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Ming's Restaurant

1700 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 856-7700
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Ranked #182 of 314 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $20 - $35
Hours:
Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 am
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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English first
N. Calif
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I rarely write reviews but Ming's deserves my time for this. Ming's may be the worst restaurant I have been in in 5 years. From the unsmiling and surly hostess, to the cheesy signs posted all over the place, to the bleak atmosphere of the place, and culminating in the uniquely awful dim sum, this one takes first prize for... More

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went to Ming's for a family meal before my brother-in-law went back home to Georgia. The restaurant was quiet and the food was good. We had a good selection and he has able to experience California Chinese food.

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Fremont, California
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320 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

There are lots of great Asian restaurants in Santa Clara Valley area. Mings works hard to deliver a quality dinner and dim sum. However, it is not the best in an area of very good Chinese restaurants. They are upscale however and if you want good service and ok but good Chinese food, it is a good place to go.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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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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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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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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47 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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