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
42 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    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 (14)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
  • Good but pricey wine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Our brunch was very good. However, their wine is really overpriced, My boyfriend ordered 2 glasses of local white wine and the 2 glasses cost more than our food. $16.00 a glass is too much for local wine in my opinion. When we go back, we will bring a bottle of something we like and pay for a corkage fee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Straight A Straits!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Upon entering thecrestaurant, I knew we made a good choice coming here to celebrate a birthday. The mood was classy, without being snobbish. The hostess was very pleasant & professional. She even offered to keep our umbrella by the hostess stand. The waitstaff were all cheerful & prompt with our orders. Unfortunately, we were not able to get the name of the charming lady who attended to us -- but she was most gracious & very helpful throughout the course of the meal. The ribs were the bomb! Garlic noodles was great. The salmon wrapped in leaves was good & light. And they timed the arrival of the warm chocolate fondant cake (with candle) at the end of the meal -- as a surprise to the birthday boy. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • YUMMY!!!!
    Miffed
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Server was a young woman who was frankly a bit "ditzy" - one example: I asked her if a dish was spicy, she looked at the menu, cocked her head, and said "I don't think so." I vowed to send it right back if it was, fortunately it was just shy of too spicy for me. She was the only flaw in an otherwise WONDERFUL meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service. Only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Great food and service. Only issue - again - was the LOUD music. Very distracting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Excellent food and very good service. Service has improved since our last visit. Don't miss the seabass.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Usually great but this time...
    GoodfoodfanaticVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    We have been to Straits many times (mainly in B'game). Normally they get a 4-5 star rating. This time everything was up to par except for one dish and the time it took, the lamb shank korma. It took an additional 30-40 minutes AFTER we ate our appetizers and small plates to arrive at our table. Luckily we brought coloring books for our 6-year old. Once it arrive, it was mediocre. It was not Strait's best moment. The manager did try to ease the pain with a complimentary dessert but it was too late for our little one and we passed. For others who like lamb, make sure the kitchen knows about it up front if the normal lead time is 40+ minutes. We will probably be back but the lamb will not be on our order.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very trendy, chic, good food.
    GourmandGourmet
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Very trendy, chic, good food. Super noisy on a Friday evening. We (3 people) had to shout to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Too noisy for a table of 8
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Too noisy for a table of 8 to talk, but excellent food, drink and service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I tried to rate NOISE level
    PandP
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    I tried to rate NOISE level but your options were limited. Straits most definitely was not QUIET. But to call it ENERGETIC is misleading because it indicates that the environment was pleasantly friendly. So click the option of "I DON'T RECALL?" I think not. I most definitely recall the noise level - it was PAINFULLY LOUD. There were two of us at the table. We ended up silently eating our meal - talking would have been futile as we could not hear each other across the table. Far from "energetic" - it was unpleasant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Major problem is pricing:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Major problem is pricing: I had filet sea bass. It was excellent. However, it came in a small box, not on a plate, with nothing else—no rice, vegetables—and it was a relatively small portion for $35.00. Way overpriced considering for 1/2 the price most restaurants could accomodate a larger portion, along with vegetables and rice. I ordered the caesar salad which came on a flat dish wish uncut lettuce, making it difficult to eat. Better to serve it in a bowl with more salad, as well. Ambience, service and food were good. If they could greatly reduce their prices, it would be a 5 star restaurant experience, and learn to accomodate customers with ample servings. Entrees should not look like a la carte samples.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place was awesome. Really
    Scooter
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    This place was awesome. Really creative, interesting dishes like banana flower salad. Really interesting hot/cool play in everything. Lemongrass/mint ade was so good. Staff was hip and fast. You could talk over the music but it had some great ecclectic tracks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service. Only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Great food and service. Only negative was that the music got louder as the meal continued - hard to even hear the other person at the table and we were at the farthest table from the lounge area. Will definitely go back and try different items but probably earlier in the evening, hopefully before the loud music starts...We'll need to figure out when that is. Black pepper lobster was excellent, loved the carpaccio and butter chicken also.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious lunch!!! Loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    Delicious lunch!!! Loved it! Amazing flavor in all the dishes.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food but expensive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Food was excellent. Server very attentive. We went very early so the restaurant was almost empty. Very expensive. Just one beer. Two people, Over $100.00
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The waitress never brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    The waitress never brought my paper napkins. Had to get them myself.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    I like Straits and particularly enjoy the sangria and appetizers. Always packed though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food at Straits was very
    SusanLVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The food at Straits was very good, as expected. With two couples at the table, even at 5:30, it was impossible to hear the conversation. The noise was at the unbearable level!
