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Tai Pan

560 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650 329-9168
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Ranked #129 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Chinese, Dim Sum
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University Ave.
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81% Recommend
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English first
Fremont, California
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716 reviews 716 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
686 helpful votes 686 helpful votes
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
20 helpful votes 20 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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151 reviews 151 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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Cupertino, California
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164 reviews 164 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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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 8, 2013

We've eaten here numerous times, and the food is consistently good. A bit pricey, but you can count on really good Chinese food. Service is excellent; staff are friendly and responsive. Food presentation is quite nice, and we're always pleased with our meal. The spareribs and Peking duck are particularly yummy.

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Piedmont, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Great place for lunch in central Palo Alto with 2-hours of free parking. The dim sum menu offers authentic Hong Kong dishes according to my Hong Kong friends. Reservations by Open Table is accepted. Beautiful interior decor and not crowded. Honey baked sea bass (main menu) just melts in your mouth. Sponge cake and egg tart desserts were excellent.

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San Francisco, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

First of all, let me just say this: Do not expect to find authentic ethnic food in places like Palo Alto downtown where rich native Bay Area residents live/work. Seriously. Set your expectation right. It's like looking for authentic/real French restaurants in Chinatown. Seriously. Just don't. With that out of the way, I think Tai Pan is really a great... More

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San Francisco
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88 reviews 88 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Where to begin? Portion sizes are smaller than at other dim sum restaurants I have eaten at in the past, for the same dishes. The prices are quite high. High prices and small portions mean that the bill for getting enough to eat is going to be way out of line. And the food is really bad--way too much salt... More

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