Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - San Carlos
Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - San Carlos

Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - San Carlos

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rangoonruby.com/
  • Phone: (650) 592-1852
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:30pm

    Dinner: Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Lunch/Dinner: Saturday 11:30am-10:00pm
    Lunch/Dinner: Sunday 11:30am-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Burmese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cherry
  • Public Transit: Caltrain and Caltrans
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot across the street and to the side
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Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - San Carlos reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)neighborhood gem (69)great for lunch (40)special occasion (32)good for groups (29)hot spot (19)great for outdoor dining (17)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (4)romantic (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Having a Reservation doesn't mean a thing
    foodie
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Having a reservation at this restaurant means you get the next table that is free after you arrive. This time it took 15 minutes of waiting before a table for five became available. Food was excellent as always. We had Coconut milk soup, Mango Salad, Shrimps with egg plant again, pork with Jalapeno, lamb with Tofu, and two desserts: Fried Banana and The Fried Palata with condensed milk and ice cream. Service was spotty, depending on what was going on at the other tables. I would strongly recommend Rangoon Ruby.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    whyfor
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Took special friends here for dinner Saturday. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The food arrived on a timely basis and exceeded expectations. Water glasses were filled without touching the rim of the glasses, something other restaurants should also do. Have been at the Rangoon in Palo Alto but the San Carlos experience was far better in all respects. Recommend this location for its food and service despite the high noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, but noisy
    liketoeat
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food was tasty, service was good , attentive, but it was too hard to have a conversation. Next time I would try to eat outside or get takeout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Third Visit
    foodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food and service were excellent on prior visits, but service was a bit slow on this visit. We had to wait about half hour to get our dessert menu. We had the mango salad on every visit and it is still outstanding. This time the shrimp and egg plant dish stood out. Every time we tried the dish labeled as "curry", last time it was pork curry, this time lamb curry, it was disappointing. It should remain on the menu representing Indian influence, but they need to tweak the recipe. We were a group of four on two occasions and a group of six on the third. It helps to have a group, so we could try several dishes and have them family style. Great Find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    KristinlaVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I've been to Rangoon Ruby several times. The food and staff are always great. I try to make my reservations either early or late as at peek dining times the restaurant is so noisy, and the tables are so close together, that it is very difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice restaurant, great food
    DinerMiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went with some friends to this Burmese restaurant. The food was fantastic. The service was great. I was really pleased with it overall and I would definitely go back. There are many things on the menu I'd like to try, so I plan on going another day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Really like coming here for the tea leaf salad. It's delicious and a great lunchtime option. And the staff are very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Localite
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Rangoon Ruby has one of the most delicious, creative, and flavorful menus around! You can't go wrong with any dish, and you'll discover that you want more and more. I want to keep going back and back to try everything on the menu. Service was very attentive and timely. When the restaurant is full, it can be very noisy and difficult to hear. This place has the most incredible ceiling/lights decoration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent vegetarian food
    VegetarianfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went with our family of 6 adults and 4 children. This is the 2nd time we have gone there and we are so happy that the food and the service is excellent and its only 15 minutes south of our home. We will certainly go again. Their tea leaf salad and the mango salad are to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tea leaf salad
    DOJO
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Overall the food was good. Was disappointed in the tea leaf salad. It has some type of nuts that was so hard one needs to bite it slowly. Otherwise good flavor, presentation and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shirley
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Authentic Burmese food Beautifully prepared is served in a light, airy and inviting setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a winner
    Lynnie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Rangoon Ruby is consistently outstanding in every area. It is our "go-to" restaurant, and we love introducing friends to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific burmese food in san carlos
    rwcdiner
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food, great ambience, and the staff is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The Mango salad is fantastic. We also had an excellent tofu dish. The medium spicy chicken with mint dish was good but not spicy at all and could not taste any mint. Both entrees were heavily flavored with soy sauce - similar to P.F. Changs
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Karen
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    garlic was burned in a couple of dishes we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty but noisy
    hungrylimey
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Delicious food, but gets very noisy. Tables are close together so your conversation can be heard. Would love to try take-out or lunchtime, for those reasons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Find
    MickeyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Yummy food that is prepared freshly. Nice for those of us who like to control the hot spices. Pleasant atmosphere. Friendly staff who want to please. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refreshing change from the usual
    ClimateBestByGvrnmntTestVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Been 4 times and eager to go back. Every dish has been excellent, and I've tried a dozen so far (family style). If you like Thai or Indian you'll love the new discoveries found here. A bit noisy, but was still able to enjoy a romantic dinner for two one evening and conduct a business lunch as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burmese cuisine
    luv2travel
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I tried entrees I wouldn't ordinarily try and enjoyed them ... such as tofu and the Mango salad. I had the sesame beef and lemongrass chicken along with coconut rice and a noodle dish. All were excellent, portions for 5 were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy for a first time in Burma!
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Mike was a great waitperson & helpful to recommend menu items for our 1st visit! Loved the Tea salad & lettuce wraps. we will return to try other entrees. Lovely room & decor. Made a reservation on Open Table that noted we were celebrating birthdays, but nothing was offered! Even after we told the hostess that it was our mutual birthdays.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food, attentive staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I'd go back in a heartbeat. Only 3 of us for dinner, but we had everything we wanted and more. The server was even honest and told us we had ordered too much! That never happens. We cut one of the dishes and one of the rices and it was just perfect. Highly recommended are the tea leaf salad, the whitefish noodles (I can't remember what they're called) -- I was so-so on the salt and pepper calamari which were terrific, i just prefer no breading (but it was tasty and also said "tempura," so I knew what we were getting into. All in all, highly recommended. Fun vibe, great staff, terrific food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure
