About Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - San Carlos
Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine-San Carlos
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:30pm
Dinner: Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Lunch/Dinner: Saturday 11:30am-10:00pm
Lunch/Dinner: Sunday 11:30am-9:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking lot across the street and to the side
Caltrain and Caltrans
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - San Carlos Ratings and Reviews
Great meal and service
As usual, we had a great visit to Rangoon Ruby. Our server was good about offering suggestions to counter our group indecision, which we appreciated, including a good recommendation for an inexpensive but nice wine. $200 tag for 4 people was a bit steep, but it's a special occasion, right? Sadly we asked for our leftovers to be packed and didn't realize they were never brought out to us until we were home. Tea Leaf Salad is the food of the gods. Do not miss it!
Food is tasty. Service was not satisfactory.
Food is tasty. But for the price some more attention could have been given for presentation. Tables are placed very close. For a casual lunch/dinner this would be a good place. Observed neither a smile nor politeness from the waiter.
Everything was great is usual. Wanted to try everything on the menu, will return soon!
Always love this place!
Great food, really different ingredients. the tea leaf salad is a must! Everything here is really good. Highly recommend it!
great for out of town guests
A few months ago we brought a friend visiting from Chicago here and she fell in love with the food. She returned for a visit this weekend and the only thing she wanted to do was eat at Ruby Rangoon. There are NO Burmese restaurants in the Chicago area, strangely enough. This visit the server was very helpful in matching our guests wine preferences with the cuisine. Very helpful staff and delicious food!
The Sesame beef is a must have! Fun plac ...
The Sesame beef is a must have! Fun place to gather a group of friends and share family style. Our Bookclub loved the whole experience. Thank you
Was disappointed, after a delicious dinner at Rangoon several months back, that the lunch fare was rather pedestrian and without any personality. Staff was great, although we did wait for a long time between appetizers and main course. For a $75 lunch for two (not including tip), could've been a lot tastier and delivered a real ethnic experience, which did not happen.
We love Rangoon Ruby's delicious dishes. We always share three dishes between the two of us so can each experience multiple favors. We think their tea salad is not to be missed. During our recent dinner there we shared their chicken curry and prawns and walnuts.
Best birthday treat ever! A sparkling fi ...
Best birthday treat ever! A sparkling firecracker and ice cream :)
This was a second time and the food and service were as good or better than the first time.
Tea Leaf Salad is the best!
Always must have Tea Lead Salad. The Chicken & Ginger salad are also right up there with the Tea Leaf Salad. Enough choices for Vegetarians too.
Green tea salad was really good and wait ...
Green tea salad was really good and waiter was very pleasant and engaging.
We were served spoilt food!
The samosa soup that was served was spoilt!! We complained and the lady argued and took the soup back to the kitchen. At the least we expected to be served a new soup. We waited for 15minutes and asked if we will served a new bowl of soup? The lady said "oh! You want your soup to be replaced"... No one even appolozised... Bad bad experience.. Will never go back!
Tea leaf salad, village catfish, and coc ...
Tea leaf salad, village catfish, and coconut rice are not to be missed.
We have eaten at this place many times but not recently. I was disappointed with the food this time, we both share dishes to get a variety. I had pumpkin pork, the pumpkin was very hard and dry, I do not cook this at home and am not sure what the problem was, my wife tried it and agreed it was not what we were expecting. We frequently go to the Afghanistan restaurant on El Camino and have always enjoyed their pumpkin dishes.
We made a reservation for our anniversary. Luckily it was not too busy, even for a Friday. We were given our choice of table, the services was impeccably fast and the food was very good.
Unusual and Flavorful
I've had Burmese food before but this is a little more unusual and upscale compared to my previous experiences. It's great to have so many vegetarian options, but plenty to keep meat eaters happy. One suggestion: more price range in the wine list would be appreciated.
Portions have gotten smaller since the last time I've been. Food is still unique and servers are very attentive.
Our First Time for Burmese Cuisine!
