Straits Restaurant - Santana Row
Straits Restaurant - Santana Row

Straits Restaurant - Santana Row

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.straitsrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 4082466320
  • 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, 4082440516

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
Straits Restaurant - Santana Row reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.7
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
65% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (38)good for groups (34)hot spot (31)great for outdoor dining (30)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (22)late-night find (18)great for lunch (17)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (10)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Anniversary celebration
    Mommalinz
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I made reservations for our anniversary. We got dressed up and joined the crowd. It took a little bit of a wait for a table but it was well worth the wait. The appetizers and entrees were amazing. The sangria was fantastic. It was a perfect night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I loved the variety of foods and the flavors! The servers were friendly, attentive, and knew the menu very well. The only drawback was the loud music, but for others they probably didn't notice - after all it was a Saturday nite on Santana Row.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cookie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Despite half-empty Sunday afternoon, service extremely slow. Waitress had no sweetner so had to go next door to borrow some Splenda. Took 20 mins. to get our "doggy bags." Nasi Goreng good flavor but oily and mostly rice. Should have more seafood, chicken, vegs, omelet.. Noodle bowl somewhat better. The scene is young, nice modern décor. Why isn't the food and service better?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unimpressive
    nehas
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Some dishes such as the indian street noodles and spicy basil chicken are great. Didn't enjoy the crab croquettes or the bland hainan chicken. They are uanble to handle the number of diners on a Friday night and so service leaves a lot to be desired.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great good, great atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was excellent and the decor and ambience were great, but the service is not quite 5 star. When we checked in they said our table was ready n just needed to get menus... 10 min later we had to remind them because they forgot about us. Ordering went well and the good was fantastic, but my water was always empty (I had to ask 3 times for water), and they forgot my friend's birthday dessert at the end. In my waitress' defense, I did ask a different waiter to relay the bday message to my waitress, but either it didn't happen or they forgot. Overall, still a great experience and I'd definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gilroygirl
    gilroygirl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is excellent. We were disappointed in the Saturday night service though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • City locale the best, sjc rt 4 ROW
    bfjetsetterVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The place was quite hip and modern. Very popular. The pared down menu was delicious and appropriate for the huge bare business they favor. We ate outdoors, which was better for two old friends who wanted to talk and catch up. Happy hour cannot be better for the budget minded. We ordered off both that and full dining. Overall it was really fun and lovely food. Wine list was appropriately paired for the style of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did not have fresh seafood
    debbiekrum
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have been going to Staits for many years and this is not the first time I have encountered where they have run out of their fresh seafood. I brought three people from Denver to enjoy the seafood plater and it took three staff people to finally clarify that they had no sashimi, crab or lobster. Pretty disappointing that they don't plan ahead.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    brenven
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Lunch for group of 5 people. Appetizers were very good (roti prata, samosa, fried calamari), but we were disappointed they were out of the fresh spring rolls. Chicken curry was enjoyed by 2. One person liked the special pancakes w/bacon. Duck sliders were excellent per 3 people and came with garlic frites. Garlic noodles were not brought out so we asked about them. The order apparently had been lost, but they made them quickly. They were only okay tasting. The service was a bit spotty as we looked for our waitperson a few times (to ask about the noodles, see a dessert menu and to get the check). The people clearing the table and bringing the dishes were very efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I normally like this place but the food was so-so today. Went at 1:30p after the lunch crowd, maybe that's why. Was a bit disappointed. Food wasn't very hot and pad thai noodles were stuck together. Not good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    Adam
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Straits is a super fun place to go with a group of friends. Grab a table in the bar area, get some drinks and appetizers, and enjoy the trendy atmosphere. I've always liked going there. However, this trip was for a date, and the experience was meh at best. The hostess forgot about us when we arrived and asked for a table, despite having a reservation. Once we were finally seated, our waiter would go MIA for 15 minutes at a time. Just getting drinks took forever, and he just seemed annoyed the entire time. Not too fun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good experience
    Anna
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was with my frnds and baby and my baby enjoyed there but strangely they do not hav a plastic straw cup for the kids .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At your service dining!
    Sweetpea78
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It's been 6 yrs and the experience and food is still delicious! Great place for girls night out dining. Order the Oragami Seabass and pad thai!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rather disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Did not receive food in a timely manner, and did not receive one dish we had ordered. Probably the last time I eat there, at least at this location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • busy loud atmoshpere, rich food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Things didn't get off to a good start when we were told to wait in the loud lounge despite having a reservation. Waiting a few minutes is fine but we were left there for 30 minutes before I went to ask about the table only to be told, "oh yeah it's ready"... hmm, OK. The noise levels are high here, with screaming kids, and metal chairs being scraped along the floor. The food was good but not great. Eg, lemongrass chicken described on the menu as "crispy chicken breast, spicy lemongrass kaffir lime sauce". What showed up was breaded and deep fried. Too heavy especially when we had roti parata, indian street noodles and fried calamari already. Good or bad, the first dish showed up on less than 4 minutes. We finally sat down then felt rushed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Table, Service and Food
    HappyTheMan
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a shame
    Shame
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, poor management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FootLooseVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GlamLola
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mostly poor food
    Cookie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    0524
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exhk
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    bad food, dirty glasses/utensils, server(s) have poor memory
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Lunch
    SteakLoverVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Nice prix fix menu and lunch in a nice spot with outdoor dining. How can you beat this. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicken thighs, Really?
    Textureisimportant
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    MissMiaVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is fine, but
    MattCVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I can always depend on Straits.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, Poor facilities
    SammiesjVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome brunch
    lauren
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The brunch service was great! Bottomless mimosas for $15 is a steal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    DrGMinime
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yummy
    caitieVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    one of my fave restaurants for the food. the place is so loud its hard to enjoy peoples company but the food is spectacular
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    It was too noise by 9:30pm. The music was so loud that I could not hear my date across the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    to loud, adequate food and marginal service...especially since we were 1 of 2 tables being attended to by our server.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodTravelerVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Lunch portions are kind of small for the price but the food is good and it is a fun location overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fooodie
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 891 reviews are from the Straits Restaurant - Santana Row reviews archive.
  • good food but bad service
    food4thought
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic