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Tai Pan

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Downtown
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104-108 3 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0E7, Canada
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Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

I should have take a cue from the visual look of the place, old, tired, worn & dirty. But I had a hankering for dim sum and was caught in the south. Food was uninspired and flavourless, very greasy. The best dish was the sticky rice. The rest of the buffet was standard western offerings all held lukewarm. On another... More 

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calgary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2013

A group of us ate here one Saturday evening recently. We all chose the buffet which was your very average Chinese food. Most was battered and fried and covered in sauce. The choices were refilled frequently . The only time we saw the wait staff was when we were seated and again when she came to take our drinks order... More 

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1 Thank chanel16calgary
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2013

the Tai Pan in southwest Calgary (in a strip mall off Southland Drive) was EXCELLENT! Dim Sum and huge buffet offered tasty selections of a variety of dishes. The staff was super efficient, friendly and very courteous. I figure if 90% of the lunch buffet meal seekers were oriental, then the food must be good - and it sure was!... More 

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1 Thank Laurie W
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2013

We were there Sunday morning at 10:45 and only 1 other table was occupied, should be a warning sign right away!! We stayed and tried the Dim Sum, after telling my wife we have never ever had a bad Dim Sum anywhere in Calgary..........spoke too soon, it was absolutely horrible. The food had no flavor, many dishes were lukewarm. We... More 

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2 Thank cowboydanno
Cochrane, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2013

Quality, Price and Service are all best in Calgary ! Underground parking available. 5 mins to Chinatown and Downtown. Centrally located.

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Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2012

This is a small Chinese restaurant located in a small shopping mall near the No. 1 highway (16th Ave N.) off Chinatown. Parking is pretty limited, but you can find some good Southern Chinese food at reasonable prices there. Service is only so so though.

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2 Thank CityJudge
Calgary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2012

Dim Sum can be mediocre, ok, good or really good. I've been going to the original Tai Pan when it was in Chinatown for many years, they were so busy that eventually they moved to larger premises on Centre St. and it's still packed on weekends. Typical of better Chinese places, you have to get a number and wait by... More 

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Reviewed 17 February 2009

Good dim sum.

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Reviewed 22 March 2008

I liked this place years ago but my most recent visits have brought some dissatisfaction. The rice crepes used to be awesome but they've changed their recipe and now the crepes are sticky and powdery. Other food is still pretty good and they have the best black-bean steamed ribs and an awesome mango sponge roll. But I like my rice... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2008

I have tried Dim Sum there, very good. Not like others, Dim Sums are ordered through waiters, not pre-cooked and brought by the cart. Not a lot of tables. Might wait in line to get served.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104-108 3 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0E7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?