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Straits Restaurants
Straits Restaurants

Straits Restaurants

7.524 reviews
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Asian/Pacific, Fusion
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333 Santana Row #1100, San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 246-6320
http://www.straitsrestaurants.com/
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About Straits Restaurants: Straits Restaurant Group strives to leave a memorable impression by meeting every guest’s individual needs through great food, environment and genuine service. With ... Read more
locations in San Francisco, Burlingame, San Jose, Houston, Atlanta and Santa Monica, Straits Restaurant Group has become a popular and trendy dining destination. A sleek and decidedly chic atmosphere, STRAITS offers a contemporary yet sexy dining environment that pairs well with the exotic nature of the cuisine. The Hip crowd that descends nightly dines and lounges in a striking space that is casual yet edgy with light woods and tropical island elements meshing with industrial materials. Owned and operated by noted restaurateur, Chris Yeo. “It has always been my dream to have a restaurant to make people happy! Food is my passion and through food I make people smile.

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Local from South San Francisco, California, USA

Nice restaurant to eat with a group as the plates are made for sharing. The restaurant is loud and lighting is dim. The chicken lolllipops and garlic noodle dishes were so good and filling. After dinner our group decided to move to the bar/lounge area continue the evening. The bar area has some tv’s to watch sports games.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Buzzy eatery/nightclub with small, shareable plates of Pan-Asian cuisine, cocktails & weekend DJs.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA

A good upscale Asian fusion restaurant. Some good dishes yet it has not seemed to evolve much.

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Local from Campbell, California, USA

Okay yes when you come the first time you will wonder whether you are in the right place or in a night club, but yes, you are in the right place just wait til you see the menu.

The food is Singaporean/Malaysian fusion, and my favorite here is their garlic noodles. Food is decent and It is a good place to dine or just have a few small bites after a day of strolling in Santana Row. At night, it is best to sit outside to enjoy the breeze and a cocktail too. If you do not like club music, come here in early evening. If you do like club music, you will enjoy going into the bar area. The bar area is very popular place for meetup groups to meetup so I have heard.

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Tel Aviv, Israel

I wouldn't recommend that place for dinner although the food is not so bad (especially the duck sliders) but more for enjoying the nightlife of the area. The lounge area is getting really packed over the weekend and pretty empty over the weekdays.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Surprisingly great! Straits is a contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian-Indian-Chinese fusion restaurant in the Santana Row complex in San Jose.

I entered through Straits "open-air" entrance and was immediately taken to Vegas. It had a very Cosmopolitan Hotel feel! Lots of bling and mix of pop and EDM music (don't get me wrong, the music was good.) I make my way over to the hostess and she was very nice and welcoming. She asked how many and immediately had another hostess escort us to our table. It seems that there are a few choices of seating here: a private more intimate setting, by the bar where all the action is, or by the kitchen where you can look through a large window and see the cooks at work.

Our waiter came over, asked if we had been their before - I said no - so he proceeded to explain what the concept was. Intrigued, I looked over the food menu after ordering a Laska Mule (think Moscow Mule with a Singaporean twist.) The drink lacked balance, it had no punch whatsoever. We ordered apps to begin: Samosas, Fresh Shrimp Spring rolls. All had great taste! Samosas were crunchy and packed with flavor - perfectly warm inside. The Spring Rolls were a nice cool contrast to the war Samosas.

Entrees? Well now we're talking! After I ordered a Peach & Ginger Collins (Ciroc Peach Vodka, house Ginger Syrup, Sweet & Sour, dash of Triple Sec, Lemon & Lime Chili Rim) we ordered entrees: Spicy Chicken Basil, Straits Butter Chicken, Beef Rendang, Seafood Green Curry, and Jasmine rice. I couldn't get enough! Every dish was served family style, perfect for the adventurous or those hungry enough to sample a little of everything. I went back in for 2nds, 3rds, and even bites that I guess you could consider 4ths. All was delicious, spicy but not overwhelming. Saucy but not soupy. It was perfect! I left very happy and full!

I will definitely be back to Straits!

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Suzhou, China

Good Singaporean restaurant during day and evening. At night, your restaurant experience gets augmented by a "club-like" experience.

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Gainesville, Florida, USA

The setup of this restaurant is one of the best I have ever seen. The food is incredible and it is a great place to have a good time with your friends after work or just during the weekend.

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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The garlic noodles are decent here and drinks are quite good. They have half off wine bottles on Thursdays and great for people watching!

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San Francisco, California, USA

Yes, yes, yes! Another Asian fusion restaurant in the bay. I somehow have this addiction for Asian fusion food. I did not make a reservation upon coming here with a bunch of my girlfriends. The service staff was nice find us a table since Friday/Saturday is always a busy day for them.

Us girls ordered a bunch of appetizer and entree which we loved and the portion size was just perfect for small stomach. The food came out in a reasonable of time. Overall, I enjoyed my experience here and would come back even though the price is a little steeped for small portion of food.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA
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One of the staples of Santana Row, Straits is an upper-scale Asian Fusion restaurant, which turns into a "nightclub/lounge" afterhours.

Decor: Excellent, including really hot hostesses.
Food: Used to be better, but now, too salty
Service: that's a story in itself. I'm going to have to give it a 1-Star, based on a certain Valentine's dinner: "

Our dinner party of Valentine F.R.I.E.N.D.S. got seated at 9:06 PM, 6 minutes after our scheduled reservation time. Looking at the menu, we were looking forward to some great seafood entrees and appetizers. Straits Cafe offers some decent Asian Fusion food, but because it was Valentine's Day, the restaurant was serving a set Valentine's menu (all new entrees). In the end, we each chose the sashimi appetizer and FOUR fish entrees: ahi tuna, salmon, sea bass, and sword fish. Talk about being fishy...

