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Tai Pan

4.6
595 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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
Additional
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
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denny (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Family weekend meal

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

Great place for chinese food

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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