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About 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.

445 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA 94031
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Burmese, Asian

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.

Cross Street:
University

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 323-6543

Website:
http://www.rangoonruby.com/

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.

Catering:
Please contact Darryl Wong for catering details.

Parking Details:
City Parking lot (at the intersection of Emerson and Lytton). Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
5 minutes walk from the CalTrain station in Palo Alto.

Executive Chef:
Chefs Win Aye and Win Tin

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.3

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3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (8)
Authentic (8)
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Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vegan (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
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People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We were greeted and seated right away. Our table was off of the main entrance and there was a cold draft but upon mention, the host closed the door. Server was quick, very attentive and the food came in no time. My friends who have never been to this restaurant were very impressed. Food was delish as always. We had the green tea salad, chicken crisp, beef basil, shrimp walnut and shrimp curry. Tons of food for the four of us. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Tables are way too close together, hard to talk, hard to hear...really uncomfortable.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Birthday, the waitress was really nice but the remaining folks bringing in food from inside were rude and unfriendly.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I really loved the food here, the only thing is that it was my our first time there, and we would've loved that our waiter had mentioned that plates are big and good for sharing, we had so many left-overs, but apart from that everything was super good!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We had the tea leaf salad, nan gyi dok, and the lamb curry which was recommended by our server. All were delicious! In my opinion, worth coming here over Burma Superstar as there is no wait and they take reservations.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Amazing flavors! This is a find. The selections and diversity is perfection. From the tea salad, Calamari appitizer's, Coconut rice, and diversity of fish, chicken and meat dishes, this is a winner!

Tags: Bar Seating, Spicy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Was eager to check this restaurant out based on reviews. My greatest complaint is that the entries were lukewarm at best and one had cold chicken mixed in with warm - unpleasant. The noodles were over cooked, as well. Though table side presentation was very nice. Just ok for two @ $100, could have done better elsewhere

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We always have the tea leaf salad to share, so tasty! And also the pumpkin shrimp. Service is very quick. Will definitely go back when in Palo Alto

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Overall very good. Service was a bit slow and in attentive.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

It was a little weird that the wine selection was on an iPad. This was a cool gimmick but didn't really help us decide what to drink and cluttered the table. The staff was very attentive, but this could have been because they could clearly tell we were on a date. We both ordered the pad thai, which was very good if somewhat simple. Wasn't expecting much more from that dish. The prices are a little steep, but I moved to the Bay recently so it could be that I am just experiencing sticker shock. Great ambience. Cool decorations. A little noisy for a date.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 25, 2017

What a find!!!!
We were visiting family, and they suggested we try Rangoon Ruby's out. What a delightful experience, the food was memorable! We ordered the shrimp with walnuts, crispy chicken, and several other dishes, and all were delicious! We can hardly wait to go back!!!
I strongly recommend you try it out!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I was expecting a bit better. Expensive for what we paid. Around $50 per person. May go again if I am in the area. Overall, average at best.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Yummy food! Loved the tea leaf salad. Lots of options for a vegetarian.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

2 things happened
A) Server walked by table and serving spoon fell of and server was not even aware it happened. Serving spoon was on floor and we ended up using existing silverware to serve ourselves
B) I had mentioned in open table it was someone'e birthday and I thought there might be some dessert or something but none of it happened

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Too noisy, excellent food and service

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Unfortunately, our experience was NOT a delightful one. It started off okay, but went down hill. My friends took me to Rangoon for my birthday. I had heard about it and was excited to try it. When the food arrived.....I did not get anything. The guy said, "Is there anything else I can help you with?" when he dropped off my friends' dishes. I said, "Uhm, maybe you can bring me some food." The FIRST WAIT -- We had already waited for their dishes and then THE SECOND WAIT --we waited another 10 minutes while we watched other tables receiving food and the guy noticed us still sitting there and says, "Your food should be coming shortly". My friends would not start without me since they thought the food was almost there. THE THIRD WAIT -- Another 15 - 18 minutes and the Walnut Shrimp meal arrives. It didn't look appealing and it did not taste good (in all honesty). I had my friend try it and she wouldn't even eat it after tasting one.

I really don't know what was really happening, but I wish we could have just been told the truth about the situation and I could have ordered something else. My friends were annoyed and their food was cold. Anyway, it really put a damper on my birthday celebration ---- a long wait for a NOT tasty meal! Sorry Rangoon Ruby, I can't give you a high rating. I really wish I could.....

Also, we felt a little unable to relax because they seem to want you to get out of there so that it can be closed down before dinner service. We literally left and went to a coffee shop. I got home and needed something to eat -- I was totally hungry!

