Tao Downtown

4.6 based on 1435 reviews
Cuisine Type Pan-Asian
Price Range $50 and over
Neighborhood Chelsea

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About Tao Downtown

For more reservation availability, please visit TaoDowntown.com or call 212-888-2724. Tao Downtown is open for Sunday - Thursday and Sunday from 5:00pm - 12:00am and Friday - Saturday from 5:00pm - 2:00am. We accept reservations up to one month in advance.
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  • Birthdays
Cuisines Pan-Asian, Sushi
Dining Style Casual Dining
Phone Number +1 212 888 2724
Website www.taodowntown.com
Dress Code Business Casual
Payment Options AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Executive Chef Ralph Scamardella / Anthony Inn
Location 92 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10011
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  1. Dinner Menu
  2. Wine and Shake

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4.6
Excellent
Based on 1,435 reviews
Noise Level
Moderate
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.7
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chicken lollipops
crispy rice
dim sum
food was great
fortune cookie
great atmosphere
great service
great time
lobster wontons
mongolian beef
music was great
pad thai
place is great
restaurant week
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3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

After visiting Tao Uptown on a previous occation, we we're looking forward to checking out the Downtown location.\nWe hang around the bar area for a pre dinner cocktail, before it was time for dinner.\n\nWe started with some delicious champangne and ordered Hot edamame to enjoy before our Peking Duck.\n\nWhen the Edamame finaly arrived, it was cold. We finally got hold of a waiter and asked for a Hot version (as in the menu). But before that arrived, we got our Peking Duck and we then cancelled the Edamame. We also tried for several minutes to order some more drinks, but we were more or less ignored.\n\nAfter we got two glasses of lovely Chardonney, the very moist and delicious Peking Duck, one order of Hot Edamame arrived (which we had cancelled).\n\nOverall, the food was delicious, but the service was way below what we would expect at a place like Tao.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was lousy and so was service. Food had no taste and cocktail prices outrages. I would have been better off going to PF Changs

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great! Ambience was fantastic. Our server was a 1 out of 5. She was extremely RUDE since we sat down. Was hurrying us to order and to leave. The Check was giving to us as son as they took our plates away. Never asked if we wanted desert. She never came to check to see how our food was or if we needed anything. She was more worried about turning over the table to the next customer, so she can make more money, then focus on us to make sure our dining experience was pleasant. \n\nAs a customer, I highly bought I'll come back. I hope upper management reads this. Food was fantastic, but they way we were treated by our server, made us feel uncomfortable. As a business owner, making sure your customer feels great is the #1 priority. That's what makes them a returning customer.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Invited my husband to TAO Downtown for his birthday dinner. I had been there once before but he hadn't so i ordered my favorites. He said it was the best restaurant he had ever been to. from for to service, everything was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful, modern and fancy restaurant. Excellent food.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

David was a dick face. I would have gave him a piece of my mind after he said some dick shit to my man but I was afraid he would spit in my food. Thanks for nothing Tao.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my boyfriend's birthday and all I can say is that we had a blast! The food was amazing and so fresh. The whole atmosphere was lovely. The music was on point and we just loved it. I will be back AGAIN!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this place! My friends always come here when we're in town. The good is amazing, the service is outstanding and the music is good! I recommend the pad Thai noodles and salmon sushi roll so so so good! OH Zane TAO RITASSSS

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is absolutely beautiful , very trendy , beautiful people. The drinks were yummy but lacked in kick. I had about 4 and wasn't even buzzed. The food was good..not great but Asian is not my favorite. The desert was amazing these bread pudding donuts. Our waitress was very helpful and recommended great choices. My friends and I all tried eachothers plate. .my favorite was the shrimp. I would go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great venue\nFantastic room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful experience! Great service! Great ambience and fantastic food!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was a bit underwhelming

