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
The upstairs wasn't quite as warm and energetic as the downstairs, so I would probably sit downstairs next time. We were looking for a fun night out on a Saturday. However, the service was excellent, wish I could remember our server's name. The food was really good too.
I have dined at Three Seasons several times in the past, however it was probably about four months since I was last there. It appears they may have changed ownership because the people running the place are new to me. The food does not taste the same and is not as good as before. Although we do not mind paying a princely sum for fabulous food, we found the amount charged was not worth the food served. My dining companions and I had four entrees, two coffees, one beer and one ice tea and the bill was $120 plus $20 for tip. Sadly we will not be back.
Fabulous 'happy hour' with $5 eats from 5 to 7. Drinks are $5 until closing. If the weather is nice, sit outside, it's much nicer and is slightly isolated from the downtown pedestrian traffic. The inside of the bar definitely needs to be remodeled. It's too dark; but, the food is well worth it (anytime)!
My wife and I only had appetizers and because of the bad experience decided to leave before continuing on with our dinner reservation. We walked out after having a drink and appetizers at the bar. We were given a "happy hour" menu and ordered from it. When we received the check we were charged full price for the appetizer which was almost three times as much as what was printed on the happy hour menu. We were also charged a "served up" fee for one of the drinks ordered. Because of these hidden charges we were concerned about continuing on with dinner and at that point decided to leave.
The service was consistently poor at this restaurant. They screwed up our order several times, including bringing us someone else's lunch items twice. Then they brought the tofu appetizer, but the noodle dish that was supposed to be vegetarian, came with meat. Rather than taking both dishes back so they'd be hot, they left the tofu on the table and took an inordinately long time to bring the entree. We had to ask 3 times for the beverages too. Then we tried to order a to-go entree, but the kitchen had closed 5 minutes prior, and they didn't even offer to see if the kitchen staff would be willing to make the dish. In downtown Palo Alto, where there are innumerable options for great food, we were very disappointed and would not go back.
Chef John Le greeted us when we arrived and thanked us when we left. The food was excellent and the portions were generous. My wife had the Shaking Beef and I got the Chicken Curry; both were outstanding and we enjoyed them immensely. We ate early (indoors) and there were some rather loud people in the bar area; however they left before long and we were able to converse. The waitress could have been more attentive, but our food arrived fairly quickly after we ordered. This was our first visit and we will definitely return.
The bento box lunches are perfect...enough to eat, not too much to eat. A range of foods that supports vegitarians, carnivores and omnivores, alike. Fresh, interesting flavors.
I brought two business colleagues, neither of whom had been there since it was 42nd Street, and I think you have two new, on-going clients.
Very outgoing, attentive wait service staff.
The food was overall good. The highlight was the duck rolls. My green papaya salad with prawns was also excellent - nicely dressed and with a generous amount of shrimp. My daughter's tamarind shrimp was too hot with pepper (masking the taste of the shrimp) and lacked enough tamarind zing. My husband's shaking beef was tasty, but the beef was chewy. I ordered a mojito and my husband a margarita, each of which seemed lacking in alcohol. The service was pleasant, but not as attentive as one would hope. I ordered the papaya salad as an entree, but it came with the appetizer. Once our drinks were finished, the waitress never asked us if we wanted another. Last, the loud music was nearly unbearable - more fit for a disco than for dining.
Having dinner here on several occasions, this was my go-to place for special occasions (anniversary, birthdays etc). My last visit was probably 12+ months ago, and there are noticeable changes in the menu and quality of food. The physical menu has changed, and is now a giant piece of paper. The salad/spring rolls are still of excellent quality and taste, a great value. The sushi rolls were extremely disappointing - for $14, one got what appeared to be a tapas style plate of sushi, with minimal fish. The rolls were the size of a dime, with the width of half a wine cork. Very disappointing. Our server and the overall service was excellent. But I was disappointed with the quality of the food - unlikely to return again unfortunately.
Three Seasons had been a favorite of ours from 2006 to 2009. The last couple of visits left me feeling it was resting on it's Zagat laurels. We used to love the whole crab dish, but on the last visit it was fishy and I couldn't stomach it (that'll teach me to eat crab in a month without "r" in it!). I was surprised at how little accommodation they were able to offer for a friend with several food allergies, but the server was diligent in specifying her options. Sadly, I won't go back. There are too many places with good food in this same price range.
My friends and I were all disappointed with this restaurant primarily because of the service.Ours was an 8:00pm reservation and we were all running late.I was there at 8:20pm.When making this reservation I had informed the restaurant that we were celebrating 2 birthdays in the group and I wanted the dessert order with candles in the dessert.At 9:00pm our server informs us that the kitchen would be closing so we should place the order for the appetizers and food.We were already enjoying our drinks.He doesn't mention anything about dessert so I assume that's not a problem.
The food arrives and the soup comes w/o bowls.It gets cold and we have to send it back.Then the bowls arrive.The servers push aginst me while putting food on the table.At
had lunch at 1:30pm, it was really quiet, which was good for us (there were four people in the entire restaurant including us). although the food and service was decent, it was completely over priced for what we received and i don't even like big portions. it looks like they increased their prices in a slow economy to make up for it. they should think about offering some "value menu items" or specials like the other restaurants have done if they want to continue to stay alive.
I had been invited to Three Seasons about 4 months ago and thought the food was creative and outstanding. I had the opportunity to take a friend out for his birthday and remembered the Three Seasons. I left a message via the Open Table reservation about the birthday celebration and without ever asking or reminding the wait staff, a delicious chocolate mousse arrived after dinner with a candle. It was perfect. The food was exquisite and my guest was as taken with the Three Seasons as I was 4 months ago. I will be returning again with more guests to expose them to a charming restaurant serving wonderful food at a very reasonable price. Thank you, Three Seasons!!!!
WE ARRIVED ON TIME - THE HOSTESS WAS BUSY TAKING A PHONE IN ORDER. AFTER A FEW MINUTES ONE OF THE WAIT STAFF OFFERED US A TABLE IN A BAR STOOL HIGH SEATING THAT WE DIDN'T WANT. There were regular table and one, a four top was open, but not available? The upstairs seating which is all regular height was "closed." I was ready to leave but my date said she go for the bar stool style seating so we stayed. Spring rolls were great; Malaysian lamb satay was not. Large dish of wok prepared tenderloin and vegetables was good. We finished with a bowl of asparagus soup. Yes they charge for rice as noted in other reviews this place is pricey. Decor is nice but I will not be a repeat customer.
I've been to this restaurants many times in the past. Good Vietnamese-Fusion food. The servers were good but the table setting can improve (utensils, etc.) For $160 for 3 people (no wine), I expect a bit more than a flimsy fork and disposable chopsticks wrapped in napkin. Either use real candle or none. Don't use the battery operated fake candles. The details sets apart the nice restaurants from average. I think this disposable chopstick with splints is turning me away to other restaurants in the future.
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