TAO Uptown

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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 $31.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.
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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, energy, delish food and quick service!

DS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrates my bday at Tao. The cake dessert was very delicious. Great resto to hang out with friends.

A
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excelent, so was the atmosphere and service. A bit too buisy and nosie.

G
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Waiting 45min with a reservation is not acceptable.

JE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Tao was a great spot years ago, and still has cache with tourists but it's been surpassed as a must place to dine in NYC. Not many vegan or vegetarian options and the food tends to be drowning in glazes and spreads.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place amazing food! The service was excelent

TL
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and amazing customer service . Our waitress was very helpful in recommending options for us and it was amazing. Food were delivered very quick after we mentioned that we had a show to go watch.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had been recommended by our son in law who regularly dines with you - we loved the whole experience and our waiter was outstanding. For UK visitors we find all eating and drinking in NY very pricey mind you!

H
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome, we had healthy portions and my daughter was in awe of the Atmosphere and Ambiance!!!

OT
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and outstanding Service!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Orange Chicken ever! Fried Rice with Lobster was great, too! Service and ambience both were high class!

OT
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. Our waitress was very attentative

p
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Been there many times - appearance of restaurant has deteriorated. Lamps around the tables were dusty. Nothing was as bright and pleasant as it should have been. Have been a regular but may wait a while before going back!~

P
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The reason for the lower rating is the 45 min wait for our table that we had a reservation for. The ambience and energy was great although a little loud. The food and drunks were good also. It was good, but not great.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was okay, very slow

CZ
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tasty tasty tasty. Nice atmosphere. Expensive wines. Privé/qualty ratio 8.

DM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

As excited as we were to be in NY with my girls and celebrate the beginning of the holidays, we were super excited to celebrate the end of my cancer journey.
The one that has taken me through 3 surgeries, 16 chemo
treatments and 25 radiation treatments. When asked by Open Table what we we’re celebrating I said “end of radiation”.
That’s it, that simple. No I didn’t want a parade or anything just a simple “congrats”
Moving on from that we were out of that restaurant in 50 minutes flat. My daughter wasn’t even done her edamame when, I kid you not our waitress took her plate. We all started laughing as to how ridiculous it was.
Literally, she was dipping it in the soy sauce that was in that little square dish, which was on top of the flat plate when she took the whole setting.
Food was great - atmosphere very pretty. Loud but we expected that.
Customers should be priority from the minute they walk in to the minute they leave.

RH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Long wait. Average food except Sashimi excellent

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Room was noisy and cold, had to ask to turn the ac down, waiter got my wife’s order wrong but wouldn’t admit he got it wrong. Food was tasty but no sooner had we finished the starters they dropped the main down, not very classy, just about average.

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome: Pekin duck, salmon sashimis and incredible giant fortune cookie . Service was warm and efficient. An amazing moment spent with family!

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and ambience are wonderful! Everything was absolutely delicious!

S
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Our server was not engaging at all. I felt like I was an inconvenience for being there to cause her to work!?! I have dined at Tao four times over 12 years. Service in the past was good. I feel like the “chain “ has grown too big for its own britches. Always a cool vibe with ambiance but service needs some work.

OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful table upstairs with ba great views of Buddha. We loved everything we ordered.

DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Waiters could have been nicer. Food was cold. As soon as the waiter has more than 3 tables didn’t care as much for our table

KG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service and food are always good. We will be back the next time we're in NYC

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Voorgerecht saté (wel zoet) en edamame goed. Pork was erg droog
Hoofdgerecht Orange chicken iets aan de zoete kant maar verder prima.
de pad Thai was mierzoet en totaal niet lekker daardoor
Wel voldoende qua portie

Cocktails duur. Maar eten valt dan weer relatief mee tov de drankjes.

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B
Indiana
53 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to NYC in May, ate here twice it was so good. Returned to NYC and are here again. So many restaurants to choose from there, but so far this is the only one that is so good we make it a point to return. The best sea bass anywhere...hands down.

IK
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my amazing dinner in NY. I have been in Tao many times and it always nice .

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and large portions. Drinks are delicious and interior is super nice and cool. Was a great date night.

TJ
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and also an amazing food! The decor of the place is very beautiful as well!

LD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, atmosphere ist just great, will come there definitely again!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but a little bland, very expensive.. dessert was amazing...

BM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food, great vibe.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service, food, ambiance all its great

OT
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab place - really nice atmosphere. It was a Friday night so there was a really good buzz. The place was packed but it didn’t feel like it was as it’s so big! Really enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. Can’t wait for our next trip!

b
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the miso glazed sea bass. Tuna tartare was good as well! Wished cocktail drinks were a little bit stronger but overall a good experience!

B
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite spots in New York and I live here

RR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a really fun setting!!!

O
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Whilst the atmosphere and decor were amazing (Tao is obviously one of New York's hottest locations) we were extremely disappointed with the wait to get to our table. We had booked for 7.30 and arrived promptly. However, it was nearly an hour before we were shown to our table which we felt was unacceptable. There was nowhere to sit most of the time while we waited and eventually we were shown menus and asked if we wanted drinks. Slightly shocked at the price of drinks ($27 for a gin and tonic!) but we were prepared for it to be on the pricey side! The food was good but didn't really justify the prices, although the portions were generous and we were asked if we wanted to take anything away. The service was good, even though the waiter did pour water in our friend's beer accidentally (which was replaced!)!!! Would we go again? Maybe but only if we could get to our table in good time!

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