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ROOH Palo Alto

4.5
174 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
ROOH Palo Alto explores open fire cooking in combination with regional flavors. A style of cooking that lends incredible complexity to the simplest of flavors.Wood fired cooking is a cornerstone of Indian food preparations and Chef Sujan Sarkar delves into the exploration of what is already well known, familiar but bringing it into the contemporary world. Offering a taste and appreciation for India, all of India, capturing the beautiful intricacies of its diversity for a unique communal dining experience.
ROOH’s mixology team has created 9 brand new seasonal cocktails based on Ayurveda and its six tastes, or rasas The conceptual cocktails infuse the signature smokiness of the wood fired grill and the story telling culture of India. Californian ingredients shine through, as the cocktails evoke the spirit of different Indian cities with their regional inspired names

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 174 people are saying
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carlinooooo
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food. Great ambiance. Portions were somewhat small, but absolutely delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing as usual. The servers were very focused on speeding us up (ordering, clearing) but took a long time to bring out drinks/meals. We had to point out that some things they were clearing weren’t finished.

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vipPalsan
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Beautiful setting, delicious and inventive food. Great covid precautions. We felt very safe!

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YazminB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good! We didn’t like the fact that it kept coming in different trips so when we finally got the rice the chicken that was left was super cold - also, we really didn’t like the shrimp being serve with the heads - that was not pleasant to see :(

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AnjaliB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. The staff was really friendly and we got all our food quickly. The sweet potato chaat and mock tails were particularly delicious.

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Brandon
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Can be loud and sometimes difficult to get the waiters attention, but food and presentation was excellent.

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vipCharuvu
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The setting was good, a little noisy being outside. They could work on the quantity of food served for the price charged is quiet high.

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Enkay
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible service. Waiters did not even bring plates or tissues when I asked them. I had to ask multiple times. Also notice the waiter just cleaning the tables with the dirty towel and then touching the plates to give to customers. Especially in this time of Covid, I’d expect some sanitation! Very overpriced and not a pleasant experience. Won’t be returning

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PG95
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing first time at ROOH! Celebrated a birthday and they gave us complimentary dessert which was sweet gesture to end our meal ! The food was amazing, authentic and made me feel like I’m sitting in india eating amazing Indian food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was mediocre.

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vipKrc2
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food i have ever had and that is saying a lot since i have had authentic Indian food at my Indian friends house before!

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els1234
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good cocktails, not your traditional Indian dishes, will be going back!

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vipAnujS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, no drop off in quality of food or service from outdoor dining

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vipRickyRoss
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, food, and experience. They lack in the value department given the prices are bit high, and drinks come in tiny glasses. Worth a try but will be challenging to make it a regular spot to visit.

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foodie2junkie
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, drinks are okay, service is good! With seating outdoors now, noise level is loud. Definitely coming back here again!

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viplaurayecies
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience2

great food, slightly disorganized but very nice servers
couldn't stand the loud music they were blasting

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JohnM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really enjoyed the flavor of your specialized dishes with excellent service. We will come back, thank you.

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Rohit
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to visit. Great food. Jackfruit based appetizer was yummy! Only complaint - indicated on website while booking that the occasion is for a birthday, but didn't hear anything from them related to that and I of course wouldn't have asked them to do something about it as it sounds cheap. Just a happy bday from them would have gone a long way. But food wise it was great and will definitely come back here.

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SavitaP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We dined on a Monday so it was quiet and service was quick. Seating on the street was well-distanced from other diners and felt comfortably safe. Food was quite good - we ordered Achari Paneer, Kheema, Chicken 65 and Pork belly dishes along with a bottle of wine. All of them were really good except for the chicken one as it felt a little overdone. Overall, though, a good dining experience over some authentic Indian food.

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Leogirl
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. The drinks were unique and awesome. Definitely recommend a visit.