The hostess and servers were very helpful in describing the menu and making recommendations. We tried several of their suggestions and enjoyed them all. We were with old friends we hadn't seen in awhile, so we appreciated that the noise level was low enough for us to enjoy our conversation. We will definitely be back and will recommend the Rangoon Ruby San Carlos to others.
Well worth repeating
Everything we had was very good. The tea leaf salad is very special.
The best thing about this restaurant were the friendly and helpful staff from the hostess to our waiter who provided excellent guidance in what to order!
Tasty dishes, terrible service
We went here for lunch on a Saturday to celebrate my sister's birthday. This food was good, however, the service was terrible. The server kept disappearing, couldn't understand why because the place was half empty. Everything was al carte, we had to order rice separately because it didn't come with any of the dishes. The location in Burlingame is not like that, they give you rice with the dish you order. I took our own birthday cake from Copenhagen which they put in their refrigerator-that was nice. When the time came to bring the cake out, instead of bringing the cake to the table, they cut it in the back and brought the slices, the slices looked mutilated. My sister didn't even get to see the pretty cake. We had to ask for the leftover cake:-(. And to slice the cake, they charged us $1.50 per slice...imagine that!! When we received the bill, I noticed something very interesting, ACA 2016 charge. I was a bit disturbed about this because this is suppose to be employers responsibility not the customers. This 3% charge was calculated on food plus tax, and you end up giving tip on food plus tax plus this ACA charge. I just don't feel this was ethically right.
Excellent Food and Service!
I ate here with my husband on a date night for the first time Friday night...our server was wonderful and helped make our experience a lot of fun. We tried a few items on their menu per her advice and it was all delicious! Very vibrant flavors and combinations we don't usually see every day! We will definitely go back...
I always get the Burmese Chicken Salad, which is really good, but added the Walnut Shrimp and Coconut Rice this time -- and loved it! ...all very good! It's usually on the noisy side but you can still each other talk. Will definitely be back!
Over-priced, under-whelmed ...
Very noise restaurant. Tables are packed together. Slow service. Menu entrees are in 20's. Priced way above comparable restaurants. Food portion average but tasteless. Spicy dish not spicy enough; prawns were overlooked & rubbery. Only thing going for restaurant is its prime location.
Great food everytime I visit
Great food and an adventure in eating. LOVE their tea leaf salad and have found many other wonderful dishes. the atmosphere is great (they have a beautiful glass Chihuli-like sculpture on the ceiling!) and it's one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants.
Great time, took my niece,who had never ...
Great time, took my niece,who had never been there. The waiter was fantastic explaining everything. She had a great time, she loves spicy food, which was great, so we had some things I had never tried before. So I have expanded my favorite list too.
We were sat by the front windows which h ...
We were sat by the front windows which have a draft because they can be opened and there's a big gap. We asked to be moved and we were accommodated. The waiter took a while to approach the table. It was 4 courses for NYE and he didn't check back. The coconut noodle soup was delicious as well as the Breaded Calamari. The eggplant was extremely salty. The reason I gave 4 stars for the overall experience is due to the manager taking the time to send the eggplant back and had them remake it. Good customer service. A little too pricey for the food and ambiance.
I had been to this restaurant a couple of times before and really enjoyed it but that was admittedly quite a long time ago. I had noted on my reservation, I was taking people who had never been before and would appreciate a nice table and any extra attention, suggestions, etc. For starters, the temperature in the restaurant was uncomfortably cold and made worse every time the door was opened. The food and service were merely ok - nothing special and, again made worse by the fact there were very few diners so there was excuse for the lack of attentiveness. It was also quite expensive. Doubtful I will go back.
Love their Tea salad. It is a must try. It has good options for vegans and vegetarians. I would recommend their garlic noodles. Egg and okra with jasmine rice!
Ambience was Good! Taste of food varies from person to person, so take this review in perspective. The soup (cat fish) was very good. Appetizer (calamari) was good but nothing to rave about, it is a simple dish deep fried in batter. Requested a spicy sauce, the waiter promised to get it but never turned up. The Thai beer was light and good. For main course, we had chosen pork curry along with palata and chicken/shrimp briyani. Pork Curry was very good, but again nothing unique about the dish. Palata had a slight sweet taste. Briyani had lots and lots of cashews/raisins, the whole dish was on the sweeter side. Don't expect a robust, tangy, spicy, flavor packed thai/indian food, this is an average fair with good ambience, catered for people not used to hot spices. NOTE: Their very hot version is average hot.
