SF natives swear by these Thai food havens.
Thai food is creative, zesty, aromatic, intricate and just so dang good. San Francisco is home to dozens of exquisite places to get your Thai food fix, but we’ve rounded up the best ones which represent a wide spectrum of Thai cuisine.
Lapats is a neighborhood favorite in the Tenderloin serving up incredible noodle dishes including Yen Ta Fo (seafood), Kuay Tiew Nuer Toon (braised beef), and crab noodles.
Location: 601 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Enjoy affordable, memorable Thai dishes such as pumpkin curry, silver noodle soup, fish cakes, and more.
Locations: 901 Larkin St and 494 Haight St, San Francisco, CA
This is another local favorite offering an expansive menu including dozens of appetizers, rice plates, noodle soups, and curry dishes. Try their kao ka moo (special pork leg stew) or kao na ped pa-lo (5-spice duck).
Location: 5020 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
4. Sai Jai Thai
Sai Jai is a must for fans of Thai pork dishes. The kor moo yang (grilled pork shoulder) is one of their most popular dishes. They also have great curry and vegetarian options.
Location: 771 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109
5. Zen Yai
You won’t be disappointed with this enormous menu offering dozens of classic options. Be sure to try their boat noodle soup or any of the combos which come with chicken yellow curry, fried wontons, green salad and rice.
Location: 771 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109
This upscale restaurant offers a refined menu that includes mouthwatering options such as fried catfish, sun-dried beef, roasted Thai northern style sausage, and more. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their more exotic options such as quail and frog.
Locations: 730 Larkin St, 307 Hayes St, and 3189 16th St, San Francisco, CA
7. Marnee Thai
Marnee Thai in the Sunset district is a local favorite, with plenty of go-tos including their chicken satay, summer rolls, kang kaew (spicy green curry), and much more.
Locations: 1243 9th Ave and 2225 Irving St, San Francisco, CA
You have to try Farmhouse Thai, if not for its exciting, creative dishes, then for its beautiful restaurant. They offer a variety of options ranging from street food to noodle soup. Or try one of their beautiful boxes made to enjoy at home.
Location: 710 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Some favorite dishes at Thai Time include green salmon, pumpkin curry talay, yum yum trout, catfish and mango, and deep-fried soft shell crab. They have over one hundred menu options to choose from, so you can keep going back!
Location: 315 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
10. Kin Khao
Kin Khao offers a special and slightly less traditional meal. Be sure to try their Pretty Hot Wings, Som Tum papaya salad, pork bowl, and Bangkok Posh Salad. Their Union Square location is on hiatus, but you can enjoy their food at the Dogpatch location on Indiana Street.
Location: 690 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA 94107
[Featured Image: @thaifarmhouse via Instagram]