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560 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650 329-9168
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Ranked #99 of 318 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
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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230 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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1 helpful vote 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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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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100 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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32 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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100 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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75 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
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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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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