Three Seasons
Three Seasons

Three Seasons

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.threeseasonsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6508380353x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Happy Hour - 4:30pm - 6:30pm Monday - Friday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Vietnamese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Hung Le
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Groups of 50 or more can reserve all or part of the restaurant exclusively for their group. Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Tessa Nguyen 6508580353x

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Three Seasons
Known for their astounding repertoire of fresh spring rolls and collective small plates, Three Seasons Restaurant has quickly become the dining experience of choice among those who know. Founders Chef Hung Le and Tessa Nguyen bring their concept of fresh premium ingredients combined with innovative food presentation to downtown Palo Alto. The result is an unprecedented and thoroughly addictive spin on traditional Vietnamese flavors. The flagship Three Seasons, in San Francisco's trendy Marina District, has earned the distinction as one of the most acclaimed Vietnamese restaurants in the Bay Area since its inception over three years ago.
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Three Seasons reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (36)fit for foodies (28)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (19)special occasion (17)romantic (10)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • There MUST be better places
    franKVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    There MUST be better places in Palo Alto but last Saturday evening Three Seasons was not one of them. The staff was good, I must say, doing what they could to keep things moving but the KITCHEN WAS A DISASTER. Food arrived over salted (the Crab with Cello noodles), Whole Snapper was left in the fry basket till it grinned, literally; the skin was gone and the meat dried out. My Sesame Encrusted Sea Scallops came looking like 6 brickets from the bottom of my Webber...just horrid...I should have started sending things back but we had limited time and my family get-together was too good to interrupt with their messes. Check was $172 for 4 with tip (and no bar tab either!!). Not recommended!!
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  • Food was excellent as usual.
    dinealotVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Food was excellent as usual. Our server, Alan, was the best we've had there; very attentive and courteous.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Generally, the food was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Generally, the food was very good. The vegetable curry was a bit spicier than I can tolerate, but it was still quite tasty. The service was excellent. They even gave us free desserts for our birthdays, which was very nice. My only recommendations would be easy on the spices (hotness) and have more vegetarian options (there were not many).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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  • the food was really delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    the food was really delicious, especially the sea bass. Everything we ate was tasty and well presented. the service was very good and friendly. the decor is pretty sophisticated and nicely done. the only thing is that it is loud. Good for groups. Nice bar. on Opentable, I asked for being upstairs and we did get a table upstairs, in a very nice spot. It is nice to see they try to accomodate our requests we put on Opentable. It was the first time my friend went to that place and he said he would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Food was a bit pricey and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    Food was a bit pricey and the portions were small so getting enough for big groups would add up. The portions were made to be shared but ran on the small side. The overall taste and atmosphere was great, we all enjoyed our time. The fusion of vietnamese dishes was very unique and brought together well. I think everyone had fun
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The food at Three Seasons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    The food at Three Seasons is very uneven - some nights when we go it is good, and other nights we order the same items and they are shamefully bad. It is like on some nights there is nobody in the kitchen, and I write "shameful" because the recent price increase puts prices very close to Tamarine's, and Tamarine is consistent and always better than Three Seasons. I do not think I will return to Three Seasons.
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  • food is always good but service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    food is always good but service very uneven (?inadequate waitstaff)
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great. Waiter was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Food was great. Waiter was terrible. He forgot our whole order and had to come back and take it again long after the first time. He also brought the wrong check at the end.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great! The only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    The food was great! The only thing is that they don't have an extensive vegetarian menu (only one starter and one entree). HOwever, all the sides are delicious!
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  • Everything was enjoyable except
    Friend
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Everything was enjoyable except the extremely loud (but attractive) venue.....It was impossible to communicate with the other diner because of the noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even though our reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Even though our reservations were at 8:00pm and we arrived at 7:30 and checked in we had to wait until almost 9pm to be seated with little explaination. If we had known the wait would have been so long we would have ordered appetizers at the bar. Although at one point we were told that our table was being set and then had to wait another 20 min.
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  • love the food at Three Seasons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    love the food at Three Seasons and we've never had less than good service, usually excellent. noise level can get pretty bad on occasion but as a rule, it's comfortable enough for conversation. we're regulars and will continue to be
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  • The food was fine as well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    The food was fine as well as the ambiance. It's pricy for what you get. The portion are extremely small. The sea bass ($21) was tasty but it's the size of small biscuit. We also ordered a califoria roll ($10) but it was so tiny!! I would go there more often if the portions were larger for the price. How much is adding more veggies to a dish?? We spend around $135.00 for 2 adults and 2 small kids.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When our food arrived, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    When our food arrived, the order wasn't quite right:we ordered two orders of brown rice, and only one came out; we ordered the spring rolls without pork, and after taking a bite, I realized there was pork in the roll, which they then replaced with a new roll. They should have replaced the entire plate, not just the roll. The lunch "box" provides you will LOTS of food--a great deal if you're hungry. Because there aren't a lot of people at lunch, the noise level is ok. However, during dinner, the noise level is way too loud.
