518 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301Neighborhood:
VietnamesePrice: $30 and under
- 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: 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
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerVietnamese
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Three Seasons reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (30)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (18)fit for foodies (15)special occasion (13)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (7)romantic (7)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- candyVIPDined on 11/7/2014We really enjoyed our lunch, great outdoor sitting, relaxing atmosphere, love their wild salmon entrée, full of flavors, we had their papaya mango salad and it was very refreshing and great service as well!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/6/2014Kevin and Angel were our waiters. They both were very polite and nice to us.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great atmosphere but food was okayRezziechickVIPDined on 10/28/2014I grew up eating Vietnamese food and was somewhat disappointed by the thai dishes on the menu. I was hoping it would be more traditional Vietnamese cuisine but it wasn't. The service, ambiance, wine, and decor were all great. We ordered the dishes the waiter recommended as the house specials and they were just okay. Not bad, but not great. I hope they can improve the food because the outside (lovely patio area) and inside decor are both fantastic.Special Features:
- Wonderful vibeLeahVIPDined on 10/15/2014Three seasons always had solidly good food, pleasant atmosphere, and a great staff. I have been on a few occasions and have never been disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday celebrationscallops4meDined on 10/11/2014The evening was great because the waitress knew it was "all about the birthday girl", pouring heavily of a fantastic wine Altamura Sangiovese 2009. I got the Tamarind prawns and they were fabulous. The curry and the basil chicken was also good. The birthday dessert was lovely fried bananas covered in coconut with coconut ice cream. We really enjoyed the evening, the ambiance and connivence of great food in our Palo Alto neigborhood.Special Features:
- Very Disappointed Return VisitmynicknameDined on 10/8/2014The food as usual was good. Two Big disappointments: 1. All the seating inside the premises have now changed to ONLY high chairs. This seating was physically uncomfortable for half of our party. On requesting normal height seating, the two hostesses were pretty blase about the matter. And although we saw patrons at the upper level, this apparently was not presented as an option to our party. Very likely we may not visit this restaurant again just on this count. 2. The lighting is now also changed to VERY DIM. I do not think any of the members of our party were able to do justice to adequate menu selection in that lighting All in all, very disappointed since we have had good experiences on all our past visits.
- Incredibly overpriced, food blandMaggiemdVIPDined on 10/2/2014I remember three seasons in the city and was looking forward to trying this restaurant. We ordered the shaking beef, noodles and fresh spring rolls and out food was $70, with drinks it was over $100. The slaking beef was bland and small. The noodles were bland and the shrimp was over cooked and dry. The price for the size and quality of the mean was surprising.
- Pricey VietnameseTrnrmomVIPDined on 9/5/2014Although there was nothing wrong with food, service or ambience, the prices for Vietnamese noodles were a bit out of line. There was nothing special about the ingredients, but you are paying for the atmosphere & the location. Cold noodles, soup noodles and traditional spring rolls were all well done, however.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great outdoor diningpalyeaterVIPDined on 9/2/2014we sat outside under an umbrella during a hot palo alto day. got the salmon entree with green beans and rice. the salmon was over cooked and a bit dry which was a little bit of a bummer - but the service was great and the food is usually really delicious.Special Features:
- Handsome architectureBillCVIPDined on 8/25/2014This is a good local Vietnamese restaurant, not as expensive as nearby Tamarine, but vastly more noisy. The food is good and the service swift. As with most places to eat, it is noisy. It is popular on weekdays with tech folks, mostly men. But go for the handsome architecture, for it once was a Palo Alto bank, and good wood and a stained glass ceiling are worth an admiring look.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- kayskornerVIPDined on 8/21/2014Loved all of our food: Green Papaya Salad, Shaking Beef, Garlic Noodles and the divine Vietnamese coffee. Edgar, our server was wonderful and attentive. We love coming here!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Trendy VietnameseAHreviewVIPDined on 8/16/2014Three Seasons is really good. This was my 3rd visit and I never had anything I didn't like. We ate outside which was quiet and private. Inside is beautiful and sometimes has music, which I like. We had 5 dishes tapas style this time, which was plenty for 2. The mango shrimp salad tasted wonderful, and was colorful, ample, and crunchy. I love cashews and basil in a salad. We also had roast duck in little yeast dough steamed buns that were outstanding, and skewered pork kebabs that were succulent and tender. They have a lovely dessert menu and were glad we indulged with the ginger creme brulee. I highly recommend Three Seasons.Special Features:
- Good atmosphere, not worth the costOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/15/2014Food was decent but not for the price. For 2 of us with NO DRINKS it was $110 including tip.Special Features:
- Great time!ebuenaVIPDined on 8/3/2014Used a travelzoo voucher for this visit. Service was great and the food was deliciousSpecial Features:
- The following 665 reviews are from the Three Seasons reviews archive.