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a very good dinner at Tao Downtown before going to the Joyce Theater to see the Martha Graham Dance Company. We ordered spicy dumplings for an appetizer. For the main courses, we shared Miso Cod, Mongolian Beef, and Sautéed Bokchoy. Everything was delicious and the service was fast enough to get us to our seats in time for. 7:30 curtain.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance and rich menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun and vibrant atmosphere with excellent sake and food options!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place. The food was amazing and so was the ambiance. Highly recommend the pad Thai, salmon tartare and the tuna. Very unique and beautiful restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall had a great experience. The only thing which was disappointing was that when making the reservation I mentioned that it's my wife's birthday and that I would appreciate a nice table and also some cake at the end - but we didn't get either.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience but I think special occasions deserves better attention, be just an a nice restaurant is not enough, as a client we expect more for special dates, birthdays even weddings....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really great ambience, very quite, great food, and very polite and quick service. I would definitely go again in the future.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The dumpling platter is a must! Our server was attentive and accommodating. Thank you for a memorable night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing place. Would def go there again. Cannot wait!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Lychee martinis were amazing, the Crunchy Crab roll was good, but the main entree wasn't what I expected. Anyways, the vibe/ambiance/music was great too! Would I recommend this place, yes. Overall, I had a great time. \n\nWait, the main thing I hated was those small little tables by the steps. Completely uncomfortable & loss most brownie points there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was great and the atmosphere is amazing. Keep up the great work

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made a reservation for a party of 10 at 12:00am to celebrate my 23rd birthday on a Saturday night and didn't get there until 12:15am but I was seating within 10 minutes despite arriving late. The music was great which including Hip Hop, R&B and Pop from the past and present that made you wanna get up and dance! The waiter and staff were great and I really enjoyed the decor and good vibes. It was a bit loud but beautiful ambiance and the food & drinks were decent despite it being a little pricey. Overall, it was a great place to celebrate my birthday, a date or another special occasion.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to Tao many many times. I enjoy the scene and food very much. This time i had a horrible experience. My reservation was for 9:15 i showed up at 9:20. Called prior to notify i may be a few minutes late. They assured me it shouldnt be a problem since they allow a 15 min grace time. Ask me why i was seated at 11:30?! At this point we had no choice but to wait because we were starving needless to say completley ruined our night. My husband wont return.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my birthday. Waitress and stuff were very rude. Even she didn't explain food menu and told us 'it's on menu'. We quit ordering food and just left sfter 1 drink. They ruined my 30th birthday dinner and i don't forgive for that.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

way too noisy..damaging ear drums and ruining evening. waiter arrogant. service good, food fair to good. ambiance gorgeous and whole new york experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

They always try to squeeze me into some lousy table. It's very hard to get a nice table. Service is excellent and friendly. Food menu is exciting and sounds great but some dishes are heavy and salty. The crispy rice is too saucy. Dumplings weren't impressive and way too salty. Lettuce cups were also drenched in a salty sauce. Sea bass satay is also more salty and saucy . Prices for specially requested asparagus avocado roll was $14! Insane. Drinks are creative and extensive but not all are great. Overall, i love the ambiance here but prefer food in the midtown location.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Terribly expensive for the quality and culinary level. I have had much better food in several other restaurants for half the price. The atmosphere, music, bartender and table service was great. The hostesses did not have the time to say thank or goodnight, were to busy in their own important conversation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to Tao many times in NYC and Vegas- but this was the first time at the downtown location. We had a 10:15 reservation and were not seated until 11:30pm. The bar area was super crowded, it took 10 minutes just to nudge our way to the bartender to order our drinks...and you could imagine there was no place to hang and enjoy our cocktails. Once we sat our server was nice and attentive. Since my husband was starving he ordered everything up front and the food came really fast, this was a plus. The food was delicious another major plus. I just wish we didn't have to wait so long to enjoy it. 1 hour and 15 minutes is excessive. We will come back, perhaps on a weeknight when it isn't so crazy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great location, very cool atmosphere. Food was ok, expensive for what you get. Everything comes fast and you will be in and out before you know it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome place! Went twice and been to other locations always fun and great food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this place the food is amazing. The service is is good. I just love everything thing about TAO.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful ambiance with a projection light show on the Buddha statue in the middle of the restaurant . Amazing customer service, each waiter is not only welcoming but eager to make your experience enjoyable as well as memorable. Food is great. We had the Asian green stir fry, Chinese sausage fried rice with egg, crispy orange chicken, and had their giant fortune cookie for desert. Everything tastes fresh and savory. My husband had the Tao Tini and I had the Lychee martini. Complete perfection. I love coming to Tao and am a forever customer.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the place will go again very soon next time I Will go with a group.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and ambiance was great but the service was horrible. Waitress wasn't attentive at all.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this place ,food is amazing the scenery is romantic .\nMy husband and I really enjoyed our date night \nDefinitely will go again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A+++ ! Love Tao. Great food, service & ambiance. The whole 9 for dinner!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere overall. Service was not as good. We were the only table in the restaurant that didn't get water. The menu needs to be better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My boyfriend and I had an amazing time last night at Tao Downtown. For it being Valentines Day the service didn't feel rushed. Our server Aisha was so pleasant. It was our first time at Tao and she recommended different options for us to try, which were delicious by the way. We had the pork dumplings, chicken lollipops, lo mein, pork fried rice, and egg rolls. Amazing! And the giant fortune cookie at the end hit the spot. Not to mention the venue is beautiful with all of its asian inspired decor. Thank you again Aisha. We will definitely be back in the future!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Little pricey, but worth it. Food was great!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was horrible! We had to wait for our table for 1 hour and a half

