Tamarine

4.3
1757 Reviews
$31 to $50
Vietnamese

About

Embark on a culinary journey through Southeast Asia at Tamarine. Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, this upscale restaurant offers a refined take on Vietnamese cuisine, served in a peaceful white-table setting. Helmed by Chef Tammy Huynh, Tamarine's menu features an exquisite selection of entrees, soups, salads and signature dishes cooked with the freshest Asian ingredients.

Get your taste buds racing with some shrimp spring rolls before diving into a delicious entrée of crisp-fried whole Mediterranean striped bass served with a sambal shellfish sauce. Complement it with a specialty cocktail, made using traditional ingredients. Visit the bar between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and enjoy great Happy Hour discounts. In addition to its elegant dining room, Tamarine also offers semi-private and private dining areas for guests who prefer a little more intimacy. The restaurant's elegant setting makes it an ideal pick for an after-hours cocktail.

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normar
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaking beef was great as usual. Our guests enjoyed the rice dish with egg. Service was very good and understated. Brought one bottle of wine and that was properly handled. Asked for some hot sauce for one of the dishes and it appeared promptly.

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MikeK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Awesome Overall!

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Velasquez
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the green sauce and the calamari, always pleased with the food. Service was nice and polite. Always love it here.

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Rudy
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2015
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent food except for my entree which was just Too much salt....

All the rest is fantastic.

SG
SrijithG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service, nice place to have a conversation. sound absorbers on the wall really helps. Will come back

JJ
vipJuJu
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We tried Tamarine for a special birthday dinner and were unbelievably rushed through our meal. The waiter made it clear that we didn't order drinks and starters fast enough to suit him, but even so, we were finished with our main meal 45 minutes after being seated. We did order dessert, which added another few minutes, but we were paid and out the door in 1hr 15 min. It didn't feel special! The food was interesting and tasty, but the experience was spoiled by being rushed.

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BassieL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The quality of food is always consistent. We enjoyed the food, and the service was great. The tab for 3 for lunch without any alcohol was $120. That's $40 per person for lunch... not a place one can frequent casually.

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OKNY1
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I found the food to be exceptional, and the service equal... I bit pricey for some, but the quality of ingredients made it stand above your typical Vietnamese fare... Our group was for four, and each had enough to share our meals... It wasn't described as "Family Style," but definitely consider that concept when ordering... I rarely look at menu these days (I know, pretentious), and as the wait staff what to order based on what I feel like eating at the time... Our server Hector nailed it for me with the Sea Bass, and garlic noodles (their house specialty)... The four of us ate with a shared appetizer, four main dishes and three cocktails for $210! not a bad night

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vipLouisL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2015
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food. Slow service.

EL
vipEventsLady
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brandon was a dream, and you can't beat gluten free calamari! :)-

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Karishma
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints me. Food Quality and service is top notch. Love the lychee martini. Vegetarians have great options.

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kenkw
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Wine by the glass on small pour size - more like one flight

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vipCraigP
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tamarine's cuisine and service never misses a beat. We celebrated my dad's 75th birthday and they did everything possible to make it a special occasion. First, they put us at one of the best plush tables with a great view of the restaurants electric scene. Second, they had a birthday card plus homemade cookies wrapped in a small box for him. Finally, they brought a dessert out with candle. Nice touches that made the experience a great one. By the way, the shaking beef and clay pot cod remain wonderfully flavorful and tasty dishes. The Brewer-Clifton Pinot noir put a cap on the cuisine. Steve was an attentive and personable server whom we enjoyed very much. Tamarine will continue to remain on the top list,

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vipndm515
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here with my sister for a fancy dinner, and it was amazing. The food was delicious, HIGHLY recommend the empress rice--too good. The service was great. My sister accidentally ordered the wrong dish and they brought out a completely new and different one in less than 10 minutes. Also the food comes really quickly which is good and uncommon for fancy resteraunts. Only negative: it's pretty expensive- thanks mom and dad for paying!!

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bobb
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I love coming here. The atmosphere is modern and cozy. The food is always delicious.

JD
JustDeserts
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a delicious family meal at Tamarine, finishing our holiday in the US and time together with our Stanford student son. It was a fitting celebration. The service was attentive and pleasant, from seating us at a quiet table as requested, to plenty of explanation for the special dishes on offer and suggestions about combinations and sizes of dishes. The food was fresh, beautifully presented and full of new tastes for us. The shrimps were a firm favourite!

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vipRichardB
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Tamarine food good but not great. The service slipping our waiter seemed too busy to take care of us. It used to be great but now it is coasting on its past repute.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2015
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was delicious!
but i felt like the service was being rushed.
waiter came by so many times askng if we were done eating, but we were still eating.
and as soon as we put our utencils down, they just rushed into clearing the table as soon as possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2015
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Nice artwork. food was great! Felt like we were having dinner with the two men next to us. Tables were too close. Even the waiters had a hard time negotiating between the tables.

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Paloaltodiner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2015
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The heading says it all.

Even though Tim Cook from Apple was sitting near me, the place is not worth staying.

It is the place your parents force you to go for your great Aunts 95th birthday with decor that was cool in the 70's. They are too cheap to put in new lights. The IKEA pin lights are so annoying.

The waiter named Steve was beyond terrible and nasty. I didn't do anything to provoke him.

The food was very good but do take out. You will be glad you did. Or, go to SF to Slanted Door. If SD was in Palo Alto, these guys would be out of business.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The cuisine in this establishment is--in a word--nuanced, subtle, impeccable in production and presentation. The decor is subtle and "crisp". The service is superb, efficient, unobtrusive, and friendly without being cloying. Our server Mary Anne was perfect.

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vipPaloAltoLeafer
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding, varied, and interesting food and flavors. Service was prompt and in the right sequence. All 5 stars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their shaking beef and tamarind prawns! It is so delicious! A must try!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We LOVED Tamarine. Excellent food, nice ambience. This restaurant has been here for a number of years, even after the newness buzz has worn off it delivers some of the freshest, tastiest food in town. Will definitely be back.

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cherrilan
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here and It was everthing and more what I thought the food would taste like.

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algee
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the sea bass + mango chicken. Both were delicious. Would definitely come back (for leisure & business lunches as well!)

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hopidopigirl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is my fourth or fifth time eating at Tamarine in as many years and it never disappoints from the perspective of the quality of the food. Always, always excellent. Portion sizes are, however, a bit frustrating. Unless you are a *very* light eater an entree + rice (even if you get an appetizer) are not quite enough. And for the portion size, prices are very high. Because of this, I don't dine at Tamarine as often as I'd like to. We started with the salt & pepper calamari. Perfectly cooked (breading was crisp, calamari was tender) with a tangy and delicious cilantro emulsion that you wanted to drink. You can't miss with the clay pot cod...flaky, delicate with the incredible molasses sauce that makes you want to lick the bowl. The shaking beef was tender, but dry...almost no sauce (we should have asked for some). Good, but not as it has been in the past. Empress rice rounded out our meal and was completely delicious. We had the lemon pudding cake with blackberry sauce for dessert. Moist tender cake but, again, too light on the sauce. Dinner for two with *no* beverages came to $95. Now you can see why we don't dine there very often! Service was attentive, but not annoying. We were there for more than 2 hours and didn't ever feel rushed, even though the restaurant was very busy. I had asked for a quiet table/booth, and we were seated in exactly such a spot.

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mccronecpa
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food and service were spectacular...would highly recommend ordering the chef's tasting menu in advance for your first visit

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Born4wine
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vietnamese food upscaled for foodies. Very nice food and decor at surprisingly low price. Nicely done dishes that feel modern but are still have an authentic core. The beef noodle soup, pork chop, black cod in pot, tea leaf beef appetizer, kiwi drink, and sauces were all excellent. Desserts were also top notch -- innovative high-end spin of vietnamese favorites.

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Tamarine
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2015
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I love the food at Tamarine when I discovered the restaurant with the my co-workers. Subsequently, I reserved a table for my wedding anniversary and for my parents' wedding anniversary. Both the times, I reserved well ahead of time (2-3 weeks) and requested a quiet corner table. Even after calling them directly and requesting a corner table, they said they will try their best - both the times, we ended up with a 2 person table between other 2 person tables (there's a whole row of them assembled in a line). Felt crowded and squeezed in with the other tables. Food is consistently top quality but I think it misses the mark on the 'personal' touch. Some restaurants will give a little treat at the end of the meal to celebrate the occasion they have come for. Didn't get any of that here. Because of the excellent food and mild mannered servers, next time, I would only go there with a group and not for a romantic ambiance.

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vipHappyXmas1
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole Sichuan Branzino was fantastic. Also enjoyed Tuna Tempura rolls. I will definitely go back. It is too pricey for a regular lunch but special occasion fantastic! Good service as well.

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vipGeorge
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great evening and waiter (Sam). Each dish was very tasty and yummy. This is a very special place. Of course we will return.

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ellis
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tamarine has a pleasant atmosphere, polite and efficient staff and a nice, vibrant feel. The food was prepared and presented well. Our appetizer, the calamari, was the most flavorful with a strongly-flavored citrus dipping sauce. The clay pot cod had a deeply sweet flavor. The vegetable curry had a hint of coconut and was a little on the bland side, but nonetheless very good.

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victoria
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a fantastic meal. The tapioca may seem not very exciting as a desert, but it's surprisingly delicious, and vegan!

BP
vipBrunoP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect combination of flavors, good service, convenient location on University Av.

RP
vipRandomPerson
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. Tuna tartar, seabass and empress rice are highlights.

DD
DinerDan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience4

You can feel the prosperity in the ambience at Tamarine. On a warm Friday night, the rooms were packed with beautiful, no I mean that honestly, beautiful and happily boisterous people. Absolutely everything but the food was terrific. I'd heard about this place for years, made a few abortive attempts to go there, and was excited to myself to finally have a date, a paying date, to dine. But one bite into a soggy nugget of fried calamari with a fancy name and I was wondering. A bite into an equally soggy zucchini fritter (I am not responsible for the ordering) and I knew. Don't get me wrong, some of the dishes were good, and one cold soup was excellent. But the for the most part, you're buying elaborate presentation for its own sake, elaborate presentation that's become too elaborate for its own good. Sorry to be negative ;(.

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willclay55
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Second meal at Tamarine. Food was quite good; especially liked the appetizer "Tamarine Taste". Had the Shaking Beef entree and the Prawns, both of which I enjoyed. Service was quite slow to start but picked up well as the meal went along. This visit was more noisy than the prior one but this visit was prime time on a Friday night. My prior visit was early on a Saturday evening, which explains the more quiet atmosphere at that time. I appreciated that we were seated immediately when we arrived for our 8:00 reservation through Open Table. Beware of the crawling traffic on the street on University Avenue. I knew it would be like that so we gave ourselves what seemed like a generous amount of lead time but still cut it close due to the traffic. There is a convenient municipal parking deck immediately behind the restaurant. If I get back to Palo Alto, I will visit the restaurant again.

PB
vipPamelaB
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will return for sure. We ordered several appetizers and one entree to share, it was all so delicious .

EL
vipEventsLady
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kamie was awesome as our server and we tried wonderful new allergen free items absolutely love the meal and the service

FAQs

Tamarine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 325-8500.

Tamarine is rated 4.3 stars by 1757 OpenTable diners.