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Tamarine Restaurant

Vietnamese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
University South, Palo Alto
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  • Priya S.
    "empress rice and a glass of the star anise pear"(12 Tips)
    Anna J.
    "Perfectly caramelized clay pot cod is delicious with jasmine rice."(9 Tips)
    Tristan
    "The Banana Beignets + Coconut ice cream here is *easily* the..."(4 Tips)
    Judie S.
    "Everything is good, but the sea bass is to die for!"(9 Tips)
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  • ZZubin
    ZZubinDecember 24, 2016
    Great stop if u want a good meal ok your ride from SFO down south. Everything we had was great, but the squash toast was particularly stand out. All entrees 👍🏽
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunMay 4, 2015
    Not as amazing as everyone says. Bahn mi roti has great Panang sauce, shaking beef has nice flavors, popcorn shrimp was just ok, seabass was true to the fish's original flavor. Empress rice was nice.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 9, 2013
    A power scene that manages to be California relaxed. Everything on the Contemporary Vietnamese is exciting, especially the lemongrass sea bass.
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LucidoSeptember 5, 2013
    Amazing Restaurant. The Clay Pot Cod is a must have. Also the Toffee bread pudding for dessert is to die for. Over all I had a great time and they went out of there way to make my night special.
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniJuly 16, 2013
    Pricey but worth every penny. I don't eat here on the regular, but when I do I break out of vegan mode for some crab glass noodles. Holy amazing. Also, get the Roti. Try anything. Really.
  • Ric F.
    Ric FleisherJune 7, 2014
    The best Asian meal I have ever had from appetizers, entrees to desserts. I will go back whenever I am in the area.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesMay 6, 2016
    Desserts to die for--toffee date pudding with caramel sauce and ice-cream, lemon tart, and pavlova. Excellent!
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadJune 23, 2013
    Here are the foodie must haves: salt and pepper calamari, clay pot cod, shaking beef, empress rice and a glass of the star anise pear sangria.
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanAugust 14, 2014
    Came here for team dinner. Amazing!! Wine, food and service are top notch. Highly recommend clay pot cod and lemongrass prawn!
  • G J.
    G JSeptember 13, 2013
    Try the Lemongrass Seabass - With glass noodles and mango, one of the best dishes I've had this year. Restaurant lived up to hype!
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteAugust 17, 2014
    The shaking beef is awesome, but the best thing about this place is their dessert: get the banana beignets with coconut ice cream!
  • Suzy C.
    Amazing, high quality food. Being in downtown Palo Alto, it is always busy and reservations are needed even for lunch.
  • Hunter W.
    Hunter WeeksMay 14, 2013
    Clay Pot Cod, Shaking Beef, Green Papaya Salad, Empress Rice, Brussels Sprouts, & Corn Budino for dessert.
  • Abby C.
    Abby ConchaMarch 31, 2012
    A fine dining Vietnamese restaurant that has awesome food and unique cocktails! (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Douglas G.
    Douglas GrayApril 26, 2015
    Want to try everything? Go with a large group and dine family style. Their plates are made for sharing.
  • Bikash M.
    Everything was delicious here. Expect a wait. Get the crab & glass noodles, tamarine prawns.
  • Baum
    BaumJuly 29, 2011
    Calamari, grilled shrimp with green papaya salad, empress rice and boy what else did I have? Those perfect martini's may have something to do with my lapsed memory...
  • carolyn w.
    carolyn williamsNovember 21, 2012
    The roti bread and sauce are delicious. And, have to agree on the empire rice, very good and rich
  • Juanita G.
    Juanita GDecember 27, 2016
    What a unique way to warm your spirits! The food, ambience was awesome!
  • Abby W.
    Abby WilsonApril 20, 2012
    Shaking Beef, Empress Rice, and Lemon Tart = I die! So amazing!!! Not impressed with the calamari, as everyone said.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresMarch 10, 2012
    Everything here is great! Must try the Tea Leaf Beef and the Ginger Soy Chicken!
