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Tamarind

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(15 Reviews)

117 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

(215) 925-2764

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Today: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
28
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Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Wed:
Thu:
Fri - Sat:
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Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Center City, Center City East
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Tamarind Thai Restaurant

Categories
Thai Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Middle Eastern Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Take Out, Thai, Middle Eastern

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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skrutiny

01/23/2011

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Overall
Fav Thai Spot in Philly

The best thai place I've found in Philly, so far. The taste has been consistent. Their 7/7 dishes are REALLY super spicy; they dont hold back.

They have mock duck, which is amazing in panang curry for vegetarians and everyone else, too.

BYOB. Reasonably priced. Often busy on weekends, it's better to call ahed and make reservations for groups > 4 ppl.

Negative: the thai iced tea is NOT good.

ChairmanKaga

12/01/2009

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Overall
Best and most ""real"" Thai food in the city

Tamarind is easily the best Thai food in Philadelphia. I've been to Thailand recently, and this place compares rather favorably. Obviously every country has regional differences and everybody will say ""no one cooks like my mother,"" but this is very much like the food I got in Bangkok.

First off, their food is very spicy, like it should be. They have a hotness scale of 1-7 which really is very hot. I eat extremely spicy food and sometimes a 4-5 here is too much for me. They have quite a variety of meat, noodles, rices, soups, and vegetarian options. Everything I've tried has been excellent, but I highly recommend the Drunken Noodles, and the Basil Beef/Pork. This place is so good it converted a friend's girlfriend who was terrified to try anything remotely foreign. One bite, and she's a dedicated patron to Tamarind!

Zoomiespaz

01/24/2009

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Overall
Favorite Thai Place in Philly!

I always take guests to Tamarind when showing them around Philly. It is right on South Street, which makes it easy to find. The duck is amazing; so tender, and it comes in various flavors. My husband loved the duck with a curry sauce and I prefered the signature Tamarind duck, which has a sweet sauce. If you like Thai food, this is the place to go. There are so many delicious appetizers, many types of curry, and dishes that are not so spicy. You may order curry at different levels of spicy: 1-7. 3 or 4 is incredibly hot, so beware of being too brave. It is also BYOB, so bring a nice wine to share.

Michelle1997

08/11/2008

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Overall
Not for Thai Fans or Newbies

After dining at Tamarind, I pray that any first-time Thai samplers will not venture into this South Street restaurant. While the food was OK, it was sub par and there were very few authentic dishes to choose from. I had to settle for pad Thai because the noodle dishes I usually order (eg, Pad See Ew) were not on the menu. Also, there weren't any authentic Thai desserts available! I was craving sticky rice with mango or even the Americanized fried banana, but nope. All they had were some cakes. My Thai iced tea was made incorrectly as well.

For anyone obsessed with Thai food (like myself) or trying it for the first time, do not go to Tamarind. If you already have been, and think you don't like Thai, try someplace else.

RCSandSCM

06/23/2008

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Overall
delicious, authentic thai food!

I lived in thailand and this is the real deal. make sure to ask for the papaya version of the som tom. we ate the steamed dumplings, pad thai and red curry. everything was fresh and delicious. restaurant was cozy, clean, and comfortable. waitstaff was very friendly. highly recommend.

yuckus

03/21/2008

Overall
Excellent Thai Food!

I have been coming here for my birthday every year for the past five years (and many times throughout the year too). I am always very happy. I love the fried tarro root for an appitizer and they do curry right!

pincus

02/06/2008

Overall
best restuarant

the mexican food is authentic and there are many dishes to choose from.

beatrice9sanctuary

12/20/2007

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Overall
Best Thai EVER!

This restaurant is fantastic. The food is great and always exceeds expectations. The curry is the best in the city, especially the ginger curry. It is a true gem.

On our last trip we got a chance to meet and compliment the chef. She was incredible gracious and unassuming. I wish I could eat here everyday!

marisadz

10/01/2007

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Overall
Nice place, good food

Every time we've eaten here, it's been great. The food is authentic and the service is very attentive. Take their spice advice - it's accurate.

bbethd10

08/28/2007

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Overall
great food, good price

I had a great experience at Tamarind. We tried a little of everything--soup, two appetizers, and entrees--and everything was delicious. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. Bring a bottle of wine and you're set.

dreamery215

06/05/2007

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Overall
Cozy Thai

I love this little BYOB! I've been difficult to impress ever since traveling to Thailand, but this place is definitely very authentic. The food is well prepared and they put thought into the presentation. Great for a date or with a few friends. Try the thai iced tea and ginger salmon...my favorites :)

maryb_1973

11/23/2005

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Overall
Genuine Thai Food and Gr8 Prices

I love Tamarind. It is the best Thai food in the city. The owner and chef are Thais who come out to meet and greet the patrons.

I highly recommend this restaurant.

If you are dining with a large group, you must call ahead so that they can arrange the tables.

bhugh04

10/14/2005

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Overall
Wonderful food

Tamarind makes the best curry in the city of Philadelphia. My favorite is Green Curry and I have not found another restaurant that makes curry this good. My girlfriend either orders the Ginger Curry with chicken or shrimp, Red Curry with shrimp, or the Radna. I really think that you cant go wrong with whatever it is that you order as Tamarind provides an extensive menu. My recomendation is that you bring a group of friends, many bottles of wine, order more than one of every appetizer as they are fanastic and inexpensive, and enjoy yourself.

nikkums123

06/16/2004

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Overall
Great food

Sauteed ginger curry is my favorite. They do have a lot of great selection. The service is great, the atmosphere is great as well.

zenorigin

06/10/2004

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Overall
A Little Taste of Thai

This is a nice little (literally) inexpensive Thai restaurant to eat after browsing around South Street. I recommend making reservations if going on a weekend night. We were seated promptly and given menus. Our drinks (which were small too) came, but my boyfriend's coke was flat. We ordered Thai Sausage with Isan (?) Sauce. We LOVED the spicy red sauce. Two orders of Tom Yum soup: Spicy and comforting! He had Phad Kee Mao with pork (spicy basil noodles) and I had Penang with chicken. I had this before, but T's was way too watery and lacked much chicken meat. Our server couldn't speak or understand English very well, how frustrating. However, the dinner tab came to 35 dollars for two, what a steal!