Tao Downtown
Tao Downtown

Tao Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.taodowntown.com/
  • Phone: (212) 888-2724
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun - Wed; 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Thu - Sat; 5:00pm - 2:00am

    Last dinner reservations at 12:45am (Sun - Wed) and 1:45am (Thu - Sat).

    Restaurant Bar remains open at least one hour after the kitchen closes.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Ralph Scamardella / Yoshi Kojima
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.
  • Special Events: Please contact our Special Events Sales Dept for parties of 15 people or more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue
  • Public Transit: E train stop at 14th Street at 8th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on the NW corner. F train stop at 14th Street at 6th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on NW corner and walk west on 16th Street, then make a right on 9th Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Garage is located on 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue across the street from Dream Downtown Hotel. Please be advised that we do not validate parking.

    Please read street signs carefully for street parking.
A word from Tao Downtown
TAO Group, the pioneers of the Pan-Asian trend that swept New York City over a decade ago, unveils the evolution of the TAO brand with the opening of TAO Downtown. TAO Group will mark the next iteration of the brand, taking over the spaces formerly home to Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri located beneath the Maritime Hotel and will seat up to 400 throughout the restaurant, with approximately 300 seats in the main dining room alone.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Tao Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
371 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (267)good for groups (224)special occasion (196)vibrant bar scene (190)fit for foodies (141)late-night find (104)romantic (94)neighborhood gem (49)scenic view (47)notable wine list (22)great for outdoor dining (12)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (7)Show More
  • Great service, great food
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I went with a large group. The seating was nice and accomodating. I have been here before, so I know that the food is always good here. The service is great here. The place does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded yet romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and she loved it. We missed the original early dinner time we had so we had an eleven o'clock time. We had to wait an hour to be seated so that was a bit much but once we were seated it was well worth it. She loved everything and took a ton of pics. Though the place is a very popular place, the seating for couples is really romantic and seperate from the crowd. Overall I had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Annie
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great ambience and atmosphere, however we had to wait 55 minutes to be seated despite having booked a table. We also had a very rude waiter who we felt forgot about us, and our wine glasses were left empty for too long! Shame as great place, but wouldn't go back as wasn't an enjoyable experience due to all the waiting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. Ridiculous wait.
    Gfrw
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We went to Tao on a Friday evening. I had booked a table (for 3) three weeks in advance. The restaurant itself is nicely designed but is way too crowded and loud. Worst of all, however, is the wait. The food was good, just not worth the 30min delay to get our table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worth It!
    krpagoniVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    My colleagues and I were in NYC for a few days on business. We asked multiple friends who live in the city where would be a great place to have dinner. Tao Downtown was mentioned several times so we decided to take the plunge. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere was energetic, tons of people, great music, awesome décor. The menu was surprisingly pretty extensive, and we were happy with everything we got. The drinks were even better. Try the Blushing Geisha (legit tastes like a red Starburst) or the Ruby Red Dragon. It's on the pricey side, so be prepared to drop some money. Our group of 4 spent well over $300 and we didn't go overboard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Place to Celebrate With Friends
    Alisa4VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Tao Downtown is beautiful, energetic and despite it's grandiose size, the service is excellent. The food is fresh and creative and you don't have to wait too long for any dish. They also have IPhone 5 portable chargers for those of you who have dead phones upon arrival. The restaurant has such great energy and it is good for all age groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fast Food Restaurant
    OYVEY
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Food comparable to fast food Chinese restaurant. Terrible. Ambiance and decor was great. But lack of flavor or over salted food killed the place. Service ok but I see why the bad reviews. Once it starts getting busy it starts falling apart.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The atmosphere was great, but the service was lousy. The food arrived quickly and the waitress did not left us free to choose the appropriate amount of food and also immediately presented the bill. We feel bad because we are almost thrown out of the restaurant and we could not take it easy dinner.
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  • Great dinner, great service, beautiful space
    HappyHusband
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Took my wife here for her birthday on a Wednesday night. The place was lively and full. It was our first time visiting and we were not disappointed. The decor is amazing and most everyone is dressed to impress. Food was outstanding and well priced considering how nice the restaurant is and its location in meat packing. Made our reservation through open table and included a special request to have a birthday candle with our dessert or other similar gesture to commemorate the occasion. Sure enough, when we ordered dessert, there was a lit birthday candle and a Happy Birthday engraved cookie included. The waiter offered to sing as well! Couldn't have capped our night any better. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Are they full of themselves or what?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We had a reservation made but still were sent to wait at the bar for 40 minutes. Food was average. Even the Adamame were overcooked. When I mentioned it to the waiter he warned me that if he takes it back " he does not know" how long it will take to get another serving because "he cannot rush the chef"... Rest of the food was not more than an average dinner in China Town. The place is beautiful, very vibrant and probably the right place to be seen at, but let's be honest - the food is way too expensive and not that good. Last thing - it was very noisy..
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tao Downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Great atmosphere, pleasant staff, good vibes and amazing interior design. My friends, that had not been there before loved it as much as me! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had to wait over 1.5hrs for our pre-booked table!
    Girlniteout
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    A big disappointment having had many a memorable night in Tao uptown. The look and feel of the new Tao is amazing - complete wow factor - but we will not be going back! Staff were stressed out. There was no where to site when we had to waiting over an hour &half for our dinner reservation. We were literally being trampled on and all the bars unoccupied tables had 'reserved' on. When we finally got called for our table the waiter was also distance and clearly had enough for one night. food was great though as expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We had to wait 1hour to be seated with reservation
    Pattycake10
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    What's the purpose of dinner reservations if you're waiting an hour to sit down. On top of that there was not a seat to sit down. It was full of empty tables reserved. For this reason alone I would not come again or recommend it to anyone. Shame because food was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and ambiance is EVERYTHING!
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I eat here pretty often and everytime is like the first time. The food is remarkable! We had sashimi that was to die for as well as the Mongolian beef and this chicken with pineapples. It was all perfect! The food and the atmosphere are always great when I go but the service is sometimes off. On this particular occasion I had a reservation and they refused to add one extra person to my table so we ended up eating in the lounge, which is not exactly where you want to eat on a Saturday night because it's always packed. Nevertheless we made the best of it and the food was great so it wasn't a complete waste!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had been to Tao Uptown before which was great, but this was my first time at Tao Downtown. It's neat how it sort of mirrors town Uptown with many seats in Tao Uptown being above the main section and in Tao Downtown it feels like you are below the main section. Our service was excellent and the food was amazing. I would recommend just getting a bunch of stuff and sharing as the plates are fairly big. The rock shrimp lettuce cups were plentiful and the crispy pork was easily enough for two people, especially combined with a side dish. We had 2 appetizers, the 5 spice Chinese ribs and the crispy pork and it was more than enough. Also, the mochi dessert was really cool. I would highly recommend this restaurant. I even got lucky as it was sold out, but I looked on open table the day of and there must have been several cancellations as I was able to reserve a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For Tao, Opentable not worth anything.
    RutalVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food was wonderful, absolutely beautiful place, very efficient service of restaurant and the correct music. But the hostess are very poorly trained and inattentive, I booked for 10:00 pm and only gave me after 11:00 and there was not the worst place to wait at the bar and have a drink. For Tao, Opentable not worth anything, incredulous as I watched people coming in without reservations and were immediately accommodated, not only walked away because it was too cold to ...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    Jewels
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Perfect for special occasions or just a nice dining experience. Food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food sucky service...
    FastidiousFoodie1
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The atmosphere is wonderful and very lively and honestly the restaurant is beautiful. I think you feel "lifted" the moment yo walk in. My first time ever going was for my birthday and just like then the food was great but the service was subpar. Our server Luam was distant, irritated, and kind of short with us but we tried not to let that ruin dinner. In between our starters and main courses the fire alarm went off and all the lights came on and no one, not even our server came to check on us or ask us if we were still having a pleasurable dining experience. The week before we ate at Nobu in Tribeca which doesn't at all have the atmosphere of Tao but the food and the service was remarkable. If in the near future I'm choosing between high priced asian fare I'll definitely choose Nobu or Buddakhan over Tao.
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  • Vroz
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    A little bit too loud. Very good. Beautiful restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't meet high expectations...
