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Zen Yai Thai

771 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109-7908
+1 415-441-1640
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good40%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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“tenderloin” (3 reviews)
“papaya salad” (2 reviews)
“flat noodles” (6 reviews)
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Asian, Thai
771 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109-7908
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Old-school Thai place in the gritty Tenderloin of SF. Probably not the best neighborhood for tourists. Reasonable prices and average Thai food. Try to boat noodles. If you're feeling more ambitious, try Lers Ros on Larkin.

Thank Wodtke
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent restaurant for really delicious Thai food. Considering that it is located in the middle of San Francisco the value for money is just excellent! The Pad Thai is great!

Thank Stefan H
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Ordered food to get delivered over the weekend. Tried their boat noodles, spicy chicken salad, papaya salad and pad thai. The boat noodles were so good! so much flavor. The spicy chicken salad was very disappointing. too much rice powder. tasted blan and mealy. Papaya...More

Thank Allen L
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Came here for dinner last night with my husband. We ordered the Massaman chicken and Green Sea (green curry seafood) curries. Both were delicious and full of flavour, and the serving sizes were generous. I could have easily just eaten white rice with the green...More

Thank Jac Y
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Ok I am a Thai food snob. Lived in Thailand for many years and there is nothing more annoying to me than poorly executed Thai food. This place serves amazing Thai soup. You cannot wrong with this place. Cool atmosphere is a very colorful neighborhood

Thank khonkaen
Reviewed 4 June 2016

If you are looking for great thai food in SF, this is the place to go. However, the wait can be really long as they get pretty crowded.

Thank ajlaut
Reviewed 22 February 2016

I went here on the recommendation of a Thai cooking youtuber who lived in San Francisco. I ordered the Boat noodles, starter to share and two Thai Ice teas. Boat noodles were absolutely gorgeous. Thai Green curry was phenomenal. The starter was fantastic, I'm not...More

Thank David J
Reviewed 9 December 2015

We were pleased to find this place open at 1pm because a lot of surrounding places didn't open until 5pm. Service was great. Food was tasty. Price was reasonable.

Thank relaxescape
Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

I'm Thai visiting SF. All I can tell is I feel like I'm in Thailand. Real Thai taste. Must try! Real Thai noodle! Real Thai noodle! Real Thai noodle!

Thank Varan O
Reviewed 10 October 2015

This is the spot to go from boat noodles. They have a Thai language menu written on the wall that has several soups not listed on the English menu. They are only a few dollars for a small bowl so it's great to try them...More

Thank Sam H
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Delivery, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 771 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109-7908
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-441-1640
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