TAO Downtown

4.5
3870 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Designed by Rockwell Group, TAO Downtown offers a distinct sense of arrival and discovery and is the first TAO venue where guests descend into a multi-level space. The subterranean restaurant, located in the heart of Chelsea, is intended to look and feel as if it has been there for decades and only unearthed recently to reveal the artifacts within. Upon arrival, guests immediately encounter a long corridor with a dragon scale patterned screen and Chinese calligraphy murals mounted on weathered brick walls.
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  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off the bill at the end of your visit. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior in order to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund. Please note that during these unprecedented times, all reservations have a 90 minute dining limit. Due to New York State Law, all guests must be completed with their dining experience by 10pm. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
What 3870 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
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4.7
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCarmenaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to cook our own food & had an open bar 🍸 What quarantine😜

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NaomiC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The worse experience ever !! I made it 5 minutes late and they didnt accept me in . The door man was very rude about it and had an awful attitude as if i wasn’t going to be paying for my services and I still got charged the reservation fee because according to them , “ I did not show up”. I do not recommend anyone going . The customer service is terrible!!

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CarolineD
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and cocktails, excellent service and a lovely venue and ambience.

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CindyR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was great

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FayeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location, great food. Brought friends from out of town and they were very impressed.

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rishabhj
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food didn’t seem on point. It tasted a little too sweet than usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Definitely overdressed, despite previous reviews that suggest otherwise.

Food came out way too fast and was a very small portion and not great flavor, even though the waitress suggested we order a dish to share.

Service was slightly irking. Waitress kept coming over and interrupting our conversation.

Not a fan of the pop music in a place that I thought would be classy.

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Snaeros
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very cool place with excellent service, somewhat good but expensive food. Would go again for the experience but not the price. Very lacking in vegan options really.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great venue and nice food but arrival experience let it down. We were made to wait and when questioned about our table were told we had been texted. Not an impressive way to treat patrons as it gives the impression that you are simply an automaton. Food and service good otherwise.

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ChristinaB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic experience! The black chili chicken dish is incredible and I highly recommend the Blushing Geisha cocktail.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We waited over a half hour to be seated but otherwise it was fabulous

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BritniM
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Over priced average food. Atmosphere was pleasant

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JamesM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was beautiful, Food was Delicious

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CeceliaR
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Tao was amazing!!! I will be returning!! Thanks so much for making it memorable!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So glad we tried this place, it was better than expected, the food was amazing! Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, vibes and atmosphere.

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Mandi
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The chicken satay seemed to be not fully cooked chicken. My friend got sick morning after eating at restaurant.

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pezlar
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was my wife’s 50th birthday & I sent an email to TAO to let them know & also what the dress code was. I never received a reply, so nothing was able to be arranged for her special birthday - that was incredibly disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mega Location

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IvyD
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

First time there. Food came fast and it was great! Our drinks were good too. Unfortunately the person who was attending us gave us a very bad service - in 1 hour she only stopped on our table twice. We even had to ask another person for our check, because we simply got tired of waiting. We sat on the stairs, maybe that is a spot that gets less attention overall.

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vipValerie2410
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A James Bond like atmosphere, like in an opium den in Macao. Very good food and lovely attentive and helpful service.

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Nana
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing overall experience I will visit again ❤️

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TheOneThatMakesItHappen
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TAO Downtown New York never disappoints. Food and service were GREAT as always.

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hostess was very rude and inappropriate in her disposition when asked how long for wait as I had a reservation for 1030 to celebrate my birthday. I always wanted to attend Tao and was displease with host greeting and snappy attitude. But that didn't ruin my night.. The meal drinks and decor was amazing.

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Jacq
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Amazing food!
Waited over 1 hour for a 9pm reservation.
Service was v poor and terribly rushed.
Atmosphere fantastic as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Environment. Fantastic Wagyu Teppanyaki. Fantastic Drinks. Literally can't beat it!

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JeanD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food.
Staff is upbeat and knowledgeable.
Great service from our server Kevin Diaz. Very upbeat, knowledgeable and respectful.

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AmbertheFoodie
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were sat immediately upon arrival for our reservation. The service was very attentive our waitress was amazing and her boss tended to our table as well and he was very funny and gave great recommendations. We had a great time!

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vipRodgerpw
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best - always!

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FarrahP
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience, amazing food and good service. Lovely evening out

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ErkanE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Put on your to do list. Worth going. I strongly recommend.

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oneilr
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance, service, and food were all fantastic. Great spot!

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FredrikT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my fourth time at Tao and every time the restaurant lives up to my expectations! I

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Gabriela
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Used to love Tao, the drinks were not as good as before . The food was also lacking . Menu has changed and not in a good way .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Amazing experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Everything was good except the people seated next to us were extremely loud that us and neighboring tables kept looking at each other in discomfort. Also, I told the restaurant that it was my girlfriends birthday and they came out to ask which dessert we wanted in front of her. That ruined the surprise.

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ShugsK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST experience from start to finish. Had a business dinner and they chose the perfect spot for us!

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SabrinaF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend TAO. From the ambience to the food, it’s great for parties or a simple night out

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Kdove
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food! The music was good too.

FAQs

TAO Downtown does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats.

TAO Downtown is rated 4.5 stars by 3870 OpenTable diners.

TAO Downtown does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://taogroup.com/giftcards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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