Did I mention I love good conversation with good friends? Well...we talked, chit chatted, laughed, observed the establishment, took pictures, commented on various topics, saw the hustle & bustle of the waiters, talked some more, chatted longer, looked towards the kitchen (many times), smiled & joked around, browsed through digital photos, checked our watches, talked even more, said more jokes, saw the frustration of the patrons around us, made more small talk, told the SAME jokes, learned about each other's life stories...for the next HOUR & A HALF!!!

It's10:30 PM now...where the hell was our food? Oh wait, here comes our oh-so-little-barely-there-mini-salad...2 minutes later, our stomachs were rumbling again. By this time, we were getting really peeved and were about to walk out. We thought they were still fishing in the Bay for our fish; or they were wrestling with the sword fish and one of the chefs got his fingers cut! Our waiter stopped by, apologized, and told us that it was the FIRST time Straits was doing a set menu, admitting that the establishment was backed up and that our food was "coming soon." Now, where have I heard THAT before? Anyhow, our waiter saw our displeasure and told us that his manager would stop by, talk to us, and see what could be discounted, because of our long wait. The manager never shows us his face. A few minutes later, our waiter shows up with ONE of our FOUR fish entrees, and it turns out to be cold, meaning either it was sitting on the counter too long, or it was someone else's denied order. We voice our complaint. Again, our waiter tells us that his manager would stop by and appease our anger. Again, no show! By 11:15 PM, our waiter shows up with our sashimi appetizers and tells us that we could enjoy the appetizers and leave without paying if we wanted to; otherwise, we could wait for the food. At this point, we were pretty much ready to leave,but the kicker came when the manager finally shows up...to whisper into our waiter's ear on what to say to us...right IN FRONT OF US!!! The manager was too chicken sh _ t to talk to us personally face-to-face, and had the gall to secretly whisper words to the waiter! Talk about a slap in the face, and the how rude it was! Whatever the case, this manager clearly didn't know what the hell he was doing, acting unprofessionally. Suffice to say, after scarfing down our appetizers, we walked up and left. Didn't pay a penny or a dime, zip, zilch, zero! We didn't blame the waiter for the problems we had, and showed our appreciation for his professional efforts on behalf on HIS manager's rudeness by giving him a $20 tip. Seated at 9 PM, left at 11:30 PM after salad and appetizer.

Still hungry and out to still have a good time, we went to a Korean Hole-In-Da-Wall mom & pop restaurant (forgot the name), and had some excellent food to finish Valentine's adventurous night. Unlike Straits, the service was excellent, and we enjoyed our meal. Who needs up-scale,over-priced, lousy service establishments, when you can enjoy good service and food at smaller restaurants!?!

The other approach we should have done to stick it to Straits' mangement, was to order pizza and have it delivered to our table!

Subsequently, Strait's service has improved but overall, it's better to go to Straits for drinking and dancing rather than dinner.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Straits is one of the "scenes" in Santana Row for those who want to an upbeat and trendy atmosphere for drinks and people watching. The food alone is good, but not great. If you can sit outdoors, you'll be in a prime place to people watch.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I have come to explore and like this place quite a bit. Straits is best described as Asian Fusion. I've had the noodles here and they are delicious. It kind of feels like a bit of New York -- something really trendy -- in the middle of San Jose.

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Local from Cupertino, California, USA

Nicely placed in Santana Row, this restaurant offers a good selection of drinks to go with some good food. The dimly lit lounge seating makes for a great place to relax and catch up with friends.

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Encinitas, California

Went their for a pre-dinner drink. Trendy place with comfy seats and open view of the street. Great for people watching. Affordable Happy Hour (even though with limited selection).

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Great Happy Hour! 4-6pm, the happy hour food and alcohol selection is amazing. I loved the roti pizza, garlic noodles, corn fritters, and duck sliders the best!

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SF Bay Area, Western US

Popular perhaps more for.a hangout to meet friends for drinks and a good snack in the lounge after shopping rather than a destination dining place. The decor is pleasant and modern, the service is young and inattentive, and the food is decent but nothing special.

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Local from Belmont, California, USA

I have to give owner and chef Chris Yeo lots of praise for his hospitality and great service when he's at this location. I love both the dining and lounge atmosphere here more than all the other Straits.

Dancing is fun here especially when DJ Aaron E or DJ JoJo are on the decks. It's just too bad they have to shut it down at midnight.

Lychee Martini is my go to drink here. They've got a bottomless mimosa brunch here on the weekends which is pretty great. I had my birthday brunch party here and had DJ Aaron E spin during the day - it was so much fun!

When I'm there for dinner, I have to get my favorite dishes: roti prata, chicken wings, basil chicken and mee goreng.

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

For a South Bay hangout spot, I really like it here. I had my birthday dinner here 7 years ago. It was always busy back then, and still so these day. The only difference is that it is more of a lounge/club scene at night. In many ways, it's reminds me of Tao in Vegas. Dark, crowded, trance music blasting (sometimes old skol hip hop from the 90's!!!), and Asians. Santana Row is popular amongst the Asians.

Cocktails are about $10, and entrees average about $15. The food quality was off the charts back in the day, these days, it seems not up to par. On average, I visit Santana Row twice a month (usually on weekend nights). After bar hopping to Blowfish and V Bar, we always come back to Strait's. Great music and vibe.

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Local from Milpitas

Best upscale restaurant/lounge in San Jose. -hands down my favorite place to DJ.

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