Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - Palo Alto
Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - Palo Alto

Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - Palo Alto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rangoonruby.com/
  • Phone: 6503236543
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days per week

    Lunch daily from 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm

    Dinner Friday and Saturday 5pm - 10:30pm



    Happy Hour Specials from 5-6pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays), at the bar only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Burmese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Chefs Win Aye and Win Tin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Darryl Wong for catering details.
  • Entertainment: Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine's bar features iPads, so bar customers may enjoy watching their favorite television shows or to watch a game of your favorite sport. With no television in the restaurant and the technology of the iPads at the bar, this gives our guests the ultimate dining experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Public Transit: 5 minutes walk from the CalTrain station in Palo Alto.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: City Parking lot (at the intersection of Emerson and Lytton). Street parking is also available.
A word from Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - Palo Alto
Now open in downtown Palo Alto, Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine will have two Wins insuring authentic, Burmese cuisine. Chefs Win Aye and Win Tin formerly of Burma Superstars locations in Oakland and Alameda respectively, will jointly be heading up the kitchen at the new Rangoon Ruby venue. With proven chefs proficient in all of the specialties that make Burmese cuisine sought after by Asian food aficionados, plus a modern, upscale ambiance located in downtown Palo Alto, Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine expects to strike a chord with Silicon Valley diners looking for a fresh, clean approach to one of the worlds great cuisines. Influenced by Indian, Thai and Chinese cooking, the traditional Burmese menu will be complemented by a full bar with signature tropical cocktails including the eponymous Rangoon Ruby, a mid-century libation thought to be the forerunner of todays Cosmopolitan.
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Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - Palo Alto reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (84)great for lunch (50)neighborhood gem (44)good for groups (41)special occasion (35)hot spot (25)great for brunch (14)romantic (12)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Simply great
    Changed
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Rangoon Ruby never lets us down. It's great place to eat for any occasion and the servers will assist you in finding something delicious to eat. I would recommend the northern friend tofu, tea leaf salad, and the pea leaves (if in season).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Rangoon Ruby is a great restaurant, Food was delicious, unique and service was quick. I would definitely go there again. The only thing is that I found the seating space was a bit cramped...Slightly more space would be good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was my first time trying Burmese food. Went to this restaurant on a whim and was very surprised as to how amazing the dishes were. The restaurant is on the smaller side, but other than that I love the atmosphere and vibe of the place. I ordered the tea leaf salad, salt and pepper calamari, basil chili beef, and coconut rice. Everything was delicious and the flavors were very unique! Our waitress was incredibly nice. Good experience. If you're up for trying a new cuisine, I highly recommend this spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit or miss
    OutdoorLuncher
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Some things on the menu are amazing (such as the mango salad) but others are a real let down (crispy salmon, for example). We have been back 3 or 4 times and each time have had about 2/3 great items and 1/3 really unimpressive items. If you are willing to experiment to find the good stuff it is amazing. It seems like a place with these prices would raise the bar on all items though.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cannot Keep Up With Demand
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our first few visits to RR were excellent. Great food, service and atmosphere. This week I took a visitor there for lunch and everything except the cucumber water and Burma Rice was off. We ordered the Tea Leaf Salad staple which came out over salted and a bit mushy. Our Chicken Burmese Curry was watery and bland with dry white meat chicken pieces which clearly were added to the sauce late rather than having been marinated. Only the Burmese Rice side dish was acceptable. RR is opening a second location in downtown Palo Alto. The kichen seems stretched right now with only one venue.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food; very rushed service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    the food is excellent . however , they serve every dish in very rapid succession. they served us our appetizers. within a minute came the salad and 30 seconds letter our main course. they clearly are trying to get everyone in and out really fast. (coupe next to us was in and out in 30 minutes for several courses.) this is fine for a business lunch but not for a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, but super cramped
    aRandomReview
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food here was incredible! I made a reservation for 8:30 PM for 3, and sure enough we showed up at 8:30 on the dot and our table was ready. All of us in the party thoroughly enjoyed every bite. On top of this, the portion sizes were perfect. It was more than enough food to fill you up, but not over the top gigantic like so many restaurants in America. The thing I disliked about this place was just how packed it was. The tables were so close together and the restaurant at capacity, I was bumped in to by servers and customers every time I turned around. If you're claustrophobic or want to be able to move around, this is NOT the place for you. I could barely get up to go to the restroom.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little too loud for date night
    dinerinPAVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was pretty good, although I felt like there was too much garlic in every dish. It would have been nice if other seasoning was used to pump up the flavors. The tables are a bit close together and the restaurant got very loud which made it hard to talk.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yumm!
