Tamarine

★★★★☆
  • 546 University Ave

    Palo Alto, CA 94301

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  • 650-325-8500

About Tamarine

Hours
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:30 PM Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM

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great good..going back tonite. cant wait!

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★★★★★

great good..going back tonite. cant wait!

Pros: yumm

Cons: loud

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Great food and ambiance. My husband and I sat at the communal table but still managed to have a nice quiet dinner together. We ordered a few small Vietnamese dishes and they were all very delicious.

4
★★★★☆

Great food and ambiance. My husband and I sat at the communal table but still managed to have a nice quiet dinner together. We ordered a few small Vietnamese dishes and they were all very delicious.

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Given I'm from South East Asia, I'm a bit critical of the restaurant. I thought the ambience was nice. Food is good but not great.

It's probably a nice place for business trip, if you go there for food, I will go to some other South East Asian restaurants that offer that offer the same thing for a fraction of the price. Will go there on business only.

2
★★★★☆

Given I'm from South East Asia, I'm a bit critical of the restaurant. I thought the ambience was nice. Food is good but not great.

It's probably a nice place for business trip, if you go there for food, I will go to some other South East Asian restaurants that offer that offer the same thing for a fraction of the price. Will go there on business only.

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Loved the food, but the attitude from the waiter up to the managers were poor in my opinion and impacted our enjoyment of the restaurant. I think this place has become complacent as they have been sold out for too long. Ah such is life.

3
★★★☆☆

Loved the food, but the attitude from the waiter up to the managers were poor in my opinion and impacted our enjoyment of the restaurant. I think this place has become complacent as they have been sold out for too long. Ah such is life.

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Had a prepaid group function at the restaurant for work, which tends to mean that opened but unconsumed wine gets taken home by guests or hosts, as they have been paid for. When the party was over, 1 server claimed that the restaurant had a policy of not giving the wine out?! Another server claimed that there were no partially consumed bottles left. I had just seen one that was about half full, and there were no other guests around, so I knew that to be false. Having had multiple such events at other venues, there are ALWAYS partially consumed bottles left. The server also seemed to have an attitude and didn't seem to appreciate my request. I am inclined to think that either the servers get to take the wine home, or the restaurant gets additional revenues by essentially re-selling the wine.
The pros would be that food was quite tasty, and the ambiance nice. The cons are that it is a bit pricey and the restaurant and/or staff were of questionable integrity.

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★☆☆☆☆

Had a prepaid group function at the restaurant for work, which tends to mean that opened but unconsumed wine gets taken home by guests or hosts, as they have been paid for. When the party was over, 1 server claimed that the restaurant had a policy of not giving the wine out?! Another server claimed that there were no partially consumed bottles left. I had just seen one that was about half full, and there were no other guests around, so I knew that to be false. Having had multiple such events at other venues, there are ALWAYS partially consumed bottles left. The server also seemed to have an attitude and didn't seem to appreciate my request. I am inclined to think that either the servers get to take the wine home, or the restaurant gets additional revenues by essentially re-selling the wine.
The pros would be that food was quite tasty, and the ambiance nice. The cons are that it is a bit pricey and the restaurant and/or staff were of questionable integrity.

