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Tarragon

3.8
475 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Located in historic downtown Sunnyvale, Tarragon Restaurant is the perfect date night restaurant. The intimate dining space, romantic lighting and entrées such as chicken marsala, linguine with clams and mussels as well as paella pollo and andouille combine to make a memorable evening. Tarragon offers a unique early dining option with three-course meals and discounted drinks from the full bar. The regular dinner menu offers many mesquite grill options such as the flat iron steak, rack of lamb, pork chop or airline chicken breast. There are also several vegetarian options on the menu including a grilled seasonal vegetable platter, butternut squash ravioli or the risotto Genovese.

Celebrate a wedding, graduation, birthday or other large event at Tarragon. The large upper floor banquet hall and outdoor terrace allow for plenty of room for guests while still enjoying an upscale atmosphere.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:00 pm - 6:00pm BAR AREA Half off Drinks
Dinner: Monday thru Saturday 5pm
Sundays - CLOSED
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Phone number
(408) 737-8003
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We have a large banquet room, for either conferences off sites, receptions, retirement parties, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Special menus to choose from starting at $35 to $65 per person or buffet menus as well.
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Private party contact
Dottia Bilic: (408) 737-8003
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Catering
We offer 3 course menu's, buffet, seafood bar, tons of appetizer platters, and multiple drink packages to suit your party's needs. Large private dining room for up to 250 people.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W. Evelyn Ave.
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Parking details
The Cal Train garage is kitty-corner from Evelyn Ave.

Public Lot located behind the restaurant on Sunnyvale Ave.
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Public transit
Cal Train
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Special events & promotions
Early Bird 3 course meal 20.00 per person from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Over 10 entrees to choose from.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
3.8
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5.0Dined on December 31, 2012

It was our first time at the Tarragon. The experience was very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2012

Three of the four people in my group ordered filet steaks. The steaks were all cooked to specification and delicious. The other dinner was the Ahi. This was also delicious and cooked perfect. The deserts were also yummy. This was our first time at Tarragon and will be back for sure.

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3.0Dined on December 22, 2012

good food, but a little too heavy on the garlic. In both our meals. the pork with polenta and the ravioli.

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3.0Dined on December 22, 2012

I just went here for my anniversary. Overall this place is good with a few drawbacks. The ambience is warm and welcoming. Food better than average. Paella was tasty but appeared to be prepared with cheese or cream which was not how paella tasted in Spanish restaurants Ive dined at. Prices are fair. It seems most diners were there for the $20 early bird specials. I was not impressed with our server who got our salad order wrong on two items- not splitting the portions into two dishes and not keeping the dressing separate. No one recognized that we where there for our anniversary either which I presume the maitre d should have been able to see on the Open Tablel reservation.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2012

It was our first time there. First impression was a reminder of "Joe's of San Rafael". It has a long curved walkway from the back door to the front door. The bar has ample seating and shows some class. We started with a "wedge" and it was great, the best we've had. The Caesar's salad was good as well especially with the added anchovies. We had lamb chops that were outrageously good and a scampi dish that was good but not a good the the lamb chops. The prices are very reasonable and our server (Amelia) was outstanding! We will be returning to Tarragon, hopefully often.

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2012

After reading positive reviews, decided to check this place out while waiting for our daughter to finish her 2 hour practice. Service was excellent but that was about it. Drinks were too tart for what they should've been. Wife's scampi and pasta was good albeit the pasta was a bit oily. However my seafood paella was extremely dry and frankly uneatble. Ended up transferring what meat incould find over to my wife's oily pasta just to satisfy a meal. Won't be going back and am recommending others try any one of the many, many other better places on the strip.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2012

Their early bird dinner is the best bargain in town! For $20 a great salad, rack of lamb (all right it's just 3 ribs, but very meaty and perfectly prepared) and a yummy dessert. Their early bird wine is $4 a glass, so this is a wonderful weeknight dinner if you can handle eating early! Great atmosphere too.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2012

Great restaurant and warm dining experience.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2012

We went early and they have a lovely early dinner special although that's not what we were looking for. Three courses all for about 20.00 - so very reasonable. The only negative was the wait staff was quite slow and we waited at least 20 min for our wine. The food was excellent however and the ambience is fine as well.

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3.0Dined on December 15, 2012

GOOD VALUE

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2012

We went for the early bird special and had a great time, a very lovely dinner, a wedding anniversary. Good services, excellent rack of lambs was recommended by our server and because of that my husband ordered another second serving of rack of lamb. Good job for our server named "Brandon" and to bus staff named "Carmelo". Cioppino was tasty, too. Good red wine for $4 a glass.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2012

Good value in my opinion. It is getting busier this time of year with all the holiday parties but service managed to keep up and my wife and I felt like we got decent service.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2012

We took advantage of the Early Bird Dinner and were very pleased. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. The service was great. We were looking for a quiet, nice place for dinner that was not too expensive and this definitely fit the bill.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2012

My favorite place in the South Bay!! Food is excellent & workers are friendly.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2012

Had the Thanksgiving dinner and loved it!!! We're quickly becoming regulars here. All of the holiday meals have been absolutely perfect :)

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving fixed price was reasonably priced and very satisfying.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2012

We ate at Tarragon's last Thanksgiving and enjoyed it so returned this year. Again, we were very pleased.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2012

Although everything was good, salad was served with baked on food from dishwasher on bottom of dish. I told the waitress who said she would tell the chef. I thought the salad should have been removed from the bill, but it wasn't.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2012

Great place for business lunches.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2012

A fabulous restaurant in all categories.

