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Best Thai in San Francisco

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Manora's Thai Cuisine

Soft lighting, wood paneling and tastefully chosen bits of Thai art set the scene for upscale Thai cuisine that is exceptionally delicious. This cozy spot specializes in seafood, grilled with an expert blend of aromatic spices, deep-fried in a light, slightly sweet batter that has a hint of chili, and slow-simmered in a clay pot filled to the brim with fish, shellfish and fresh Asian vegetables. Gracious service is a hallmark here for well-heeled diners who fill the linen-covered tables. The wine list includes mostly California vintages. Asian beers are also available.

1600 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
Basil Canteen

Housed inside the lofty space that was once occupied by the iconic Jackson Brewery, Basil Canteen presents a very unique environment to enjoy Thai food. The urban and rustic settings, complete with bare brick walls, beams and high ceilings, make for a ideal venue for night outs with friends or family dinners. The well-conceived menu lists some of the best Thai dishes that are native to the street-stalls and kitchens of Bangkok, like Sikrong Mu Tod, Kiow Pu, Ka Mu Palo and the ever favorite Pad Thai. Eccentric cocktails like Tong Daend and Saketini are a must try for anyone who visits Basil Canteen.

1489 Folsom Street, At 11th, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
Basil Thai

Enjoy Basil's creative approach to Thai cuisine in an attractive, tranquil, contemporary setting. Pad Thai, Gai-Kra-Prow and other traditional dishes are offered, as well as Basil originals like Basil's Panstickers and Fire Calamari, and seasonal specials. The presentations are striking and the service is pleasant. No surprise then that it has been quite popular ever since it opened, so dinner reservations are recommended.

1175 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
Lers Ros

One of the most popular Thai restaurants, not only in Tenderloin but all of San Francisco, Lers Ros truly lives up to its reputation. Whether in for a vegetarian meal or something with more bite, there is no shortage of delicious options. Apart from regular treats like fried quail, the menu also features specials like garlic and pepper rabbit and prawns asparagus.

730 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109
Kin Khao

Thai eatery Kin Khao was the realization of a dream for owner and Chef Pim. Authentic, fresh and unpretentious, this restaurant serves potent Thai meals such as the fiery Kua Kling ribs or the pad kee mao. Sample some deliciously cooling cocktails to offset some of the spicy flavors, or feast on the black rice pudding to provide some sweet respite.

55 Cyril Magnin Street, Parc 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
Amphawa Thai Noodle House

Coming here is like taking a virtual trip to Thailand: the walls are covered with ornate and rich Thai carpets, paintings, and silks. The efficient and friendly wait staff dresses in traditional Thai costume. Almost everything on the menu is spicy, though items can be prepared less fiery on request. The restaurant serves a lot of meat and seafood, including prawns stuffed with crabmeat and pork and deep-fried Pompano fish topped with sweet and sour sauce. It all goes down nicely with a sweet Thai iced tea.

5020 Geary Boulevard, Between Park Presidio and 15th Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94118
Marnee Thai Restaurant

Three major newspapers and Zagat's Survey have all repeatedly ranked Marnee Thai as some of the best Thai food in the city. Find out for yourself! The decor is simple yet tasteful and the service is personable and efficient. A few prints of Thailand and colorful tapestries cover the walls. The muted elegance makes this the perfect place for an intimate dinner. The restaurant serves the traditional Thai favorites. Menu items include a calamari salad and Panang beef. If you are in the mood to share, order one of the large bowls of steaming soup.

2225 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94122
Khan Toke Thai House

Traditional Thai cuisine such as Pad Thai, red and green curries, and other meat, poultry, tofu, and seafood dishes are served in a delightful, elegantly cozy dining room. Low teak dining tables and pillows are tucked in among Thai sculptures, wall-hangings and screens. As a final touch, waitresses perform beautiful, traditional Thai dancing in dazzling costumes at dinner. The quality of the food is consistent and one cannot go wrong with any item on the menu. Thai beer or Thai coffee after your meal are both delicious options.

5937 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94121
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