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Tao Natural Foods
Tao Natural Foods

Tao Natural Foods Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.taonaturalfoods.com/cafe.html
  • Phone: (612) 377-4630
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00pm and Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Table service starts at 5pm with the evening menu.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Samuel Needham
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Check out BiteSquad online.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Special Classes and Events on-going.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 22nd and Hennepin
  • Public Transit: Yes! Buses stop right at our doorstep on 22nd and Hennepin or a close second on 24th and Hennepin.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking Lot and Street Parking. Do not park on Hennepin Ave from 4pm to 6pm or you will be towed.
A word from Tao Natural Foods
*** New Evening Menu with table service starts Monday May 19th, 2014 at 5 pm ***

Our mission at Tao Natural Foods is to provide wholesome meals that nourish your body. It's that simple. When your body gets what it needs, you feel good...

Understanding fundamental nutritional needs is at the heart of our menu and inspiration.

We serve a wide variety of organic diets: vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, just to name a few. And since everything is made to order, we happily accommodate persons living with specific food allergies.
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Diner Reviews
  • "very small cramped area, had to wait through four people placing and paying for take out orders, only to be told they did not have a reservation for us. a table opened and they told us to take that one after it was going to be cleared off. totally defeated the purpose of using open table and I am sure I did not collect my points. how interesting that you chose my review nickname to be happy.."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We had a 6 o'clock reservation for four and there was no table ready when we arrived. We were told it would probably "clear up" so not to worry. This place has very limited seating and you order at the counter, so people get aggressive about getting a table. One woman was giving us the stink eye the whole time because she thought we hadn't ordered yet and were staking out tables. Needless to say, it did not clear up and the guy finally cleared a table for us in the balcony of the store area. It was weird, but we appreciated his effort. I would recommend calling before to remind them you have a reservation. Or better yet, just get your food to go."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food and juices were so fresh and delicious that we have added Tao Natural Foods to our "regular" list of restaurants. Well done!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Bison sandwich tough. Everything else we have had was great."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "It was amazing. Everything was romantic and well done. We will see you next year. You were very accommodating with my wife's diet restriction. It made her feel special and not excluded."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was sadly unimpressed with the food at the restaurant. It was simply bland. I would have had better luck preparing my own food. Sad. I had such high hopes. The smoothie was grainy and uninteresting. I won't be returning."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Great find in the north end of Uptown. Great, nutritious food. I had the veggie chili and kale salad combo. Delicious! Plus a Hot Toddy Tea that was perfect to cut the Minnesota cold! I would recommend!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Quaint uptown neighborhood vegetarian cafe. Organic store in the back was so much fun too."
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "This was my first visit to Tao Natural Foods. The place is fairly small, but the have ample outdoor seating for good weather. It's not full service, but the staff was friendly and accommodating. They have multiple side options to accompany their sandwiches...and best of all...they have gluten-free substitutions available. The food came fairly quickly and was delicious. The gluten-free bread had a nice sweetness to it that wasn't overpowering and the bread held together (not always common with gluten-free). They also have a cute shop with supplements, herbals and organic offerings. I will be returning!"
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "Beware! Wait staff is rude and incompetent! We walked in with a reservation and the girl just kind of looked at us and said, "Uh, ok, pick a seat." When I ordered a glass of wine, the girl who poured it barely gave me any so I had to go back in and ask for a regular 5 oz. glass pour. On top of that, they advised they were out of turkey that night when my finace had wanted to order the reuben. So, he instead had to have it with tofu. We also asked for thousand island salad dressing in place of the vinagrette when ordering. When the girl brought out our food, they had the vinagrette on the salad...NOT what we ordered. When it was sent back, the girl said the chef told her to tell us that it was thousand island dressing."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "I had been warned by people's reviews on other sites. All were right. Walked in, got ignored at the door for 5 minutes by the 6 employees, very interested in chatting with one another. We finally made our way to the counter. It was fairly busy, tables were filling up so I mentioned we had a reservation. The guy at the register then spent 2 minutes arguing with me about how they don't take reservations: hippie: "We don't take reservations that I know of" me: "We have a reservation" hippie: "Who did you talk to" me: "I made it on Open Table" MY FAVORITE PART - turns to his coworker and says, "Brett, do we take reservations?" REALLY? Are you saying I am lying? For the same food and superior service I will go to French Meadow or Good Earth."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Like the title says, the food here is fresh, simple, and tasty. In this era of chains and overpriced gastro this and that, a place like this is more than a cafe, it's a community service. Also, healthy kids' menu is a plus."
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "Tao is one of our favorites, but it's not for everyone. Very healthy food--really good at reasonable prices. Small, order-at-counter type of place; food is delivered to your table. So if you want a fancy place with some ambience, this isn't it. Outdoor tables are close to a busy street--good people watching. Great smooties!"
    Dined on 5/6/2013
  • "I loved the fresh, vegetable-forward menu, but the service was awful. Wine was not brought out before the food, and the order was incorrect."
    Dined on 4/30/2013
  • "The curried cauliflower soup was delicious, as was the sweet potato burrito. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant and Iost likely will not be returning. Food was good, just felt like they were under-staffed."
    Dined on 4/16/2013
  • "Definitely a great uptown find! So happy we went. The food was delicious! They even have on site parking, so going there is a breeze. The only downfall is the staff. If you're not a 'hipster' they are totally uninterested in you."
    Dined on 3/21/2013
  • "No one there to greet or ask if you have a reservation. No one cares if you have a reservation. No table is reserved for someone with an open table reservation. You walk in, grab a table, line up and wait to order with the rest of the crowd. Then you take a number and wait to have the food brought to your table. Food is good, but they are waaay out of there league for a dning experience. Oh...the people are very nice!"
    Dined on 3/3/2013
  • "Food was fabulous!!! we were actually the first reservation they ever took thru Open Table... they hadn't started table service yet, so we had to order at the counter, which wasn't a problem. Since we were the only Reservation we would have expected to have the best table... instead are table was right at the door and since it was about -2 degrees that night, every time the door opened it was quite unpleasant. Other than that I would definitely go again! Use Open Table and request a table away from the door."
    Dined on 12/28/2012