    legalmgm
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    First time at this restaurant and it is good to go early, with a reservation, as it fills up quickly. A friend and I shared the Palata - was not expecting whole pieces of chicken to be eaten with the bread - it was quite delicious. We asked for medium "heat" - it was extremely mild (but flavorful). Next time - hot please!. We also had the tea leaf salad - what a fabulous experience of texture and flavor. Then burmese rice and Kebat chicken - also very flavorful. We both thoroughly enjoyed our dinner along with a nice bottle of wine. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible service and food
    Happiness
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Mouth watering dishes and abundant choices. I love this restaurant. The service was esquisite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a delight
    foodismylife
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I loved this first visit. The waitstaff were helpful and the food was delish. Will come back again definitely/
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much hype
    gmehtaster
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    For all the hype, the food is average. The service was great. Food was average, and price was too high. Overall I wont go again. Won't recommend to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great and unique food
    Giri
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was very good. Also unique because there are not too many Burmese restaurants around. Service was excellent too. The only downside at this place is its too crowded - meaning the tables are set too close and so feels a little claustrophobic and crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unusual and delicious
    SteveBVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Packed. Delicious. Spicy or not. Fermented tea leaf salad is a must. Just go. Reserve ahead.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • burmese food star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    If you like burmese food, you will love this restaurant. He is opening another location around the corner which will initially have the same menu as rangoon ruby, but will slowly evolve into a slightly different level of burmese cuisine. We love the tea leaf salad...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch
    Qfood
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Had a wonderful Burmese salad (mango) and got a sparkler for my birthday. Delish food and quick service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Mav0016
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Though they didn't seat us for a half hour after our reservation time, they sent out a complimentary tea leaf salad and hustled our food through the kitchen. It's certainly loud in there, though, even on a Tuesday night! Incredible food. Must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jimmy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The Burmese tea salad lived up to expectation and the roti palatta was very good. Entrees were a bit disappointing. Service was good but slow as it was very, very busy. This was at 7:00 pm. Next time I would try to go for an earlier dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit the spot.
    Jenniac
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This was recommended by a local who said that while we were visiting, we had to check it out. We weren't disappointed. Food was fast and yummy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too quick?
    cubsfan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was the best of the four or five times we have eaten here, but one element was a bit annoying. We were still working on the appetizer (the ever popular tea-leaf salad) when the main dishes started arriving. In fact the appetizer came before the wine. Perhaps in a Burmese restaurant that's not a problem, except that we didn't have enough room on the table to put everything without shuffling dishes around. Service seemed super-efficient by a degree or two more than necessary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brilliant food!
    prafulakella
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Must try the tea leaf salad! The Yellow Tofu Red currybis to die for.. all these to be eaten with burmese rice as originally expected!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was delicious, especially the garlic noodles with braised duck! The fish (I believe it was called mango asai) was succulent, the light sour flavor of mango perfectly cutting the fish. The service was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rangoon Ruby Review
    foodievi
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I've been here on a first date, on a girls' night, and a work-team outing :) It's been great for all three! Make reservations in advance because tables get taken up real quick. Love the mango chicken, tea leaf salad, and palata! They had fresh coconut water (in the coconut!), which is quite awesome :) They are nice enough to give it with the spoon so you can get the flesh too :D Did not like the fried coconut pudding dessert so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent for vegetarians!
