Straits Restaurant - Burlingame
Straits Restaurant - Burlingame

Straits Restaurant - Burlingame

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.straitsrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (650) 373-7883
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Sunday 11:30AM-3:00PM; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 3:00PM-10:00PM; Friday-Saturday 3:00PM-11:00PM. Bar open until 12:00AM on Friday and Saturday. OPEN ALL DAY.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Southeast Asian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Yeo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call the restaurant or visit our website for catering options.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Joanna Rae Tan 4152095577x
  • Entertainment: Bay Area Hottest DJs spinning Top 40s, RnB, Mash-ups, Pop and House on Fridays 9:30PM-1:30AM. DJ Nicolo spinning 80's Hits on Saturdays 9:30PM-1:30AM.
  • Special Events: Straits Restaurant is available for all your special event and off-site catering needs. Whether it's a business lunch, cocktail reception or full seated dinner, Straits can help create a fantastic and memorable event. Please call for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California
  • Public Transit: CalTrain, SamsTrans.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of street parking and public lots are available within 2 blocks from the restaurant. All use meters.
A word from Straits Restaurant - Burlingame
Singapore for almost 200 years has been at the crossroads of Southeast Asia, where many cultures and nationalities live, work and more importantly, eat together. Singapore's cuisines logically reflect this cultural diversity. The four major culinary cultures -- Malaysian/Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Nonya -- are in fact a blend of each other, creating a new cuisine that is unique and more complex in flavors and fragrances. Straits offers a menu that features the complexity of all these Singaporean cuisines in chef Chris Yeo's unique interpretation. This Asian-Zen inspired Burlingame location opened in August of 2004.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
Straits Restaurant - Burlingame reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (21)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (18)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (11)special occasion (10)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Shopping trip with friends
    Mogo12
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Love the Roti, but ask for more sauce. Good food as always. A few more veggie options on the menu would be nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food,lively crowd,poor service
    WineandDine
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Came here on a Saturday night with a colleague to enjoy some Singaporean cuisine. We found the food to be generally good with a great lively an somewhat noisy crowd.The service was confused, my colleague received her dinner plate while I was left to wait a good 15-20 minutes for mine. The staff could be seen running around back and forth and provided erratic service. I wish I could be more positive about the service but it was terrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really tasty food
    cailach
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Love the small plates - great to share. Hard to find one that is not yummy. My favorite is the tuna tower.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delivers Again
    GForce
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Returned for a dinner with close friends. Had not been there for 6 months. Quality of food, service, and ambiance has remained at the highest levels. Small plates remain favorites with tuna tower, murtabak, poh pia, satay, prawn sambal, beef rendang, wok-fired mussels, mee goreng. Will not wait 6 months for my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible disappointment.
    David
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    After having a cocktail in a busy bar, we were shown to our table in the nearly empty dining room at 7:30 on a Saturday night. Memories of unique Asian offerings were a distant past. The wine that was recommended was way over priced. The Somosas appetizers were somewhat bland and a little greasy. My seafood entrée barely was enough to qualify as an appetizer. My wife ordered chicken pad Thai and received shrimp pad Thai – and is allergic to shellfish. The waitress and manager apologized profusely, replaced it and removed it from the bill. Unfortunately, it was quite bland. The overall experience was a disappointment based on memories of a vibrant foodie destination. We left around 8:30 and the dining room was virtually empty.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Friendly
    Nanny
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We were a mixed group with 2 kids (6 and 8) and everyone was happy and well taken care of. The food, as always, was the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go if in a hurry
    MistyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We waited forever for one of our dishes even though we told waitperson at beginning that we were in a hurry.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food,vibrant ambiance
    nee7
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food and service was wonderful as always. However, the Restaurant was recently renovated. There was a Giant Buddha on one end of the Restaurant that made the Restaurant more aesthetically beautiful and gave it pizzaz. After the renovation, the giant Buddha was gone and more tables were added. The Restaurant is more industrial looking now. It has lost part of its charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food - like Singapore!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Amazing, authentic food, tasty combinations and friendly staff! We went the night before a flight out if SFO and loved everything we ordered: beef rendang, the tuna tower appetizer, nasi goreng and the chicken curry! All was like we remembered from Singapore! Of course the raffles Singapore sling were divine too..'n
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've dined at Straits many times but had not been there in awhile. The menu was the same so we were still able to order our favorites when our server finally appeared. The tuna tower didn't have much flavor. The calamari was not crispy enough, slightly oily. The ribs were very good. Although the tables weren't filled, it was noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Straits
    PGW1961VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food very good Do not like the fact that main course arrives as you are still eating your appetizer. Not the most comfortable of places but food is good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The waitress was checked out
    Antar
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Took 10 minutes after being seated to be acknowledged by a waitress that wasn't even responsible for our table. She took our order and let the manager know. Manager comped the appetizers and apologized. However he never rectified the issue with our waitress. She never came to refill our drinks and gave us the bill without even asking us if we wanted dessert.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved our dinner and wine!
