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Tamarind Tree Restaurant - Catering Tamarind Tree wants your event to be extra special. There are multiple ways to arrange our space, private or semi-private. We can serve your party sit-down dinners, set up a self-serve buffet, or for very large events we offer a standing room only finger food buffet. We also offer catering service at your selected venue.
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Yesler Terrace, Downtown Seattle

Tamarind Tree Restaurant

Vietnamese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Vietnamese, Asian

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 

It looks like Tamarind Tree is being sabotoged by a single reviewer with an axe to grind for some reason. It's the only explanation for the numerous 1 star ratings.

I'm not a restaurant critic, but I do write published columns about food. Over the past five years I have eaten probably 20 times at TT and have never once been disappointed. The food is fresh and tasty and an enormous value. Service is always at least passable and often excellent. The setting is classy and comfortable. Please, please, do not believe the horribly slanderous reviews posted here.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not bad,but there's better

I've dined here many times over the years and really only go because I'm forced to by events hosted here. Personally, I prefer other Vietnamese joints for the same food and with better prices. Service is pretty good but mostly feels forced for extra tips. I wont be going there unless I have to.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Puzzled about bad reviews - guess I'll have to try it again!

Sure the parking is bad, and sure I've seen a couple of rodents by the dumpsters, but it really cracks me up when all these white folk come to the International District and complain about all the white folk in the restaurant as a sure sign of unauthentic Viet food, in the same breath as they complain about the ""trashy"" exterior of the Vietnamese grocer next door and the vermin filled parking lot. You can't have it both ways! Have you been to Viet Nam lately? That is as authentic as it gets folks! Rodents and all, as of this March, when I was last there. And I loved every rodent-infested moment of it! Get a grip.

Being half Vietnamese myself, with a mom who cooks delicious food, I can honestly say that I've had nothing but good, and mostly great, food here. Sure, sometimes there are deviations from ""traditional"" Vietnamese food, but last I checked, we're in Seattle, not Saigon, guys. The green papaya salad is delicious, especially with the lemongrass tofu, as is the bun thit nuong, banh cuon dac biet, and satays.

Regarding the service, yes they are rushed off their feet in the evenings and weekends, and I go into the experience expecting a long wait if I don't make a reservation. But guess what naysayers? You can make a reservation! Online! And choose your table! Wow! How hard is that? I've mostly gotten served promptly, I have yet to see anyone get yelled at while eating here, there is even an American server currently who speaks Vietnamese (cool!), and the restrooms have always been just fine.

My main complaint would be the price of the drinks. They sound delicious, but I usually steer clear because the prices seem pretty steep compared to the price of the food dishes. The lychee drinks are good though!

I honestly wish that all the restaurant snobs and wannabe critics would stop coming and leave the experience more enjoyable for me!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Restaurant really went down

I just went and had dinner here with a group of friends last night. Foods were so horrible and overpriced! Do not order anything from the cocktail menu! My lychee martini tasted like cough syrup! Wait staff is better, but overall, the foods were so horrible and all the sauces for dipping were overly sweet! Very disappointed and highly recommend that people go to a real Vietnamese restaurant. This restaurant is all hype and zero substance when it comes to foods.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Unauthentic, Bad Food; Poor Service; French Fries???

I was here on a lunch meeting with a business associate and our request for a large table was not greeted with enthusiasm. The stuffed squid appetizer was overcooked. When we actually ordered our main courses, I had ordered the Special Steamed Rice Rolls - one of my favorites. 15 minutes later, they bring out my colleague's pho. He politely waited for me to be served. 5 minutes later, I'm urging him to eat otherwise his pho would be no good. Still no food for me. I called the waitress - she seemed to have forgotten about my food. She leaves and comes back to tell me that they only had half a portion of the steamed rice rolls and it was not very good so they don't want to serve it. Would I like to substitute with steamed pork rolls instead. Why didn't they know this fifteen minutes ago??? Do I have choice? A few minutes later, she placed a plate in front of me that left me speechless. The plate was covered with grilled pork on one side and cooked beansprouts on the other. On the side was a whole pile of FRENCH FRIES and a lone, grilled shrimp. My first response: ""What the h--- is this on my plate??"" For those who don't know , this dish is suppose to have plump, steamed rice rolls stuffed with a ground pork mixture. It is served with pork roll, steamed bean sprouts, herbs, and fish sauce (dipping sauce). The special may have grilled pork but it must have banh cong ( a deep fried ""shrimp bread""). My rice rolls were flat and there only 3 of them (buried underneath all that other stuff) which would not have satisfied my 5 year-old but more importantly, what the heck was french fries doing on my plate!!!!!! I am sooooo offended I took it all off my plate.

