Burma Ruby

4.4
280 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.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Thinking about how to spend Father's Day? Enjoy some delicious Burmese food at Burma Ruby! Buy a gift card and reserve a space now. We will have some Father's Day specials for you to enjoy.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What 280 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

We went for a Mother’s Day dinner with a prior reservation. We didn’t wait at all for our table. Service was courteous and prompt. We are vegetarian so enough choices for us but our all three dishes had the same base.

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CR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I usually really enjoy eating here. On this specific evening, I felt like all 3 dishes tasted the same and lacked the flavors I usually enjoy.
I ordered: samosas, mango tofu and pad Thai chicken.
All three were sweet. The pad Thai was saucy and the tofu was bland.

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LD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Burma ruby has good food and good service. Their wine list had changed since we were there the last time but it is still good.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent food and service. Highly recommend this place for special occasions and everyday eating.

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SJ
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect again! Service was prompt and friendly and the Tea Leaf Salad, Walnut Prawns, and Lettuce Cups were great. Will be back...

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OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 2

The Hostes was the best 👍🏻
The waitress so so took a long time after bringing the dishes to bring the drinks 🍸
At the payment wrong bill
Anyway we love the tea leafs salad and it was great to seat outside on a beautiful night 😉

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I would like to believe that the service this time was an exception. I admit that the restaurant was fuller than I have seen it the previous times I have been there but good service should not suffer on account of how busy a restaurant is. They did warn us at the time of seating that it will take some time for the food to be brought to the table but I didn't expect that much delay. The drinks took 30 minutes to arrive, the tea salad took 45 minutes to arrive, which IMO is unacceptable even for a busy restaurant. And I saw that the food was served on another table before us, the occupants of which had arrived later than we did. We were very disappointed with the service and makes us think that it is not equipped to handle a full restaurant.

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C
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you are in Plao Alto, this is a great place to stop for an exotic meal. The menu is very similar to Burma Superstar (font looks the same). The food is great. Start a meal family style with a Ginger salad or tea leaf salad instead of an appetizer. Highly recommended and the main courses are all winners also.,

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N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service took forever, even though we got there around 615pm; my kid was about to tantrum by 7pm and no food yet. Then she brought out all the adult food first, kids last. What?! No small bowl of rice or anything in the meantime. Know Your Customer, people! Rangoon Ruby much better experience

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food quality has declined over the years, service is friendly but sometimes chaotic.

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JS
Vietnam
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

mgr accommodated us even tho I made reservation incorrectly.

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IC
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We fondly remember our first time in Rangoon Ruby years ago. Great food, drinks, and exceptionally well organized service - despite of the extreme croud. We prefer a bit quieter place, so lately we have been visiting Burma Ruby. Food still great, the bar needs a full time bartender - but otherwise previously we did not have any problem. During our last visit the service was a complete disaster. We are not coming back to this place in the near future.

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i
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and interesting cocktails. This was a first for me to eat Burmese food, so I can’t verify how authentic the food is. But the food was creative and tasty, and I will definitely be back.

Burma Ruby
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for the great rating and review! We are glad you enjoyed your first experience tasting Burmese cuisine and can't wait for you to explore more of our menu. We look forward to seeing you next time! Take care.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first experience trying Burmese food. The staff was very helpful directing us to authentic tasty food. The food was wonderful! Good size portions and delicious. We enjoyed leftovers the next day. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Burma Ruby
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank you for the kind words and recommendation, Joyce! We are happy that you enjoyed our food and found navigating our menu a bit easier due to the help of our staff. Our guests deserve nothing less! We appreciate you sharing and look forward to seeing you again.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
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
3 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 19, 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
28 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 22, 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 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

took a friend here and had a great time.

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P
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on December 14, 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 14, 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 9, 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 8, 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
42 reviews
Dined on December 5, 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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OT
San Francisco
13 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 21, 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 15, 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
75 reviews
Dined on November 11, 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
63 reviews
Dined on October 31, 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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h
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 21, 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 21, 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
Vietnam
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 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 19, 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 18, 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 13, 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
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 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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