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Tamarine Restaurant

546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
+1 650-325-8500
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“shaking beef” (47 reviews)
“cod” (21 reviews)
“sea bass” (30 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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Reviewed 17 February 2016

Yogi said it best, "Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded!" Even when Tamarine seems full, they'll find a place for you. Experienced, professional staff, food is so fresh and flavorful.

Thank Howard R
Reviewed 14 February 2016

Has a nice setting, service is attentive, cuisine is fairly good, yet not super creative hence not that memorable, especially at the price and the very small portions of main course you get, fish for me, which were smaller than the starters! At $30 without...More

2  Thank fpinchon
Reviewed 13 February 2016

The food is great quality, and the atmosphere is really nice; its the place to take people if you want to impress. We get cocktails at the bar sometimes. Expensive food and drinks.

Thank Yenna709
Reviewed 10 February 2016

The have a very extensive menu ... their weekday lunch service is prompt and portions are good. They do seem a little busy and not as attentive as I expected, I mention this since my friend and I went on her birthday and although I...More

1  Thank Sen
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Returned to Tamarine for lunch after a dinner on my previous visit. Tea leaf beef and lamb chops particularly good. Relaxed atmosphere.

Thank SimonJWH
Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

I continue to be amazed at how each time I have been to this restaurant, it is truly excellent. Food just terrific (tuna tartare app just OK, but chickpea pancakes lovely starter; jumbo prawns fantastic, duck excellent and noodle dish as well); service likewise. Wish...More

Thank PlatinumHoney
Reviewed 1 February 2016

It started with easy parking in the back and ended there too! In between, it was great service and excellent food. We were a large group and must have ordered 9-10 different dishes. - one of the best shaking beef, - ditto for tofu The...More

Thank SKG109
Reviewed 17 January 2016

The special gin and tonic is worth the trip to Tamarine. Add a delicious eggplant dish, the best eggplant ever, and you discover just how good Tamerine is. Roomy, pleasant, friendly place to enjoy a delicious meal with friends.

Thank Traveler6102013
Reviewed 7 January 2016

My wife and I had an outstanding dinner at Tamarine. We called 30 minutes before we arrived and were told the only available seating was at the bar, though they had a last minute cancellation during the time it took for us to arrive and...More

Thank Jonathan B
Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

Tamarine truly lived up to it's reputation! Choosing what to eat was tough but everything we ordered was delicious so I don't think it would be a problem. We shared the shrimp cupcakes - succulent and subtley seasoned shrimp one a cup of crispy, chewy...More

Thank ohdonnaoh
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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
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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: +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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