Hawker Fare- SF

4.5
420 reviews
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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 420 People Are Saying
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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and cocktails!

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BH
London
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good but chilly spices missing. I guess pandering to the American palette. We got some fresh cut chillies on the side and mixed them in. Did the job.
And yes I have been to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

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JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So thrilled to find out they are serving food from Laos. We’ve traveled there twice and can say that the food at Hawker Fare is definitely on par it’s what we ate in Laos. So delicious. And different from Thai food. Give it a try. There were lots of happy eaters there. And the atmosphere is like a trip to South East Asia.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, we shared food and everything was great!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Asian street food prepared for white people that pay too much. Over cooked and bland.

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CE
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fresh ingredients and well-prepared (although not spicy enough for my taste) Thai dishes. The room is loud and lively. Perfect for a large group looking for a quick and satisfying meal.

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c
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Underwhelming food and drinks.

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PG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great street food from Laos. Fresh and spicy. Interesting and a bit of noisy.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They were out of a few of the dishes and beers, service was friendly but erratic - everything else was great.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

It wasn't a busy night at all with lots of empty tables but the service was inattentive. Nobody followed up, asked how things were, offered to get more drinks or said goodbye as we left (only 2 other tables seated when at the time of our departure).

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food is good but wasn’t special. I’ve had better Lao dishes elsewhere, and for much less.

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EB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great variety of dishes

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K
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a fun birthday dinner with a group of friends! No problem making a res and seating half the group. Fun drinks and good food! Service was adequate

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P
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were a party of 5 seated at a table at the end of the bar. The food was really excellent, especially the shrimp with penang curry. Our only complaint is the noise level. We managed to hold a conversation without yelling at one another; however, it was definitely well beyond what we prefer. On the other hand, he food was so good that we will be back.

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AT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pros: Excellent food and service.
Cons: Extremely uncomfortable chairs. Restaurant is extremely loud, which sort of ruined the dining experience. Please add some noise-reduction panelling.

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PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Hawker Fare rates highly because it has a lively atmosphere, yet conversations are possible. The food is unusual, tasty and impressively presented. That said, it really is not a place for a person who cannot eat spicy dishes. However, they are careful to have four dishes that anyone, including a 6 year old, could handle and they were delicious. Because of its fiery nature. one dish was rated inedible, even by the three diners at the table who always can eat hot food. The seating in the restaurant is by and large not comfortable because of the metal folding chairs. Even so, their brilliant red color contributed to the restaurant's overall visual ambiance -- festive and cheerful.

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun, lively atmosphere...male host was not very pleasant, but all good otherwise...

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want some of the most flavorful food you have ever eaten, then you should eat here.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious, start to finish. My only disappointment was the panang curry. Although the flavor was delicious, the broth was too thin and there wasn’t enough squash and protein. We were there on a Saturday evening for dinner and it was loud enough that we were constantly repeating ourselves.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
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.

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PS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whole fish dish was outta this world. Cool vibe, wicked cocktails.

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

Lively bar scene but mediocre food.

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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.

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FC
San Francisco
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!

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S
New York Area
17 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!

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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.

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ES
San Francisco
113 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.

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DO
San Francisco
31 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!

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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?

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

Great ambiance and energy. Food and service was good.

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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

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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.

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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!

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

Spicy and different - absolutely loved this place

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l
San Francisco
12 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 :)

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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.

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

Absolutely the best Thai I have ever had sooooo delicious

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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.

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P
San Francisco
26 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.

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T
San Francisco
94 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!

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