Even if the food wasn't exceptional—and it is—I would come to Basil Canteen. The restaurant in San Francisco's SOMA area is gorgeous. Located in the historical Jackson Brewery building, they have kept the original architectural details of the building on the inside. Huge windows allow natural light to warm the space while beautiful communal tables (as well as individual ones) span the space making you feel like you're deep in the woods. They serve Thai dishes from Bangkok and have a nicely stocked bar as well. Make sure to try the crab fried rice.