Straits Hawker Street

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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.
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Valentines day

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Food4Thu
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. The music was great too!

JK
vipJamesK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ElizaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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Amelia
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall2food1service5ambience3

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

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vipChris
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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vipTempsPerdu
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

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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Nododge
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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

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Conway
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience1

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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bigyam
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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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Teesha
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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viptretower57
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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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viplove2eat
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Love the new look and menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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

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vipFoody
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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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vipKongL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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GregM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall3food1service4ambience4

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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vipPCHEESE
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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Kaleka15
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall2food1service1ambience3

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistent food, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

JC
JudiC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Marina
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience1

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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Yoly
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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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LouJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience2

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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