Hawker Fare- SF

4.4
400 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Laotian
Located in the Mission District, Hawker Fare dishes out delicious Issan Thai, family style dishes in a comfortable and casual atmosphere that includes a full bar mixing up stiff Tiki style cocktails utilizing only fresh ingredients.

HOLY MOUNTAIN is a craft cocktail bar and lounge above Hawker Fare.
http://hawkerfare.com/holy-mountain/

Wednesday - Saturday
6:30pm - 1am

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

An Oakland original brings its A-game to the Mission. Hawker Fare is a restaurant we find ourselves at again and again.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 400 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time at Hawker Fare. The food was delicious and the wine tasty. I’d recommend this place to anyone who’s looking for a fun night out.

Report
Helpful
OR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Lively bar scene but mediocre food.

Report
Helpful
ML
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Well I love home style meals and loads of flavor. The dishes we tried packed a punch. We ordered the cauliflower laab (yummy!) and the beer nuts to go with our delicious cocktail (virgin sacrifice).

The main course we chose were the chickens - bbq and fried - both equally delicious in their own right. The sauce for the bbq chicken was my favorite. Was not a big fan of the fried chicken sauce.

Jasmine rice is always a wonderful side dish for me and this was done well.

The service was impeccable, but bathrooms could have been cleaner and it was REALLY hard to hear just across the table.

Report
Helpful
FC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my niece here for her 18th birthday and had a blast. The ambiance was fun and lively for an 18 year old and the staff was kind enough to being her soft drink in one of the tiki glasses so we could decorate it with "happy birthday" wooden tiki umbrellas we had brought. The food was fantastic, especially the pork belly and shrimp panang curry. The staff were awesome as they lit the cake for us and brought it out so we could sing happy birthday! It was a blast and I recommend bringing your loved ones for their birthday party if you want a lively and fun venue!

Report
Helpful
S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday dinner with my husband and it was our second time there. It's such a great anytime option! Delicious and creative food, solid service, lively ambiance, and fun cocktials. Always a solid choice for a celebration or just fun night out. We will definitely be back again! Also very gluten free friendly!

Report
Helpful
NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! The dishes we ordered were spicier than many other restaurants, so that's something to be mindful of when dining here. One other thing to be aware of, the cocktails are very sweet (but that might be expected when ordering cocktails). The coconut ice cream dessert is amazing.

Report
Helpful
ES
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This place is great for tikki drinks and hearty, spicy meat dishes. But, I'm surprised and disappointed that Hawker Fare does not offer more healthy vegetarian food items on the menu. Everything is meat, meat, and more meat. There are only 2 vegetable dishes on the menu, and they are side dishes. I would love to see them add some good emerald noodles or other more plant-based options.

Report
Helpful
DO
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot - a true gem. Great food - tasty, healthy, DELICIOUS - in a fun space. Attentive service. Two thumbs up. Love it!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

/sigh, not sure why this Paige gurl keeps showing up at my reservations. Is this a bug in the product?

Report
Helpful
RR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and energy. Food and service was good.

Report
Helpful
M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It's kinda loud , the food is great and the drinks are decent. However the service is slow , especially at the bar. Go knowing it will take some time and enjoy the great food

Report
Helpful
JG
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great and not like anything we usually get at Thai restaurants. However, you will be happier if you like spicy food, because a lot of it is quite spicy. The lotus blossom sundae was a treat to share. Service was casual but good. Our 10 year old daughter had some chicken and rice, but all the veggies were quite spicy, so I can’t recommend it for people visiting SF with kids.

Report
Helpful
DO
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Even better than the Oakland spot. We ordered 3 dishes - each as incredible as the next. Don't miss UMAMI heaven 'brussel sprouts in bean sauce', the 'crispy rice ball salad', and decadent 'braised pork belly' with a side of jasmine rice to sop up the juices... nom, nom!

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spicy and different - absolutely loved this place

Report
Helpful
PH
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fabulous and fun restaurant. The food is outstanding and the service is great.

Report
Helpful
l
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is delicious here. One of my favorite spots! Don't miss the blistered green beans :)

Report
Helpful
j
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely the best Thai I have ever had sooooo delicious

Report
Helpful
BD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty, spicy Lao food. Service attentive. Attractive restaurant, lively atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
P
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

While the food was tasty the music took a bit the pleasure out of the ambiance. Noise level was at 4 bars which this review says "energetic." But was irritating. And this was an early dinner not even a filled restaurant.
The 4 of us found it crazy loud we couldn't hear each other. When the music hangs you up...you need get out. Probably would not go back because of that. A low point for bright food.