Pros: Food, Ambiance

Cons: Price, Honesty

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I have been going to Tamarine and Bongsu (both owned by the same people) entertaining clients. At a client lunch today, we experienced something that you never believe would happen to you. One of my guests, choked on a piece of meat and would have died, had it not been for a wonderful gentleman diner who was also having lunch. The hostess who looks miserable and treats every guests dreadfully just looked at us as if we had inconvenienced her yet again. The waiter came to find me handing me the bill worried I might run out without paying for our bill (hindsight, I should not have left a tip but I did leave a 20% - force of habit). After we left and reflected on the whole experience, we realized how poorly the staff had treated us. I phoned the restaurant to point out the liability of having wait staff that are completely ill prepared in light of a crisis such as the one we experienced and how badly they had addressed the incident. Kevin, the manager of the restaurant calls me to only tell me that they are sorry and that it is nearly impossible to train their staff to learn CPR. I pointed out that learning to dial 911 is an alternative option and not looking at your customers as if they are cramping your style and demanding payment in time of crisis another wonderful resolution. Kevin not only could not articulate a good solution to rectify the matter but also proved to be just as incompetent as the staff he manages.
The quality of workforce at Tamarine does not parallel the price and image that this restaurant is trying to project. Elderly should definitely not go there because if GOD forbid, you choke, you might be meeting your maker as these people would not even know how to dial 911 much less perform CPR.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been going to Tamarine and Bongsu (both owned by the same people) entertaining clients. At a client lunch today, we experienced something that you never believe would happen to you. One of my guests, choked on a piece of meat and would have died, had it not been for a wonderful gentleman diner who was also having lunch. The hostess who looks miserable and treats every guests dreadfully just looked at us as if we had inconvenienced her yet again. The waiter came to find me handing me the bill worried I might run out without paying for our bill (hindsight, I should not have left a tip but I did leave a 20% - force of habit). After we left and reflected on the whole experience, we realized how poorly the staff had treated us. I phoned the restaurant to point out the liability of having wait staff that are completely ill prepared in light of a crisis such as the one we experienced and how badly they had addressed the incident. Kevin, the manager of the restaurant calls me to only tell me that they are sorry and that it is nearly impossible to train their staff to learn CPR. I pointed out that learning to dial 911 is an alternative option and not looking at your customers as if they are cramping your style and demanding payment in time of crisis another wonderful resolution. Kevin not only could not articulate a good solution to rectify the matter but also proved to be just as incompetent as the staff he manages.
The quality of workforce at Tamarine does not parallel the price and image that this restaurant is trying to project. Elderly should definitely not go there because if GOD forbid, you choke, you might be meeting your maker as these people would not even know how to dial 911 much less perform CPR.

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What I liked: The ambience, the mushroom soup (vegetarian), tamarine prawns-succulent, sea bass-cooked to perfection, creme brulee, excellent service

What I disliked: Lava cake-tasted like right out of the microwave.

Comments: Received excellent wine recommendation from the bartender. Fixed price menu (3 course-$60/head)-worth the money. For NYE, should have included complimentary glass of champagne.

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★★★★★

What I liked: The ambience, the mushroom soup (vegetarian), tamarine prawns-succulent, sea bass-cooked to perfection, creme brulee, excellent service

What I disliked: Lava cake-tasted like right out of the microwave.

Comments: Received excellent wine recommendation from the bartender. Fixed price menu (3 course-$60/head)-worth the money. For NYE, should have included complimentary glass of champagne.

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The restaurant was strongly recommended by friends for a business meeting. The food was delicious and even though the restaurant was full it was still easy to talk. I'd highly recommend for a great night.

PROS: Fantastic food and quiet to talk
CONS:

5
★★★★★

The restaurant was strongly recommended by friends for a business meeting. The food was delicious and even though the restaurant was full it was still easy to talk. I'd highly recommend for a great night.

PROS: Fantastic food and quiet to talk
CONS:

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Our lunch did not start off on the best note. We did not have reservations and the hostess, who we all agreed was snooty, treated us like she was doing us a favour by sitting us at the "one remaining table in the back room." As it turned out, there were three other open tables in this very same room and they remained open throughout our entire lunch. What a joke!

Anyway, the food at Tamarine is the real star! This was one of the finest meals we had on our 18 day trip through California. We pretty much followed the recommendations of our very friendly waitress Kristen. Everything was great, except for perhaps the roasted quail, which seemed to just sit there staring at us like a testament to the fact that the Vietnamese will eat just about anything!

At $130 for four, our lunch was not cheap, but it sure was a treat! Highly recommended!

Cheers from Miami.

2
★★★★★

Our lunch did not start off on the best note. We did not have reservations and the hostess, who we all agreed was snooty, treated us like she was doing us a favour by sitting us at the "one remaining table in the back room." As it turned out, there were three other open tables in this very same room and they remained open throughout our entire lunch. What a joke!

