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Tamarind of London
Tamarind of London

Tamarind of London Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tamarindoflondon.com
  • Phone: (949) 715-8338
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday- Sunday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday: 5.00pm - 6.00 pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10.30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Alfred Prasad
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will cook and pack your food for your catering event. Just open and serve.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We pack it you grill it! Enjoy our tandoori items cooked rare, take it home and cook it to your desired temperature and show off your culinary skills to your friends! Call us for special pricing...

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Crystal Heights Dr. & Pacific Coast Highway
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Tamarind of London
Tamarind of London is the sister to Tamarind restaurant in Great Britain, which has received the Michelin star for each of the past 12 years. The restaurant is guided by a philosophy that seeks to blend cultural authenticity with mainstream accessibility.

The kitchen team is being lead by Alfred Prasad, whose 12-year Michelin Star legacy at Tamarind in the UK has set the standard for elevated Indian dining experience.The menu includes food from the varied regions of India, highlighting the flavors and techniques that make each region unique.
The restaurant includes an airy bar and patio, serving a full range of hand-crafted creative cocktails.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Tamarind of London has amazing Indian food. Seabass is a wonderfully flavorful dish. Tikka Masala is yummy. Side dishes are great and I especially liked the creamy spinach and the okra dish. We highly recommend this Indian restaurant to everyone. It has a stadium type kitchen so you can watch the Tandoori cooking."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Rogan josh very tough and flavorless. Yellow lentils had absolutely no taste. This was the pattern of the whole meal. It's a shame because we love Indian food, have had it around the world, even at Tamarand in London which was yummy. Much better Indian restaurants in O. C. We won't recommend or be back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Consistently has excellent, flavorful food!!!! Atmosphere's good but could use improvement."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I have travelled multiple times to several areas in India and was looking forward to great Indian dishes. This was far from any normal Indian cuisine. It looked like California food made to look Indian. But even the spices and the sauces lacked flavor. A basic dish such as vegetables looked like it was made in a school cafetaria. I lived in the 80's in London and it reminded me of the then prevailing craving for grease and bland food. (Nowadays one eats better in London)"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at Tamarind my first experience was excellent so i was hoping they would be able to keep up the first amazing experience. I got the Kamalas Kiss to start with and it was really nice maybe they could have put more vodka in it. My server got me these amazing lentil chips to start with along with 3 dipping sauces this was similar to a Mexican restaurant setting. I got the prawn curry and sea scallops for my main course they were both excellent. The server was great too however both the times i came in the restaurant was about half full so I'm hoping they keep up with the service on busy nights too."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I had never heard of this place and the host told me they have been here for over two years now. I am so glad i stumbled upon this place thanks to starbucks. Our server was extremely knowledgable about the cusine and he recommend the grilled prawns they came out great supposedly they are cooked in a oven at 900F. I had the server take care of the main course too he got me a lamb dish and a yellow lentil both were great. This is my new favorite restaurant in OC. I will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I had heard a lot about this place and i finally decided to give it a try. It was pretty quiet when we came in and we were seated right away. I got the tower of London to start with and it was right on point. Got the lamb chops to start with and had the eggplant and a chicken dish for the mean everything was great. The Garlic Naan came later it was to die for. This is my new favorite place in OC."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Wife and I love Indian food, but since moving to San Clemente don't have options. Trying to NOT have another burger-taco-steak, we drove up to Tamarind, hoping the mixed reviews were a result of either native Indian people with high expectations (seemed to be the case) or people who don't eat Indian food. Unfortunately, no. The place is cool. Service is...off. Menu is a la carte, so or 2 people was $150. Food didn't have a lot of flavor, but the fish was at least cooked perfectly. Honestly, the hole in the wall across from the Kaiser on Sand Canyon is a WHOLE lot better. Served on steam tables with no ambiance, but at least tastes better than Trader Joe's, which cannot be said for Tamarind."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food very over priced for what you get .. $26 or more for a small handful of chicken or fish. Chicken masala tiki was terrible with dark meat ... Rice costs 3 dollars for a thimble full and drinks were way overpriced and had little alcohol. They even tried to rip us off and charge more than the menu price for wine and more at the table for the same drink as the bar. The manager took of the charge but was very combative. Terrible experience. Took another friend out the next night to wild fish and had a polar opposite experience. Save you dollars and go elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We have been here a number of times in the past, so we expected a really good meal. We got a terrible meal. The restaurant was virtually empty on a Friday night so we should have suspected something.I don't know if the chef has been changed or their protocol has, but the dishes we had,which we had had another time were awful. The tasted nothing like what they tasted like previously. My recommendation is to avoid Tamarind of London at all costs. They seem to be on a downhill spiral and if things don't change,including the outrageous prices for poor food, they will close."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Not quite up to par food-wise, especially the scallops. They were overdone/tough. Rest of the meal, small plates and desserts very good."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "this restaurant takes Indian cuisine to a new level. A must try, and try again."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We really enjoy Indian food, which I also often cook myself. This is second time here and both times have felt it is a bit watered down Indian. The Lamb Rogan Josh was tasty, the chicken dishes are very bland and not as nuanced as authentic Indian dishes are. The Naan was excellent! I do know that Tamarind in London is very good and highly regarded. Not sure what happened when this restaurant crossed "the Pond"! I've given it two tries and sadly not impressed. It is a hip spot, just not "Indian" enough for me!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was made to perfection. The waiters were excellent. I will return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was unbelievably ordinary, extremely expensive, and portions were half a bite size! We were 4 people who spent 60 dollars on 3 appetizers and each of us got 3 small bites. Had the bites been great, we would not have minded the price, but, the food was very very ordinary! Highly not recpmmended unless you are just looking for a decent ambience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It wasn't just good or very good. It was our best dinner out in a long time."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had high expectations for our dining experience as all 4 of us had eaten at Tamarind in London. Unfortunately the Newport branch did not live up to the London restaurant. While the food was good, it wasn't exceptional as we had expected. Also several of the entrees we ordered didn't arrive as ordered. I will say the chef tried to compensate by sending out the shrimp we ordered and removed the cost of the incorrect entrée."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Exquisite sauces and seasonings raise indian cuisine to a gourmands taste level. attentive and knowledgeable service and un-rushed dining make this a great place for special occasions or dating."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Usually have our favorite female server who's name escapes me now. She is friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and always has perfect timing. Our server on 6-29 (party of 5) needs some more training. He had horrible timing, not friendly, not knowledgeable and forgot to bring my brother another beverage. Appetizers were cold (scallops), naan was delicious and entrées were light on protein. Everyone kept swimming their spoon around in the sauce for that last piece of chicken. Tasty sauce but where is the protein??"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I just discovered Indian Food on a recent trip to Indian..........and a stop over of London where great Indian Restaurants are on every corner it seems. This place is FANTASTIC. Great location - beautiful décor, clean, crisp and an attention to detail. our server was friendly and efficient and had some great recommendations"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "There are so many delectable options, this is a great place to go with a group so you can try lots of things. The potato platter was good but the aloo gobi was outstanding. The date naan was too much like dessert; the garlic naan was wonderful. You have to try the smoked eggplant; it's amazing. You can get sea bass everywhere but the preparation of this fish is melt-in-your- mouth delicious. Our expectations were high and we were not disappointed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food has always been fantastic every time we go here. This is definitely one of my favorite spots in OC!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Have dined at Tamarind in Newport Beach 3 times previously as well as the first restaurant in London. This location seems to have finally come up to the standards of the London venue. Food was great and spicy enough, service fine--not intrusive, but efficient. Wine list is interesting and varied and there are Indian beers as well. It is quite easy to eat all vegetarian here and be satisfied as some of the dishes such as the vegetable Korma and the dal Makhani are quite rich. The setting is sleek and attractive. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Shame: - this neat Indian Restaurant - gently spiced fine food - elegant portions - trendy setting - revisits finer elements of menu searching magic spot - Doesn't everyone know a fundamental compliment of Indian Food is Beer, an important component? - Sadly beer list stinks. It is an American Age of micro brews, solid flavor & beer brewed by monks abounds - what better compliment than a finely cooked curry? Yet Tamrind employs a Sommelier - adds a better wine list than before - My advice - enjoy fine food, usually very attentive service & to the manager - don't ever let customers walk as happened Sunday Night beside our table when customer walked after being left unattended! market your restaurant Your Best Customer"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a very nice time - great food and service - I walked in and the place reminded me if London and then found out the place came from London ! We will be back"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "If you want the best Indian food around, you need to go here. Excellent!