I'm grateful it was not my business associate who picked the place. I will never go back. There's just no excuse for serving food to paying customers like it was a pile of leftovers you needed to get rid of. The owners/chef should be ashamed for serving pseudo-vietnamese food. The nice decor is just lipstick on a pig.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Slow, horrible, indifferent service; too bad because the food is decent

After TWO prior bad service experiences, we decided to give this place a third and, as it turned out, final chance. The food is overall good, and we had out-of-town visitors who were craving Vietnamese food.

It took forever to get a waiter to come over and take our order. Most of our party ordered Pho's, and when they finally came, we had to ask twice for the veggie sides that are supposed to come along with the soup. My chicken plate was inexplicably delayed and, when asked a few times, the waiter kept promising me that it was coming. When I finally gave him a deadline, the food magically appeared. In the meantime, my wife had found a thick hair in her pho.

After all this, we asked to see the manager. After a while the waiter came back and told us that the manager did not want to talk to us, excusing him for his bad English. But judging from other recent reviews here, I now realize that this manager has no business running a mainstream restaurant. The waiter did take the both plates off the tab, but by then it was too late to salvage the horrible experience. We're usually very understanding of snafus at restaurants, but this place takes it to an art form.



Provided by Citysearch - 

We took a chance , the food wasn't that good, service was rude and disrespectful. Overpriced .
When we complained management could care less. I would avoid this Place there are a lot better places in the area where the food is much better and they appreciate your business. Now that we called back to complain and they have our number they won't stop calling us. Very rude people.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wasn't going to write a review, but...

I have been to Tamarind Tree once, long ago to dine in the restaurant. I thought it was good. This posting is for the last time I ordered.

I recently placed an order and went in to pick it up. The order was not placed when it was called in. I waited an additional 45 minutes for the order which should have been ready when I arrived to pick it up. After taking it as a treat to my sister and brother-in-law, my sister noticed the beef salad tasted off. She ended up throwing it away because the salad tasted like the meat was turning. But she saved the other left overs to have for dinner that night. They started eating the left overs when my sister said she saw something strange in the dish. Upon closer inspection, there was strands of what appeared to be human hair about an inch long mixed in with the food. She could not believe what she was seeing so she took them out an pulled them between her finger nails and the strands curled. Just like hair would do. What was unusual was the hair appeared blond. There are no blond servers or kitchen staff that we are aware of.

Given this experience, we no longer patronize Tamarind Tree. After reading some of the negative experience of others who posted here and their observation of the treatment of the staff, I would not be surprised if this restaurant is being sabotaged by its workers.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very bad food and manager/owner was screaming and cursing staff

The food here is very overpriced, especially compared to the many fine local Vietnamese places along Jackson St. I lived in Dalat so I know the cuisine and this is not true, authentic Vietnamese food. It is designed to get white people to pay more for something they cannot tell is NOT Vietnamese cuisine. The worst of it all though is the manager who was screaming at the various servers. She was a shrill banshee and her tantrums only spoiled the mood (we speak Viet and she was insulting and cursing her staff for a variety of silly things.) Combine this horrific shreaking with inauthentic Vietnamese food and we were very put off. What a waste! You should avoid this place. DO NOT give this boorish family your money!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
One of Seattles best

Very good, tasty and Fresh. We had quite a sampling of the food and it was all great. Easliy one of out favorites. Try the escargot, the Crepes, and the soups. Entering the place at night is a little scary, it looks like you should not be there, but once inside the ambiance is quite nice.



Provided by Citysearch - 
love the food!

we have been here many times and love the food here. Within reasonable price range. They have lots of vegetarian options too. If you get confused with the long menu list, simply ask a server and he will happily assist you. The desserts are great too! Love this place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Overpriced, bland and poor service makes for a bad experience

Quick review of the restaurant, I agree with one of the reviewers and how this restaurant now caters to Americans. This is reflected in the price of their dishes and also the majority of patrons that dine there. The pricing for most of the items are about $5-7 more than most Vietnamese restaurants but are cheap in comparison to a American restaurant, i.e. Applebees, Denny's. Many unfamiliar diners will see the price and think wow, cheap for ""authentic"" Vietnamese food. Parking was horrible, I saw critters by a dumpster scavaging for food. I don't know about you but this does not wet my appetite. The place is super busy and way over crowded. Their staff seemed to not know how to handle the situation as they were screaming names of those who opted not to wait the 30 min. We had reservations at 7 and 30 mins later were seated. The food was ok, not worth the additional charge. We ordered a veg. spring roll and the presentation was nice but lacked flavor. My dish also lacked flavor. The chicken in my bun dish was overcooked, the pork stale and the single grilled prawn I had was lacking. The only good thing about the dish was the ground shrimp. This was upsetting because this dish would be around $7 at most Vietnamese restaurants, so for $12 dollars I was expecting something really exceptional. I've had better and most of the surrounding Vietnamese restaurants within the proximity make better dishes. I had to ask 3 times to get a fork for my friends and begged for water. The waitress seemed upset that we were asking for water. Finally, I asked for a pitcher and this helped a little bit. The experience was just not what I expected since the decor was really nice. I still don't understand why it was so busy? My take is that many of the good reviews and patrons there are also the same ones that think Panda Express is authentic Chinese and that Taco Bell is Mexican. I will never eat here again. Once is good enough.



