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560 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (University Ave.)
650 329-9168
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Nice Dim Sum Dining Experience

Went in for a late afternoon lunch with the family. Dim sum food was very good and the service was excellent. Chefs/Cooks in the back kitchen were Cantonese which added to the experience. We had standard dim sum fare of pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings, steamed BBQ Pork Buns, etc... we augmented... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The food is prepared to order so I advice anyone who goes to plan a leisurely lunch. Everything is outstanding. My group went back twice just for the chicken feet. Even the Jasmine tea was good. A bit pricey but well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The dim sums were excellent - didn't know they came with such a variety of fillings and so many different kinds.the seafood soup was also excellent . All this washed down with the Chinese tea All in all a great experience

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Nome, Alaska
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136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

For the second time in a row we have had incredibly poor service. Today our.beef was raw and the waiter was unable to understand what to do about it.. He just held the dish and remained motionless. The prices are too high and the service is incompetent. No more!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Went in for a late afternoon lunch with the family. Dim sum food was very good and the service was excellent. Chefs/Cooks in the back kitchen were Cantonese which added to the experience. We had standard dim sum fare of pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings, steamed BBQ Pork Buns, etc... we augmented with main Chow Fun and the Fish Clay Pot... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

For an early Xmas dinner, Tai Pan was jammed full. And no wonder: the large variety of dim sum -- all WONDERFUL (except for the short ribs, which none of us cared for) -- made for an exciting and tasty meal. We all came in famished and emerged at the end completely full and COMPLETELY satisfied. It's hard to go... More 

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Palo Alto, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 560 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (University Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650 329-9168

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
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

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