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About Straits Hawker Street

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.

1100 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian, Southeast Asian, Pan-Asian

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.

Cross Street:
California

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 373-7883

Website:
http://www.straitsrestaurants.com/

Catering:
Please call the restaurant or visit our website for catering options.

Parking Details:
Plenty of street parking and public lots are available within 2 blocks from the restaurant. All use meters.

Public Transit:
CalTrain, SamsTrans.

Executive Chef:
Chris Yeo

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Joanna Rae Tan, jtan@straitsrestaurants.com: (415) 209-5577

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

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.

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Straits Hawker Street Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.8

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3.5

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3.5

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2010

i picked this place because it said it had parking - it does not - profile needs to be updated

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 19, 2010

The food was very good, however there are negative comments on bar service and the lack of follow through on our Open Table reservation request. First we waited for 10 mintes trying to get the bar tender's attention as we waited for the rest of our party. We never were able to order. The dinner was a special occasion (birthday) for one of our party. I made the request via the online reservation and nothing was done during the dinner. By the time I realized this, it was too late to make a comment to our server.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2010

Good food. Music so loud you can't hear the person across the table. Good service though.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on May 11, 2010

Very poor service and chaotic organization. Good food, but not as good as it used to be.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 9, 2010

Straits has consistently great food with an Asian bent. We were there on Mother's Day and the place was hopping with mothers and small children dancing to a high-volume two-person ensemble (electric guitar and singer). Service is always topnotch, even when they are at the peak of busyness. I've never had a meal at Straits that wasn't delicious. My husband, who doesn't eat Asian food usually, loved the lemongrass steak. The menu is diverse enough that there should be something for everyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2010

We all enjoyed the food. THE PLACE WAS MUCH TOO NOISY FOR MY TASTES. WE WERE 6 PEOPLE AND COULDN'T HAVE A CONVERSATION BECAUSE OF THE NOISE.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2010

Excellent food. Good service. A bit pricey though. Good menu selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2010

A place where I will definitely go back to. Very good food, friendly service. Food came right in time, not too fast, not too slow. Large variety of delicious food items on the menu. Good wines and cocktails.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 19, 2010

The food here is consistently delicious and innovative. The drinks are large and refreshing. Carlos the bartender is friendly every time we see him and he provides great service. Straits is a great place to go (even though it is a small-chain restaurant).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2010

My husband and I visited Straights for a rare "date" away from our busy lives. It was a completely charming experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2010

I have been to Strait before, mostly Palo Alto location. This Friday night at the Burlingame location the food was very disappointing. The only item was still good was the Roti Prata. Curry Butter chicken, the chicken was so dry with no flavor it was like they threw some cooked chicken into a sauce and call it curry chicken. Eggplant vegetable, eggplant was not thoroughly cooked, eggplant needs to cooked otherwise it is chewy and tasted bitter, the sauce was way too sweet for a vegetable dish. Garlic noodle, the noodle was mushy and way over cooked, noodle is just like pasta, they have to be served aldante. Sea Bass, such a lovely fish that was totally destroyed, all the edges of the piece of fish was dried up, again was way too sweet.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2010

We found Straits to be an excellent lunch spot. The food was superb and the service was excellent. We were disappointed alcohol could not be served outside (where we wanted to dine), but understand it is a rule in Burlingame that was recently enforced. It's too bad Burlingame isn't progressive enough to understand that it'd be good for business if they let restaurants serve alcohol outside - especially during this economic downturn. Anyway, we found Straits to be quite a neighborhood gem and plan to keep coming back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2010

I was surprised to see so many familes and kids there on a Saturday night, but I suppose that's part of being a "neighborhood gem". Our waiter was terific!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 19, 2010

We had a part of six in the back and it was still quite loud. Difficult to hear each other. But the food is exceptional and consistently great. Will definitely come again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2010

overall it was good. definitely would go back with clients.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2010

The music on this Friday night with the DJ was way TOO LOUD!!! Couldn't even hear my date talk. The food was great.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2010

The lighting was so low that it was difficult to read the menu and to see the food!
Also, when a guest requests no onions on the dish and the waiter writes it down clearly, it's ridiculous that the kitchen doesn't read it and follow through. This occurred at both the Straits in San Francisco and Burlingame on the Spicy Coconut rice.
The shrimp is tasteless and should be avoided.
I recommend the Lemongrass Beef and the Calamari.
The Lychee Martini was good and a nice twist.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2010