  • Keegan Y.
    Keegan Y-VSeptember 8, 2011
    You can't go wrong here. My favorites: clay pot cod or shaking beefwith empress rice as your side.
  • Jonas G.
    Jonas GrankvistAugust 26, 2013
    Never go wrong w/ the tuna tartar, sea bass, shaken beef and empress rice!
  • Dennis J.
    Dennis JamesAugust 12, 2012
    The food here is insanely good. Get the lettuce cups unless you hate delicious things
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesJuly 14, 2015
    Perfectly caramelized clay pot cod is delicious with jasmine rice.
  • Gabe S.
    Gabe SumnerDecember 7, 2014
    Banh Mi Roti is great and Shaking Beef is incredible.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesJuly 14, 2015
    Skip the appetizer, have the entree and gorge on the desserts; they are soooo gooood.
  • Kai C.
    Kai CaoJune 22, 2014
    The Clay Pot Cod was so good! Definitely give it a try.
  • Taylor T.
    Taylor ThorneMarch 8, 2015
    Delicious Vietnamese restaurant! Eat at the bar, there's usually no wait
  • Tristan
    TristanFebruary 13, 2011
    The Banana Beignets + Coconut ice cream here is *easily* the best dessert dish I've had in my lifetime
  • Mich A.
    Mich AtaganaMarch 2, 2013
    Great service, amazing food! The tofu curry is delicious.
  • Musa T.
    Musa TariqJanuary 8, 2013
    Possibly my fave restaurant in the world, a must visit when in Palo Alto.
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer StrikerOctober 20, 2013
    Tamarine's coffee w condensed milk on the bottom is spectacularly good http://t.co/o6Lst5lMwx SS
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedDecember 1, 2014
    Share everything and make sure to get the tiramisu dessert
  • Judie S.
    Judie StanfordDecember 5, 2015
    Everything is good, but the sea bass is to die for!
  • Erin F.
    Erin FiskFebruary 23, 2015
    The pork tenderloin and green bean side are divine!
  • CA M.
    CA MoonJanuary 25, 2014
    The best ginger martini ever.
  • Craig D.
    Craig DavisApril 29, 2011
    What the Pho! amazing...best lamb ever! try the coconut rice please...
  • Stefano J. A.
    Stefano J. AttardiSeptember 2, 2015
    The shaking beef tenderloin was great, very tender.
  • Cassidy F.
    Cassidy FlynnApril 21, 2010
    Go with a date for sure!! It has a really sexy sort of atmosphere and anything you order is for two.
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LeeDecember 18, 2010
    they have a seasonal dessert with tapioca, sorbet, and a banana fritter...amazing
  • Erin M.
    Erin MaloneMarch 3, 2010
    Excellent Clay Pot Cod. Try it with the curry green beans. Start with the Pear and Ginger cocktail.
  • Brent H.
    Brent HurleyAugust 8, 2014
    Sticky rice and banana beignets here are bomb
  • scott ..
    scott ...August 18, 2014
    The clay pot cod was underwhelming but the banana beignets were splendid.
  • Nagur H.
    Nagur HassanMay 2, 2013
    Amazing.. Just the way I wanted
  • Meredith H.
    Meredith HardingJune 27, 2012
    the shaking beef will change your life
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngMarch 1, 2015
    Shaking beef. And the appetizer sampler
  • Anat
    AnatAugust 21, 2015
    Super swanky restaurant. Yummy, though.
  • Natala M.
    Natala MenezesAugust 21, 2009
    definitely get the shrimp "cupcakes" as an appetizer. so delicious. The Ha Long Bay (aka "green" soup) is super yummy too.
  • Josie C.
    Josie C.August 22, 2014
    Pork Lettuce Cup is not what we have expected
  • Benni P.
    Benni PrinzJanuary 7, 2016
    Empress rice is (unexpectedly good)
  • Neha H.
    Neha HeeraSeptember 28, 2011
    Shrimp rolls and sea bass are my fav
  • Elle J.
