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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at ROOH!
First seating (5:00-6:00pm)
4-course menu, $80 | Additional beverage pairing, $40 | Children, $45
Second seating (8:00-9:00pm)
5-course menu with ticket to NYE Bollywood Bash included, $125 | Additional beverage pairing, $55
21 and up.
ROOH NYE Bollywood Bash
Join us at 10:30pm to celebrate the New Year Bollywood style, $75
Ticket purchased includes 2 cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres , desserts and a midnight toast. 21 and up. For Tickets- https://roohnye.eventbrite.com/
Rooh is a progressive Indian Table and Bar located in the heart of San Francisco’s burgeoning SoMa district. Meaning soul or spirit, Rooh brings the spirit of India to San Francisco through the restaurant experience. Renowned Executive Chef, Sujan Sarkar, delicately balances rich traditional flavors with fresh local ingredients prepared with modern techniques.
IMPORTANT: We offer only limited number of reservations on OpenTable.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Contemporary Indian, Indian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Brunch:Saturday: 11:00 am- 2:30 pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Between 2nd and 3rd St
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metered street parking available outside the restaurant. Pleased be advised that the meters are active until 10pm Monday- Saturday
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rooh Ratings and Reviews
This is the second time I’ve gone for lunch in 2 weeks. It’s a total mess. Both times I waited for the server for 20 minutes before putting in our order. The first time, we waited for 30 minutes for food. They brought ya the bill but never brought out the food. What?!
The second time they forgot to bring our tea until the end of the meal. The server never came so we put our order in with the water guy. They brought the wrong dish twice. It was a total mess.
They need a new GM asap. Also, both times it seemed as though there were only two servers in this huge restaurant. Hire more staff! The food is expensive enough to warrant better service.
Unfortunately, though I love the food, I won’t be able to host lunches there. The service is embarrassingly terrible.
Upscale-ish place with good intentions but missing the mark set by their price level. Good, but not memorable food; patchy service, below average value.
Checked the 'birthday' box on open table but that information never seems to have made it to the waiters. Plenty of tables open as we arrived and still we (two guys) were seated at the one table with the window view blocked by an exterior column. Friendly waiters but somewhat uncoordinated between each other. Drinks were good with some unusual concoctions on the menu. Food was good overall, while not overwhelming. The biggest impression unfortunately was the fact that the tandoori monk fish curry came with all of a single 50-60g (1.5 oz) little piece of not amazing fish. One really wonders why.
That's too bad because several of the dishes were very tasty and the overall impression could have been much better without these flaws.
Our experience at Rooh was nothing but spectacular. I made reservations for my 1-year wedding anniversary and it was literally the perfect experience. When we arrived, they said Happy anniversary and seated us in a cozy corner. The server was amazing and gave us great suggestions on the food. Literally, the food blew me away to the point where it was so hard to describe the flavors and ingredients to friends. If you haven't tried it, make your way there, it's absolutely worth it!
Visited for a birthday treat for my best friend and happened to book reservations during Diwali. The menu was a fixed price menu for the night but the food was outstanding and the service was solid. I would recommend Rooh for anyone that likes Indian cuisine!
Amazing food and drinks. They booked too many groups that night. We were seated late even with a reservation and our dinner took 3 hours (and we weren't taking our time - we had lots of down time when we were hungry and/or waiting for food). They gave us a bottle of rose (between 8 people) and an appetizer for the wait. For a $700+ meal, I expected at least the manager and/or owner to come by and apologize. I also expected them to admit that they overbooked the night rather than make excuses. However, the food was superb and delicious. Nice waitstaff (I didn't see this as their problem).
I loved the cocktails we tried and they way they are displayed on the menu. Beautiful presentation and delicious and interesting. The food was delicious especially the butter chicken. I love that we shared all the different plates, Rooh's recommendation of a mixture of small and large plates was perfect. We did not have anything that was not terrific.
Contemporary / Progressive Indian is really coming into its own in SF with new establishments like Rooh and August (1) Five coming up along mainstays like Amber. This is great for vegetarians who generally have to make do with one or two notable items at many fine dining restaurants.
Rooh is a treat with some exciting ideas in the menu. It has a good selection of appetizers and entrees and a great bar program with drinks organized by taste profile (e.g. sour / sweet / salty / salty). Some assorted feedback:
- There should be an assorted vegetarian sampler option that's not breads and chutneys (given how much the rest of the menu has for vegetarians). The server did not seem keen to just give us the chili pakodas from the existing sampler.
- The drinks are fun. I was hoping for more of a mustard and ghee wash taste in my old fashioned, though I see how that flavor profile could work.
- Asparagus with dosa crisp and podi masala is a standout. Even though (or because) my father makes asparagus dosa at home all the time, the asparagus was handled so well that it really caught our attention.
- Potato tikki - good, but if you want great, go to Rasika in DC. No SF place has nailed this yet.
- Paneer pinwheel and jackfruit dumplings were fun in concept but simply just good in execution. The pinwheel was a roll of soft paneer in a butter masala type sauce. The dumplings were fried jackfruit balls in a butter masala type sauce. Would have liked to see the jackfruit taste and/or texture preserved; as it stood was more like a generic fried cutlet ball. Also would have liked to see less reliance on the butter masala type sauce ... with only 4 vegetarian entrees one should aim for more variety in flavors between them.
- Mango tart dessert was a bit of a letdown on the creativity front. Not much variety in taste beyond mango and phyllo-like thin crispy shell (though both were tasty).
I'd still go again just for drinks and some appetizers.
WOW! An Indian friend who's a complete foody took me there while I was visiting and the food was THE BEST Indian food I've had anywhere in the world. Creative, spicy, wonderful combination of vegan/protein dishes. Out of this WORLD awesome! Service was fantastic, server helped us come up with creative, hand crafted cocktails - many including Indian spices. Loved so much, I took my boyfriend and his Indian colleague (a self professed food snob) the following night -- met the Chef and he's wonderful! Kept my receipt from the 1st night so I knew exactly what we should order the 2nd night! Can't wait to try his new spot opening in NYC next month!
First time at Rooh. Very familiar with South Asian restaurants in general and North Indian cooking in specific. Rooh does a very nice job of not trying to make itself a North Indian restaurant. It's a well done mix of California and Indian. Very VERY interesting appetizers; what they call "small" plates and some main dishes. The bread/rice/dal/raita sides are very standard. I think there probably could be some interesting stuff done there. We didn't get to see the wine list because the sommelier preferred to bring his favorites over to the table (not for tasting) to make recommendations for us. That worked out ok but I think a smarter approach might be to offer the wine list in addition to bringing over 3 wines and talking about them. We did have cocktails but I think the "wheel" business and a certain amount of the nonsense on the website is way over the top and unnecessary. Service: extremely nice guy but incredibly stretched. He appeared to be given all of the tables on one side of the room while we watched a few other folks simply standing around (presumably waiting for more customers to walk in the door). That did mean waiting to even order drinks and appetizers (at a very early hour) while as I say other waiters were unoccupied. Perhaps a more dynamic approach to responsibilities is needed according to the ebb and flow of traffic.
We all (3) enjoyed Rooh and would definitely go back. We went early (there were no rez avail. between 6-8 on a Monday night) but the plus was a lot of on-street parking available.
First of all I did not know that my reservation was for a high top table. The host said that most of the tables were reserved and if there was a no show she could accomodate me. We decided to stick with the original table but noticed a lot of empty tables available the whole time.
It took a while before someone approached us. And a while before he tried to take our orders. They have a tasting menu and I wanted to see the menu but it took a long time for him to come back. He was hijacked by another table. By this time another server, Ashley took over and decided to take our orders. She informed me that the tasting menu has to be ordered when making the reservation. I find this ridiculous . By this time the Manager came and did say that the kitchen wants to be prepared for this prior.
After we had ordered it took awhile for the food to come in. 40 minutes before the appetizers arrived. After that the rest came faster. The food was definitely good. There are some twist to traditional cuisine. The Manager was nice and Ashley did her best to change the course of the evening.
Bottom line :
Good tasting menu
Needs a little work on customer service specially for the price point they are charging
Strange rule of requiring prior notification if you want the tasting menu( seems a little rigid).
If you are in SOMA , and wanting nice new indian try it. But Babu Ji and August 1 five are just around the corner
Our dinner at Rooh was a mixed bag. The food was, on the whole, good with excellent veggie options. The bulk of the food was really interesting and well prepared..The wine list was good too. The cocktail we tried was excellent too.
The bad was we had to wait 35 mins for our table to be ready after the booking time. The firing order for small plates and large plates was sporadic meaning that we had the single large plate show up well after (30mins) everything else was delivered. Service was okay but we had to eyeball the waiter repeatedly to get their attention.
I think the solution is to be careful what you mix when you order and don’t be in a hurry. At least until they get on top of their service hiccups.
Food was delicious, and I'd recommend coming here and sharing everything - we had a mix of small and large plates. We were seated at a high-top table, and it was noticeable that the service was worse for these tables vs. the "regular" dining room tables, so I'd try not to sit at a high-top if possible. (The hostess ended up taking our order because we'd be at our table for 20 minutes without our server asking us what we wanted, the same dish was sent to our table twice, etc. )
I wanted to celebrate my friend's birthday. When I made a reservation in OpenTable for lunch, the description above mentioned that there is a tasting menu and should be mentioned in the request window, so I did and also about the birthday celebration. When we were about to order, the server said that the tasting menu was only for dinner, and there was no birthday wish though we ordered a cake. It was totally disappointing, and I was emberrassed.
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