Anyway, the food at Tamarine is the real star! This was one of the finest meals we had on our 18 day trip through California. We pretty much followed the recommendations of our very friendly waitress Kristen. Everything was great, except for perhaps the roasted quail, which seemed to just sit there staring at us like a testament to the fact that the Vietnamese will eat just about anything!

At $130 for four, our lunch was not cheap, but it sure was a treat! Highly recommended!

Cheers from Miami.

Pros: unique food

Cons: hostess

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Tamarine is definitely the place to go when you want to treat yourself (or your friends) to a great meal in a lovely setting. Yummy calamari appetizer with great sauce, excellent shaking beef. I encourage you to try their Lychee Martinis -- the best around.

5
★★★★★

Tamarine is definitely the place to go when you want to treat yourself (or your friends) to a great meal in a lovely setting. Yummy calamari appetizer with great sauce, excellent shaking beef. I encourage you to try their Lychee Martinis -- the best around.

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For any special occasion, Tamarine Restaurant fits the bill. The food is excellent and the waitstaff pleasant and courteous. Eat wonderful, fresh pan-asian cuisine in an artistic atmosphere, with enough variety to satisfy even my picky eight-year-old.

4
★★★★☆

For any special occasion, Tamarine Restaurant fits the bill. The food is excellent and the waitstaff pleasant and courteous. Eat wonderful, fresh pan-asian cuisine in an artistic atmosphere, with enough variety to satisfy even my picky eight-year-old.

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Fantastic atmosphere! Excellent food. TONS of vegetarian options. Fairly easy to just walk in and get seated (they have tall tables by the bar for that purpose). Fun & tasty drinks. just a different eating experience in Palo Alto. A bit pricy - but worth it!

4
★★★★☆

Fantastic atmosphere! Excellent food. TONS of vegetarian options. Fairly easy to just walk in and get seated (they have tall tables by the bar for that purpose). Fun & tasty drinks. just a different eating experience in Palo Alto. A bit pricy - but worth it!

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Very unique food. Great flavors you can't taste elsewhere. Gotta try it.

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★★★★★

Very unique food. Great flavors you can't taste elsewhere. Gotta try it.

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I have eaten at this restaurant three times. Everytime I come back, it has always tasted better than the last time. I am looking forward to the next time I get a chance to go there again.

2
★★★★★

I have eaten at this restaurant three times. Everytime I come back, it has always tasted better than the last time. I am looking forward to the next time I get a chance to go there again.

Pros: good food, good desserts, good drinks

Cons: not good for kids

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This place doesnt look like it would be the happening foodie place it is from the outside. I had heard good things, but never thought what could see from outside was appealing. Recently went there with two work colleagues and I have to agree 100% with Lisas review. Sit at the bar, relax and ask Joe what to order. You wont be disappointed, except potentially by the price. Not exactly cheap and for the most part worth it. Unusual fusion interpretations of Southeast Asian dishes. The place has a nice buzz going too. Not a bad place to hang out by yourself. And as a big plus its not deafening loud like many other trendy restaurants these days.

PROS: Good food, nice crowd and not too loud
CONS: a bit over priced, but hey its downtown Palo Alto after all

4
★★★★☆

This place doesnt look like it would be the happening foodie place it is from the outside. I had heard good things, but never thought what could see from outside was appealing. Recently went there with two work colleagues and I have to agree 100% with Lisas review. Sit at the bar, relax and ask Joe what to order. You wont be disappointed, except potentially by the price. Not exactly cheap and for the most part worth it. Unusual fusion interpretations of Southeast Asian dishes. The place has a nice buzz going too. Not a bad place to hang out by yourself. And as a big plus its not deafening loud like many other trendy restaurants these days.

PROS: Good food, nice crowd and not too loud
CONS: a bit over priced, but hey its downtown Palo Alto after all

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It is good for Palo Alto to have an upscale restaurant that ISN'T owned or run by Wolfgang Puck. Tamarine is that upscale restaurant. The service, while faltering at times, is great overall. The food is exceptional. Special dishes include Basil Tofu and Signature Tamarine Prawns. The Vegetable dishes are better than some critics credit them. The menu variety is excellent. Now, for superb Vietnamese, one doesn't have to drive the thirty miles north to "cisco" and waste time finding almost nonexistent parking spaces up there.

