Thai Restaurants in San Francisco: The Ten Best Places to Sample Thai Food in SF

Below I've listed my favorite Thai restaurants in San Francisco. If you've never tried Thai food, you will enjoy its combination of spices and balanced flavors.

It seems as if there is a new Thai restaurant popping up in San Francisco almost every week. You will find lots of them throughout the city, but there are a few that really stand out.

Many dishes include fresh vegetables and are served with noodles or rice. Most people opt for the chicken, beef, or vegetarian dishes. However, if you are a little more adventurous, you can also find dishes such as frog or quail.

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Lers Ros

Lers Ros is one of my favorite places in the city for this cuisine. It is located in the Tenderloin district. It is small and often crowded, so expect a little bit of a wait for lunch or dinner.

  • Popular Dishes: Chicken satay, pork belly, and pad-see-ew
  • Hours: Every day from 11am - 11pm
  • Address: 730 Larkin Street in the Tenderloin

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

This delicious Mission District restaurant has lots of character and offers up some of the best traditional Thai dishes around. The prices here may be a little higher than at other restaurants, but they use fresh, organic ingredients and the portions are large enough to share.

  • Popular Dishes: Pad thai with prawns, hat yai fried chicken, and sticky rice with ice cream
  • Hours: Weekdays from 11am - 2pm and 5pm - 10pm, Weekends from 12pm - 10pm (Fridays and Saturdays open until 10:30pm)
  • Location: 710 Florida Street

Chabaa Thai Cuisine

This is one of the very affordable Thai restaurants in San Francisco. It's located just a few blocks from Union Square and has a great selection of dishes. The food is very authentic. It's a small place, so you will need to plan on waiting a little for a table.

  • Popular Dishes: Pad thai, green curry
  • Hours: Every day from 11am - 3pm and 4pm - 12am
  • Location: 420 Geary Street

Jitlada Thai Cuisine

One of the best places to grab Thai food in Japantown is Jitlada Thai. This small, locally owned restaurant takes great care with their dishes. The food is delicious although many of the sauces are a little sweeter than at most Thai restaurants in San Francisco.

  • Popular Dishes: Chef Pai's BBQ chicken, Livia's special noodles (pad-see-ew), and fresh summer spring rolls
  • Hours: Every day from 11am - 3pm and 5pm - 9:30pm
  • Location: 1826 Buchanan Street

House of Thai

This Nob Hill restaurant is a great, affordable option for a hot, tasty meal when you're craving Thai flavors. The House of Thai is located at Larkin and Geary, and the service is friendly and quick.

  • Popular Dishes: Kao soy (curry noodles), kao pad (Thai fried rice), and tom yum noodle soup
  • Hours: Weekdays from 11:30am - 3pm and 4pm - 12am, Weekends from 11:30am - 12am
  • Location: 901 Larkin Street

Additional Top Thai Restaurants in San Francisco

Kin Khao: One of the lesser expensive Thai restaurants in San Francisco, near Union Square at 55 Cyril Magnin St, open for lunch and dinner daily

Marnee Thai: Outer Sunset gem with lunch and dinner daily, 2225 Irving St

Basil Thai Restaurant & Bar: Another one of my favorite Thai restaurants in San Francisco, in the South of Market (SOMA) district, 1175 Folsom St

Ben Thai Cafe: Nob Hill Thai restaurant, 1331 Polk St

Saap Ver Authentic Thai Cuisine: SOMA district, open for lunch and dinner daily, 88 Division St

Other Top Restaurants in San Francisco

Union Square Restaurants: There is a great selection of restaurants all around Union Square. They range from simple diners to some of the most expensive dinners in the world. These are just some of my favorites.

Buena Vista Cafe: If you enjoy Irish coffee, then you must stop by this famous SF cafe. It was the bar that introduced this drink to US patrons. Although some people think it originated here, it didn't (I'm sure it won't be shocking to most of you that it originated in Ireland!). However, they were the first and continue to serve up the best Irish coffee in the city.

French Restaurants: I love, love, love French food and SF has a number of great places to enjoy this cuisine. Some of my favorites include Zazzie and Cafe Claude. Click the link above for even more of my favorite French restaurants in the city!

Irish Food: You will also find an amazing selection of Irish restaurants in the city. Many of them also offer a great Irish bar scene with typical drinks and a large selection of beers.

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