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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%
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“shaking beef” (51 reviews)
“tamari” (97 reviews)
“sea bass” (32 reviews)
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Asian, Vietnamese, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for dinners with friends and we were not disappointed‼️ The minute I was seated, the waiter came immediately and asked if I would like anything to drink as he overheard that I walked 3 blocks from my car to the restaurant (Note: They...More

Thank Olala
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived without a reservation but was kindly accommodated right away. The high tables and stools are quite uncomfortable, even for bar standard, so we didn’t stay long. We ordered a few starters and 1 main for 2. It was enough for us for a...More

Thank HK_Traveller05
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in here around 6:30pm to try to get dinner without a reservation and it was a "no go". But it was so full and noisy in there that we preferred a more quieter restaurant anyway. We went back the next day for a...More

Thank cliffview12
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We went there for a business lunch and were pleasantly surprised by the fantastic food and highly professional service. The portions were well prepared and were adjusted to our individual preferences. The kitchen was exceptionally fast which was greatly appreciated since we had only a...More

1  Thank Jersey_Gourmet
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

We have been coming to Tamarine for a long time and just did again yesterday. It is consistently good. I just want to recommend a few dishes here - clay pot cod, lemongrass sea bass, empress rice, shaking beef and the Tamarine sampler are all...More

Thank 908Laura
Reviewed 25 March 2018

Went to Tamarine for a business lunch. We ordered three appetizers and three lunch entrees and shared them family style. Oh my gosh - everything, I mean everything, was delicious. Will definitely go back on my next trip to Palo Alto.

Thank AJosephD
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Tamarine, like every place in town, has become more expensive, but is still worth it. Food is excellent. Service, atmosphere, entire experience is a pleasant one.

Thank Inese F
Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

We’ve tried several of the most highly rated restaurants in Palo Alto and all enjoyed this one the most. The Vietnamese-influenced cuisine met with the approval of our Vietnamese guest and by others who are also very familiar with a variety of Asian cuisines. There...More

Thank h22101
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Great food and service. Try to reserve in advance as the place is always full. We didn’t but they were very good on accommodating us for the dinner. Food is great, fresh spices and proper dish presentation. Don’t forget to ask for the Vietnamese coffee...More

Thank Mario M
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Gourmet dishes that are just delicious and look like art on a plate Excellent service , beautiful setting

Thank Marwaberry
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Questions & Answers
22 May 2018|
Response from K E | Reviewed this property |
Maybe they’ll be able to accommodate your larger party (8) if you are willing to do a prix fixe menu — easier for them. The restaurant does have a large bar, but I don’t know if the full menu is available at the bar or if... More
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
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, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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