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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” (45 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago

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 10 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 12 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
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Food was perfect. Waiter listened carefully re my food sensitivities and I was able to safely eat gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and light on garlic. I was really impressed by their knowledge and the food was both beautifully presented and delicious! Enjoy!

Thank KG1000
Reviewed 11 April 2017

My wife and I have eaten here often and have never had a bad meal. It can get very crowded and loud at peak dinner hours but well worth a visit. Be sure to make a reservation "days" in advance

1  Thank SanFrancisco2ofUS
Reviewed 11 April 2017

What a great way to dine with colleagues--order lots of dishes and share a delicious meal. The Banh mi roti is a great starter; I love the way they cook their tofu and eggplant is delicious as are all the fish dishes and shaken beef....More

1  Thank aerotraveller
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

I love the bar - I love the lychee and lavender martinis. Their food is amazing!!! Great date spot - restaurant is loud so I don't like it for parties. My bf had his family bday party there in 2016 and it was hard to...More

1  Thank Erica W
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Ming-Hui S
Is it also good for vegetarian ?
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
Is there a separate dining room for larger groups (12-20)?
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
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, 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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