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Madame Tam Bistro

322 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-330-1920
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Ranked #190 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese, Bistro
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English first
Newburgh, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

9 of us (including 3 kids) ate here at lunchtime on a Saturday. I ate lemongrass chicken with salad and my wife had a tofu clay pot. The good: 1) There was a large table that seated all of us. 2) There's a good variety of noodle dishes and other Asian/Vietnamese dishes. 3) Clean place, responsive staff, good location in... More

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Palo Alto, California, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The food here is good, but it's a very sterile atmosphere. It's too dark at lunchtime, and sometimes too cold. Kind of expensive for lunch. Even the banh mi is expensive if you compare it to an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, but it's tasty.

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

...because we waited 20 minutes (no kidding) for someone....., anyone, to bring us even a glass of water. Then, we got up and walked out. Had to grab a quick bite at Paris Baguette instead. When I got back to the office, it seems I was the only one that thought it might be a great place for lunch. Sure... More

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Los Gatos, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I went there for dinner with my family. The food is nothing special seriously nothing special. You don't get the feeling of any special taste or spice. The foods have mild taste. I saw that everyone ordered soap there. maybe the soap is special there. BTW, They don't have kids menu.

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Mississauga, Canada
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87 reviews 87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

went for dinner and there were only a few other people there. Nice quiet atmosphere and the decor is pleasing. The food was good, nothing spectacular and the prices were reasonable , 2 of us ate for $40

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Palo Alto, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Eat here dinner yesterday. The place is very informal, friendly and laid back. Service was quick and friendly. The dishes were good, specifically the mango chicken should be mentioned. Prices are very reasonable. probably not the place to celebrate your anniversary, but very good for a casual evening.

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Ottawa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

No flavour and poor consistency. My appetizer of a spring roll was also bland. Thai food should jump off the plate with flavour and freshness. I didn't get that.

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San Francisco, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Let's face it. When you want authentic Vietnamese, you do not come to Palo Alto for it. But in Madame Tam, what you'll get is a slight "adjusted" food that satisfies your once-in-a-while craving for a bowl of piping hot pho or some grilled prawn vermicelli salad in a contemporary decor and friendly staff. It's not the most authentic Vietnamese... More

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San Jose, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

In down town palo alto, its hard to find good asian food. This place is not bad. The pho is good and the rice vermicelli is great! If you are dieing for an asian fix. This is the spot to do it.

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Palo Alto, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This place is definitely undervalued at TripAdvisor today. They have a great selection of good Vietnamese dishes. Highly recommended for lunch.

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