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Madame Tam Bistro

Asian, Bistro, Vietnamese
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322 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-330-1920
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good pho in downtown Palo Alto

We were looking for lunch on University Ave in Palo Alto. We wanted to try a place we hadn't been before. We walked past Madame Tam and decided pho would be good for lunch. We went in and sat down, but we had missed the right portion of the business and were in the bar, not the restaurant. So... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2014
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San Francisco Bay Area
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San Francisco Bay Area
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190 reviews 190 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We were looking for lunch on University Ave in Palo Alto. We wanted to try a place we hadn't been before. We walked past Madame Tam and decided pho would be good for lunch. We went in and sat down, but we had missed the right portion of the business and were in the bar, not the restaurant. So we... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had a family lunch here. The worst Thai restaurant I have ever been to. The food was really bad; everyone dislike the food. The toilet was even worst than the good. I am glad that I did not go there before finishing my food as I would have thrown up. Don't ever come here.

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Newburgh, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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77 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Israel
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85 reviews 85 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 322 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-330-1920

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Bistro, Vietnamese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?