Tamarind

★★★★☆
  • 117 South St

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

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  • 215-925-2764

About Tamarind

Hours
Mon. - Wed. 10am - 10pm;Thu. - Sun. 12am - 10pm
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The best thai place I've found in Philly, so far. The taste has been consistent. Their 7/7 dishes are REALLY super spicy; they dont hold back. \r
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They have mock duck, which is amazing in panang curry for vegetarians and everyone

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★★★★★

The best thai place I've found in Philly, so far. The taste has been consistent. Their 7/7 dishes are REALLY super spicy; they dont hold back. \r
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They have mock duck, which is amazing in panang curry for vegetarians and everyone

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The food here is excellent. Its very tasty and a great place to go for a vegetarian. The food there is also great.

4
★★★★☆

The food here is excellent. Its very tasty and a great place to go for a vegetarian. The food there is also great.

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Tamarind is easily the best Thai food in Philadelphia. I've been to Thailand recently, and this place compares rather favorably. Obviously every country has regional differences and everybody will say "no one cooks like my mother," but this is very much like the food I got in Bangkok.

First off, their food is very spicy, like it should be. They have a hotness scale of 1-7 which really is very hot. I eat extremely spicy food and sometimes a 4-5 here is too much for me. They have quite a variety of meat, noodles, rices, soups, and vegetarian options. Everything I've tried has been excellent, but I highly recommend the Drunken Noodles, and the Basil Beef/Pork. This place is so good it converted a friend's girlfriend who was terrified to try anything remotely foreign. One bite, and she's a dedicated patron to Tamarind!

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★★★★★

Tamarind is easily the best Thai food in Philadelphia. I've been to Thailand recently, and this place compares rather favorably. Obviously every country has regional differences and everybody will say "no one cooks like my mother," but this is very much like the food I got in Bangkok.

First off, their food is very spicy, like it should be. They have a hotness scale of 1-7 which really is very hot. I eat extremely spicy food and sometimes a 4-5 here is too much for me. They have quite a variety of meat, noodles, rices, soups, and vegetarian options. Everything I've tried has been excellent, but I highly recommend the Drunken Noodles, and the Basil Beef/Pork. This place is so good it converted a friend's girlfriend who was terrified to try anything remotely foreign. One bite, and she's a dedicated patron to Tamarind!

Pros: Good quantity, reasonable price, accurate heat scale.

Cons: Small interior, so make reservations or come early.

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I always take guests to Tamarind when showing them around Philly. It is right on South Street, which makes it easy to find. The duck is amazing; so tender, and it comes in various flavors. My husband loved the duck with a curry sauce and I prefered the signature Tamarind duck, which has a sweet sauce. If you like Thai food, this is the place to go. There are so many delicious appetizers, many types of curry, and dishes that are not so spicy. You may order curry at different levels of spicy: 1-7. 3 or 4 is incredibly hot, so beware of being too brave. It is also BYOB, so bring a nice wine to share.

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★★★★★

I always take guests to Tamarind when showing them around Philly. It is right on South Street, which makes it easy to find. The duck is amazing; so tender, and it comes in various flavors. My husband loved the duck with a curry sauce and I prefered the signature Tamarind duck, which has a sweet sauce. If you like Thai food, this is the place to go. There are so many delicious appetizers, many types of curry, and dishes that are not so spicy. You may order curry at different levels of spicy: 1-7. 3 or 4 is incredibly hot, so beware of being too brave. It is also BYOB, so bring a nice wine to share.

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: Hard to find parking

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This is the best one in Philly. The soups in particular are really good. The restaurant is not too big and usually not too busy either. It's a nice find on South Street.

4
★★★★☆

This is the best one in Philly. The soups in particular are really good. The restaurant is not too big and usually not too busy either. It's a nice find on South Street.

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This restaurant at the end of South St. serves a descent meal. They specialize in Thai food. the decor and service is nice. Prices are pretty reasonable. I like some of the Thai restaurants in Chinatown better, but this place is good if you are in the area.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant at the end of South St. serves a descent meal. They specialize in Thai food. the decor and service is nice. Prices are pretty reasonable. I like some of the Thai restaurants in Chinatown better, but this place is good if you are in the area.

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It is so difficult to find a decent Thai restaurant in Philadelphia period. My Thai friend took me here, and this place serves OK Thai food.

The price is good and it has a nice atmosphere.

I just miss Thai food that was cheap and so good when I was in Thailand...

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★★★☆☆

It is so difficult to find a decent Thai restaurant in Philadelphia period. My Thai friend took me here, and this place serves OK Thai food.

The price is good and it has a nice atmosphere.

I just miss Thai food that was cheap and so good when I was in Thailand...

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After dining at Tamarind, I pray that any first-time Thai samplers will not venture into this South Street restaurant. While the food was OK, it was sub par and there were very few authentic dishes to choose from. I had to settle for pad Thai because the noodle dishes I usually order (eg, Pad See Ew) were not on the menu. Also, there weren't any authentic Thai desserts available! I was craving sticky rice with mango or even the Americanized fried banana, but nope. All they had were some cakes. My Thai iced tea was made incorrectly as well.

For anyone obsessed with Thai food (like myself) or trying it for the first time, do not go to Tamarind. If you already have been, and think you don't like Thai, try someplace else.

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★☆☆☆☆

After dining at Tamarind, I pray that any first-time Thai samplers will not venture into this South Street restaurant. While the food was OK, it was sub par and there were very few authentic dishes to choose from. I had to settle for pad Thai because the noodle dishes I usually order (eg, Pad See Ew) were not on the menu. Also, there weren't any authentic Thai desserts available! I was craving sticky rice with mango or even the Americanized fried banana, but nope. All they had were some cakes. My Thai iced tea was made incorrectly as well.

