Lao Table

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$30 and under
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Thai

Lao Table on Second Street is a contemporary restaurant and lounge that serves traditional Thai cuisine as well as a variety of Asian fusion dishes. There are various branches located throughout San Francisco and each is popular for its trendy ambiance and swanky presentation. The menu at Lao Table includes several vegetarian options so that everyone can enjoy something. There’s also a wide selection of specialty cocktails that you can choose from to accompany your meal.

Popular starters at Lao Table include crispy frog legs tossed with Gilroy sauce, sea salt and black pepper and house special spring rolls featuring rice paper rolls stuffed with shrimp, lettuce and mint. For your main course, try an entrée like the volcanic beef made with premium USDA certified flank steak or sautéed asparagus and tofu with garlic sauce.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service from the outset - the person who greeted us was rude and that set the tone for the rest of the evening. The severs were rude uninterested and basically slammed the food on the table.

The waiters tried to make up for it but the poor service had marred our experience. They didn’t acknowledge the birthday celebration at all.

F
San Francisco
213 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

I would not recommend this place anymore, at least not on Saturday night. It was like a night club in there. Loud music, loud people, nonexistent staff. We were given the worst possible table in the entire restaurant, right by the exit door. As you can imagine, lots of people used either to leave or to enter the restaurant. It was very annoying and cold. Our waitress decided we weren't worth her time, she even admitted out loud that she was too slow taking our order. We only saw her three times and the third time only because we managed to flag her down to ask for the check. There were people congregating by the bar which was also close to us, the whole dinner seemed rushed and uncomfortable. The only good thing was the food - excellent pineapple fried rice (enough for two meals btw, so great value for money) and roasted chicken with sweet chili dip and sticky rice was okay too. We shared a bottle of Riesling which was nicely chilled - thank you. However, due to the terrible ambiance and the lack of service, we will stick to Osha next time.

TD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, good drinks and efficient service. It’s a loud and lively space but that comes with a full house. Probably not ideal for a quiet date but great for a group.

BL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, but a little pricey. Mentioned on OpenTable that we were celebrating a birthday, but they didn't acknowledge.

TT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a great time at Lao Table. Service was good, especially at the bar where we started with happy hour and proceeded to dinner afterwards. Quality of the food was good but I’ve had better for the prices that they charged. Ambiance was good but the noise level can make it challenging to have conversations with the people in your party. I still would recommend this restaurant and plan on going back. The location makes it very easy to get to whether by car or Bart.

SB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service. Truly lovely people. Thank you for a wonderful evening

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Sucked, they placed us right next to the door and left it open

SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food, but the noise level was intolerable. I could not converse with my friends, and left with a bad headache.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was poor compared to others tried very noisy Hip hop style music drinks expensive would not recommend

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Too loud for a biz lunch but presentation of food on every table looked great.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Lao table has been consistently wonderful and one of our favorite office lunch spots! Service is consistently great and the food has been excellent. However, this time around, the food was sub par. The fish was warm and had gone bad and the chicken basil, fairly greasy. Very surprising.

DD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sat at the bar for happy hour oysters. Great value but the mignonette didn't have much flavor. Wished they had horseradish. Also the TVs are way too high for comfortable viewing.

GB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious but it took a while to come out. Drinks were outstanding. The service was great, but it was slow.

JD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very loud to where you are yelling at each other even though place was half full. Papaya salad was inedible because it had a very unpleasant fishy taste. Service was very slow and we were asked to move after being seated so a larger party could take our table. A new waiter didn’t come for 10 minutes.

l
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

really delicious meal - love this place - would recommend

DL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fabulous and everyone enjoyed eating here. I have sent 3 different groups here to eat and they have all came back raving about the food. The noise is a little loud but it also adds to the group ambiance.

MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant! Good food, nice ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My table was wobbly, but we were near the host stand so we grabbed half their business cards and fixed it ourselves :)

D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good, but host/waiter was extremely rude. Rushing us out. Didn’t even ask if we want to take our leftovers or not and took them away. Very disappointing ☹️!

