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Tamarind Tree

#156 of 3,561 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown
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1036 S Jackson St Ste A, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 860-1404
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 84
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Don't let the exterior fool you

So, it looks like the back parking lot of a small strip mall when you arrive, but don't let that keep you from entering and trying Tamarind Tree. It's yummy, interesting Vietnamese Food. The tamarind martini has tamarind in it, and is an acquired taste indeed. The appetizers and main courses are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Sarah H
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

So, it looks like the back parking lot of a small strip mall when you arrive, but don't let that keep you from entering and trying Tamarind Tree. It's yummy, interesting Vietnamese Food. The tamarind martini has tamarind in it, and is an acquired taste indeed. The appetizers and main courses are really great and interesting. The owners recently opened... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Everything I tasted was out of this world. Diamond in the rough of international district. Go. You will thank me.

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The decor is very nice and overall the food is very good for the price that you pay. It is different in the sense that unlike more traditional vietnamese cuisines in the US (that I have been to), this place has some unique dishes that I have not found anywhere else which are inventive and tasty.

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Seattle, Washington
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80 reviews 80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Don't let the weird location and terrible parking lot deter you from coming because the food is fine and the ambiance is good once you get in the door. This is a lot more than a pho place. There are lots of different Vietnamese dishes to choose from and they all look good. Their wonderful herbs and veges make their... More 

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Seattle
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I have been to this place at least a half dozen times for lunch and dinner...I don't get it. Reading the amazing reviews, I must have hit all of the "off" days. The fresh rolls are the rice paper wrap, more rice noodles, one shrimp a deep fried stick of some kind and lettuce at the top, so mostly rice,... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Been here twice and food has always been exceptional. One of the nicest Vietnamese restaurants I've been to. You wouldn't know if from the outside but once you walk in, the atmosphere is lovely. I see a lot of Vietnamese restaurants who try to be "fancy" and give you small portions and even stray from the OG of Vietnamese food,... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

A chef friend of mine turned us on to The Tamarind Tree in Seattle. The food is provincial Vietnamese and it is amazing!!! Looks can be deceiving. When you first drive up to their location you think "OMG" you have got to be kidding. They are located at the back corner next in an Asian business complex complete with grocers... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Didn't have much experience with Vietnamese food, so was a little unsure of what to order. This place was amazing. Better than a majority of Asian restaurants I've been to. The restaurant was a little difficult to find, but this hidden gem was amazing and unexpected. The ambiance was intimate and prefect for a date night. The food was even... More 

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Camano Island, Washington
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I had the Shrimp fried rice. Many large shrimp cooked to perfection. My regret is I didn't split the meal with my wife. It was a mountain of food. Without a doubt best I ever had. The appetizer was egg rolls, also best ever and that was a consensus by all 4 of us. We had 4 main dishes, 1... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Being a frequent visitor to chinatown, I've seen this place many times while heading to others of my favorites. Tonight we gave it a try and wow, were we impressed! Each of us had a favorite dish with lots of different flavors and textures... the menu is maybe the largest I've ever seen but the excellent waitstaff is happy to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1036 S Jackson St Ste A, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (206) 860-1404

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 25
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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