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203 Octavia Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94102
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
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$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm
Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am-3pm
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Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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.
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Straw is a fun and comfortable restaurant in Hayes Valley that serves carnival-inspired comfort food.
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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 10/25/2013
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 10/26/2013
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 11/18/2012
Really great time here the other
night. Loved the ambiance, portions were HUGE and delicious!"
Dined on 10/10/2013
Dining at Straw was a fun
experience. From the delightful decorations to the menu to the food and drink. My favorite had to be the Big Dipper Cocktail rimmed with Fun Dip....Delicious!! The staff was very friendly and helpful. Some of us had the glazed donut burger and others the fried chicken (the mashed potatoes were extremely good) We had ordered the chicken and waffles monte cristo sandwich, but unfortunately the waffle iron was not working, the staff replaced the meal of our choice at no charge. I would definitely go back, but next time get starters and desserts!"
Dined on 9/30/2013
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
Great and fun place to go for a
slightly different dinner experience. Would definetly recommend this place!"
Dined on 8/29/2013
Comfort food that is very rich is
what you will find at Straw. Service was great. Our waiter gave us good suggestions, but portions can definitely be shared between people. Mac attack was more a creamy version than a gooey sticky cheesy one. The cheesy grits were delicious but oh so rich in the entree with the shrimp & andouille sausages. The glazed donut could have had a touch more glaze to balance the burger meat. It was an interesting experience, but not somewhere I need to revisit."
Dined on 9/1/2013
Looked like a fun place on
line...old carnival theme and menu to match. I had the Hot Tamale...a spicy chicken sandwich...very good. The others in my party liked their food and we all liked the place."
Dined on 8/16/2013
Held a birthday dinner there for
ten people. Management was beyond great. Dropped off birthday décor and a cake and when we came for dinner that evening they had set it up for us. This is a small place but we had a great time. Food is good and fun."
Dined on 8/1/2013
We've been to Straw once before
and went with guests from out of town. I really like the vibe and the food is really good, especially for the price."
Dined on 8/13/2013
My wife and I went to Straw for
the first time recently and really enjoyed this charming little restaurant. We shared a couple of appetizers — the Mac and Cheese was amazing, and the Potato Chip Nachos were quite good as well. Serving sizes were large too — so much in fact, that we ended up just splitting one entree. We had the Fried Chicken 'n' Waffle Monte Christo - which was also excellent. We each enjoyed a cocktail — The vodka-infused sake with a hint of basil and fun dip rim was delicious and so was the Cotton Candy cocktail. Neither was too sweet — which was a concern when first reading the names of the drinks. A delightful experience — I'd recommend it to anyone who wants something a little bit out-of-the-ordinary."
Dined on 8/3/2013
This restaurant did not meet my
expectations. I was referred to this spot by an enthusiastic dinner and was excited To try Straw based on the recommendation. The menu was limited. I was surprised the soft-drinks were Limited as well ie: not even cherry coke or Shirley temple to be had. I ate the fish n chips and thought it was very greasy. Ordered a funnel cake for our foreign birthday boy Only to be disappointed further when a tea light was offered as a b-day Candle substitute :( . Would have rather dined somewhere more familiar."
Dined on 7/15/2013
My first experience with Straw was
when they catered for our my work's lunch (100+ people). It was one of the best lunches I've ever had because it was different then your typical burger. The strawberry arugula salad was fresh and yummy. The buffalo chicken sliders were so savory. I was extremely satisfied with the food. I liked their food so much i decided to go to their restaurant with a couple friends. When we entered the place, it felt like we were kids again. They successfully created a carnival ambiance. I ordered the bearded lady, which is a pulled pork sandwich with blackberry sauce. I loved it! Overall, their food is flavorful, and the service was good. I will definitely return because of the unique experience created for patrons."
Dined on 7/17/2013
Went to Straw because of the good
reviews and the proximity to the hotel. The food was so good. I ordered the sweet tots appetizer. It was amazing. Best sweet potato tots I've ever had. The Bearded Lady sandwich (pulled pork) was so good I literally didn't want to put it down. For dessert we had the funnel cake. It comes with three dipping sauces and was out if this world. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Service was also fantastic. I definitely recommend Straw!"
Dined on 7/16/2013
The carnival theme in decor and on
the menu gives this place a fun vibe. We caught up with old friends over sweet potato tots and other delicious good. I also love their beer options and extensive knowledge of local microbrews. Even though I'm an omnivore, I have a lot of respect for delicious veggie options on the menu, and they have several."
Dined on 10/20/2012
Had read the menu in advance and
expected tasty country fare. Sadly, that was not the case. Salads were fine - fresh and generous. Fried chicken and ribs were each rather bland as were the accompanying sides."
Dined on 7/14/2013
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