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Booked a 5:45p reservation, via OpenTable; host showed my reservation for 8:30p; she could sit us, however, we had to be finished and leave the table by 7:15p; I showed her my email confirmation and everything was taken care of; been to Tao several times; dinner and service was amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

WOW! What an amazing experience at TAO Downtown! The ambiance of this restaurant is simply outstanding as is the service. We were fortunate to get a seat on cozy lounge-type couch on the staircase, that was the perfect vantage point to observe the crowd and enjoy the dinner. The food was simply delicious with a decent variety to please any taste! Overall, this was one of the best restaurant experiences we've had in NYC and will definitely be back for more.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance! I love this place and the food was awesome as always :)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although we had reservations months before, we waited over 45 minutes to be Sitted. \nThe hosts were arrogant, with very little desire to help.\nCompletely overrated

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were 7 in my party, two were late and they refused to sit us even if more than half my party was there. When we eventually got seated, some guy came over to our table and claimed he was already seated there with his party and almost caused a scene, which I thought was very unprofessional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was perfect expect for that the dining area is cold

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Been to Tao few times, usually come here with bunch of friends not as much for food but more for ambience and to have good time. This time I came for restaurant week, food was pretty good even from the special menu selection, service was not good at all, I actually don't remember it ever being good, we waited for over an hour with reservations, they did give us round of free drinks after I complained, once we were seated we were offered regular menus, when we said we want restaurant week menus we were given menus, our waitress came to our table once just to take the order, we never seen her again for the entire dining experience until she brought our check at the end, she actually brought it herself after desert was brought out we never even asked for it so I really don't know for what she was given a tip, but anyway place itself is amazing, food is good, great vibe, live Dj, nice decor besides the service its definitely worth visiting.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Celebrated birthday

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao has a terrific vibe and a wonderful, flavorful menu. It's an amazing value for restaurant week! Our waiter Chris was the perfect amount of attentive and the overall service was brilliant. It's a very trendy place and people come dressed to impress. Can't wait to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is always great, but the wait was excessive. Waited 45 minutes for table with reservations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food, some of the best sushi I've ever had. Night was nearly ruined by an extremely rude bar tender girl, but management more than made up for it and our server was out of this world fantastic, I think her name was Vayne (not sure how it's spelt) everything she recommended was sensational, and she was extremely friendly. I can highly recommend this stunning restaurant/bar. Such a great night!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is ok, but $8 for a bowl of white rice is over priced!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to enjoy the restaurant week menu and were not disappointed. Yummy. Lovely ambiance. Great service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for a girls night for the last day of restaurant week. Have to say out of all my experiences for restaurant week this one was the best. Servers were very attentive, drinks were great (a little expensive even for the area) food was amazing. Give this place 5 stars all around. Hot & sour soup was great, Thai BBQ chicken was good, just a little cold, but still worth it. Mongolian beef was great too just wish it came with some rice...well because I love carbs. But great! So worth the hype & lived up to it on every level.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made a reservation for 830 and got there at 845 after waiting in line for 10 mins and was told I had to be worked back into the system for a reservation it was my birthday. We waited until 930 pm when there were tables open to be seated I feel as if the hostesses were not waiting on me because they felt they did not have to, once my boyfriend went back up and asked to be seated we finally were. the waitress rushed us and once she brought our drinks she was non-existent. The food was hot and fresh I enjoyed my chicken pad thai and my dessert very much the hot molten cake with caramel ice cream. The music was good and the restaurant itself is very nice but the service left much to be desired. This was my second time here but I will not be returning.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambiance and the food were the best part of the visit. Our server attended us well. However, the frustrating part was that we had to wait for 35 mins in spite of making reservations a week in advance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great, decor and ambiance are phenomenal. Despite being a pretty big space we were serve quickly. Went during restaurant week. Definitely recommend

