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Tamarind

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614 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (Between Balbo Ave & Harrison St)
Harrison (Red Line) Harold Washington Library (Brown Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, Purple Line) Jackson-Red (Red Line)
(312) 379-0970
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 32
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
One of the few good Thai restaurants in the South Loop.

Been there about eight times. Atmosphere is lovely. Every meal I've had has been so very good. Cucumber in the water/glasses adds a little fresh flavor. For lunch, it's the best Thai in the South Loop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
bboersma
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Chicago, Illinois
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St. Louis
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a group of about 20 that came in very late. They had no problem with us coming in and service was very fast. The staff was so friendly and never made us feel like we were a problem given closing time. They have a huge menu and the prices were great. I want to go back if there... More 

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Thank Stlscuba
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to this place twice in 5+ years and I'm glad I returned last night. Extensive menu with good drink choices (I am fond of Sake), great vegetarian options and excellent service.

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Thank broosontheloos
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been there about eight times. Atmosphere is lovely. Every meal I've had has been so very good. Cucumber in the water/glasses adds a little fresh flavor. For lunch, it's the best Thai in the South Loop.

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Thank bboersma
London
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152 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I never thought an 'Asian' restaurant with Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Veggie dishes would deliver good honest food. Tamarind made me wrong! Spinach Rangoon, potstickers as starters, Yaki Udon, Pad Thai and red curry were absolutely irreproachable. Great taste, service with a smile and good atmosphere. A come-back place for vegetarian and non-veg food.

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Thank Corsica30
Toronto
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

It didn't feel clean. The food came quick and service was good but the actual pho I ordered was not as healthy and fresh as I am used to getting.

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Thank marblebomb
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

The food was excellent. There are so many thing to choose from on the menu it was hard to make a decision on what to order. Everything was great. The staff was very friendly, and check on us multiple times. Would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for Asian type food, but cannot decide on o e in particular.

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Thank Jacquelyn V
Petit Bourg, Saint George, Trinidad and Tobago
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I ate here twice since I've been in Chicago and tried a number of items on their menu. The food here is affordable, nice ambience, friendly staff. Asian food... Some colleges get 10% discount so ask about it. Also, beware, the servings are huge! I guarantee you'll be taking away a full portion for lunch the following day.

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Thank MJ_Trini
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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140 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

The hotel desk recommended this place. It was very nearby our hotel. It looks like an old coffee shop but the food is better than that. The Pho was delicious, the Gyoza were delicious and the garlic chicken was very good. The bill was $80 before tip which was a bit much for the ambiance (there wasn't any) and the... More 

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Thank Faxon B
Boechout, Belgium
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120 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

A place where you can enjoy Kimchi, fried Tofu, Vietnamese rolls, and many other Asian dishes. I did not like the ceviche (stick to Asian dishes) but everything else was really good. Very friendly service. Setting was OK, but not great. Pricing was very acceptable. I will be back.

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Thank LUC T
Pontiac, Illinois
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70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Treated so well, great selection. Can be for larger group of a dozen people, which we were, or an intimate two. I do go back!

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Thank Dan R

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 614 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
    (Between Balbo Ave & Harrison St)
  • Public Transportation: Harrison (Red Line) Harold Washington Library (Brown Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, Purple Line) Jackson-Red (Red Line)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 379-0970

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Thai, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Business meetings
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.