Tao Uptown

4.5
11201 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
A 16-foot Buddha, which floats above a reflecting pool filled with Japanese carp, presides over the scene at Tao. A favorite destination for celebrities and athletes, this Pan Asian restaurant specializes in authentic Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines. Tao has three levels of dining including the prized "Skybox" which offers views of this former movie theater unparalleled in New York. In addition to its 300 seats, Tao includes a sushi bar, lounge and two bars at which to enjoy the food and the show. Appetizers range from $8 - $18; Entrees: $16 -$39. Offering $27.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.
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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always solid. Not as good as the downtown location though. Food was good and service was excellent.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Very poor service. They haven’t accept my card because their system was out of service. I had to pay by cash.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here. Ambiance great - always an excellent choice!

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Been to Tao Chicago, Vegas, and Downtown NYC for reference points. The Uptown location does not meet the same service level. Our server was awesome; but the front staff was rude, made us wait long after the reservation time, while seating other parties of the same size that came in after us, and had a major miscommunication where one hostess sat us at the wrong table after another one took our pager. Mistakes happen, but the attitude was pretty snotty and we were made to feel we were to blame for the mix-up. It was very disappointing given the great service Adam and his team provide in Chicago.

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MB
London
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good sea food, try the seabass that was very tasty, well cooked and marinated. Very good service although crowded.

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PO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, service and ambience. Room lighting on dark side. Loud with background music and lively diners

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JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday at 4 is a good time

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

For the price we paid, I thought it was just ok. Our overanxious server rushed us through our meal even though the place was half empty. We definitely felt like they wanted us in and out.
The food was nice but the servings tiny and very expensive. I had the salmon with spinach and udon noodles. The noodles were way overcooked and mushy- but the salmon was flavorful and cooked well. My guests had handrolls and they were about $16 each for simple handrolls- a little obnoxious in my opinion.

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

I decide to take my wife for her birthday. She was impress by the ambiance and amazing food!

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

Many people & the place was very energetic. Everyone was very sweet and we booked a reservation and we got exactly at the time we reserved. Food was amazing & and I am definitely coming back!!

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d
Los Angeles
110 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always look forward to dine there...and have one [or 2] of their Red Dragon cocktails. Nice menu, cool decor and great service. Jonas one of the bartenders upstairs is fabulous; Sean, [one of the managers] does a great job! Can't wait to go back there next trip to NY.

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

Lovely dinner with fantastic service. The noise level can get a bit loud, but we have an excellent table off to the side, which reduced our noise level. The crowd definitely changed later in the evening to be more of a bar/night club atmosphere, but our earlier seating was perfect for a connection and fun dinner with friends.

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Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food
and service

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GT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner before theater....early. Was full when we left at 6:30 pm

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SA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I was in town for business and this restaurant was within walking distance of my hotel. I reserved a table on open table and was pleasantly surprised that when I arrived, I was taken immediately back to my table. I was a little worried as I had read some of the comments on the wait times. I ordered the salmon and it was cooked perfectly and very good. The portion was a little small for the price paid, but I would still go back and order it again. My service was impeccable - the only complaint I really have is that I dined alone, and I felt rushed during my dinner. For example: if I put my fork down for a minute to take a drink or to just wait a few seconds between bites, my server was there ready to take my plate away. I was brought the check even before I finished my meal. That was a nice gesture, but what if I wanted to order another drink or a dessert? The tables are so close together that you feel you are sitting on your dining neighbors lap. Very little space to move. I loved the ambience and the huge Buddha in the dining area. All in all, I had a very nice meal, a wonderful time and I would definitely return for dinner again when in the area.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Loved it for a date during the week! Ordered chicken pad tai was absolutely the best I’ve ever had! Our waiter was great helped us with the menu as it was our first time. Overall great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todo excelente

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MB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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VZ
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved dining at Tao Uptown. The food was delicious and very authentic. My friends and I absolutely love Asian food and this was the perfect place in NY that accommodated. Fabulous drinks and very good portion sizing! Thank you!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best server we ever had. We are going back soon!

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

Excellent as always! Great place

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

The place was amazing but I just didn’t find the food as good as I expected...
you basically pay for the place ..

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. It’s pricey for what it is and it’s a noisy space.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come il solito fantastico

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

Very disappointed in the food. Lettuce wraps were extremely salty, salmon was plain and dry. The quality doesn’t measure to the expensive cost. Had fond memories of this restaurant from 10 years ago....the food was nothing like my original visit when the food was amazing....I won’t be going back as there are so many better restaurants in New York, especially in this cost range.

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AN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tao staff was fantastic and the food was unique and delicious. The ambiance is fun and upbeat. Had a great lunch!

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CL
Adelaide / SA
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice meal - cool vibe, great wine list and food was outstanding.

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k
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Liked sitting downstairs but seated right next to very loud table. We ordered food which came out at a normal time but then ordered one more roll and it took forever. Overall a great place to eat

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

Omg, had the Peking Duck for two. It was pure melt in your mouth heaven. The skin was crispy and to die for. My partner had the sea bass which was so good I don’t even have the words to describe it! Service was excellent too.

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

Excellent service, amazing food and portuons. But mostly, the atmosphere and the place is so unique that its a must see!

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

AmaZing service, best food, cool atmosphere!

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l
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tao has prided itself on consistency. Our lobster entree was delicious and stayed true to the ginger and scallion flavors. The one negative I have to comment on is the service in the restrooms. I find it to be VERY tacky to have a personnel waiting in the bathroom to turn on the bathroom tap, to offer you a napkin and to blatantly expect a tip for this service. This is the kind of service that you see in tacky night clubs along with the perfumes / scents/ mints they offer. Please manager of Tao, I would suggest that you remove this service because if you venture to some of the nicest restaurants in the world, you would NOT see this in the bathroom. Thank you for your consideration. Laura

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

Loved all of our food. Service was outstanding!!

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

Sea bass amazing. Very expensive for amount of food.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice food

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

Great as always

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XH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tao Uptown is a favorite of ours as it is kid-friendly but also has an upscale vibe that is enjoyable for adults. The food is amazing and we’ve always had top notch service. The Chilean Sea Bass appetizer is one of the best items on the menu and I’d highly recommend it.

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J
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is really nice the food is delicious and great great service

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, delicious food and great service. It is pricey, especially drinks are too overpriced and for that reason we didn’t have any. But the food is good quality and is delicious.

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e
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall really good food. Appetizers were particularly delicious (veggie dumplings and spring rolls). Entrees were also good except for the Singapore noodles that were coated with dry spices and hard to eat. Ambiance is fun. Service team was pleasant but overstretched. Overall great place.

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