The Saap Avenue

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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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LI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Thai/Laos food in the area. Innovative and delicious cocktails and a really friendly staff. Love this place! I particularly love the chicken gizzards, rice ball salad, Laos style rolls, and papaya salad. This place gets busy so a reservation is a must. Highly recommend!!!

CL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Delicious food and generous portions. I've eaten there with groups of 3 to 8 with no issues. Street parking is available around the block.

SP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I highly recommend this place for the creative cocktails, but that was the only thing that stood out for us. The food was disappointingly mediocre and bland. I expected more spice and authenticity. It tasted watered down for Americans, and everything we ate was highly forgettable, especially the papaya salad. Service was hurried/rushed/uneven; our cocktails came AFTER 3 of 4 dishes we ordered. Not in a rush to go back.

R
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the look of the place. Service was excellent. Will go back.

JB
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a friend who was a East Bay food critic and she recommended this place. Glad I took her suggestion. Excellent food, service, EVERYTHING. Our server, Linda, was exceptionally pleasant and I would most definitely come back here. Absolutely wonderful!

ES
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Been there twice. Same experience both times. I love their cocktails, appetizers and desserts. I am sort of lukewarm on the entrees. Maybe I just haven't picked the right ones. I'll be back though!

m
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Delicious food and amazing bartender. Service is super friendly when it's slow, but it can be tough to get their attention when it's busy. We waited 15 minutes between asking for boxes and receiving our check, which we'd asked for 3 times.

EW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great options, we had the vegetarian platter, definitely recommend it.

ES
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails and desserts were outstanding. Food was also good. Our waitress was helpful with great drink suggestions (based on vague preferences ;-))! Will definitely be back!

s
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxing open atmosphere for girls dinner out. The Lao appetizer platter was perfect to share and get a taste of several appetizers, rice ball salad, Lao sausage, Lao rolls. All very delicious! Nice cocktail menu with a variety. Delicious pumpkin curry, duck larb, salmon curry and spicy papaya salad!! Very enjoyable meal with great service!

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had great meal here. Nice ambience and the food was very good and portions were plentiful. Large selections of spirits from the bar.

PE
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the food here. The app plate was wonderful, with crispy eggrolls and meaty sausages. Also loved the fried rice app that came with it. My only suggestion is to ask for the sauce that comes with the pompano fish dish. The sauce that came with the app plate was syrupy sweet, and that tasted ick to me. The deep fried pompano fish dish was also healthful, fresh, and flavorful. I love the lettuce wrap with the mints and cilantro. We also loved the beef stew. The decor was hip and inviting, in a wonderful corner of Piedmont. We don’t live close to here, otherwise we would come every week for sure. Cocktail list was plentiful and fun to try out.

CL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Waiters and staff made great recommendations and were meticulous with our unplanned requests

B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. I enjoyed it a lot.

AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about our experience was fantastic. The food was amazing and reminded me of dishes I had when traveling in Lao a few years ago. The beef jerky, which isn’t on the menu, is worth inquiring about! Service was friendly and fast. Definitely going back!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fresh food with complex favors and wonderful textures. The servers were attentive and lovely and kind. We left feeling well fed and well cared for. One of our new favorites.

m
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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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

Great Lao dishes with a well stocked bar.

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!

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!

J
San Francisco
20 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.

C
San Francisco
30 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!

R
San Francisco
47 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

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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