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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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!
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