    JeffT
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Northern fried tofu is just incredible. Of course don't forget the unique tea salad. Never had a even a mediocre meal there. Place to bring someone to impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food -service- location
    dangerdot
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved Rangoon Ruby. The mint jalapeño pork and the lettuce wraps we're amazing. The food was hot and tasted very fresh. The only complaint it we thought there would be cocktails based on the website but apparently only the Palo Alto location had cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tea Leaf Salad a Must!
    rwcfoodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    They've done a terrific job of remodeling/decorating what was a totally nondescript space into a very attractive/comfortable one... The Tea Leaf Salad was very good, just needed a hit of lemon juice to bring it to life. I could eat that dish once a week easily. The other 2 dishes we tried missed the mark. Overcooked noodles, too-sweet curry sauce, bland flavors... But the service was excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful flavors
    Bakersdozen
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Everything here tastes fresh and intriguing. I could simply eat the tea leaf salad over and over again and always be happy. The location is great and on a summer evening with all the windows open, the ambience has the feel of sidewalk cafe dining with more elegance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant in San Carlos
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner at Rangoon Ruby is always a special treat. We've been here many times and the food and service are consistently excellent. The tea leaf salad is unique and very tasty; a perfect way to begin. We also enjoy the somosas. The main dishes are flavorful, well-spiced and always excellently prepared. We've been down the list on all the lamb and beef dishes and every one is completely satisfying--the country beef and lamb are especially good. The wine list is reasonable and there are always good beers on tap. The service is efficient and not intrusive. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • missylion
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    read reviews about the garlic noodles not tasting of garlic, but i still ordered them, but, asked waiter to put alot on. they were superb! of course, the Tea Leaf salad is a must! my friend's coconut rice was bland and her beef dish was too chewy. Pan-fried green beans were crisp and spicy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Ruby!!
    Trottter
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great table and we brought a new couple to the restaurant. They will be back they were really impressed with food and service. This was my 4th visit to Ruby's and it has always been great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delivers consistent quality
    RajMaan
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Tea leaf salad terrific as always. Decent wine selection. Exent noodles and the sticky rice is delicious- it is red/black rice, so make sure you are not expecting white rice:-) Service was very good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food here is always delicious and different from all of the other restaurants on Laurel Street - a nice change of pace and the service has been top notch each time we have been there. Only complaint? They do not serve coffee at the end of the meal : (
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bergen116VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Have dined at Ragoon Ruby before and have always had a great experience. Food & service is consistently good. I Love the tea leaf salad & lemon grass chicken; my husband like the basil beef. Definitely wilbe back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive!
    V4c4t10n3r88
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The tea leaf salad was good and so is the soogi but I don't find the pumpkin chicken stew interesting - quite bland! Quantity is quite small like French cuisine and cost quite expensive! Our server is quite good and attentive though but I don't think I will come back. Need to go somewhere else to get full.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a find
    BaywandererVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent Burmese food in a tasteful environment. We went at lunch when it was less crowded which add to the quality of the expereince.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does not have a full bar
    EnjoyzFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Something to note is that unlike the Palo Alto location, this location does not have a full bar (only beer/wine). Not a big issue, but weren't expecting that given that we often go to the PA location and this was our first time at this new one.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 83 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 76 reviews are from the Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - San Carlos reviews archive.
  • Wonderful food:real change of pace!
    KatAzz
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It is so nice to have such tasty and interesting food! A real change of pace from the usual (and abundant) pizza and Italian restaurants. The food @ Rangoon Ruby is clean, fragrant and delicious. I tried okra for the 1st time ever, it was crisp and crunchy in a curry sauce that wasn't too spicy and hot but just right. We had the tea leaf salad that was crunchy and flavorful, the chicken lettuce wraps that were cool and crisp, the eggplant and prawns and the okra and egg curry. All excellent and it went especially well with a cool bottle of Pinot Grigio (sp?).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • local jewel
    lunchgirl
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Have been here more than five times in the last two months; and I would have no problems returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food & Service!
    GwenVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Took a group of folks from around the globe with me to this local neighborhood gem. Everyone loved the food and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rangoon Ruby is a Real Gem
    DianeinBelmont
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My sisters and i had our yearly night out here and were - each of us picky, demanding eaters - thoroughly wowed. The food was awesome, like take me back soon please - awesome. The service was really friendly - which is kind of a rare thing at a hotspot like this. And the atmosphere was arty and sophisticated and surprisingly gorgeous, i think i would even say luxurious. Gaudi-esque architecture? Love it! Hand-blown glass ceiling sculpture that looks like a Chihuly? Am i a the MOMA? Love it! All i ask is that this place sticks around and doesn't change a thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok.....
    browniegirl
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I was so excited to try Rangoon Ruby after checking out the menu on-line. Unfortunately the food was very mediocre. I went with a group of people so we ordered 5 different dishes. The best by far was the shrimp curry. It had the most flavor and the shrimp was not battered or deep fried. The sesame chicken was battered and so overcooked that it was chewy. The beef curry had no flavor and the chunks of meat where tough. The noodle dish looked so appetizing when they brought it to the table, but we were all so disappointed when we tried it. The noodles were mushy and the dish lacked focus and flavor. Finally, the pork was chopped in small pieces and again, had no distinct flavor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Burmese food
    maybe
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We went for lunch to celebrate a friend's birthday. We all had great food; the mango salads were wonderful and the hot entrees with rice also were good. the waiter we had could not have been more helpful; he was attentive but not intrusive. They brought the guest of honor strawberry ice cream with a sparkler in it for dessert. The restaurant is very pretty and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.