$25 for $50 Worth of Asian Fusion Cuisine at Tamari

Lower Lawrenceville

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  • Asian-Latin-fusion cuisine
  • Award-winning restaurant
  • Specialty cocktails
  • Vegetarian options

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Promotional value expires Jul 4, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2/person. Limit 1/table, 2/table of 6 or more. Reservation required for Friday and Saturday nights. Dine-in only. Not valid toward gift cards or happy hour specials. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A marriage between two cuisines is preferable to a marriage between two clones of Sylvester Stallone, a process that eventually results in a baby reared on raw egg and meat punching bags. Savor a simpler fusion with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Asian-Latin fare at Tamari on Butler Street.

Named Pittsburgh Magazine's Best New Restaurant in 2010, Tamari serves a taste-bud-buffering fusion of Asian and Latin cuisines. The extensive menu features tapas-style small plates fit for sharing, such as chipotle tuna tartar ($9), edamame guacamole ($6), peking-duck quesadilla ($8), and hamachi fish tacos ($11). Tamari also rolls and dices an unusual assortment of specialty maki, including the Spicy Vegan, a meat- and dairy-devoid combination of avocado, jalapeño, inari, and bibb lettuce ($13), and the Sexy Dragon roll, a titillating marriage of spicy tuna and crab topped with eel, avocado, and pheromones engineered to attract eligible lizard bachelors ($14). For diners having just conquered the spicy chile relleno or mole-roasted chicken (both $18), Tamari shakes and stirs a thirst-quenching selection of house cocktails, such as the Asian-pear sake-tini ($10) or the cucumber margarita ($9). The restaurant's ambience is casual and bustling, ideal for lunch on a brisk day or dinner with a brusque highwayman.

Reviews

Pittsburgh Magazine favorably reviewed Tamari and then named it the 2010 Best New Restaurant. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also give Tamari favorable reviews. Yelpers give Tamari an average of four stars, and 82% of Urbanspooners recommend it. More than 980 Facebookers are fans.

  • The food just keeps getting better and better. – Deborah McDonald, Pittsburgh Magazine
  • My boyfriend and I shared an amazing dinning experience at this establishment. The intimate atmosphere was most welcoming and the staff was very attentive. The food was beyond amazing. – Muriel L., Yelp

Tamari

Tamari takes its name from the Argentinean Huarpe people’s word meaning “to do everything with passion,” and the staff heeds it as a call to action. Executive Chef Roger Li expresses this joie de vivre through a bold menu of Latin, Asian, and European cuisine, uniting cultures through food like a model of the 1933 World's Fair made from fondant. Lobster-tempura maki tempts mouths alongside shrimp tacos garnished with yuzu-margarita foam and scottish salmon paired with chimichurri and ginger polenta. While dining, guests take part in a rich, interactive experience, sipping exotic açai mimosas and watching chefs prepare shareable tapas or custom-made menus in an open-pit kitchen. Altogether, the combination of unexpected flavor from the kitchen and unhindered elegance from the dining room has earned Tamari a great deal of respect. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for instance, named it on its Best Dining: Top Dishes list, and CBS Pittsburgh ranked it at the top of its list of Best Outdoor Dining options.

Customer Reviews

Pricey but delicious
Julie L. · March 29, 2014
great food/great experience! thanks
Kiran R. · January 16, 2014
Great food and service. Will be back soon!
Richard H. · December 6, 2013
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    Lower Lawrenceville

    3519 Butler St.

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201

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