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★★★★★

It is good for Palo Alto to have an upscale restaurant that ISN'T owned or run by Wolfgang Puck. Tamarine is that upscale restaurant. The service, while faltering at times, is great overall. The food is exceptional. Special dishes include Basil Tofu and Signature Tamarine Prawns. The Vegetable dishes are better than some critics credit them. The menu variety is excellent. Now, for superb Vietnamese, one doesn't have to drive the thirty miles north to "cisco" and waste time finding almost nonexistent parking spaces up there.

Pros: Food, Ambience/Service, Location

Cons: Parking, Slightly Small , Food Portions

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We went to Tamarine for our anniversary because it was listed as "Romantic" and got good reviews on the food quality and service. The other reviewers must have gone to a different restaurant than we did!!! The tables in the main dining room are packed in so tightly that I was literally sitting closer to the 2 people on either side of me than to may date- even considering the small cramped size of the table between us! Our server could not even fit in between the tables to serve us the food- which was of average quality and extremely overpriced. The acoustics in the restaurant were terrible- I had to lean over the table and shout to be heard by my date. To make matters worse, our server was neither prompt nor informative, and seemed too inexperienced for a restaurant commanding the prices Tamarine does. Overall- extremely disappointing.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Tamarine for our anniversary because it was listed as "Romantic" and got good reviews on the food quality and service. The other reviewers must have gone to a different restaurant than we did!!! The tables in the main dining room are packed in so tightly that I was literally sitting closer to the 2 people on either side of me than to may date- even considering the small cramped size of the table between us! Our server could not even fit in between the tables to serve us the food- which was of average quality and extremely overpriced. The acoustics in the restaurant were terrible- I had to lean over the table and shout to be heard by my date. To make matters worse, our server was neither prompt nor informative, and seemed too inexperienced for a restaurant commanding the prices Tamarine does. Overall- extremely disappointing.

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Because I'm Vietnamese, my husband took me to this restaurant for my 30th birthday. He made the reservation a month in advance and called in to confirm a day before my birthday. He also clarified that it was for my birthday. When we arrived, we waited for 30 minutes before we were seated. The hotest was clueless and inexperience, unorganized. The waiter never came back to check on us to see what we needed after the main course came out. No much privacy in the restaurant. As a native person, the food is average. NOT RECOMMENDED!

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★☆☆☆☆

Because I'm Vietnamese, my husband took me to this restaurant for my 30th birthday. He made the reservation a month in advance and called in to confirm a day before my birthday. He also clarified that it was for my birthday. When we arrived, we waited for 30 minutes before we were seated. The hotest was clueless and inexperience, unorganized. The waiter never came back to check on us to see what we needed after the main course came out. No much privacy in the restaurant. As a native person, the food is average. NOT RECOMMENDED!

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Combining fantastic and distinctive cuisine with wornderful ambiance and impecable service, this is probably the best bay area restaurant south of San Francisco at the moment. Always full, always good!

PROS:
CONS: Tables too close for intimate or senstive business conversations

5
★★★★★

Combining fantastic and distinctive cuisine with wornderful ambiance and impecable service, this is probably the best bay area restaurant south of San Francisco at the moment. Always full, always good!

PROS:
CONS: Tables too close for intimate or senstive business conversations

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This upscale asian cuisine is excellent -- the menu changes with the seasons and is always exquisitely prepared. It's not a great place for an inexpensive meal but it's worth it. I prefer to sit at the bar -- it's got more energy than the quiet, more formal dining room. Joe the bartender is excellent -- he'll greet you with a smile and a solid set of recommendations on both the wine and food menus. Enjoy.

