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Tamarine Restaurant

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546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901 (Tasso & Webster)
650-325-8500
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Tamarine is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant that features the light...
Tamarine is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant that features the light but flavor-intensive culinary delicacies of Vietnam. The restaurant offers a menu based on small plates, promoting the Vietnamese tradition of the 'shared' meal in which food is shared and enjoyed with those close. Tamarine's small plate entrees are enjoyed with the pairing of a variety of aromatic, flavor infused rice, designed to be mixed and matched to create a truly unique flavor experience. Along with culinary delicacies of Vietnam, the restaurant showcases the works of emerging artists from Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. Semi-annual exhibits will close with a cocktail event to auction the art. Proceeds will be donated to La Maison Chance, an orphanage in Saigon, Vietnam.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Go-to place for team dinners and date nights

Whenever my team is in town, this is our go-to place for dinners. Anything short of this, they have temper tantrums and sulk. Making a reservation, no matter what day, time, week, is always a challenge so call early. We always get the Tamarine tasting platter and if you ask nicely, they can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Whenever my team is in town, this is our go-to place for dinners. Anything short of this, they have temper tantrums and sulk. Making a reservation, no matter what day, time, week, is always a challenge so call early. We always get the Tamarine tasting platter and if you ask nicely, they can expand the servings to accommodate table size.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

You know a place is good if you have to book well in advance . The well laid out restaurant , that has buzz but not deafening . The menu is genuinely gastronomic Asian with a plethora of choice dishes that the waiters take you through with great aplomb . I loved the calamari , spring rolls and shrimp rolls... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I loved the garlic noodles and the sea bass. The wine selection was excellent. Good atmosphere lovely for business meeting and to impure someone

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Singapore, Singapore
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106 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I have visited Vietnam on couple of occasions and found the food at Tamarine very authentic, beautifully presented and simply delicious. Loved the Kibe beef pho. Delicately flavored and the beef was not over cooked. The prawns are out of this world and the sea bass awesome. Beautiful ambiance and great service. Must visit.

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Reserved by a colleague, this treat came at the end of a tiring day. Arriving on time we were shown the bar but before the drinks touched our lips we were taken to our (small) table. The menu arrived and between the three of us we placed our order for a selection of appetisers whilst still looking at the entrées.... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I was delighted by my experience, from securing reservations to an unhurried dinner. We wanted to taste, and never felt rushed. The curry was delicious, as was the sea bass. The tapioca was a perfect ending - not to be missed if you enjoy it. Great wine list by the glass.

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California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I and my friend enjoyed what we ordered at Tamarine restaurant for the last two years.. Prawns were delicious, lemongrass sea bass and Kobe beef pho were excellent! Servers are very knowledgable..The green sauce with calamari was the first time we tasted and was great! The parking structure just behind the restaurant makes parking very easy for University Avenue.. The... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Great service, great food . Good place to bring a client or have a biz meeting. Make a reservation to avoid disappointment

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Salinas
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65 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This was very busy on a Friday night, so it's good we had reservations for 8 pm. It's right on University Ave so you have to circle for parking, but it's not that bad as long as you save time for that. The wait was a little long for food and drink, but that corresponded with the restaurant being so... More 

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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Having just spent some time in Vietnam a few months ago, I can say that this restaurant is more Asian fusion with a Vietnamese emphasis, rather than true Vietnamese food. That being said, it is what it is--I don't think the restaurant holds itself out as a true Vietnamese restaurant. Overall the food here was very good. I ordered a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
    (Tasso & Webster)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-325-8500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 40
  • Cuisine: Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Tamarine is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant that features the light but flavor-intensive culinary delicacies of Vietnam. The restaurant offers a menu based on small plates, promoting the Vietnamese tradition of the 'shared' meal in which food is shared and enjoyed with those close. Tamarine's small plate entrees are enjoyed with the pairing of a variety of aromatic, flavor infused rice, designed to be mixed and matched to create a truly unique flavor experience. Along with culinary delicacies of Vietnam, the restaurant showcases the works of emerging artists from Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. Semi-annual exhibits will close with a cocktail event to auction the art. Proceeds will be donated to La Maison Chance, an orphanage in Saigon, Vietnam.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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