    Elle JavadiMay 22, 2010
    Still on my top ten list. Love the lounge music on their website too. Read more
  • Sergei B.
    Sergei BurkovNovember 19, 2014
    One of the best foods in Palo Alto
  • Martin T.
    Martin TisneOctober 7, 2014
    The best restaurant manager I have ever witnessed
  • Leana M.
    Leana MarinFebruary 21
    Excellent service and excellent food.
  • Renee T.
    Renee TeefiveApril 2, 2015
    Great atmosphere. Cozy
  • Zastavnitskiy P.
    Zastavnitskiy PavelNovember 12, 2012
    Feeling uncomfortable in a hoodie, you should definitely dress nicer here.
  • Reed M.
    Reed MorseOctober 29, 2011
    Lemongrass sea bass is incredible!
  • Renata DeMello- UR_Realtor4Life
    Renata DeMello- UR_Realtor4LifeNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Kobe PHO is delish!!! A must try!
  • Benni P.
    Benni PrinzJanuary 7, 2016
    The shaking beef is good
  • Scott W.
    Scott WittDecember 1, 2015
    Good food. Wretched service.
  • Vivian Z.
    Vivian ZhangApril 27, 2016
    Tuna tartare appetizer!
  • Ted
    TedOctober 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I live for Empress Rice
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerSeptember 21, 2014
    Crab noodles and calamari
  • Alex S.
    Alex SimonJanuary 31, 2015
    Sea bass and beef
  • Chase L.
    Chase LinSeptember 29, 2013
    Awesome Asian fusion.
  • Stasa S.
    Stasa SkokoMay 1, 2012
    The best coconut rice ever!! :)
  • PersonalTraining S.
    PersonalTraining SFOctober 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Diet choice: Endive & Avocado Salad! personaltrainingSF.com serving San Mateo
  • Ekaterina O.
    Ekaterina ObukhovaFebruary 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Empress rise is amazing! Nice place!
  • Ekaterina O.
    Ekaterina ObukhovaFebruary 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mmm..Kobe and empress rice and seabass! Nyam nyam
  • Chris M.
    Chris MoreSeptember 25, 2013
    Amazing drinks!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WilliamsenJune 1, 2011
    The short ribs are to die for!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BelissaMay 23, 2012
    You should probably dress a little nicer.
  • Sanket A.
    Sanket AmberkarNovember 8, 2009
    try the kaffir lime snapper, if you want a change from shaken beef Read more
  • Jerome B.
    Jerome BaudetJuly 29, 2015
    Quality and service
  • Jenna B.
    Jenna BollerJanuary 18, 2010
    The kobe beef pho is really amazing. I may never go back to normal pho...
  • John O.
    John OyarzunMay 25, 2013
    Come see me at Tamarine!
  • John D.
    John DominguezMarch 19, 2010
    Great place for tasty/healthy business lunch in Palo Alto
  • Angela C.
    Angela ChouMarch 17, 2013
    Cod + empress rice
  • Gurudev K.
    Gurudev KaranthMarch 12, 2010
    definitely finish with Butterscotch pot de creme
  • Semo M.
    Semo MobileAugust 10, 2010
    Caters to western crowd. Good food but $$$.
  • Amber S.
    Amber SalonerNovember 8, 2009
    order the calamari-- best on the peninsula.
  • Tristan
    TristanFebruary 13, 2011
    Hot toddy! Do it
  • Suany Pants
    Suany PantsMay 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mango mojitos!!!
  • Reid Y.
    Reid YokoyamaSeptember 2, 2010
    Get the calamari
  • Mark K.
    Mark KokanovichOctober 15, 2009
    Get the Empress Rice.
  • Russell J.
    Russell JurneyNovember 15, 2009
    Go to Tamarine Restaurant and
  • Antonio L.
    Antonio LeoneSeptember 11, 2013
    Ottimo ambiente, cibo eccellente, asse Vietnamita!
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