Report
Helpful
T
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Eclectic and fun. Always inventive. Hawker Fare is not fine dining, but you will have dishes here that are on no other Bay Area menus and, if they are, Hawker Fare will do them better. Rustic, pungent, delicious without a shred of pretension. My only gripe is the metal folding chairs, while authentic no doubt for street food vendors, are cold and too short for the tables!

Report
Helpful
R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

New year’s Eve was loud and rowdy but we had great and unusual food, good but pricey and small drinks, and solid service despite the festivities. Fun evening overall.

Report
Helpful
TN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

When the start of the evening is miserable, it affects the whole experience. The host had obviously a very bad day and he let us know about it. Surly, rude, visibly angry. No hello, murderous looks, throwing menus on the table. Observed the guy and we were not the only party subjected to his attitude and bad behavior.

Decent but boring and unremarkable food, disjointed and indifferent service, noisy surroundings, not pleasant in any way. Can’t believe this got a top 100 in the Bay Area from Bauer, especially when there are so many infinitely better choices in the City. Go figure.

Will not come back.

Report
Helpful
BH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was better when it was in Oakland. Higher caliber.

Report
Helpful
m
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Get the whole cooked fish.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good cocktails!

Report
Helpful
ME
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun vibe, delicious food, yummy cocktails. And reasonably priced! Will be a regular from now on.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Service mediocre. Seated quickly and server provided good input but then we didn't get one if the dishes we ordered and server didn't check in with us even one time about the food or whether we needed anything. I ended up hungry and sipping the melting ice water at the bottom of my cocktail.
The food we did get though was delicious. Tamarind egg drop noodles probably the highlight.

Report
Helpful
R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Some of the worst Thai food I’ve had. Greasy, salty slop.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Nice place but the food was too rich for me.

Report
Helpful
KM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A go to for out of town guests, as well as a casual night out.

Report
Helpful
J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We are a group of foodie friends who love to enjoy different foods. The restaurant was a very fun place and our waiter was very accommodating to offer menu suggestions for the people in our group who don’t like spice. It was greatly appreciated.

Report
Helpful
J
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My husband and I used to love Hawker Fare when it began in Oakland. Unfortunately, wanting a larger space in the hip SF Mission District did not necessarily result in the food or dining experience being better. Food was disappointing, except for the blistered green beans. Service was disjointed and noticeably understaffed. I received my fried chicken entree dish long before other dishes -- several small chunks of chicken with too much and too thick breading, looking more like the size of an appetizer than an entree; for the price, it should have at least been a thigh and leg. The pork sausage entree was OK, not as great as in the past. I hate to give such a negative review since I've always loved Hawker Fare's food previously and its concept.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was yummy but over priced for what it was and the portions were small.

Report
Helpful
Y
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious and flavorful food. We go at least once a month here! Love the green beans, brussels sprouts, fried chicken, ribs, and chicken and rice (chicken fat rice). Drinks are fun and delicious as well!

Report
Helpful
JD
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Overall, we had a poor experience at Hawker Fare. The food was okay but not memorable, and the service was terrible! After we ordered our waiter pretty much ignored us. Would’ve been nice to drink beers with our food, but no one came around to check on us.
It was also much too loud, we had real trouble hearing the waiter and each other.

Report
Helpful
LV
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun spot for a groups. Staff is great. Table wasn’t ready when we got there but they have a nice Tiki bar upstairs so we grabbed a cocktail while we waited. Food was pretty straight-up, nothing fancy but very yummy. Highly recommend red curry with tofu. Affordable priced for SF.

Report
Helpful
SL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Had a reservation at 8:45 p.m. Showed up at 8:25 p.m. to check in with the host (who looked extremely stressed out), he told us to go upstairs, grab a drink and he would text me when our table was ready. At around 8:50 p.m., we went downstairs to check in again. The host said we were next, so we waited by the downstairs bar within his eyesight. He then sat a few more parties before us, so at 9:15 p.m. we checked in with him again because we saw this happening. He said he was trying to text us, but his phone was broken... we were sitting right next to the host stand... Strange experience.

Report
Helpful
f
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

it was a good dinner w/a friend. friendly service, great cocktails, delicious food, fun atmosphere (but a little loud for conversation)--looking forward to going back again soon.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brussel sprouts are so good

Report
Helpful
FF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We 'foodies were excited re: Hawker Fare. It was extremely disappointing. Wait person brought only 1 of 3 drinks we ordered, & forgot to put in order for 1 of 3 main dishes we'd asked for! Of 6 dishes ordered, the Papaya Salad and Gai Yang poached chicken were our best choices, but otherwise the food was very mediocre. We loved the colorful vibe as we walked in, however it was SO LOUD that it spoiled it all. With all the great/creative Thai restaurants in Bay area, keep walking..unless you like It LOUD...

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
10