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Tam's Restaurant

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2403 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5225
+1 831-423-7878
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Penn Valley CA
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

The worst Chinese food I've ever tasted. Hot & Sour soup a joke. No taste to the broth which was overly thickened, no vegetables or chicken. Only white rice served with the lunch menu. Chow mein or fried rice extra. Mongolian Beef the worst I've ever had. Service indifferent. Only two other patrons; no wonder.

Thank Marlene B
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179 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We had a takeaway for 4 people which cost about $63. We ordered far too much as the portions are huge and should have really spent $45 - $50. All the food was good. The items badged as spicy were not particularly spicy but I tend to find that in the US compared to the UK. Good quick service.

Thank MTMHampshire
1 review
Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

We ordered this after a tiring day at various beaches. It came fast and fresh. The egg rolls are phenomenal. The price is really decent considering the area!

Thank Neener1230
1 review
Reviewed 29 July 2015

This place is my life saver. I'm a broke college student and when I'm low on money, Tam's always comes to the rescue. I cannot believe people compare this place to Panda Express. Yes, they are both CHEAP, but the food at Tam's tastes so much better. I bet that person who compared them never ordered anything but orange chicken.... More 

Thank SiYuz129
Santa Cruz, California
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108 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2014

We worried when Mary sold the restaurant, but never mind. Lunch menu has stayed the same and no change in quality. Portions are generous and served up hot. Lunch prices until 3:00 every day.

1 Thank TERRY C
Miami, Florida
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

We like Tams....very friendly and good food. We like the prices too. It is a standard Chinese restaurant with nothing fancy but it is yummy.

1 Thank KellyNew63
Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2013

Tam's is my favorite cuz when I get the shrimp with veggies, it's always loaded with big chunks of fresh veggies and loads of shrimp! Excellent food!

1 Thank A K
Santa Cruz, California
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2012

Tams might not look like much from your view on Mission Street but wait until you taste their Sweet and Sour Pork (or anything else breaded in that style)...OUT OF THIS WORLD! Been eating here for 13+ years, never disappoints. It is our little unasuming "hole in the wall" that has a wonderful deck (ok, being rebuilt as of Sept... More 

1 Thank AirMowb
Santa Cruz, California
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2012

This unassuming place has no fancy decor or pretensions, but the food is delicious and surprisingly cheap. Eat there inside or outside at wooden tables on the fenced patio or order food to take out. We like the ginger beef or walnut shrimp, but everything is good and portions are quite large.

1 Thank Tidetalker
Sunnyvale, California
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2012

I go to Tam's every few months when I'm visiting the area and am in the mood for a good and affordable Chinese lunch. They have the best deal in town. Tasty soup, meat of choice, rice and a fried wonton for under 10 dollars. Plus I love their little outdoor deck to enjoy the sun and my food.

1 Thank CadetBat

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
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  • Address: 2403 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5225
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-7878

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?