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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.

543 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Thai, Asian

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.

Cross Street:
University Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 323-7700

Website:
http://thaiphoonpaloalto.com/

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
City street parking available. There is also a parking lot available.

Public Transit:
VTA 35, Caltrain

Executive Chef:
Wanna Vongampai

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Thaiphoon Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.4

ambience

3.5

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Great for Lunch (13)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Hot Spot (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Authentic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Good for a Date (1)
Healthy (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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Scenic View (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Spicey eggplant didn't have much eggplant, prawn dishes skimpy on prawns. Mediocre Thai cuisine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Fair food. Not bad, not great. Fine service. There are probably better options in the area.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2017

The food at this restaurant is good. The curries are the best I've eaten in the area. The decor is getting old and needs to be updated. Some of the servers are good others not.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good food but not great service

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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?)

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Not impressed with the food at all. Their Shaken Beef was way too tough, and mango chicken was just OK.
Not planning to return.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2016

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Made a reservation and they kept us waiting for over 1hr. Worst of all, when I asked about it we received incredibly bad service to the point we decided to leave.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

The person who took our orders was not pleasant, she snapped when asked about ingredients. She kind of spoiled everyone's mood.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2016

The food was disappointing, kind of bland. We were especially upset because we told the waitress one person was allergic to red peppers or soy sauce and she wrote that on our check but both dishes came with those ingredients.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Quiet location to meet friends. My friends and I were looking for a Thai place, and this was one of the suggestions. Thaiphoon is a delicious place to dine with lots of options for everyone.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Great food and service for a group of 5. We ate family style and tasted a lot of dishes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2016

The noodle with beef in soup is the best one I have ever had at other Thai restaurants. Also the iced coffee after the noodle in soup was great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2014

A few dishes are great...chicken satay, green curry chicken. Several dishes were extremely salty or heavy with garlic or thai basil. Pork arrived way overcooked

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2014

Food is good but bland. Ask people how spicy they want their dish. Not everyone wants it mild! Be more adventurous with seasonings.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2014

The food was bland, boring, and tasteless. It was subpar Thai food and we both thought every dish was disappointing. The service was only okay. We won't be back. There are way too many good thai restaurants to frequent this one again.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 6, 2014

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

best pad see yew i have ever eaten, and I have eaten a lot of it. a little chilly in there, otherwise great service and delicious food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2013

waitress did not want to take Open Table "check" for payment. Manager said ok but was embarrassing with our guests there, also

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 21, 2013

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.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 3, 2013

Love the food, but don't enjoy having to wait 20 minutes for a menu and another 20 to have our order taken. Kind of puts a damper on the whole experience. The chef deserves better wait staff to complement his great cuisine.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2013

very enjoyable. right on time for our reservation even though the restaurant was busy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2012

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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