About Burma Ruby
Now open in downtown Palo Alto, Burma Ruby Burmese Cuisine Burmese cuisine. Chefs Win Tin formerly of Burma Superstars locations in Oakland and Alameda respectively, will jointly be heading up the kitchen at the new Burma Ruby venue.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
$30 and under
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5 Story Parking across the street
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Burma Ruby Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I like the food here an ...
My husband and I like the food here and we have been here several times. This last time we felt rushed through the dining even though the restaurant was mostly empty. The seat was dirty. I put my handbag down next to me end ended up with big food stain on the bottom which doesn't come off. It pretty much ruined my handbag.
Great food, lackluster service. We visit ...
Great food, lackluster service. We visited on a Friday evening in August. We were seated a few minutes after our reservation time, which was fine. It took the server several minutes to come by for drink orders (seemingly forever); we ordered the Tea leaf salad at the same time as drinks. The salad came out before the drinks (1 mixed drink, 1 beer), which has always been a no-no in my book. The server came by one more time to take the food order and was never seen again. Food was delivered in a timely manner and plates were cleared from the table promptly after being emptied. I would have liked to order another drink mid-meal, but as the server never came back, I never had the opportunity. The small missteps combined with a very noisy atmosphere and too-few restrooms made for an over mediocre experience.
My first Burmese food, and it was delici ...
My first Burmese food, and it was delicious! Had the tea leaf salad and a spicy fish dish called Basil Chili Swai. If you order it spicy, be prepared, for they will give you what you ask for. Personally I loved it. Nice wines by the glass. Dined outside on a very pleasant evening. Good service. Highly recommended.
Everything was great, especially the foo ...
Everything was great, especially the food. However there was a large 50th birthday celebration going on while we were there which made it hard to hear and enjoy our first experience at this restaurant. We will probably have to come back another time to get a better assessment.
The food is somewhat unique, because the ...
The food is somewhat unique, because there aren't many places in the Bay Area that do Burmese food. I recommend the Samosa Soup and the Burmese Chicken Salad. Also like the Burmese Iced Tea and Coconut Water to drink. Service is good, nothing out of the ordinary.
Food was not as fresh as usual. Samosa ...
Food was not as fresh as usual. Samosa salad was not crisp. Salmon and pumpkin had a fishy taste. We were early on a Friday on a holiday weekend and the food had the aura of a non busy restaurant. This is in direct contrast to other times we have eaten there.
Have been here before and like the place ...
Have been here before and like the place. Last night the service was a bit slow and it was loud, but that's the nature of this restaurant. It's popular. To me it tastes the same as Rangoon Ruby and there's usually more availability here. So I say give it a try!
We have been wanting to visit this restaurant many times, Finally , we were able to go and unfortunately we were very disappointed with the food. It tasted just like other places, nothing special . We ordered the Tea salad and the flavor was too strong (fermented tea). And honestly , the color on the plate turned me off completely! We also ordered a couple dishes but they were ok. The rating from Yelp wasn't accurate at all. I don't think we would come back!
We were ther during weekday, therefore, we got a VIP service!
I had always gone to Rangoon Ruby. This is better
Rangoon Ruby was full so I was directed to Burma Ruby. MUCH preferred this experience. Brighter, lighter space and the food was delicious. The service was very good and I will go back to Burma Ruby when I next have a craving for Burmese food...
The Chihuly like light fixtures are gorg ...
The Chihuly like light fixtures are gorgeous and there is also a skylight. Service was friendly but very slow. The palata with chicken curry was delicious. The tea leaf salad presentation was very attractive, although the dressing was a little oily for my tastes. They had Blue Hawaiians, a drink hard to find, and it was very good.
We had taken out of town guests as we lo ...
We had taken out of town guests as we love the food and have had pleasant experiences until now. We didn't have a pleasant experience and were embarrassed to have chosen such a restaurant with had terrible service. When we arrived we saw a couple vacant table but were asked to wait to be seated inspite of having a reservation. After about 12 minutes we inquired again and were told we would be seated shortly. Finally once we got seated we had to wait another 10 to 15 minutes for someone to take our order. We asked for water which arrived after the food as they had no glasses. It seemed like the manager was new, on previous visits there was a different manager who was very attentive.
