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“Good Food, Good Wine, Good Time at Tamarine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarine Restaurant

Tamarine Restaurant
546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
650-325-8500
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Ranked #9 of 313 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: Asian fusion
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Tasso & Webster
Description: Tamarine is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant that features the light but flavor-intensive culinary delicacies of Vietnam. The restaurant offers a menu based on small plates, promoting the Vietnamese tradition of the 'shared' meal in which food is shared and enjoyed with those close. Tamarine's small plate entrees are enjoyed with the pairing of a variety of aromatic, flavor infused rice, designed to be mixed and matched to create a truly unique flavor experience. Along with culinary delicacies of Vietnam, the restaurant showcases the works of emerging artists from Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. Semi-annual exhibits will close with a cocktail event to auction the art. Proceeds will be donated to La Maison Chance, an orphanage in Saigon, Vietnam.
Walnut Creek, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good Food, Good Wine, Good Time at Tamarine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This was my third visit to this restaurant in the past few months, and each subsequent time the food has gotten tastier, the wine selection better, and the service attentive. The taste experiences are fabulous, and this time out we asked them to make recommendations on which wine to pair with the various meal selections...and it was great. The atmosphere is lively, as is the bar scene, and our overall experience was very good. I would recommend this place for business or for meeting up with family/friends.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Palo Alto, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fancy, trendy, unbearably noisy”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Apparently there are people who like having good nut overpriced food served in a confined crowded noisy space where it is impossible to talk to your companions and one must select from the menu by pointing since the server can't hear what you're saying.

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Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“A real treat in Palo Alto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

A superb local restaurant, Vietnamese/Asian of the highest quality. The tastes are all unique and so very good. My colleague ordered so I don't remember all the correct names for the dishes, but the spring roll platter was great, the brussel sprouts excellent, and we shared the sea bass and beef. Service was very attentive,efficient, unobtrusive. The place was packed; reservations are required if you want a chance to get a seat. Worth it!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Loved the food, service, and ambience. Clearly, so did many other people... the place was consistently packed during my visit to Palo Alto.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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270 reviews 270 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
“One of the best in Palo Alto for fusion food lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Excellent restaurant where the fusion food is prepared very professionally and the service is excellent. We had been many times to this restaurant and we were always very satisfied at each time. All courses are good and they have a very good wine list.

Visited October 2012
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