The Saap Avenue

4.8
99 Reviews
$30 and under
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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MarkC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, cocktails, service were all excellent, enjoyable discoveries. Highly recommended and definitely will return to this convivial restaurant.

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KathiC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our first visit to this restaurant. We made a reservation well in advance. When we arrived, we were told the only available seating was at the high tables with stools. So I suggest if you make a reservation and want a regular table, ask to reserve that. They did bring me a stool with a higher back so other than not being able to rest my feet on the floor, but rather at angle on the stool, I was ok. We ordered and were very disappointed that they were out of the poached chicken which is what we really wanted. No garlic rice either, because it only goes with that chicken dish. We enjoyed what we were able to order, the food was very fresh and good. The ambiance was good, music low and pleasant. The menu is on the QRcode scan but they brought us regular menu when we asked. When another party came in and sat at the table behind us, the waitress actually brought them menus AND went over any specials and described items to them. It would have been more helpful to have been given that same customer service, but we were not. Overall, because the food was good and fresh, I gave 4 stars. Their yellow curry is thick and very delicious. They just need to be more welcoming to all customers, and notify guests of what they are out of immediately so you don't look forward to a dish that is not available.

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riffilee
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many dinners here, and all have been great. Also, servers really pay attention and are friendly. We had fresh rolls with avocado, a delicious Laotian sausage appie, the Kao Man Gai (poached chicken main), and red curry with tofu. All delicious! Highly recommend.

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PearlyMae
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The veggie appetizer platter was great. Three of us had the plaster as well as a soup noodle each. All very yummy!

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LoriB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively atmosphere with a great selection of cocktails, especially the whiskey selection. Food was delicious and service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun! Food testes amazing! Staff was incredible!

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vipRosemaryshitake
London
35 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wish the server had asked how spicy I wanted my dish, Pumpkin Curry. It was a bit too hot.

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vipsharon
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Waitress was super friendly and gave great recommendations.

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Lily
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience at The Saap. It was our first time, and our server did an excellent job recommending drinks and food based on our hunger level and food preferences. We ended up getting the veggie sampler platter. Super tasty, great for sharing, and plenty of food for two semi-hungry people. We ate every last bite. Cocktails are fantastic. Will definitely go again, but with a bigger appetite so we can try more things! :)

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WillM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a delicious meal, from the red curry to the rice ball salad. Can't wait to come back. And the server was so nice recommending us great plates and drinks.

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vipKiddendad
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Not very busy - super friendly server. Generous and tasty portions (duck curry is delightful)

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alan
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a great time, food was awesome, service was very good, very reasonably priced....we will definitely be back again....great job saap avenue....

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vipDrina1
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, craft cocktails, wonderful staff! This is one of my favorite restaurants. Thank you Saap for your hospitality!

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vipLauraC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service. Will return.

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melodyc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Dear Americans, Stop putting sugar EVERYWHERE in the meals for god sake. It is not a dessert. Sugar is an addictive product. Change your way of seeing the food. The ingredients beside that are great, recipe are great. But just stop the sugar or mention it in your menu please.

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RobertK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambience: a warm buzz. Don't miss the deep-fried whole fish.

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vipJenniferD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Lao food and top cocktails near the top of Piedmont Avenue's commercial strip. We went for restaurant week and everything was excellent. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and cocktails!

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BikeRick
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went for restaurant week specials. One member of our party doesn't do well with chili peppers, so we asked to exchange items between the two $40 fixed price items, but were told that couldn't be done. So she asked for a recommendation off the regular menu. Server suggested a yellow curry item that had a pepper next to it on the menu. We asked why she recommended that item and she assured us that, despite the pepper icon, it is not hot. She was incorrect, so we ended up trading items at the table to meet our needs.

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out2eat
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tried restaurant for first time during restaurant week. My friend and I really liked it. The cocktails were amazing as well. Will definitely go back.

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vipSusanT
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience . Our server was excellent and guided our choices. We enjoyed the spring rolls, chicken salad , pumpkin curry and whole catfish. I highly recommend all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The big curtain was on my shoulder, which was weird. Service was slow. Otherwise a good experience!

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SetsukoK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was fine dinner for us. Both are so satisfied by your delicious food. Sure we come back again. I also told to other family members and friends about your reputation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great ideas and great food. There were a few dishes that we ordered that were good but could have been better. The spicy curries weren’t spicy and the salmon on the salmon salad was over cooked. Still, the flavors were great,
we’ll be back hoping our first try was a fluke.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place food is amazig

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vipAliceBT
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious. But I am mildly allergic to mango and thought I hadn't ordered anything with mango in it – then my mouth and throat were numb for the rest of the night, and I had to rinse many times. So it's important to be specific about any allergies you might have. Very christmas-y now, so if you're not a fan of that, you might wait until January....

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vipMac71
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in DC but my son is a student at Cal, and when I am in town we go to this incredible restaurant. We most recently dined there on Saturday, December 7. I have eaten at the best restaurants all over the world for many years, but I have to say on any given day I would prefer to eat here. The food is amazing, the craft cocktails are brilliant, the staff is wonderful and perfectly tuned to the ideal experience of this restaurant, and it is affordable. The Saap Avenue is one of my favorite restaurants in the world, and certainly my favorite in the Oakland/Berkeley area. Don’t miss a chance to eat here, especially now during the holidays. The facilities are decorated perfectly, the mood is festive, and their holiday craft cocktails are hall of fame. It should be apparent that I love this restaurant. You can order anything and be thrilled with your choice.

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happy
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, we went with friends for the first time and all enjoyed the meal and ambience.

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skylab
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great cocktails and food. The servers seemed stressed and at times confused--our appetizers appeared well after our entrees, and I doubt we would have gotten them at all had we not asked about them. Also, we had to remind them twice that we had reservations, after it became clear that they were ignoring reservations and only seating people on the waiting list. Despite these somewhat significant annoyances, I loved it and can't wait to go back.

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Rockridge
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fun ambiance, great drinks, and warm, attentive service makes for a wonderful restaurant! We love Saap Avenue and go for a nice date night out on the weekends or take the kids mid week for an easy meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food.

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rajowen
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Other reviews commented on a lack of ice in the beverages. Let me share that there is now PLENTY OF ICE, even enough for a separate glass filled with it!
This was my first time at Saap Avenue... food was delicious and staff was great. I was there mid-week so that may be a factor as I don’t know how well staffed they are on the weekend.
I highly recommend this place!

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CharlesW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was interesting and good. But our assorted appetizer platter showed up 30 min after ordering, and then the main courses 10 minutes later. So that was a problem. They had forgotten the appetizer order, until we reminded them - and then essentially all the food showed up together. So tracking service not good.

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ChristineV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was amazingly authentic. I wasn’t too fond of the mixed drink but enjoyed the restaurant nonetheless. Will return with the rest of the family!

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viprich510
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent and reasonable price Laotian food. Nice vibe and service

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LarissaI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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ChungL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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StephanieP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

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Rich
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

JB
vipJuneBug
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

FAQs

The Saap Avenue does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Saap Avenue also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 361-6498.

The Saap Avenue is rated 4.8 stars by 99 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.