    fieryblue
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I love the green tea leaf salad and the Samusa soup. So many healthy things for vegetarians here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss
    SophieB
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Tea leaf salad and garlic noodles were both very good- best I've ever had. Eggplant curry and veggie curry both very bland. Sweet coconut rice dessert...great everywhere, isn't it?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, annoying service
    Siri
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I would recommend the trek to San Carlos over Palo Alto simply because of the servers. It's the same great food,--and really the Tea Leaf Salad can't be beat! -- but the servers were constantly intrusive and kept trying to up-sell and over-sell the food. We ordered a wine, and were immediately told we should purchase a more expensive (that is to say THE most expensive) one on the menu. We ordered one bowl of rice, because not all of us were going to eat rice, and were told to order 2 more...it became annoying. Our plates were cleared before we even finished eating! The same thing happened to the party next to us. Someone needs to retrain the staff and insert a little friendliness into the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Coconut Pudding
    Changed
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have been eating at this place for years and have never tried the coconut the pudding. Shame on us, it was not what we expected but it was delicious. Especially after a light lunch sharing our staple 3 dishes, Northern Fried Tofu, Tea Leaf Salad (no protein) A MUST HAVE, and pea leaf
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feeling rushed
    piquayVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was very good and our waitress made good recommendations. However, we felt like the staff was constantly pushing us to leave.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hungry
    Hungry
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Good spot for hungry people. Food is delicious: green mango salad, calamari, shrimp dish. Pumpkin port (pork tasty; pumpkin tasteless). seemingly unlimited menu. Dishes offered spicy, medium or mild. We sat near front with window open on sidewalk and still had to shout across the table to be heard. It must be impossible to hear in back of the restaurant. Busy scene. Attractive young people in and out, crowded tables, people waiting outside for a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Place for a Date
    yumyum
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Drinks were hit or miss, mine was not well mixed. Food was fantastic though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy, but decent food
    Dosco39
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Good food, but way too noisy and tables are way too close to each other. Corkage at $25 for a restaurant of this caliber is a definite turn off. Tea leaf salad is way over rated and salty. The mango salad is a far better option with more suttle flavors. The palata is basically an Indian paratha with a coconut chicken curry, that is a tease more than a curry dish that you can enjoy with the palata & it's not cheap at $11. The restaurant needs to revisit the qty of curry they give with the palata. Catfish lacked the flavors, but garlic eggplant was flavorful. Fried banana dessert was as good as it can get. Two thumbs up to the servers.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time since I've been wowed
    chicklynicklyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Fried tofu (the first listed) was astounding. The sesame beef was fantastic. Could pass on the Rangoon noodle. Mango chicken was good not great. Helpful server re nut allergy. Tasty cucumber tap water. Will be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, very high energy
    Princess1784
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    What a find! We loved everything we tried, especially the tea leaf salad...really a first class meal. It was our first time, and our server was very knowledgable and helpful, and right on top of the pacing. Our only quibble was in how loud it was...very hard to hear the conversation at the table. Probably better to go at a quieter time of day instead of prime evening time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food ... again
    GregVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Burmeese shrimp was great as usual. Asked for spicey and it came out great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodFood
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Variety and taste are sub par when compared to Pagan in San Francisco and Burma Superstar in Oakland
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LuvGoodService
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The guy at the door, checking computer reservations, was not very friendly and the hostess who took us to our table was unbelievably surly. Did not crack a smile at anything. Yikes! If you don't like people, don't go in the hospitality business. However our waitress made up for it working nonstop and very efficiently in the most cramped space imaginable, and yet she kept on smiling (Kelsey, I think?) Good decor, great busboys and servers. Drink (Singapore sling) was watery. Big drawback: the tables are packed like sardines and the noise is deafening, so you end up just wanting to rush through your delicious food and wanting to leave. For that reason, we are not sure we would go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • coming back!
    Paula
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    love this place! even though it is not part of Burmese Superstar in SF , they have the same menu...can't get enough of the Chili lime Lamb and the tea salad...every thing was so great..introduced my niece and nephew to this place....they are hooked on it too...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thai meets Indian meets Chinese
    wogger85VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    What a fun restaurant in Palo Alto that is always busy with hungry guests. For those who aren't familiar with Burmese food, it is reminiscent of many Thai dishes (herbs like mint and basil) but with a somewhat Indian/Chinese flair. The food is absolutely delicious and service is typically quite good. Word to the wise, the dishes can be made to any "spice" level desired, but they are generally pretty safe up until the "very spicy" level, where the kitchen likely begins to feel a challenge. Those looking to clear their nostrils should try the Basil Chili Beef spiced to the nines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great all round
    kim2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It was packed when I went last on Friday evening, but food and service remained outstanding. Staff communicated well with each other so very smooth service even though every table was busy and turn around was fast. Food is healthy and something different. Love this local gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and Service
    Changed
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Every time that my wife and I eat at this place it never disappoints. You have to try the tea leaf salad and pea leaves (if in season)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate