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Three Seasons
Three Seasons

Three Seasons Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.threeseasonsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (650) 838-0353
  • 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: Vietnamese, Pan-Asian, 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 (650) 858-0353

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Service was great - the food was fairly good but not all items were that great. The pork baby back ribs were definitely good and worth ordering. The hamachi shots were decent but not amazing."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed a casual family dinner here and were very happy with the food and service. The appetizers, papaya salad, ribs and sticky rice dessert were all delicious. I felt they could do more to improve the ambience. The balcony is nice--but the rail was right at eye-level so we couldn't see the room below."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Fun flavors, artfully presented. BBQ Pork Ribs were especially tender. Soft Shell Crab roll was delicious; I'd order that again. Duck roll was tasty. Prawn and mango roll was interesting, but a bit too sweet. Papaya salad was nice, but a little too much green papaya and not enough counterbalance. The chicken salad was surprisingly yummy with many different flavors. The catfish was a little dry and bland. Udon noodles had a good mixture of tofu and vegetables, but the mushroom broth was pretty light. Ginger creme brulee and the chocolate lava cake were both delicious."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Lunch was quiet and leisurely, giving us time to eat everything we ordered. Artichoke soup (or was it asparagus?) was excellent. Duck rolls and eggplant dish very satisfying. Crisp tofu not as crisp as expected, but tasty without such strong flavors as to be unsuitable for appetizer. Seafood potstickers less interesting than expected. I'm ready to go again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had dined at Three Seasons with a large group several months ago and thought the food and service was wonderful. When we went back on our own, the service was still very good but almost everything we ordered was overcooked and tough and almost inedible. The only dish that came out well was the Barbeque Pork Satay. We were particularly disappointed in the Crab Purses (overcooked and very dry) and the Garlic Noodles and Shrimp (the noodles were okay but the shrimp was inedible). We've scratched Three Seasons off our list!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Literally a hidden gem in overbooked Palo Alto, Three Seasons offers high quality, truly delicious dishes in a nice environment only one door in off University Ave. I'm a big fan of the Slanted Door in SF, and found the green papaya salad even better here, and the shaking beef so tender and delicious. Definitely coming back often, especially as my other favorites in PA are usually booked at least one week in advance and impossible to get into. Hope I didn't ruin this now for myself -- but the management and chef definitely deserve the applause. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I came here for dinner after he picked me up from the airport and it was the perfect place to unwind with a fabulous selection of wine, apps, and entrees. We made a reservation just a few minutes before we showed up and they seated us immediately, upstairs was a fun place to people watch and take in the unique atmosphere. Seating anywhere else in the restaurant as well as outside would offer an equally great experience. Our server Gabriele was so nice and had some great recommendations for us. We enjoyed the energy and ambiance and will definitely go back! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food, service and ambience. Not sure if we would dine here without a discount deal...it is a bit pricey but very tasty. Had a travelzoo voucher that was a great deal!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "If you're looking for traditional and tasty Vietnamese food, maybe look elsewhere. We took our family here for dinner this weekend. The building is lovely with a grand domed ceiling and good people watching potential from the balconies. The bar was buzzing with a Friday night crowd. The food however was overpriced for what it was. The fresh duck spring rolls were the highlight. Everything else was either deep fried to within an inch of its life or not sharp and flavorsome enough- overall a bland Americanised take on Vietnamese cooking. There was nothing especially bad about the experience, but having said that, nothing standout either. I don't think we'll be back. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Never too crowded or noisy, Three Seasons is an old standby that you might forget. But the curry chicken is simply outstanding, and the old building is so pretty and light inside, that we return over and over"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This was our first time there. I was scoping out the place since I send groups of 10 to 14 from my workplace to local restaurants every week. The good: Beautiful setting, food is fresh, tasty, artfully presented, and busboys were excellent. The bad and the ugly: Hostesses (2) and our waiter were awful. The worst service we've had in many years. Completely inattentive, unaware and uninterested that we had not been approached by a waiter for the first 15 minutes minutes, or when we wanted to order another side, or when we wanted our check. Restrooms were gross and not looked after, and it was 6:30 pm! Definitely not going back and not sending anyone from my workplace there. We want to nominate them for one of those restaurant stakeout shows!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our service was poor, shaking beef meat was chewy, chicken satay was dry, garlic noodles were bland and the app with calamari was sitting in oil? It was not a good dining experience."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "First time eating at Three Seasons; Popular place, lively atmosphere. Food was tasty and enjoyed by all; one MSG-sensitive diner got a headache the next day, so unsure about MSG content. One dish arrived barely lukewarm; waitstaff was friendly but timing and frequency of check-ins may have suffered due to how busy the restaurant was. Great cocktails. Go more for the lively ambiance than anything else!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Particular like the shaking beef and shrimp and garlic noodles. Spring role were excellent. For dessert we had a fried banana and warm mango- both terrific. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Beautiful place, attentive service, but very overpriced food for the portion size and simplicity of the flavors and ingredients. Don't come hungry if you're on a budget."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • " as always, great food! Love their seafood potstickers and great selection of vegetarian dishes, a few new items on the menu, liked their prawns and vegetables and great service as well!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Service was just okay, food seemed overpriced for a shrimp noodle entree ($28 and greasy), small hot pot of catfish ($36, no rice included) and never noticed this before on previous visits. Nonetheless, not what I remember of the restaurant; prices seemed more expensive, staff scarce and not as attentive (hostess included), and the quality of food was less than expected. Even the main floor seating had changed; all tables were high tops. Sad that service and quality lacked as we drove from San Francisco just for dinner at Three Seasons."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "As always food and service was great! Love their crispy egg rolls and seafood pot stickers!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary dinner and was hoping to have some of our favorites dishes. They took the Baked Apple off their drink menu...they changed the crispy calamari recipe to now incorporate turmeric powder, and the soft shell crab roll just wasn't the same and fell apart . Our server did not really write anything down so she missed part of our order and she was more interested in getting a drink for herself than getting our drinks. Our food came out before our drinks...needless to say, we didn't stay for the rest of dinner. We left and went around the corner for better food and better service."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "LOVE the foods we ordered! Staff were accommodating with my 3 kids (2 kids & 1 newborn) and gave us a spacious table upstairs. Nice ambiance too."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Server, food, and ambiance were all fabulous. We selected from the small plates menu to share and everything was delicious - quail, duck salad rolls, oysters, lamb, and a huge portion of calamari. The server was friendly and accommodating regarding our Groupon (not always the case at all restaurants) and made a stellar drink recommendation. We would love to go back, but it's a bit beyond our means without the Groupon. Not necessarily overpriced when compared to other area restaurants of the same caliber, but definitely expensive."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Inspite of being a beautiful restaurant with good service, the food seems to suffer from declining quality.. Since we were in a large group, we got to sample a number of dishes, and while everything was OK, nothing stood out the way it used to. The portions seem to keep getting smaller, so I don't see either value or taste, just a nice place to hang out with friends.."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Alan the waiter was great. He was knowledgeable and customized our drink orders. The food was excellent as always!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was bland and had no taste. The scorpion shrimp rolls had zero taste. The shrimp dish was OK, not great. I expected to be wow'd by the food and was so disappointed. The service was ok; the waiter was not attentive and didn't come by to check on us. And, then to add insult to injury, the waiter added his tip to the bill. There were 2 of us and he added 20% tip. Not cool!! I do not recommend 3seasons and will never go back. Not worth the prices."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We dine at Three Seasons a few times a year. I have never been disappointed with their food, service, or drinks. This is a fantastic restaurant with a very unique menu. The shaking beef, baby back ribs, sea bass, and traditional rolls are our favorites."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed a leisurely dinner for my friend's birthday. A table upstairs was quieter than those downstairs. Food and service were great."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Food was good - presentation was outstanding. Prices high considering what size the portions are. Five shrimps and some garlic noodles for $24 dollars??????"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was great along with good service. We would go back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This place is consistently very good, right down to the sushi bar. Favorites include rock shrimp, lamb satay, curry and green beans. Similar to Tamarine but better."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "You'd think that with five people dining service would be good. Nonexistent service and over priced entrees. Won't be retuning."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "food was horrible except the pork skewers. Server was SO sweet and amazing."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Prices are nearly the same, food is much better at Tamarine."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014