    birchles
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My friend and I stopped here en route to a late night SFO trip. We arrived early and were easily accommodated. Service was excellent and we both ordered a glass of wine we had never tried based on the recommendation of our server. They had many GF (gluten free) options, which I appreciate. We both loved our steak and watermelon salads.this restaurant has many seating options for different size groups. Will definitely stop by again when I'm on the peninsula. Need to return to the Straits in Santana Row as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    they put no show for me even though my friend and I did show up for our reservation. The food was okay - great service though! I hear this place is awesome at night for bar hopping though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 495 reviews are from the Straits Restaurant - Burlingame reviews archive.
  • Santana Row vs Burlingame
    Saddiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had an impressive experiences with Straits in Santana Row and that was why I wanted to give it a try with Straits in Burlingame for my wedding anniversary. As a result, I found a great discrepancy in terms of food. 1. Roti Prata: the flatbread were way too crunchy and unbreakable (I am serious!) so we needed to ask them to bring us another plate. 2. Garlic noodle: it was way too spicy with the raw garlic and the bean sprout. We could only finished half. 3. Seafood Risotto: the texture of the risotto was good but it was a bit salty. The risotto stuck inside the shellfish which made it hard to eat. Again, we could only finish half of the plate too.:-( I wish the food can be as tasty as and as impressive as the one in Santana Row.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • StraitUpGreatExperience!
    StraitUpTheBest
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I went here on a first date. Sat at the Bar before getting our table. Staff let me push out my reservation so I could sit up there for a drink or two before eating. Bar tenders were awesome, both the guys were friendly and, although busy, able to make little jokes here and there with us and were extremely personable which helped me break the ice with my guest. Drinks and food were good, and the service was even better. We really enjoyed our experience here and will definitely be coming back soon. (and will reserve our table on opentable, of course!) Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was bland..
    CristinaVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This used to be a lot better. Haven't been back in 2 years and was quite disappointed. Food was bland, noise level makes it difficult to carry a conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food on a noisy night
    VerilPVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    On a recent Friday evening, my date and I had several great small plates and a wonderful pinot noir to go with them. The restaurant was not crowded with diners, but the bar was quite crowded and noisy. We were able to talk over a high noise level, but it certainly was not romantic dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not the best visit
    FoodieGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I'm a huge fan of straits especially the location in Santana row.. However this visit in Burlingame wads not up to par.. Food wasn't good.. Way overly spiced and not warm.. Sangria was terrible.. I don't think we will return to this location..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This was not the 1st time we went there and service was not as usual: very abrupt waiter and mainly one of the main dishes arrived 10 minutes after the others and of course the 3 others could not/should not have waited... Finishing their meals 10 minutes before the 4th one. As in any "no education" restaurant, so common here, 3 empty plates were removed and one person left to finish dinner under the scrutiny of the table...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good place
    Foodtips4u
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Perfect to meet someone on the Peninsula...easy access to 101...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first-time experience
    TravellingDinestars
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We booked the restaurant based solely on the style of food and menu. Almost changed our minds because of a review comment about it being "a trendy nightspot" but really glad we didn't. Excellent representation of Singaporean fusion cuisine, and the PEI mussels were a fantastic touch. Good wine selection, lots to eat and drink for everyone. Even our young daughter enjoyed it, and there was no hint of a karaoke session about to break out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MichelinStarHunterVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I love Straits, but the spareribs were off its game tonight: sauce was not exactly the same, bit burnt or it's been sitting for a long time. Other than that, everything else was good. This was late around 9:30 PM, so maybe the food quality goes down a half notch late night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Declining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Used to be a great spot. The waiter had such a poor attitude and it was apparent from the minute we sat down. He was slow to appear, rude and not helpful. But my food was worse. I felt like having a Gordon Ramsey fit- how do you mess up a chicken breast? It was so dry and over cooked and slopped with a thick nasty sauce. The waiter asked "what do you want me to do?" Shouldn't he know how to satisfy a customer?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    They've stepped up from the usual Thai fare to some very interesting dishes. The service was very accommodating although it's pretty loud & the waiter could barely hear us. All the food came in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food overshadowed/poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is innovative and the menu is diverse. My four year old inhaled the sweet and mild short ribs; the roti was fried to perfection; the scallops were tender and artfully plated. All of this was overshadowed by a seemingly polite but poorly managed staff. In the menu it is not clearly stated which items come with some type of side dish. Our waitress did not recommend rice or vegetablees for my mother whose meal was comprised of 4 scallops only ($16 entree). Once we ordered, the food came out one dish at a time for 30 minutes. My son did not receive his meal until my husband was nearly finished with his. Also, the incorrect salad was brought to my niece and her chicken skewers did not appear until our meal was complete. Dissapointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    VerilPVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I made reservations for ten of our family for Easter Sunday. The table was ready for us upon arrival. We asked for a high chair but had to ask a second time, which is the reason for four stars on service instead of five. The drink and food service were outstanding, including bringing fruit and fries early for the two children. We ordered family style and enjoyed the food and the couteous and prompt service very much.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I remembered.
    EmmaMcCullochVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I used to love the variety of this place. I used to like it as it was an adult focused place that would be good for date-night. I was disappointed once I sat down to see the place half full of people with kids at 7:30 p.m. The food was okay, but the Tuna Tower just didn't taste amazing, the corn frittas were a little too fried and the Roti Prata was not as fresh as I remembered. My husband's entree came a long time before my duck sliders and as it turned out, it had actually been meant for the table next door, so they, like us, got one entree way before another. So one service mix up led to two unhappy tables. It was okay, but the food and alcohol prices are not the cheapest and it made me think twice about going there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but not good service
    Suki
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I had dined here before and had good memories but was dissapointed. Food was not as good as the last time. Restaurant was very loud, we could not have a conversation across a four person table without almost shouting at each. Waiters kept coming to our table clearing plates even when we were not finished. Even the manager came to our table and rather then kindly asking us to leave and make room for the next reservation he was so unskilled that we felt almost shamed that we were there. I understand that they want to have another shift of guests after us but to be hurrying us out the door was really bad. I don't think I will be back or recommend this restaurant anymore. Not a real dining experience anymore.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prior experience much better
    LnK3rd
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I've dined at Straits in the past and loved it, but this time - a birthday dinner for a friend - the experience was a big disappointment. Of the dishes we ordered, only one was tasty. We were even disappointed with the dessert. The place was so loud this time that it made for a negative experience. Our server was particularly bad: surly and unattentive. Thumbs down.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    LouisVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This was a pot experience on all levels. Service was spotty and we sat on the patio and the music was way to loud. The appetizers were prepared terrible and the three main courses we shared all came at different times.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good lunch spot. I had
    Isabel415VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Very good lunch spot. I had a wonderful seated tuna salad. Everyone enjoyed their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food but too noisy to enjoy
    gals
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The moment we walked into Straits are ears got a blast of electronic techno music. If this was a club or just a bar - I could understand the music choice and the volume. We had to shout to the hostess just to have her hear our reservation name. We got seated at a table that was a bit quieter but still too loud for normal conversation. And again, the choice of music was just way off for the style and theme of the restaurant. Drinks were ordered from the bar. 3 came and the 4th one came about 5-7 minutes later.Small plates and dinner was delicious - everything! It's just too loud and a bad choice of music.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    frequentdinerouterVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great for fun and socializing (with good hearing), drinks are good but food only fair.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noisy and Loud
    smart
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This was the noisiest place I've been to. We can't even talk to each other without yelling or screaming across the table, even then we couldn't hear each other. People around were talking so loud. Our group gave up talking and just ate our dinner. The only time we were able to converse a little was when people started leaving later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went their with my parents.
    Courty
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Went their with my parents. The wait staff was so good with them! My parents wanted the most "current" drinks and food and the wait staff delivered! Highly enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food but too much noise
    FrenchIsa
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The food is amazing (black pepper crab, whole crispy sea bass, and chicken rice are a MUST). Unfortunately the music is way too loud. It is like eating in a discotheque and it makes it impossible to have a decent discussion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Loved it and enjoyed the food drinks everything was great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    foodisme
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We went there for my daughter's 31st Birthday. The brunch menu was excellent, especially the skirt steak and eggs and crab cakes benedict. The bartender modified the bottomless mimosas and substituted a splash of pomengranate for the orange juice. I don't live in the area so I won't have as much opportunity for returning, buy my daughter and son in law are definitely returning to sample the dinner menu which as my daughter put it "has all my favorite foods." Our wait person was great; she took the time to explain the top dishes on the menu and was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy but loud
    Dubs
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Acoustics are not very good in the building unfortunately, so we had to move. The food was great though! We had the spring rolls, hainan chicken, pad thai, and ikan pangang. Would recommend!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.