1705 Haight St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411737.769408 -122.450897
Monday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Haight, Central
Spicy curries and unique traditional dishes draw hungry diners to this casual Haight Street Thai eatery, but it's the old-fashioned hospitality that keeps them coming back. – To just order the pad thai, yellow curry or chicken satay at this Upper Haight restaurant is to do yourself a disservice. Yes, the menu offers enough of the tried-and-true Western favorites for any picky eater to have a happy meal, but it's worth a gamble to try the Thai dishes--specifically some of the chef's specials--that you won't find on every other Southeast Asian menu around town: grilled salmon with pear chili sauce and fried papaya, crispy soft-shelled crabs with lemongrass, seafood salad, roast duck in red curry sauce. The flavors aren't as sugar-satured as American Thai generally is, so you know it's legit, and the service is as polite and quietly accomodating that you'd swear you were in a cozy Bangkok cafe (if it weren't for the $15 tab, anyway).
cozy atmosphere – I liked the location first of all. It used to be an apartment and now it is a colorfull,small but cozy restaurant. I tried the usual coconut milk soup with chicken, this one was below average. The coconut milk wasn't completly liquid and the chicken was overcooked, light flavor. I liked all the appetizers, included the veggi curry puff (really greasy though). We had has main entrance a curry chicken which was delicious and creamy. Staff is really sweet.
My family enjoyed this restaurant! – We were a group of tourists visiting the Haight because our father/husband was in the hospital. The noodle place across the street was booked, so we tried this place out. I made it a POINT to search for this restaurant on CitySearch just to give it a GREAT review. Everything tasted great, the servers were good, and we were happy.
Great Thai – The food at Siam Lotus is great and very affordable. The service isn't anything special but the place has a nice, clean atmosphere. This may very well be the best Thai food I have had in San Francisco. But it's on Haight Street so it will take a little while to find parking.
consistently great – When I originally tried this restaurant I was less than impressed, but they've changed something, perhaps the chef. I eat in or get take-out from Siam Lotus at least twice a week now. Their tom yum gai is perfect, tom kha gai is also great if a little oily (so I can't eat it twice a week). Pad Thai is in the top 5 of my experiences -- just the hint of sweetness. The basil chicken is in the top 3. I've tried a few apetizers and they did not disappoint either. If you tried this restaurant before and found it lacking, try again.
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