For anyone obsessed with Thai food (like myself) or trying it for the first time, do not go to Tamarind. If you already have been, and think you don't like Thai, try someplace else.

Pros: BYOB

Cons: Not authentic Thai, small so people shush you when you get a little loud

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I lived in thailand and this is the real deal. make sure to ask for the papaya version of the som tom. we ate the steamed dumplings, pad thai and red curry. everything was fresh and delicious. restaurant was cozy, clean, and comfortable. waitstaff was very friendly. highly recommend.

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★★★★★

I lived in thailand and this is the real deal. make sure to ask for the papaya version of the som tom. we ate the steamed dumplings, pad thai and red curry. everything was fresh and delicious. restaurant was cozy, clean, and comfortable. waitstaff was very friendly. highly recommend.

Pros: food, byob

Cons: none after the first visit

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This restaurant is fantastic. The food is great and always exceeds expectations. The curry is the best in the city, especially the ginger curry. It is a true gem.

On our last trip we got a chance to meet and compliment the chef. She was incredible gracious and unassuming. I wish I could eat here everyday!

2
★★★★★

This restaurant is fantastic. The food is great and always exceeds expectations. The curry is the best in the city, especially the ginger curry. It is a true gem.

On our last trip we got a chance to meet and compliment the chef. She was incredible gracious and unassuming. I wish I could eat here everyday!

Pros: Curry, service

Cons: None!!

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Every time we've eaten here, it's been great. The food is authentic and the service is very attentive. Take their spice advice - it's accurate.

2
★★★★☆

Every time we've eaten here, it's been great. The food is authentic and the service is very attentive. Take their spice advice - it's accurate.

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I had a great experience at Tamarind. We tried a little of everything--soup, two appetizers, and entrees--and everything was delicious. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. Bring a bottle of wine and you're set.

2
★★★★★

I had a great experience at Tamarind. We tried a little of everything--soup, two appetizers, and entrees--and everything was delicious. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. Bring a bottle of wine and you're set.

Pros: food, price, low-key atmosphere

Cons: parking

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I love this little BYOB! I've been difficult to impress ever since traveling to Thailand, but this place is definitely very authentic. The food is well prepared and they put thought into the presentation. Great for a date or with a few friends. Try the thai iced tea and ginger salmon...my favorites :)

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★★★★★

I love this little BYOB! I've been difficult to impress ever since traveling to Thailand, but this place is definitely very authentic. The food is well prepared and they put thought into the presentation. Great for a date or with a few friends. Try the thai iced tea and ginger salmon...my favorites :)

Pros: intimate, BYOB

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I love Tamarind. It is the best Thai food in the city. The owner and chef are Thais who come out to meet and greet the patrons.

I highly recommend this restaurant.

If you are dining with a large group, you must call ahead so that they can arrange the tables.

2
★★★★★

I love Tamarind. It is the best Thai food in the city. The owner and chef are Thais who come out to meet and greet the patrons.

I highly recommend this restaurant.

If you are dining with a large group, you must call ahead so that they can arrange the tables.

Pros: food, service, location

Cons: parking is difficult

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Tamarind makes the best curry in the city of Philadelphia. My favorite is Green Curry and I have not found another restaurant that makes curry this good. My girlfriend either orders the Ginger Curry with chicken or shrimp, Red Curry with shrimp, or the Radna. I really think that you cant go wrong with whatever it is that you order as Tamarind provides an extensive menu. My recomendation is that you bring a group of friends, many bottles of wine, order more than one of every appetizer as they are fanastic and inexpensive, and enjoy yourself.

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★★★★★

Tamarind makes the best curry in the city of Philadelphia. My favorite is Green Curry and I have not found another restaurant that makes curry this good. My girlfriend either orders the Ginger Curry with chicken or shrimp, Red Curry with shrimp, or the Radna. I really think that you cant go wrong with whatever it is that you order as Tamarind provides an extensive menu. My recomendation is that you bring a group of friends, many bottles of wine, order more than one of every appetizer as they are fanastic and inexpensive, and enjoy yourself.

Pros: Great food, Very good service

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Sauteed ginger curry is my favorite. They do have a lot of great selection. The service is great, the atmosphere is great as well.

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★★★★★

Sauteed ginger curry is my favorite. They do have a lot of great selection. The service is great, the atmosphere is great as well.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Food, BYOB

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This is a nice little (literally) inexpensive Thai restaurant to eat after browsing around South Street. I recommend making reservations if going on a weekend night. We were seated promptly and given menus. Our drinks (which were small too) came, but my boyfriend's coke was flat. We ordered Thai Sausage with Isan (?) Sauce. We LOVED the spicy red sauce. Two orders of Tom Yum soup: Spicy and comforting! He had Phad Kee Mao with pork (spicy basil noodles) and I had Penang with chicken. I had this before, but T's was way too watery and lacked much chicken meat. Our server couldn't speak or understand English very well, how frustrating. However, the dinner tab came to 35 dollars for two, what a steal!

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★★★☆☆

This is a nice little (literally) inexpensive Thai restaurant to eat after browsing around South Street. I recommend making reservations if going on a weekend night. We were seated promptly and given menus. Our drinks (which were small too) came, but my boyfriend's coke was flat. We ordered Thai Sausage with Isan (?) Sauce. We LOVED the spicy red sauce. Two orders of Tom Yum soup: Spicy and comforting! He had Phad Kee Mao with pork (spicy basil noodles) and I had Penang with chicken. I had this before, but T's was way too watery and lacked much chicken meat. Our server couldn't speak or understand English very well, how frustrating. However, the dinner tab came to 35 dollars for two, what a steal!

Pros: Inexpensive, Location, Appetizers

Cons: , Cramped Seating, Parking

 

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