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Ming's Restaurant

1700 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 856-7700
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Ranked #157 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Dim Sum
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
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Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Ming's is where I used to go to with my family while growing up in the Bay Area, hence why every time I go back home to visit my parents, we always go to Ming's. It's probably because it's the closest dim sum to our home. Regardless, I've grown to love it. It's quality dim sum with real attentive service... More

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Santa Clara, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Went to Ming's last week for dim sum. Being it's an icon at a prime location, specially for the price , I had expected high quality dim sum … Boy, wasn't I overly disappointed to say the least - for example their sio mai was extremely fatty, har gow was too fishy, kylan was old and cold, etc. This means... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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79 reviews 79 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Ming's is our go-to place for Chinese food when in San Jose.. It's not blow-your-mind-good, but good-enough-comfort-Chinese-cooking that makes you think about it when you're looking for a Chinese meal whilst being so far away from home. Lobster Noodles is always ordered and enjoyed..

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Oakland, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Stopped here for lunch after birding nearby Shoreline Park. The menu included all the standard Chinese favorites, with a good selection of vegetarian offerings. There is a separate Dim Sum area that we did not check out. I gather that their reputation is mainly due to the latter. No complaints, but nothing special. Good food and service.

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Ventura, CA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Spacious restaurant with round tables, red lanterns and firecracker decor. Excellent food including salad (Asian chicken is what everyone gets), meat (special beef and the half duck), veggies (mixed, mushrooms), and pan fried chow mein. Strong Mai Tais and nice warm tea. We will definitely return!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The restaurant looks a bit outdated but you can tell that back then, it was a posh place for a chinese restaurant. The dim sum lack the variety that I seek (such as durian puffs). The taste is on the sweeter side to please more americanized palate. The food is not oily, so that's a plus, but at the same... More

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Palo Alto, California
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41 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We have been to Ming's several times over the past few years, for dim sum, which is served from carts from 11am onwards through the lunch hour, possibly 7 days of the week (check their website). The location is great, very close to the Embarcadero exit off the 101 (although Palo Alto residents can take Bayshore and avoid the highway).... More

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San Francisco, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Ming's Restaurant is located right off of a busy street. I was there for a wedding reception, so I cannot comment on the actual restaurant as an actual customer. I can say the food was awesome! The service was awesome as well. I was impressed to the point of where I would call it upscale, but it was a quality... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

We were told the place is good for dim sum. We had a party in the private room in the back. The place is amazingly roomy bright and spacious. The party menu is very elaborate. The food is tasty. The service is good

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San Francisco
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We enjoyed a great lunch today at Ming's Restaurant. Place was packed. Every table full. The dim sum cart ladies came to our table right away. Tea and ice water was served immediately. Lots of attentive staff were everywhere, unlike some restaurants where you have to send up flares to get help. The food was authentic dim sum, and really... More

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