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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, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 4
    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
Great service!

This is a good restaurant for both large and small groups. The service is excellent. All the servers were equally attentive to us during dinner. Some of the items on the menu are really good, e.g., the Hot and Sour Soup is probably the best I've ever had. Some items are interesting, e.g., the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
travelbuzz2015
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Mountain View, California
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Mountain View, California
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good restaurant for both large and small groups. The service is excellent. All the servers were equally attentive to us during dinner. Some of the items on the menu are really good, e.g., the Hot and Sour Soup is probably the best I've ever had. Some items are interesting, e.g., the firecracker chicken was unlike anything I've... More 

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Thank travelbuzz2015
Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Go with a group to best experience all the excellent Dim Sum choices. While not a "Cart" style, the table delivered delicacies were perfectly prepared. Somewhat pricey but well worth it.

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Thank AtlantaTraveller1836
Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I have been eating in this restaurant for the past 10 years or so, starting in 2004. They have elegant Chinese setting, fine Chinese brush painting and refine setting for a fine dinning Chinese restaurant. They offer Cantonese cuisine, mainly dim sum at day time and fine dinning in the evening. It's pricy but food quality is great. Their business... More 

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Thank AngiePBB
Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We were just looking for a Chinese restaurant and went in on the off-chance. Sometimes you make the right decision. Very welcoming, full of people - both good signs. Excellent service and though crowded, we could talk quietly across the table. And no-one tried to hurry us on. We decided to go for something original - succulent crab claws followed... More 

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Thank Howard M
Los Altos, California
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154 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We couldn't have had a nicer elegant lunch experience at Tai Pan. I thought I knew all the reputable dim sum places on the Peninsula. Tai Pan provided us a beautiful ambience, very good service and delicious dim sum options for our party of four.

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Thank nnovak_11
Los Gatos, California, USA
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is a great Restaurant for Dim Sum. A very nice ambiance, great food. If you are used with the Dim Sum Restaurants that bring the Dim Sum on a cart, this restaurant is not like that. You have to order the plates from a menu.

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Thank grecognos
Singapore, Singapore
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The service was good. But the food was average. We went there for dinner with high hopes, but probably will not go there for dinner anymore.

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Thank Nanyangview
Los Angeles, California
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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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1 Thank Rebelruth
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

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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1 Thank Priscilla J
Nome, Alaska
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174 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 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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Thank Magellan008

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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, Asian

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?