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waitress was completely absent throughout the time we were dining. My friend needed a fork and she could not be found for 10 minutes until we caught one of the runners attention and he was kind enough to bring us utensils. We wanted hot sauce for our meal, again no waitress.. she finally surfaced when the dessert was served to ask us if everything was ok.. \n\nat that point she was available to deliver and collect our check and that was it.. She is lucky we gave her 10% tip. Next time, I will request to be seated at an actual table and not a couch with coffee table for dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was amazing me and my gf loved the place for our one year anniversary.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and even better service. Came for my daughter's 21st birthday, she loved it and so did all of us. Our server was awesome. She was very attentive and especially to my younger daughter, who has food allergies. Our server made sure that what she ordered was going to be perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding birthday dinner experience

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

we were seated nearly 40 minutes after our scheduled reservation. the restaurant week menu was bare and lacked choices. there were no non-alcoholic beverage choices made available to us. it was so loud we could barely hear one another. the wait staff kept tripping over our personal items.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

They made us wait for nearly an hour after our reservation time and no apologies. I am not going back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Mongolian beef is amazing

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great. However its kind hard to find our waiter when I need it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The décor is absolutely breathtaking. Ambiance takes you away from the hectic city life and the food and drinks are just exceptional.\nThe hosts and waiters are friendly and very accommodating.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience, I would recommend this place to my peers 25-40 age range

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the decor, wish I had known about the stadium type seating. Didn't feel it was more than an overpriced, small portion sushi restaurant. Have had many meals in New York that were a much better value. Would not recommend as a dinner option.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

You're mostly paying for the ambience. The food was disappointing, especially for the price. If you go, go for the people watching, the music, and the cool space. Not for the food. It's not horrible. It's just average. And expect to pay about an extra $25-$40pp (depending on how much you eat and drink) of your bill essentially for the honor of eating there. Beautiful space though.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Don't be late for your reservation. We were waiting on one person for our four person dinner and were told by the hosts that we could not be seated until that person arrived. They failed to tell us that we lost our reservation while waiting and would not be seated until they could 'work us in.' We waited for over a hour after being told a few times a table was coming up to only be stonewalled again. Finally when we were about to give up, the hostess offered to seat us in the lounge. It was a frustrated experience and had they told us while we were waiting there that we lost our reservation, we would have left and gone elsewhere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have gone to the uptown Tao several times as we all worked uptown. This Tao downtown is amazing, there's a different atmosphere here. We didn't have to scream to each other in our conversation. Beautiful place !!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The main courses for restaurant week (Chicken Pad Thai, Thai Barbeque Chicken and Mangolina Beef) that me and my friends had were not up to par (those 3 dishes lacked flavor). The appetizers and desserts we had were great.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I feel like I have paid 150 dollars for a few really basic sushis with 'bling bling' people. nevertheless I had some fun because it was really extravagant :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was amazing!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao has always been a favorite of mine and it just continues to be that way over time!!! 🙌🏾😋🙌🏾

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really like this local. Out side of the music you are really taken to another place. Great experience all around, defiantly plan to return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had to wait for almost half an hour for our table even though we had a reservation which was annoying.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing cocktails! My boyfriend and I tried this place out for restaurant week and it was worth every dime. The ambience was great. We'll definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went during restaurant week. We got there on time to our 9:15 pm reservation. It was pretty full we were told to wait while our table was being cleaned. It took a short time. We got a drink at the bar in the meantime. We were seated. The music was great, the food was delicious and loved the atmosphere. The lobster wontons are amazing! Thursday's DJ is really good too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Phenomenal venue. Best food ambience one of the. Eat in the city

