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Straw
Straw
  • Address:
    203 Octavia Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Comfort Food
    Price: $30 and under

Straw Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.strawsf.com
  • Email: ari@strawsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 431-3663
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm

    Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm

    Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Grifty McShill
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: From a simple lunch delivery to a fancy-schmancy seated dinner, Straw brings a little slice of carnival life to every event. Our catering team makes the planning process easy and fun. And, we"ll only bring a fire-breather upon request.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Straw
Straw is a fun and comfortable restaurant in Hayes Valley that serves carnival-inspired comfort food.
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Diner Reviews
  • "REally enjoyed the atmosphere. My suggestion is to avoid the entree's and order appetizers and desserts!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We spent my daughter's 18th Birthday at Straws. The food was wonderful and service was great! The Jambalya is a must have!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Went with some girlfriends. The service was great, the food delicious, vibe relaxed and reasonably priced. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Chicken was very dry. This is a funky restaurant and not mainstream, even accounting for San Francisco standards. Much more appropriate for 20-something's. did not like the restaurant much but the Sangria was good. Cute concept but the food misses the mark altogether. Juke box too loud."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It's a super concept, but for comfort it is like a seat n a ferris wheel - not so much. The "good" is that the staff is accomodating and the menu is fun. The noise level was off the charts. The food although seasoned creatively every dish we ordered need salt. The homemade potato chip nachos were great except for the bechemel sauce, all that does is make the chips soggy. The jumbalaya was mediocre at best. The heat level was ok, they need to offer tobasco or other hot sauce to kick it up if wanted - but where was the sausage? To say parking is a challenge is a gross understatement. I would go back for luch and as part of lazy lots of walking day"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our reservation was at 7pm and did not get seated until almost 8:30pm."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Good creative menu (hard to say no to a donut burger) with a fun decor but especially in the competitive sf food scene, food was uninspiring and service was incredibly slow. Too many other good options in hayes valley to check out."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "A fun place - somewhat novelty due to the carnival theme, but service was prompt and food was reasonable for the price. Would have liked some carnival games to go with the decor, but given the size that's not plausible."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My daughter and I wanted to eat somewhere fun and casual before the ballet and we were not disappointed with Straw. The menu is full of fun and interesting selections. The decor reminded me of my childhood at the fun house and the music was great 60's soul. We can't wait to return with some friends."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We started with the Contortionist which was okay nothing really special and the Hand Cut Jullenne fires which were good. Next we got the Fried chicken-n-waffle monte christo which was that good to me because it seem like the waffle was undercook and still kinda soft inside but the chicken it self taste fine. My wife got the Straw Signature Jambalaya which she said was good. As for dessert we got A Tisket, A Tisket we though this would be a real funnel cake but it was broken up which was okay."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "LOVE the concept. I guess my problem was that I thought it was carnival-*inspired* food. Nope - turns out it was just carnival food. So, much of the food was fine to good. None of it was bad, but neither was it great. If I'm going to eat a meal that's that terrible for me, I want every bite to be delicious indulgence. It's a cute idea and will likely resonate with kids. I just can't recommend it as anything more than a novelty."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I would not be able to go everyday, but it was fun The cocktails were not good. Everything else was great"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Overall our dining experience was good. We chose Straw because we were dining with friends with children. We felt the menu would appeal to everyone but still have some fun, unique choices. I could see this being a fun late night hot spot later in the evening but for our dining time earlier in the evening, it was a number of families."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Went here on a first date... Not a good find. Loud, food was not worth sharing. Drink menu was lacking. It was not too inviting, but had an amazing concept that was not being utilized to is full potential. I really wanted to like this place, based on the description that I read about this place. But it was not like a carnival at all. I am debating a second chance to see if maybe it was the company."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "A carnival-themed experience that involves super good food? Yes. Straw is fun and entertaining but also a great dinner spot because the food is solid. Small place, quaint and not crowded."