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Tamarine Restaurant

546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
+1 650-325-8500
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tamari” (100 reviews)
“shaking beef” (51 reviews)
“sea bass” (32 reviews)
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Asian, Vietnamese, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1901
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been eating at Tamarine for years now. Consistently great delicious food. Service is always great. Ambiance is lovely. We really like the shaking beef and the sea bass...my absolute favorite is papaya salad and the eggplant dish.

Thank 255farahnazn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great restaurant I had a private birthday party there that was perfect. they did everything deliciously. My daughter also had her rehearsal dinner there before the wedding. Everything was perfect.

Thank evsnider
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our choices weredelicious and very well presented. We order several different plates to share. A fun place for a Birthday luncheon with best friends.

Thank June L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tamarine is definitely one of the best upscale restaurants in the Palo Alto University Avenue area. Their ambiance and service with their quality of food and cocktails are more worthy. What’s more is the location. Just at the start of university avenue (coming from 101),...More

Thank LeHungryPlanet
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had been encouraged to go to Tamarine since we arrived in Palo Alto. On a Thursday, we had a chance to go for lunch. Tamarine is a lovely space. One can feel the attitude too. We did not have a reservations (harrumph from the...More

Thank RochesterTraveler585
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're looking to go to a high-energy, bustling and popular place that offers great quality food, then Tamarine certainly fits the bill. We were looking for a more intimate, romantic setting, so the noise and amount of people was a little distracting. The food...More

Thank KC C
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Went here for dinners with friends and we were not disappointed‼️ The minute I was seated, the waiter came immediately and asked if I would like anything to drink as he overheard that I walked 3 blocks from my car to the restaurant (Note: They...More

Thank Olala
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We arrived without a reservation but was kindly accommodated right away. The high tables and stools are quite uncomfortable, even for bar standard, so we didn’t stay long. We ordered a few starters and 1 main for 2. It was enough for us for a...More

Thank HK_Traveller05
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We stopped in here around 6:30pm to try to get dinner without a reservation and it was a "no go". But it was so full and noisy in there that we preferred a more quieter restaurant anyway. We went back the next day for a...More

Thank cliffview12
Reviewed 1 April 2018

We went there for a business lunch and were pleasantly surprised by the fantastic food and highly professional service. The portions were well prepared and were adjusted to our individual preferences. The kitchen was exceptionally fast which was greatly appreciated since we had only a...More

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21 May 2018|
Response from K E | Reviewed this property |
Maybe they’ll be able to accommodate your larger party (8) if you are willing to do a prix fixe menu — easier for them. The restaurant does have a large bar, but I don’t know if the full menu is available at the bar or if... More
Ming-Hui S
16 July 2016|
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Response from 198maribethh | Reviewed this property |
Yes, definitely, both on the menu and with variations and special requests.
Diane G
8 February 2015|
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Response from Steveliv1 | Reviewed this property |
I never saw one BUT there are a number of differently sized eating spaces
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, 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
  • E-mail
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.
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