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Permanently Closed - Three Seasons

3.8
908 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vietnamese
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vietnamese, Pan-Asian, Asian
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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
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Phone number
(650) 838-0353
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Hung Le
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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.
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Private party contact
Tessa Nguyen: (650) 858-0353
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.7
service
3.8
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Lovely location off the beaten path. On a warm evening great to sit outside under the twinkling lights. Very good Vietnamese - we like lots of small plates.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2017

food was great! had the travelzoo voucher which was a splendid deal!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Food is inventive and imaginative and good quality. Prices are reasonable given its location.

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2017

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentine's day event had the staff hustling more than usual. The fixed price menu was delicious but seemed pricey.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Always a delicious meal at Three Seasons, excellent service too!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2017

Our new favorite Vietnamese food restaurant. Food, service and ambience all exceeded our expectations.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2017

We had a great time . The food and service was great.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2017

Had been there a while ago and wasn't impressed. Went back because of a Groupon and good yelp reviews. Real good experience this time.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2017

Excellent food - interesting and innovative. Decor is lovely too. Service was fine- no complaints.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2016

We've dined here several times over the years. This last visit did not disappoint. Great food and service. Not crowded, but pleasant atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Our appetizer and soup were excellent and flavorful. We did not care for the clay pot catfish as it was very mushy.

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Hostess and waitress both smiled. Service was prompt. Drinks and food came fast. The spicy mango martini was overly spicy. It would totally be undrinkable for anyone who does not do spicy. The restaurant mixed a lot of jalapeno with the crispy calamari as a filler so you really don't get the much calamari. That was not the problem though. The calamari did not come crispy. It was toward the side of soggy with too much oil absorption. =( The biggest miss for the night is lack of service after our food was brought out. No change of plates. Though other tables seated after got change of plates without asking. Huge disappointment given another waiter and a busboy were both roaming and not busy. Guess good service is hard to come by even on Christmas eve. :\

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2016

Hostess complied when we asked for a larger table and our waitress was very friendly. We enjoyed our experience at Three Seasons.

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2016

Service was very slow in the upstairs dining area to where we had to flag some different waiters and clean up crew to get attention. The for great ambience and higher pricing, would've expected food to taste better.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Food was good but spendy. Service was just okay -- it took a while for the waitress to take our drink orders and then we only saw her once more. I'm not a fan of restaurants that use runners. She was friendly, but just generally absent.

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2016

Wonderful food. Hard to carry on a conversation because of noise level. Service was slow (we did not specify that we had an event to attend so it might have been faster if we had). Would definitely return for the food and value.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

The food was good, portions reasonable, and worth the money paid. Well-executed fusion approach, though not particularly inspired. Nice presentation, delivered within a reasonable amount of time. Friendly service. Had an early reservation, which started out with a noise level conducive to conversation; became difficult to hear towards the end of our dining experience (seated in the mezzanine level)---something to keep in mind if the purpose of getting together involves meaningful discourse. I would return and would recommend the venue to others.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2016

We had the soft shell crab roll, green papaya salad with shrimp, happy buns, lemon grass salmon and shrimp fried rice. Our salmon was undercooked and I sent it back. When our server found out, she took that dish from our check. The salmon came back tasting great. All the other dishes tasted great. Will definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2016

Loved the salads: we had the grapefruit/jicama and the papaya. The seafood potstickers were good too.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2016

We always enjoy Three Seasons. The staff offer good tips on food and drinks. The patio - in nice weather - is a great spot to watch people and enjoy Palo Alto's warm evenings. Live music is sometimes a bonus. Be sure to try the scallops and the soup shooters. The veggie side dishes are creative and a good addition to a meaty meal.

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2016

Enjoyed Three Seasons. Hadn't been in several years. The fried tofu was amazing, not too much batter. Japanese eggplant and the sauce were great too.

