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Lao Table Dining Room - Lao Table, San Francisco, CA

Lao Table

4.6
4.6
299 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
Lao Table on Second Street is a contemporary restaurant and lounge that serves traditional Thai cuisine as well as a variety of Asian fusion dishes. There are various branches located throughout San Francisco and each is popular for its trendy ambiance and swanky presentation. The menu at Lao Table includes several vegetarian options so that everyone can enjoy something. There’s also a wide selection of specialty cocktails that you can choose from to accompany your meal. Popular starters at Lao Table include crispy frog legs tossed with Gilroy sauce, sea salt and black pepper and house special spring rolls featuring rice paper rolls stuffed with shrimp, lettuce and mint. For your main course, try an entrée like the volcanic beef made with premium USDA certified flank steak or sautéed asparagus and tofu with garlic sauce.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 278-9991

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lalita Souksamlane

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Cross street

    Mission and Howard

  • Parking details

    Street parking available, also several lots nearby.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 299 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for Lunch

  • San Francisco

    Great for Lunch

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  1. SF

    SFNative

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Super expensive, WAY more than before. Service good except wrong bill was
  2. N

    Nico

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Too noisy. So much noise we couldn’t hear what our fiends were saying. Awful.
  3. CB

    ChrisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hosted a client for lunch and we all really enjoyed the food. Excellent flavors and they commented how delicious it was and it was a great choice for lunch!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food- really fresh and flavorful. The Lao Soda cocktail was super yummy as well.
  5. EK

    EdKaufman

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food, service and decor very good. The base on the music was extremely annoying and took away from the enjoyment.
  6. SE

    StevenE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Hidden gem.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Good drinks, food is good, ambiance is nice
  8. KP

    KPSF

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good times
  10. m

    mainguyen

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The vegetables appear fresh. I ordered the deconstructed tuna salad, which didn’t appear to contain any tuna, which is pretty deceptive if there is no clarification that there is no actual fish protein in the dish. I also ordered the Strawberry drink that didn’t contain any mint in it, and again that’s 1/3 of the recipe description. We had to ask more than once for a box to pack up our leftovers.
  11. JP

    JjPP

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun place with super yummy Thai food. Nice presentation, great flavors. good drinks. Can’t go wrong.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily the best meal I’ve had in SF to date. The food and drinks were unbelievable. Try the whole bass.
  13. EL

    ELMERB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and drinks Friendly staff Relaxing ambiance
  14. RS

    ReneS

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had an 8:30 pm reservation and at 8:15 pm we received a text from the restaurant to be on time and be ready to order because they closed at 9pm. We arrived at 8:28pm, but felt rushed as soon as we were seated. We were told twice to order everything we wanted because it was last call. The food was good, but the staff seemed ready for the patrons to leave because they were ready to leave also. They turned the overhead lights on right at 9pm, as if the concert was over!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fast and great service
  16. c

    colina

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Service was slow but the food was good. Order was flawed but they fixed the problem quickly.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing but the server would’ve rather been somewhere else.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food at good value. Wish the dishes had come to the table at the same time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good service and food
  20. FM

    FabulousMeal

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    I’ve been here many times and enjoy the food. This time there were 6 of us. Problem was that we got our meals at all different times over a 30-minute span, meanwhile other tables that sat down after us were being served. Really hard to track down a wait person to follow up. Made the meal awkward.
  21. ED

    ExperiencedDiner

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful place for a quick business lunch or a fun dinner. Has become my staple on business trips. Never disappoints - great selection, super quick and friendly service. Highly recommended!
  22. L

    Louise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, ambiance, food were all outstanding. Of course price is expensive due to the pandemic and need so that is totally understandable. They were very busy but they were very accommodating.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. The entrees were big enough to be shared. Drink menu is great.
  24. T

    Traveler

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food portions were good. Taste was average. Noise level was just awful. You couldn't hear the person next to you.
  25. LA

    LarsA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    My group and I had a nice meal at Lao Table. Location was really convenient. Drinks and food were flavorful. It's worth noting that this venue is somewhat loud at peak meal time.
  26. JK

    JasonK

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chic atmosphere, extremely friendly and attentive staff, with beautiful and delicious food! 5 stars on every level!!!
  27. ES

    ElizabethS

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Some of the best Thai food we’ve had, highly recommend. Presentation was amazing too!
  28. RM

    RetoM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience4
    While I love this place for the quality of the food and it's setting. Opening the main entrance door at 9:15pm to indicate that the restaurant closes at 10pm and for the customers to leave on a cold San Francisco day is far from acceptable. Multiple requests made to the staff that it's cold and difficult to enjoy the dinner only resulted in shoulder shrugs. I will not go back !
  29. NS

    NickSF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience3
    We were very disappointed with the service. We got mains before drinks and appetizers and it was difficult to get hold of a waiter. We had to ask for things like take-out containers several times before we got them. Staff was not friendly and one of the dishes was overly salty. Overall the food was good apart from that.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has become my favorite restaurant in SF! Excellent!!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, good music, ambiance, and staff was very polite. Will be back again.
  32. GD

    GregD

    Atlanta

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had an excellent dinner at Lao Table! Everything was flavorful and delicious. We definitely recommend it and would definitely return when in San Francisco again. We started with the crispy spring rolls which were some of the best we've ever had! The wrapping lettuce and other vegetables and herbs were the perfect accompaniment. For entrees we had the Pad Pha Beef and the "Totally Prawns", prawns in a coconut curry sauce. Both were delicious and very flavorful. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Again, we highly recommend Lao Table!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Limpio, buen servicio y muy rica la comida
  34. 2

    2kgougher

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Attentive service. Food took a while to arrive although restaurant wasn’t full. The eggplant is delicious.
  35. E

    Edskie09

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We thought the food was delicious. However, the portions were little, which makes it expensive. The food presentation was great but little servings in every dish we ordered.
  36. AF

    AngelaF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    At peak time it is LOUD FYI. Amazing food and service!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    The food is not Lao food, but Thai food using Thai techniques.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and service was exceptional!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Great food but I felt they they were rushing us and trying to get us to leave by 7:45 (30 minutes into our meal). Before we’re we’re finished they were trying to take our plates, turned on the bright lights, moved furniture, told us we couldn’t order anything else, etc. Not very pleasant.
  40. MO

    MOAg

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Went with a party of 4 on a Thursday for lunch. Two of the people in our party live in Berkeley and my other friend and I were visiting from Hawaiʻi for a work conference. One friend had called the day before to ask if we needed reservations and was told we did not. We arrived around noon and asked the hostess for a table for 4. She asked us if we had reservations and we repeated what had been told to us the day prior. She said she couldn't seat us without reservations because they were busy. Okay, fine. We made reservations for 45 minutes later and were seated quickly when the reservation time arrived. We weren't even sure who our server was as different people kept coming to our table. And none of them even tried to be nice or friendly. After we got our food, no one checked on us and it was impossible to flag someone down. People working would look at us, see that we were looking for some help, then look away/ignore us. I understand a busy restaurant. I worked front of the house for most of my life. But come on. Maybe they were short staffed. Maybe they hadn't anticipated being so busy that day. But management could at least communicate to guests what's going on. The food came out quickly but it wasn't even good enough to make up for the crap service. We ended up going to a different Thai place later that same day as a palate cleanser for both the food and the service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Lao Table offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 278-9991.

Lao Table is rated 4.6 stars by 299 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Lao Table

149 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mission and Howard

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking available, also several lots nearby.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lalita Souksamlane

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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