Tao Uptown

4.5
11227 reviews
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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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Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner celebrating my birthday while visiting NYC!! The coconut shrimp was amazing as was shrimp pad Thai. We had fortune cookie dessert that was so yummy! Great place and cool vibe. Highly recommend!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Servicio muy lento. Mesa junto a la cocina. Calidad precio muy caro.

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

It was an excellent culinary experience - one of the best in the city.

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

One word saids it all about going to Tao Uptown for dinner, its call perfect.

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

My girlfriend’s birthday. She loved it and we all have a great time

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

We were celebrating my youngest daughters Sweet 16 with an overnight in the city. From the moment we walked in I knew it was a great choice! Food was excellent! And my Cantese cocktail amazing!! Our waiter Devlin was the best!!! We will be back

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

Birthday iccassion

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

I’ve been to Tao many times the food is always excellent, the atmosphere is unique, always worth the trip to the city, the cocktails are also very good all around perfect, must try.

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

Food used to be so good. Now it’s stale and loaded with salt.

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We'd had several great meals, and were looking for a 'change of pace'. We ended up going early on a Saturday (had theater for the evening).

We ended up choosing the pre fixe lunch menu, which was a great choice. More than enough to share for the two of us. Also chose the vegetable dumplings and they were great.

Waiter was very helpful and friendly. Had several (!) cocktails and all were unique and very very good.

When we left (around 5.30), it was a MUCH different atmosphere and was really hopping with the pre-theater crowd. So go at 4, much more relaxing and just have another round of drinks!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and great environment

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

Amazing dinner for our anniversary! They gave us the corner table on the second floor overlooking everything. One of the best meals of my life!

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

Food sucked and I got sick from it

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

Beautiful place, good was okay for the worth. Staff was fantastic.

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

Tao never disappoints. Creative cocktails and delicious food. An enjoyable evening with friends in a lively setting. Birthday fun.

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Savannah
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very cool setting and decor. Edamame fresh. All else very average.

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

We enjoyed our experience in Tao. The food was great. If you have a shellfish allergy, tell your server bc some foods (like orange chicken) need to be cooked special. Our server was wonderful in telling me what I could or could not get. Possibly saved my life.

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been here multiple times. For the food, its overpriced, but you are in part paying for the experience. Usually top loud but it was early Saturday night and not so much making the ambience much more pleasant. Don't get me wrong, food is very good but just overpriced. Overall we enjoyed ourselves.

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

Totally enjoyable experience as usual. It’s my go to place for a celebration, food is so good and the room is unique in design so reminiscent of the upscale restaurants in Bangkok.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The music was blaring and it made for an unpleasant dining experience. Also, the food portions were quite small - not exactly a good value proposition.

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

Tao never fails to disappoint. Love their veggie fried rice, udon noodles , tuna sushi special roll, and their fortune cookie ! Tried the pad thai noodles this time but wasn’t a big fan. Everything else was delicious as always. Beautiful scenery, great service, and great location is always a plus. Will definitely be back soon.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Tao is a beautiful hot spot. The big buddhas are so cool. The ambiance is really nice. The food we ordered was just ok, in my opinion. For the price I wasn't overly impressed. Our server was very nice and attentive. It was nice to go at least once to say I've been.

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

Always an amazing and memorable experience at Tao
This was my 2nd visit and it won’t be my last.
We celebrated my wife’s 65th birthday.
The ambience is truly unique, the food and service are excellent!

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r
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made an impromptu visit to Tao and we were glad we did. It was just after the lunch crowd left, so it wasn't too busy. Told the waiter we had time constraints and only had one hour to eat. The waiter was superb, he brought everything out quickly, took my 7 year old nephew into consideration with everything he brought out, making sure that anything that is normally spicy, was not made spicy and the spicy stuff was brought out on the side for us to add. Food and service were wonderful, best waiter I ever had.

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
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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a
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
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 on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
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
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
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 on January 14, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday at 4 is a good time

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as usual!

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
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 on January 13, 2019
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 on January 13, 2019
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
112 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
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 on January 12, 2019
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 on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food
and service

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GT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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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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