TAO Downtown

4.5
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3710 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Pan-Asian
For more reservation availability, please visit TaoDowntown.com or call 212-888-2724.

Tao Downtown is open for Sunday - Thursday and Sunday from 5:00pm - 12:00am and Friday - Saturday from 5:00pm - 2:00am.

We accept reservations up to one month in advance.
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What 3710 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
service
4.7
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4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I had a reservation at 10:15om and got my table at 11:00pm. The waitress was being nasty to us and had a lot of attitude. We also wanted to order desert and she said that the kitchen was closed, trying to leave us halfway without telling us earlier that the kitchen was “closed”. We asked and of course, it wasn’t closed!! We ended up having desert, but overall, the service was HORRIBLE‼️

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! Love the vibe

DB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Like always superb . Very good food............,,,,,

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoying NY's restaurant week.. over all very good. My pad thai was very low on salt. On previous ocations was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner

F
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I expected great food and got mediocre food
Not great value for money!

G
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Customer service. Great place! As for food there were so many options I had a hard time picking. The food was delicious.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely diner tonight ❤️

DS
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite spots to visit whenever we are in New York. Excellent food. Excellent service. Always a fun night.

MF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Over-the-top ambience and very good food. Buddhas plus dim sum and sumptuous quarters.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo súper bien fue mi cumpleaños ...

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Let me begin by saying the food is always amazing at Tao as is the ambiance. I’ve never had a dish I didn’t didn’t enjoy and I always love the crowd/music! The quality and presentation of the plates are always excellent too. With that said your dining experience has a lot to with your server, who in our case, left a lot to be desired. He lacked personality and enthusiasm, which does not match the vibe at Tao. Lastly, we sat in an elevated table which was beautiful since we could see the entire restaurant, but it felt like we were in a sauna. We asked to have the heat turned down and it seemed they tried to accommodate the request but on several occasions we had to excuse ourselves to get some cool fresh air. Either way I’ll keep going to Tao for the food and the fun vibe! I always leave full and excited to return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Sweet 16 party for 7 and it was perfect. Food was great. Atmosphere can’t be beat. Not cheap by any means but it’s worth it. Don’t regret the $500 tab for a minute. Memorable and will go back for another special night out. Not many restaurants can pull this off.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my 21st birthday! Was amazing, as expected! Food, service everything, incredible!

GE
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This place is firing on all cylinders...from the food to the decor, the pours, the venue, the vibe, etc. all come together to make this place a must go.

SS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great ambience, awesome decore, pricey food, not over the top taste, nice drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It takes time to be seated. The order came so late and we took some food to be eating at home.

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not a cozy place for dinner, very busy and loud. The food was delicious especially the lobster wontons and grilled ahi tuna. Cocktails were very balanced. Would come back with a larger group.

VR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent birthday dinner at Tao! I highly recommend the 5pm time slot as you get to take photos, explore the area, and watch the place fill up. Plus second dinner! The staff helped me plan a fun birthday surprise with dessert, made a great drink recommendation, and my friend loved her special night out. The vegetable sides and dumplings were delicious, but the chow fun lacked flavor and tofu. I felt like the price was on the high side for the food offered, but would definitely return.

BA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Tao both uptown and downtown. We were there on Saturday for a double birthday party and due to the weather we were a little bit later than expected and I thought that the restaurant downtown was extremely accommodating to our family of eight. As always the food was truly extraordinary and we just love the atmosphere. The only issue is that the dishes came out so fast that we hadn’t even finished one before the next one came so it started to feel as if we were being rushed and it was not a very comfortable feeling. We had to send our fish back because it was cold and one of the members did not even get to eat the soup when the main dish came out. The Fortune Cookie had a fortune that said “we’re waiting for the table”. Although we are a group of people with excellent funny bones we found that rude. We were not there longer than would be expected. This is an expensive restaurant and the expectation is for a bit more grace and curtesy. I would just love it if they would be a little bit mindful of their guests. We were at the same restaurant last week and did not have this experience. It was perfect then. Therefore there’s no question that we will return and try again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband birthday

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Didn’t seat us until 55 minutes after our reservation time

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around!

EZ
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time the waitress was a little too serious

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was greeted with great and positive energy. From food to service, everything was great. TAO made my friends and I’s NY experience quite better. Looking forward for later this year to eat there again! I would say to try the “Filet mignon "tokyo" style”!! 😋

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service, great atmosphere, the drinks ere on point and the food was amazing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wagyu platter. get it. so good.

b
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was great and was nice seating us a little late as one of my friends was late. It was my birthday and they were super accommodating. Got a table right up front. Been to Tao many times and its always great service!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was awesome, definitely will be going back!

HP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancee and I enjoyed the ambiance of TAO Downtown. The food was great and the portions were descent for the value. Our waiter was very accommodating and she made sure to check with us often. We had their famous giant fortune cookie for dessert and they even customized it for us to reflect the anniversary we were celebrating which was cool of them. I would definitely return to try more dishes and experience their club scene.

ST
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was very rushed and not relaxing at all. Overall very disappointing

PV
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Tao, is one of my favorite restaurant, the food was amazing and the serves. I always invited friends and recommend Tao..

OT
Acapulco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Cambie mi reserva para 2 personas más y me hicieron esperar 2 horas!!

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ER
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We had reservations but waited 1 hour to be seated. The food was ok - pad thai - but i ordered shrimp and it was chicken. Won’t ever come back to tao again.

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Not impressed with this location. I have always had great experiences at Tao and associated restaurants. Tao on 9th Ave just doesn’t have it together. From being seated 50 minutes after arriving to being sat in the bar to wait by one host then being removed from another... just overall disappointing. My event was a birthday dinner for a multi platinum recording artist and I walked away embarrassed. The waiter during the dinner services was amazing. Other than him this is my last dining experience at Tao.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word... Amazing

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DR
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I really liked this restaurant...ambience is great. The food is average & overpriced, would be still ok BUT service has gotten really poor
They let us wait for 1(!) hour before our reserved table was ready. Waiters forgot our orders, forgot to bring cutlery to the steak etc - lost one of my favourite restaurants

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was sub par. Go across the street to Buddakan. So much better.

JJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service and food are great. Very crowded and a lot of noise. Its definitely an experience though.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I indicated that it was our anniversary in the initial reservation. We got there were told to wait for someone to take us to our table and were escorted with mention as to the occasion we were celebrating. I mentioned to the young lady that it was a special occasion and asked if there was a table a little more worthy of the occasion so to speak and she didn’t blink or show any sign of regret that she couldn’t do any better. Very cold. I wasn’t expecting much but another table or an effort at attempting to accommodate us would have gone a long way. The food was warm and we were sat in a tight area between two other couples.
Not the experience I would have anticipated given the occasion. Waitress was kind. Overall experience very disappointing.