Tao Downtown

4.6
2732 reviews
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Pan-Asian
TAO Downtown was created to offer its guests a sensual trip through the cuisines of Asia. From the moment one enters, they are transported to another world, designed to relax and indulge all of the senses. TAO locations in New York, Las Vegas & Los Angeles are frequented on a regular basis by celebrities, athletes & influencers alike. The Pan-Asian cuisine of TAO Downtown, which is prepared by Executive Chef Yoshi Kojima, is coveted the world over. The décor has been meticulously designed and is accented throughout by imported artifacts from China, Japan and Thailand; all of this under the watchful eye of TAO’s signature 16 foot tall Quan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion.
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Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Place was good not great. It’s better to go for an occasion because the place is neat and vibrant. The food was subpar, nothing to brag about.

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KL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was excellent but our service was horrific. We noticed our waiter being nice to the other tables and attending them in a nice matter. But since we were colored people “Hispanic” she did not have the same smile with us. Not once did she ask “how’s everything going?” “Do you need a refill!” Overall, the food was excellent but the waitress was not. TAO should teach employees about good customer service no matter what color the customer is because my friends and I still tipped 20%. Thank you

P.S, her name was Klaudia.

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CB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambiance, service, experience was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend Tao Downtown to everyone! Be aware that there are lots of teen-25 year olds in cocktail dresses taking pics, 35 YO men doing that bit of networking as they negotiate the difference between being young turks and moving past that stage.

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

We went extremely late but was a great Saturday night vibe. Ambience in the restaurant is amazing and the vibe was eclectic. Would definitely recommend anyone to try.

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V
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lit !! Food was great . Would come back over and over

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JV
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Way to crowded!!! Even though I love this place I waited more than 45 minutes for my table. I had my reservation all set up, but anyways I had to wait that much for my table.
I invited some business clients to celebrate an anniversary and it was not cool to make them wait this much.

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with wonderful presentation. Very professional server and the ambiance was perfect

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JF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tao handled the reservations seamlessly and provided an excellent experience for a birthday celebration.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service waitress was courteous and professional. Will return many more times.

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

I would recommend Tao as a wonderful place to dine. It was just very annoying to make reservations and still have to wait 25 minutes to be seated.

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

Valentines day

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

Waited 40 mins extra to be seated, even though I made reservations.

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YA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservations were on time for Valentine’s Day I appreciate the environment and food and service was super!!🙌🏻

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

Anniversary

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NJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most amazing experience- will definitely be back.Thank You

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

Super Dope!!!!! My girlfriend and I loved it!!! The food, the service, the food again! Super amazing!!

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

Valentines dinner and my wife’s 25th birthday

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HP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Tao has a phenomenal ambience and the food was outstanding. The customer service is a potential area for opportunity at this location however. It was not what I expected! I was underwhelmed with that aspect of things. Ensure guests feel that warm and authentic excitement to serve! Attitude is everything in the hospitality industry!

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RL
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic. Second time we have been and were not disappointed.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great to be honest. But the service should been way better for such a Resturant. I feel the service mediocre

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e
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place
We received a corner table perfect as we came with 3 noisy kids :)

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DG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

I expressed to our waiter I like hot/ spicy, sauce, what was brought had no flavor, I asked again thinking the wrong sauce was brought, his response was they forgot the hot seeds. The sauce was not hot at all with the seeds.
Very disappointed at that after I expressed I would like a hot sauce, especially for the prices at Tao.
If he told me they do not have a hot sauce then I would have understood.
The food was good, my party enjoyed theirs.
I would pass on the food if I ever go back, Club maybe/ drinks.
Beautiful ambience.
We celebrated my daughters 18 Birthday, that was her choice to dine, she loved it.

~ HG

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IR
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, fun time... place is loud but food and music where awesome

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely recommend this restaurant to a younger crowd, pretty loud and packed. Nice scene though and food was amazing, best filet mignon ever!

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time....fabulous food. Great time- Hot scene!

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Music could have been louder, the wait for the table was quite long and lack of available seating at the bar. Lovely restaurant!

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R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over and over it never disappoints 5 stars as usual

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!!

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place and great atmosphere. The DJ was also playing some awesome music.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except for the food. The fried rice was very bland. The meat used in the fried rice was very bland as well. I did not like the sauce used for the salmon and the Mongolian beef was said to be spicy by the waiter and it was not. The food definitely did not meet my expectations. I would not go back.

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R
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere!

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing dinner experience! The food was sooo good! A bit loud for round table conversations but the warmth of the decor and the delicious food made up for it.

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NS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

I honestly wouldn’t know where to began. My husband and I had a horrible experience for my 38th Birthday dinner. I feel like all of our food, from drinks to desserts were sub par at best. I can mark TAO off of my list just for having gone, but I wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

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A
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The restaurant is eye-popping in design. The food was good, not great and while tasty, didn't really taste like the described item but more like their own variation on a familiar dish (think a very expensive PF Chang). The service was negligent. Hard to find the server, who never inquired about how our meal was going and who never delivered the requested silverware (only chopsticks are on the table--which is rather pretentious for a restaurant with not particularly authentic Asian cuisine). But it was the overwhelming noise level that was the major turnoff--it literally had the sound volume of a middle-school cafeteria.

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NY
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been to Tao Downtown many times and actually it is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. This time the service was not the best. We were a party of 4 and had to wait a long time for the menu to be brought, then when food came 2 people were almost done with their main course when the other two people finally got their food. It took forever to get the check. The place was extremely busy (as usual, plus it was restaurant week). Anyways great experience, always amazing food but service was just meh

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DR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A bit noisy, but great vibe and food... the starters was awesome:))

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M
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambience, cocktails, and appetizers but entrees were lacking. The Pad Thai had way too much sauce and my boyfriend's order was basically just a plate of cheap noodles. I would definitely come again for drinks, vibe and appetizers, though.

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SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and ambience was amazing. I would definitely go back again

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OA
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best ambient and kitchen , perfect for celebrate aniversari

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IG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun place to go for a night on the town. The décor and the size of the place are stunning. Huge and grand floor space buzzing with people and loud music. Enormous Buddhas and Hindu sculptures everywhere. The hostesses had a bit of an attitude, and we had to wait half an hour in spite of our reservation. But you come here to see and be seen, so you just have to deal with all of that if you want to have a good time. Don't expect to talk to your friends much. The music is way too loud for that. The food was very good, but not extraordinary considering the prices. We loved the fortune cookie chocolate mousse dessert. Service was friendly, but I did feel a little like I was in a food mill, being churned through. It's all very big and factory like. But in spite of all that, I had a great time and will come back.

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