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CarolK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An oasis of joy in a chaotic world. The outdoor seating on University Ave is festive and well spaced. Servers were very personable and attentive. As our first time at the place, we asked our server's recommendations, we had small plates (swordfish, cauliflower curry, 2 chicken), they were scrumptious. Drinks were tasty too! Very fun place for a date night. (bathrooms were nice and clean too! ;o).

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FoodyAsh
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. My favorite was paneer pasanda. A must try.

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ArunR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was just okay.
Had the sea bass at the recommendation of the waiter.
Essentially baked with a few spices. Did not seem it was cooked with the bananas leaf.
The beef short ribs were fine but lacked any Indian spices.
The lamb shank was fine with the sauce.
Avocado Bel was above average.
Overall a bit hyped up for Indian fusion.

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MatheenR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. This was a modern take on several popular Indian dishes. The dahi puri was delightful.

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SimplyVeg
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and comfortable. Friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Let me summarize my experience and say it was very underwhelming. I had high expectations for this place! The cocktails were blah. The jackfruit cutlet was ok; same goes for the pork belly. The achari paneer was nothing worth mentioning. Main dish was lamb shank Nihari, it was just ok too. The service was not too bad . The music/ really loud.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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LeeH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, we have been three times and it gets better!

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HarneetS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They need more food options. Such in chicken, vegetarian.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great. They followed all the necessary precautions due to COVID. Food was delicious and ambiance was nice.

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DeepikaB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I wish I could give this restaurant 6 stars instead of 5. Rooh Palo Alto was a superb experience. I had the privilege of dining at the Chicago location, so I was very excited to try the Palo Alto location. It did not disappoint!!!

First of all, I felt very safe dining during the pandemic. This place has COVID dining DOWN. They were so efficient and made me feel safe. A lot of outdoor seating and amazing service.

The cocktails are always excellent! I know my own personal tastes pretty well, but I appreciate the great recommendations that the staff gives when I am looking to try something new.

I consider myself an Indian food conseur and Rooh blew my mind!! The ambiance definitely feels like you are in a different world and you forget that you are in the city. I enjoyed trying small plates. We got the black truffle khulcha with goat cheese. My boyfriend tried the pork belly with sweet glaze. I have never seen him eat so fast. He loved it!! I tried the swordfish tikka from the grill which was amazing. We split the short rib curry that had beef short ribs with carrots and a kofta on the bone marrow. This was my favorite dish and I would highly recommend it.

We truly enjoyed our experience, food, drinks and ambiance at Rooh Palo Alto. We definitely will return to try the rest of the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a different Experience whenever we come.
I was amazed they have new items on their menu.

Achari Paneer Tikka actually could taste the pickle and the
Paneer was nice and soft.

We also tried the new Dessert semolina cake with grilled peaches with a side of ice cream it was yum.


Rooh is our favorite spot and with them rotations the menu was a pleasant surprise.

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vipSaritaK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Were expecting more from the food and service. Ambience was nice

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Zapmobl
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

One of our items was served after we finished our meal. We asked for it several times and told them to cancel it when they brought it out. I had to ask our server several times for him to refill water.
I tip always well when I receive good service. It was hard for me to leave a tip. Very few Indian Restaurants have learnt the art of service.

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MohanaR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Rooh Palo Alto with outdoor dining was excellent!

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MarkF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service complimented this fun dining experience outside in the street. Was so nice to be able to dine out during the pandemic. You can rest assured Rooh is taking the precautions necessary to ensure your safety during this crisis.

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vipMariaG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Fabulous presentation. My husband and I had a lovely time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating. Good Covid precautious

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AlonaD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, interesting, spicy but not too spicy.
Service was on the slow side.

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vipSusanaRdeT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great combination of atmosphere and excellent food. The al fresco experience is outstanding. Best place in Palo Alto these days!

FAQs

ROOH Palo Alto does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. ROOH Palo Alto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 800-7090.

ROOH Palo Alto is rated 4.5 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

ROOH Palo Alto does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.roohpaloalto.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.