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For 2
Wed, 2/21
10:30 PM
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Tai Pan

595 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Chinese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 329-9168
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We have a private dining room that can accommodate 14 - 40 people.
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Private party contact
Christopher Chan: (650) 329-9168
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Cross street
University Ave.
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Parking details
There is a 100-space public parking lot adjacent to the restaurant
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 595 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denny (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

I ate at Tai Pan for the first time on Chinese New Year’s day. It was a dinner reservation. I was on time and seated on time. I was welcomed 4 times while I walked through to my table. The restaurant is decorated in a tasteful and well lit manner with white wood trim, yellow walls, and elegant Chinese paintings and objects around the room.

The table was neatly arranged with a table cloth and place setting with elegant black chopsticks with silver bands at the top and a plate with knife and fork.

The menu presented a good selection of Cantonese favorites. I ordered the chicken in lettuce cups, walnut prawns, scallops and eggplant, and Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce.

The only slip up was that the server heard beef and snow peas instead of Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce. The restaurant was quite loud, but again it was Chinese New Year’s day and there were many families.

When the beef dish came we let them know that it was wrong, but that we would take the dish anyway because it looked delicious. We were right to accept the dish. The beef was perfectly prepared, marinated and tender. The snow peas were lightly cooked and crisp. The other dishes were good as well.

My only observations were: (a) the chicken and lettuce cups were small with only a table spoon full of filling each; (b) the prawns were a bit small (a little smaller than a half dollar coin; and (c) the prices per dish were $$, which is what I expected from a high-end Chinese restaurant. However, I also expect larger than half dollar sized prawns for $$.

Overall the food was very tasty, well prepared, and the ambience was good. I would return to Tai Pan for a special occasion, and I enjoyed the evening.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent service. The restaurant personnel went over and beyond their duties to make our visit really special

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The food is not authentic Chinese, but Americanized. The service is slow. The price is much higher than the quality of the food.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Family weekend meal

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Great place for chinese food

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This review isn’t about the food which was decent but about the service. Having thr

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Although this restaurant has very good food and is pleasant enough they have been very unhelpful with a problem I have had with them and Open Table. I told them when I checked in that I had a reservation. Ostensibly I was told OK and they would confirm it. I then received a message from Open Table the next day telling me I forfeited my points even though I had been there. I have a copy of my confirmation and then a form from Open table to rate the restaurant. Upon calling the restaurant and asking them to make a correction they said I didn't have a reservation. Not only did we have drinks waiting for our table but we spend more than $90.00 on food. I resent that they have been so uncooperative and unwilling to make a small correction.

viptruffle (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

The steamed cod was a disappointment and very expensive. Every other dish was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Elegant. Delicious. Creative. The best Hong Kong cuisine in the SF Bay Area...

vipAnonymous (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent Chinese food! We enjoyed everything. The vegetables were fresh, tasty, and slightly crisp. The seafood was perfectly prepared. The sesame balls were fresh out of the oven and a perfect way to end a great meal.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Very professional service and thoughtfulness. They were gracious in changing our table at our request despite the fact that they were really packed. Excellent food

vipsteakeater (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Been going here for Christmas Eve

vipfrequentDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

This was a Christmas Eve celebration. Our family was treated to a great dinner and friendly service. There was not an empty table in the restaurant which raised the sound level, but did not overly delay the service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Dim sum at Tai Pan is unmatched, however, the tables were a little crowded.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Always delivers.

vipBillC (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

The food is good and is not expensive. Good ambiance but, like most restaurants, noisy. The single most annoying feature of the place is the painful slowness of the delivery of the food and the wholly indifferent attitude of the maitre-d and the staff. I imagined that the boss must be a terrible tyrant who has, over time, depressed the servers so greatly that, as a reaction, they have decided to take it out on the patrons. No smiles, no sense of welcoming the diners, nothing but a deep indifference to one and all. But, as I say, the food is good. If you don't mind waiting 30-45 minutes for the food and you don't need smiles and a pleasant welcome, by all means. GO!

AMBP (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Great for brunch, the food is always and consistently great. Had great dimsum Shanghai dumplings are delicious ans I reported twice and they were as good as the first time. Strongly recommended I must say

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Great dim sum but it doesn’t seem to matter if you have a reservation or not. The last two times we had to wait 30 min for our table along with everyone else waiting without a reservation.... and they don’t apologize.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

We'd been here a few years back and recalled in was a positive experience.....and they even exceeded our high expectation this time around. The first thing that strikes you about Tai Pan is the beautiful decor.....definitely many levels above most Chinese restaurants. The menu is huge and varied, our server was knowledgable and helpful, and the entrees were delicious. We loved the clear-glass lazy Susan, and everyone in our party got a taste of everything. A thumbs up!!!

vipKBS77 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Food, wine, and service were all outstanding. We all (5 of us) liked every single dish.