Really good spot to share food with friends. Definitely recommend. Not to pricey either.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2016

Interesting Vietnamese cuisine, with good variety and small plates for those who want to try more than one item. A bit hidden in downtown Palo Alto, but near an underground parking garage. I especially liked the sticky rice with mango dessert.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

We were there the first time with our cousins on weekend. This place was well decorated and very romantic. The foods tasted very good. There was live music and people enjoyed dancing on the street. A wonderful place to stay.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

We had a lot of fun, although waiting for food was long. Good music outside.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

we had 5:15pm reservations for after theater show at Lucie Stern ended at 4:30.
We ordered small plates. The lamb chops were super great and tasty. Crepes with shrimp, bean sprouts and Nuoc Cham sauce were on menu and we ordered that too..yummy. Our 3rd dish was the garlic noodles. Small plates were sufficient for us to share. We would go back.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

The tables are large, and well-spaced, with an attractive interior and outdoor patio (off the street). The food was tasty. It was perfect for our long working business meeting.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2016

As other modern vietnamese places have dimmed, this place only gets better.
great menu for multiple food types -

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Live music was fantastic, cocktails were very good, food was pretty good but service was awful. Very slow service, forgot to bring us dishes, delivered food to wrong tables, never brought me my glass of wine but it was on the bill which required another lengthy wait to get corrected. Waitress had an attitude of "I don't care"

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Duck Spring Rolls - Roast duck, scallion, cucumber, spring mix, hoisin sauce were date's choice and I'd order every time
Seared Sesame Scallops - with bok choy, Shiitake mushroom & spicy peanut tamarind coconut sauce wre my choice and they were so tender and meaty! Yummy!
Grilled Prawns & Garlic Noodles - Crispy shallot and parmesan cheese - A solid choice and the butterfly prawns are moist and were seared perfectly.
The menu is certainly a Vietnamese fusion and I highly recommend Three Seasons!

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Great location, great food and we will go back in the future.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2016

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. However, it's been a long time since I had been there because I had been out of the country for a few years. Now we are back, and I was excited to go back for my favorite food. It was a BIG disappointment!

The famous all time favorite garlic noodles had no garlic flavor at all!
The lamb chops which I remembered to be tender/juicy, it was just OK!
The overall portion seems smaller than before.

All in all, it wasn't a "bad" meal, but there was nothing great about it. There wasn't anything that made me want to go back again, especially since there are so many other choices.

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3.0Dined on September 6, 2016

I requested a table for 5 in the mezzanine area as I knew that would be quieter, but we were seated in the main dining area. The music is way too loud to allow for an easy conversation. We had a friendly server, and our order was taken quite quickly; but the appetizers dribbled out of the kitchen one by one, and the entrees arrived before we had finished the appetizers as a result. Food is tasty and good value.

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2.0Dined on September 2, 2016

The noise level in the restaurant from street music was disturbingly loud. Difficult to talk to people at your own table. We asked if they could at least close the front doors, response was no. Food was nothing exceptional, some was missing taste or over cooked. Price to value was not there and we were fine paying a premium for good food.

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2016

The chicken dish was chewy. Should have been tenter and succulent.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2016

Three Seasons is one of my favorite Palo Alto restaurants. The food is great (Prawns and garlic noodles are all that!), the staff is attentive and friendly...and my only real complaint is the extreme noise level. It's not the place to go for a relaxing dinner, but it's definitely the place to go for tasty, fresh food!

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2016

This is a favorite of ours in downtown Palo Alto. For a light summer meal, my husband and I like to sit outside and order several small plates and sides with fried rice or noodles. The entrees are yummy too. The food is not traditional Vietnamese in my opinion, but the signature Asian flavors are enough to keep us coming back.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2016

Excellent food, nicely tucked away from the busy downtown Palo Alto streets, but close to the theater and other activities in the area.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2016

Food was fairly poor - overcooked, over salted. Waiter was trying his best but covering too many tables. The guy who took our plates just shrugged when we told the food wasn't great. Wouldn't return.

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