Lao Table

4.3
228 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 228 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRyanJ
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! One of the best Laotian restaurants I've ever been to.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

They don’t know about this reservation at all. Service was so bad we waited 2 hours for a fried rice. The waitress and the waiter does not seem to care and sometimes a bit rude.

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vipDavidM
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff was great. Service was prompt. Excellent food

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vipSeanF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Got sick from the food within about an hour of leaving. Attempted to contact the rest and was put on hold twice , hung up on after. The food was bland and strange taste with chicken appetizer. Both entrees Portions small.

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MahoganyL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food was great, beautifully arranged and the atmosphere was good the waitress forgot that my co-worker had ordered on the happy hour menu and was trying to charge him more.

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redkanter
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Portions are small for the price - avoid the recommended steak at all costs - it was incredibly tough and low quality meat for the price.

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AC33
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Was a hip place but way overpriced. Ordered the Crab and Noodles for $28.95 and got a piece of crab which was 3 inches long we couldn't believe this. The server was not friendly and impatient, left a 10% tip an now feel that was too generous. Food was okay but their presentation was very good. Never again.

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vipRoseM
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and excellent service. Highly recommend this place.

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vyan
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is my second visit to Lao Table. The menu has an array of options and your bill can run up if you're curious to try multiple dishes. The service is good and the food comes out exceptionally fast, but the portions don't seem as large as before.

I recommend both the Pineapple Fried Rice and the Khao Mun Gai Chicken & Ginger Rice. Each bite is full of flavor!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The papaya salad is delicious and beautifully served with lots of veggies! Dollar oysters during happy hour are worth going for. The calamari was way overcooked, the crispy pork a bit overcooked too but it was tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu was NOT worth it at all. Small appetizers and tiny entree. Definitely not coming back for V Day again.

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vipKellyL
Philadelphia
92 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Worst dining experience I have had in a long time. We arrived before the lunch time rush and were "greeted" by the most unfriendly server. No smile. No pleasantries...just "do you know what you want"? We ordered calamari appetizer and an entree for each of us. The entrees came out in five minutes but no appetizer. We asked her about the appetizer and her response " yes, that appetizer takes longer".
Seriously? I understand if that is the case but in all my dining experiences, the staff communicate this and also ask if you want them to hold the entrees until after. She never came back to check on us, ask if we needed anything and then just brought over boxes and the check and walked away.
I WILL NEVER return. I was entertaining a client and was mortified. I've had better experiences at a fast food counter....and better food to boot.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was a little too sweet and everything came out at once instead of staggering the appetizers. Overall great experience.

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viplilpuzkat
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service is so so. Food is so so. Price on the high side for what you get c

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vipToland
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was delicious! The ceramic bowls and tableware were very unique giving a very Laos/Thai experience. And we happened to come in during happy hour for $1 oysters!

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Katie
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fun night at Lao Table. Dunes alone at the very packed bar. Reserved a table for one, but had to wait 20 mins to be seated. The place is packed and very loud. The food was great. Portions were beyond generous. You could easily split an app and a entree and have enough for two.

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vipMauiMama777
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got there at 7:30 for dinner and the place was packed. Everyone having a good time, lots of conversation at all the tables, it was pretty loud. Everyone was enjoying themselves, party atmosphere. Service was great they explained things on the menu we weren’t sure about. Food was outstanding. Will definitely come back when we are in town.

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VegFoodie
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

A must-do for those who love Asian food. Authentic ingredients, diverse menu and outstanding taste.

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vipxxxxx
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s birthday. Everything was great. We had a lovely evening.

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vipLily
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waitress did not really speak English but know how to
Ask customer orders the most expensive dishes.
We went there on time to the restaurant but they told your company said we missed reservation. service is very bad.

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Dine4
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food, fast service..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Had high expectations for the food based on the reviews but was really disappointed. Lamb in the curry was really overcooked and the flavour overall was disappointing. We also had the chicken satay which which was pretty boring and the a vegetarian noodle dish which had zero vegetables. I wish she would have explained that vegetarian did not mean substituting meat for veg it just came out as fried noodles and fried tofu which was cold and tasteless.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great food.

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KArenV
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

The food was absolutely flavorless.

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ChitraN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was good. The place was almost full, and the service was very poor...it took two reminders to get a water refill, for example, and two reminders to get the drinks menu. The noise level was so high that one could not hear from across the table, even with only 4 people.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I got good poisoning from the HH oysters :(

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vipBZ24
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome!
Best coconut ice cream in SF!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
237 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience1

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.

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vipTimD
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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BLi415
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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

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vipTomT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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ShrillaB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

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

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StewartF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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Reviewer
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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GloriaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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

FAQs

Lao Table does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Lao Table also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 278-9991.

Lao Table is rated 4.3 stars by 228 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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