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203 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5813
+1 415-431-3663
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good42%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“monte cristo” (9 reviews)
“donut burger” (12 reviews)
“fried chicken” (8 reviews)
Closes in 5 min
17:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly
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203 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5813
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

If your'e looking for something different in San Francisco you need to try Straw. In a bright colored setting, Straw offers carnival/circus themed food. We tried the Elote, which is corn like I have never tasted before. The Fried Chicken -n- Waffle Monte Cristo is...More

Thank JetlagJerry_Dot_Com
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Was really looking forward to dining at Straw. Booked our table a few weeks ago online and got a reminder sent through on the day of the booking. When we arrived at the restaurant it was closed for the weekend due to a reason listed...More

Thank thisiscooling
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Whomever came up with the doughnut burger is a genius... evil genius... but genius nonetheless. For some reason it just works, just ignore the calories counter and cholesterol warnings in your head and dig in. A must when you are in San Francisco!

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We came an several recommendations from others. First of all I highly recommend reservations, which we had but I was late to them, they were so sweet and sat us anyway. The rib sundae was divine, as was the mac and cheese. We really enjoyed...More

Thank Squirrel75
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Two of us went on a Sunday. The space is small so we waited for about 10 minutes. I had heard of this eatery through Instagram. Indeed, the menu (with a children's book cover) featured a hamburger in a bun made of donuts! We weren't...More

Thank PadoukDesign
Reviewed 18 September 2016

My sister found this place online and wanted to check it out. My first impression is that it is tiny! I can see why you need a reservation, there are only a few tables inside. If you want to go, you should make reservations. We...More

Thank PurplePiixie
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Straw Carnival Fare is the cafe's complete name, and its game it presenting American comfort food in clever collages. My guest ordered the Rib Sundae, pork ribs and mashed potatoes designed as an large ice cream sundae (see below). The ribs were indeed tender and...More

Thank Ken H
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Make reservations! Really cool, quaint and unique place and the service was excellent. I wanted everything on the menu and as surrounding tables' food arrived, it ALL looked just as delicious as it sounded on the menu. The menus are made from old children's books...More

Thank Whitney T
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

On our last night in San Francisco we discovered this place just down the street from our B&B - we reserved a table for two and that seemed a good idea as it got busier and busier as we were there; the place is pretty...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Some friends and I ate brunch here this past Sunday. I had the chicken waffles. Unbelievable. There is a lot going on but when you taste that Raspberry jam. Yummy yummy.

Thank 1mikepond
Hayes Valley
Chock full of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky
shoe stores, and great restaurants, it’s hard to
imagine Hayes Valley once languished in the shadow of
a major freeway. Its removal allowed for the creation
of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a
community park at its center and dozens of trendy
businesses to satisfy visitors looking for a stylish
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10 September 2016|
Response from Breanne S | Reviewed this property |
We just walked in.
Gee W
9 May 2016|
Response from Gee W |
Are you open for lunch this Saturday?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 203 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5813
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighbourhood: Hayes Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 415-431-3663
  • E-mail
Straw serves carnival-inspired California on a menu mainly of sandwiches and salads. We capture the thrill of the traveling carnival in a restaurant and bring your favorite foods with sophistication.
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