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614 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (The Loop)
(312) 379-0970
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Ranked #958 of 8,411 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Thai
Neighborhood: The Loop
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Balbo Ave & Harrison St
Transit: Harrison (Red Line) Harold Washington Library (Brown Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, Purple Line) Jackson-Red (Red Line)
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English first
Asheville, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Totally mediocre. the lettuce wraps w/chicken said spicy, and it was not. In fact it had the texture and taste of corn starch and some sweetener.Really weird. And the Thai Seafood soup said spicy with lemongrass. It was spicy, but I could not taste any lemongrass and the broth was non-descript. I hate writing anything bad, but, that's what it... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The concierge at our hotel made the recommendation to try Tamarind. I found this to be a warm, inviting restaurant with tasty food, attentive service and fair prices. We shared the seaweed salad and an order of egg rolls for starters. Both were well made and flavorful. I went with their Pho and asked to substitute chicken for the beef.... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

A large group of us - perhaps 16 - dined together on a Thursday evening. We had a reservation and our long table was ready. The staff was cheerful, the house sake was decent, the room was pleasantly decorated and the location was convenient. On the other hand, the food was a step down in flavor from what you'd encounter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

They have the best stir-fry ever. Its a custom, make your own with choice of protein (I passed on this one), choice of noodles (pad thai, udon, glass, and a couple more) or rice (white or brown), choice of sauce (sesame ginger, sweet and sour, and two others) and then they whisk you away to a salad bar stocked with... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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222 reviews 222 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I was not sure what to expect based upon recent reviews. Decided to try it out as the wife wanted sushi and I wanted Thai. The restaurant decor was not fancy but great for lunch or a casual dinner. The service was great. The tuna tataki was very good. The rolls my wife ordered were quite good. My pad see... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I was there with the friends. I found this place cosy and with warm atmosphere for a friendly lunch. Of course, I'm not Chicago specialist, but I visited places like Subway, Panda Express, some panini place and Royal India (mid-high end restaurant). This place is definitely better then fast food restaurants, but maybe too low level for a dinner. Well,... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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49 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I wanted fried rice after a few days of rich food and the Hilton Chicago concierge recommended Tamarind which is just around the corner. What we found was a typical Asian cafe offering an eclectic mix of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. Rather split personality but we decided we were game for it. We were a party of three... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The food was very good, I had the lemongrass beef with vegetables and the Tokyo Cosmo. The only thing I didn't like was the martini was served in a stainless steel glass. I have an aversion to anything metal...I did manage to drink it and it was excellent.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I like Tamarind very much. The service I get is always good. The food is plentiful and tasty. Some of the martini drinks are very good too. In all, this is a place that you can visit regularly and have a pleasant experience.

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173 reviews 173 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
532 helpful votes 532 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Went here for lunchmon the reccomendation of a fellow guest at The Blackstone - and it was great! Very simple decor, not flash at all, but the best thai food I have had since I visited Thailand! Lovely friendly waitresses too and the prices were what I call "student prices": ie really cheap. But this place is a hidden gem,... More 

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Additional Information about Tamarind

Address: 614 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number: (312) 379-0970
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > The Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Sushi, Asian, Thai

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