
Entrees (farrotta mushroom risotto, chitarra hand cut pasta) were just way too salty.
Many better choices for the same money or less.
I have to say without a doubt, Osha Thai is one of the best restaurants. Located at the Embarcadero, you can literally see the Welcome to SanFrancisco Clock Tower
The night we went, the table we were given was right in front of the door so we were crowded by people waiting for tables and then frozen by the wind when the door was left open over and over again. Despite this, the food and service were absolutely excellent. Suggest asking for table away from the door!!
While visiting SF last week, my wife and I had dinner at Osha Tai at the Embarcadero. We have eaten lunch there two or three times during previous trips, but this was our first dinner experience and it proved to be the best dinner we had during our stay. A couple of provisos if you go on a Friday night...be prepared for some serious volume level; I could barely hear my wife for the first half hour (till I got used to the ambient noise). The frenetic atmosphere affected the staff--our waiter appeared quite stressed by all the activity--in fact, an altercation erupted across the dining room, but the staff handled it very professionally. As for the food, well, it was very good. My wife liked her rice and chicken dish and I very much enjoyed the beef and noodles. Our server gave me some good advice about how much heat to add. I'm sure we will eat there again on future trips, but may avoid the TGIF crowd.
Seems like all the Osha Thais are going downhill. Last time I went to this was it was amazing. This time all of the dishes were way too sweet, even though there was nothing to suggest their sweentess in the menu.
The food is very good but the noise is intolerable. I will never go there again.
One of my go to places when traveling to San Fran. I Would recommend reservations as they are busy for lunch and dinner. I had the pad Thai which was great. My colleague suggested the pumpkin curry.
The noise level overwhelmed us. Talking was very difficult. Gluten-free options were few.
This has now been added to the favorites list when traveling to San Francisco.
Although we had a reservation, our table was not ready and we definitely had to wait longer than 5 minutes to sit down. Our server forgot our drinks until long after we had our food. When we tried to get her attention, she would not even walk over to the table. She just yelled and waived us off. She apologized later when the drinks finally came. I was not offered a 2nd glass of wine.
great location - parking beneath - good food and quick service.
I've always loved their food but this night the service was not great
Very good service and cuisine. Good ambiance. Very attentive. Lovely location and seating all around.
Appetizers were ok. Most of the Food was salty. Our server, Peper, was not accommodating with our requests.
He had a nice smile, that was about it. Since the food was cooked in a closed kitchen, I didn't want to be picky and have something done to our food. Too expensive for the kind of food we could find at the mall.
We enjoyed the ambiance. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The prawn appetizer and the eggplant were excellent. The fish that we ordered was a little bland - but still good. It all went well with a nice bottle of wine. The service was excellent.
We have been to other Osha Thai's and those were really great, so we were very disappointed when the Embarcadero site turned out to be so bad. They were very disorganized and took forever just to even greet us. The service was terrible and impersonal, and they messed up several of our orders. Also, I didn't like how they brought the dishes out one at a time instead of together so we could begin eating at the same time.
Always enjoy eating her ---authentic Thai Food love the décor great food will always return
[Will definitely recommend to friends, family strangers and acquaintances As a matter of fact -- I I want to dine there now
The Curry was delicious as was the Pad Thai. Don't miss the Sticky Rice + Mango for dessert!
Come in a little later in the afternoon when it is quieter and less full. Service was excellent.
I dined at Osha Thai at Embarcadero many times, my favorite place to eat. I took my family (visiting from India) to OSHA for Dinner.
I ordered some stuff, which include Pineapple Fried Rice. My family is pure vegetarian, so i specifically mentioned NO EGG NO MEAT for the whole order. But Pineapple Fried Rice came with Egg Chunks in it. It was eating other stuff so i didn't notice that. In the end, I asked them to pack the remaining food (Pineapple Fried Rice), I will take that home. At home when i opened the BOX i noticed there was EGG pieces in it. I felt really bad because I took my vegetarian family to this place.
My last visit with my family changed my reviews about the place.
The food was really good. It wasnt my first time at the restaurant. Our waiter was nice, he was very busy though, but the hostess was rude, never smile and not nice at all, which is clearly the opposite as a hostess position it should be.
