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203 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5813
+1 415-431-3663
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:00
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San Francisco, California
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 hungry enough so we ordered waffles with fried chicken and salad. The food was delicious.

Thank PadoukDesign
Monterey, California
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 ordered drinks and food. I had the chicken and waffles. It was good, but very... More 

Thank PurplePiixie
San Diego, California, United States
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122 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 tasty, and the chocolate bar-be-que sauce (slightly piquant) gave the impression of the fudge topping... More 

Thank Ken H
Lebanon, Tennessee
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 which I thought was neat. The whole place is just so cool and different.

Thank Whitney T
Basildon, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 small too. Between the two of us we had the famed donut burger and chicken... More 

Thank Paul M
Evans, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Don't go there if you want the healthy option... All of their options are crazy sweet salty huge meals that could feed you for 2 days (in a good way!). Good experience, new things to try, I wouldn't go back every week, just not to get diabetes, but going there once in a while with friends is a blast! Plus... More 

Thank Charlotte S
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

We tried both of the 'as seen on tv' menu options, the fried chicken and waffle monte cristo and the "ringmaster" donut burger. There were 2 of us and we had half each and we both loved them! I preferred the monte cristo and my partner loved the burger. The service was great too.

Thank Breanne S
Atlantic city nj
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

The grilled cheese and tomato soup was great! Everyone in our group was pleased with the great food. The clown wallpaper was a little creepy but who cares when you are eating great food. The service was extrodinary. We will definitely visit again!

Thank donnat259
San Francisco, California
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97 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

What's with the name? Hmmm, But the decor and menu reflect a "County Fair" sort of theme - and that makes it fun, unique and well worth a visit. It is quite small and non-descript from the outside, but inside, there's a 2-person table within a "Tilt-A-Whirl" carnival ride shell, and lots of carnival themed elements. Our menu came tucked... More 

Thank SFO_Drew

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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Staying in Hayes Valley

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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 respite.
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