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Basil Canteen

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1489 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3734 (11th Street)
Muni Bus line 12 stop in front of the restaurant, Muni trains, get off at Market station walk down 11 street 4 blocks to Folsom St.
415-552-3963
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Street Food, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, but noisy if you want a quiet one

Great atmosphere - vibrant. Good menu - food was superb. Very tasty. Great service - and that was with being squeezed in at 8pm on a Friday night. Would go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Hawk345
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Greenbrae, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Been here several times, and the food is ALWAYS the same, hot, fresh, delicious. That is a task itself in the restaurant industry and I know first hand on that one. I have tried others and been disappointed every time, I use Basil Canteen as a comparison. Reasonably priced, nice portions, fresh, hot, consistent.

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Thank Tony P
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Great atmosphere - vibrant. Good menu - food was superb. Very tasty. Great service - and that was with being squeezed in at 8pm on a Friday night. Would go back.

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Thank Hawk345
Detroit
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The atmosphere was fun, young, and the food delicious. Four of us ate well for $115. The service was attentive, and the menu choices were many. If you like Thai, this is a great spot.

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Thank pauljanh
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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176 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Arrive before 7pm for $5 appetizers and drink specials. The friend corn cakes and spring rolls are great starters. It's a small pace that's not worth going out of your way for, but if you work nearby it's worth trying.

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Thank Amy W
Milford, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Visited the Basil Canteen twice and had identical experiences. The food quality is suburb. If you like Thai, this place is a must visit. Service both times was average. Definitely worth the trip.

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Thank JVM-Milford-MI
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

we when at 5pm just about when they open they greet us and we just enjoy it their food we just have appetizers we got a few of then we just want to have something light but everything was so good we have like 6 of then delicious food beer and dessert yummmmyyy, Love to go again to try more... More 

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Thank herenio1
Enumclaw, Washington, United States
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We sampled several dishes and all were fresh and full of flavor. I found it to be a fresh take on Thai food. The menu offers a wide verity of options. It was actually a little hard to decide on a few dishes because we want to try so many. The service was also fantastic!

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Thank Jaclyn C
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Fresh and innovative Thai cooking, great value. Worth a visit to decide if this is on your list for Thai food in SF, it's certainly on mine. They have a good draft beer selection as well.

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Thank JustinSF
Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Dining with my daughter enroute to the DNA Lounge for some Burlesque on a Friday night. Great convenient spot. The space is nicely appointed and has varied setting of tables and chairs. There is a community table and an upstairs. It is loud when the place fills up but a lively space & the crowd was a mix of hipsters... More 

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Toledo, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I ate there while at the folsom street fair. Good food and fast service. I had a chicken dish and the prices are reasonable for SF

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1489 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3734
    (11th Street)
  • Public Transportation: Muni Bus line 12 stop in front of the restaurant, Muni trains, get off at Market station walk down 11 street 4 blocks to Folsom St.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: 415-552-3963

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Thai, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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