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
74 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (37)fit for foodies (29)great for lunch (20)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (20)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
  • Excellent downtown Palo Alto dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Our second visit for dinner at Three Seasons did not disappoint with great seafood potstickers, five spice lamb chops, steamed sea bass and eggplant dishes. The loud bar area and surrounding tables prompted us to sit outside. Pleasant courtyard tables were fine but the service lagged. Our guest loved every dish and stated she 'd return claiming the lamb was the best preparation she had ever had anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We enjoyed a leisurely dinner for my friend's birthday. A table upstairs was quieter than those downstairs. Food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good - presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Food was good - presentation was outstanding. Prices high considering what size the portions are. Five shrimps and some garlic noodles for $24 dollars??????
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  • i've had better....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    the food was subpar, over priced, and over rated. garlic noodles were sweet and had no garlic taste. the ahi tuna spring roll and lemon grass chicken both lacked flavor. for a place that charges so much i would think they wouldn't send out dishes on chipped plates.
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  • Over priced
    BritinUSA
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Overpriced, some dishes are OK, others skip. The bus boy kept coming to take the plates when we were only half way through eating. Portions are small and expensive. There are many better options in Palo Alto for a better price. Thankfully we had a groupon offer, otherwise the price would of been crazy.
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  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was great along with good service. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience was super!
    Hitomi1223VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Three season is beautiful, services were outstanding. The reason i give a four stars overall and a 3 stars only for food is I'm asian and I know how asian food should taste like. I was not impressed with the claypot catfish or the soft shell crab rolls and the dessert (The Trio) was disappointed. The shaking beef was very delicious and tender, drink was good too. What the food quality, its a bit overpriced. For the ambiance and services, it's worth a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice ambiance at the Three Seasons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    The Three Seasons restaurant is a nice place to have conversation. It is a unique building with a dome stained glass ceiling and lots of dark wood. We sat at a table upstairs where you get a neat view of the restaurant. The bar is small but we had a fun time with some specialty drinks and the sampler appetizer. The entrees were a bit expensive and probably would not dine here unless we had the Groupon discount certificate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and underwhelmed
    LumensteinVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    You'd think that with five people dining service would be good. Nonexistent service and over priced entrees. Won't be retuning.
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  • food was horrible except the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    food was horrible except the pork skewers. Server was SO sweet and amazing.
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  • Taste over quantity?
    mipster
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We ordered three entrees for three people - the veggie fried rice, the catfish claypot (with white rice) and the mango and shrimp salad. We split the entrees between three people. The catfish was tasty; the meat melted in your mouth and the sauce, though strong, complemented the catfish and went well with the white rice. The salad was light and refreshing and interestingly so was the fried rice; the latter was an atypical and not unpleasant experience. Overall, it was a positive outing for us. Our only quibble, and a minor one at that, is that the portions seemed a bit small for the total bill (~$60 not including tip). On the other hand, it may be because of the items we ordered.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unkind hostess ruined the night
    HappyLucky
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I visited for the first time on Valentine's Day on honeymoon with my new husband. I'd made the reservation 3 1/2 weeks in advance, wanting our first Valentine's as a married couple to be nice. Upon arrival, the hostess admonished me for "not calling her back", rolled her eyes, and said she'd see if she could find a table. I had no missed calls on my phone. She sat us in the corner, next to the bar upstairs used for making drinks for the diners. The bartender occasionally dropped the shaker or a glass, spraying liquid over my head onto my plate. Our waiter was nice, but not great. The food was fine, but not great. The drink was really strong, which I normally wouldn't like, but it helped me ignore the unpleasantness. Very sad night.
