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Tamarine Restaurant

546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
+1 650-325-8500
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“shaking beef” (45 reviews)
“cod” (19 reviews)
“sea bass” (29 reviews)
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Asian, Vietnamese, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
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1 - 10 of 314 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

Asian restaurants tend to be extremely bare-bones or ultra-fancy, tending to favor food over atmosphere or compromising authenticity in efforts toward mass appeal. Tamarine manages to present Vietnamese food in a setting that's both elegant and sexy, losing none of the intensity and diversity of...More

Thank Cherie Q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fusion seems to be hip right now and often not the best of two or more worlds. At this restaurant, the dishes are exciting and unique - not overwhelming. Keep it simple and good. Jackfruit stew...where else do you find this? 5 different rices in...More

Thank Christoph K
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I was so excited to come back here after a long hiatus and was sadly disappointed. The calamari was doughy, the duck not flavorful, and the beans were bland. The cod was at its usual goodness. I've been coming here for 10 years and it...More

Thank sparty76
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We had a dinner reservation on a Monday night but opted for the bar since there were available seats. We ordered the roti, Garlic noodles, cod and the banana beignets . Everything we ordered were scrumptious . The beignets were more like fried banana fritters....More

Thank BPenuliar2015
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Tamarine has been a Palo Alto staple for Asian (Vietnamese) fusion cuisine for over a decade now. It is almost always busy and deservedly do. The menu is eclectic and offers many dishes which will both please and challenge your palate. The dishes are mostly...More

Thank A A W
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

This place offers a great variety of delicious light Asian food. They lack some of the most traditional Vietnamese dishes, like Sallad wrapped nem in nuoc mam, the Phou soup and so on. But they have other traditional Dishes and new and better variations. All...More

Thank Lars H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I love Tamarine Restaurant for its wonderful, innovative dishes, delicious sauces, and warm, modern decor. It's a lovely place for a special evening, or, depending on your budget, your weekly dinner out. I think it's one of the best 3 or 4 restaurants in town....More

Thank 79lauren
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

You definitely need a reservation, but well worth making one. Calamari, lamb chops, sea bass are all awesome.

Thank CynthiaR1229
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Food was very average and often the food served didn't match what was on the menu (eg tuna tartare full of spice but no coco...). Price are quite expensive for this disappointing food experience

Thank tias75
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This place was a taste experience. The seafood is some of the best quality I've seen and the flavors. The Chef/owner really puts her heart into the dishes. Excellent service and so much to choose from we are going back for sure!

Thank Papascrubs
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Ming-Hui S
16 July 2016|
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Response from 198maribethh | Reviewed this property |
Yes, definitely, both on the menu and with variations and special requests.
Diane G
8 February 2015|
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Response from Steveliv1 | Reviewed this property |
I never saw one BUT there are a number of differently sized eating spaces
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
    (Tasso & Webster)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-325-8500
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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.
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