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Tai Pan

4.3
4.3
741 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

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    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 741 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. B

    Bill

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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!!!
  2. n

    nidhis

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The restaurant was empty at 8:30. It was strange eating in complete silence and no other guests!
  3. m

    mabc

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Enjoyed their dim sum which was pretty good. Good Chinese food!
  4. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We love this place. The food is great, staff is friendly!
  5. MC

    MichelleC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    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.
  6. MD

    MDSMD

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal! Every item was perfect. The peking duck was the best we have ever experienced!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My point deduction was only because the wonderfully flavored Mongolian beef wasn't at all spicy. Otherwise, the food was delicious!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  9. S

    Sparkleplenty

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food is good, but don’t count on the open table reservation. We made a reservation at 7:30PM, but seated at 8PM.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentines Day!
  12. VG

    VenuG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I keep going here! Good food, not much noisy! Good for business lunch and dinner.
  13. JK

    JosieK

    San Francisco

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent, food, service and ambiance. Highly recommended
  14. DF

    DanF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favourite Chinese restaurant. Order the pork string beans.
  15. P

    Peter

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As always, terrific food in an elegant room with attentive service. Our favorite Chinese Restaurant within 30 miles!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Delicious dim sum!
  17. F

    Foodee

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    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.
  19. JO

    JOHNO

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    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.
  20. SM

    SMohan

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    A great option in Palo Alto for Peking Duck and Dim Sum. Service is very attentive and professional. My only reservation is cost.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food
  22. K

    Kieru

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Nice place for group dining. Food tastes good, but service/price was ok.
  23. D

    frequentDiner

    San Francisco

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I recommend: Pot Stickers 6 for 2 Walnut Prawns Moo Shu Veg w. Crepes Mongolian Beef Brown Rice/Veg
  24. IB

    IB723

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really excellent food! We are all really happy with the freshness and quality of the dishes. Delicious!
  25. KB

    KBFCARLY

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Dim sum and Service.
  26. G

    Grace

    Birmingham

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Service was poor, impolite
  27. AC

    AceC

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was good as always. Service OK, that’s as usual too. Will go back again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Poor seating management. Even though we had reservations, they used a paper list and seated walk-ins first.
  29. AW

    AnneW

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Best dim sum. Expensive but top quality.
  30. JW

    JW95014

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    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.
  31. DM

    DeeM

    Kuala Lumpur

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent! Really Hong Kong style Dim Sum. We loved it!
  32. AW

    AmyW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very enjoyable dinner. Nice that you can order dim sum at dinner.
  33. AM

    AMBP

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great time out for classy dimsum
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Before concert dinner with my friends. Ordered several Shanghai dishes and I really enjoyed them.
  35. g

    gigi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The noise level is extremely loud. Not helped by very lively children. Food greasy
  36. DH

    DavidH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tai Pan is the best Chinese restaurant in the Palo Alto area. A bit expensive but worth it.
  37. A

    Annabelle

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    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.
  38. MP

    ManishP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Food...however the food does take quite long in coming out of the kitchen.
  39. AM

    AMBP

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    As usual consistency bring this restaurant to a good value... Would recommend
  40. L

    Lulu

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.

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 741 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    University Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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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