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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 - 10:00 pm
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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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90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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.

Thank Coastman3
Boulder, Colorado
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

Thank MsSassy19
Atlanta, Georgia
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Iowa City, Iowa
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183 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great quality food and drinks. Central location downtown. Get a reservation as it is very popular. Great for special occasions.

Thank AKW52245
Durham, North Carolina
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Second visit to Tamarine and found the food to be slightly better than last time. The taro root rolls were a great starter cooked to crispy perfection with a pleasing plum sauce for dipping. The Tamarine prawns were quite tasty as well, although I am not sold on how well they work with the rice puff noodles. Overall, it was... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Tamarine is one of the top rated restaurants in the Palo Alto area, for good reason. It is an upscale restaurant which has fusion Vietnamese food featuring seafood, meat and vegetable dishes with a variety of delicious starters,soups, salads, noodles and entrees -- all attractively presented with great sauces and a choice of using chopsticks or forks and knives. It... More 

Thank Mary N
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Good fusion Vietnamese, nice family sharing size. Good mix of sea food and meat dishes. The sauces were fantastic. Great location. Service can be better

Thank Nathan S
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

We love this restaurant! Creative dishes, excellent bar tenders and wait staff, busy atmosphere. Never had a bad experience at Tamarine. Highly recommend.

Thank Staci H

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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, 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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