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Tamarine Restaurant

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Asian, Vietnamese, Thai, Fusion, Pacific Rim
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546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901 (Tasso & Webster)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Palo Alto, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Power people (what a terrible phrase!) eat here, as do many families, couples, and plenty of after work solos, and out-of-town business people. The atmosphere is up-market casual although if you want to dress up you can. The food is inventive, delicious, and always very well prepared. Not a bad dish on the menu that we've ever experienced, and we... More 

Thank David H
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238 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was our first visit. We decided to let the server recommend dishes and we were happy with all of the suggested dished. The Empress Rice is a "must." Both the Clay Pot Cod and Shaking Beef were outstanding. Come with a big appetite!

Thank bamboola
Menlo Park, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dine out often and this restaurant is always in the mix. The ambiance is understated elegance, very nice wines by the glass selection although we typically get a bottle and the food is always delicious.

Thank Karla M
Montreal, Canada
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378 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really looking forward to dining here after all the good things I heard, but was really disappointed. Ordered the fried oysters. My first one was fine, but bitting into my second one, I got a very fishy taste, looked inside and saw a green liquid. Checked the third one and it also had the green liquid. Asked the... More 

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Munich, Germany
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301 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been here before and cam back for more. The food is delicious and the service welcoming. Some portions are a bit on the large size, but everything is worth trying

1 Thank David011158
Palo Alto, California
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tamarind is Asian fusion cuisine. The lettuce wrap appetizers are to die for. The shaking beef salad is terrific. I had the Shaking Beef entre, filet mignon with noodles and veges. Terrific. My wife had Tamarine prawns and a friend had the sea bass, both great. We highly recommend the long beans as a side dish.

1 Thank Coastman3
Boulder, Colorado
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Tamarine was a very nice choice for a group dinner. The menu is set for tapas stay plates ideal for table sharing. This allowed for a wide variety of selections to be ordered. Everything was fresh and the flavor combinations delectable. Definitely must try he shaking beef and papaya salad!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Visiting Palo Alto we were brought to this nice well served restaurant. Everything we had was done to my taste; the wine list wonderful and the service perfect. Great dinning experience. If I had to criticize something would be the small tables, could improve with bigger and more comfortable setting. I will be back many times.

Thank Pablo D
Silicon Valley, CA
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

It's easy to miss this place in the evening since it's off the main drag and they draw a curtain to block the sun from their entry. We ordered: roti, clay pot cod, shaking beef, empress rice, lemon tart. Food was excellent. Definitely Asian fusion food - not exactly Vietnamese. Definitely make a reservation! There were many other dishes we'd... More 

Thank my5qtz
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Very busy place. Great food with scrumptious flavours. A good range of seafood as well. staff could be more friendly.

Thank Jehan M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Asian, Vietnamese, Thai, Fusion, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
    (Tasso & Webster)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-325-8500
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.

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