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We went to Straw with our college-age daughter who had gone before with friends. It is geared towards this crowd. Fun, carnival-themed names for food; good music playing; very tasty salads, kabobs, and sandwiches. Service was very good and friendly!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Straw does these 3 things right! Great music, amazing food, and excellent service!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I finally had to try the Ringmaster and I have to say that it was amazing! A Cheeseburger on DONUTS?!?! yes. I got the sweet potato tots again (the berry bbq dipping sauce is a party in my mouth). The people are always great, the atmosphere is no fuss, this place is a favorite for sure!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I thought it would be carnival food concept but restaurant quality but it was gross. Chix waffles was like frozen microwave from a bag chix. Everything was very greasy and seemed microwaved. I don't recommend. I have no idea what kind of taste people on yelp have for giving this place good reviews."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Very busy at lunch on New Years Day so service was somewhat slow but didn't matter. Great vibe, servers super cool, friendly and relational. Definitely going back next time I'm in town."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We ended 2013 with family and thoroughly enjoyed the food and drinks! The menu is clever and the food is inventive and delicious! We will definitely tell our friends to go to Straw and we will also be back! Thanks for ending our year deliciously right!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "What a great little spot! The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. I loved the atmosphere and theme of the restaurant, right down to the I Spy menu book. I will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The carnival theme of the place was charming and the kids loved it (we took a 9 yr old and 14 yr old). But food fell short of being really good and prices didn't justify the food quality and taste. Kitschy and fun atmosphere, but not for serious food lovers."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Was a really cute concept, both ambiance and menu. Food was not good."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "My family found this restaurant looking for someplace last minute to eat on Christmas Eve. My vegetarian husband was sceptical when he saw carnival inspired, but was pleasantly surprised. Not only did they have some great vegetarian options, but the food was exceptionally made. Great comfort food, with a gourmet twist. We loved the fun touches, from the goldfish crackers to the old book covers as menus. What a great find. We would highly recommend and have found our new favorite in Hayes Valley."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We enjoyed our visit to Straw. The food was good and the service was very accommodating, patient and attentive. Both my wife and I had the Samba on Subuco and it was delicious. The menu was carefully composed to address the interests of different diners within their "carnival inspired" theme and the venue had an unpretentious neighborhood feel."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Fun ambiance, different nostalgic foods. I don't recommend the pretzel appetizer--the "sharp cheddar cheese sauce" was watery and bland. Pulled pork and apple walnut salad were amazing. Good for a nice reunion night or date night."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Was not a good experience. Salads we're great but fried chicken was dry and consisted of one theigh and four wings. Service was not attentive and not welcoming."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Fabulous jambalaya! ('m going to have to go back for more). Great fish sticks and fried chicken. We didn't have time for the deserts but I'm betting they're very good. Service was very good without any hovering. I doubt you'll be disappointed."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "nice and attentive staff couldn't save the food. corn dogs were mushy. philly cheesesteak was unrecognizable; it was a quesidila, and tasteless at that, and served with a dipping sauce that was a terrible match. My friend had the jambalaya, and said it was good."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Great food, great ambiance, great service. Overall, very happy with the experience at Straw!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "This place rocks, SO fun, forced my "foodie" friends to go and lighten up, the food is high quality, just not pretentious, and a lot of it fried. If you can't hang, they have some normal salad choices, chicken, etc. You'll live. I loved it, can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Very mediocre. Service was good, but the food itself is neither inventive nor particularly great. It's definitely below average for the genre."
    Dined on 11/17/2012
  • "Really great time here the other night. Loved the ambiance, portions were HUGE and delicious!"
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "This fun, intentionally shabby-chic spot uses a carnival as its decor theme. They have a genuine vintage Tilt-A-Whirl seat repurposed as a two person booth. The food also is festive with such specialties as a fried chicken on a waffle Monte Christo sandwich, which is delicious by the way! Our waiter Kevin couldn't have been friendlier or more professional. Definitely worth a visit. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 9/27/2013