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209 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
+1 650-322-1888
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  • Excellent13%
  • Very good52%
  • Average26%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“dumplings” (23 reviews)
“dim sum” (20 reviews)
“shrimp” (9 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
$$ - $$$
209 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kids always agree on going gor Dim Sum. While Steam is not a traditional dim sum restaurant with carts, it does fill a dim sum fix. Favorite dishes was deep fried shrimp balls and pork buns were super flavorful (though child one says it needed...More

Thank Kristin B
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We stopped in late on a Sunday afternoon for a light early dinner. Enjoyed each dish -- the Shrimp Har Gow, in a steamer basket, tasty and not greasy sweet and sour pork, and Mongolian beef [tasty and very spicy, so be sure that's what...More

Thank rickdoestravel
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The dumplings are amazing!! Very nice and different flavors! The staff is very friendly. Very nice the outside part.

Thank Valeria P
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Good hot and sour soup and also a good assortment of dumplings. We had the Mu Shu Pork which was delicious.

Thank Samosababa
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Delicious noodles, agreeable dumplings... Odd British IPA... Effective service... A good quickie lunch.

Thank rokkap
Reviewed 3 December 2017

This is a prime location in the heart of Palo Alto's startup parallel universe. The place is narrow, but deep. You can be sure that funding was not easy and G&A of this place is steep, nevertheless, the pricing model is reasonable by local standards....More

Thank onepoet
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Have been to Steam several times as getting my fix of dim sum and noodles is a must for me. But this Visit was a bit disappointing. The sautéed broccoli dish was a bit cold and the beef chow fun was too greasy. Didn't quite...More

Thank tanagogo1
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We were excited to find this rather design Chinese restaurant with cool name Steam at such prime location in downtown Palo Alto! Food is good, location is great, ambiance is modern! However only if the service could be more friendly! We have been 3 times...More

Thank Bella L
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We were visiting Palo Alto and were looking for a restaurant with the best dim sum. Steam was recommended. The dim sum was very good with a reasonable variety of choice. Restaurant setting is nice, with choice of indoor or outdoor seating. Excellent service.

Thank mmuller7753
Reviewed 2 May 2017

The food is very good for this type of restaurant, and the indoor/outdoor layout is great on a warm night. Kids love it and so do I.

Thank juliaemerson
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-322-1888
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