The Saap Avenue

4.5
48 reviews
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Laotian
Authentic Laotian Eatery. Elegant & Casual Dining Experience. Southeast Asian Inspired Cocktails.

The Saap Avenue is a full bar and restaurant specializing in fresh traditional Laotian dishes such as Sai Aou (Lao Sausages), Thum Mak Hoong (Lao Papaya salad), and Ho Mok Pla (Steam Catfish in Banana leaves). Come in and enjoy our casual and elegant restaurant setting with lots of positive energetic vibes.
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1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have visited Saap three times within the last three months. Your food and service is excellent and the value is very good. You have some of the most tasty interesting South East Asian food I have ever experienced. I will be bringing six of us this coming Monday for dinner at 6:00PM -- the more of us, the greater the variety we get to experience.

I have one observation -- I have driven by your restaurant numerous times (the head of Piedmont Avenue) and never noticed you were there. From outside your restaurant appears rather dark and is easy not to notice. Friends took me there originally and I discovered what I was missing. However, you have obviously been discovered, as I have noticed you have a good attendance. I will be a regular!

Thanks

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TS
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful. Fresh, and well-balanced. We were with friends and everyone enjoyed their dishes. My only complaint was that the tables were a little small for four people--not a big complaint. The place has a really homey feel. I highly recommend it.

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BA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at The Saap Avenue. We had the larb rolls, a tofu larb salad (next time we'll get chicken), the short rib noodle soup! Next time we'll get the short rib plate and the duck curry. All very good. The tofu was crispy and tasty but got a little lost in the salad. The cocktails were really good too!

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j
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Depending. Good but not great. Beautiful place, good food, not a great value.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a bit pricey. Service and the food was good.

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LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! This was my first time dinning with Saap and its was a pleasant surprise. We’ll definitely be back!

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was ok. One item we order did not come as described. Ghee item was: Four Whole Chicken Wings. Staff was very friendly

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M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon curry was excellent. I will only order wild caught salmon so appreciate that you don't use farm raised salmon.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our cocktails -- very creative and well-made! The food was amazing -- the chiang mai was just the perfect soup to offset the cold, dreary weather!

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special restaurant - the menu is amazing and everything very tasty. They have a full bar and make great cocktails. Art on the walls, beautiful interior and the service is outstanding: they are super friendly and really care.

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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! The atmosphere is inviting and comfortable, the food is fantastic, and the service is great. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in the East bay. Great for small groups and for couples. Try the Angle Wings, Crispy Tiger Prawns, and Lao Style Fried Spring Rolls for appetizers.

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O
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had been to Saap Avenue quite some time ago, but had forgotten how really good it is. As soon as I bit into my squid and shrimp salad, I felt as if I were back in Luong Prabang, where we spent over a week a few years ago. Southeast Asian food is my absolute favorite (I am Caucasian), and I love trying the many Southeast Asian restaurants in Oakland. Every dish we chose was delicious. I have a difficult time with really spicy food, but with a little water and rice, had no problem with the spice level here. We went after a 4;00 show at the Piedmont Theatre, and it made a great afternoon/evening outing. I would definitely recommend Saap Avenue to friends.

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JK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saap Avenue is a real find. The food is great and fresh - we had curry dishes (shrimp, chicken and duck) and a delicious salmon. Started with shrimp spring rolls.They wer huge and really tasty. Mixed drinks from the bar were well done. An overall good time was had by all.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The menu was a bit limited but everything they did, they did well. Excellent yellow curry.

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G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A nice addition to Piedmont Ave. Comfortable, relaxed and delicious.

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JD
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Drinks were fun, food was good and the service excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

First, I put in an Open Table reservation and they did not credit the points.

There were all kinds of issues with the food and service this visit. Not sure what was going on beside being short staffed. The drinks were terrible and we sent them back. The food was ok but not as good as usual. for some reason, the dishes they made were not the same as we usually get. Maybe a different chef?

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MR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Lao dishes with a well stocked bar.

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m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor, friendly efficient attentive wait staff, good food. One caveat- don’t forget to communicate your spice tolerance!

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P
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was both creative and delicious. Spicy if walk for it.
Calamari appetizer was pricey for what you get...about $1 per calamari.
Service was poor. I imagine because of a lack of training...which hopefully will get worked out.
Great potential!

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J
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I'm not an expert on Lao food. Most of the menu looks like most Thai restaurants, with a few dishes that are a little different.

This place's food is good but unexceptional; it's on par with Champa Garden but Saap's interior is nicer. Larb Thai in El Cerrito has better food IMO.

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C
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lot good options and the cocktails were excellent! Great small bites, very lively atmosphere and the wait staff are friendly and attentive. However if you want authentic Lao food you may not find it here as it has been anglicised a bit to accommodate the masses - - baby steps. Still the food was good and I definitely recommend it and will be coming back!

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R
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This one of our "Go To" restaurants. It's close to our house, easy parking, excellent choice of food, Wait staff is very friendly, and it is reasonably priced

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E
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pumpkin was bland in curry that was just ok. My friend had spicy i had medium spicy and really same except hers had more chiles placed.

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K
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great and the sausage and whiskey selection were to die for!

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c
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second time dining here. The first time was great so I wanted to try it again with a different friend. I found it to still be a great place to dine if you’re a vegetarian and enjoy a really good and diverse cocktail menu. The location is nice too. Nice place for a casual get together with friends or a date. Staff is super friendly and welcoming. I enjoy trying new places when I visit the area but it is hard for me skip this place. I love it.

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z
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

this is a great place to have dinner with friends. food is great, service is fast

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R
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything is great there. On many of the dishes they give you a choice of mild, medium, or hot. I like spicy food and medium was perfect for us. The noise level is not bad. It can be lively, but easy to talk to your people in your party. It has a lot of windows, which gives it an open feeling.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks ! Would highly recommend if you’re looking for Laotian or Thai :)

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z
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

very nice Thai place, but table for 2 was a little small

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a
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saap Avenue has become our go-to place for date nights, partly because its nearby but also because it has a wonderful and lively atmosphere, great food and service, and a really good bar.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

this was a huge disappointment. the food was of mediocre quality - the pumpkin in the curry was tough and the curry flavorless; the larb was bland, the music was blaring...not a place to recommend or return to.

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m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every dish we had and the service was excellent!

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c
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved the food and location. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend this place. Great menu for all diets.

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JS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saap Avenue is a TRUE gem! I had never had Laotian food before, and was delightfully surprised by the VIBRANT atmosphere and delicious spices + flavors infused with LOVE in every bite. The atmosphere is very a-typical of Asian cuisine in that the space was very HIP + colorful! Highly recommend!

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AD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything we ordered was excellent. Really tasty. Rice ball salad was the best.

Only quibble—most of appetizers were fried. But they were good!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was tasty, wine list by the glass was good, and service was friendly and pretty prompt.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit did not disappoint! One bite and we're right back in Laos. Lemon grass and kefir lime flavors in the sausage, sublime shrimp panang curry, addictive rice ball salad and of course mango and sticky rice. Good wine list and fun cocktails.

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P
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd visit, and we were DELIGHTED - the cocktails, food AMAZING/DELICIOUS & we HIGHLY recommend going!!!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food, we both had the shrimp curry panang and loved it! Terrific service too.

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