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Tamarine

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546 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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(650) 325-8500
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great good..going back tonite. cant wait! Pros: yumm Cons: loud

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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...

This place rocks 3/14/2007

This place rocks and is my favorite restaurant, and the food here is exceptional with excellent service. They are beautifully presented in the center of the table. Steamed rice comes wrapped in a banana leaf. The entrance to this place is sometimes hidden behind a thick curtain, giving you a feeling of entering a forbidden domain. It's upscale asian fusion done well. You can enjoy fairly private dining or join a communal table and meet new people. The chopsticks feel nice in your hand, some sort of smooth hardwood. The dessert menu is a bit fussy. Walk off the amazing prawns and grab dessert down the street. more

Delicious food and fantastic cocktails! 7/31/2006

Tamarine is my favorite place for a mid-week evening out. I highly recommend the seared tuna salad. The fish is translucent pink with just a hint of sea flavor, and the dressing is a salty, citrus-y party in your mouth. Fried calamari is lightly salted and peppered, and not the slightest bit greasy. Try the rambutan martini for a tasty alcoholic accompaniment. more

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crosslisted restaurant!!! please see reviews listed under "tamarine" without the "restaurant" at the end 8/10/2005

tamarine is probably the best asian restaurant on stanfurd's university avenue. i say that sincerely but feel obligated to add that unversity avenue does not have many good asian restaurants. one evening, my coworkers tried to find chinese food in stanfurd country and quickly realized their shortage of authentic asian culture. wow. for a school with so much asian students... anyway, the first time i visited tamarine was when my friend, who does their taxes invited me to tag along to their anniversary party. when i arrived, i felt i was at a country club except i felt that i was a v.i.p. because my racial composition seemed to be rather chic in that environment. i was the hottest fashion accessory to that room. heh... ok, i'm being a little facetious, but i'm just making a statement about alternaculture's view of asian traditions: after all the sand paintings, mandarin collars, and kill bill style school girl uniforms are gone, what do that crowd _really_ think? anyway, i've gone way off topic. that night at the party i enjoyed some good asian-fusion cuisine as well as some vietnamese traditional dishes like spring rolls. i was thoroughly impressed with this operation! the place also had great decor. i loved it. later, my wife and i returned for our anniversary because we liked it so much. yes, in this day and age asian-fusion, especially the melding of southeast asian cuisine w/ euroamerican cuisine is rather commonplace, but tamarine _does_ stand out. i'd like to comment, not only is the food delicious, but the presentation of the dishes is often beautiful and/or cute. when our steamed jasmine rice arrive in a little banana or bamboo leaf container, slightly reminiscent of chinese tsong-tse or taiwanese batzang; wow, my wife insisted on taking a picture of that cute little thing. what ever happened to the guy who opened shanghai 1930, betelnut, and xanadu (back when it was around)??? wow, if you were to compare stanfurd's tamarine to berkeley's xanadu, xanadu definitely would've won that big game. however, that's not to say anything bad about tamarine, just that it's up there amongst some very qualified peers. .... [added later] oh, i totally forgot to mention what i set out to say: although tamarine is the best viet-fusion joint in stanfurd territory, if you venture south near the heart of silicon valley, near the ultra-hip santana row area, you'll find a delightful, friendlier joint called citronelle, which i would prefer over tamarine on the average day. however, sometimes it's nice to hang out in enemy territory and wear a red shirt or something. more

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one of the best restaurants on university avenue, but if you leave stanford country... 8/7/2005

tamarine is probably the best asian restaurant on stanfurd's university avenue. i say that sincerely but feel obligated to add that unversity avenue does not have many good asian restaurants. one evening, my coworkers tried to find chinese food in stanfurd country and quickly realized their shortage of authentic asian culture. wow. for a school with so much asian students... anyway, the first time i visited tamarine was when my friend, who does their taxes invited me to tag along to their anniversary party. when i arrived, i felt i was at a country club except i felt that i was a v.i.p. because my racial composition seemed to be rather chic in that environment. i was the hottest fashion accessory to that room. heh... ok, i'm being a little facetious, but i'm just making a statement about alternaculture's view of asian traditions: after all the sand paintings, mandarin collars, and kill bill style school girl uniforms are gone, what do that crowd _really_ think? anyway, i've gone way off topic. that night at the party i enjoyed some good asian-fusion cuisine as well as some vietnamese traditional dishes like spring rolls. i was thoroughly impressed with this operation! the place also had great decor. i loved it. later, my wife and i returned for our anniversary because we liked it so much. yes, in this day and age asian-fusion, especially the melding of southeast asian cuisine w/ euroamerican cuisine is rather commonplace, but tamarine _does_ stand out. i'd like to comment, not only is the food delicious, but the presentation of the dishes is often beautiful and/or cute. when our steamed jasmine rice arrive in a little banana or bamboo leaf container, slightly reminiscent of chinese tsong-tse or taiwanese batzang; wow, my wife insisted on taking a picture of that cute little thing. what ever happened to the guy who opened shanghai 1930, betelnut, and xanadu (back when it was around)??? wow, if you were to compare stanfurd's tamarine to berkeley's xanadu, xanadu definitely would've won that big game. however, that's not to say anything bad about tamarine, just that it's up there amongst some very qualified peers. .... [added later] oh, i totally forgot to mention what i set out to say: although tamarine is the best viet-fusion joint in stanfurd territory, if you venture south near the heart of silicon valley, near the ultra-hip santana row area, you'll find a delightful, friendlier joint called citronelle, which i would prefer over tamarine on the average day. however, sometimes it's nice to hang out in enemy territory and wear a red shirt or something. more

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good 7/12/2005

great, grand, speictualar more

A bit pricey, but great food! 7/6/2005

First off, I do not recommend the Madras chicken curry here. I do recommend the orange glazed duck, which is spectacular, and the Tamarine taste appetizer which is scrumptious as well. The staff here is really great -- excellent service. The "Power Lunch" is a good deal. Overall, great food, a few dishes that are so-so but most that are excellent, but a bit pricey for the food quality in my opinion. 4 stars! more

Delicious food, great decor, terrific service. 9/16/2004

Delicious food, great decor, terrific service. more

much better than that OTHER trendy Vietnamese-French restaurant in downtown Palo Alto 9/13/2004

Kick-ass wines by the glass. Food of high quality; much better than that OTHER trendy Vietnamese-French restaurant in downtown Palo Alto. Try the rocket shrimp, and the lamb with sweet potato fries. more

Great 9/1/2004

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Editorial

  • Dark and sultry Palo Alto restaurant fuses an art-gallery ambience with innovative Vietnamese cuisine.

  • 9/21/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • 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
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    University South

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