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

It was amazing. Ambiance was great

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Fantastic food, and smiling, fast service. A little noisy, but manageable. Have already been back a second time!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

What's the point of taking a 930 reservation when you want the customer out by 10? Bad practices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

You can't go wrong here! Great service, authentic food, and a nice ambiance. With the exception of some rice dishes needing to be served faster while its hot, Ragoon Ruby will never disappoint.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This is our go-to place when we want a meal before a film that starts at 6-7pm, because of its service, quality and location. The tea salad is known widely and very popular, and my spouse had that, but this time I tried the Burmese Pad Thai (Pad Burmese?), which was very good and something I will get again. Those who like tropical drinks have a nice selection from which to choose, but they are pricey. Stay with tea and one entree and a couple gets out for about $30.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Very busy on a Tuesday evening. Good service. We were seated quickly with our reservation. The host and waitress were friendly and helpful. Tables are a bit close together so you're eating very close to your neighbors. The food is ok. We tried the popular dishes recommended by the waitress and they were a bit underwhelming. I found many of them to be a bit too salty for me. Ambiance is nice and energetic.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

You get your order in a heartbeat. Servers give you full attention and respond to your needs with out most cooperation. The family is a fan of the tea leaf salad. First time to order a lamb dish from this place and it was amazing!!!

We were happy with everything altogether.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Loveless Burmese such as tea salad, fun curries and stir fries.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food quality is degrading by the day (or maybe it was our bad luck). Food was super oily and flavorless. The calamari was absolutely inedible, garlic noodles were a let down as well. The only saving grace were the Burmese Tea and the chili swai fish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Had dinner with 2 of my friends at the restaurant on a Friday night. The waiter was okay, not very personable. The restaurant needs better ventilation/ air circulation.
Our eyes were burning, probably due to the fumes from the spices. The food was okay. What bothered me was that the waiter just brought out our check without asking if we wanted dessert. They also added a 20% gratuity to our bill, which didn't make sense to me since there were only three of us.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Delicious food for reasonable prices. Definitely try the tea leaf salad.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

I love this place! The food is delicious and the staff really kind! Some of my fav plates: basil chili beef, beef kebat, pumpkin salmon, samosa, palata! Yummy!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Amazing food and service, as always. The tea leaf salad is incredible and the walnut shrimp is to die for. Highly recommend dinner here!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Awesome meal. Helpful servers. Tea leaf salad and coconut rice are both craveable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

As has been said repeatedly, this is a wonderful restaurant with fabulous authentic Burmese food; but they really jam the tables together. With the noise level, it was hard to hear conversation among our group of 5.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

From the warm reception by the charming hostess to the outstanding service from our attentive waiter, this was a first-class dining experience. Better half had the famous tea salad and I had the Samosa salad; both were, as expected, delicious to the last morsel (clean plate club). We started with the lettuce wraps, which we split, and asked for more hoison sauce, which appeared in seconds. I wondered to myself if perhaps we should have stopped there, because I felt satiated, but I pressed on and was very glad I did. The Samosa salad was new to me but the waiter had recommended it; he was right.
We had a movie date around the corner at the Stanford Theater and we made it with time to spare.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Interesting, well-prepared food - our second visit left us with a similar impression as our first - we'll be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

food was great! don't quite have their act together in terms of reservations. alot of waiting for while the hostess are trying to figure out who is on first. i'd try again .

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·Dined on June 10, 2017

A picky friend recommended this spot. (We all have that friend, who doesn't like eating at subpar places hahaha). The food was orgasmic - so rich and full of flavor with each bite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2017

What a great place to gather. The service was fantastic! Our server was attentive and informative. The food was delicious! Samosas, pad Thai , lemongrass pork, crispy chicken were among a few of our favorites this visit. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Same high quality, well-seasoned food that one would exoect from one of the "Burma (superstar)" restaurants. The Burma (Ruby) brands in general, attempt to provide a more upscaled dining experience in its contemporary decor and higher prices. While Chihuly chandeliers tastefully line the ceiling, the noise level and floorplan made it less enjoyable of an experience. The waiters must squeeze through a maze just to get to your table! We were also seated so closely to the couple next to us, I felt like I was a part of their vacation plans discussion!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Service was great,food tended to be average and a little greasy

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Food was good, flavorful, and served at an easy, unrushed cadence. Appetizer of Salt and Pepper Calamari was done just right without overcooking. Entree choices are excellent.

Tags: Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food here is very good but the service was inconsistent. Don't make a reservation after 1:30pm or you'll be rushed to order before the kitchen closes. Too harried.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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