ROOH Palo Alto
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Very limited food options on the menu, average taste. Pricier.
Rooh PA is an amazing restaurant with exceptional service and exquisite, inspired dishes. Ambience is unique and memorable. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening there. Definitely a must visit again!
They have definitely improved the overall experience over the last few weeks after the opening. I am happy that we have good new spot in Palo Alto.
Pricey but excellent quality and ingenuity applied to the interesting dishes.
Music was great. Drink menu was creative. Food was good.
The hostess was very nice. Servers had no clue what they were serving. Our server had an attitude as well! We were not checked on as to how the meal was going or did we need anything.... total neglect. We were literally sitting for 15 minutes after the meal for the dessert menu! And it was not a busy night!!!
Great food and cocktails.
First Indian Grill where ALL dishes served at room temperature, at best. We ordered a bunch of dishes off the grill menu and couple each from small plates and main course. Food tasted OK, but was not served hot, or even warm.
Worst was the Masala tea, which we had to send back. At a place like Rooh, I expect the tea to be served fresh, not something that has been sitting in a canister for 12 hours.
Won’t be going back till things change.
Good food, noisy restaurant. But don’t go in expecting same level of service that you get at rooh sf, that needs quality a bit of improvement.
Wow! Finally a local restaurant that elevates Indian cuisine!
Great service, ambiance, and delicious and varied entrees. If you are looking for something slathered in curry sauce and served over rice, this isn't your place. But, if you are looking for a cornucopia of flavors from cocktails to naan to entrees, this is your place!
I went with a lot of expectations after reading so much about it. The decor and restaurant was beautiful. We were seated promptly and it seemed to be going well. Our reservation was for 9pm and it closes at 9.30. No one came to our table until 9.15 maybe- We were rushed into ordering everything, because the kitchen was closing. We got our dishes in an absolutely disorderly manner. The chicken arrived without the naan. The daal came out before any of the appetizers. In short - if you cannot serve after 9.30 -please do not take reservations at 9.00. The music stopped at 9.30 - all we could hear was the kitchen chatter and were surrounded by the clean up and closing formalities. For a place this upscale - it did not uphold the standard at all. That being said - the food was good.
Good food, service could improve but the noise level is way too high to have a good dinner.
Although we have never visited India, we love to sample the offerings of various local Indian restaurants. Our fav for years was Amber India at Santana Row where our Go To items were Butter Chicken and roasted cauliflower. Our reservation at Rooh Palo Alto was for 5pm and we arrived a few moments early & were urged to either stand in entry way or return in 5 minutes when they opened for dinner. We then were promptly seated. Although it seemed to take quite awhile for our appetizer (burrata) to arrive, various staff stopped by periodically to fill our water glasses and chat. The music level was quite high, esp. before traffic of arriving diners increased. The service was quite good, the presentation of food items in special dishes was Insta-grammable, and the quality of each dish was excellent. Although it seems like a "Special Occasion" type of place, it appeared that many customers stopped by for takeout or to meet others after work. Some of the alcoholic beverages were very eye-catching as well.
Have been a huge fan of Rooh SF so had to check out Rooh Palo Alto & was not disappointed. They highlight their wood fire grill and have tons of small plates and we got to taste a bunch of dishes.
The cocktails are tasty and well crafted following the wheel which is similar to the one in SF. We had the Jugaad the drink came with a smoke bubble on top. Coolest cocktail I have had.
The chicken malai tikka and duck seekh Kebob are to die for.
Zarda is pulao is the best the desert is okay all food I ate are for good for my Tummy as I slept well that night! Like to see more veg options
Very underwhelming. Cocktails were completely watered down. No alcohol taste what so ever. Food is creative but not as tasty as one would expect. Taste was ordinary. Menu is odd and doesn’t really help the customer follow the evening. Worst of all, the wait staff have no clue which table they are taking their food to. Each time our food came, the waiter stood around shouting / asking the tables around him if people ordered what he was holding. We would then raise our hands to say it was us... quiet shameful for a restaurant that’s supposed be slightly at the above end of the spectrum. Very disappointed .. had really high hopes.. it’s a complete rip off for the prices they charge.