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good, you go here for the ambiance and the decor. The food is more high end Chinese food not bad but nothing you won't find somewhere else. Great for parties and celebrations

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Place was beautiful. Our waiter Hedgwick was extremely helpful with items on the menu as well as items on the Restaurant week menu. Great time. I will definitely be returning soon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The decor was absolutely beautiful. Very romantic, but the food left much to be desired. I was not impressed by the appetizer or entree at all, but the warm chocolate cake dessert was delicious!!! I would go back again, but only for the dessert.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Got there on time, they didn't honor our reservation. They made us wait for an hour. 20 minutes passed in between each course. The hostess, waiters and bartender were shockingly rude. The busboys were surprisingly nice. There was a sushi roll they have on their menu that I had to find a way to as politely as I could; and without anyone noticing, spit into my napkin(one with curry in it). We were two people, spent close to $300 in an hour and it was one of my worst dining experiences my friend and I have ever had. To not be terribly rude I left a ten dollar tip but I wanted to leave absolutely nothing. We give a 0/5 Stars to this unnecessarily pretentious place.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ambiance is was very lively, hot spot but the food and service were below par. Price on the menu is overrated for the quality of the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went to Tao on a date night/restaurant week dinner. The restaurant is gorgeously decorated with Asian influences. The restaurant week menu had a nice selection. Food was delicious as always. The servers were attentive and knowledgeable with the menu. We loved everything about it so much that we are considering having our wedding reception there : )

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Food was Awesome and The Wait Staff Was Absolutely Great, Our Waitress was A Young Lady by the name of Danielle and she was training a young lady by the name of Lauren who was very attentive and doing very well of following her training, both were very friendly and professional and would want either to serve me again!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went to Tao with a group of friends for my birthday and it was amazing! Not going to lie I made reservations and did have to wait 30 minutes to be seated but besides that everything was great. The food was amazing. Will defiantly be going back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for my birthday and had a great time. The service was very strong and servers were attentive. The drinks are very pricy! Around $19 for a cocktail which is more than most NYC bars. Food was flavorful though with good portions.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a reservation for 7:30pm on a Thursday night. We got there around 7:20pm and didn't get seated until 8:30pm. Everytime we went to ask about your table they had another excuse. They said our table was finishing dessert and then getting the check... They also used the excuse that we couldn't be seated on the stairs, that there was another waiting list.. yet in the end we got seated on the stairs. Spoke to the manager and they didn't wanna do anything for us. Rude

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

If you like it loud, this is the place to go. Food was ok, not great. The decor is fabulous. The service was mediocre. The music goes up incrementally every hour by design. We had to yell across the table at each other. Not a place for a conversation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for friends bday! Had a good time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food even better vibes

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not nearly as good as budakan.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Don't get me wrong, I like hip and cool dining spots. Tao is all of that. But the food isn't what it should be. Two dishes were over sauced, gloopy and just not tasty. Pad Thai - a Thai hallmark - was worst I've ever tasted! Dry and no seasoning. Noodles poorly cooked. I could have had a better meal at local Thai takeout. And finally...music on the main floor was so loud we couldn't hear each other. So much for a get together over dinner!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service could have been better. Ambience was fabulous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite place. Easy to get to.\n Great atmosphere.\nAlways great service.\nGood drinks.\nOutstanding food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great but service felt rushed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My son chose Tao as a reward

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Design and room is fun and striking really worth the try. However the food was okay not fantastic, there are other restaurants in the same style where you eat better. I think Hakassan, which is a similar concept to Tao dowtown (though with a better crowd) and also a Asian fusion restaurant , is much more refined food-wise. Menu is overpirced for the quality of the dishes (a bit heavy), but service is nice and efficient and you will never forget the room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding! Atmosphere and decor is like nothing I've experienced before. This is my favourite restaurant in New York and possibly in the world! Food is incredible, service impeccable and the overall experience is WOW! Cannot wait to return.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

My name is Ketevan Koraia. Yesterday, my family and I greatly celebrated my mother’s birthday at Restaurant TAO Downtown (first time visited downtown location). The dinner was amazing, service was outstanding, environment was extraordinary. However, we experienced significant and unacceptable issues with safety and humanity. Our 3-year-old toddler daughter was playing with me and then decided to explore more at the restaurant and started running from main restaurant dining hall towards entrance and obviously, I ran after her. Somehow 3-year-old toddler very easily got through three corridors with huge gate doors and eventually I caught her outside in the street. Thanks God! I ran after her and caught her and we immediately left place and went home with very negative emotions. As soon as I got at home I called at TAO Downtown restaurant and talk to one of the representative in a very polite way. I questioned the safety and humanity issue just because it will never happen to other family or person. My question was and is: How can 3-year-old toddler open three gate doors and end-up outside alone not even one person noticed her? Where is security staff? How was it possible that woman working in the coat section didn’t notice that child was running outside and didn’t block her? The representative from TAO downtown gave me following responses: TAO is regular restaurant and doesn’t has a security staff or door man, so anybody can walk-in and walk-out, what raised another possible horrified consequence about human safety in general since TAO is a very expensive and high-end restaurant for fine people to dine and it basically provides NO assurance about their safety from outside strangers.\nIt was first and last time for me and my family dine at TAO Downtown restaurant perhaps I wrote this long message just to bring information to the executive team to start prioritizing customers’ safety and support people and families with kids to dine safely there. Very bad experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere is sexy chic and it's great for date night.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The appetizer wasn't the greatest. \nAmazing Chilean sea bass. \nWaiter took failed to keep an eye on us

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao is a very beautiful establishment to the very least. I have to say drinks are very good, dessert ,vibe, and music. Food is more on the mediocre side, it's just ok not worth what you pay for and It was served nearly cold to our party. The service is poor. Our waitress was not very amicable nor approachable as is the rest of the staff. Something just to experience. After having dinner, 2 friends and myself just wanted to keep the night going at Tao club, which by far was our worst experience at Tao. The door was extremely crowded, the bouncers were inappropriately rude, the doorman had us wait at the door 40 min before he decided it was ok to let us in BUT charge us each despite the fact we had spend nearly 700.00 on dinner, MEANWHILE, young promoters were bringing in teenage looking women left and right for free. This I would say is very poor management from Tao Group, as customers should not be treated such a way. People stay away from the club!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My only complaint it was as we met at the bar and had dinner reservation we had to carry our own drink downstairs. I believe if a staff carry our drinks to our table that the service will feel a lot more elevated and seamless.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even with a reservation we wait 1 hour and a half to be sitting. Waitress wasn't too friendly and is not to much food. Place is beautiful and exotic.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This downtown interpretation has a very impressive wow factor in terms of a stunning view and outstanding decor. Be careful as you peruse down the stairs to your table or perhaps request one of the stadium seating booths to get the best view to soak up the grandeur of this location. The food is pricey yet outstanding and likely best shared with friends. However the service was definitely lacking even on a Sunday evening when it wasn't too busy. In fact, the service seemed to decrease as the noise level continued to increase as the evening went on, but I would definitely go again. Definitely ask for a tea menu since the cocktail prices were astronomical!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Birthday dinner was great

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great place! Took some friends from out of town, they loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My boyfriend and I love Tao! It's our to go place when we want to celebrate something special in our lives. The staff is attentive and smart. The food is always delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What's great dinner with my son who now lives in Jersey City! TAO is a cool place for young professionals to meet after work! The lobster dumplings were amazing as was the barbecue chicken dish!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, see you Next Year again! Awesome food, thai park, chicken, from Amsterdam we come here every Year!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went for My birthday celebration and everything was amazing .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the ambiance, music and always wanted to go back for a dinner, but when we made reservation for 9:00pm on a Sunday night we did not get seated until 9:50pm and this is not how you do business. We understand that you can't control when people will leave their table, but there are ways you can improve in this matter. If you would like to provide the FULL experience for your guests i think there should be an option to make everyone happy. \nMeanwhile the bar area in which we were invited to wait had all reserved tables, so we could not even sit in there to order an appetizer.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

They are probably aiming to increase profit by ireing incompetent waiters that poor wine like the worst truck driver and behave like superstar instead of being polite and proper. Food and ambience very good!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao Downtown was great as always and there is no other like it. That is all :-)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good experience, lively place and impeccable service. Had to wait a while longer for my table, though.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was there to celebrate my wife's birthday. Now, I will start by saying the food was outrageous as always and the waiter was awesome. However I have to give less than perfect review, I was disappointed with the seating. We arrived 25 minutes late due to weather conditions. It was snowing and we traveled from Brooklyn. Because we were more than 15 minutes late for our 10:45 reservation, they gave our table away and said another table wouldn't be available until 1am. We explained that we were there celebrating and the reason why we were late but they did nothing for us except tell us that we can sit at the sushi bar. We ended up doing it because we didn't want to wait two hours to eat. However, we noticed that many tables were open and remained open for the rest of the evening.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall the food selection and quality wasn't the same when compared to the uptown New York and Vegas locations. I was very disappointed and won't return to this location.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great food our server was excellent, the place is always a lot fun, can't beat the ambiance but as for going there's for a special occasion like maybe let's say a wedding proposal? Think elsewhere they aren't very accomodating to the occasion, guess they don't feel honored that someone would pick their venue for such a life changing milestone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing as always and this was the first time I walked right in with ought having to wait for my reservation.. better experience the the toa uptown.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ridiculous wait time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food amazing service amazing time! worth every penny

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant ! Great food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved this restaurant! Booked a table after a friend recommended it. The decor was fantastic, pictures don't do it justice. Food is delicious, we arrived a little late and was worried they would have given our table away but they hadn't. We didn't feel rushed and the staff were very attentive and polite. Loved everything about it and would highly recommend it for a special night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here for my one year anniversary and we both loved it and kept saying we would deff come back! Everything about Tao was so amazing, the food, drinks, service and vibe. Deff a place you must try!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great overall experience. I love that it's a Restaurant, lounge, and club all in one.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun place, great ambiance. CRAZY expensive for what it is. Food is good but it's nothing special and service not quality do not match the cost. You go for the scene.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice atmosphere good food! Went for my wife's Bday and had a good time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was absolutely amazing! Decor is stunning! Best date night!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited for dinner 4 July, restaurant was busy but not crowded. Service was friendly and helpfull, but not especially quick was fine as no hurry.\n\nFood was good but not something special in view.\n\nI'd return dine, but not on a regular basis.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a great time. My fav restaurant! Would be nice if you had an arrangement with the parking lot across the street, min 2 hrs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is really beautiful. Upscale place,friendly servers and delicious DELICIOUS food.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Be careful if you have an allergy. Went to Tao Meatpacking with a Group of 9 people - two families - including my son with a peanut allergy.\n\nAsked waitress to tell us if anything had peanuts, asked the guy who presented dishes to review each item and confirm if anything had peanuts - was told no. \n\nTo be clear - We asked two people - three times - before we got the accurate answer. My son has a severe peanut allergy and we didn't find out we had several dishes with peanut oil until he had a reaction. \n \nThe peanut incident not only ruined our evening - it put us all in a very high stress situation. \n \nThe waitress offered to bring him a dish without peanuts (which he had no appetite to eat) and offered to bring me another cocktail (which unfortunately I didn't have time to drink b/c I was trying to calm my son.)\n \nI appreciate those were comped and I actually expected when I got the bill a little something (10 or 15%) would be taken off. That wasn't the case and when I said something one dish was removed - approximately 5%.\n \nThat just told me Tao didn't get it and really didn't take this seriously. Very disappointed. \n\nIf you have allergy be very careful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience and food was unbelievable

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant for a good date or a gathering with friends and family

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food,great service,great vibe,\n\nOnly things I'd change is seating are too close together,and alcoholic drinks are too strong, and over priced, for how they were made.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First class. Never disappoints. Great food, fantastic setting, friendly and efficient staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Two couples on a post New Years Eve to celebrate life. Place is obviously expansive but once you understand that everything just falls into place. Food was very interesting (Especially the Himalayan dish I had) and some others. The ladies loved the cocktails (Litchi if I recall). Would not consider this to be a casual place you just walk into but definitely a great place to celebrate something.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience. Traditional decor. Modern music. Very varied menu including classics you would expect but with a modern twist

