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Straits Restaurant - Santana Row
Straits Restaurant - Santana Row

Straits Restaurant - Santana Row Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.straitsrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (408) 246-6320
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Linda Huynh, linda@straitsrestaurants.com, (408) 244-0516

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Straits Restaurant - Santana Row
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 beautiful Santana Row location opened in January 2003.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "My reservation resulted in a small wobbly table on a narrow high traffic aisle with no visibility of or by the wait staff. After the first ten minutes and no water or place settings, I knew it would not go well. Waiter finally arrives, charming of course - but dumb as a brick. I had to explicitly ask for water on a hot day in outdoor seating. I ordered three items, only two show up. I asked our waiter for the bill and 15 minutes go by before he brings the bill - with the missing item still on the bill. I point that out and he starts questioning me about the dish and how it could not have been not brought out. He actually counted the dishes on the table....not thinking about "did I actually deliver a plate to this customer?". NEVER AGAIN!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Food is good and should be showcased instead of the eye candy hostesses all over the place. It used to be the hostess looking sexy and a little bit modest but recently the only thing missing is a strip pole! Not good for business dinner; I hosted a 14 people dinner and some of my guest complained and disgusted about the attire of the hostesses"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Or waitress was a cute kid but after ordering drinks we gave her our order. In fact she made some good suggestions. After an hour, and everyone around us was served, we asked her about our order. Shocked, she said forgot to put it in. She immediately remembered, she put it in and it came out quickly and all was good. Our issue wasn't that she made a huge mistake, she was busy and it happens. The issue was that she said, without us asking, sorry but management won't comp anything. No discount, no nightcap, nothing. She felt so bad she took a drink off and said she personally paid. Of course we put that amount back into the tip and would not allow her to personally pay. Bottom line, poor manangement choice and we won't be back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Sea bass in parchment was divine. Cooked to a turn. Best I've ever eaten. Service could have been more attentive. Had to ask for water. Busboys too enthusiastic regarding wanting to remove appetizer dishes before edibles were entirely consumed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. However, the services was very poor. It started with the lack of assignment of a waiter to our table resulting in 20-25 min before we got our drink order in, and then a similar confusion on our meal order. The meal itself was served fine and delicious. Then confusion again at the end of the meal as we were closing out the tab. We really like the food here, but struggle with whether it's worth dealing with the service levels."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I always like to eat in this restaurant.Food was great,service was a bit slow because they were so busy.the ambience was ok but the music was loud with a full house restaurant. Me and my friends were like screaming at each other. I will still I eat and recommend this restaurant because I like Singaporean food. I also like the Happy hour! Ciao!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "3 of 4 lunch dishes were poorly done, Banana Salad was excellent, Duck Sliders were terrible, sauce overwhelmed any duck flavor, bun was soft and gluey, Green curry was right out of the bottle, Satay was flavorless"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Food not great. Curries have good flavor but lack FRESH ingredients. Veggie curry had almost no tofu and veggies that were in no way 'seasonal'. Most likely frozen out of a bag. Roti was in no way a roti. It was more like a flash fried piece of phyllo. Dipping sauce good though. Hostesses scantily dressed for a 'family' place. Kept tugging at their butt covering skirts to keep them down. Very tacky. Music WAY too loud. Difficult to talk to a person right next to you. May or may not go back. The menu is deceiving. Sounds better than it actually is."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "bad food, dirty glasses/utensils, server(s) have poor memory"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Nice prix fix menu and lunch in a nice spot with outdoor dining. How can you beat this. I'll be back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We ate at this restaurant on Thursday night. The flavors of the food were fantastic, but the ingredients were well below par. For example, they have a popular Indian dish that they make with Chicken Thighs, the sauce was quite good, but the chicken was rubbery. No Indian food restaurant uses chicken thighs to make this dish, only breast meat. Another dish with beef had a wonderful sauce but the meat was riddled with fat. You couldn't eat it unless you like a mouth full of mush. Let's up the budget on the quality of the protein, because the taste sensations are great."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Ambience was great and the food was wonderful!! It gets a little louder as the evening goes on (they turn the music up around 930p / 10p) however not so loud that you have to yell to hear someone. Overall, a great place for a night out. It doesn't have a club feel and not quite a lounge feel either"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "employee trainings are sorely needed. I still tipped them 20%, but I probably over did it. 2 items on order were taken wrong. She corrected them. Spanish speaking delivery staff didn't know species of oyster given us. Was given old wine list instead of current one. But food was tasty."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Waited 1.5hrs for food from sitting down. We ordered 5 min after sitting down. Its was just 2 people. Apparently the kitchen was backed up. I would rather have them just said they were full for that night than try and service us. Food was decent, service was not that attentive considering the delay I would have liked more drink service. There was also hair in one of our drinks. All in all I wouldn't go back. Combination of everything made it not worth it. We did get 50% off of the non-alcohol items."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We celebrated Father's Day on a Friday night. It's very loud on Friday and Saturday nights because it's Santana Row of course. Even though you wouldn't expect this place to be very kid friendly, the staff are very accommodating and don't give you any funny looks when you do have children with you. I think most people that frequent here know that it is a "scene" as the night goes on. The service is great and the food comes out very quickly, which is quite surprising especially on a Friday night when it pretty packed. All in all, Straits is consistent. As far as Asian fusion goes, it's good food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times, it is a favorite of my best friend. It was her birthday, so I took her there for a special meal (5:30 p.m.). We sat outside on the patio, the waiter was professional and attentive. Food arrived quickly, we had butter chicken, street noddles, egg rolls and spinach salad all excellent. Presentation was beautiful. Only unfavorable comment is the condition of the ladies restroom. Lack of cleanliness, water all over the floor from leaking toilets, toilet seats were coming off, latches on doors would not lock. The lighting was poor in restroom & hallway. I have never seen things in such disrepair - you don't expect that from an upscale restaurant. Makes me wonder how clean is the kitchen?"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The brunch service was great! Bottomless mimosas for $15 is a steal."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Best choice for a group dinner. The restaurant was great with reservations and the atmosphere was fantastic. The food was great even though some of the orders were messed up. Overall one of the best highlights of my day! Would definitely come back for the calamari and sashimi plate!!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "one of my fave restaurants for the food. the place is so loud its hard to enjoy peoples company but the food is spectacular"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "It was too noise by 9:30pm. The music was so loud that I could not hear my date across the table."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "server didnt write down our orders, said she had it squared away. When the food came, we weren't sure of one dish but ate it anyway,we checked the dish we originally ordered from the menu and it wasn't what we ordered but it was good anyway. we told our server about it, and she said she noticed that too so shw wouldn't charge us for it, how odd. At the end, another order never came, and server said she forgot about it. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "to loud, adequate food and marginal service...especially since we were 1 of 2 tables being attended to by our server."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Lunch portions are kind of small for the price but the food is good and it is a fun location overall."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We were there for a business dinner. Food at just so so, nothing worth , especially for that price. You can get better quality food for less price somewhere else. But the location and ambiance there are very good. I guess that us what we are paying for."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We dine at Straits for the delicious, unique tasting food. We especially enjoy the spare ribs and garlic noodles. However, on this visit, the service was totally lacking. We sat down and waited for 30 minutes before we flagged a staff member down - even then he was totally lost as to who our waiter was. Our waitress was apologetic and courteous while taking our order. As normal, the dishes begin arriving in random order rather slowly. We were slowly picking at the food waiting for our noodle dish to arrive. Our waitress was MIA for the entire meal. We were practically done eating our dishes when we were finally able to flag another employee down asking about our noodle dish. DISAPPOINTED!!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Had been to this place, but never had this bad experience. Wrong order delivered three times. Eventually right dish arrived, but with shrimps, whereas order was for veg version. Entree dishes arrived at a gap of 5-7 min each. Imagine getting lunch order for 5 being delivered over 15+ minutes. The only explanation given was "it's Mother's Day rush". "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Well known meat market. Makes high margins on alcohol. Has to have food so people don't pass out. Maitre D's are snobbish. Waiters and waitresses mostly also. Picked for their looks instead of their service skills. Our waitress seemed to be the one exception. Nice and attentive but overworked. Food was cold and over salted."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed this unique restaurant; Great presentation of the food; nice flavors"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Even for brunch they operate as "family-style" serving, which makes no sense -- how do you share brunch items? We had to ask for items 3 times before they arrived and the breaks between food served was something like 20 minutes. Also, we were there to celebrate my mother's birthday (which I left a note in the reservation) and they made no acknowledgement."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I chose Straits Cafe at Santan Row, for a reunion with some old colleagues, some local and our main guest from Bavaria. The party took a while to all gather and the staff were accomodating. Then I ordered a wide variety of dishes from Duck Sliders to Seafood Ciopino, to Butter Chicken and Green Curry vegatables, and other dishes. Each one was very flavorful and unique and everyone commented on the selection and that there wasn't a bad choice in the bunch. Also had nice wine by the glass and tasty deserts. So from a foodie perspective I give Straits, high marks. But, since we went there to visit, the crowd noise was pretty loud, making conversation difficult. But overall we very much enjoyed the evening. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I really liked the origami sea bass. The fish was cooked perfectly, and the seasoning was spot on. I came here as part of a work group, but I will bring my wife here just so she can taste the fish! :)"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food is good and served family style so you have a chance to enjoy many different dishes if you go there in a group. However keep clear of their "signature" cocktails, very disappointed. We ordered the Mojito and the Margarita, neither tasted anything like what is expected of that drink, it was just some alcohol added to some sort of a mix. Better go with the draft beer or wine. Also, the overall ambiance was pretty dull. Its a huge restaurant but hardly had anyone in there. The place was dead at peak lunch time. Maybe its more popular in the evenings."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The food and service were great. My only disappointment was that they didn't take Square despite being able to. They actually told me they only take it if someone forgets their wallet or something silly like that."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I frequent other Straits and have had excellent service. Unfortunately Chelsea was a horrible server and was too busy chatting at the bar and not being attentive to her tables. Jose was excellent."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Too noisy for a relaxed dinner outing....possibly more for a younger crowd who do not mind loud music all the time"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed the exotic flavors offered at this restaurant. Liked the concept of "family style" dining so could we sample all the dishes that were served. The seafood platter was outstanding with the best lobster, crab, sashimi, prawns and oysters. Best garlic noodles we've had. Dessert was the best - upside down apple cake and lava cake. Service was attentive. Will be back soon to explore other menu items we were not able to order."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We ordered just a random selection of starters and entrees, and they were all fantastic."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The cocktails and cookery at this restaurant are phenomenal and memorable! Beautiful small plates to share - succulent mussels and crispy corn croquettes with a tangy chili sauce....Exceptional entrees - perfectly seared salmon with fresh, vibrant salsa and the crispiest skin, silky and light coconut fried rice jeweled with perfectly pink, plump shrimp - I wish I could have eaten more from this exquisitely complex menu... The staff was charismatic, professional and attentive - Overall, truly a wonderful culinary experience, one I will definitely seek to repeat!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "cool spot for a business steak dinner - will definitely be back"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Some of the flavors were excellent but the food was tepid at best, took forever and the quantities very small"
    Dined on 3/1/2014