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560 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650 329-9168
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Ranked #104 of 313 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $20 - $25
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Chinese, Dim Sum
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University Ave.
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English first
Palo Alto, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I have to agree with other reviews. Tai Pan has great food but expensive, but it's worth for a special occasion. We celebrated my husband's 50th birthday in its private room (wine library)...beautiful setting with good service. I personally selected 7 dishes for the party of 13 people. My guests enjoyed the night with delicious gourmet food and wine pairing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Seriously wonderful Chinese food. Don't miss the whole Peking Duck, the Sea Pearl soup or the Sea Bass in several dishes (all exceptional). The normal Dim Sum appetizers are just right and the service is very good. Comfortable and pleasant surroundings without being stuffy. All eight of us were happy. The younger ones loved the shrimp balls and the crispy... More 

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Nome, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

Over the years greed has taken over.. Service us mediocre, drinks are skimpy, food prices have increased beyond value and food is rarely hot. The receptionist turned water-bearer is beyond help. This is no longer a go-to place for us after 13 years...adios Taipan!

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

yes, i agree with other reviews that it's upscale and it's overpriced. think about it, it's palo alto and people there really don't mind spending a lot to get good food and good environment. btw, the service did not match the "upscale" standard, at least not the american nor the hong kong standard i expect. however, if you live in... More 

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Fremont, California
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505 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This Chinese restaurant is so comfortable to come to. Its like having dinner in an elegant home....comfortable seating, tablecloths, good service. Food is very good here - freshly made - and nice portions for the group you are with. Service is done with a friendly graceful style. It is quiet enough for a nice dinner out - although many people... More 

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San Francisco, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I have been a frequent customer at Tai Pan since 2007. Tai Pan has never disappointed me. I have also taken numerous groups of family members, friends, and business clients from Hong Kong and China to Tai Pan, all of them gave two thumbs up to the food at Tai Pan. Many of my clients were amazed by the availability... More 

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Nome, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

These folks have deluded themselves to believe that they can raise prices on ordinary skimpy dishes. Beef is hard to find, as is chicken in their dishes. Their bowl of rice is the tiniest I have ever seen. Overpriced wine in tiny pours. These guys must be desperate. Corkage is $20 and 18.5% tip is charged on the corkage for... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Had lunch here with a party of four for dim sum. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table despite having a reservation – a bit annoying. It is a busy and popular place. Décor is Asian and quite pleasant. The dim sum was very good but a bit pricy – cost was $38 per person with no... More 

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Cupertino, California
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126 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

FOOD: I wasn't terribly impressed by the dishes here. The lone standout was the Peking duck, which was very tasty. The other dishes that we tried (shu mai, pot stickers, shrimp dumplings, honey beef, Shanghai crab, Maine lobster) were rather ho-hum. The mediocre food did not surprise me, considering that Tai Pan appears to be one of those Chinese restaurants... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We ordered the meal for 10 people listed on the menu. From chicken on a lettuce wrap, soup, tea, crab items, lobster, duck, whole fish and I can't remember what else. The seafood was fresh and not smelly, service was great. Be warned that this will provide enough food for probably 15 normal eaters. Great food and no rush to... More 

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Additional Information about Tai Pan

Address: 560 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone Number: 650 329-9168
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: Chinese, Dim Sum

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