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Tai Pan

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560 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1720 (University Ave.)
650 329-9168
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Authentic Hong-Kong style kitchen, very tasty food. we order tiger prawns and seabass fish - both were great, we also order shrimp dumplings that were good, and noodles with beef. All were very good - the price are quite expensive though

Thank Chen A
San Mateo, California
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164 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great for meeting friends for a leisurely dinner or colleagues for business. We had a wonderful dim sum, shrimp and vegetables, noodles with shrimp and one dish with shrimp and glazed walnuts. The fried rice was done perfectly and was more brown than white rice. Organic ingredients and all beatifically cooked and presented. Full bar area and wonderful if you... More 

Thank Tiny_Bubbles007
Palo Alto, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This is the most authentic Chinese food restaurant in Palo Alto. Everything is made fresh to order so everything is hot and has excellent taste. Service is good however when they have a full house, it may take time for them to get to you to take your order. When it does become busy and full, it does get a... More 

Miami Beach, Florida
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126 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

This is one of the best Dim Sum's I've been to. It is a bit different as the food does not come by in carts for you to choose from, but rather you choose from the menu and it is brought to your table. Everything we ordered was truly delicious. Make reservations in advance because the place is packed.

Thank 22travelMB
Southampton, New York, USA
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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Visited late on a busy Sunday afternoon. Service was brusque. Dim sum was OK, but below par for Bay Area. Cheapest dim sum items were $6.80. Ordinary noodles with meat $16.00. $ 41 plus tip for three dim sum plus noodles is just wrong.

Thank Robert G
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99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is an out of towner perspective (cannot compare to nearby dim sum) and also not a dim sum expert. The dim sum tasted quality because it was not greasy. Prices were reasonable (not cheap) and the ambiance was fit for special occasions. Large round tables good for groups. Free parking around the corner.

Thank plusGRAY
Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

My visiting friend wanted dim sum nearby. So I took him to Tai Pan. It was a mistake. The quality of food was visibly (or tastibly?) worse than last time I was there 5 months ago. The price was high. We ordered ribs for $12, chicken feet for $5.8. etc. None was up to our expectations. The service was slow.... More 

Thank Nanyangview
Portola Valley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

We visited last night for a group birthday dinner. The big round tables are great for conversation. We ordered a large variety of items and all of them were well made. Note that their 'spicy' dishes are not hot at all so don't be concerned about ordering them The service was excellent. The prices are about 40% higher than Chef... More 

Thank JLG3000
Mountain View, California
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2016

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 

Thank travelbuzz2015
Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank AtlantaTraveller1836

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 560 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1720
    (University Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650 329-9168

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?