Tried to like Burmese food but it's not very tasty. Upsides were samosas and the tea leaf salad but entrees were too bland and unexciting.
I had made reservations a month prior to our going to this restaurant, for 7pm. When we arrived, about 10 minutes early, we were promptly seated and told that our table was needed by 8 pm as they had two large parties coming in for dinner. I, needless to say, was shocked. I have never been told at any restaurant that a table was needed by a certain time. It did not set a very good tone for the evening. With that, the food we ordered was good, garlic noodles, green tea salad, fish with mango, jasmine rice and beef. The only exception was the chicken dish that we ordered. It was very ordinary and not very flavorful. Our waiter was wonderful. My husband left an item in the restaurant and spoke to the receptionist at the front desk, when he went back in. She apologized but told him that management directed them to tell customers that they needed the table. Amazingly they continued to seat people up until 8pm. I did feel rushed and as I watched the manager clean and reset the table, it was like watching a roadrunner. Will we go back, not so sure.
I was surprised and disappointed.
it was a terrible experience. It was a cold day an all of their many windows were open. My daughter and I were the only people in the restaurant and when I asked that they close some windows, they didn't. I sat with my hat and coat on and ordered the pumpkin stew with hopes it would warm me but it was nt servedt hot. The tofu in it was shriveled. If I had not been with my daughter who is easily embarrassed, I would have walked out when they didn't close the windows. My daughter liked her shrimp and prawn dish.
To be honest, very overpriced and overall the food was not really very tasty. The mango shrimp was totally overwhelmed with mango flavor, it was just overbearing, we tried many burmese restaurants, and Rangoon Ruby was great in Burlingame and Palo Alto, but felt this particular one in San Carlos wasn't really up to the standard. The host staff was great, but the server's, were not very attentive, we didn't really like the dish ordered, and he didn't do anything to really listen to us or offer us an alternative. I even used a 50$ gift certificate towards a 70$ + bill, and we only really ordered one appetizer, salad, and a main course, totally overpriced. wouldn't go again unless it was made up for.
My table at the worst spot
I booked a table at 7 pm. Then I called the restaurant that I would be 30-min late. The restaurant said that the table was reserved for me from 7 pm to 8: 45 pm. As result, I would probably lose part of my dining time. I said fine. I arrived at 7:20 pm only to find my table was at the worst spot of the restaurant. It was close to another table on one side (about 10 inch) and close to the front counter at another side (about 10 inch). The waiter had to walk pass between my table and the front counter all the time to serve other tables. Honestly it was not easy to pass by if there was only 10-inch gap. Around 8 pm, I found that there were empty tables at the restaurant and asked for a table change. Then, the restaurant moved my previous table outside. In my opinion, the restaurant didn't hold my table. Instead they added one more table at the worst spot. Yeah, I was late but the restaurant promised to do. Food is good. I would say it's more like Asian-fusion restaurant. A little bit Chinese flavor and a little Thai flavor.
Took my mom here for a birthday lunch on ...
Took my mom here for a birthday lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Food was very good, and service was fast and efficient. Will definitely go back!
Good Burmese, Should be Great
I've eaten here probably about 6 times. Food has gotten much more boring lately. Spicy things are not spicy at all and most dishes while good just aren't special. It's fine for lunch but I wouldn't go for dinner again or for a special occasion.
Return Visit to Rangoon Ruby
This is our 3rd visit to the restaurant. The wait staff is very attentive without being bothersome. We always try to add to our experience by trying new things. The Tea leaf salad is a sure winner.
Food is mediocre . I am very surprised ...
Food is mediocre . I am very surprised with all the good reviews . Service was great and its a nice place but the food is Americanized and not authentic . It feels like they stepped back and removed the spices, flavors and spiciness of Southeast Asian cuisine . Disappointing as I had high hopes .
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