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★★★★☆

This upscale asian cuisine is excellent -- the menu changes with the seasons and is always exquisitely prepared. It's not a great place for an inexpensive meal but it's worth it. I prefer to sit at the bar -- it's got more energy than the quiet, more formal dining room. Joe the bartender is excellent -- he'll greet you with a smile and a solid set of recommendations on both the wine and food menus. Enjoy.

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fast, great service..
romantic ambience
superb, tasty food
worth the price
highly recommendable

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★★★★★

fast, great service..
romantic ambience
superb, tasty food
worth the price
highly recommendable

Pros: money's worth

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We went last night for our anniversary. I booked through Open Table and asked for a romantic table. They did just that. It was very private and we were very well attended to. The service was wonderful and the food not only tasted good, but was artistic in it's presentation. I highly recommend Tamarine for the city feel without having to drive to the city!

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★★★★★

We went last night for our anniversary. I booked through Open Table and asked for a romantic table. They did just that. It was very private and we were very well attended to. The service was wonderful and the food not only tasted good, but was artistic in it's presentation. I highly recommend Tamarine for the city feel without having to drive to the city!

Pros: Romantic, Quiet, Excellent Service

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Time and again, Tamarine never ceases to delight me. The food is delicious -- try the Tamarine Prawns, Shaking Beef, long beans and coconut rice -- and the service is spot on. Order a lychee martini at that bar and, with a little imagination, you'll be transported to Nobu, New York. The waitstaff are accomodating and gracious, and the decor is hip and funky without looking overdone. A great escape from the 'burbs!

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★★★★★

Time and again, Tamarine never ceases to delight me. The food is delicious -- try the Tamarine Prawns, Shaking Beef, long beans and coconut rice -- and the service is spot on. Order a lychee martini at that bar and, with a little imagination, you'll be transported to Nobu, New York. The waitstaff are accomodating and gracious, and the decor is hip and funky without looking overdone. A great escape from the 'burbs!

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On this particular evening, it all worked: the food, the service, and the ambiance. We were originally seated near a large group near the front. I asked to move and we were immediately re-seated in the back (a lot less noisy, fewer tables, excellent mood and lighting). The food on this night was spectacular: the eggplant had a smokey flavor, the beans had a wonderful texture (not overcooked), the sauce used for the tamarine prawns was excellent, the basil tofu had an outstanding flavor (not overpowering), and the flat iron steak was actually tender. The papaya salad was average (I've had better). The service was excellent; we really didn't notice the waitress or the bus boy.

Like many restaurants in the Bay Area, it's all about timing. And on this night, it worked out well.

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★★★★★

On this particular evening, it all worked: the food, the service, and the ambiance. We were originally seated near a large group near the front. I asked to move and we were immediately re-seated in the back (a lot less noisy, fewer tables, excellent mood and lighting). The food on this night was spectacular: the eggplant had a smokey flavor, the beans had a wonderful texture (not overcooked), the sauce used for the tamarine prawns was excellent, the basil tofu had an outstanding flavor (not overpowering), and the flat iron steak was actually tender. The papaya salad was average (I've had better). The service was excellent; we really didn't notice the waitress or the bus boy.

Like many restaurants in the Bay Area, it's all about timing. And on this night, it worked out well.

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Service

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the meat dishes here are no better than the meals you can get at a regular vietnamese restaurant, they taste just the same, especially the appetizers. some of the other dishes we ordered were bass and flavored rice, i chose the 'red' rice, both of which were very bland. you're better off spending your money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

the meat dishes here are no better than the meals you can get at a regular vietnamese restaurant, they taste just the same, especially the appetizers. some of the other dishes we ordered were bass and flavored rice, i chose the 'red' rice, both of which were very bland. you're better off spending your money elsewhere.

Pros: good parking

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I read a few reviews here and was told that this was a "Top 100" restaurant so I didn't know what to make of it all. I took an out of town client to Tamarine on a recent Thursday and franky we were blown away. The ambience was nothing like he had ever seen with the art and colors. The service was impeccable (sounds like others didn't have my experience). We had cocktails at the bar, then dinner. Food was Top 100 quality. Like the Slanted Door in S.F.--only better service/ambience. We had the bass, prawns and garlic/crab noodles. They were all great. I certianly will return.