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  • !st timers on Valentine Day
    GMSRP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had a large party, we all enjoyed the food with it's different Asian fusion cuisines, beside our group was a melting pot of the UN. So we were all able to taste a little of all the appetizers and entrees from all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special dinner occasion
    arts
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    My wife and I like to find a restaurant where we can order several small plates to share. We typically order drinks and start with two dishes to share. When finished, we then decide what to order next. This allows us to take our time and be able to talk between dishes. Three Seasons is a perfect spot to have this type of meal. There are many small plates items on the menu. We ended up with a total of four small plates, two glasses of wind and a sake. I would try to get a table upstairs. It is a little less busy and noisy up there. All in all, a very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stick with Tamarine
    BaroloVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Prices are nearly the same, food is much better at Tamarine.
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  • Interesting choices of small
    jamieVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Interesting choices of small and large plates. Enjoyed the several small plates that we shared. We'll go back and explore the menu. Only drawback, is that the chairs are tall and thus, it is not as comfortable as usual 16-17" chairs, even with resting our legs on the footrest (not a comfortable position for either of us).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service but good food
    JMI001
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I went here for the second time this month and was disappointed compared to my first visit. The meal I wanted to get again did not taste the same as my prior visit. My husband's meal, the Shaking Beef, was really good though. We asked for help picking out dairy-free dishes but the server did not go out of her way by asking the kitchen to help us. She was also too overwhelmed serving a large party to pay much attention to us. The hostess also told us to wait upon our arrival, even though we had reservations, and then came up 15 minutes later and asked if we had been helped. After this visit, I don't think I will go back anytime soon.
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  • Great ambience great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Three seasons is one of my favorites in Palo Alto. The setting of the restaurant is romantic with great ambience. The foods are also creative and yummy. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice lunch downtown Palo Alto
    Nolabasset
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    This is Asian Fusion cusine. Spring rolls, lamb chops and chicken salad are all really good. Especially good for outside dining when the weather permits. Service is really outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Riffler
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    The food was outstanding. We had the crab cakes which were so delicious that you wanted to eat them by the handful. The won ton soup was spicy and delicious as was the green papaya salad. The Oregon Pinot that accompanied these gems was perfect. Service was attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even better than it used to be
    JeffC
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I was a regular of Three Seasons when my office was in Downtown Palo Alto, and I found that the quality of the execution - taste, presentation - was even better than before. We really enjoyed our New Year's Eve dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy restaurant experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We had a wonderful time and are still talking about it! We loved the food -- from the bite platter to the lamb to the garlic noodles! Our server, Amber, I think, was excellent. The atmosphere was warm and the service friendly. We highly recommend the Three Seasons!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Plates!
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The location is fun, tucked into car-free plaza behind University Avenue. In summer, the outdoor seats would be really tempting. The inside is large, two stories, fairly inviting, some tables more so than others. Our table was rather dark and isolated. Service was friendly, knowlegable, and competent. The small plate menu is extensive and it was fun to be able to try lots of different things. The food was delicious if a little predictable and on the heavy side. All in all, we enjoyed it and would go back.
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    good for groups
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  • Great place, amazing food!
    Becky
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    We have been to the Three Seasons, and always liked the place. The food is really great (at least what we had - vegetarian dishes and fish), and it also has a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    I've had good luck at 3 Seasons in the past, but my lunch experience last week was not good. Two of us were served and a third had to wait an extra 10 minutes for her food to arrive. One ordered item was never delivered. Plates were not cleared after food was consumed. Noise level was uncomfortable.
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  • Quiet lunch
    Yummy
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    I was there at 11:30 AM, right around opening time for lunch. The restaurant was very quiet. Service was quick, but the waiters lacked finesse. I can't have gluten but had to ask the waiter dish by dish if the noodle was rice or flour noodles. Settled down for the usual. The jicama salad and the veggie rolls were crisp and delicious.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some highlights, but a little corny
    dilettante
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    I'd had a recent lunch experience that was excellent, so I went for dinner. Some dishes, like the crab purses were wonderful. Nothing was bad, but much of it was forgettable. But things like "Fun Bites" and "Happy Buns" made me feel like I was at Denny's. The decorations and interior are among the best in Palo Alto. Service was attentive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good again
    frequentdinerouterVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Remodel enlivens atmosphere, gives a fresh look and crab purses are back on the menu (for now?). Good move
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    yusakusan
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Finding this tucked away gem was half the fun. The food was delicious and the ambience warm and friendly. Definitely worth a revisit.
