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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 25, 2019

Ends: April 26, 2118

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

What 904 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for a date night while we are visiting Chicago for the weekend. We had a great waitress and loved the ambiance.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Tao Chicago this past weekend. Had a reservation for 10:30 pm on a Saturday and although my party of 5 and I still ended up having to wait for an hour to be seated. The night quickly turned around as the food and service was impeccable. The manager was highly apologetic and provided courtesy appetizers and drinks for the wait.

S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks were better than I thought it would be (more specifically the chicken pad Thai and creme brulee) It was also nice to have booked a table way in advance because we were seated almost right away and essentially got to skip the line of people waiting.

PG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was good. Ambiance was pretty

V
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Great restaurant and food. Expect to get seated 50 minutes after your reservation time with rude hostesses.

j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food tasted average.Service was average at best!!!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to Tao for our 6th anniversary and had a nice evening. The wait staff was well informed, friendly, an attentive. The food and drinks were very good but I’m not sure it was extraordinary and came at a pretty high cost. The service,food, and ambiance were good but given the high prices I would expect nothing less.

t
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and that says a lot because our group was all Asians and mostly Chinese. Our server was knowledgeable and recommended well. We had to wait 15 minutes despite having a reservation. That was the only criticism I have. Ambience was great. Beautifully decorated. It was on par with its Las Vegas location.

F
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to celebrate my daughters 19th birthday. The food and service was fabulous!!

BW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here, had heard really good things, and wow was everyone right!! The atmosphere is really fun, service was incredible, and both the drinks and food were incredible :) I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the menu!

t
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Gorgeous. The tasting menu was amazing with lots of food. Highly recommended

A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent.. made great suggestions.. was enjoyable..

B
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting is unique with visual displays. Staff very helpful with suggestions of menu choices . Great food. No bad items. Something for every taste!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was very good and the drinks were amazing. I would go back to experience more the menu.

AN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, each time I come here they don't disappoint. My favorite spot since they opened. Always excited to come back and try their new specials. LOVE IT! Always recommend it as well to anyone!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Long wait even with reservation

b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was fantastic. They sat us at a table on the stairs and it was awesome. I love the ambiance, there’s a DJ in the main dining area playing music. It’s great. The food was so delicious, we tried a little of everything. The cocktails were pricey but what do expect in the city. They were ver good as well. Would definitely go back again.

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptionally delicious and flavorful. The food came fast considering the restaurant was packed and very busy. We went on a Saturday evening and it was very noisy and I had to have our server repeat himself a couple of times because of the noise level. Our table was right next to the DJ table who played awesome vintage 70's disco and 80's hits! But again, the place was too loud for my liking, but that won't stop me for going back for the FOOD!! Our server was very nice, very attentive and explained the menu very well and even made great menu food suggestions. We did have 7:30 PM reservations, but didn't get seated until 1/2 hour later. Didn't really mind because our party had a few drinks in the bar.
I guess if we were in a bit of a hurry or had other plans (say a movie we had to catch), a 1/2 hour later seating wouldn't have gone over well at all. Overall, the place is beautiful inside, it has a very energetic vibe and I can't say the noise level wouldn't deter us to go back but perhaps we would pick a different day of the week and not on the weekend.

AR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

This restaurant has extraorindary food and cocktails... however they are significantly overbooked and clearly more focused on flipping tables for consecutive seatings rather than on their customers' experience.

Our 7.15pm booking finally seated shortly after 8.00pm - with no advice when we arrived they were running late, and only receiving passing comments that our table will be "ready soon".

The dining experience itself was lovely - attentive staff and exceptional cuisine.

During dessert, we were approached by "the guy who can get you into the club upstairs" to move. We had not even finished dining or even paid our bill before being ushered to move on. He was persistent about us moving upstairs, despite our polite decline to do so. Shortly thereafter, a waiter took away my friend's glass of water, even though it was clear we were still dining.

These extremely poor exhibitions of customer service spoiled our evening.

And it was clear why - the upper bar and waiting area was overspilling with guests, and the reception was crowded with people enquiring why their table was not available at their appointed reservation.

Very tacky, Tao.

OT
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food is amazing, consistent with NYC. Location is also amazing better than NYC uptown, equal to NYC downtown. DJ they had was really bad, lots of 70’s vibe music killed the scene for us. I have to say NYC (uptown and downtown) on this one is much better. Get a better DJ.

D
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food . Cool ambiance. Even with a reservation you’ll end up waiting over an hour and that is absurd

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was our annual girl weekend

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Waiters kept staring at us and laughing in their little clique like it was some entertainment as we tried to learn chopsticks. Literally mocked us and made our dinner so uncomfortable.

t
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tao was wonderful as usual! Great ambiance, great service and great food!

P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing energetic space with great food. The price point was reasonable as well.

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I only go here for special occasions as it is on the pricier side, however, 100% worth it.

LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very delicious. The vibe of the entire restaurant was amazing.

RA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Waited 45 min after our reservation. Host was rude and didn’t let us know initially

DC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location amazing ambiance and great menu! Great for birthday celebration!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute of it. Made my 21st very special. Amazing food.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

t
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and it’s a cool atmosphere! I will definitely visit again.

GT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

As we were ordering our food, we asked the server to recommend a bottle of wine with what we ordered. He did not really know the wine list and did not give us much help so I ordered a bottle on my own. To our surprise, our first two dishes came out in record time. We did not even get our bottle of wine yet so we had the lady that brought the food out bring it back to the kitchen. After our server finally poured our first glass he ran back in the kitchen and brought the same food right back out. As we were eating the now not so hot food, they kept coming by to see if we need the dishes cleared even though it was obvious we were not done. Once we finished, they rapidly removed the dishes and brought out the final two. With zero space in between we just let the dishes sit there until we had a minute to digest the first few dishes. The server was terrible and did not acknowledge, even after we mentioned we wanted to slowdown, that we wanted to enjoy our night and not rush. When we got back to the Langham Hotel, they asked how was dinner and we told them not to recommend to their guest. They truly offer the 5 star experience, whereas Tao did not, and I would not want them to ruin their reputation.

R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was phenomenal. It was expensive, but we got what we paid for.

m
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We thought the food was average and the service was good except for one major error. One of our party has an aversion to the smell and taste of cilantro. We asked our server to make sure nothing we ordered would have cilantro in it. Naturally, cilantro showed up in two entree dishes. Tried to pick it out but it had flavored the food. Small plates were good. Sushi items were okay, nothing unusual. Meh.

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Tao New York and knew what to expect. Tao Chicago exceeded our expectations.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went in for a date night with my husband and everything from the service down to the food and ambiance was just perfect.

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We had a reservation but they were booked so we had to wait but they made up for it by giving us free drinks while we waited. Food was excellent and prices were better than I thought it was going to be. Really enjoyed it.

A
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our daughters Golden Birthday... It became one of our most memorable nights. While it took awhile to be seated, everything was just outstanding!!! Excellent food and ambiance.... our server “La La” did an amazing job. Very personable. Perfect evening.