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Tamarine

4.3
1764 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Vietnamese
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vietnamese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 325-8500
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tammy Huynh
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Private party facilities
To experience Tamarine in a private setting, the restaurant is pleased to offer three elegant private dining options that can seat from 10 to 155 guests.
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Private party contact
Charles Chen: (650) 325-8500 ext. 104
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tasso & Webster
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Parking details
public free parking directly behind building at the Cowper/Webster garage.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
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normar (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

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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Velasquez (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

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)
4.0  Dined on August 31, 2015

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

All the rest is fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 30, 2015

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

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vipJuJu (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

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)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2015

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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2015

Great food. Slow service.

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vipEventsLady (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2015

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

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Karishma (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2015

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)
3.0  Dined on August 18, 2015

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

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vipPeas (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2015

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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ndm515 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2015

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)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2015

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

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JustDeserts (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2015

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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 26, 2015

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)
3.0  Dined on July 21, 2015

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)
3.0  Dined on July 20, 2015

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)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2015

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)
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2015

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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