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Straits Hawker Street

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679 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Perfect For:
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

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. Straight Hawker Street 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Southeast Asian, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Sunday 11:00AM-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.
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Phone number
(650) 373-7883
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Yeo
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Private party facilities
Please call for details.
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Private party contact
Joanna Rae Tan, jtan@straitsrestaurants.com: (415) 209-5577
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Catering
Please call the restaurant or visit our website for catering options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
California
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Parking details
Plenty of street parking and public lots are available within 2 blocks from the restaurant. All use meters.
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Public transit
CalTrain, SamsTrans.
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Special events & promotions
Straight Hawker Street is available for all your special events and off-site catering needs. Whether it's a business lunch, cocktail reception or full seated dinner, Straight Hawker Street can help create a fantastic and memorable event. Please call for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.3
ambience
3.9
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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines day

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great flavors- all the dishes we ordered tasted authentic. The portion sizes were very small for the price points. They should be a bit more generous so that when a family of 4 people orders: 2 appetizers and 4 main dishes, and 2 orders of coconut rice, leave feeling full, not still hungry..

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Awesome food and service. The music was great too!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food, great menu, great service, great location.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Real singaporean tasting food in the bay area. Not Americanized taste.

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2.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was not as good as last visit under alt ownership?

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Straits has changed to a more casual "tapas" format. The roti prata is by far the best - thin and puffy (typical roti that I've had are pancake thick). The garlic noodles were excellent. Honey walnut prawns and the BBQ chicken wings were good too. The lychee mule was yummy !
The bar area should be expanded which would be more conducive to the new casual format. The benches and lighting are a bit sterile in the dining area.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Great spot!

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Service was good, noise level very high. Food very good!

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1.0Dined on November 5, 2017

My son has a severe nut allergy and our server did not seem to understand the severity of the situation so we lost confidence and as a result my son did not eat anything.
Also, they got our order wrong and gave us the wrong check.
Too many “wrongs” for a dining experience for us!

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food! Very good service. The char grilled brussel sprouts were amazing!

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2.0Dined on October 16, 2017

Place has changed! Food not as good as it used to

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2017

I always liked Straits but lately it’s looking run down. The restrooms are terrible. I thought I was at a dive bar. Trash all over the floor and dirty. They need to do something. I only go there when I can’t get reservations anywhere else, but after the restroom situation -I doubt I would come back

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2.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Caveat: My expectations were too high prior to my dining experience. The staff at the restaurant were friendly and welcoming and attentive, no complaints there.

The biggest expectation mismatch was in the actual food. The chicken wings were overly sauced and the wings were tiny...essentially you got a mouthful of sweet sauce and little more. The wok charred brussel sprouts were swimming in oil, the veggies themselves were overcooked to the extent there was no green left, only char and yellow, and it was again over sugared and syrupy.

I think the concept deserves a greater effort at execution because I think if the restaurant delivered better quality food, the menu is a good one and should get strong reception. I do hope my visit was an anomaly and perhaps it was also skewed because I only ordered two dishes and didn't try the many other offerings on the menu.

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2017

I liked the food that Straits used to have way back in the days when it first opened...I'm assuming it's different owners. The food that I had the other night was good...just different

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3.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Our reservation was after the lunch rush (1:30) & were quickly and cheerfully shown to a table. The first impression was a bit unsavory: One side of our seating, was a long banquette, and our part and the next table had a pretty good dusting of greasy crumbs, which I quickly brushed off before my guest sat on them. As they had only around 3 occupied tables at the time, there is really no excuse for such a slovenly state of affairs. Whomever bussed that table should have seen to those crumbs. Our waitress (also serving as bartender & hostess) was very friendly and informative regarding the menu.
We ordered several plates and shared them, which works well here. Everything we tried was tasty & well-seasoned (satay skewers, bbq ribs with a bit of potato salad, buttery chicken tikka masala, and "origami cod", cleverly steamed in an origami parchment box.)
We also enjoyed among us, a glass of wine, and lychee martinis. The wine (and a bottle of ice water, a nice touch), came right away, but the martinis seemed to take an inordinate amount of time, though when they finally arrived, were delicious and refreshing. All in all, I would go back. Seems like a great place for some Happy Hour tapas & cocktails, or a dinner or lunch of a variety of nibbly bites.
Next time, I would hope for a more fastidiously looked after room, and a beverage service that is a bit quicker in the delivery.

