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Ben Thai Cafe

  • Restaurants
  • Lower Nob Hill
  • price 2 of 4
Ben Thai Cafe
Photograph: Yelp/Claire W

Time Out says

This food at this Nob Hill cafe seamlessly melds traditional Thai, Chinese, and Indonesian influences in inventive flavor combinations. (The brother-sister co-owners borrowed many of the complex recipes from their Thai parents.) The menu spans sauteed dishes, seafood, wok-tossed noodles, and curries from all over the map. There’s an American-Thai inspired oxtail soup stewed with carrot, tomato, and cabbage; a Northern Thai khao soi (egg noodles, chicken, and crispy pork skin in a red and yellow coconut curry), and a Chinese-Thai-influenced roasted duck soup packed with hearty, fatty strips of meat and thick, chewy noodles. Start with the crispy crab pancake, which is served alongside a pungent vinegar dipping sauce.


1331 Polk St
San Francisco
Cross street:
at Pine St
Opening hours:
Daily 11:30am-3:30pm, 5-10pm
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