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★★★★★

I read a few reviews here and was told that this was a "Top 100" restaurant so I didn't know what to make of it all. I took an out of town client to Tamarine on a recent Thursday and franky we were blown away. The ambience was nothing like he had ever seen with the art and colors. The service was impeccable (sounds like others didn't have my experience). We had cocktails at the bar, then dinner. Food was Top 100 quality. Like the Slanted Door in S.F.--only better service/ambience. We had the bass, prawns and garlic/crab noodles. They were all great. I certianly will return.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Music

Cons: , Hard to get reservati

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We have been regular visitors to this restaurant and the variety and quality of the offerings is wonderful and has remained consistent in quality.

However, the service on my recent visit was particularly bad.

We had confirmed our reservation by phone for 8:15PM and we arrived well in time only to be informed that the reservation was made for 8:30PM. However, we were seated only by 8:45 PM.

There was no attempt made by the staff or management to apologize or compensate for the obvious error in reservation and delay in finding us a table. What really added to our annoyance was the fact that we had two pregnant women in our group who had to stand for the entire 30-40 minutes despite our informing your staff of their predicament.

It was a total letdown on a day that was meant to celebrate a few birthdays.

1
★★★☆☆

We have been regular visitors to this restaurant and the variety and quality of the offerings is wonderful and has remained consistent in quality.

However, the service on my recent visit was particularly bad.

We had confirmed our reservation by phone for 8:15PM and we arrived well in time only to be informed that the reservation was made for 8:30PM. However, we were seated only by 8:45 PM.

There was no attempt made by the staff or management to apologize or compensate for the obvious error in reservation and delay in finding us a table. What really added to our annoyance was the fact that we had two pregnant women in our group who had to stand for the entire 30-40 minutes despite our informing your staff of their predicament.

It was a total letdown on a day that was meant to celebrate a few birthdays.

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My wife and I were finally able to make it here for dinner without reservations, after hearing so much about it for months. We ended up having dinner at the bar and were very disappointed. The bartender never helped us through the menu since we've never been there before, so we just picked items out randomly that sounded nice. She didn't seem as if she even knew what was on the menu, never got back to us, and judging by the looks on the faces of the other customers, we were not alone. She was so messy and loud, we kept feeling the annoying pounding on the bar. She spent more time talking to the employees than to us. The food was very good and so was the wine, but the service was terrible, bad first impression.

1
★★☆☆☆

My wife and I were finally able to make it here for dinner without reservations, after hearing so much about it for months. We ended up having dinner at the bar and were very disappointed. The bartender never helped us through the menu since we've never been there before, so we just picked items out randomly that sounded nice. She didn't seem as if she even knew what was on the menu, never got back to us, and judging by the looks on the faces of the other customers, we were not alone. She was so messy and loud, we kept feeling the annoying pounding on the bar. She spent more time talking to the employees than to us. The food was very good and so was the wine, but the service was terrible, bad first impression.

Pros: great food, great wine list, nice decor

Cons: , don't eat at the bar, lack of care

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Look at the more recent reviews for this restaurant. This was recently rated in the top 100 bay area restaurants, and they deliver a great experience. The food is contemporary Vietnamese / fusion, and we enjoyed everything we tried. Don't miss the spring rolls - they're small, but tasty. We found the ambiance romantic, not too noisy, and a bit crowded. Dishes are great for sharing. It's a little pricey, but the restaurant is very popular (deservedly so) and the food is great.

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★★★★★

Look at the more recent reviews for this restaurant. This was recently rated in the top 100 bay area restaurants, and they deliver a great experience. The food is contemporary Vietnamese / fusion, and we enjoyed everything we tried. Don't miss the spring rolls - they're small, but tasty. We found the ambiance romantic, not too noisy, and a bit crowded. Dishes are great for sharing. It's a little pricey, but the restaurant is very popular (deservedly so) and the food is great.

