About Three Seasons
Known for their astounding repertoire of fresh spring rolls and collective small plates, Three Seasons Restaurant has quickly become the dining experience of choice among those who know. Founders Chef Hung Le and Tessa Nguyen bring their concept of fresh premium ingredients combined with innovative food presentation to downtown Palo Alto. The result is an unprecedented and thoroughly addictive spin on traditional Vietnamese flavors. The flagship Three Seasons, in San Francisco's trendy Marina District, has earned the distinction as one of the most acclaimed Vietnamese restaurants in the Bay Area since its inception over three years ago.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Vietnamese, Pan-Asian, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Hour - 5:00pm - 7:00pm Monday - Friday
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Groups of 50 or more can reserve all or part of the restaurant exclusively for their group. Please call restaurant for details.
Private Party Contact:
Tessa Nguyen: (650) 858-0353
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Three Seasons Ratings and Reviews
Food has been below average every time, we even ordered what the waitress recommended. She wasn't very good either never checked on us once after we ordered. Not very impressed with food and service but the ambience is really nice. Good for happy hour, appetizers not a meal, drinks before concert or something. definitely not coming back soon.
This used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but I was very disappointed on my last last visit. The soft-shell crab rolls were bland and the mango in mango with sticky rice was so far from ripe that it should not have been served. The service was also intermittent at best, possibly because a large party was starting downstairs.
Food is outstanding, as always. On this occasion unfortunately our server seemed supremely disinterested in serving us. No drink refills were offered, no questions regarding whether we would like anything else. We had to ask someone else for the check. I hope this was a one time blip.
This place has really gone downhill and is now, officially, terrible. It used to be a go-to place for my wife and me. But somewhere along the line, they must have changed owners.
Our food was overfried in old oil. The Shaking Beef was raw in the middle.
We had the worst meal that we've had in several years, and it was quite expensive to top it all off.
We will not be going back -- what a shame.
We chose Three Seasons because we had our puppy with us and it has outdoor seating. We got the seafood crispy wontons--fine, rather bland, nothing special in them for flavor or in their sauce; the broccolini--again, fine, nothing special; the pork belly bao--tasty enough, a bit too dry; and the garlic noodles--insipid, too sweet, otherwise pretty flavorless and uninteresting. Can't recommend, unless you like bland food whose sole interest comes from some form of being unhealthy (e.g. deep fried).
The food was high quality with good variety. Our kids, 12 and 15 enjoyed the duck and pork belly baos and the grown ups liked the shaking beef and catfish pot. The garlic noodles were a big hit! The Band was excellent. We dined in the patio, enoying the early fall breeze in a fine evening.
The food was great. Unfortunately the service was not the best. Our food was delivered so quickly. We had wished it would come out in stages. Our server checked on us immediately after most food arrived and then we couldn't find her again. We would have liked another beverage but we had completed our good and had to go. Disappointing as the restaurant was not that busy.
We like 3 Season's food a lot, but today they were not firing on all cyclinders. They did not have the Fried Snapper entree -- came back 10 minutes after I ordered to tell me my choice was not available. The last things we ordered came first; a vegetable curry came last? Duck Bao remains our family favorite.
They honored our reservations, and sat us at a beautiful wood table. Cocktails fantastic,
food great for sharing. Lamb chops were amazing, and Calamari appetizer delicious. Service was friendly, prompt, and attentive. Sometimes they have outdoor music. A great place for friends to meet with a festive vibe.
Visited on a hot summer evening with 2 young kids in tow (7 and 4). Dined on patio and got attentive service from our server, Elana. Food came out fast: the pork belly bao was soft and tasty, shaking beef was also tender and well-seasoned. Kids liked the bao, garlic noodles and Tamarind chicken wings.
We usually love this place. My son always want to go here for the Shrimp and Garlic Noodles! I usually love the Lemongrass Salmon and Shaking Beef.
Went this past Friday, and everything was disappointing. I wonder if they had a different chef as well as the less than timely service?
Salmon was overcooked and dry. The shrimp was overcooked and chewy (my son still loved and ate all the garlic noodles!) and the shaking beef, while good, was cold when it arrived at our table.
Hopefully this was a one off and next time they will be back to the usual really high level of food and service. I will return, and if it's good, I'll remember to write a review because I honestly usually love this place!!
The food is what keeps me coming here and we tolerate the crap service, which at least is consistently just off. Seems they hire very inexperienced servers, but keep the very experienced cooks! Know this going in and enjoy the green beans, the spring rolls, the pork buns, and the amazing food coming out of the kitchen.
Everything is good except for the lady who seems to be the supervisor as of May 21. She really looked down on us as we wear casual clothing and when we asked to sit upstairs (sorry for not knowing you guys are short of staff on that day), she firmly told me that:"we don't have many servers today so you sit out there in the patio ok". I said " ok, could we please sit inside as it is windy today". She said "ok pick a table". She was off from the beginning and afterwards when we leave don't even look at us as we pass by and say goodbye to her. Oh wow. Zero-star service for something striving to be a 5 star.
We haven't dined several years ago after they first opened and found the upstairs atmosphere perfect for a leisurely dinner, above the noise of the bar area. We ordered mostly vegetarian (garlic noodles, tofu, grapefruit salad, veggie spring rolls) and loved all the dishes' flavors and presentations. A nice touch was the small creamy soup servings that accompanied the spring rolls. Service was good although our server seemed a bit rushed when taking our order and the bar slow in responding to our drink order of ginger beers. All in all, a pleasant dinner and we probably won't wait so long to return next time.
Simply amazing! The chef gave us a personal experience and the wait staff was incredibly helpful. All this amidst a separate large private party upstairs. They even deboned our snapper at the table since we had some older persons with us. In addition to all this, the food was beyond amazing. WOW! Every time I come here it is a memorable experience.
Have diners at this resturant for mom's night out. everyone was happy with the food and the atmosphere of the resturant. shacking beef and redsnapper were very tasty, so as the califlower soup. we had a great time there. I will come back for other gatherings.
Interesting menu. Good food. Good service. We are a group of 6 women who meet for dinner regularly. At some restaurants we feel we have poor service because we are an all-women group. Three Seasons had great service all the way around.
We were looking for Asian cuisine and happened upon Three Seasons, and were surprised to learn how long it had been in business located on an alley just off Bryant St., a half block from University. There is outdoor seating but we chose to sit upstairs, inside. Downstairs, there were TVs showing sports, and a large bar, definitely louder than sitting upstairs in the open building. We shared a soft shell crab roll which was quite good, and my wife chose the tamarind prawns while I went with the catfish in the clay pot. Both dishes were excellent, and we would each order these again. Our server was friendly and we were not hurried. If you've not yet visited here and are looking for Vietnamese/Asian cuisine in Palo Alto, it's worth the visit. We will return.
Part of the food was mediocre, not bad, but also not really good (crispy spring rolls and prawn lollypops were just fatty and fried, not a whole lot of taste, meat - shaking beef and lamb - was actually quite good)
Lighting not optimal: too light, therefore lacking in atmosphere
The space was a little drafty and cold
Service okay, but also not really great
Overall: Overpriced in comparison to value we got
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