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.
Everything was fine. Staff kindly turned down music volume so we could converse.
We love Tamarind ... Consistently good food every time we go
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.
Recommended for a casual meal with good variety of Thai and other Asian dishes. Decent wine list and attentive service. Good value for money.
Great food service and drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food was delicious
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The food is good but priced on the high side. The lunch menu is a lot better deal.
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..
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...
Great cocktails and long & tasty menu. Very convenient for performances at the Auditorium
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.