The food is excellent. They are still working on getting the whole dining experience together.
Very good food. Only one item we ordered wasn’t quite as good as the others. Sweet potato chaat, butter chicken and kulcha were delicious. Service was excellent. The decor is attractive. We will definitely go back and try some other items.
Excellent upscale Indian food with a cool cocktail bar ambiance. We had 4 food items as server suggested 4-5 as tapas, but were quite full and had leftovers! Excellent date night
This is a terrific restaurant, and I will be back. The duck seekh kebab and swordfish tikka were outstanding.
The only quibble I have is with the service, which is very friendly, but lacks a little polish.
Food was great. Just avoid the avodao Bhel. The best chicken tikka
Great vegetarian options & mocktails. Service was good & fast. Ambiance is great. Creative menu. I am really happy that they keep the vegetarian and non-vegetarian grill separate.
We had high expectations for Rooh since we’ve already been to the SF location several times and had great food and service there. Rooh in Palo Alto seems a notch lower on all aspects- the food was good but not excellent. The service was again good but it seemed that the servers were either a bit overwhelmed or just new- we had to ask for things twice (water, table salt, rice entree) and still didn’t receive. One of the drinks on the menu they didn’t have! The noise level was quite high. The inside of the restaurant shows a lot of promise in terms of ambiance, but I think it does not match up to the quality of SF Rooh- at least, not yet!
Came here to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We reached early so we took bar seating. Restaurant was full and had a wait going on. We tried many dishes. Chicken lollipop , Duck seekh kebab, organic paneer, dahi puri, cauliflower, berry pulao were all delicious. Cocktails were all very creative. I had Jugaad and bood buck. My boyfriend tried kir-kiri and I forgot the name of other one but it was delicious. We will be back again
we were told to come a tad bit early in the hopes of getting a table if there was one. We arrived about 20 minutes early for our reservation. No table -- I understand that -- we cannot expect folks to eat and leave but they told us -- go out we'll have the table ready at the correct time. Go OUT? There was a bar there-- oh the bar is full they said -- there were heated tables outside empty -- so not a good way to do business. NEVER have we ever seen this kinda welcome.
We sat close to the kitchen -- it is enclosed but there was a huge amount of chatter. Runners going in there singing loudly -- this is to be a high-end restaurant and it feels like a street food area
Food was excellent. The fish in banana leaves, the chats with kale and other spices, the cauliflower and the berry pulao (cooked well but oily and not many berries -- hint please see what a Parsi berry pulao looks like ) .
Cocktails were sweeter than we expected.
They need to fix the service as well - empty plates lying around. a long wait for the order to be taken, Cold food
This was our nth time at Rooh. Outstanding cocktails and food
We were disappointed in our experience. The hotess was very accomodating and welcoming. The waiter was certainly polite but seemed somewhat overloaded and therefore less attentive. The disappointment for us was the food - the eggplant was served luke-warm which may have been the way the dish is meant to be served but would have been better if hot. The papad was nothing like naan - we expected something different so that one may be our fault. The swordfish was just tasteless - even with the spices/etc. The mushroom dish was fantastic. If the rest of the meal had even been close that level, we'd be regulars.
Food is flavorful, I liked it a lot.
A little pricey for what you get (grill dishes come with no sides, everything is an extra charge)
Nice decor, not my kind of music but I can see how it's liked.
Service felt a littlr disorganized but always very nice.
It was great. Lovely food but they should add more entree options. It seemed like a more of a tapas place. I would like to go here again.
