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Basil - Thai Restaurant & Bar

1175 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3930 (SoMa)
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Ranked #652 of 4,947 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $10 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: SoMa
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English first
Capitola, California, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

but I've been to a dozen or so Thai places in this country. This is my fav. Dishes I've not seen elsewhere, seemingly skillfully prepared and carefully presented. Attentive, courteous service. Clientele a bit ritzy. Some suits at the bar were talking bonuses. A turnip main course dish was a winner.

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119 reviews 119 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We chose this place based on locations and the reviews. When we arrived it was crowded, which is often a good sign. However, the food was nothing special and they pretty much forgot to bring us our drinks until we asked what happened to our drinks. Bottom line is the place/food ok, but not worth an out of the way... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Basil is not far from the hotel we stayed at in San Francisco. We talked about going for most of our week long visit and finally go there on the second to last night. We were so glad that we did. The menu was extensive. My wife had something with duck and I had lamb, and we split an appetizer.... More

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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Our friend took us here since he lives close by. Love the simple deco. The staff is great and attentive. The crispy appetizers were free which we call chicharon. Everything we ordered had authentic thai taste. i would go back here again. It's a good thing we arrived early for dinner, the place gets crowded. It was fully packed by... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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22 reviews 22 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I have always liked Osha when it comes to Thai food --- until I found Basil in San Francisco. The place is very cozy and looks fancy when you go inside. It is very calming. Not only they have the charm of a nice place but also posses great service from the staff, and most especially, the best Thai food... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Damn, was picking up two curries and they forgot the rice. When I picked up some rice next door I could enjoy a very good curry.

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bethesda, md
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257 reviews 257 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great service and solid Thai food. The kitchen is open until 10pm, so make sure your order gets in. The price is very reasonable and portions are large.

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San Francisco, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Visited the restaurant for the first time a couple weeks back. Great space from a design perspective. Restaurant on two floors ( bar and more general seating downstairs/ seating upstairs ). Coming from Europe I had high expectations of these loft style designs and having entered was pleasantly surprised. Then...the best part - the food. We were a group of... More

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Hercules, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Party of 9 adults went on a Friday night. Good thing we had a reservation so we were seated right away. Our server gave us ample time to review the menu. We ordered family style the following items: fried calamari, paupia sod, crab fried rice, pad thai, mu yang, neur yang, chicken curry, and a few beers. We were given... More

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Berkeley, California
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219 reviews 219 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I'm frequently distressed by the absence of good Thai options in San Francisco. I used to be a big fan of Marnee Thai when I lived in the sunset and I still like their food but they had recently had some health department issues. There is a good Thai restaurant in the Castro across the street from the Castro theater.... More

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