Tao Chicago

4.6
254 reviews
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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 Teppanyaki.
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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Half hour wait for table with a reservation. Long wait in between courses. Inconsistency of drinks.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was amazing!

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London
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Tables too close together, had to shout for conversation. We ordered Hot & Sour soup but got miso - when we did get the right soup it was very good. We asked specific questions about the gyoza & pot stickers. We wanted which ever was actually pan fried crispy (which is what gyoza & pot stickers are supposed to be - not just boiled or steamed dumplings). Our server said the gyoza would be crispy - it was not! We ordered the Lobster Pad Thai and were brought some weird tomato rice. It took awhile to find anyone to get the correct dish. When we finally got the right fish it was very tasty. This was the restaurant not the nightclub. Maybe if it wasn’t so loud they could get the orders right.

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CP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Tao. The menu was incredible and the food was amazing. It is an incredible setting, lively and unique. Our waiter was friendly and very helpful with the menu. He didn't rush us and he added to our overall experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place very luxurious looking and great atmosphere, food is very good and service is great

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The experience and food was great! Well done!

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J
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun place for a ladies night out! But saw a lot of people there just for a nice dinner out, date night, etc. It is a beautiful restaurant, great ambiance, a good variety of seating (tables, booths, bar, private dining areas).
I was pleasantly surprised by the food. There is a wide variety of food on the menu so it can be overwhelming. But I would recommend ordering many dishes to share with your group. Definitely get the pork dumplings as one of your starters. The branzino was incredible. The triple pork fried rice was also amazing. We wanted to try a beef dish but they're all $$ which is understandable given the quality of beef they use. You must get dessert. The warm chocolate cake was amazing!

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1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I visited Tao for my birthday and made reservations weeks in advance . I had a 10:30 reservation and still waited for an hour ! The server was great as well as the security . Food not what I expected as I became ill later in the evening after leaving

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PK
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was sub-par but it is to be expected when the club is the main attraction. The atmosphere was electric & I was dancing in my seat through dinner. Staff was unbelievably friendly and the service was stellar. I would absolutely go again.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pecking duck was delicious with a nice presentation. Service was super fast and attentive, really second to none service. Will definitely bcome back.

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TT
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space is amazing. We tried several appetizers and they were fabulous. The avocado side is wonderful. Sweet and spicy shrimp was fabulous. Giant fortune cookie is fun and surprisingly good. Only thing that was not great is the lobster fried rice. It is so sweet it tastes like candy. Weird. The rest was perfect. Beautiful restaurant.

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

I felt like it was a cheesy expensive Asian version of Cheesecake Factory with a creepy DJ in the corner.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic table overlooking the whole room and impeccable service. The appetizers were great but the sauces on the main dishes seemed overly sweet. Overall an excellent experience.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food but I told them it was my husbands 50th birthday and the restaurant barely acknowledged it.

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DD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally recommend for a night out with the girls!
Started in the lounge area of bar, where we had some appetizers & drinks, then moved to main dining area for dinner.
We were able to order several different dishes & shared.
Food was amazing & service was delightful.
Absolutely will be back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First timers and I can’t wait to go back. We loved our server, the booth we sat in, the drinks, the food and the atmosphere. Fun new place!

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JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and ambiance, and food was great. Since the restaurant is fairly large, each table gets multiple servers, resulting in a variance in the quality of service.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I sat on this unusual bench. So I wasn’t at a table or a bar but a bench with some type of what I would call a slab of marble that lower than a table. Food was average as well.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

When I'm paying $300+ for a meal and told that I can't place an order for a few appetizers at the beginning of the meal it was disappointing. We were told that it's Tao's policy that we need to place our order all at once...

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I informed both the Tao staff and open table of our special occasion and the addition of our son joining us for dinner. The staff seemed annoyed and unaccommodating but eventually we were helped to our seats.

My wife has a shellfish allergy and although we mentioned this several times. We were presented with a dish that contained shrimp. They attempted to correct this but when they brought the corrected dish we noticed that something was missing. That was because our original ask was for the dish to be spicy and the corrected dish was not.

Not sure if the restaurant normally celebrates a special occasion by serving a dessert dish but this was also not received. The restaurant has a lot of great attributes but this experience was lackluster. We have had great experiences when attending the locations in NYC.

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LZ
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time there. Ambience is amazing. Very lively. Tables around us were very friendly and everyone was looking around to see what others were eating that looked good. We had the skewered seabass appetizer which I have to say was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. The crispy pork entrée was amazing. We also had the roasted Cauliflower. A tremendous amount of food.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday we both work in the restaurant industry and wanted to go somewhere to be taken care of for a change. Excellent service our server was very attentive and provided us with great recommendations for every part of our meal. Beautiful restaurant very decorative and great ambiance. Would highly recommend for any special occasion

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! I had a fun time with my boyfriend and loved all the music in the background too.

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RL
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great, drinks were great, service was great. Food was good

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AZ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you walk in Tao provides a dining experience like no other!!! The ambiance is spectacular from the entrance all the way down to the huge Buddha. The wait staff is attuned to your every need and the food was a culinary delight, in taste and presentation!!!! I definitely will go back - there is so much more in that menu I need to try :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing.
Our server Pam was awesome.

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food and drinks

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CF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TAO did not disappoint. Food was great! Our server was a ton of fun! Can’t remember his name ( but he had glasses and doesn’t like chocolate:) ). We drove from Okemos, MI just to come. Can’t wait to return.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The service was subpar.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it!

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RF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a must see/experience! Great decor, great music (on-site DJ) and awesome Fusion Asian/US food to be paired with a great selection of drinks! Best is to share dishes: Sea bass, chicken satay and wagyu beef and the sushi/rolls are unbelievably good! Leave some room for dessert with the giant fortune cookie filled with chocolate mousse and with fruits (including my favorite dragon fruit)!

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p
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The kitchen messed up on our entree.. no veg for veg.. seriously!

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PF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, great food...our party of 8 enjoyed the evening!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s family and I had an amazing night celebrating my wife’s birthday. The food was amazing and the service was just as great. We can’t wait to go back!

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1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great experience, sushi was amazing, the rest of the food was mediocre.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, amazing ambiance... Great music. Delicious food!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was fast but the quality was just so so.

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t
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and ambiance was really good... They made my best birthday so special.. I appreciate it

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