- Great funMsAzumaDined on 7/25/2014Good food, great wait staff, awesome live music, fun crowd. That night was grand!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointed return customerIcookDined on 7/23/2014We have eaten at Three Seasons several times in the past. This time we found the seating uninteresting (a greasy smell inside sent us outside to face a bare concrete wall). The food was significantly poorer in quality than before (flavorless undercooked bok choy, for example) arriving as small expensive portions. The service was slow even though the restaurant was not crowded. We will not return.
- Pleasant Dining.OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 7/23/2014It was a pleasant dining experience. We ordered two appetizers, seafood potstickers and happy buns which is pao with peking duck. It was good but the peking duck was meager. The potstickers were nice but it came to us slightly warm - it would have been nice if it were hot. It seems that it was not freshly made. We also ordered the grilled prawns with garlic noodles - ok - the prawns were sadly overcooked. We ordered chilean seabass and that was very nice and the bok choy was pretty good. For dessert we ordered sticky rice and mango - sticky rice was delicious. Our waitress Caitlin was very nice - no complaints there.
- Too noisy with construction nearbyOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/21/2014We sat outdoor and cannot hear our conversation as the loud noise from jackhammer nearby that was non-stop during lunchtime. When the sun came out, we asked to move indoor but was told that there was a private party going on. But when I pick up the bill from the cashier, there was no party at all. In fact, there were lots of empty tables and only about 3 small tables were occupied.Special Features:
- Too many tempting items on the menuOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 7/16/2014We sat outside so there was very little noise, and since it's not on the street there is no traffic going by. Highlight of our meal was the Thai snapper, a whole fish fried with crispy skin and succulent flesh and presented not lying down but as if it were swimming and turning. The salad with grapefruit pieces and cashews was also a hit. Sadly we did not order the lamb chops but we did get the "Happy Buns", duck in a steamed bun with the fixings of Peking Duck inside – very satisfying. We lamented the disappearance of the Muscadet from the wine list but enjoyed the Sylvaner from Alsace instead, and at only $36 a bargain.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Service Okay FoodhuginnmuninnDined on 7/12/2014We were seated immediately with the OpenTable Reservation. We were a party of 4 and ordered Crab Wallets, Shrimp roll and Happy Buns. The appetizers took 10 mins and were just perfect. For main course, we ordered Lamb, Snapper and Shaking Beef with Garlic Noodles - straight out of the Foursquare recommendations. They were out of snapper so we ordered the Sea Bass instead. The dishes were all winners. But, the servings are very small for most Americans. 2 of us had to go for pizza after.Special Features:
- Wonderful flavorsRosalieGVIPDined on 7/9/2014Sat outside on tall stools on a warm weeknight. Spring rolls good. Little chops delicious. Many choices and many plates to share. Always like the wonderful flavors of Three Seasons' food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JessieJessieVIPDined on 7/9/2014Service 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.Special Features:
- Some nice dishesPaloAltoDinerDined on 6/29/2014Fun 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.Special Features:
- PAJanVIPDined on 6/28/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tis the Seasons....SwankieVIPDined on 6/21/2014A special birthday was made even better with the delicious small plates at this absolutely beautiful restaurant in downtown Palo Alto. Excellent service also in a bit of a hideaway location. Really enjoyed this place and would definitely go again.Special Features:
- Reliable favoritejdlocalDined on 6/20/2014Lunch 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointment!SusanneVIPDined on 6/19/2014We 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!
- Hidden GemHungryVIPDined on 6/16/2014Literally 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!Special Features:
- Fun date night!NelliottDined on 5/30/2014My 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice space, food could be betterRAMCCDined on 5/30/2014If 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.Special Features:
- great food and ambiancepickyeaterVIPDined on 5/25/2014Never 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 overSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodLynieRVIPDined on 5/24/2014Really 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!Special Features:
- Three SeasonsDidiDined on 5/23/2014Our 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.
- Appearances were deceivingLuvGoodServiceDined on 5/23/2014This 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!
- Fun date nightFoodFiendVIPDined on 5/13/2014First 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious foodJaneVIPDined on 5/11/2014Particular 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ScottishHippieVIPDined on 5/9/2014Beautiful 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.Special Features:
- Disappointed!FoodieDined on 5/4/2014Service 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- candyVIPDined on 5/1/2014as 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- They've changed their recipespastalvrVIPDined on 4/21/2014We 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.Special Features: