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Permanently Closed - Ruchi

21 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (30)
  • Fit for Foodies (18)
  • Good for Groups (11)

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Located in the heart of SOMA, the authentic South Indian cuisine of Ruchi showcases a passion for great food, globally inspired bold flavors, fragrances and spices of Himalayan range Nepal, South and North India. Our chefs have spent months choosing the best ingredients, picking the right spices and balancing the combinations before perfecting the recipe of every dish served to you. Recipes of the region typically begin with rice as a base ingredient, combining it with spices, coconut, tamarind, lentils and a variety of vegetables to create popular dishes such as dosas, idlis, vadas, and uttapams. Enjoy the magic of every dish, straight from the culinary artists of Nepal and colonial India.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Indian, Asian, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm,
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm.
Closed: Sunday
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Phone number
(415) 543-3800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Min Lama
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Cross street
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Parking details
Large & affordable parking lot right around the corner on Stillman Street. There is also plenty of street parking (meters run until 6 pm).
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Public transit
Located within walking distance from Bart(Montgomery st), Caltrain station and Muni(Third st & Perry) systems.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Dinner prior to a concert at SF ballpark. There were a lot of customers wanting pre-show meals, but the restaurant was overwhelmed because it only had two waitstaff. Post-order wait time was long and service was forgetful and slow (had to ask three times for a water refill). They need more waitstaff for peak hours.

TonyaE (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 27, 2014

I was looking for a reasonably quiet, affordable spot to dine with a small group of colleagues, and Ruchi fit the bill. The food was what you'd expect for the price, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was calm enough that we could focus on the conversation, instead of the vibe.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

I really love this place. I have went there maybe close to 150+ times in the past 3 years. And I am not joking its a consistent once or twice a week for 3 years. The food here is just so good! I really love thair Chicken tikka masala. I highly recommend you go there right now!

vipbritguy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 3, 2013

Not a romantic restaurant but the food is what your coming for. Some of the best Indian food in San Francisco. Some regional dishes I have seen nowhere else. Dishes with sauces are the way to go- Tandoori is ok but it is the curries that really shine.

Service is friendly and always attentive. They make you feel very comfortable and know you the second time you visit. Parking is available without any hassle in the evening as it is away from most of the residential part of SOMA. Great place to go on the way too or from the Baseball park.

SDM4 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner with exceptional service from the staff as well as a personal welcome and menu recommendations from the owner.

We'll be back!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2013

Ruchi had amazing food! We had a large group (and had to almost double our group reservation the day of - they were so accommodating and friendly about it!), and shared a good number of items on the menu. From what I remember, the naan (garlic and plain, and paneer naan), lassi, chana masala, chicken tikka masala, coconut water in the coconut, samosa, and dosa were amazing! I know we had other things, but I can't remember everything!
The staff at the restaurant are so friendly, and made us feel really welcome. The owner of the restaurant is so nice, too!
Also, the food is very reasonably priced, especially for how good it is.
We definitely plan to go back!

vipPaul (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2012

There's nothing romantic -- this is a modest storefront restaurant in a marginal neighborhood -- and there weren't many people when we were there -- but the food is very authentic and tasty -- at least according to my friend who is from that area of India, and who was delighted with the items on the menu.

viptraveler (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2012

the food and service were excellent.

vipOldWorldSF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2012

Did our 10th Anniversary here because we LOVE South Indian foods. Spicy, authentic (wife just got back from Kerala & Tamil Nadu) and flavorful. Hands down the fish curry beats all curries in the city of any culture.

Friendly staff who want to make you happy and full. Every dish a winner. I want to write a sterling review, but don't want it to be TOO discovered as prices are moderate and portions good sized.

vipRandomPerson (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 7, 2012

Ruchi had excellent food - I would recommend ordering many items and sharing them all. It is in a random and not very nice part of SOMA, but my friends and I walked there after going to MoMA and found it to be a hidden gem.