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2012

We have been here several times before and will return; the food is fabulous! Our waitperson, Josh, was wonderful! One negative is the host (manager?). He's not a friendly person and didn't greet us in a welcoming manner. In fact, I called ahead to find out about the singer that was going to appear that evening and this same man was quite rude on the phone. Still, the food and vibrant neighborhood is enough to keep us coming back. Try to sit in Josh's section and you will be extra happy!

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2012

Murphy Street in Sunnyvale is a mecca for food lovers. There are some very popular food hot spots. I did some online and word f mouth research. Not knowing what tastes the others had, I chose Tarragon. It was a special occasion, a sort of mini HS reunion lunch. To ensure we had a reservation I joined OpenTable. It was a Friday. The reservation was confirmed no problem. Tarragon's lunch menu was great and the food...fantastic. Had the Calamari, Soup of the day - Red Clam Chowder, Mesquite grilled Salmon, and Mesquite grilled Chicken Salad. Everyone loved their dishes. Jennifer our server was awesome. I recommend both Tarragon and OpenTable.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2012

Food was wonderful and our waiter was out of this world. Went with a group and we can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2012

Food was vary good, service was good, atmosphere nice...highly recommend to all my friends.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2012

Everything was fantastic - the food, the service, the ambiance. From the moment my husband and I walked in, it was a fantastic experience.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2012

Tarragon is an absolute gem! I was amazed at the food -- great selections, great flavor, great presentation. And the service was outstanding!!

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2012

Very reasonably priced lunch menu. We had a group gathering of people and the total bill before before tip was only $73. Food was very good, served hot and fast.

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2.0Dined on October 2, 2012

Underwhelmed with this dinner. It was my birthday, but service was very lacking, slow, waited 5 minutes at the hostess stand when we first walked in. And I had a reservation. Food was good, everyone at table had something different and agreed but service was very slow for how empty the restaurant was...even saw our server eating during our service!

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2012

Lovely and quiet restaurant. Great service and the food was excellent and reasonably priced. Variations on the menu items were welcomed and food made-to-order/request.
We will go back again and again.

We also held a beautiful 50th Wedding Anniversary Party here upstairs that was a total hit - Couldn't have been better. Very tasteful ambiance, set-up, dance floor, balcony, etc.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2012

We once again returned to Tarragon, this time with friends who had never been there, and all of us had a wonderful time. Their special early bird menu is, quite frankly, unbeatable for their offerings and price. I recommend this place to others whenever I get a chance.

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3.0Dined on September 27, 2012

Good spot for a business lunch in Sunnyvale.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2012

I've always enjoyed dining at Tarragon. I was pleased when the restaurant began serving lunch again.

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3.0Dined on August 18, 2012

friendly & accommodating staff with decent food. great value if dining early - early bird menu.

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2.0Dined on August 15, 2012

I took my team for a team lunch to Tarragon, and although the restaurant wasn't crowded, both the service and attention of the server were poor. We waited over 20 minutes for him to take our order, and only got one check-back during the 90 min meal. The food did not come out as advertised - 3 of the salads were missing key ingredients (strawberries, apples, etc.), and the portions were disproportional to the cost of the entree. One member of my team said this used to be her favorite place on Murphy St. to eat, but it has declined in quality and service over the past 2 years, and she never comes here again. I should have listened to her review before booking the table.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2012

Great food, friendly staff, and attentive waiters and waitresses.

Always consistent. Highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2012

Went to Tarragon to celebrate my birthday and took advantage of the Early Bird specials.
The entrees were varied and accommodated all of our tastes. The baked brie appetizer was outstanding. The noise level allowed for conversations without shouting even though there was a street band playing near the restaurant. A nice change from the burger/pizza joints on the same street.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2012

Enjoyed a lovely dinner with another couple, good friends. We all said we would come back again. The happy hour and dinner before 5:45 pm were a great value.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2012

We sat outside and enjoyed Sunnyvale's Saturday night live music from a distance close enough to hear music but far enough to carry a conversation without shouting. I ordered eggplant parm and a stuffed green pepper and was not disappointed. The seared ahi and filet mignon also got rave reviews. Outstanding service from our waiter who checked-in frequently even though we were the furthermost from the kitchen. They were accommodating for our two little ones as well.

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2012

My food was cold and the meat was over done. My friend orded the paella and hers looked pipping hot! I think both dished were cooked at the same time and my dish just sat there until the paella was ready. Service was just ok.

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2012

Food was not as good as last time.

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