Pros: great food, good service, nice ambiance

Cons: a little crowded, make reservations, expect a large bill

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...of a restaurant. We went on busy Friday night, and were seated right away (book online!!!) Our server was friendly, and extremely helpful. Husband had a very nice glass of wine (good selection), and I had a signature infused martini (strong!) Food was AMAZING. Every course was perfection. We started with a crab and artichoke wonton soup with a Thai basil and lime-scented broth. It was the most beautiful (looking and tasting) thing I have eaten in recent memory. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it was worth it!

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★★★★★

...of a restaurant. We went on busy Friday night, and were seated right away (book online!!!) Our server was friendly, and extremely helpful. Husband had a very nice glass of wine (good selection), and I had a signature infused martini (strong!) Food was AMAZING. Every course was perfection. We started with a crab and artichoke wonton soup with a Thai basil and lime-scented broth. It was the most beautiful (looking and tasting) thing I have eaten in recent memory. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it was worth it!

Pros: Amazing Food, Beautiful Space, Friendly Service

Cons: A Bit Pricey, Somewhat Crowded

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There is an attitude of total arrogance by the manager of this restaurant. Customer service is not a concept that is understood here, if my experience is any indication. My party asked to speak with the manager about an unexpected (and inappropriate) charge on our bill - at the suggestion of our waiter. She refused to come over to speak with us about it. We were polite, paid our bill and left - never to return.

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★☆☆☆☆

There is an attitude of total arrogance by the manager of this restaurant. Customer service is not a concept that is understood here, if my experience is any indication. My party asked to speak with the manager about an unexpected (and inappropriate) charge on our bill - at the suggestion of our waiter. She refused to come over to speak with us about it. We were polite, paid our bill and left - never to return.

Pros: tasty food, setting

Cons: they nickel and dime, expensive items, arrogance of mgr

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Decorated in tones of sage and bronze, the dining room at Tamarine could be a culinary haven in downtown Palo Alto. Unfortunately, looks are deceiving: poor preparation, distracting music, and inflated prices diminish the dining experience. With selections including Shrimp Spring Rolls, Seared Sea Scallop Salad, and Salt and Pepper Calamari the menu is enticing. Regrettably, all sounds good, but the execution needs work: the Wok Seared Beef and Pho Noodles were burned and the unshelled Tamarine Prawns were impossible to eat politely with chopsticks. A highlight is the wine list, which boasts a range of traditional standbys as well as numerous selections of German wines that complement the Asian cuisine. The service was attentive and friendly, while the desserts highlight the French influence in Vietnamese cooking and include Chocolate Ganache Won Ton and Grand Marnier Pot Au Crème. All in all, the overpriced Tamarine promises more that it delivers.

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★★★☆☆

Decorated in tones of sage and bronze, the dining room at Tamarine could be a culinary haven in downtown Palo Alto. Unfortunately, looks are deceiving: poor preparation, distracting music, and inflated prices diminish the dining experience. With selections including Shrimp Spring Rolls, Seared Sea Scallop Salad, and Salt and Pepper Calamari the menu is enticing. Regrettably, all sounds good, but the execution needs work: the Wok Seared Beef and Pho Noodles were burned and the unshelled Tamarine Prawns were impossible to eat politely with chopsticks. A highlight is the wine list, which boasts a range of traditional standbys as well as numerous selections of German wines that complement the Asian cuisine. The service was attentive and friendly, while the desserts highlight the French influence in Vietnamese cooking and include Chocolate Ganache Won Ton and Grand Marnier Pot Au Crème. All in all, the overpriced Tamarine promises more that it delivers.

Pros: OK parking

Cons: Expensive, Bad execution

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I loved the food and the atmosphere. The service was slow the first time I went, but the second time was much better as they probably are working out the kinks. The menu is a little limited but everything I have had was great. Wine list is impressive too. Great place. I hope the menu gets a little bigger though.

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★★★★☆

I loved the food and the atmosphere. The service was slow the first time I went, but the second time was much better as they probably are working out the kinks. The menu is a little limited but everything I have had was great. Wine list is impressive too. Great place. I hope the menu gets a little bigger though.

