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Tamarine
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Today 5:00 – 9:00 pm
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546 University Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301
546 University AveUSCAPalo Alto94301
$$$Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
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Asian Restaurant
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Vietnamese Restaurant
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Today 5:00 – 9:00 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
People talk about shaking beef, lamb chops, sea bass, clay pot cod and empress rice
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Will Kivinski
reviewed 3 weeks 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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Lilian W
reviewed 4 months ago
Amazing as long as you don't venture away from the sure things. I've been here 3x, have tried several of the dishes, and a few of them completely outshine the rest. I've had: - shaking beef: never met a shaking beef I didn't take a liking to; 4.5 stars - tuna tartare: also hard to go wrong here; 4.5 stars - the cod: absolutely amazing. When I came with work, we got 3 servings of this. 5 stars. - pho: so good, especially when I went hungover. Better, healthier, and somehow cleaner tasting than your average pho; 5 stars - calamari: good but not mind-blowing; 3.5 stars - crab & garlic noodles: eh. not bad but the crab was buried deep under the noodles and it was kinda like a treasure hunt to find any. 3 stars - tea leaf beef: decent but i'd go with the shaking beef if i had to choose; 3 stars - lemongrass sea bass: slightly bland and pales in comparison to the cod; 3.5 stars I'd definitely go back. And order the same deliciousness over and over again.
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Karl Duffill
reviewed a month ago
Good, high quality food and a lovely atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit if you're staying in the area.
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Tom Boonsiri
reviewed 4 months ago
Absolutely great food at a great value! My roommate raved about this restaurant and I have never been one for Vietnamese fusion but this place did it right. My evening's plan of attack: Roasted Quail and Ha Long Bay Soup for appetizers- the waitress kept stressing the importance of squeezing the lime over the salt and pepper which did make the difference when not eaten with the Quail and the Ha Long Bay was a nice little twist on traditional Thai Tom Kha Gai soup. Shaking Beef and Com Dep Halibut- Shaking beef was pretty good, but the Halibut was great! I'm partial to Ong Choy aka Vietnamese Water Spinach but the fish was cooked perfect and most but flakey. Side of Empress rice- the waitress raved about this one but I thought it was so-so and thought the entrees each had plentiful sides. I would definitely recommend this as a nice second date place. I'll have to make it over sometime for the half off happy hours.
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Pramod Adiddam
reviewed 3 months ago
(for vegetarians) It's not too bad food, but of course, it's a tad overpriced for "not too bad food". I have to point out that my wife loved it more than I did. Lots of options though... I noticed that the tables are a bit too close for comfort than other such places, seems more after work or groups friendly. Very courteous staff.
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Sebastian Kirsch
reviewed 8 months ago
Nice ambiance and attentive service. Food-wise, I actually enjoyed the starters more than the entrees -- in particular the papaya salad with beef was great. The shaking beef was tasty and tender, but not spectacular. Vietnamese coffee is always good.