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Lao Table Dining Room - Lao Table, San Francisco, CA

Lao Table

4.5
4.5
289 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 278-9991

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lalita Souksamlane

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Cross street

    Mission and Howard

  • Parking details

    Street parking available, also several lots nearby.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 289 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for Lunch

  • San Francisco

    Great for Lunch

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  1. JP

    JjPP

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun place with super yummy Thai food. Nice presentation, great flavors. good drinks. Can’t go wrong.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily the best meal I’ve had in SF to date. The food and drinks were unbelievable. Try the whole bass.
  3. EL

    ELMERB

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and drinks Friendly staff Relaxing ambiance
  4. RS

    ReneS

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had an 8:30 pm reservation and at 8:15 pm we received a text from the restaurant to be on time and be ready to order because they closed at 9pm. We arrived at 8:28pm, but felt rushed as soon as we were seated. We were told twice to order everything we wanted because it was last call. The food was good, but the staff seemed ready for the patrons to leave because they were ready to leave also. They turned the overhead lights on right at 9pm, as if the concert was over!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fast and great service
  6. c

    colina

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Service was slow but the food was good. Order was flawed but they fixed the problem quickly.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing but the server would’ve rather been somewhere else.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food at good value. Wish the dishes had come to the table at the same time.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good service and food
  10. FM

    FabulousMeal

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    I’ve been here many times and enjoy the food. This time there were 6 of us. Problem was that we got our meals at all different times over a 30-minute span, meanwhile other tables that sat down after us were being served. Really hard to track down a wait person to follow up. Made the meal awkward.
  11. ED

    ExperiencedDiner

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful place for a quick business lunch or a fun dinner. Has become my staple on business trips. Never disappoints - great selection, super quick and friendly service. Highly recommended!
  12. L

    Louise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, ambiance, food were all outstanding. Of course price is expensive due to the pandemic and need so that is totally understandable. They were very busy but they were very accommodating.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. The entrees were big enough to be shared. Drink menu is great.
  14. T

    Traveler

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food portions were good. Taste was average. Noise level was just awful. You couldn't hear the person next to you.
  15. LA

    LarsA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    My group and I had a nice meal at Lao Table. Location was really convenient. Drinks and food were flavorful. It's worth noting that this venue is somewhat loud at peak meal time.
  16. JK

    JasonK

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chic atmosphere, extremely friendly and attentive staff, with beautiful and delicious food! 5 stars on every level!!!
  17. ES

    ElizabethS

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Some of the best Thai food we’ve had, highly recommend. Presentation was amazing too!
  18. RM

    RetoM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience4
    While I love this place for the quality of the food and it's setting. Opening the main entrance door at 9:15pm to indicate that the restaurant closes at 10pm and for the customers to leave on a cold San Francisco day is far from acceptable. Multiple requests made to the staff that it's cold and difficult to enjoy the dinner only resulted in shoulder shrugs. I will not go back !
  19. NS

    NickSF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience3
    We were very disappointed with the service. We got mains before drinks and appetizers and it was difficult to get hold of a waiter. We had to ask for things like take-out containers several times before we got them. Staff was not friendly and one of the dishes was overly salty. Overall the food was good apart from that.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has become my favorite restaurant in SF! Excellent!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, good music, ambiance, and staff was very polite. Will be back again.
  22. GD

    GregD

    Atlanta

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had an excellent dinner at Lao Table! Everything was flavorful and delicious. We definitely recommend it and would definitely return when in San Francisco again. We started with the crispy spring rolls which were some of the best we've ever had! The wrapping lettuce and other vegetables and herbs were the perfect accompaniment. For entrees we had the Pad Pha Beef and the "Totally Prawns", prawns in a coconut curry sauce. Both were delicious and very flavorful. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Again, we highly recommend Lao Table!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Limpio, buen servicio y muy rica la comida
  24. 2

    2kgougher

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Attentive service. Food took a while to arrive although restaurant wasn’t full. The eggplant is delicious.
  25. E

    Edskie09

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We thought the food was delicious. However, the portions were little, which makes it expensive. The food presentation was great but little servings in every dish we ordered.
  26. AF

    AngelaF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    At peak time it is LOUD FYI. Amazing food and service!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    The food is not Lao food, but Thai food using Thai techniques.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and service was exceptional!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Great food but I felt they they were rushing us and trying to get us to leave by 7:45 (30 minutes into our meal). Before we’re we’re finished they were trying to take our plates, turned on the bright lights, moved furniture, told us we couldn’t order anything else, etc. Not very pleasant.
  30. MO

    MOAg

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Went with a party of 4 on a Thursday for lunch. Two of the people in our party live in Berkeley and my other friend and I were visiting from Hawaiʻi for a work conference. One friend had called the day before to ask if we needed reservations and was told we did not. We arrived around noon and asked the hostess for a table for 4. She asked us if we had reservations and we repeated what had been told to us the day prior. She said she couldn't seat us without reservations because they were busy. Okay, fine. We made reservations for 45 minutes later and were seated quickly when the reservation time arrived. We weren't even sure who our server was as different people kept coming to our table. And none of them even tried to be nice or friendly. After we got our food, no one checked on us and it was impossible to flag someone down. People working would look at us, see that we were looking for some help, then look away/ignore us. I understand a busy restaurant. I worked front of the house for most of my life. But come on. Maybe they were short staffed. Maybe they hadn't anticipated being so busy that day. But management could at least communicate to guests what's going on. The food came out quickly but it wasn't even good enough to make up for the crap service. We ended up going to a different Thai place later that same day as a palate cleanser for both the food and the service.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A new favorite. Would have never found it had it not been recommended.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible disgusting
  33. B

    Beck

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I met a friend who I had not seen in years for lunch. We were doing a quick catch up but were approached at least 4x in 5-6 minutes about ordering and felt rushed to order. Food was fine. Was hoping for offerings a bit more exotic but maybe Laotian cuisine is similar to Thai.
  34. S

    Soap

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good but pricey. Service was great, but it was freezing inside because the door was open (necessary for covid, but still unpleasant). Bring a jacket!
  35. SH

    SunnieH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    This last experience was very strange for us. We are regulars & usually have good service. Our food was too spicy and overdone. We had to chase them down for water, boxes and our bill. No one checked on us during the meal and overall just disappointed with this experience. I called and left a message for a manager to call, no one ever called.
  36. AG

    AndreaG

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Huge portions! Great food
  37. ML

    MaLeeB

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was terrific. The pacing of the dishes left something to be desired, with the main courses coming when we were only half way through the appetizers. Value was good. If you’re sensitive to spicy foods (chilis), ask about the spice level before ordering. It’s hard to find a good Lao restaurant. This one exceeded expectations.
  38. I

    Imran

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & great service. Highly recommend this place
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great experience dining in here. It’s nice to try other Asian cuisine. Although i think it’s labeled as Osha Thai, i love the Lao flavor. New taste to my palate. The price i think is right since they deliver an excellent food and service not to mention restaurants need the help recovering. The overall ambiance is appealing. Wish i still have extra tummy so i can order the mango sticky rice with shave ice, but next time!
  40. f

    foodmaven

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Found this neighborhood gem online looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Palace Hotel. Excellent dinner, nicely seasoned, nice portion size, and good value. We had spicy crispy garlic chicken wings and salt and pepper calamari appetizers and shared a delicious Pad Pha Beef dish..... more than enough for two people.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Lao Table offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 278-9991.

Lao Table is rated 4.5 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Lao Table

149 2nd Street San Francisco, CA 94105

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mission and Howard

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking available, also several lots nearby.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lalita Souksamlane

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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