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Tamarine
Vietnamese Restaurant$$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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546 University Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301
546 University AvenueUSCaliforniaPalo Alto94301
$$$Vietnamese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Vietnamese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Southeast Asian Restaurant
Bar
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSunday 5:00 – 9:00 pm
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Modern Vietnamese winner stays busy furnishing creative small & large plates in an artful space.- Google
"I love the lemongrass sea bass, shaking beef, curried long beans, and aubergine."
"Aside from the decor, this reminded me of a cheap Vietnamese restaurant."
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Simon Carignan
a week ago
Great vietnamese fusion restaurant with a lot of variety on the menu. Really good food, but a bit on the pricey side. Also, this place is very popular, so make sure you book ahead of time.
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Dorica De La Fuente
8 months ago
The restaurant itself was really nice. Service was great. We got to sit at a "common area table" which was great, as we were able to meet a scientist from Australia who was really nice and interesting. The food was ok...the prices were quite high for the quality of the food. It was more fusion asian rather than Vietnamese. Overall, it was a wonderful evening.
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Kyle Else
4 months ago
Lemongrass Sea Bass entree is delicious it's a must order. Love the artwork and ambiance.
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Adam Jones
2 months ago
Amazing. Shaking beef, coconut prawns, crab & garlic grass noodles.
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Mihir Meghani
2 months ago
Tamarine consistently is an outstanding restaurant. They are vegetarian & vegan friendly, waiters/waitresses are knowledgeable about such options, & the menu is marked clearly for vegetarians. The non-entree food portions are not large & the quality is always very good. We always enjoy the food here, & there is a revolving menu, so you will find new items all the time. Basil tofu & the banh mi roti are always good choices. The cashew fried tofu is probably one of the best dishes ever. Roasted brussel sprouts with chestnuts were also very good. Vadouvan curry & claypot vegetables were good. The taro dumplings were not bad, but I would not order them again - they were bland. The taro root rolls were like any spring roll. The cauliflower soup was also bland, but had a good buttery taste, but given other good items on the menu, will skip. Lychee orange salad was good, but light on the lychee. Grilled hazelnut asparagus was good, but not heavy on hazelnut. The garlic fried rice is double the portion of the coconut rice. Braised winter vegetables were bland. The banh ram was not good at all. Virgin mojito, lychee lemonade, kiwi mint fresco, mango limeade, & watermelon lemonade are good. The coconut tapioca dessert was bland & I will not order that again. Parking in on the street or in structures. Be sure to make a reservation. Tables are close to each other so there is not much privacy, but the vibe is energetic.
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Brian Bulkowski
5 months ago
As the food at the many other University Ave places had improved this old mainstay is training a bit less bold and dynamic. still a fun dining experience, it has fallen out of my common rotation
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Will Kivinski
a year ago
I'v e only been to this classic University Ave. Modern Vietnamese restaurant for Happy Hour. It's actually pretty cool because all apps are half off. You can make a pretty decent meal for two by splitting a whole bunch of appetizers. The decor and service are really standout here. We got the Tamarine Taste, Banh Mi Roti, Salt and Pepper Calamari and the Char Siu Steamed Buns. I'd definitely come back to try the entrees. I just got back from a food adventure all around Vietnam and some of the bites really transported me back to the streets there. Not all of it is authentic, but the twists are a nice surprise here and there. But that $15 Pho looks horribly overpriced...
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Craig David Beuerlein
2 months ago
Great food, our waiter seemed a little annoyed/impatient