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“New find in downtown Palo Alto” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rangoon Ruby

Rangoon Ruby
445 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 323-6543
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Ranked #79 of 314 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Burmese, Asian fusion
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: University
Transit: 5 minutes walk from the CalTrain station in Palo Alto.
Description: Now open in downtown Palo Alto, Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine will have two Wins insuring authentic, Burmese cuisine. Chefs Win Aye and Win Tin formerly of Burma Superstars locations in Oakland and Alameda respectively, will jointly be heading up the kitchen at the new Rangoon Ruby venue. With proven chefs proficient in all of the specialties that make Burmese cuisine sought after by Asian food aficionados, plus a modern, upscale ambiance located in downtown Palo Alto, Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine expects to strike a chord with Silicon Valley diners looking for a fresh, clean approach to one of the worlds great cuisines. Influenced by Indian, Thai and Chinese cooking, the traditional Burmese menu will be complemented by a full bar with signature tropical cocktails including the eponymous Rangoon Ruby, a mid-century libation thought to be the forerunner of todays Cosmopolitan.
San Francisco Bay Area
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“New find in downtown Palo Alto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Well it's not that new, but we tried several times to stop by. BUSY, long wait. Finally we went there a few weeks ago and still NO table. However, we were offered a spot in the bar, which we gladly accepted. Very friendly service. Offered us drinks right away,and food service was friendly and prompt. Got the fermented tea leaf salad, and LOVED it. Must try the unique dishes. Can't remember the name of our cocktail but had dry ice, nice effect.

Great ambience, friendly service, awesome food. Worth the wait, but try and plan early to avoid the long wait we had.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle
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“Rare gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Rangoon Ruby is a must try restaurant both because the food is excellent (try the tea leaf salad and pumpkin pork) but also because it is hard to find Asian cuisine with definite potential for becoming all the rage. Service was good and the restaurant is elegant and cosy. Lots of attention to detail by management/owners.

Visited January 2013
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“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Probably the best and most interesting food I've had in Palo Alto. Ate here 5x (?!) in the last couple weeks, influenced others in the lobby of my hotel and brought coworkers here. Staff is super friendly, treated me as a regular on my second visit...and...they put dry ice in cocktails! ♥

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“Wow - a hidden gem in Palo Alto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

Had such a good dinner on Saturday with the wife, we went back on Sunday with a large group. Both nights the food was fantastic and the place was buzzing - even on Sunday. Highly recommend

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Outstanding food, vegetarian options, ambience & service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Great ambience. Great service. Good place to visit in Palo Alto if you want different cuisine. Burmese cuisine is one of our favorites. The food was good but we may order differently next time. The tea leaf salad is a classic, but is different from Mandalay in San Francisco in that this actually has lettuce. The garlic noodles were eggless, & were also good - quite light to the taste -refreshing from the quite heavy drunken noodles you get at Thai restaurants. The Seasonal Pea Leaf was good, not spiced. The coconut pudding with mango ice cream was good - not too heavy for me and my wife. If we order next time, we may get something spicier, but very happy to have Burmese closer to home.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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