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Tamarine Restaurant

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546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901 (Tasso & Webster)
+1 650-325-8500
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 in all a great place, with good service and a vibrant atmosphere.

Thank Lars H
Palo Alto, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week 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. Watch out for the to-go food--ours was hot off the fire and melted the container!... More 

Thank 79lauren
Menlo Park, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You definitely need a reservation, but well worth making one. Calamari, lamb chops, sea bass are all awesome.

Thank CynthiaR1229
Paris, France
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
San Carlos, California
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Cupertino, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
San Francisco
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
San Francisco
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78 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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. By sharing small plates you can keep the overall costs down for small groups of... More 

1 Thank aerotraveller
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5 restaurant reviews
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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 arrange the six people and baby in a way without splitting the group in two.... More 

1 Thank Erica W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We went early in the week for dinner and it was enjoyable. The restaurant was busy - always a good sign - and our table was a little close to the nearest one but just about OK. We had the prawn spring rolls to start and they were ok but not what we expected. They were wrapped in glutenous paper... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Asian, Vietnamese, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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
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. Semi-annual exhibits will close with a cocktail event to auction the art. Proceeds will be donated to La Maison Chance, an orphanage in Saigon, Vietnam.

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Santa Cruz, California
Taoyuan, Taiwan
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?