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Tamarind

614 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (The Loop)
(312) 379-0970
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Ranked #696 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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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86 reviews 86 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 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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Minnesota
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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Went here while traveling to Chicago. Seating was immediately available and everything was very good. Waiting staff were extremely efficient on filling water and clearing the table. The tea was very good and the food was hot and well prepared. Overall a very pleasant dining experience.

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houston
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The food was ok. Nothing to really brag about. Sake was indeed good, but who can mess this one up. The fried rice was ok and the chicken just ok. I would for sure pick a different place as there are so many restaurants to pick from

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Concord, New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Good combo of Thai, Japanese, Chinese... Good portions, fresh ingredients. Simple, well priced.interesting drink choices. Service was responsive unobtrusive.

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