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About Straw

Straw in San Francisco is located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. The entire menu at Straw is inspired by the type of fare you�d find at a carnival. There is even a tilt-a-whirl booth. For starters, try the mini corn dogs, savory lamb cupcakes, sweet potato tater tots or Southern fried pickles.

For your entr�e, the fried chicken n waffle Monte Cristo at Straw is topped with melted Swiss cheese, powdered sugar, raspberry jam, syrup and powdered sugar. Another popular item is the ringmaster. It�s a donut burger with organic ground beef from Golden Gate Meat Company and melted cheddar and Jack cheese. The donut used for the bun is homemade.

203 Octavia Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:


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

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm

Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 431-3663

Website:
http://www.strawsf.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Grifty McShill

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Straw Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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4.0

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3.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (349)
Fit for Foodies (245)
Kid-friendly (171)
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Great for Lunch (94)
Great for Brunch (91)
Hot Spot (86)
Special Occasion (76)
Good for Groups (73)
Late-night Find (34)
Romantic (33)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Scenic View (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2013

Great food, great ambiance, great service. Overall, very happy with the experience at Straw!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2013

Our reservation was at 7pm and did not get seated until almost 8:30pm.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2013

Really great time here the other night. Loved the ambiance, portions were HUGE and delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 29, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 27, 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2013

The service, food and drinks were all fabulous!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2013

Great and fun place to go for a slightly different dinner experience. Would definetly recommend this place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2013

A fun, unique experience and delicious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 16, 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2013

great food!!!!!

friendly!!!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 15, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2013

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2013

The food was forgettable and the experience was simply ok. I will not be dining there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2013

I was hesitant at first when a friend suggested a Carnival-themed restaurant. Everything we ate was amazing, the service was great, and it is a nice, intimate, fun find! I'll definitely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2013

Ate there with my brother for brunch and it was close to empty on a thurs afternoon. Staff was slow and needed to call theor attention because of this, waitress messed up on my order (forgot my soup but at least she did not charge me for it) and the ambience was okay simply because there was enough sunlight from the huge windows but not enough air to circulate on 80degrees of heat outdoors. Grilled cheese sandwhich was great but pulled pork had too much meat and had too much vinegar (borderline sour). Our saving grace was the "mac attack" appetizer that was awesome!!! May have to come back for dinner and give them a second chance since other ppl rave so much about them.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2013

So being a server I know looks matter. Being a young African American I know I'm not ideal to serve but I still deserve good service. I order the hot wing app and it was delicious but there wasn't no app plates and I had to get my own water jug. It was pretty slow so I don't understand how me and my brother could eat the whole app before the server ask how it tasted. Also we had an awkward change of servers. I don't know how they wouldn't think we would notice. Both ther servers had a pretentious attitude and didnt seem to polite.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2013

I like the idea of Straw and was very excited to try it out. However, it was just yucky. They are trying to fancy-up carnival food, but regular carnival food tastes better. I had a stomach ache all night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2013

The carnival theme is pretty cool, but the food is amazing. I had a killer grilled cheese with avocado. Great beer selection. Tiny place, definitely make a reservation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2013

Straw is fun food in a fun atmosphere. Not super fancy but definitely festive. There was a table next to us having a bday for an 8 year old--I'd say it's perfect for any age. The food definitely tends toward the unhealthy (fried etc) but again it's festive and the kind of food you wouldn't eat everyday.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2013

Food was interesting...bit on heavy side as a lot is deep fried...would recommend balance with a salad (I had kids with me so we just split the favorites corn dogs, chick and waffle etc.). My kids loved it...would go again but try to balance with light fare.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2013

Very quick service, but not pushy! Was just very efficient. Food was very yummy. Very varied options and so very quirky. I had the ringmaster which is a cheeseburger served between 2 donuts. Sounds so wrong but tasted soooo good! My waiter was friendly and chatty. I arrived as it opened so was not at all busy but I can see these place getting packed out. Its hidden in a nice area, but I had heard of it so made the effort to come from the more touristy area. If I ever come back to San Francisco I will make the effort to get here again as I loved it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2013

Very novel idea of serving carnival food with a more upscale twist.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2013

I live in the neighborhood, and hoped it would be an easy affordable option. Also, the service was slow and the food uninspired. The affordable prices did not make up for these inadequacies. I don't plan to return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2013

Comfort food with a carnival theme :) love it here!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 28, 2013

Interesting neighborhood hipster spot, with a fresh take on Southern comfort food. A little small and dingy for my taste, but still a fun experience nonetheless.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2013

Carnival food at its best: mini-corn dogs & sweet potato tots for appetizers, cotton candy & deep-fried candy bars for dessert. The featured dish for the main meal is the Ringmaster: a hamburger patty slid inside a bun of two glazed donuts - and you can top it with cheese, bacon & egg. The donuts have gotten smaller since the first visit back in December so its less exciting now but there are other dishes to try. Check out the menu online.
Its a tiny space, reservations are usually needed. Its a funky, vibrant space: leave you snooty dining pals at home.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2013

i really enjoyed our carnie fest at sraw! menus in old children's books, house-made potato chip nachos, a top-notch veggie cheesesteak, unidentified fried fun size candy bars, crayons, and my pink cotton candy cocktail was poured over real cotton candy right at the table!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 13, 2013

My family and I had a great time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2013

Excellent waitress, great carnival insipired food, awesome price! Will definitely be going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2013

LOVE this place -- very fun menu, inexpensive happy hour will decent quality selections, attentive staff and owner. It's very casual, verging on rustic interior, but the special touches (storybook cover menus, creative meals, snack and drink offerings, the carnival fun) make it both delightful and nourishing eats and experience. A hidden gem, for sure. A great alternative in the Hayes Valley area just before a show at the SFJazz Center.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2013

Fun stuff; some of the items were hit and miss. The peanut butter mousse with caramelized bacon should have been left in Mr. Wonka's recipe book.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2013

Straw is the restaurant you have to try! Creative and whimsy menu that while delicious will leave you full and regretting your decisions the next day. I had the fried chicken monte cristo, great combo but the chicken was under seasoned. For an appetizer we ordered the Mac attack and homemade potato chip nachos... Awesome choices!!

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