Burma Ruby

4.4
266 reviews
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Burmese
Burma Ruby, now open in Downtown Palo Alto, was birthed from a desire to bring authentic Burmese food to the great people in Silicon Valley & the San Francisco Bay Area. Chefs Win Tin formerly of Burma Superstars' locations in Oakland and Alameda respectively are joined up to spearhead the kitchen at the new Burma Ruby venue.

Influenced by Indian, Thai, and Chinese cooking, our Burmese menu is complemented by an exquisite wine selection and hand-selected draft beer to quench your thirst.

We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to bring you the ultimate dining experience. From our warm service staff to an extensive menu of outstanding dishes and artfully designed interior with upscale ambiance, it is our mission to elevate your experience with the delights of Burmese cuisine.
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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Pretty place, good food, server was helpful but getting food and drinks to us was slow and sporadic. Table next to us came in much later but was served much sooner than we. Partner's food arrived much sooner than mine and way before beverages finally showed up. Someone else's order was brought to our table. No one was minding the front door which stayed open with every exit and entry in a very cold evening.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great presentation!

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was good and peculiar; i.e. an interesting mix of thai, indian and chinese styles, which may or may not be the authentic burmese cuisine (this was my first experience with burmese). There are a few different dishes and/or sauces that you can combine with any kind of protein. The food was tasty and abundant. The service was not great: Slow and sometimes forgetful, but polite. A good place, but not quite great.

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GK
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and presentation was great. However the fish soup was saltier this time around and was way too thick. I would've loved it with more broth otherwise everything else was great.

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AE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been here before. The food selection is excellent, though certainly more geared towards spicy. The cocktail service is a bit slow, but worth the wait.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service. Very enjoyable evening.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

took a friend here and had a great time.

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P
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

2 of 4 guests were very happy with their entre's, the service was great but the tables were close to each other and the noise level was energetic.

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e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is tasty. Moderately spicy. Prices are reasonable. Service is friendly.

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a
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess and waiters were excellent. Food was delicious. We had the garlic noodles and chicken crisp. Would definitely eat here again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. We were disappointed that our server did not tell us that cabbage was being substituted for romaine lettuce in our favorites tea tea leaf salad. Otherwise a fantastic experience.

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RH
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great. We loved the Tea Salad, garlic eggplant, and chili beef. The eggplant and beef are were similar so we will try something different next time. We had great service before 6, however it got busy after 6:15. TIP get there before 6

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BS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sesame chicken very tasty. But, the fiery chicken tofu was even better

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MH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Palo Alto and dine downtown often. But for some reason we missed Burma Ruby. Decided to try it and now wish we had not waited. Everything was super but especially the food. We know Thai well but this style was the best. On their recommendation we tried the tea leaf based salad- with cabbage instead of Romaine because of the statewide health warning on Romain. It was excellent and distinctly different from other salads-worth getting.

Cheerful and efficient staff. Upscale decor. Generous amount of food in each order. Parking in the city run structure across the street. Our new favorite!

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Too noisy for us to really enjoy our food. And it took forever to get our wine and even then, they brought the wrong wine.

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O
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Burmese food well prepared, with excellent vegetarian and gluten free options. We opted for the ginger salad with yellow beans, which was a nice change from the usual tea leaf salad. For our main courses, the Burmese eggplant was particularly tasty, and the pea greens [not a common offering] were prepared well. The Burmese-Indian rice with whole cardamom and cinnamon was light and flavorful.

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a
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As before, good food and pretty good service too. A bit on the expensive side. Their tea leave salad is to die for.

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HJ
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place gets it all right. Could not recommend more highly.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for moms birthday and she loved the food. They have her a special dessert for her bday.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

fabulous sauces on several vegetarian and seafood dishes we ordered

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Burma Ruby, it was recommended by someone who works for the San Francisco 49ers. Both meals were superb, the service great and experience outstanding. I’m from Boston and am sure to return when my travels take me back.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto. The tea leave salad is amazing!

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S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our special day and you made it memorable for us.

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CR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Food is consistently good at Burma Ruby- no complaints there! I’ve been many times. This time it was so busy it was unpleasant. Tables so close together that when other diners got up the chairs hit our backs. The waitress had to reach across the table to serve food- spilled salad trying to get it on my plate! Felt like they wanted us to order, eat and get out as soon as possible. Bummer of a night.

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CQ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tasty and healthy- have the tea leaf salad for sure.

