TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

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$31 to $50
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Asian
TAO Chicago offers its guests a sensual trip through the cuisines of Asia. The design-driven restaurant and adjoining nightclub is inspired by the original TAO locations in New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. TAO Chicago features multiple levels, creating dynamic spaces within the historic building’s shell, while adding TAO’s Asian-influenced DNA to the restaurant, lounge and nightclub including murals by artist Hush and TAO’s signature 16-foot-tall Quan Yin statue anchoring one end of the dining room. TAO Chicago’s restaurant menu, created by TAO Group Partner and Chef Ralph Scamardella and Executive Chef Michael Armstrong, is complete with great Pan-Asian offerings from the sea, sky and land including signature dishes like Satay of Chilean Sea Bass, Crispy Rice Tuna and a Wagyu Rib-Eye.

Specials

Join us for Happy Hour!

Enjoy drink specials in our Bar and Lounge areas Sunday-Wednesday between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
$5 select beer
$8 select red & white wine btg
$8 select signature cocktail
(offers do not include tax & gratuity)
*offer does not apply in our dining room
*selections subject to change

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 25, 2019

Ends: April 26, 2118

Availability: Sun-Wed 5:00PM-7:00PM

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Fri 5:00PM - 6:30PM

What 1114 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food. Disappointed with poor seating and lack of recognizing special occasion.

GE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The food was good but nothing special. We thought there would be a small dessert acknowledgement of the birthday celebration, but we just got a happy birthday when we first got seated.

LR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chilean sea bass appetizer was excellent! The lobster fried rice was also a good choice. I will definitely visit Tao again. 😋

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Horrible service

OT
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.. Great Service..
A tad bit to loud.. You have to yell so people can hear you.

AG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tao was absolutely amazing! The food, service, and ambience was everything we had hoped for. We took our staff for a night out and they loved it and can’t stop talking about it!!! Can’t wait to go back!!!

KC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was terrific, everything was was top rate

TO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily was an amazing server. Thank you for having the right people to promote your brand!

R
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Really great food but had a reservation for 9:15 and came in early to get seated at about 8:55... didn’t get my seat until a little after 10. They kept saying they were just cleaning a table off but I realized that as time went by that was clearly untrue. My group was finally seated and we were given a free drink card, but after waiting so long to be seated can I really appreciate the meal? Probably won’t be back due to that issue.

AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dinner! The food is amazing and a great energy in the whole place. A bit pricy but worth it for special nights out

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The food was wonderful, especially the lobster wontons. The service was subpar, if that. There were many delays throughout our time there, our server wasn’t consistent w checking in. It wasn’t extremely busy at the time, so I’m not sure what was causing the delays. Server was also very unprofessional in handling payment. Sadly, we won’t be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come here for my sisters birthday. The food and service could not have been any better. Also, the Lychee Martinis are a must!

ET
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Overall it was nice but felt very rushed. The staff took plates away with food still on them. Very nice place with decent food but not worth it overall

m
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good but small table practically joined by the table next to it. Also it was an anniversary dinner and they didn’t do anything special, like comp a drink or dessert

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was wonderful. Noise level moderate. Great for date and night outing. My host was polite but didn’t give us the right information on the menu and we had to order multiple times because the portion we got was small. Otherwise my experiment was great and I hope I get a better food selection when I visit next.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Beautiful setting. The food was good, but the service was very rushed.

AC
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I was excited to dine a Tao for my birthday and made note on my reservation that this was a celebration dinner. The hostesses were gracious and welcoming, and we were seated at one of the booths along the entry stairs - very cool view of the restaurant! We opted for a chef’s selection experience, and with limited dietary restrictions and a request for sashimi, we were excited for our dining adventure to begin.
Maybe my expectations were a little too high. Having dined with chef’s choice options at places like Nobu Las Vegas, I was hopping for better service and a thoughtful and paced progression through plates.
Our dishes were hastily brought out in pairs and dropped at the table without any explanation of what we were being served. Our server stopped by to check ‘if everything was ok’ but didn’t spend any time detailing our courses.
Our food was good but not great. Unfortunately nothing really stood out. The ahi pringles were fun but when served after heavier dishes, they were too light and unremarkable. In the end, we agreed that we would have had a better experience by selecting our own menu and ordering plates at our own pace.
And any acknowledgement of my birthday other than by the seating hostess? None. Would I go again? Maybe with a group or at someone’s request.

t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful time. The food was great and so was the entire experience.

AS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place deserves all the hype it gets. The interior is simply amazing, you’d see people taking pictures almost all the time. Apart from the decor the ambience is good too with a subtle party vibe. The food to my surprise was delicious and worth the bucks and so were the drinks because usually with places like this you get the short straw with the food/drinks as either the portions are small or they don’t taste good. Would recommend the fortune cookie dessert for the table to close the night out!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the food to the service to the ambiance was amazing. It was our first time and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Chicken satay, chilli pepper chicken and beef & broccoli were all delicious. The Tao old fashioneds were great as well! We had a great night and our server was very attentive and friendly.

EO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My boyfriend and I visited TAO Chicago in March 2019 and February 2020. Our experience in 2019 was amazing in every way, but fast forward to 2020, and the experience was very different. We arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation and were given a buzzer. We went to the bar to wait, and we were hesitant to order drinks, thinking it would only be a short wait. In total, we ended up waiting there for at least 30 mins. There was no acknowledgement before being directed to the bar or as we were seated that the staff was apologetic for our wait or that this was anything out of the ordinary. I will say, our waitress at the bar was very attentive. We were lucky to have her because we witnessed others in the area being very curt with fellow coworkers and customers, which was unpleasant to say the least.

We were seated and immediately noticed the table we were at was wobbly, and not just a little. For a place like TAO, this seems like a large oversight given the ambiance they are trying to cultivate. We are vegetarian and noted this with our reservation. Our server didn't seem super knowledgeable about the options available to us on the menu, but did eventually provide us with some options. Then when our food came out (we ordered a vegetable roll and tempura to start) there were no soy sauce saucers to dip our rolls in. We tried to flag down our server, but she disappeared for long stretches of time and was not very attentive. We finally gave up and sprinkled soy sauce direct from the bottle as we ate.

In the end, these all might seem like small issues, and to be fair, the food never disappointed; but given the price tag and lux experience TAO promises, our second visit was pretty disappointing. We would be willing to give it another try down the line, but it definitely seemed like the location has taken a turn since our last visit. Hopefully they can improve on the service in the future.

SB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and a great experience. Would recommend

A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My friends and I wanted to get together and had never eaten here before but heard great things. We showed up, grabbed a seat at the bar and had a glass of wine before our reservation. We were shown to our seats on time and the waitress did a wonderful job of explaining the menu and giving recommendations. We decided to eat Family-Style and ordered the Spicy Tuna Tartare on Crispy Rice, Lobster Wontons, and Hong Kong Noodle for starters. The portions were perfect for 3 people. I loved all three but have to say my personal favorite was the Hong Kong Noodles. We were still hungry enough to order a main dish so we ordered the Thai Sweet and Spicy Shrimp which was also phenomenal. I loved the food so much but I wish the lighting were a bit brighter and the music a little softer. Overall, an amazing place to go with friends, family, and significant others.

BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a great time. Although our reservation was pushed out an hour. It was understandable due to the nature that it was All Star weekend and the events had just ended. Would definitely recommend this location to others when coming into town.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was attentive, service was excellent and the director of operations just kept the party going. Ordered a bit of everything and the food did not disappoint.

DS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Food, staff, ambiance, drinks, and vibe!! Dj was a perfect touch!

BH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food is always great - atmosphere is 9/10 the best. However, I made this reservation a month in advance and over the phone request main floor seating - we were placed up in a corner above the main dining area that felt like a closet.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time!!! The food was phenomenal and as a first timer the service was outstanding when explaining the menu!

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very enjoyable

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My besties and I came here for a birthday dinner celebration and had a great experience I would definitely come here again! The food was delish and our waitress was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great ambience, great service and nice food . We loved it

ME
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TAO opened on time. We were seated right away. Great ambiance, my group just kept look around. We can't wait to come back. The sushi had a lil kick to it but was sooo good!

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from the valet to the waiter to the food & drinks! Excellent vibe and wonderful ambiance!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Food was good. But service was really bad. Our reservation was for 9:15 pm we arrive there 10min early and had to wait about 1 hour and a half to get our table. That is totally UNACCEPTABLE

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing but it took them 55 minutes after our reservation to get us seated. Drinks were okay and the hostess comped a round of our drinks because it took so long. Wait was ridiculous.

D
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good! And the ambiance was upscale. I cannot wait to return!

G
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The TAO team always takes good care of us. The customer service, food and ambiance is second to none.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Service, if any, was not attentive

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic BETTER than Vegas Location. D
efintily

Peking Duck Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday day