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Lalita's Distinctive Thai

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96 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3814
(415) 552-5744
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 7
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  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Delicious meals!

We dined here before attending a show at the Orpheum Theatre around the corner. The service was pleasant and we were served very quickly. The dishes we selected were delicious. Unfortunately the server got busy and wasn't as attentive at the end of our dinner so we had to gulp down our dessert... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Savusavu, Fiji
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95 reviews 95 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We dined here before attending a show at the Orpheum Theatre around the corner. The service was pleasant and we were served very quickly. The dishes we selected were delicious. Unfortunately the server got busy and wasn't as attentive at the end of our dinner so we had to gulp down our dessert, pay the bill and dash to get... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I had some great fried rice noodles, great sauces, very friendly staff. Had a typical sweet I never tried before, very very good!

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San Francisco, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

After a long meeting at Hastings College, my classmate and I went down the block to Lalita Exotic Thai Cuisine & Bar Restaurant, 96 McAllister Street. The front door opened to a bar and there were just a few people there during dinner time. We were directed to a large dining area where there were few diners present. Maybe 4... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were walking around near our hotel looking for somewhere half decent and not to pricey and stumbled upon this place. Menu had a great selection and the food we ordered was delicious, fresh and roasting hot, a credit to the chef. portion size is spot on We also ordered cocktails which are quite well priced (approximately $8 each and... More 

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St Louis
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40 reviews 40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

My wife and I visited the Tenderloin District in San Francisco and were looking for a place to eat. The neighbourhood is rough there but we found this restaurant within walking distance of our hotel and decided to try it. The Crispy Fish with Garlic sauce was excellent as was the Stir fried Tofu (similar dish) that my granddaughter had.... More 

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Central Coast California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

My husband and I had a craving for Asian food and were heading for Little Saigon from our hotel on Howard St. We also love Thai and walked by this restaurant and thought hey lets stop here instead of walking all the way to Larkin St. It happened to be happy hour and we ordered several small plates. The Thai... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Found this place for dinner while staying at the Holiday Inn Civic Center. It was within walking distance from the hotel. The portions were a bit small, but food was great.

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Oakland, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

They add a statutory tip so i guess they know how bad their service is , food good but expensive for what looks like a student cafe.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Lalita was just a few blocks from hotel and Davies Hall so we gave it a try. Interior was very nice, not too bright, nice decor. Service very good but we couldn't really understand the server's small talk because of her accent. Excellent spicy sour soup, green papaya salad one of the best we've had; seasonal pumpkin curry was fresh,... More 

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Berkeley, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Civic Center isn't the dining nexus of San Francisco and finding a decent restaurant between fast food on one hand and super-expensive bistros on the other can be difficult. If you want a well-priced and tasty meal in the area, Lalitas is a good choice. The choices on the menu were extensive, the service was very friendly, and the food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 96 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3814
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Center
  • Neighborhood: Civic Center
  • Phone Number: (415) 552-5744

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Thai
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Civic Center

Neighborhood Profile
Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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