Straits Cafe-Palo Alto
3295 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
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03/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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!!
The deco is so much subdue now...like the place has matured. I like the host, who was very polite and helpful. We went at Happy Hours and stayed until dinner. The drinks were only $5 unitl 6:00pm. Great value. The roti was still the best in town. The grilled sea-bass was out of this world. Definitely will go back again with my date.
06/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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 small triangle shaped bread the size of an appetizer, and 1 other appetizer per person. Main dishes were served that could feed 4 people to tables of 11-12. My boss didn't even eat more than rice and a few bites of the main courses because he was concerned there was not enough food for employees. We had to ask to have rice delivered. It was almost like they were going out of there way to insult us. And this was a set price luncheon. The word of mouth after this party from our 50+ employees will last for the next year. Most of the good reviews on this website are from 2006. They had great reviews from our management - most who went regularly in 2006, but the place has gone downhill. Don't under any circumstances plan a group event here.
04/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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 there is another one in Palo Alto but Santana Row insisted that Palo Alto was closed down. When I visited Palo Alto, they told me that they are an independent entity and not affiliated with the other three locations even though their menu is similar. WOW what a difference! First of all, its a classy restaurant atmosphere, with no loud obnoxious music, no dancing, and perfect outing for a business dinner which my company has often. The service is impeccable where we got our drinks and food in a timely manner, even when the restaurant was busy on a weeknight. The bartender really put time and effort into making the cocktails, as did the kitchen because the food was fantastic! Wonderful wine list too. My business dinners will be at Straits Palo Alto regularly.
09/29/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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, the food really does not justify the high price tag. If you have money to throw around and want to try Singaporean flavors, this is not a bad place. But I've had similar food in much reasonably priced restaurants.
08/03/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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 just the right amount of dressing. We shared a entree fish special and a veggie dish and could not find one thing to complain about. We never order dessert but here we even ordered and ate every bit of a mango custard. Fun atmosphere, bright interesting flavors. Great restaurant.
08/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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 than rapture. For those prices, I expect a little more rapture.
06/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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 more laid back. During busy hours, Santana Row can have some spotty service and pretentious clientle who are there to ""see and be seen."" I highly recommend the lamb satay, roti prata, ginger salad, origami seabass, and anything else that ""sounds good""... because chances are, it's delicious.
05/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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 authentic, the service is excellent. All the staff are eager to serve. Me and my date felt so good about the entire expeerience there. If you have not tried their patio-dining....Wow, a must go area of the restaurant! Especially for evening dining.
The only compliant I have is the exterior sign. It is easy to miss off Page Mill. But we highly recommend it. A great gem for Silicon Valley.
12/11/2005Provided by Citysearch -
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 later I went back just to get some Roti, but it was sorely undercooked. It was literally just warm dough. I pointed this out to the waitress was extremely rude about it. We ended up just leaving. So not I cannot even recommend their Roti.