This was my second time eating here. It wasn't as good as the first time, i.e. service wasn't as attentive and food could have been a little hotter, but still great flavors in the meals. I'll be back when I'm in San Fran again
I have eaten at Osha thai many times before, for lunch and dinner. I went with a friend for his birthday dinner on Wednesday and the food was almost inedible. Everything was aggressively salty, and I am a fan of salty food. It was impossible to discern any flavors, only salt. The service was fair, but their was no offer to remake the dishes or remove the worst offenders from the check. No one seemed interested when we told them that the dishes were too salty to eat. Don't know if the kitchen has changes or it was an off night, but I would not go again.
I am blown away every time I visit Osha. The food is amazing, the ambiance is incredible, the location is unbeatable. I wish I could tell you what my favorite dish is, but I try something new each time, and each time I find a new favorite. Place can get packed quickly, but there is an awesome bar to help you forget about any wait. Highly, highly recommended if you want a memorable dinner.
The hostess at this restaurant was terrible. After waiting in line to be seated she completely ignored me and then asked the people behind me if they had a reservation then sat then. When she finally acknolodges me I told her we had a reservation. She told me she could find it. I told her don't you need to ask my name first? I then proceeded to show her my name on her iPad. She said wait a minute, walked away and then came back and asked me if I had a reservation. She did the same thing once more. Finally she said we have your table ready. We stood to the side and waited. While we were waiting the other hostess came by greeted the people behind us and asked them if the would like a table, did not ask if they had a reservation and say them at the table we were told was for us. We then asked the hostess what happened and she told us they had a reservation so that is why they were seated (I started to wonder if we were on a hidden camera show). We finally started making our disappointment know and finally were seated. The service after that and food were pretty good, but the two hostesses made the experience terrible.
Wonderful crab fried rice, creative and flavorful angry prawns. Restaurant decor is beautiful in every room. Outside seating has amazing ambiance and view, howerver is very tranquil. Service is exceptional.
The food was excellent! The Waitress was really impatient wich made us uncomfortable wanting to get out of the restaurant immediately!
Celebrated my friend's birthday here. Started with appetizers: yummy duck rolls and crab rangoon (crispy crab & cream cheese wontons). Entrees: lemongrass sea bass, pad thai, and sides of asparagus & eggplant & tofu. Everything was excellent--large portions to share. Since neither one of us wanted "spicy", they nicely accommodated our wishes. Service was attentive in spite of a busy Friday night.
I choose Osha Thai for a first date dinner. I was running late due to traffic on the 101. I called the restaurant and they moved the reservation back a half hour with no hesitation or complaint. They have a great bar, nice amibence and very good food - great place to eat.
They are spacious so go for groups but if your want to have conversant with everyone in your group, don't get middle table. Decibel level seems quite high. Our waitress only came back yo check with us once. Thereafter we had wave down her colleagues for service like getting more rice.
Enjoy this restaurant often. Good food and drinks. Upscale Thai with a down to earth feel.
Good all around thai food, large portions, best possible location for public transit and view...
We were torn over several menu items but once we made selections the dishes were great. Pumpkin curry was very seasonal and had just enough heat, the honey duck was a little too fatty, but great flavors.
We dined early on a Saturday and the noise level was elevated due to a few very loud children. Otherwise, the restaurant was very comfortable.
A group of us had dinner this week, and although the ambiance and food were good, the noise level was so loud that we had a hard time hearing each other. We were just so thankful that Osha's did not turn on the music. One of my friends also loved the fact that Osha's validated 2 hours' parking at Embarcadero Center! A great time we had.
Excellent dishes and very attentive staff. The food was great and our waiter was excellent.
I love this place! My first time there was with my parents and it was amazing. The service was really good. The staff was attentive. They weren't hawking at us and coming every ten min to ask how we were doing. The food was really good. I went the second time and had an even better experience. The price is right for the food. The curries are amazing!
This particular location is not the best one. Union Street Osha is better. Otherwise it's feels too touristy .
Our lunch started out fine, apps were decent, and when our mains came, the server announced our dish as medium spicy pad thai. I told her that we had ordered spicy pad thai. She seemed puzzled and still started to set the dish down. I nicely mentioned again that we had ordered "spicy" pad thai. She went to the kitchen came back very quickly, and as we suspected she just dumped some chilis on top. We thought, let's give this a try. As we mixed the dish and started to eat, there was no heat in the dish at all, not even from the chilis she had tossed on top. Very disappointing.
The food was delicious, and every dish artistically plated. Our server was cheerful and attentive. We sat near the kitchen which is normally distracting, but rather enjoyed watching plate after beautiful plate come out. I want to try everything on the menu!