TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

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$31 to $50
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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 1096 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.8
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4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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m
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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.

AC
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and a great experience. Would recommend

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

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Great service and ambiance. Not to mention delicious food.

BN
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of the most stunning restaurants in Chicago. Must reserve with a credit card. Filet was exceptional with marrow/mushroom topping. Remaining food was very good but, not the best ever. May return to try different items. Very young servers are nice but, for a place that takes itself so seriously, I'd expect seasoned waitstaff. This would be a great date place if you can afford it.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amaze balls

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere best service and food

M
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

AMAZING!!! Service excellent! Prices are high but reasonable, food great, atmosphere is out of this world!! Club was nice but $30 to get in was kinda a lot but you can make it worth it to dance get around a bit lol ❤️❤️❤️ A++++

s
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great have been their a couple times and will keep coming back

EM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

every time I go to Taco, they have the same excuse and they keep you waiting to have people have drinks at the bar! do I have to? no of course. if I have a reservation at a certain time and if I am on time, why should I need to wait????? every time I complain about this and the lady at reservations try to help me out. the place is nice, the owners spent a lot of money, the budha and the light games are nice. the dj is ok, but it is way too noisy that you can't even hear what your friends say... you need to shout to hear each other, which I hate! so, tao is ok, not a great place to go, if your ever wanna go it is because of the ambiance that's all..

AF
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. A little loud (hard to have a conversation) and a little pricey, but quality usually is. Great place for a special occasion, if you love Asian Food or if money is no object. :)

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration!! Everything was wonderful!!

ES
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked reservations for my fiance birthday. We were offered seats near the bar until our table was ready. The area near the bar was very cozy and gave us a great view of the restaurant. The food was so good I had lobster fried rice which was a big portion so maybe we can share an entree next time. I definitely will be returning.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience5

waited an hour after reservation time to be seated

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Didn’t get seated for over an hour. Reservation was at 9:15....

JR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would give the food,service and the ambience 10 stars if I could

ES
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Was seated 40 minutes after our reservation time but other than that a great time

DA
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great ambiance!

DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday was great

CK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. My only complaint was with the valet.