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About Thaiphoon Restaurant
Over 100 delicious selections to choose from the menu. Some of Chef's best recommendations are Stir Fried Mango Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles, Yellow Curry Chicken and Roasted Duck Curry. There is a full bar, outdoor seating, elegant main dining room with beautiful decor and handcraft paintings made from Thailand.
Voted the Best Thai Restaurant by the readers of the Palo Alto Weekly from 2006 to 2012. Hall of Fame winner 2 years in a row 2011-2013.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact the restaurant directly, our staff will be happy to recommend dishes that will fit your needs. We cater weddings, lunches and dinners for corporate America and local businesses, birthdays. Minimum delivery for catering order is $150.00.
City street parking available. There is also a parking lot available.
VTA 35, Caltrain
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Thaiphoon Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I grew up in the area, so I've seen a lot of restaurants come and go around University Avenue. There's a reason Thaiphoon stays when so many (often really good) restaurants have fallen. They make seriously great food. Whenever I come back for a visit, my family and I always make a point of going to Thaiphoon. I do have some menu items I especially like, but I've yet to be disappointed by a new menu item. This place is the best.
How can I return to a restaurant when the service is so terrible? After we ordered our food our server never returned. Someone else brought the food, but no one stopped by to see if we needed anything. We had to flag down another server to order more rice, to have our water glasses filled, to get back the cork for the wine bottle we brought but did not finish, and to ask for the check. (We also filled our own wine glasses, which does not bother me as it's better then their constantly overfilling them, but when I spend $15 corkage at an inexpensive Asian restaurant that has a small, lousy wine list (with no vintages listed) anyway I should be getting something for my money.) The food we like but there is no point eating it there.
Pretty good Thai but...food very slow arriving--one dish came 5-6 minutes before others. Pad Thai was great but the lamb in the lamb curry was very tough, almost needed a knife. Surprised the bill arrived before we were even asked about dessert. Ran out of the Stella draft (only one of two for a Thai restaurant?)
We went to Taiphoon for a birthday with the family.
We had to wait for nearly 30 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation.
Then the service was quite quick and friendly.
The food was good but not exceptional.
The restaurant was very noisy in the beginning due to a couple of big parties, but quieted down after they left.
My takeaway: avoid at peak times
Americanized Thai food but very good quality. Having lived in Thailand 6 years I was hoping for more authentic dishes but most Americans probably don't want that. Som Tom was lacking but the waiter warned me in advance it would not be authentic. It was packed on a weeknight so obviously the locals know it's good. No complaints from me.
So disappointing. "Veggie" coconut soup was just carrots, mushrooms, and white bok choy with very little flavor. Lemongrass chicken very blah with no lemongrass flavor. Pot-stickers too greasy with only plain soy sauce accompanying them. Other dishes equally poor. Definitely does not deserve more than 3 stars except for nice outside seating (if you get there early). Very poor Thai food dining choices on the Peninsula which is why we tried Thaiphoon. Had eaten there years ago and was disappointed but gave them another try. Shouldn't have bothered.
We go to thaiphoon about every 6 weeks. The food and drinks are great. The service is generally poor. We waited 20 minutes for a menu on this visit. I waiver between "I'm never going back" and "it was worth the wait". One more person on their evening wait staff might make a world of difference.
On a not very busy night, we were seated quickly. We then waited at least 5 minutes for a menu. After ordering drinks, it took 15 minutes for them to come, and only then were we allowed to order dinner. Once our order was placed, it was another 40 minutes before we were served. That means it took one hour from the time we arrived until the time we were served. The food was great, but the entire experience was ruined by the dismal service. Won't go back. Carry out, maybe.
This was the worst dining I've had in a very long time. First, I made reservations for 7 people and they tried to seat us at a booth for 4. We had to wait an additional 25 minutes for them to seat us at an appropriate table. Our waitress was the worst. She did "drive bys" our table. She'd take one person's drink order and then run, literally, away without taking everyone else's. One person in our party was a vegetarian, so we ordered 2 vegetarian dishes. Twenty minutes after the other dishes arrived, his still hadn't. We inquired twice about those dishes and they never appeared. I had to get up from the table and insist that our waitress go into the kitchen and get our orders. The food was just mediocre.
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