    Theobserver
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Very nice sceen, didn't manage to meet high expectations on the food though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall Awesome Experience
    BTrottaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Five spice Short Ribs (Excellent) - Spice Yellowtail Roll (Good) - Peking Duck (Good) - Yellowtail Jalapeno Shashimi (Good) - Shrimp Lettuce Wraps (Very Good) Huge Place - Stadium Seating Setup - Very Talented - Typical expensive drinks for the scene - In Maritime Hotel - Get seating on the main floor
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had an amazing night
    Luvtosmile
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Amazing food. Amazing atmosphere. A night to remember!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun resto, but unimpressive food for the price
    NeverEndingStory
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I went to Tao on a Friday night with my hubby, the kids, grandma and grandma's friend. It was my second visit. I enjoyed the food less this time. I think it was a combination of my allowing others to order for me, so they weren't my first choice dishes, and the not-so-stellar offerings. Frankly at the prices they charge this shouldn't be an issue. Plus, my mom and Susan ordered and they weren't blown away by what they thought would be tasty. The kids, who love love LOVE Asian food (and Buddakan especially) didn't eat much at all. On a positive note, the service was great both times. They were even tolerant of our being late on a busy Friday night. And being tucked into a table along the steps was ideal for letting the kids get a little loose. If invited to go again I definitely wouldn't complain, but I'd tread carefully through the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Experience
    Bruna
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Excellent experience. Place is amazing, food and service are very good too. High end spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Fantastic
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I have a client in the neighborhood that I have called on for years and I never knew this place was here. It was awesome....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat well before you visit TAO
    ZviDonatVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This is the perfect example of very good marketing, TAO is a club, but in no way a restaurant, food quality very poor, a low level Japanese/Chinese restaurant will be much better, shame on the management, how can you call yourself a restaurant? take 1 kg of Sugar add grade 2 shrimp and serve, patay nodals over cooked, and the big surprize.. how one can spoil edamame, well TAO kitchin managed to do that! so I will never visit TAO
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun&tasty
    Silv
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Had a great time even waiting fro our table, at the bar,well prepared drinks, spacious and comfortable bar area makes you forget your're actually waiting. The restaurant area has a good scenic ambiance, great service and tasty dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Hip, hot and trendy restaurant. Delicious food and great atmosphere in an outstanding decor. Good people watching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expect to wait
    TexaNYCVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    35 minute wait for a table EVEN FOR AN 11PM RESERVATION! I find this unacceptable for such a late reservation. The dismissive attitude of the host was made up for by the fantastic waitress who helped narrow our choices with the overwhelming menu. Once seated away from all the B&T bar-goers, the evening was fantastic and delicious food. Desserts- fair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere!!
    PeterSVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The atmosphere and the food is very good. It is a big place we took a freiend there for his birthday.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    NomsVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The past times I've been it's always been great. However, this time we waited 20 minutes after we were seated to get a waiter and our chicken was so overcooked it was hard and had to be sent back. Additionally majority of our food was cold.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unpleasant dinner
    Stephane
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food and design are wonderful. But it is one of this place where receptionists and managers are pretentious, unpleasant and looks bored and annoyed to have customers ; And they think, it is "cool" to act like this. Because, you know, they have so many customers, they don't care about your pathetic existence. They are also incompetent as we booked for 8:30pm (a regular Wednesday) and came on time. But we had to wait 50 minutes in the overcrowded bar. We don't get any apologize as they probably thought we should already be happy they let us get in. Finally it was very loud and was hard to talk. I went twice to this restaurant and to be honest, the first time was by far more pleasant. It was more friendly, on time, and we were able to talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love It!
    oyin
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I've always loved Tao!!! Sitting in the general dining area 2 years ago and sitting in the lounge area are equally amazing! The both offer equally great service and Tao as a whole has an amazing ambiance!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday meal
    VisitorNY
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Excellent experience with top quality food. Service was cold and didn't appreciate the fact that the bill (check) came with recommended tips being circled especially considering we were short changed by 10 dollars in change.this however did not take away much from the quality of food and the general experience. Very pricy but quality did reflect price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Jay890
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The location was absolutely beautiful and it was my first time there. Much pricier than anticipated, but I enjoyed the environment and interesting crowd.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always stop by!
    Irina
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Great place food and ambiance! Long wait though...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Yummy.Great service...Beautiful ambience ! Food delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good vibe
    Breal
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great date spot- good at atmosphere. Honored my reservation which I appreciated because it is usually extremely difficult to get a table.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    KikiKitty
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I took my boyfriend to dinner for his birthday. Everything was absolutely perfect. I'd like to give a special thanks to Tim. Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The noise was overwhelming but the service made up for any short comings. The food was tasty drinks were delicious.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic