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About Permanently Closed - Tamarind - Chicago

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!

Enjoy!

614 S. Wabash St
Chicago, IL 60605
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:


Lunch & Dinner:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Balbo Ave & Harrison St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 379-0970

Website:
http://www.tamarindsushi.com/

Public Transit:
Harrison (Red Line)
Harold Washington Library (Brown Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, Purple Line)
Jackson-Red (Red Line)

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Tamarind - Chicago - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

3.6

ambience

3.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (81)
Good for Groups (64)
Fit for Foodies (53)
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Great for Lunch (48)
Kid-friendly (20)
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Late-night Find (11)
Special Occasion (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Romantic (8)
Notable Wine List (4)
Outstanding Value (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2016

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

Tags: Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2016

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

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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Fun, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 6, 2016

Great food service and drinks.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2015

Food was delicious

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vip
 (Columbus)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2014

Went to Tamarind after the Nutcracker. This was a ladies outing with sister, sister in-laws, cousins, and nieces. The food was great and the service was excellent. Two in our partyr receved their meals a little late but overall we enjoyed our meal.

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Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2014

We went there as a group of 8 and shared Sushis, so I cannot comment on the rest of the menu.
The sushis were very good, especially the Tamarind specials.
Reasonable price, good wines, friendly waitress.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2014

Sushi was good and fresh. Service was friendly and efficient. We had a large group and they were very flexible and made our evening enjoyable. There are not many quality choices in this area, so Tamarind is a welcome spot!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2014

Only 1 of 5 was happy with their meal. My honey walnuts with tofu was drenched in kewpie mayo instead of a propper white sauce, friend's tempura tasted odd - bad oil, lunch hour rush was apparently under-staffed.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2014

The food was good. But the service was overwhelmed that night so the service was not so great. I think it was due to the Auditorium performance that night that overextended their normal staffing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2014

The service was terrible. Restaurant was not staffed properly for the number of diners. The server did not have a good command of the English language so communication was difficult. We had to ask about our order multiple times as well as getting our beverages. The food was ok but we were so rushed to eat so we wouldn't miss our show that we really didn't enjoy it.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2014

This place is in my neighborhood and I eat here frequently. I love the stir fry bar. You pick your veggies and they cook and add whatever protein you want. The tofu is really good here. There is a mix of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and everything I have had has been really good. I usually order a few appetizers and share and then end up with part of the entree to take home, but it's good reheated too Their lemongrass beef is great, lettuce wraps, dumplings all great. Sushi is very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2014

As the title states, Tamarind would be good for take out or a quick meal if you live in the neighborhood. The decor/seating is not fancy and the food was good, but not overly flavorful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 28, 2014

After 20 minutes of sitting at our table with no waitress I got up and approached someone. I was told a waitress would be right over. After another several minutes a woman came to take our drink order and appetizers. After 40 minutes..the woman came back and said they didn't have some of the ingredients (ginger!?) to make a few of our cocktails...did we want to just cancel the order? she asked. I said, "No...we'll order different ones but given how long this has taken...we won't be paying for them." She said, "oh no of course not." The dishes came out one by one...no one was able to actually eat together.. THEN we asked for the checks. Lo and behold, the drinks were on the bill.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 2014

Happy to recommend this restaurant which is especially convenient either before or after attending an event at the Auditorium Theater. Food delicious, something for everyone and dishes can be shared or not.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 6, 2014

The food is good but priced on the high side. The lunch menu is a lot better deal.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 1, 2014

I think the people in front of us without a reservation got our table because when they got to us we only had the option of sitting on the stools at the sushi bar (ugh). We were seated with food menus, water, setups, and no drink menus. The seats were terrible, too -- unless you were weaing pleather, you would slide right off of them, and they had no where to hang your purse or coat, and no back. Hard as a rock. We proceeded to sit there for twenty minutes as various staff ran by shouting things at one another, and as the sushi guys avoided eye contact. With 8:00 tickets at the Auditorium Theatre, we thought it best to bail. Went across the street to Thai Spoon, where we were served a delicious cocktail and dinner immediately..

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 1, 2014

This restaurant tries to be Chinese, Thai and Japanese (I have to look, maybe they have some Vietnamese, Cambodian and Korean thrown in). I am pretty sure they are Chinese ... funny seeing three Chinese men lined up as sushi chefs (and don't eat the sushi). I will say I could have eaten their eggplant all night long, so that was a good call ... the Thai curry was decent, but that is something that sits in a pot all day and is scooped to order. I am not sure I will go back as there are other restaurants in the area worth exploring before I resort to this one again. Unless I am in an eggplant mood...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 22, 2014

Great cocktails and long & tasty menu. Very convenient for performances at the Auditorium

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 21, 2014

For sushi, stick with a good Japanese restaurant, not Chinese-owned. The sushi was dry and of questionable age. Our main course was plopped down before we were done with the starter & the waitress could not push our appetizer plates out from under us fast enough. Seemed like she wanted to sell the table at least two more times. Well, we did not have to worry about our sushi getting cold while we finished our appetizers. I think the sushi was prepared long before and just placed on plates as ordered -- not prepared to order. I was embarrassed for my guests who were polite. Had I no guests, I'd have turned the sushi in and ordered cooked food (but would have been worried as to what they might have done to retaliate).

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 15, 2014

The title of the review says it all. The food was barely edible: the beef in the dishes was fat, chewy blobs. The brown rice soup was nothing more than commercial chicken broth with some rice and leftover vegetables. Egg rolls were an oily mess and tasted like they came from a vendor. Service? Forget it. In a nearly empty restaurant, we were seated next to the drafty door on a cold winter day. The waitress came within 30 seconds to take our food orders; we asked for a little more time, but it was 15 minutes before we saw her again. Dishes came out of the kitchen as they were done, meaning each guest at our table was served 5-10 minutes apart. Horrible. I will never return to this restaurant.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2014

Tamarind is a short walk to the Auditorium. The atmosphere was very pleasant. The food was quite good, and they have a wide variety of Asian cuisines. Service was a bit slow, but they were able to get us out with plenty of time to get to the show. The restaurant was busy with many different age groups and ethnicities in attendance. I would definitely return when I am downtown.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2014

Great for a quick meal before a show in the area - the food is nothing exceptional. Large portions to fill you up. Extensive list of cocktails but none are very good (remember them being excellent a few years ago).

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 10, 2013

Came to Chicago for the first time. I was looking for good chinese food and googled it and found Tamarind on the internet. We had gone to Soldier field earlier to take some pictures before lunch. The location of the restaurant was nearby and it was easy to find. The menu had a diversity of other dishes beside chinese. I was so happy they also had Thai, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese on the menu. Food was amazing. Portions were huge and i enjoyed every thing my husband and i ordered. i will definitely come back to this restaurant and recommend this to my family and friends when they visit chicago.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2013

I have been going to Tamarind since 2006 or so when I lived in the South Loop. My son and I recently went to lunch here (I have not been in a couple of years) and when I got to the restaurant, it was not busy. I overheard a waiter say that there was a convention in town and they were going to get very busy so I was glad I was there before the crowd. Before they got busy, my waitress was just not good. I had to flag her down every time which was extremely frustrating. Once the crowd came in, I just wanted a box for food and my check and after nearly 30 minutes, finally got it. The food here is great. This was the first time I have ever been here and had poor service. I would still go back again, but maybe for carry out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 21, 2013

The restaurant was very busy and we had to wait even 45 minutes with a baby despite ha ing a reservation but the food was good and the prices were reasonable, far superior to other eateries in the South Loop area.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2013

Great menu, price and food. If there is one thing that would make this place stand out more is improving there service. It took to long to get a table, even with reservation and it took long for someone to take your order. Other than that the food is good, the sushi is amazing and priced well. I would recommend this place only to people that are not in a rush and has patience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2013

This restaurant was not prepared for a large crowd prior to a show at the Auditorium Theatre which I find very confusing as they are only one of a few restaurants around the area. How can you not be prepared? I'm sure this happens every weekend. Took a half an hour for someone to show up at our table, even after we asked. Food was not ready before we had to leave and two people ordered sushi. I will not be returning to this restaurant nor recommending it to anyone.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 2, 2013

We were sat at our reservation time, however, our order was not taken for an hour. Our food arrived before our drinks. The food was good the organization was just not there. There was no apology for the bad service to try to make things right.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2013

We had tickets to a show and arrived 2 hours ahead - our server just had too many tables and was doubling as bartender. We ordered a sushi appetizer and it was the last thing to arrive after our entrees. We had hoped that she forgot about it and tried to flag her down the cancel without success. Will avoid weekends at Tamarind. Took the hosts more than 5 minutes to find our reservation which was weird. Have had much better visits during the week. Really like variety on menu and creative cocktails.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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