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  • Straits is perfectly located
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Straits is perfectly located in the downtown area of Burlingame. This is the only restaurant with a good and vibrant bar scene. I like their happy hour however, they changed their menus to cheaper options. They used to have better happy hour options but since changed. Although this is the only place that is happening, I wouldn't necessarily choose to go here because I'd rather have better happy hour options and pay a little more than drink cheap alcohol that gives you headaches.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our server was awesome! Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Our server was awesome! Food is consistent. Always great! I've been to straits many times and I will keep going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was kind of sad to see that
    PatlovesEVOOVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    I was kind of sad to see that the food was so mediocre - I used to go to Straits in PA and it was very different (location has closed) - was so good and innovative, delicious. I ordered classic dish "butter chicken" and it was very bland and the chicken was tired. The nam tasted really greasy. I brought my relatives from Boston, and they were too impressed either.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful brunch
    NapastyleVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    We love this restaurant as a special occasion for evenings but it was our first brunch visit. The food was innovative and fresh. Pricing was reasonable for the quality and the service always shines. The Asian fusion style applied to brunch food, eggs, French toast, etc. was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent. They explain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Food was excellent. They explain that the plates are served family style but we have ordered individually in the past. If you do order individually, order some starters as the entrees are served as they are done which means some people will be waiting to eat while others have their dish. Also order rice (the coconut is great) to accompany your meat dishes. One of our dishes was very slow to come out (we were eating family style). Our waiter and the manager came over to apologize and let us know what happened - the dish went to a different table. I was impressed that they were aware of the issue without us having to ask. They also compensated our bill for the delay again without any request from us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Wow. Too noisy. We had a group dinner planned since we like the variety on the menu. But it was packed and the warehouse acoustics made it so we had to yell to be heard. We all had soar throats!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is tasty, but many of
    CathySaratoga
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Food is tasty, but many of them are sweet. Service was great. We stayed there for a long time to chat, and there was no problem at all.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'd reccommend this highly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    While entertaining friends in from out-of town, we had a terrific meal at Straits. The food was excellent and plentiful. The service was excellent. The atmosphere is grand- table not too close - high ceiling. Great oval table for 7 of us- easy to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent place - quite spacious
    AlexInWilderland
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    We had a large group which is always challenging. 16 people at two long tables, so as usual, it is hard for folks at the ends to converse. But the restaurant was very spacious with good space between tables, and comfortable bench seating at many perimeter tables, which is nice. Food was ok, not stellar. Would like to see more vegetarian options, but that could be just me. :-) Wine list was somewhat limited. Service was good. The overall experience was not bad at all, but I expected the food to be a little more 'wow'. I had the garlic noodle bowl, and I love garlic, but it was overwhelming with large chunks of garlic throughout. Parking was a bit challenging, though we arrived at 6pm. Maybe the locals know where to park! I'll ask next ti
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  • Appetizers were not freshly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    Appetizers were not freshly made to order. Tasted like it was under a heat lamp.