Really sad to have to leave a bad review. Had high hopes going into Rooh and was excited to celebrate Valentine's with my boyfriend. Unfortunately the staff sat us in the far corner away from the action and beautiful design of the restaurant. Then the wait staff waited close to an hour before taking our orders. Once they did, they informed us that the tandoor was broken and that we wouldn't be able to get the bread/naan we were so excited to eat. I understand that things break in kitchens all the time and that's not their fault but unfortunately it really impacts the food. What I didn't appreciate was that the server didn't even try to accomodate or offer something else - he just said its broken. Later we saw that the table next to us received naan and we asked the server a couple times for us to receive it as well before we actually did. The food itself, when it arrived was terrific. Once it was time to finally order dessert we were told that the kitchen was closed. It was a very unfortunate series of events. I wanted to love it but unfortunately not sure that I would go back unless the service improves.
Unique flavors, good vegetarian options, good low carb options, good service.
Absolutely fascinating decor and delicious menu items paired with the most comforting and delightful service.
Excellent food and drinks , service was excellent and decor is very nice. The wood fired oven is a piece of art. It also delivers very flavorful small plates of art! will definitely go again.the butter chicken, sword fish and short ribs were all excellent!
This was our second time at Rooh. The menu has evolved since early days with some additions and some deletions. Overall the food is very good, quite different from typical traditional Indian restaurants. The noise level is close to unbearable which really diminishes from the experience.
The ambience is nice and lively. Cocktails are good. The starters are bland, had to request salt separately which came after 2 reminders. The main course was average for a fine-dining place. Liked the concept of small plates - you could have variants in the same meal. Service is really poor - water glasses were left empty multiple times despite repeated requests. We were overcharged for items not ordered. However, on clarification it was corrected.
TLDR; average food/poor service: will not recommend anyone here... Amber SF/Durbar PA/Bollywood Masala SM/Sakoon MV are any day better than this place.
Fantastic dinner. The owner's hospitality and his wife made the experience lovely. Followed by Restaurant GM Sri was outstanding on his follow up & PR.The food was so good. There were outstanding options ranging from the mouth watering Sonoma duck seekh kebab to the flavorful chicken wings,dhai puri,lamb keen Hyderbadi, stuffed Kulcha,tender jack fruit.
This place has the high quality standards that you may looK for on your special occasion so I highly recommend that you come here to both enjoy the delicious food and the hospitality of the staff.
Good Food. Terrible Service.
Our server was nowhere to be found for almost 15-20 mins after we finished first course. Nobody even cared that the water glass were empty. I saw our server putting his hand deep down his pants at the back for a scratch and continue his work !!
The manager did show up to ask if we were taken care of. When I mentioned we are waiting to order he did not even acknowledge and instead started talking to our kid and quickly vanished !! Finally when the food was served it was served in parts that completely ruined it. We were staring at the roasted eggplant for 10 mins before the naan arrived.
I don't recommend !!
My husband and I went to Rooh for dinner, but the main reason we wanted to go was for the cocktails. Sadly, the centrifuge they use to make the cocktail we wanted to try was broken! The cocktails we did have were pretty good, and the food was fantastic. We did ask for rice and never got it, and when I asked about a beer the waiter asked if I wanted to try it, which I took to mean I’d get a sample, but he brought the whole beer over. I wasn’t wild about it so I wish I had gotten more information about it before getting a whole can of it. Overall, though, we enjoyed ourselves.
Exceptional service, and delicious small plates. Tried the chicken tikka, jackfruit fritters, shrimp and swordfish tikka. Every single item was carefully prepared. The service was truly great, with the staff checking in frequently to ensure the food was OK. If looking to spice things up, try the (really hot) fermented chili sauce.
First time visiting rooh palo alto. I have been to the one in delhi and the food is quite amazing there. I was not disappointed with my meal. The wood fired grill paneer and sword fish tikka was awesome. But my favorite was the goat berry pulao. No other restaurant in the bay area comes closer to what this food tastes like. Rich in flavors and presentation.. the service was smooth and the food came out on time. The whole staff is very friendly.