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.
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.
food was great! had the travelzoo voucher which was a splendid deal!
Food is inventive and imaginative and good quality. Prices are reasonable given its location.
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
Valentine's day event had the staff hustling more than usual. The fixed price menu was delicious but seemed pricey.
Always a delicious meal at Three Seasons, excellent service too!
Our new favorite Vietnamese food restaurant. Food, service and ambience all exceeded our expectations.
We had a great time . The food and service was great.
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.
Excellent food - interesting and innovative. Decor is lovely too. Service was fine- no complaints.
We've dined here several times over the years. This last visit did not disappoint. Great food and service. Not crowded, but pleasant atmosphere.
Our appetizer and soup were excellent and flavorful. We did not care for the clay pot catfish as it was very mushy.
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. :\
Hostess complied when we asked for a larger table and our waitress was very friendly. We enjoyed our experience at Three Seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loved the salads: we had the grapefruit/jicama and the papaya. The seafood potstickers were good too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had a lot of fun, although waiting for food was long. Good music outside.
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.
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.
As other modern vietnamese places have dimmed, this place only gets better.
great menu for multiple food types -
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"
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!
Great location, great food and we will go back in the future.
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.
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.
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.
The chicken dish was chewy. Should have been tenter and succulent.
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!
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.
Excellent food, nicely tucked away from the busy downtown Palo Alto streets, but close to the theater and other activities in the area.
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.