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    great for lunch
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  • Used to be great. Food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    Used to be great. Food quality has severely declined and changes to menu for the worst. Too bad.
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  • One of my favorite restaurants!
    HappyEaterVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    One of my favorite restaurants! I'm in love with their garlic noodles, crab purses, and their hamachi shooters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very helpful staff. Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/25/2008
    Very helpful staff. Very intentive; constantly filling up our water. Good recommendations on food mix and number of dishes; perfect amount of food for 3!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We love the assortment of
    dinealotVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    We love the assortment of small and large plates. In particular, the traditional spring rolls, sesame-encrusted scallops and the always-delicious Chilean sea bass. We were very pleased to see the return of the Jasmine tea. One of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Food is great but often I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Food is great but often I feel rushed. The food comes out all at once and it's hard to linger. Staff has always been super nice and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was obvious to the casual
    casualdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    It was obvious to the casual observer that there is animosity among the staff -- on our recent visit it was barely contained. Some of the wait staff and bus people are exceedingly conscientious and hard-working and others just parade around as if in a fashion show. Considering all those "on parade" were of one particular type, it gave the impression that there is a strong class system in the place. Whatever the origins, it made dining slightly uncomfortable. Guests should not have to witness such a floor show.
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  • This is one of my favorite
    MYSMVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    This is one of my favorite places to eat with friends. Food is always perfect and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • We've been devoted fans of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    We've been devoted fans of Tamarine for several years, and it remains one of our favorite Palo Alto restaurants. However, it can be expensive and difficult to get a reservation, and we were delighted to discover Three Seasons which is a great alternative. When the weather is warmer, I can imagine it would be delightful to be able to sit outside for a drink and/or dinner. Our server (she is from Belarus) could not have been more helpful, and we look forward to our next visit to Three Seasons. Congratulations to the team on a great dining experience. And thanks to Open Table for showing us other restaurants in Palo Alto with Vietnamese food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • there were a number of large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    there were a number of large groups all seated near one another, which contributed to high noise level. it isn't always that bad. Maia is great and overall service at the restaurant is always good
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My friend bit into what might
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    My friend bit into what might have been a crayon in one of the dishes. They did bring a replacement dish very quickly!
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  • We have eaten at Three Seasons
    casarosVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    We have eaten at Three Seasons many times and usually enjoy it. However, on this Sunday evening there was no manager or assistant manager present, and apparently one or more waitstaff had called in sick. Our server had way too many tables and she gave us very poor service. We also thought the food was below the standard of where it should have been, based on prior visits. We do not plan to return on a Sunday evening unless we know this issue has been resolved. Way too expensive of a restaurant for a sub-standard experience. I also fail to understand why they refuse to provide half and half for their coffee . . . .
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  • Most of the dishes were delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/10/2008
    Most of the dishes were delicious. The rack of lamb was raw inside and inedible. When we told the server, she offered to take it off of our bill -- which we appreciated.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter was very helpful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/9/2008
    Our waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable. Fantastic food and wine!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I wish they would bring the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    I wish they would bring the ala carte sushi menu back. It was the best of both worlds; Vietnamese "tapas" and entrees and Sushi!
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • I took my girlfriend for Valentines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2008
    I took my girlfriend for Valentines day and got the Chefs special Valentine's menu. The three course meal was delicious and with the addition of some rose petal wine, it made for a very enjoyable evening. The service was top notch with the waiting being very attentive in filling our water glasses and asking us if we needed anything else every so often. Three Seasons is definitely a hidden gem (literally and figuratively)as it is nestled behind some buildings in downtown Palo Alto with the main entrance halfway down a narrow alley where people least expect it. I definitely will be going back for my next special occasion.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Theresa Castro Three Seasons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/28/2007
    Great for all adult occasions including meeting that first date or gathering with friends. They also have a gluten free menu!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Garlic Noodles with Tiger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/16/2005
    Garlic Noodles with Tiger Prawns are the best. Not too happy that they took the Curry Prawn Satay off the menu...those were REALLY good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • One of the best places for
    eaterinc
    Dined on 6/19/2005
    One of the best places for very creative and innovative Vietnamese food in the South Bay Area.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic