Straits Cafe-Palo Alto

★★★★★
  • 3295 El Camino Real

    Palo Alto, CA 94306

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  • 650-494-7168

About Straits Cafe-Palo Alto

Hours
Sun-Thu 5pm-9pm, Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat 5pm-10pm

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the cooks at straits cafe in palo alto never wash their hands they go to the restroom and walk out w/o washing their hands one cook has a vanerio disease the bald one he goes to the clinic often. don't eat @ straits cafe Palo alto.

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★★★★★

the cooks at straits cafe in palo alto never wash their hands they go to the restroom and walk out w/o washing their hands one cook has a vanerio disease the bald one he goes to the clinic often. don't eat @ straits cafe Palo alto.

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I was pleasantly surprised when my friends invited me to Straits Cafe last week. I haven't been there for a while now and the place has changed! ---for the better!!\r
The deco is so much subdue now...like the place has matured. I like

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★★★★★

I was pleasantly surprised when my friends invited me to Straits Cafe last week. I haven't been there for a while now and the place has changed! ---for the better!!\r
The deco is so much subdue now...like the place has matured. I like

Pros: Great drinks

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Very spicy food. If you don't want their fusion drinks there is very little to choose from. Tables are very close together limiting private conversations. Probably won't go back. Trader Vics is just down the street

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★★☆☆☆

Very spicy food. If you don't want their fusion drinks there is very little to choose from. Tables are very close together limiting private conversations. Probably won't go back. Trader Vics is just down the street

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Unfortunately we were told by our management this place was superb and that our company celebration lunch had to be here. We arrived to no air-conditioning on a 100+ day and they didn't even have a fan turned on. Appetizers amounted to 1

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Unfortunately we were told by our management this place was superb and that our company celebration lunch had to be here. We arrived to no air-conditioning on a 100+ day and they didn't even have a fan turned on. Appetizers amounted to 1

Pros: Hostess is friendliest person in the entire place

Cons: Small portions, overpriced, service, no airconditioning, management

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I first learned about Straits in Santana Row, which wasn't like a restaurant, but more of a nightclub. They told me that they have two more locations in the bay area. One in San Francisco, and one in Burlingame. I later found out that

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I first learned about Straits in Santana Row, which wasn't like a restaurant, but more of a nightclub. They told me that they have two more locations in the bay area. One in San Francisco, and one in Burlingame. I later found out that

Pros: food, drinks, ambiance, parking, business

Cons: hard to find

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I have been to the other Straits Cafe created by famed chef Chris Yeo and this one tops them all. The Palo Alto location has the best food and service, not to mention its romantic settings. I definitely recommended it all those who are looking for a great place for dates.

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★★★★★

I have been to the other Straits Cafe created by famed chef Chris Yeo and this one tops them all. The Palo Alto location has the best food and service, not to mention its romantic settings. I definitely recommended it all those who are looking for a great place for dates.

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The restaurant provides a good overall dining experience. The roti prata is a good appetizer to start with. Spicy noodles, coconut rice, crispy tofu and the cabbage dish are all very good. The fruit flavored lassi is excellent. However,

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The restaurant provides a good overall dining experience. The roti prata is a good appetizer to start with. Spicy noodles, coconut rice, crispy tofu and the cabbage dish are all very good. The fruit flavored lassi is excellent. However,

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My husband I dined at Straits in its old location on Geary while we were in San Francisco in May to look for an apartment. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and service. The appetizer salad was suberb with fresh mixed greens and tossed with

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My husband I dined at Straits in its old location on Geary while we were in San Francisco in May to look for an apartment. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and service. The appetizer salad was suberb with fresh mixed greens and tossed with

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The Peninsula Straits is a step down from the San Francisco original. The space is bigger, which means you can get a table easier, but more generic. The food's good, but has a production line quality that causes a "that was good" rather

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★★★★★

The Peninsula Straits is a step down from the San Francisco original. The space is bigger, which means you can get a table easier, but more generic. The food's good, but has a production line quality that causes a "that was good" rather

