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Tai Pan, Palo Alto, CA

Tai Pan

4.3
4.3
740 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
In Chinese culture, a Tai-Pan is an individual who shines above all in their field. At Tai-Pan, we believe in the constant pursuit of culinary excellence. From our menu, celebrating Hong Kong-style Cantonese cuisine, to the fine ingredients we use, to our thoughtful preparation and presentation, we strive to deliver an experience befitting a Tai-Pan – one that shines above all else.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Canton)
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 329-9168
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private dining room that can accommodate 14 - 40 people.
  • Private party contact
    Christopher Chan: (650) 329-9168
  • Neighbourhood
    Palo Alto
  • Cross Street
    University Ave.
  • Parking Details
    There is a 100-space public parking lot adjacent to the restaurant
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 740 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 2.3Value

NoiseModerate

740 Reviews
  1. Bill

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This has always been our favorite “go to” Chinese restaurant, and they didn’t disappoint this time around. We got our requested large round table, and our group on 9 enjoyed sharing the various selections from the lazy Susan. We loved supporting this place during these trying Corona times. Food and service were up to their usual high level. The owner expressed thanks to us for coming out. A most enjoyable evening!!!

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  2. nidhis

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant was empty at 8:30. It was strange eating in complete silence and no other guests!

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  3. mabc

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyed their dim sum which was pretty good. Good Chinese food!

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  4. Foodie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We love this place. The food is great, staff is friendly!

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  5. MichelleC

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very good experience as always at Tai Pan. The restaurant was much emptier than usual - effects of coronavirus suppressing the clientele - so our food arrived even quicker than usual. Service was friendly and attentive. One of our dishes was a little too salty but otherwise all good. The twice cooked honey spare ribs are our favorite dish.

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  6. MDSMD

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal! Every item was perfect. The peking duck was the best we have ever experienced!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My point deduction was only because the wonderfully flavored Mongolian beef wasn't at all spicy. Otherwise, the food was delicious!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service

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  9. Sparkleplenty

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The quality of food here never disappoints. We always order a few things off of the Dim Sum menu and then a few things off of the regular menu. The food is always delicious. It is not inexpensive. However it is worth the splurge.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is good, but don’t count on the open table reservation. We made a reservation at 7:30PM, but seated at 8PM.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines Day!

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  12. VenuG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I keep going here! Good food, not much noisy! Good for business lunch and dinner.

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  13. JosieK

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent, food, service and ambiance. Highly recommended

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  14. DanF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favourite Chinese restaurant. Order the pork string beans.

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  15. Peter

    Rhode Island

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, terrific food in an elegant room with attentive service. Our favorite Chinese Restaurant within 30 miles!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious dim sum!

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  17. Foodee

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dim sums were superb. lobster with Eu Fu noodle 🍜 bland and pricey $55 lacking flavor. tried once won’t be ordering the next time but will return for the dim sum. Best time to come is when it opens at 11am after that long waits

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    In one word - Sloppy. We were sitted 30 minutes past our reservation time, without even a small apology. Soup arrived luke warm, entrées arrived slowly at the same temperature. All this for $150 for 4 people. Avoid.

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  19. JOHNO

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Been here many times. Tonight service was abysmal. Had to ask for items several times and the wait staff was just scatterbrained and inattentive. Food was great as usual but service was awful.

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  20. SMohan

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A great option in Palo Alto for Peking Duck and Dim Sum. Service is very attentive and professional. My only reservation is cost.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food

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  22. Kieru

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place for group dining. Food tastes good, but service/price was ok.

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  23. frequentDiner

    San Francisco

    162 reviews

    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recommend: Pot Stickers 6 for 2 Walnut Prawns Moo Shu Veg w. Crepes Mongolian Beef Brown Rice/Veg

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  24. IB723

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really excellent food! We are all really happy with the freshness and quality of the dishes. Delicious!

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  25. KBFCARLY

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Dim sum and Service.

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  26. ShrimpTacos

    Alabama

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was poor, impolite

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  27. AceC

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good as always. Service OK, that’s as usual too. Will go back again.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Poor seating management. Even though we had reservations, they used a paper list and seated walk-ins first.

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  29. AnneW

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Best dim sum. Expensive but top quality.

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  30. JW95014

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Super expensive for regular dim sum. It costs double for similar dim sum somewhere else. Koi palace has more delicious dim sum than this place. And I always Thought Koi is expensive but this place costs more with less desired food. Would prefer somewhere else next time.

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  31. DeeM

    Kuala Lumpur

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent! Really Hong Kong style Dim Sum. We loved it!

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  32. AmyW

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable dinner. Nice that you can order dim sum at dinner.

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  33. AMBP

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great time out for classy dimsum

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Before concert dinner with my friends. Ordered several Shanghai dishes and I really enjoyed them.

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  35. gigi

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The noise level is extremely loud. Not helped by very lively children. Food greasy

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  36. DavidH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tai Pan is the best Chinese restaurant in the Palo Alto area. A bit expensive but worth it.

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  37. Annabelle

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried favorites and new choices this evening and really enjoyed them. Eggplant with noodles--yum! The broccoli beef was superb. We'll be back.

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  38. ManishP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food...however the food does take quite long in coming out of the kitchen.

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  39. AMBP

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As usual consistency bring this restaurant to a good value... Would recommend

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  40. Lulu

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is pristine clean, expertly laid out with white table cloths and traditional contemporary Chinese decor. The staff is friendly, and extremely customer accommodating. Two hour parking is available and situated practically next door to the restaurant. But best of all, the cuisine is par excellence. To have access to such exquisitely prepared Chinese cuisine in a suburb of Palo Alto CA is absolutely fabulous. The variety of the dishes offered on the menu, the presentation of the dishes, and best of all, the delicious and superbly delectable taste of the food is what earns this restaurant the five (5) star rating! Excellent preparation of the food; everything is freshly prepared; superb chef and staff.

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FAQs

Tai Pan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 329-9168.

Tai Pan is rated 4.3 stars by 740 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Tai Pan

560 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    University Ave.
  • Neighbourhood
    Palo Alto
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Canton)
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    There is a 100-space public parking lot adjacent to the restaurant
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 329-9168
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private dining room that can accommodate 14 - 40 people.
  • Private party contact
    Christopher Chan: (650) 329-9168
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