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Basil Canteen

1489 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3734 (SoMa)
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: Street Food
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: SoMa
Cross street: 11th Street
Transit: 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.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We had booked the large table for a party of 21+ at this restaurant prior to arriving in San Francisco. Since we had a large party of people coming in from Philly, London and Miami we decided to congregate here! It was a great choice! The food was delicious - we did a pre-set menu and the room was fantastic!... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

They are not in a busy street, so it's more chances to park. The interior is spacious, wooden, calm and busy at the same time. There are couple of tables for two and long tables for big parties which they could offer you to share with others. I like this concept! The food was really good and portions are huge.... More

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Beijing, China
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549 reviews 549 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

a bit more authentic than your typical american cookie cutter thai restaurants as they feature dishes like larb that you won't often find outside of SE Asia. I was a little disappointed that the keffir lime features they advertise were actually made with regular lime. still not a bad place to stop into as the prices are reasonable.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Enjoyed a nice meal at Basil Canteen. The food was good although it could have been spicier. The service was friendly & efficient and the wine was half price for a bottle - you can't beat that!!

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Solothurn, Switzerland
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

I ate dinner at Basil Canteen tonight with my wife. The staff is very friendly and helped us with our questions about the menue. We started the evening with fresh Oysters for $1 a piece (every thursday). From 5-7 pm it's Happy hour with cheep cocktails, Thai beers and different starters. We picked the spring-rolls and the satay sticks. It... More

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Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

On a Sunday following my daughter's wedding, this was one of the few restaurants that had a table for 10. The menu is extensive, and everything we ordered--which was a lot--was delicious. The restaurant was packed, but our server was very attentive and always available for additional orders. I would recommend eating here.

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Montreal, Canada
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99 reviews 99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Luckily we looked on Open Table as well as Trip Advisor. None of the Thai restaurants which were higher rated on Trip Advisor turned me on when I read all the critiques in detail. Very pleasant and attentive staff, creative space (converted old warehouse), spacious, not too noisy. The food was delicious, flavorful, creative (eg: shrimp & pumpkin curry), authentic,... More

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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is a higher end Thai joint with large tables for communal seating. The atmosphere is great with high ceilings in an old warehouse-type space. Menu items are creative.

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Seattle, Washington
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Can't say enough positive things about Basil Canteen. Fun atmosphere, amazing food and great staff come together to make this the best Thai food in town. Be sure to check out the happy hour where the cocktails are only $6 and many of the appetizers are $5. You could make a whole meal but the yellow curry is not to... More

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New York City
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I come from NYC where there are practically two Thai restaurants per block in Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. They are mostly good, but Basil Canteen was delicious and every dish was prepared differently than I had seen before. I highly recommend this restaurant. Plus the decor was cool and the prices not bad. I would easily go back!

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