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Permanently Closed - Tamarind - Chicago

87 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (64)
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Since 1989, the Ko family has been in the restaurant business, including such sites as Charming Wok and Charming Cuisine.

This newest incarnation is hip, and slightly Swank, in the up-and-coming South Loop neighborhood. Our Comfortable, casual interior is warm and welcoming.

The eclectic Asian cuisine is a fusion of Japanese/Thai/Chinese/Vietnemese, offering specialty original dishes like Asian Pizza.

Hailed as one of the best Asian restaurants in a city known for its cuisine, locals love us and have us on speed dial!

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Sushi, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation

Lunch & Dinner:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 379-0970
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Between Balbo Ave & Harrison St
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Public transit
Harrison (Red Line)
Harold Washington Library (Brown Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, Purple Line)
Jackson-Red (Red Line)
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 87 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 27, 2016

I hadn't been to Tamarind in a few years. After this visit, I don't plan to return in the future.

Everything from service to ambience to food was mediocre at best. The staff acted as if they didn't want to be there. The food was bland and lukewarm.

TexasVisitor (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Everything was fine. Staff kindly turned down music volume so we could converse.

vipDoctorIman (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

We love Tamarind ... Consistently good food every time we go

LikeGoodFood (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2016

We liked simple surroundings, kind people who served us and prepared good food. It did not have to cost much to be fresh and delicious. Their smiles made us feel welcomed.

vipFlash (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

Recommended for a casual meal with good variety of Thai and other Asian dishes. Decent wine list and attentive service. Good value for money.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

Great food service and drinks.

vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

Maitre'D was rude on a Friday night. Seats by kitchen are loud with music blaring. Drinks and wait staff are superb. Sushi very good. The tamarind roll was unique but bland. The other rolls were pretty and tasty. Overall a good not great sushi place. Not too overpriced.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

The Mushu pork was excellent. We also had duck stir fry, crab Rangoon and sushi all of it was extremely good. The service was very slow even though the place was nearly empty. I thought this was a great value and will definitely be back.

vipwellingtonneighbor (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

Food was generally good & inexpensive.
Service was terrible. We to hail our waiter to order drinks. We had to ask a 2nd time for the drinks to be brought to our table.
Soups arrived AFTER the entrees.
One dish never was brought and we had to ask for it.
The wait staff could not understand English and mixed up our orders.
We had to chase down our waiter to pay the bill.

Carski (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on September 12, 2015

This restaurant was easy to get reservations at in downtown Chicago on a Saturday night. There were a couple of items on the menu that the kitchen was out of. One of the guest ordered the Thai Iced Tea and it was overly sweet thought the Orange Martini was great! We ordered a couple of sushis that were good for appetizers. The pad thai was a little bland. Overall we were satisfied with our meal but good is the highest rating I can offer.

thesweetc (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2015

Food was delicious

vipMarrick43215 (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on July 4, 2015

We hit Tamarind whenever we're in Chicago. The food is better than average, and the price is fairly inexpensive. Generous portions can be shared by two if a light dinner is desired.

Saxophonesam (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2015

With it's amazing food and -usually- stellar service, it is one of my favorite places for food in Chicago. I have been to Tamarind many times, and each time I am greeted with a smiling face. The wait staff is usually extremely accommodating, especially with groups with strollers and young kids. The staffbseems to go above and beyond for their customers.

I've had only one issue on one occasion, which was when the waitress added a 20% gratuity automatically. It seemed uncalled for, and although my group and I are good tippers, it seemed pushy.

Overall the food is killer. The spinach rangoons are perfect for those who have a shellfish allergy, but want to indulge in fried, cream-cheesy goodness. I am a huge fan of their Vietnamese Pho soup, too.

Highly recommend this place. It is open every day from 11-11, so it is a fantastic joint for late night cravings.

vipWookie (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on March 23, 2015

I discovered this unassuming place through Open Table about 3 years ago. It is a smaller place with excellent food and service. A menu complete with excellent sushi, sashimi, as well as Chinese and Thai dishes. The food comes quickly and is very very good. The service is great as well. We stay at a hotel 1 block away for an annual convention. I take my team there at least twice per trip because everyone loves it. I have now been there about 7 or 8 times, and it is always consistently good.

vipLeolovesfood (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

We wanted a quick and convenient place to grab a something before a show.

We picked this place and were pleasantly surprise. Great service and food. Really good martinis and all at a very reasonable price.

We will definitely be back.