Provided by Citysearch - 
This is NOT Asian food

Go in and count how many white people are inside versus the number of asians. You have hyour answer. This place does not serve asian food - this is Vietnamese food for white people. If you want Asian food then go to one of the other real authentic vietnamese places all over Jackson Street. This is like going to Panda Express only with Panda Express you are in a mall or airport. Here you walk through a garbage dump to get inside a ""fancy"" bistro. Puuuhleeeeze! This ain't Asian food - just to let all you white folks know. You want Asian? Try any of the other places cuz this place ain't serving Vietnamese food!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Tainted food gave us stomach distress, horrible service

We had dinner here and the service was awful, simply awful. The manager was shouting at the staff for a variety of things but we couldn't understand since it was in Vietnamese. We thought this was really terrible but then she came over to a table and began yelling at a customer! Her behavior really spoiled the atmosphere. That wasn't the worst of it. The food was ok - average at best. We thought we had an average meal that was made a lot worse by the manager's behavior but then we ended up sitting on the toilet all night. The shrimp or chicken must have been off because we had severe stomach distress all night long. I must have gone 10 times while my wife was camped out in the guest toilet for several hours. That awful woman who oversees this dump should be made to eat her tainted food and suffer as we were made to suffer.



Provided by Citysearch - 
My favorite restaurant

I love to eat out, and Tamarind Tree is my favorite place to go. From the outside it's unimpressive, but the inside is upscale, trendy, and has great lighting. When you walk in it feels like you've found a hidden treasure. The atmosphere is comfortable and bustling, but the best part is the food. Everything I've tried has been superb, but please don't leave without eating the spring rolls, yellowfish, garlic green beans, and the grilled banana cake. I promise, you'll dream about this food at night!



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Warning to those who have a peanut or any other kind of allergies. I told the waiter, specifically about my deadly allergy and he assured me that no peanuts or peanut product of any kind would be in my order. Well disguised in my last bite was a bunch of peanuts, i had to leave the restaurant immediately to get medical treatment. Watch out!



Provided by Citysearch - 
where to take your out of town guests!

We have dined at this restaurant for years and have never been disappointed. We've brought squeamish out of town guests who were terrified to try anything new or different. Tamarind tree, even when busy has never disappointed us. Be sure to order the Tamarind Tree rolls, they are incredible.
The wait staff are clearly happy and proud to work there; they are helpful and friendly as well.

The other reviews I have read sound like people with a vendetta, not people with a real dining experience. Anyone who goes to this restaurant will see a rainbow of race, color, creed and nationalities happily dining on wonderful, well presented food at great prices.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This is the best vietnamese food I've had in Seattle. A friend who spent a month in Vietnam turned me on to this place and I go at least twice a month. Even though I try to switch it up a bit, there are several dishes that are hard not to order. The papaya salad is a great summer dish. The Tamarind Tree rolls are delicious and fresh. There's something crispy in the center that takes care of that usually boring texture of fresh rolls. The tofu satay will make a believer out of the strongest anti-tofu person out there. It tastes like it came off of a backyard grill. Smoky, firm, delicious. The best part is the price. Two people can over order, stuff themselves, drink a bottle of wine, take home leftovers, and get out of there for less than $60 with tip.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I love food but I threw away from a plate of crapp tonight!

I've been to this place a few times and every time i keep expecting the service to be better but it never is. I went there today just for a pick-up order and the lady was extreemely rude at the counter. The food is average but the service is what will keep me away in the future!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
We had an exceptionally bad experience

Start with the overpowering SMELL OF FECAL MATTER emanating from the men's room. Add in POOR QUALITY FOOD - bland food, overcooked noodles, limited amount of meat . Add a dash of HAIR IN SOUP for flavor. Let customer simmer for more than 30 minutes while waiting for food to arrive, ensure wait staff ignore all attempts at inquiry. Allow customer to come to boil then ignore once again. There you have your Tamarind Tree experience. The food is not that good but the staff is completely aloof and beyond caring. No, this is a dodgy place serving up mediocre fare at inflated prices with atrocious service

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