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Tamarine Restaurant

546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
650-325-8500
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Ranked #13 of 316 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $0 - $40
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Cuisines: Asian fusion
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Tasso & Webster
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.
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English first
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The food is good, the service too. The decor in the main part of the restaurant is nice, at the back is boring. Cost is a bit high.

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London
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

One of the best restaurants in the area, the food is very tasty and well presented and the service is good. I always find ordering here so hard as there are so many great dishes and if you order them all you have far too much food, hard to choose.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This place is classy.. Their food is great. We tried the tofu cakes which is better than ot sounds.. poached salmon .. the meal was great. Make sure you book in advance as its always busy.

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Oakland, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Beautiful restaurant with delicious and exotic dishes - wild boar, Empress rice, duck croquettes. Everything was delicious, service was excellent and the atmosphere was comfortable.

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San Mateo, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is an excellent restaurant, with a wide variety of dishes and flavors. Another good restaurant for sharing different dishes so you can sample all of the many types of food and seasonings.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a very popular spot in downtown Palo Alto, with many regulars among the professors and students. Reservations are therefore advisable. The menu is broad with a good selection of classics and innovative items. The staff is friendly.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The service here was a joke when I went. I have Celiac Disease and must maintain a strict gluten-free diet. They have some gluten-free items on the menu, but I would not declare them Celiac-safe. When I explained my needs to our waiter, he said “OK so extra bread and soy sauce,” which isn’t at all funny to someone with... More

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Stanford, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Nice lounge bar, good food...too packed...way overrated in my view...don't take me wrong it's an ok place but not among the best in Palo Alto...

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Hamburg, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

We've been at Tamarine as part of a larger crowd and the restaurant has organized a set menu for us. The quality of the food and level of detail was convincing and a great experience. Service was on point and the overall setting of the place did in total leave us with a wonderful evening.

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Palo Alto, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

One of the nicest places to eat on University Avenue, the food is interesting and delicious, service attentive. It is not cheap, but worth the money for both a business lunch/dinner or a nice night out with family and friends, nobody will be disappointed.

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