Prefer Straits in Santana Row - food and ambiance are way better!! With that, our food was still pretty good and the DJ was playing some nice music. Not sure I'd return to this one though.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2010

The food and service were excellent. Waiter recommended items and portions for first time customers.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 19, 2010

The food was very good but too expensive for the area.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2010

My husband and I met on Valentine's Day 12 years ago. We were celebrating both events with some family members. There were six of us and everything was perfect. Everyone loved the food and the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2010

Food was wonderful! A definite must!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2010

just a bit loud to talk, but i still stayed there for 3 hrs.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2010

Our food and service were both good, but the music was way too loud. You could barely hear the person next to you, and had to shout to have others at the table hear you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2010

The only thing they nailed was the french fries. Creative selection of spices but some how I feel the food wasn't executed as the chef intended. Major let down. Service was less then average.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2010

Great food. The origami seabase was amazing. But the a la cart nature of the entrees is a bit of a rip-off. I met an old friend for dinner to catch up but the noise factor forced us to resort to shouting and repeating ourselves.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2010

I love the food at Straits. It may not be as spicy as some would like, but I am sure they can turn up the heat if you make a request. The diversity of menu choices permits you to tantalize your palette with the sumptous flavors of different cuisines. When I was last there the waiter went out of his way to accomodate every request I made. He was charming!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 30, 2010

This has become one of my favorite restaurants in Burlingame. Though Straits is a small-sized chain, the food is consistently excellent, the drinks are always refreshing, and the bartenders and wait staff are always top-notch: friendly and there when you need them.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2010

The service was great but a bit slow on the drinks. The greeter was nice enough to accommodate us with a big enough table, which was nice. I would not want to sit in the two people tables though. We enjoyed the nice ambiance, but the music was a bit too much for dinner time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2010

My husband and I went there for diner on a Friday. We had a 8:15pm reservation but were not sitted until 8:45pm since we waiting for a dinning room table instant of a bar table as we were told it will be more quiet since the speakers for the music were only in the bar area. The music got so lound in the dinner area that we couldn't talk without having to yell. I was like being in a club. As we left, happy with the food but very annoyed by the music we realised that there was a DJ in the bar area. I will never go back to this location. This DJ and lound music didn't make an sense to us.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2010

Great Asian fushion food in a fun atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2009

I love Strait's food and am sorry they left their SF location. The tuna tower was great, as were the appetizer spare ribs. The mee goreng was very hot which is unusual compared to when I've ordered it before, which I could tolerate and even like, but my dining companion found it too hot to eat. My only complaint is the noise level. I asked them to turn the music down which they agreed to do ("a little"). I think they are trying to promote a lively, energetic atmosphere but they are going to alienate their clientele who like to hear what their dining companions are saying. It's not necessary to have night club level background music in a restaurant, which after all, is primarily for dining.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2009

If it wasn't for the too loud of music, it would be a great evening.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2009

Loved Straits! The service was excellent. We had a hard time choosing but the waitress was so patient and answered all of our questions and made wonderful recommendations! Just a wonderful, excellent experience!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 11, 2009

My friend and I meet for lunch here once a month. We love the bartender, Carlos; he's a great guy, very friendly and attentive. The food is consistently delicious. My friend is a vegetarian; Straits will make many of the dishes in a veggie variety.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2009

Food was good as usual. The service was spotty. We were left alone after the entree, never asked about dessert or coffee/tea. Check arrived after long interval.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2009

THis is our favorite restaurant in SF. It has THE best Asian food. It is a beautifully outfitted restaurant and the service is great. Just one comment, we went there on Friday night at 6.30 pm and it was busy (which is good) but the volume on the music could have been a notch lower. It didn't ruin it but it made conversation difficult at times.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2009

Great food...outstanding waitstaff and front desk. I love all the Straits Cafes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2009

We always expect a good meal from Straits and are never disappointed. If you at all appreciate Singaporean cuisine (melange of Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, and who knows what else) you will enjoy it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2009

Liked the decor. place recommended by friends from work. we went for lunch and arrived when it opened and had no problems finding a parking spot across the street. For lunch the portions were adequate and sufficent for sharing. Will go back to try out for dinner or drinks and appetizers.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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