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“Overrated”

Tamarine Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 365 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$40
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Tasso & Webster
Description: 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.
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Friendly service at the bar, but my glass was dirty. Table wasn't ready until about a half hour past our reservation time. Shrimp tasted like ammonia and sides were nothing special. Appetizers were good. One of our entrees was forgotten. Waiter was impatient and patronizing; didn't take drink orders (had to call him back). Loud place; hard to keep a conversation. Wouldn't go back.

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1  Thank alehmen
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We were a group of 12 and seated in the private dining room in the back. The food was very good, the service inconsistent and a disagreement over the bill soured the experience. We shared assorted starters including the salt & pepper calamari, tuna tartare and shrimp toast and they were all good. The Kobe beef in the pho was delicious. The beef noodles were just ok with the noodles overcooked and very little beef. The shaking beef was good but the beef was not as tender as the pho. The clay pot cod was very good.
Entrees were all served at different times although they were attentive around filling wine and water glasses.
After dinner we had a disagreement with the manager. We did not spend to our agreed to minimum and they were unwilling to compromise, taking a very aggressive stance. In the end, we charged a number of wine bottles to the bill and took them home. Will not return.

Thank Connie M
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We recently had dinner at Tamarine. We had not ben there in a year even though this is one of our favorite restaurants in Palo Alto.
The food was amazing. Quality and flavor were consistent with the excellence we've come to expect from Tamarine. Love it!!

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Thank Aluor
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Great selection of items on the menu. I chose the Shaking beef and my girlfriend had the sea bass. I wish I had also selected the sea bass, it was really really good.

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Thank Diego R
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

I was in town visiting a friend in Palo at the last minute and we decided to go out and grab a bite to eat at 9 pm. The place was packed, so we sat at the bar which apparently put off the bar tenders. The bar was messy so I asked them to wipe it down and I may just as well asked them to clean a toilet.

We ordered some drinks and a couple of appetizers, but only after we asked the staff if we could order. The Tuna Tartare was excellent.

The food was the reason for the good score - I'm optimistic that the service is better at the tables.

Thank Ari S
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