Pros: food quality, atmosphere, wine

Cons: parking

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I had dinner at Tamarine last night, a good experience. Our server was very friendly and warm, she spent a lot of time at our table and rattled off food descriptions efficiently--but in a fun and personal manner. The rocket shrimp we had for an appetizer was excellent--but we wished there were more of them to go around. Although the plates are small, they are loaded with flavour--so mostly I don't know if we'd want bigger portions. Most of our plates still had food on them when we finished. Although the prices seem a tad iffy, we (two people) managed to have 2 cocktails, 2 appetizers, a bottle of wine, 2 entrees and a couple of sides for $90. The ambiance of the place is different-- very green and dare I say... exotic? Hey, go see for yourself.

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★★★★☆

I had dinner at Tamarine last night, a good experience. Our server was very friendly and warm, she spent a lot of time at our table and rattled off food descriptions efficiently--but in a fun and personal manner. The rocket shrimp we had for an appetizer was excellent--but we wished there were more of them to go around. Although the plates are small, they are loaded with flavour--so mostly I don't know if we'd want bigger portions. Most of our plates still had food on them when we finished. Although the prices seem a tad iffy, we (two people) managed to have 2 cocktails, 2 appetizers, a bottle of wine, 2 entrees and a couple of sides for $90. The ambiance of the place is different-- very green and dare I say... exotic? Hey, go see for yourself.

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My new favorite restaurant! The restaurant was gorgeous with a chic-lounge kind of way. The food was very inventive...with a nice Californian twist to Vietnamese food. I had to wait a little bit longer than I would have liked for a table but the food was well worth it.

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★★★★★

My new favorite restaurant! The restaurant was gorgeous with a chic-lounge kind of way. The food was very inventive...with a nice Californian twist to Vietnamese food. I had to wait a little bit longer than I would have liked for a table but the food was well worth it.

Pros: Crowded, Free Parking, Nice Ambience

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I found the food to be terrific and very unique. Some of the highlights included the shortribs and the Tamarine prawns which were like lobster tails.
The pricing was right as the dishes were more like in the $12-$18 range, with only one or two items more expensive. The flavored rice choices were great.

2
★★★★☆

I found the food to be terrific and very unique. Some of the highlights included the shortribs and the Tamarine prawns which were like lobster tails.
The pricing was right as the dishes were more like in the $12-$18 range, with only one or two items more expensive. The flavored rice choices were great.

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Tamarine is new and has a few kinks to work out. One major one is pricing. Everyone is doing small plates these days, but theirs (true to the word "small") were $18-21. The food was good, but for the price, I felt completely ripped off. Think appetizer size for $20! Service is another sore spot. Our waiter was friendly but completely spacy. His recommended # of dishes was way too much for our table. I couldn't help but feel he was just trying to boost our check total. Also, stay away from the banana wontons. They lacked ANY banana at all. They were completely hollow except for a drizzle of chocolate sauce! The lychee sorbet is GREAT, though. The one high point of the meal. Unless you have cash to burn, I would wait until this place figures out they cannot commit highway robbery.

1
★★★☆☆

Tamarine is new and has a few kinks to work out. One major one is pricing. Everyone is doing small plates these days, but theirs (true to the word "small") were $18-21. The food was good, but for the price, I felt completely ripped off. Think appetizer size for $20! Service is another sore spot. Our waiter was friendly but completely spacy. His recommended # of dishes was way too much for our table. I couldn't help but feel he was just trying to boost our check total. Also, stay away from the banana wontons. They lacked ANY banana at all. They were completely hollow except for a drizzle of chocolate sauce! The lychee sorbet is GREAT, though. The one high point of the meal. Unless you have cash to burn, I would wait until this place figures out they cannot commit highway robbery.

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As of late 2002, Peninsula foodies no longer had to travel up to such San Francisco hot spots as Ana Mandara and Slanted Door to find artfully prepared Vietnamese cuisine. All they had to do was visit downtown Palo Alto's absolutely…

 

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