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“When my husband asks me, "Where do you want to go?", I always say, "Tams".”

Tam's Cuisine of China
Ranked #23 of 87 Restaurants in Pacifica
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed March 19, 2011

We've been coming here for 13 years, since discovering them via the Entertainment Book. They don't need to play the coupon game to lure customers anymore because we are only two of a very loyal following that's been built up over the years. They've done it by serving food that is consistent in taste and quality, in a setting that is upscale, pleasant and calming (white table linens, soft classical music, comfortable distance between tables, very clean restrooms, windows that line the dining room). Yes, it's located at the corner of a shopping center, as another reviewer noted, but the ambiance upon entering the restaurant is lovely, welcoming and always non-rushed.

The service has always been impeccable, with just the right hint of understated friendliness, the kind of demeanor you find in only the best restaurants. Allen, the owner, is so down to earth, respectful and unassuming that it was several years before I knew that he owned the place. Everyone who works there seems like the kind of person you wouldn't mind having as a friend - they're that nice, without being in the least bit intrusive.

It's so nice to always be able to count on the restroom being so clean. For me, this is very important.

The table linens are always freshly starched and spotless.

I frequently pick up a daily newspaper and take myself there for the lunch special. It's an hour of calm - a respite from chores, noise and traffic - listening to soft classical background music, while eating great food at a reasonable price in a calm setting. Sometimes I go with a friend. Another plus is that you can hear the person you are with talk, in the absence of clattering plates or jarring music.

The food is not only delicious, it is consistently delicious. You can depend on the thing you order tasting exactly as good as it was each time before.

The only problem is that, for us, it's a 50 minute round trip for take-out - but it's worth it!

Allen and/or his wife are always at the front desk with a friendly greeting, working with a pleasant staff to make the Tams experience top notch.

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Reviewed January 21, 2010

From the first day back in 1976 when they had moved to the present location. They have shown what real chinese cooking is all about.

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Reviewed November 1, 2008

Great take-out, very friendly staff and absolutely excellent food. Plenty of it, too! We always have leftovers (yum).

I am not a very adventurous eater, and they are always very accommodating for any special requests (not spicy, no celery, whatever).

Best advice is to take advantage of the daily lunch special -- the rice plate is a whole lotta food for just $7. For dinner, highly recommend the egg rolls (massive and de-lish) and you can't go wrong with any of the entrees.

Tam's is authentic, family-run, and worth the drive.

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Reviewed October 5, 2008

I was taken here recently by a friend and will definitely go back. I didn't find the prices out of line for the Bay Area either. ... this is a slightly nicer Chinese restaurant than many, and reflects that in price and cuisine, but it's hardly really expensive.

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Reviewed July 20, 2008

My favorite Chinese food in Pacifica.

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