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Tamarine Restaurant

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546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901 (Tasso & Webster)
+1 650-325-8500
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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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121 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Arandbee
San Francisco, California
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tamarine is still the excellent restaurant that it has always been. Great ambiance, exquisite food, great service, in two words:a treat. Their classics are delicious, sea bass, shaken beef... their veggies beautiful: cauliflower, Brussel sprouts... today I tried the beef tartar for the first time and it was lovely!

Thank dianamna
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hosted our son and daughter-in-law's rehearsal dinner here last spring. Michael was great, helping us make plans long-distance. The Vung Tao Room is a beautiful space and provided exactly the intimate setting I was hoping for. Our waiter was professional and friendly, anticipating our every need, and pouring wine at just the right pace . The family style dining... More 

Thank icemomGeorgia
Tracy, California
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154 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having heard about it on Check Please Bay Area, we stopped for lunch before a physician's appointment at Stanford. Food was good, filling and the service excellent. Had mostly pork in pastry. The art is a nice touch. Place was full for a Tuesday noon. Not cheap.

Thank Maconthemove
Atlanta, Georgia
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic food and great place. Love the decor and ambiance and would be there a lot if I lived in the area. A must if visiting.

Thank Marc B
Plymouth, Michigan
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok so this place is pricey but given the creativity of the dishes and deliciousness it was worth it! Great selection of drinks, wonderful small plates, and outstanding entrees. The service was just right-they even stored our luggage for us as we arrived after a flight. Recommend the sashimi, squash toast, and ahi. The pho was warm and comforting. The... More 

Thank JL T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For a fancy fusion restaurant, this disappointed. Clay pot entree was delicious but appetizers were subpar. Papaya salad had no taste whatsoever , and taro root rolls just tasted of deep frying.

Thank travelbug-bk
Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is the best Asian fusion (mainly Vietnamese) restaurant in the area and one of my two most favorite restaurants. It is an excellent place to have a business type of meal and for celebrating family events. My favorite is lemon grass sea bass. I usually don't like fish but I can't resist this dish. The way they make it... More 

Thank elip752
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Love this restaurant for the flavorful food, excellent cocktails, great service and happy hour! The atmosphere is beautiful and comfortable. More value at lunch, but dinner is more romantic in atmosphere. Excellent happy hour! Try the flavored rices for sure...the best I've ever had and they come in a banana leaf! I get extra to take home! Curry is delicious... More 

Thank Lauren H
Guilford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

From the friendly greeting at the door thru the signing of the check, Tamarine was a great experience. Excellent selection of appetizers, entrées to die for, a great wine selection and wonderful ideas for deserts. Expensive but great!

Thank Charles R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Asian, Vietnamese, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?