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a late cancellation with friends and chose Tamarind based upon Proximity to where we were staying. The food was fabulous, the staff excellent and it was a great way to finish our California visit. Wonderful overall "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Naanriffic and tiki masalatastic are two words which express how amazing the food is at this Newport Coast gem. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My sister and I are not Indian food lovers..really...BUT Tamarind changed our minds forever!! No, it doesn't smell like a curry house. Cocktails were a delight. Chilean wine option not that great. Our favorites: Butter Chicken (not on the menu but they have it), Okras, naan & scallops. Lamb was a bit dry and over cooked. Instead of tortilla chips & guac and salsa, you get these delicious homemade lentil chips. They are 1000x better than tortilla chips! The 3 dips that complement the lentil chips were tamarind chutney, cilantro chutney and salsa. My favorite was the tamarind sauce. I haven't developed a taste for Indian desserts just yet but we did have 4 different kinds. My preference are the savory dishes for now. You gotta try!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I love Indian food and Tamarind of London exceeded my expectations.....my husband doesn't care for Indian food and he loved this place."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Used to seeing typical california restaurants in newport, its very refreshing we found this london based gem."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We love quality Indian food, so when relatives came into town we couldn't wait to try Tamarind of London. The food, service, and ambience were excellent. The waiter, pastry chef, hostess, and other staff were attentive and professional. The Rogan Josh and dahl had a depth of flavor that was extraordinary! None of the dishes were greasy and they were all spiced carefully (not with a heavy hand). As a group we shared several dishes and enjoyed them all. Each had distinctive flavors that complemented one another. As we left, we were told there are plans to open to open additional restaurants in Beverly Hills and San Francisco. Looking forward to trying them out."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a great time at Tamarind. The valet is convenient, our table was ready for us, and the service was attentive. The restaurant is divided into 2 seating areas by a great bar (also space to dine), one side is by the open patio and the other side shows the kitchen and has booth seating. The dinner was delicious. We even ordered two things that were not on the menu (a salad and the butter chicken curry). The naan breads are the best we have ever had. Highly recommend visiting, the food is outstanding."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is a place you should go regulary, really good menu. Elegant dining. Easy parking. Reasonably priced. Service excellent. Good for big parties or intimate dining at the bar. Try it and you will go back. Best Indian food I have found outside London."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our family went to Tamarind for Mother's Day dinner. The food was, as usual, terrific and there is something about sharing dishes around the table that brings everyone closer together. The staff were attentive and did a good job placing us in a table near the bar where we could enjoy festive conversation. Good time had by all!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is our 5th trip to Tamarind of London. It has gotten better each time. Our first experience was somewhat less than positive in that although the food was tasty- the portions were way too small for the price so that each subsequent times our family ate something before we went there. Our last experience, for Mother's Day, we ordered the pris fixe menu and not only were all the dishes delicious, we also felt the portions were larger and satisfying. The service is excellent and the ambiance is enchanting. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My husband and I chose Tamarind to take my Sister and his Mom out for Mother's Day. We had a party of 7, all who absolutely loved the food! Thank you so much for a lovely afternoon. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Friendly service with good food My kids were allowed to see how they make Nan bread in the kitchen and they got fresh nan bread to take with them Recommend for special occasions"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We walk back to the stand, the host says we can have the table we wanted. My brother says to me where are we sitting I say we're getting the table we want and the rude host turns around and says no I am giving it to you! First he took what I said out of context, either way how dare he be rude to a customer. My Dad went back the nest day to politely complain while they weren't busy and he ran into this host who says your daughter was rude and "complain I don't care." I eat at 4 star restaurants all over CA and have never seen such rudeness. That was my 4th time at your restaurant and definitely my last. You might want to tell the host to bite his tongue next time, especially with my average tab every time I have been in. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Took my wife here on her birthday, ambiance here is pretty good. We went here for lunch but surely like to go back for dinner sometime. Food was great from start to finish with some good appetizers and main course dishes. We had wine and it went very well with the food served. Overall it was a great experience. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014