Pros: Parking

Cons: Average quality everything

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I love this restaurant! The service is smooth, the ambience is relaxing and elegant, and the food, of course, is phenomenal. I prefer the Straits in Palo Alto to the one in Santana Row because I think this one is more service-friendly and

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★★★★★

I love this restaurant! The service is smooth, the ambience is relaxing and elegant, and the food, of course, is phenomenal. I prefer the Straits in Palo Alto to the one in Santana Row because I think this one is more service-friendly and

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This used to be a favorite restaurant. However, the food quality has gone downhill - steak that used to be tender is now tough, duck that used to be reasonably crisp and lean is fatty, etc.. The last couple of times I've been there, the food has been at a level where, if it had been the first time, I would never have gone back. The goodwill this restaurant had built has now been used up.

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★★☆☆☆

This used to be a favorite restaurant. However, the food quality has gone downhill - steak that used to be tender is now tough, duck that used to be reasonably crisp and lean is fatty, etc.. The last couple of times I've been there, the food has been at a level where, if it had been the first time, I would never have gone back. The goodwill this restaurant had built has now been used up.

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Straits Cafe Palo Alto is such a hidden treasure! Everything is perfect. The greetings from the host down to the prompt service from the bussboys. I have been to the other Straits locations but this one tops them all. The food is very

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Straits Cafe Palo Alto is such a hidden treasure! Everything is perfect. The greetings from the host down to the prompt service from the bussboys. I have been to the other Straits locations but this one tops them all. The food is very

Pros: great ambiance, great food, excellent service

Cons: hard to find

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Straits is my favorite upscale restaurant in Palo Alto. I love the unique combinations of tastes in the food. I hate shellfish, but I love the crab at Straits. They also have a good wine selection. The dining area is a bit small and cramped, but once the food arrives, I forget everything else. I've also been to the Strait's on Santana Row, and it isn't nearly as good.

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★★★★★

Straits is my favorite upscale restaurant in Palo Alto. I love the unique combinations of tastes in the food. I hate shellfish, but I love the crab at Straits. They also have a good wine selection. The dining area is a bit small and cramped, but once the food arrives, I forget everything else. I've also been to the Strait's on Santana Row, and it isn't nearly as good.

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Straits restaurant offers an extensive menu of the most intersting dishes. The fish dishes are excellent as are the chicken dishes. The chicken satay is outstanding but the bread is my all time favorite. They also have intereting coktails.

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★★★★★

Straits restaurant offers an extensive menu of the most intersting dishes. The fish dishes are excellent as are the chicken dishes. The chicken satay is outstanding but the bread is my all time favorite. They also have intereting coktails.

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The food is ok, certainly not a bargain. The restaurant is very loud and there are often large groups or babies. Not a good place for a quiet dinner. We had a large (20) birthday gathering there and did not have a good experience. We gave up a couple of seats for no-shows and were charged for dinners for the no-shows. The dinner ended up at $70 per person for 1 drink and dinner (no dessert).

PROS: Nice ladies room
CONS: Very expensive, loud, disappointing food

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is ok, certainly not a bargain. The restaurant is very loud and there are often large groups or babies. Not a good place for a quiet dinner. We had a large (20) birthday gathering there and did not have a good experience. We gave up a couple of seats for no-shows and were charged for dinners for the no-shows. The dinner ended up at $70 per person for 1 drink and dinner (no dessert).

PROS: Nice ladies room
CONS: Very expensive, loud, disappointing food

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The food here is Singaporean fusion, and it is quite delicious. There are lots of options on the menu. Love the roti prata (flat bread with dipping sauce) which can be shared with a group. This place can be quite crowded and you will want reservations, even at lunch. The drink menu is exotic and fun. The prices are on the high side but worth it.

