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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.