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Tai Lake

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134 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2309
(215) 922-0698
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4:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner

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  • 8
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 0
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Lacking athmosphere

Food is good. Waiter was nice and attentive. The fried rice and snow pea leaves with garlic were delicious. My only complaint is about athmosphere We were the only customers at the restaurant around 6 pm on a friday. Nearby, there were 2 tables of loud staff who were also having dinner... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It is ranked one of the top Chinese restaurants in the nation. While my husband and I waited in the tiny lobby, other patrons just started raving about the food. One couple drives from New Jersey once each week to dine at TAI Lake. A doctor and his wife come one to two times each week. Huge portions. Extremely friendly... More 

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Tennessee
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We originally made reservations at Morimoto but after a long day at a conference decided to cancel and hit Chinatown instead...am I ever thankful. When we first entered we were a bit wary with the run-down look of the place including the wet floor in the lobby waiting area with leaking seafood aquariums. But after watching the food being brought... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Food is good. Waiter was nice and attentive. The fried rice and snow pea leaves with garlic were delicious. My only complaint is about athmosphere We were the only customers at the restaurant around 6 pm on a friday. Nearby, there were 2 tables of loud staff who were also having dinner. Innapropiate! Keep your staff separate from your customers.

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Steelmantown
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Literally just left Tai Lake. Our entire dinner lasted 1 hour with a bill totaling $116.00. The manager, owner, host person. . Whatever he is ..literally told us he needed our table to hurry up. Are you kidding me? Like i said we were there for no more than an hour.. There were people there when we arrived that were... More 

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Wayne, PA
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51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is the place for authentic Cantonese seafood cuisine. The clams in black bean sauce is outstanding and the shrimps are cooked to perfection. Their beef, pork and chicken dishes are also excellent. The dishes have the authentic "wok-heigh" flavor, that is the mark of true wok cooking. They are only open for dinner after 4 o'clock. I advise making... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

ALMOST DIED OF INTERNAL BLEEDING I went there last night and ordered Vegan Bean curd with garlic eggplant, and in my dish under a piece of tofu was a flat thin piece of a seashell larger then a quarter, not a clam, not an oyster, a thin sharp razor-ish sea-shell. I took a bite because I didn't see it under... More 

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Dover, DE
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Ate here after a long night on the town at 1 AM. Was wonderful to pick out fresh fish out of the aquariums and eat it 15 minutes later. I tried fish and lobster and both tasted extremely fresh. This place has to be the best restaurants open in the middle of the night!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This restaurant used to have great seafood at reasonable prices, I was there the other night and they were charging $25 per pound for U 26 shrimp that probably cost $2.20 per pound. The preparation was poor. If this restaurant was in San Francisco they would be out of business in a week

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Bangkok
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We have travelled in US for a month in many cities.This restaurant has not been rated in any guide books we read but apparently it served best chinese meals we have ever had in term of taste and freshness. We particularly love the crab with ginger and stir fried royal clam with XO sauce. Food prices are excellent in value... More 

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25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Looking for a challenge? Might as well go for it here. I'll post some pics of the food I ate and what it looked like before it was cooked! Most of the food was pretty good. The frogs tasted a little swampy. The entrance is interesting since it faces the Chinatown fire station and I kid you not, the trucks... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 134 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2309
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: (215) 922-0698

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Thai
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am

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