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614 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (The Loop)
(312) 379-0970
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Ranked #792 of 8,292 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $1 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Thai
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: The Loop
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
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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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Fredrikstad, Norway
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162 reviews 162 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
516 helpful votes 516 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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Victoria, Canada
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320 reviews 320 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Menu is huge here and represents many Asian cuisines. The meal was good and nothing more. But since we had a crowd, we easily found something to each taste. Decor on entering was more enticing than the decor at the back where our table was.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Went to this place within walking distance of Chicago Hilton - handy! Service was excellent - however, whoever made the Tom Kar Ghai soup used gigantic vegetable pieces that did not belong in it, although the coconut milk-infused broth was perfect. Also, the Pad Thai (my Litmus test for any Thai food restaurants) was awful - no peanuts, nothing green... More

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Zanesville, Ohio
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Recommended by the concierge for asian cuisine within walking distance from our hotel. The menu is pan-Asian, but substitutes like fried rice instead of steamed were not allowed. Also a request was made for tempura coated sushi, which was unable to be accomodated. The food was not very tasty and none of us finished our meals. I actually left still... More

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Atlanta, GA
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98 reviews 98 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We wanted something close to our hotel so we tried Tamarind. Although the restaurant wasn't crowded, the food was very good. The service was great and we felt the prices were reasonable. I'd definitely come back again.

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Every year when we come downtown for the Blues Fest we have one of our meals here at Tamarind. We enjoy the food & service & even though we saw a number of not very good reviews, we found the food was plentiful & up to par as in the previous years. We had 8 people and various dishes. No... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Loved the food here! It is a smaller restaurant with a cozy, local feel. The food came fast and hot, and was wonderful. Got sesame chicken and fried rice, and it was the best fried rice I have had in a long time. Would definitely go again.

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Field, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Tamarind is 1 1/2 blocks south of Congress Pkwy - the main east/west artery into the Loop - and just 1 block west of Michigan Avenue. It's an unpresuming but quiet place - one of the best places I've been to actually be able to talk to and hear a conversation! On this particular visit I had a WONDERFUL hot... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We were staying at the congress hotel a block back to find some dinner. We were pleasantly surprised by tamarind restaurant which offered affordable delicious cocktails ($8-$12) this is my first time in Chicago and that seemed pretty good value to me but I'm not sure how that compares with the rest of the country. Anyway apart from drinks the... More

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