Thai in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Sai Jai Thai

Mom and the cooks shout at each other in Thai, hardly anyone speaks English and the room is grungy, but the classic cooking's spot on. Try the pork-shoulder fried rice, and when they ask how hot, say, 'Spicy like fo…
Burmese in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Burma Superstar

Yes, there's a wait, but do you see anyone walking away? Blame it on fragrant moh hinga (catfish curry) and traditional Burmese green-tea salads tarted up with lime and dried shrimp. Reservations aren't accepted – a…
Vietnamese in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Saigon Sandwich Shop

Order your bargain banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) when the ladies of the Saigon call you, or you'll get skipped. Act fast and be rewarded with a baguette piled high with your choice of roast pork, chicken, pâté, meat…
Vietnamese in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Slanted Door

Live the dream at this bayfront bistro, where California-fresh, Vietnamese-inspired dishes are served with sparkling waterfront views. Chinatown-raised chef-owner Charles Phan is a James Beard Award winner and local…
Vietnamese in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Out the Door

Offshoot of the famous Slanted Door, this casual outpost jump-starts early shopping with stellar French beignets and Vietnamese coffee, or salty-sweet Dungeness crab frittatas. Lunchtime's rice plates and noodles ar…
Vietnamese in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Out the Door

Thai in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Lers Ros

Most Thai eateries stick to familiar favorites, but Lers Ros imports regional Thai cooking with bold spicing and wild ingredients – house specialties include garlic frog legs, salt and pepper rabbit, and boar with o…
Thai in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Basil Thai Canteen

Inside a brick-walled former brewery, Basil Canteen is a smart stop before a night at SoMa's bars and clubs, with fresh-fruit cocktails and reasonably priced, brightly spiced Thai cooking. Happy hours (5pm to 7pm we…
Vietnamese in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Tin Vietnamese

Two blocks from the convention center's overpriced tourist restaurants, hole-in-the-wall Tin caters to SoMa locals with consistently good pho, rice plates and rice-noodle bowls topped with lemongrass chicken, shrimp…
Vietnamese in The Haight & Hayes Valley


Velvety roast duck banh mi gives SF Opera stars something to sing about at this sunny Vietnamese deli, right around the corner from the symphony and opera. Divas order theirs with a shrimp roll side, while tenors in…