PROS: unusual and good
CONS: not cheap

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★★★★★

The food here is Singaporean fusion, and it is quite delicious. There are lots of options on the menu. Love the roti prata (flat bread with dipping sauce) which can be shared with a group. This place can be quite crowded and you will want reservations, even at lunch. The drink menu is exotic and fun. The prices are on the high side but worth it.

PROS: unusual and good
CONS: not cheap

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Straits Cafe serves South Asian food with a western twist. The food is excellent and they have many many creative dish (so many that I can't even name one now). It's a fun place to go as a group so you can try all the different dishes.

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Straits Cafe serves South Asian food with a western twist. The food is excellent and they have many many creative dish (so many that I can't even name one now). It's a fun place to go as a group so you can try all the different dishes.

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Wonderful asian cuisine! On warm evenings the outdoor patio is perfect - you don't realize you are on El Camino. The atmosphere is elegant. They also serve some pretty tasty cocktails like lemon drops and martinis.

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★★★★★

Wonderful asian cuisine! On warm evenings the outdoor patio is perfect - you don't realize you are on El Camino. The atmosphere is elegant. They also serve some pretty tasty cocktails like lemon drops and martinis.

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I went to Palo Alto Straits once and really enjoyed their Roti. Then came the rest of the meal. I was not impressed with my entree nor my friend's entree, and the $4.50 fruit juice I ordered was 75% ice. We both left hungry.

A few months

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★★★★★

I went to Palo Alto Straits once and really enjoyed their Roti. Then came the rest of the meal. I was not impressed with my entree nor my friend's entree, and the $4.50 fruit juice I ordered was 75% ice. We both left hungry.

A few months

Cons: Rude Service, Expensive, Small servings

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This restaurant serve Singapore fusion style food. The food here is mostly moderate or very spicy. All the items on the menu are very pricy and serving portions are between small to medium. The restaurant decor is good and having meals there is quite comfortable. Service is 4 stars. There are always crowd in the restaurant. But due to the prices, I won't recommend for frequent visit.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant serve Singapore fusion style food. The food here is mostly moderate or very spicy. All the items on the menu are very pricy and serving portions are between small to medium. The restaurant decor is good and having meals there is quite comfortable. Service is 4 stars. There are always crowd in the restaurant. But due to the prices, I won't recommend for frequent visit.

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Very good food, but if you don't like spicey, watch out. The Roti Prata is a "can't miss". Make reservations on weekends. They could use a larger bar area for people waiting for tables.

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Very good food, but if you don't like spicey, watch out. The Roti Prata is a "can't miss". Make reservations on weekends. They could use a larger bar area for people waiting for tables.

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I've been to both the Palo Alto and San Francisco locations, and both met my expectations. The entrees are exciting and unique (and tasty, of course)! The restaurant decor is nice and the service is great. No complaints!

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I've been to both the Palo Alto and San Francisco locations, and both met my expectations. The entrees are exciting and unique (and tasty, of course)! The restaurant decor is nice and the service is great. No complaints!

Pros: unique dishes, good value

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but still enjoyable and good tasting. I don't get all the hype, but I gyuse I never do. Nonetheless a fun evening out with flavorful and original recipes and food. Service varies from excellent to aloof

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but still enjoyable and good tasting. I don't get all the hype, but I gyuse I never do. Nonetheless a fun evening out with flavorful and original recipes and food. Service varies from excellent to aloof

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The restaurant has a nice ambience and if you are going with a bigger group you could sit outside in a backyard type setting. The food is nice, somewhat fusion of singaporean and malayasian and their presentation is very nice too. The food is pricy, so a visit is justified for special occasions.

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The restaurant has a nice ambience and if you are going with a bigger group you could sit outside in a backyard type setting. The food is nice, somewhat fusion of singaporean and malayasian and their presentation is very nice too. The food is pricy, so a visit is justified for special occasions.

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Most Americans may not be familiar with the food of Singapore, but that's a shame. One dish not to miss here is the signature whole crab sauteed in a sweet and hot sauce. Try appetizers such as grilled oysters with a ginger marmalade; an…

 

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