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AS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent but service was very slow for a lunch crowd. We got our food very late as it took at almost 1.5 hrs to get out. Also they did not check us in on opentable when we had reservations.

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MK
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had an enjoyable couples get together at Burma Ruby. Nicely designed restaurant with great service, albeit noisy. Dishes are meant for sharing. We started with samosas (a bit greasy) and fried bread with coconut chicken (excellent). Our mains were chicken kebat, tofu with pea leaves and garlic pork. Got their version of Pad Thai and also two kinds of rice. Got fried bananas with ice cream for dessert. Overall food was tasty. It is a fun place to go with a group to taste multiple things

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was authentic and tasty. Service was great too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and really cool atmosphere!! Service was great too.

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PG
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a change, I always bring my out-of-town friends to Burma Ruby. I enjoy its delicious food and friendly staff.

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fabulous. We had the Rainbow Ruby Salad and the Burmese Chicken Salad. Even though the rainbow salad had pepper flakes & some jalapeno peppers, it was not spicy at all. The chicken salad, on the other hand, had a little kick. We dined "family" style with one dish from every meat category, pea sprouts, and the fried rice. We had enough for delicious leftovers the next day.

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C
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped here on the way back from Stanford Univ. Very delicious meal. We were the only customers for a late lunch, so service was very attentive. Burmese fish chowder was very good. The menu looks very much like Burma Superstar, so if you have been there this is similar. Recently there have been a uptick in Burmese places. This chain is one of the good ones.
1 Ginger salad
2. Burmese fish chowder
3. Basil chili fish

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ZO
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Winderful staff and very friendly general manager that asked every table as to how they were doing. Good food and great staff. Thank you

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CE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite go-to for us. A great way to introduce guests to authentic Burmese food. Love it!

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SS
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Both Burma Ruby and Rangoon Ruby have the same owner and similar menu. Burma Ruby is newer and is q bit less cramped and less noisy and has outside seating where one can people watch the crowd on Univeristy ave. They also have a small bar and a good scotch selection. We had our usual , Tea Leaf Salad which seems to get smaller every year. The Basil Chilli tofu, and the Sea Bass

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LR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been going to Burma Ruby often for several years, and have always enjoyed it. Our recent dinner was a disappointment. The chicken was leathery and the prawns were rubbery. The sauces lacked their usual flavor. Perhaps we hit the chef's night off?

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a
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good but the service slow this time.

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was good, the food was good but not excellent. It's a little too sweet and they charged extra $2 for the coconut rice. We thought the coconut rice is just the regular rice cooked with coconut like the one in Rangoon Ruby. Turned out it's a sweeten sticky coconut rice.
The food taste if compared with Rangoon Ruby, Rangoon ruby is much better.
I am not from Burma so don't know which one is authentic. But Rangoon Ruby food is closer to Malaysian / Thai / Indonesian food compared to this one. Since I'm from Indonesia, the taste of the food in Rangoon Ruby definitely closer to the South East asian food back home.

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KB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the service and food at Burma Ruby! Tea Leaf Salad is a must!

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L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We have eaten at this restaurant before,it has been good in the past, but it has gone downhill. Took a while to be seated , even with a reservation and the restaurant was half empty. Took forever before a wait person took our order. In the mean time, people who had arrived after us were getting food. Server took one drink order and started to walk away, we had to interrupt and say another of our party wanted a drink, he then took that order and started to walk away again and then we had to interrupt again and say the 3rd person in our party wanted to order a drink. No water was brought for the longest time. Drinks took forever to come out. Food came out and we were almost through our appetizers before they did. My Husband's martini order was wrong, the server brought a dirty martini even though he had discussed the drink with the server and stressed that he did not want a dirty martini. The server took the drink back without any kind of apology, he acted as if my husband had done something to cause the wrong drink to come out. I asked the server for chopsticks when we ordered and when he did not bring them with the food, I had to flag down a different server to get them. Meanwhile two very loud parties were seated on either side of us and you could not hear anyone at our table without shouting.

Food was definitely less tasty than the last time we were there. Tea Leaf Salad was overly saltly and just tasted bad. The Fried Tofu was not hot and fairly tasteless. The Shrimp with Lettuce Cups was good, but it was the only item that really tasted good of all that we ordered. Chicken with Mango and a beef dish were overly salted, contained too many onions ( more onions than meat and no other vegetables) and that was the only flavor. Otherwise the dishes were very bland and salty. Rice was okay. Server was at the table at awkward times and then missing when we needed him.

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