Thai >Basil Thai
1175 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.775455 -122.409289
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:45pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri 11:30am-2:45pm, 5pm-10:15pm
Neighborhoods: Central East, SoMa (South of Market), SoMa
What sets this Thai restaurant apart is its stylish interior crafted by co-owner Todd Sirimongkolvit, an architecture student at UC Berkeley. The wall between the restaurant and the building next door has been opened up with floor-to-ceiling glass bricks, and the large expanses have been broken up with yellow columns. The concrete-topped bar is backed with a midnight-blue wall; the same color is picked up on the glass shades of arched chrome wall sconces on the opposite wall. White tablecloths covered with white paper, bistro-style chairs, a dark wood floor and huge flower arrangements at the door complete the modern look.
Bad service – I scheduled a large b-day dinner at Basil. The service was horrible. The asst. mgr kept coming up to me during the dinner to tell me that our group hadn't reached the $15/person minimum (a minimum amt he failed to tell me about in our 3 phone conversations prior to the dinner). He said that if we didn't meet the minimum that he would automatically charge us $15 per head including $15 for any seats that were left empty at our table! His (and the waitress') constant badgering ruined the dinner (which, btw, came to $21/person as you would expect a large group dinner to come to - he should've known that the harrassment would be unnecessary).
One of the best date restaurants in town – Second only to Asqew Grill, I'd say this is about the best place in town to take a typical date. The place is classy, the food is good, service is excellent, the price is reasonable, and the locale is hip (SoMa clubs and bars aplenty are nearby). On Fri. or Sat. night the wait can be long, so get a reservation. Weeknights, the wait, if any at all, is quite short. This is not your typical Thai restaurant, but a very nice, stylish place. NB: They have a full bar.
Good lunch option – Great value for lunch specials - from the soup, to the meal, to dessert.
Decent – The food was not impressive and most of their lunch items came out cold. The service was unfriendly. The atmosphere was nice, but there are definitely better thai restaurants in the city.
Far from good Thai – The mere fact that they have chopsticks and not forks and spoons already on the table is a sure sign that it is not an authentic Thai restaurant. The Thai people use chopsticks only for some noodle dishes and NEVER with rice dishes. Going beyond that technical faux pas, this restaurant has food that is clearly below average. It appears that they spent all their energy, time, and money on the decor and not on producing good food. In short, a place to be avoided.
Best Pad Thai in town! – Basil is a great place for lunch. I have called in and picked up my meal many a times! The Pad Thai is delicious, and I've tried many through out the city. I would reccomend this place to anyone for a great, quick service, lunch!
Great example of Thai – I used to live across the street from this restaurant, and my Thai wife and I used to go here all the time. Although the food is somewhat overpriced, it is a rare example of excellent Thai food. Although ingredients for Thai food are easily accessible in San Francisco, and it isn't such a hard cuisine to master, there are few examples of truely good Thai food here. This is one. The service is generally polite and prompt, although there is one waitress that isn't very polite. Most of the waiters however are very nice and polite, which reminds me a lot of a upper end Bangkok restaurant that caters to westerners.
Perfect even for lunch – I have only eaten at Basil for lunch and it is delicious. Authentic Thai flavors with a more elegant feel than the average SF Thai restaurant. The yellow chiken curry delicious and extremely fresh, as is everything else. The prices are comparable to regular Thai. The gai kra-prow is also fantasic: ground chicken, eggplant, basil and spices. A must in SOMA.
Delicious and Pretty – Food is delicious, but servings are not that big. Great atmosphere as well as good place to take out-of-towners. I would recommend their vegetarian dishes, especially the ones with eggplant. Everything is well flavored, but how could it not be with MSG? All in all, I would come back for the experience and the food, but not for the prices.
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