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  • We had a gift card to this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    We had a gift card to this restaurant and were really looking forward to trying it. We've been to Singapore and enjoyed the food there, but this place fell far short of our prior experience. Though the service was great and the appetizers good, the entrees were horrible and it was so noisy we could barely scream a conversation. Overall, a disappointing experience. We won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food a bit bland for curry.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    Food a bit bland for curry. Extremely noisy. Very hard to talk. Expensive for quality.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, efficient service.
    johnandpop
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Good, efficient service. Food in ample proportions and well seasoned. I usually want a bottle of soy sauce at an Asian-style restaurant. Here there are no bottles on the table and I had no need to ask for one. Half off wine bottles on Sunday night is a real plus. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The atmosphere at Straits
    chocloveVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    The atmosphere at Straits is great, but in general I find the food doesn't live up to my expectations. The roti appetizer was fantastic, and our salmon entree was great, but our three other entrees were kind of mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh but needing a kick
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    For an Asian fusion menu there is a noticable lack of spice and seasoning. The grilled shrimp and julienned salad was fresh but bland. The tuna tartar was very fresh - just tuna and some horseradish sauce. The entre sea bass in parchment (oragami) was heavily flavored of soy and the fish a little too fishy. The cubed filet mingon was probably the best dish of the evening, well seasoned and cooked rare as requested.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time to Straits for
    Earlysipper
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    first time to Straits for lunch - we usually go for dinner. the food was delicious and nicely presented as always. wait staff very courteous and attentive. Straits Burlingame continues to be one of our favorite restaurants on the peninsula.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food, but small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Delicious food, but small portions for what you pay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love eating at Straits (only
    FrenchIsa
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    I love eating at Straits (only the one in Burlingame - the Palo Alto is not as good). The food is very tasty and original. My favorites are the chili crab, the grilled grape leaf beef, the chicken rice and the Whole Striped Bass. The later is a whole fish fried, very moist inside and very fresh. The problem is the noise level. It feels like you are in a club and can barely hear the discussions at your table...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've enjoyed visiting Straits,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    I've enjoyed visiting Straits, and will be back, though service was painfully slow and inattentive during this particular Sunday evening visit (result being dinner that took nearly 2hrs instead of 1hr).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh. Won't be back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/6/2012
    Nothing like food in Singapore. Great for posers but not for real foodies. Taste and favors are really muted and the kitchen is churning out fast food dressed up as gourmet. Waste of time and money with so many other great options close by. Service is ok but is flaky and disorganized.
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  • Overall okay...but lots of misses.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Food was okay overall..but Straits Burlingame had a lot of misses. We had a group of 6 that came at 5pm on a Saturday night ...to beat the crowd. Service: It was little embarrassing in the beginning as 3 of the menus our table had partial missing pages, completely missing pages of the menu, or discrepant menu from another. Later on around peak hours, we couldn't find our waiter and our bill was incorrect 2x. Food: Overall, the food was good. We had the Roti Prata, ph pia, wok fried mussels for appetizers. We had the coconut rice, the garlic noodles, the thai basil chicken, the shaking beef, the eggplant, and Singapore Chili Lobster. We were a little disappointed as the crab was unavailable
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite noisy. Better for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    Quite noisy. Better for groups for fun rather than a couple or group that want to talk to each other. I was at a table for two and we had to shout to have a conversation. That said, the food is wonderful and the staff is very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The presentation is attractive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    The presentation is attractive but the taste has tendency to be too salty! Perhaps it is the native culture that the food should be eaten with rice to dilute the taste of saltiness. Now that Americans are eating low carbs,so the taste becomes too intense. The Tuna tower looks good but it is bad because of the sweetness of Tuna!!! From using of Thai chili sauce? It should be just slightly salty and perhaps some sourness or tanginess like Yuzu sauce. That is my opinion,I left it after 2 bites! The black peppered crab is good but the tase is also too intense. We enjoy the Singapore sling that is similar to the one in Long Bar at the Raffles hotel in Singapore but there is no roasted peanut to peel and then toss the shell on the floor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic