Tao Uptown

4.5
11345 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had reservations for 9pm and we got seated at 9:40 the rest was very good

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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Disappointing.

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

My first time there and was amazing everything was perfect

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointing

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

Incredible ambience. food prices excessive. quality of food moderate. Service adequate.

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

I have been hearing of Tao for a while and I took my Wife to the City and decided to give it a try. GREAT choice. The food I thought I was great. Service was a bit slow, but it is a busy place. Even though the service was a bit slow I still really enjoyed my experience. I would for sure go back and recommend this place!

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

Perfect valentines lunch, outstanding service and excellent food, as usual at Tao

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SD
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

More for the ambiance than the food. Since the prices are on a higher level you'd expect for from the food. The presentation is wonderful though. Waiter and staff are friendly except for the guy who wouldn't allow us to take pictures from the upper level. He needs to be reminded why a lot of people even go to these places. They end up taking pictures. Overall, a good dining experience.

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

Love this place !!! Great food, atmosphere and drinks

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

Love the place! The decor is fun with the giant Buddha, and nice environment for our occasion. The waiter was very fun and friendly and even put candles on our fortune cookie plate to congrat us. It was a great place! The only issue would be food, not very good and authentic or creative. I’d much prefer Buddhakan’s food.

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

Great Valentine’s Eve dinner venue!

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location, service and food. The lychee martini was excellent. We have been to both locations and they are some of our favourites.

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

Food awesome. It was a snowy Tuesday evening so it wasn’t really crowed, and felt extremely rushed by the server.

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

Really nice food in a beautiful restaurant. Prices are higher than expected. A must if you go to NYC. Tuna tartar above crispy rice is a must.

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

Todo perfecto , atención y comida

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t
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for sushi before a show. The sushi is fabulous, the tuna tartar on crispy rice even better. It was so early it was hard to get feel for the crowd and noise. Our servers were nice enough but the place is a bit corporate. My phone contained our theater tickets and was about to die so I asked the bartender if he had s charger I could use. He told me no one behind the bar can have any kind of charger. I went to the hostess stand and asked the same thing and got the same answer. I know it’s small but just seemed that someone would have gone out of their way to make a charger available. We rushed our dinner to stop by the apple store on the way out. Still, the good was excellent. We had 2 special sushi rolls plus the tuna tartare.

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DW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything!! I will definitely come back again.

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NS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks were excellent! Lots of small shared dishes, each one better than the next

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e
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful place. Went for lunch on Sunday. Food was excellent. Stay with the lettuce leave appetizers and Pai Tai shrimp. The short rib appetizer was very skimpy.

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

It was amazing! Wait was a bit long but there’s a nice lounge area where you can have drinks! The music is poppin and food was great! Get the lychee martini, so good

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

I had reservations for 10:30pm and didn’t get seated until 11 pm which i didn’t mind , the food was great especially the orange chicken!

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Downtown is better and has more space. Lounge area here is too small to accommodate a wait for a table.

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BH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time as usual. Lobster fried rice is a winner

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G
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We loved Tao! Everything we ordered was fantastic. My only complaint is, like many other small plate sharing style restaurants, they push you to order all your food at once, then they bring it all at once! NO! The servers bringing out the food just plop it down when there really is t even room on the table.

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EJ
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 1

So I had a reservation for 6 at 6:45pm. I came in (with half the party)and the host informed me that my table was ready but we couldn’t be seated until the entire party arrived. 1’minute later the others arrived and I informed the host we were all here only to be told I’d receive a text when my table is ready. We waited another 20 min and then were sat at a table that should’ve been for 4 people. Good food but there seating policy and reservation policy needs to be reviewed. I feel like the New Orleans saint. E.J.

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

Absolutely amazing!! Will go back every time I’m in NYC! You can’t get better!!

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T
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately the food was overpriced Chinese food. The $45 sea bass that I ordered was the driest sea bass I’ve ever tasted and definitely not worth the price. We also ordered a mandarin fried rice to share and only had a few bites because of the burnt taste. If you’re looking for really good food in new York do not go here, if you want drinks and a nice lounge area then this would be a good spot for you. Our waiter was very short with us and took long to bring us our check in the end. We were seated promptly and had a nice view of the lower floor area.

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

Food and ambiance were amazing. Drinks were delish, but expensive at $19 each. So happy we went!

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

Cozy, service great! Food excellent!

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

Simplemente perfecta

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I’ve been there many times, twice in the last month and going again on February 21st. My suggestion to the owners is to get nicer people to greet you. The women at computers as you walk in have been so rude, I almost asked to see a manager. The wait staff is ok but I always feel rushed. There is a tremendous Buddha inspiring us, why can’t the staff be nicer and slow down. I’d like to enjoy my experience next time. I know it’s a hot spot, but the prices are high and the service and overall atmosphere should reflect the fact that people are supporting your restaurant and should be treated kinder.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

La comida es toda una experiencia para el paladar, el servicio inigualable y el ambiente es increíble. Es un poco caro pues terminas gastando más de 100 dls pero sin duda alguna alguna vale la pena...

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L
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Wasn't worth the price.. food was pretty much cold.. could have ordered chinese food for chinese store which would have been 10x better.. Ambience was great tho.

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The food is mediocre. There was nothing great about the pork potstickers were pretty ordinary, with the meat kind of dry. The spicy tuna tartar on crispy rice was the saving grace of the day. The entree of Mandarin sizzled fried rice with roast pork and peking duck was disappointing. It tasted just like chinese takeout fried rice. The side of chinese broccoli with black bean sauce was uninspiring as well. The dessert of giant fortune cookie was good, as were the oolong and lapsang souchong teas. The fortune cookie itself was a nice light crispy shell with white and dark chocolate mousse served with a lot of fruit and berries was good.

Overall impression was light they'd taken Panda Express food in bulk and repackaged it. Items on the menu like orange chicken and kung pao chicken are normal chinese takeout fare and that kind of disappointed. By contrast, Buddakan's food was creative, fresh and very interesting.

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S
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, and ambiance was just as great

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PN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always 😊

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London
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was fat but with zero taste. We expected a lot more.

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

Hands down best experience and Kung pao chicken I’ve ever had! Will definitely recommend to all my Dallas friends

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

Excellent service , Excellent Food , my 2nd visit . I will definitely be back again.

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

Great food, great place, and great service! Really liked its banana pudding.

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