This place never disappointsFabulous food. When you are the small party and happen to go on a night when they have several large groups, the small party gets the short end. We had reservations at 8 pm and did not place the order until 9:10 pm. Two items never showed up.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful experienceOur waiter Sam (If I remember correctly) was absolutely the best. I made it a point to let the General Manage know. I will be back again.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA consistently superb diningA consistently superb dining experience.Thank you.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMService with personalityI have always dined at the bar at Tamarine, and I have never been more impressed with the service at any other restaurant.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMExquisite!A fantastic menu and wine list. We had the sea bass, crab and garlic noodles and the duck. Delicious! The service was excellent. I highly recommend this place if you want to enjoy a fun evening with high quality cuisine.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat celebrationWe chose Tamarine because it was listed on Google as one of the best restaurants in Palo Alto and because the menu looked interesting. Also, the art was a draw. The food was indeed interesting and flavorful. The service was good and the server had excellent ideas for wine and shared his favorite dishes. All was lovely. Will return soon.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMTamarineEverythign was good except it was very noisy. The tables were close to each other specially for 2 and you could overhear everyones conversations and that spoilt the romantic evening we planned.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWe always love Tamarine.We always love Tamarine. It's consistently delicious.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperbFantastic food and service. Calamari and Empress Rice are must orders. Continues to be our favorite restaurant in Palo Alto, which has many great venues. Excellent consistently outstanding food, drink, and service.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMHonestly I am not sure ifHonestly I am not sure if I have ever complained that food was served TOO HOT but this place has caused me to burn the $%&!# out of my mouth TWICE now.
Please, don't go straight from deep fryer to the table and not tell the customers "this is scalding" :-(
Otherwise the food is fabulous!!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOur waitress and other staffOur waitress and other staff were cordial and attentive. The food was well prepared and the presentation was understated but at the same time nicely done. Nice to see some menu changes but we enjoyed some old standbys like the shaking beef. The surroundings were fine and the room was vibrant but we could easitly hear our conversations at our table.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful, especially for 4 or moreA great place to share delicious, fresh and flavorful dishes. I will return over and over again. Best when you have 4 or more so you can sample many dishes.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful dinnerWe had a wonderful dinner and great service. The food was very wonderful, well prepared and presented. A delightful experience overall.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMI enjoyed my recent meal,I enjoyed my recent meal, ordering the "Power Lunch." The green papaya salad was outstanding, and the swordfish was also excellent, although possibly the smallest piece of main-course fish I've ever been served in a restaurant. It was accompanied by white rice with nuts and peas, which was not described on the menu, or I would have asked for a substitution. I do not eat most starchy carbs, and so did not eat the rice.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious the Second Time!This is the second time I have gone to Tamerine while visiting Palo Alto. The food was just a good as the last visit, delicious. We ate family style which was the perfect way to be able to try a lot of dishes. The pork belly dish was a huge hit, but all of the dishes were acceptional. The basil calamari and spring rolls were especially good appetizers. Of course the lava cake for dessert made our chocoholics swoon!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMCheerful clean contemporaryCheerful clean contemporary décor and excellent service were the highlights. Unfortunately the food did not reach the same level.
The coating on the calamari was too thick and bready. They should take lessons from tempura. However, the sauce was flavorful. The black cod was slightly overcooked and lacked crispness on the outside. The mam ruoc pork was wonderfully spiced, but a little heavy on salt (? soy sauce).3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMTamarine never disappointsTamarine never disappoints !!!! Food is fabulous!!! Went there for girls night out and had a fantastic time.
We ordered drunken beef, cod,lemon grass sea bass . They were all excellent.
Will go back for sure.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMTry it, you'll like it!Three of us had lunch and ordered soup plus a variety of appetizers and an entree, the way one might in a Chinese restaurant. Glad we did, because we were able to experience so many fantastic dishes. Wow, what flavor! The service was friendly and attentive, without being the least bit fussy or pretentious (I am uneasy with fussy and pretentious). Our reservation was for two, and the hostess handled the extra person with grace and a welcoming attitude. If it is a special occasion or an important business lunch, be sure to request the back room, as it is quieter with a more formal ambiance.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, great service.Good food, great service. Price I believe is higher a bit due to the power lunch crowd.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice staff.Our hostessVery nice staff.Our hostess was incredibly nice and took my jacket for me.the server was extremely knowledgeable of the menue.would definately recommend to my friends and come here again!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMA place to return to.The food was incredible. We shared the mixed appetizer plate then had duck, long beans and jasmine rice. Every dish done to perfection. I will return very soon.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMParty of 13, older but could hearWe had a party of 13 and they seated us in a great location next to the windows. The restaurant was lively but we could hear well.
We came in separate parties of 5 so the servers did not approach the table until everyone was there. The early birds would have preferred ordering wine earlier. The food was the best. We ordered family style and I loved the fresh calamari. The taro egg rolls were a big hit as well as the chicken skewers for appetizers. The Cod beat out the Sea Bass for best main dish. I also liked the wide noodles and beef. Service during the meal was good. I will definitely return, especially for a large party.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMLively ambiance, exceptionalLively ambiance, exceptional food, friendly service, what's not to like?3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFrequent Tamerine Diner.The two of us had:
Salt & Pepper Calamari (unusual and best ever)
Dave's Bomber Margarita (ditto)
Clay Pot Cod (ditto)
Hoisin Lamb Chops (a little firm, but still very good)
Empress Rice (very special)
Beignets (we always have these)
Pots of Green Tea.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBest vietamese cusine i everBest vietamese cusine i ever had - solid food, great implementaion, innovative recipe3/6/2013 12:00:00 AMShrimp Spring Rolls: FreshShrimp Spring Rolls: Fresh rice paper filled with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts & mint; served with a hoisin-chili sauce...the sauce is very nice.
Hoisin Lamb Chops Hoisin: garlic & rosemary grilled chops served with baby bok choy & sweet potato fries...wonderful lamb chops marinated in a delicious sauce.
Kobe Beef Pho Sliced Kobe beef blanched with star anise, cinnamon & ginger beef broth; served w/ rice noodles & herbs...great flavor.
Persimmon bourbon cake...nice sauce, served with gelato.
Vietnamese coffee: sweet and smooth.
So good. Great atmosphere, excellent service. Not noisy at all (the place was well stocked with happy and enthusiastic customers).
We had a very pleasant time. I will be back for more soon.12/1/2012 12:00:00 AM