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    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Love the shaking beef, lamb chops, garlic noodles and pear-infused sake! Although there's no kid's menu, my son enjoyed the garlic noodles, steamed buns with duck, and pineapple juice. The lemon chicken and chicken satay were a little less impressive but still yummy. The shared plates is perfect for different palates and groups. Our waiter was also very friendly, professional. Will definitely come back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    Leah
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    The food was great, the back patio was lovely with heaters. Great place for brunch.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    DJenjoyinglife
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We love the food and make regular visits for our favorite dishes.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT FOOD
    Tiffanienguyen
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We were introduces here by a local girl friend for a girl night out, and it was a great experience for us. The food was excellent, I mean every dish that came out was delicious. Get to meet the owner, he was very friendly and humorous. We will come back again :-).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • We really enjoy the food at
    candyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We really enjoy the food at the three seasons, every dish is so tasty, we tried their lemon grass chicken and it was just delicious, we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a large group
    HAGGY
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Read reviews about the restaurant and ordered the "favorites" such as Happy Buns, Garlic Noodles, Soft Crab egg rolls. All fabulous. The wine list was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three Seasons Turned Noisy
    SKNET
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Three Seasons had always been my favorite restaurant for special occasions and for bringing out of town (and out of country) guests. I brought some visitors from Europe to the restaurant for dinner on 10/24/13 evening. The food was great. Service was fine. What I did not understand was that the restaurant invited a band to play there. The atmosphere was completely destroyed and the noise level (very poor acoustics because of the high dome ceiling) was so high that we could not carry out the minimal of a conversation. We enjoyed the food and went somewhere else for dessert and coffee. I think the management should seriously consider whether a band (no matter how good it is) is suitable for the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpectedly great
    joani
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Had great meal at Three Seasons. I've eaten there 3 or 4 times before and thought it was overpriced for food served more authentically at less pretentious restaurants. But this time 3 of 4 dishes were exceptionally good. Three of us sat at a long wooden table with comfy stools. Ordered crab cakes, vegetable spring roll, sesame scallops, japanese eggplant and yellow curry chicken. The curry was just okay but everything else had distinct flavors and was beautifully presented. Waiter was great. (Curry was our only item that we selected without consulting him.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Sabulous
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    I enjoyed this restaurant a lot. I initially had a difficult time finding the restaurant as the entrance way is in a side alley. However, don't associate it with being in an alleyway with not being upscale. The restaurant is beautiful inside. We chose to sit outside for lunch since it was a beautiful day and the outdoors seating was spacious and accommodating. We ordered the shaking beef and the cold noodles. Both were delicious and the amount of food was plentiful. We had more than enough to eat and drink. The service was great, but I thought they were very slow to bring a check even though I asked twice and our plates had already been cleared. All in all, a great place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weeknight splurge
    joyce243
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    From cocktails to dessert, our evening at Three Seasons was terrific. Cocktails were delicious, made by a bartender who knows what a RobRoy & Vodka Gimlet should taste like. Fresh spring rolls were amazing. Grilled honey quail appetizer was delicious, even tho' the bones were hard to eat around. The seafood potstickers are packed with shrimp & scallops. Baked catfish was a generous portion, moist & delicious. The accompaniments (the sauces, the pickled this-and-that, the black rice & other garnishes) were great enhancements to each dish. We shared a Dessert Trio: ginger creme brulee, chocolate cake, and luscious mango sorbet. What a beautiful meal, and a good start to Birthday Week. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service was great.
    candyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The food and service was great. love their spicy green beans and seafood potstickers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.