Burma Ruby is a good place to eat.
I took my wife and daughter to Burma Ruby to celebrate Mother's day. initially, they seated us at a less than desirable table but they quickly agreed to move us after our request. The food was excellent and the service was very good. I recommend this restaurant as an excellent choice for Burmese/Asian food in Palo Alto.
Always good; sometimes great
We've eaten here quite a few times in the past couple years. It helps to know how to order. We always start with the tea leaf salad. The pea leaf side dish is another favorite because it's a unique sort of vegetable -- fresh-tasting and nicely prepared. We weren't crazy about the lamb kabat; prefer the biryani or (especially) the "fiery" dishes (tofu, chicken, pork.) The seafood dishes are also quite tasty, as are the noodle dishes. The hosts and wait staff are friendly without being overbearing. They seem to like working here.
Very salty.. Everything that we have ord ...
Very salty.. Everything that we have ordered ended up grossing me out for the whole night. The tea leaf salad was salty, the village catfish was greasy with too many bones, the curry veggies were not flavorful at all.. And it's $20 per entry. Would not pay that price for this quality of food.
Very good, simple food
Food was very tasty. One appetizer plus two entrees were plenty for two of us. A spicy dish wasn't too spicy - would have liked a bit more spice but would ask next time. Service was very good. Place was packed, and tables are pretty close, but wasn't noisy. So overall a nice, relaxed meal. Would definitely go again.
Easy in & worth staying a while
I've walked past Burma Ruby many times and just discovered what a gem it is! It was easy to get a seat at 12:30, which is rare on University Ave these days, so others obviously haven't discovered it yet either. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, so was a great help given I'm not familiar with the dishes. The food is spectacular if you enjoy spices; I'm sure they can do muted if desired, but their spicy and aromatic dishes make a wonderful experience.
Reservations mean nothing!
We waited an hour on top of reservations to be seated. Also, please note on the reservations that your entire party needs to be there, in order to be seated, not that it made any difference in the wait.
Who runs out of rice at a restaurant, on a Saturday night? I enjoyed the food, but we do not plan on coming back because of the wait.
The same food as Rangoon Ruby, but not the ambianc
The food was as good as Rangoon Ruby, but this is the place for the out-of-towners. The people were lined up outside to get in. The tables were packed in, and it was an impersonal experience. The tables are also packed in at Rangoon Ruby, but not in a big line. Somehow the table arrangement at Rangoon Ruby is more welcoming, and it's not quite a noisy.
Way too noisy
I had lunch there on a Friday with a friend. We had high expectations given the reviews about it. Unfortunately we were quite disappointed.
The food: We both had the mango chicken. It was OK but lacking in zing: too sweet and not balanced by an acidic note or even just the basil listed in the dish description or other herbs.
The ambiance: The worst problem for us was the too-high noise level to the point of having a difficult time carrying a conversation. I imagine that the all-concrete walls and high ceilings do not help and the tables are so close to one another one can hear everybody around.
Great From Start to Finish!
I have eaten here twice before and it was so noisy that conversation was almost impossible - due to the very high ceilings and close tables. This time on a Sunday evening they honored my request(Via Open Table) for a quiet table and it wasn't as crowded anyway. The woman who waited on us was attentive and friendly but not overly so. The food was delicious, hot and well prepared. The server noted gifts and that it was a birthday so we had a surprise sparkler and nice scoop of ice cream and strawberries for dessert. All in all a great evening.
Underwhelmed at valentines
I think that the amount of people showing up on Valentine's , even though everyone had a reservation, caught the staff unprepared. We had to wait for 25 minutes for our appetizers to show up. The food was ok. All in all, will not return.
Gem on University Avenue
Burma Ruby serves up authentic Burmese food. We visited soon after our two-week trip to Myanmar (Burma). I recommend the tea leaf salad and the lemongrass pork. the place is noisy when full -- not conducive to conversations -- but the service was outstanding despite the crush. John, the General Manager of the restaurant, is charming.
Great Burmese food in Palo Alto
Definitely go for the tea leaf salad, palotta and the samosas for appetizers and try the Ruby Shrimp with Coconut Rice as an entree. Dee-lish! Food is fresh and flavorful. Dining room is bright and clean. Attentive service and reasonable prices.
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