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1.0Dined on August 28, 2017

This used to be a wonderful restaurant with a terrific menu. They've slashed the menu and changed the format and to be honest, it sucks. It's all in the small plates style and they've kept a few things from their old menu, but gone from a 6 page menu to less than a page. All of the great dinner items they had are gone. Very little variety.

We had drinks and appetizers then left and won't be back. What a shame to ruin what was a wonderful restaurant with such a non-menu. Strongly advise just skipping this and going somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent! Love the new look and menu.

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2.0Dined on August 13, 2017

The menu at opentable and yelp was different from the one at the restaurant. It was misleading when making reservation.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2017

This is the same restaurant but with a new menu. As far as I am concerned, the food may be different, Asian street food, but it has the same mediocre flavor profiles. We had five of the small plates, and I mean small. The salad barely covered the plate and the rib plate only held three. The chicken wings were terrible but the highlight was the two small pork belly buns. The meat was held by Peking Duck style bun with hoisin style sauce lightly applied.

The service was okay but should have been stellar since there were virtually no one else in the place during lunch on a Saturday in busy downtown Burlingame. To take the job of making sure there were napkins and utensils easy, a large plastic glass is placed on the table with all that is needed including those brown napkins that you get at fast food restaurants and need replacing after a few wipes.

Can someone tell me why a restaurant uses hard, plastic chairs without any cushioning? I just don't get it. That's what is prevalent here. You would also think they would paint the walls when re-branding. Not here.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Good setting, nice drinks/cocktails but food was way too salty. Promising menu selection, only downside was the salt factor for us.

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2.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Disappointing. Food was far too greasy and expensive for what we got. Have been there for drinks in evening and it's ok as a bar. Need to have a lunch combination plate as an option, rather than ordering several dishes.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Disappointed tamarind beef and beef rendang are no longer in the menu.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

We went there at 3:30pm and it was pretty empty. The service was excellent and the food was fabulous and delicious especially the Brussel sprouts and poke. My first time at the Burlingame location but would come back.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Thank you Tuan for your exemplary service. We really appreciate the special accommodations

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food, great service, great prices, but the decor is a bit dated so it's pretty empty. Has some of the most interesting food in Burlingame.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2017

We went on the Fourth of July so it was very quite which is not the norm. We sat outside due to having our dogs with us. Being short staffed they did the best that they could and food was as good as usual.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Such terrible Asian food. Pad Thai was watery and tasteless. Super expensive fried snapper had great presentation but way overcooked. Green curry was decent, but nothing to write home about. The wait staff is all Asian - you'd think one of them would have said something by now.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2017

We loved the old STRAITS on Geary in SF years ago. It was nice to find it thriving at its Burlingame location. Corn fritters are every bit as good as memory indicated.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

The food selections are minimal for brunch but tasty. Our lady server is friendly & attentive. My only beef is that they charge $2.00 per person for me to bring a cake so I opted not to bring my birthday cake.

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2017

The service was very slow and quite forgetful. It took 20 mins to get 2 glasses of wine and another 20 for bowls for the soup. The shrimp wasn't cooked, the laksa was overly fishy and the steak was chard and rubbery. Not a good experience at all.

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2017

This location used to be great..not sure what happened, but they changed the menu, and service was horrible. This used to be a favorite spot, but never coming back. The food sucked! And overpriced

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2017

Consistent food, great service!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

Indonesian Corn Fritters was awesome! So were the Chicken Satay Sticks.
Hainan Chicken - the sauces are not that great.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Good food and a friendly staff. Excellent location, right across the street from the cal train station.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2017

I went with high expectations based on the reviews other diners had given. Sadly, this restaurant turned out to be a huge dissapointment. Everything from the small plates to cocktails tasted nasty!
The verdict : A mocking representation of Singaporean - Malaysian food.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Had a great birthday celebration with the girls. The restaurant even gave us complimentary birthday cakes for our two birthday celebrants. Wonderful thing was even though we lingered after we wee done, we never felt dismissed or obligated to leave.

Fun place to get together for a Girls' Night Out especially with their variety of cocktails to choose from. Been coming here for years and will continue to do so whether it's for drinks and appetizers or family style dinner.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Unfortunately they didn't have a lot of items on the menu the day we went. I realize it was Mother's Day, but that also means they should have stocked up for one of the known busiest days of the year

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2017

The wok fried mussels/clams are the best! Singapore prawns in chili sauce are awesome too!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2017

El lugar está descuidado, los baños terribles, la comida bastante malona. Fui al de Santana Row y definitivamente lo supera en todo!

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