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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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Disappointing experience- would not return. Reservation at 8:15- not seated until 8:45. Ordered branzino with steamed bok choy- sent dish back as fish arrived with unappetizing, terribly thin, skin on filets, accompanied by a pile of salad greens- waiter said steamed bok choy was underneath greens? Requested exchange of entree for sea bass with wok vegetables. Waiter delivered branzino with wok vegetables. Sent back. Our waiter was very accommodating - it was so loud he may not have heard me clearly. Sea bass and vegetables arrived when my husband and daughter had finished their meals. Sea bass was excellent- wok vegetables were swimming in a salty, goopy sauce- terrible. It was our daughter’s birthday. I noted this on our reservation. It was never acknowledged and our dinner experience was so poor and the noise level so loud that we simply wanted to leave.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! The service was excellent and food was delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Food is always great!

n
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well done Tao! Service and food was exceptional. We all enjoyed the multiple courses. Tuna tartare. Shrimp tempura roll, spicy tuna roll, Avocado tempura and salmon entree - we loved every course. Lychee martinis used to have toasted coconut flakes. Miss that added touch. And my lychee was a mere quarter piece which was disappointing. Bartender needs better attention to detail. That was the only miss. A giant fortune color was brought to the table - just wow. Very lovely added touch. Asked for a table to allow for business discussion and permission granted. You earned 5 stars. Looking forward to returning.

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

Great food good service, will come back ASAP 😂

YG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you very much. I loved everything thing. I liked a lot the music, food, attention from the waiter, and the waitress. That day was my birthday, and they put candles on my dessert, and a beautiful note wishing my a Happy Birthday. Thank you!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for an amazing experience for my husband’s birthday!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was ok, nothing special in my opinion. I really enjoyed the lobster rice but pad Thai was not great at all. Service was poor, slow responses had to ask multiple times before being seen. There was an issue with using my card and the waiter was very rude and unhelpful and then called the manager over as to imply that I was the problem! Overall not that great of an experience personally, the restaurant Has very nice decor, Loved the Buddha statue inside.

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Love Sunday nights as more family and quieter for me and my 14?year old daughter! Always consistent and delicious!

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing! Waiter was very attentive and the food was delicious! I would definitely be back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 ppl from Italy, waiter very helpful with menu choices, they also prepared a sweet with candle for a frown celebrating her birthday

H
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Belated birthday celebration and food was good.
A little dark even to read menu but like the vibe- it was a good night

ET
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. I enjoyed the ambiance and the prices were reasonable.

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Underwhelming food. Nothing tasted fresh. Entree was fried rice with pork. My son had the beef and noodles. Wife had the crispy chicken. Pretty mediocre all around.

K
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. Loved every dish. We loved our waitress - she was very nice, helpful and efficient. Thanks for the fun time.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The place has a great vibe and feel to it and decorations. But the food it ehh, feels like your eating over priced takeout food. The orange chicken tasted no better than the local Panda Express. I was impressed by their venue but their food is a pass. First and last time going there. $32 for some orange chicken with white rice. I promise you your local China king can complete with these guys.

AL
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The ambiance is great. I always like a quiet restaurant and this fit the bill. We even had a large group next to us. The food is great as well. Be bold and try something new. I never do that and this didn't disappoint. I love the Big Buddha.

a
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

very nice dinner for son's birthday. he called it the best dinner ever

M
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was a little slow on our side. Waiter was not very attentive. But overall experience was great. The lady greeter took the effort to accommodate our request for upstairs seating. Food was amazing!!

LG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, love the glazed Chilean sea bass!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and it’s the 1st place to actually look at what I put the occasion was on opentable. At the end of dinner they brought us a plate with dessert that wrote out Happy Anniversary and it really made the night. Definitely going to go again!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Molto bello il posto, costi assolutamente assurdi (19€ una tempra con 2 GAMBERI di numero, 65€ la bottiglia di vino più economica!!). Ottimi i dolci. Bagni mediamente puliti, personale cordiale ma niente degno di nota.

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiente agradável. Pratos deliciosos. Excelente serviço

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HV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food good ambience and atmosphere

JC
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The food was mediocre. I have had better and for cheaper. The waitress was incredibly rude even though she only visited our table twice while we were there; those two times being to get our order and to bring us our check. The only thing that was great about our meal was the ambiance. In addition, there is only one option for a person who is vegan and it is not the Pad Thai (like normally can be made vegan everywhere else) but was some other Asian noodle dish that was not all that great. When I called to ask if there were options for vegans before we came, the person who answered said that their were several options.

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was wonderful but the music was not good. get a new DJ because what he picks should be in another venue not TAO

CV
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As the evening went on, the music volume increased making it hard for conversation at the end of out visit.

j
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Disappointed with waiters carrying chairs over our heads as we enjoyed our anniversary dinner. They recovered by offering us an amazing complimentary desert tray.

I
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

We got the Chef's choice hoping to be impressed but it ended up being nearly all low quality salmon. Terrible presentation. We paid $69 for a worse experience than if we would have just ordered 2 specialty rolls. Massive disappointment. We're never coming back.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good. Great music and really good food. It was a vibe.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Having to wait for another 30min after my
Reservation was set did not make for a great experience at all. The drinks made in the front bar while waiting were made too quick and way too strong. It was obvious the bartender was pushing out drinks and worried about quantity not quality.

The food and service after the wait was great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Little cramped other than that food is good

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time the food was excellent as always the fried was was soo good !!! And the portions are huge ! You can definitely share a meal if you wanted too .

DB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fabulous giving us a brief, unbelievable history of the building as well as exceptional service. Ambiance, Taotini and sea bass skewers excellent. Tables and seats way too close together. Literally touching allows with the person on the bench next to me. Good thing I’m thin, 6 inches to squeeze in! Can’t wait to go back

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was genuinely good... now, was it worth the price??? Mmmm nope. It was more ambiance and a pretty place than the food itself. Overall, it was a good experience, but I am not one to like throw my money away for a insta pic or a cool check in... and that it’s all this place have to offer...

LT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time! We go to Tao a lot when visiting the city from the Hudson Valley. Food is always on point and the service is wonderful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience at Tao. Everything was great, from the staff, service, food, and decor. Our server, Juan, was exceptional. His suggestions were on point, he was patient and very helpful. He truly made our experience memorable. The food was very tasty, the spicy tuna on crispy rice was our favorite! This is a must stop if you are visiting NYC!

A
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Manhattan!🥰

JU
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

It's a pity . To much noise, it's was imposible talk with my couple. The place very nice, and the food very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We waited to be seated for 1 HOUR!!!

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