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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: Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 40
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  • 49
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 10
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful food!

The food was delicious, the service phenomenal, the prices low.It was within walking distance of our hotel which made it all the more sweeter, and within walking distance of the blues venue we wanted to see. The food was hot and plentiful, and the waitstaff was friendly and quick. We would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Bobbi P
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McConnelsvill
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  • Doing business
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Seattle, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Met some friends here for dinner one night. I am gluten free and the only option they had for me was Pad Thai. It came with almost no sauce on it, and I had to add gluten free soy sauce to it to eat it. To be fair, they did try, and the shrimp was really good. I also had... More 

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McConnelsvill
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The food was delicious, the service phenomenal, the prices low.It was within walking distance of our hotel which made it all the more sweeter, and within walking distance of the blues venue we wanted to see. The food was hot and plentiful, and the waitstaff was friendly and quick. We would definitely eat here again

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Winter Haven, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I dined alone here one evening and had a very pleasant experience. This small restaurant has a cute, trendy design. The service was very friendly. I had a Thai Ice Tea, which was delicious, and the Beef Yaki Udon, which was also good. I would recommend this restaurant for a casual meal alone or with friends/family.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Moderately priced, amazing selection of different Asian cuisines. This was our kids' first trip to an Asian restaurant and they loved it. Try the jasmine tea, so good. Portions were large and we got a second meal out of the leftovers. Our only complaint was they seated us right next to the kitchen door when the place was almost empty.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Takeout sushi was cooked when I received it. The rest of the food was overpriced and un-interesting. I called to complain and they did nothing to fix it.

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Rochester NY
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156 reviews 156 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We love little Asian places such a Tamarind that serve Vietnamese and Thai food in unassuming atmospheres. In this case they add sushi, which was in the category of "good enough". The pha was among the best we have experienced outside of Asia. Prices were great and the service was snappy and friendly. What's not to like?

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Montville, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The soup was served in a large bowl, filled with chicken, string beans, zucchini, and other fresh veggies and well worth the $5.50. Everything else was mediocre. The Crab Rangoon was very cream cheesey. We had a mix of Chinese (sweet and sour chicken) and Thai (chicken with curry). They do have a liquor license.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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: Sushi, Asian, Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business
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

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

Neighborhood Profile
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.