OT
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delish, but super loud and hard to hear my guests.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food, but still finding its legs with how popular it is. Waited a very long time to be seated despite having a reservation, and took a very long time again to get out of there after we were done as our server was nowhere to be seen (eventually I hunted someone else down to get the check). Front of house super disorganized. Hopefully they’ll get there.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We were one of very few people in the restaurant for lunch as we arrived around 11:30. Around noon the place was packed. Unfortunately they misplaced our order so we didn’t start eating until 12:40. The gave us complimentary Thai iced teas which was nice, but I would have rather they comp’d our appetizer instead. The food is very good and high quality and the prices reflect that. I would only go here on special occasions.

j
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun place, good size portions.

P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Really bad staff, service and hospitality

N
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional presentation and delicious meal. Prices were on the high side. We would gladly return but the noise level was SOOOOOO LOOOUUUUUDDD, we two could not have a conversation.

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Pineapple and Chicken rice bowl came with 2 shrimp, the rest chicken. The coconut drink was really good! Service was slow.

SN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Never tried Laotian food before and wasn't sure what to expect but we were very happy we went. Cuisine is sort of a fresh twist on traditional Thai and, I felt, was more flavorful and diverse. Great place for a business dinner or a date with friends - can be a little on the loud side but not deafening and the decor is light and inviting. If you've got a group, the sample appetizer is a perfect mix of many flavors and we had the basil chicken, Pad Pho Beef and a vegetarian dish, all of which were excellent. If you like soccer tread cautiously - we decided to start with the medium and glad we did since that was more comparable to other restaurants hot which was perfect for us. Definitely recommend a try - we'll be back next time we're in town!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Beautiful presentation of dishes, quick service, solid food

NL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice restaurant. Good was good. Service was off. The restaurant is way too loud.

KS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My husband had been raving about this place and wanting to take me here for years. He enjoys dining here at lunch with co-workers, and raved about the many different plates they have. We dined on Saturday night, were seated quickly but on the side of the restaurant near the service bar even though I listed in the reservation it was our anniversary. It seemed there was more lively action in the main dining area, the only action we witnessed were drinks being churned out and a few glasses broken. There were many dishes that looked yummy on the menu, however given the price, we ordered two entrees. They were decent, but nothing rave-worthy and certainly not worth the price tag in our opinions. We were going to stay and try dessert, but the hostess then seated a couple with a giant baby stroller next to us (at almost 9pm mind you!) and so we left and headed elsewhere for dessert. For the price tag and the sub-par food, we will not be returning or recommending.

IR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I just wish waiters could be faster but they are super friendly

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Will come back again :) ate the crispy sticky rice salad and fried pork belly which were both delicious.

KE
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten several times at Lao Table. The service is excellent. The food is mostly delicious. I recommend the raw Tuna Tartar Appetizer with avocado and mango it is outstanding (served with fresh apples and wafer thin wonton chips). The duck larb which was also scrumptious spiced perfectly, moist, lean and served with an array of fresh vegetables and herbs (endive,lettuce. Basil and mint). My major disappointment was a series of changes on the menu. Deletion of the smoked duck liver and the grilled wagyu beef which were signature dishes. Those two dishes were the reason I returned several times to dine at Lao Table. They were amazing artistic culinary dishes that had a wow factor. To find them off the menu and no upscale replacement items left the menu a bit like many other South East Asian fusion restaurants. The menu itself seemed reduced and substantially modified from my last visit. In fact, the eggplant and tofu curry and the beef dish we ate had similar sauces and flavor profiles. The quality of beef was below average and was sufficiently disguised by the sauce but not something I would recommend or order again. Both the eggplant curry and the beef dish were just ok. The noise level is unbearable at times but is mitigated by great service. Would I return? Yes, but not as often as I would if the deleted items on the menu were still there and the menu returned to its former version. The smoked duck liver and the wagyu beef and a very interesting menu were what made the restaurant stand out. It was unfortunate to see them gone.

r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I thought it would be a place for special occasion. The food was good. It was very crowded and super loud. You can barely hear each other during the dinner. It might explain why everybody was talking so loud. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend this place if you are looking for a place where you could hold a conversation while having your dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Service is slow .. food is good .. lovely place

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

Cuisine épicée et de qualité
Salle très bruyante

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun time with friends.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious thai food.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

I wanted to try something new had ordered banana blossom salad & it was ok. But other food I have had was never disappointing. The service was okay however we did get our food very fast which was good.

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