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.

518 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 838-0353

Website:
http://www.threeseasonsrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Hung Le

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Three Seasons Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.0

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4.1

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3.7

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Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Food wasn't worth the value they charge. Food was over cooked (calamari).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Liked spring rolls

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2016

The ribs were fantastic. The shrimp salad with pepper shreds was not tasty to anyone in our group, and the chicken satay was also not a hit. We were hoping to catch up, so the live band outside was not a plus for us, although other people seemed to like it.
We couldn't get a parking spot in the closest garage, so we had to walk from two blocks away.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Mother's Day dinner was great but a little pricey. Ending the meal with a surprise glass of champagne and dessert was a lovely touch. They even took our living social coupon on that day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

There are so many "everyday" Vietnamese restaurants in the area with higher quality food and more reasonable prices. Nice ambiance, but inexperienced waitstaff. I will not be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2016

First time here and the dinner entrees and appetizer was delicious. Only problem was parking on a week night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2016

We always enjoy dining here - excellent, fresh menu with tasty, flavorful food using whole ingredients. It's easy to eat healthily and well here. Great cocktails.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2016

Great atmosphere. Outstanding food. Service can be a little uneven but overall good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2016

We tried the scorpion rolls, which had grilled shrimp with mango. It was nice as a starter and the warm shots of bisque it came with were a nice complement to the cold rolls. The mango beef was tender and well seasoned. The clay pot catfish was amazing and very flavorful. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 16, 2016

The food was prepared well. Fresh dishes all the way around.

Th spring rolls lacked dipping bowls for for wasabi and other sauces.

We arrived at 6pm on a Wed eve and the restaurant was not busy through 8p. Still the wait staff, continued to ask for drink and food orders. Rushed to take plates when not finished, and literally grabbed the bill at end of meal. All this time approx 1/4 of tables were empty.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2016

Food didn't feel all that fresh. Some sauces too heavy. Service a little inattentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2016

We had dinner there last night, and I have to say, the experience was very unique. Drinks were too salty, crispy Calamari were more like a greasy salt pit, spring rolls seemed came out of the refrigerator from the day before, the shaking beef was not shaking but cold and swimming in some sort of a sauce of unknown origin, and the vegetables were soggy to say the least.
On top of it, buckets collected the leaking water from the ceiling and the lighting and decor was uninspired. I think you get the picture. But don't take my word for it, maybe I'm the one that's missing something over here.

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 (Austin)·Dined on March 5, 2016

The building is very special, little expensive, hard to find parking space if during weekend.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Three of us had dinner at 3 Seasons. We shared an appetizer, salad and 2 entrees, plenty of food. The prawns with tamarind sauce was especially delicious. The prawns themselves were very high quality, and the sauce a nice complement. I forgot to mention the great desserts, black sticky rice with mango and banana roll, both very tasty! I am looking forward to going back and trying more of their delicious dishes!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Lots of things made our group of 8 have a great time: Their hand-infused lychee martini was great. The food came really quickly once we ordered. The food was delicious, lots of choices and family style, and NOT greasy. Loved the jicama grapefruit salad especially as well as the salmon and duck fresh rolls. They had a kids' menu. The portions seemed very generous to us- I am surprised about other reviews claiming small portions. An order of fresh rolls is big enough for 2-3 people. We had a great table on the upper level that beautifully surrounds the "courtyard" first level below. Also, they had the Warriors game on at the bar, and Curry's 0.6 second 3-pointer for the win made the whole place erupt in cheer :-D.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2016

The food is excellent but the service was slow and it really wasn’t that busy (we were one of the only tables seated upstairs). Had a good meal and time with friends but while the server was polite we didn’t see her that much.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Such an unpretentious place with such imaginative and excellent cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Great great food. Pricey but first place in the area I've found that's worth it. Great gin cocktail as well.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Waitress was completely out of it

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2016

We enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner at Three Season. The service was attentive and the food was delicious. By nature of the building noise travels and it seems like there are no quiet areas in the restaurant. The meal was great until we received the bill, it is way over priced for the portions. Good place for a special occasion but too pricey for my taste!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2016

The clay pot catfish seemed tobe just a reheat.the food was not as good as it was 2 or 3 years ago

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2016

I prefer to have a variety of small plates. We were able to have duck spring rolls, lemon grass chicken, and the kids had a few other plates. The only suggestion would be to serve rice with a dish that clearly calls for it. When the rice arrives, it was about 3 bites. Not sized to the lemon grass chicken. Everything was delicious and nicely presented. The cocktail select is probably better than the wine choices. I didn't order wine because I didn't care for the selections.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2015

I continue to enjoy the great food, wine list, service, ambiance, and location.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2015

excellent food, the restaurant has improved over the past couple years. the noise level is very loud, we had to change tables and sit side by side at the bar so we could talk to each other without shouting

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 20, 2015

When visiting the PA area, Three Seasons is one of our go-to places. This time we had a party of 7 (accommodated by phone due to max 6 via initial Open Table reservation) which worked out well for upstairs seating (not as noisy as downstairs closer to the bar) and great for food shared family style. We particularly enjoyed the seafood potstickers and grilled 5 Spice lamb chop appetizers. The beef in the Shaking Beef was very tender and tasty accompanied by refreshing watercress and tomato salad. We also liked the 2 vegetable side dishes chosen (Japanese eggplant and Brussels sprouts).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Great experience . Small plates the best!
Sitting upstairs has just the right noise level.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 13, 2015

loved the vietnamese tacos (beef were the best) and can't wait to go back for more. I love the ambiance of this restaurant....very european.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2015

I used to think that it was a decent enough place. After a couple of years of not having been, we decided to dine there just b/c we had not been in a while (should have been a clue - Friday night and OpenTable had a ton of open slots, unlike at our other fave jaunts).

At 8 pm, the place was half -empty.

The food is sub-par. It was never awesome before, but good. This time, it was just "meh"...nothing that left you feeling like the $130 dollars between two ppl who only only ordered 3 small plates and 2 cocktails was worth it. There was also a smell in this place that was not there before and it was not pleasant.

The only good thing about it was that the staff members were all friendly and nice.

Reminded me again as to why I go to Tamarine (the cost is almost the same, for 10x better in food, ambiance, presentation and vibe).

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2015

The food is always a delight and interesting, and the restaurant is inviting - but the noise level interferes with conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2015

The grilled salmon was amazing and the customer service was just wonderful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2015

We enjoyed our selections. Five-spice lamb chops and garlic noodles were outstanding. We expected more from the sea bass though. It was prepared in typical Chinese style. For the price is should've been different.

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 (London)·Dined on October 2, 2015

,near the outdoor dining. Added to the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2015

The food was delicious. So healthy and tasteful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2015

Fabulous Vietnamese - Asian Cuisine in Palo Alto; Exotic dishes and wide variety of flavors and tastes; Beautiful décor and restaurant layout; Very friendly and attentive service wait staff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2015

Great food and atmosphere. Gets very busy and may wait longer than expected for a table, even with a reservation, but definitely worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2015

We dined outside on the patio on a warm night and enjoyed the atmosphere. Our service was good, and food (lemongrass chicken, shaken beef, and brussels sprouts) was also good--but not worth the prices charged. I'd recommend the restaurant at roughly 1/2 the price but didn't find anything outstanding or remarkable in the dishes or atmosphere to justify what we actually paid. I'm unlikely to return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2015

My Tofu dish (I can't remember its name) was wonderful. The portions were very generous and very tasty. The seasoning was perfect. I'd go back just to have the same dish.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2015

I found the salmon dish not worth eating - may have been overcooked, but I couldn't quite tell. Server never came back to table after food was delivered to ask if everything was OK so I didn't get a chance to let them try to make things right. Also tried the beef pho that my husband ordered and did not find it tasty. I don't plan to eat here again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2015

Great food, attentive service, and ambiance. Recommend highly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2015

The cuisine offered up at Three Seasons is lively, fun, flavorful, fresh and adventuresome. A great Asian-fusion menu, served up with fun and visually pleasing presentation. Maitre'D service could be a bit more attentive in terms of seating options. For example, being seated right next to a loudspeaker in a half-empty room... we requested relocation and were accommodated. The interior design is modern but warm, with a high ceiling and mezzanine level. Outoor space is somewhat tight, but at least not on a busy street.

Best approach is to sample lots of dishes, and share family style. A fun place for a small group, but equally nice for couples. Table service was friendly, professional and attentive without being over the top. Good balance!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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