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just brilliant, wow factor, the food and service was brilliant

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious, but the service was slow. It felt as they were rushing us in an effort to turn tables. Also, spending $300 in the restaurant had no influence on admittance into the night club. The uptown and Vegas locations are much more intimate with better customer service.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is mostly definitely busy. We had a reservation and still had to wait, although not for very long past our reserved time. The music selection is great and there is a live DJ, although if you are looking to have a quiet conversation, this place would not be suitable. The clientele is sophisticated and hip. We ordered the Peking duck, hoping that it would somewhat match the quality of the beautiful and luxurious environment. It wasn't bad, but certainly a slight disappointment to me, who has had much better Peking duck elsewhere in the city. I do love the lounging Buddha statue and the vibrant bar scene, though. If you're here for a friend's night, it is definitely a great spot (the music is loud, but not so loud that you can't hear each other). If you are a foodie who is picky about the quality of food, I would pick a more low-key restaurant with less fancy interior but better food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Birthday dinner

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my hubby's 49th bday! This was our first time! We had a late reservation for a party of 9 which turned into 12 and we were still accommodated ! I was so impressed with the food being so good at that time of night, most places you go with a late reservation the food is rushed and awful but not here it was sooooo good and fresh! He really enjoyed his self! Great music, food and drinks! And for a group of 12 we paid less than a thousand dollars with a 20 percent tip! So my kind of dinning !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome restaurant! can't brag about it enough. food fantastic... service and ambiance great ..can't wait to go back

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Superb decor. Very attentive and accomplished staff. Not cheap; over $100 per head. Good, but not outstanding food. Thai-based. Pleased I went.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

WOW! The pics on Open Table do not do this place justice....its amazingly beautiful inside! Probably the most expensive place I've eaten in my life so far........but the service was impeccable and the food was uniquely delicious. Great cocktail menu, extensive wine list. Not your typical Chinese food take out...this is culinary Pan Asian. We thoroughly enjoyed and will plan to try the Tao uptown next time to compare.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The only thing good is the decoration. Food and service was okay. Hard to have a conversation due to loud music.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brilliant energy. Decor is fantastic. So much atmosphere here. Loved it! Tao downtown club around the corner is also fantastic to go after dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Such an amazingly cool space. The ambiance doesn't get any better than this. Loved sitting at table on stairs since there were just 2 of us.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An excellent spot for a special occasion or if you want to impress. The decor and atmosphere is really incredible and the food is outstanding. This place is pricey but -worth it-, especially considering how spectacular the food is and the posh atmosphere--and hats off to the wait staff for their excellent service. Though their cocktails are pricier than what you'd normally expect even here in NYC, they're very well made, plus they've got a selective but well-chosen wine and whiskey list available (including cognac, scotch, etc). The one downside is that if you're trying to catch up and have intimate conversations, it's pretty loud. The chatter is certainly noisy and then you've got music blasting on top of that (...good music though). You might feel like you're in a nightclub in that regard (...and they actually have one attached--haven't checked it out yet but Future Me intends to). To sum it all up: this place has the whole package with the price tag that goes with it, ideal for something special so long as you don't mind the noise. Will be back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Let me say that the food is good and the service was top notch, however, it was overpriced for chines food. For the price we paid, the food should have performed the cha cha in front of us before being devoured. While I would not be adverse to going back...if invited, I would not choose this venue again. \n\nIf price doesn't matter and it's all about the ambiance, then this is the place for you. I have a problem paying approx. $100 per person for food that costs pennies to make. \n\nOne and done.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Simply amazing food, everything was on point !!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I must first say that our waiter was incredible!!!! However, the moment I walked into the restaurant at the coat check it was not a pleasant experience, I was questioned to no end about a reservation as though I do not belong there. Whether I have a reservation or not has NOTHING to do with COAT CHECK AT ALL!!!!\nSecond - we were kicked out of the restaurant because of people waiting, although I completely understand from a business perspective there are better ways to communicate this or being told upfront that after an hour of dining that I need to leave. I am sure they would not do this to a celebrity that is dining at their restaurant. Unfortunately I will NOT BE RETURNING to this location. It gives a bad name to the other location as well but I believe because we were in the downtown area this happened. VERY SAD. My money is the same money that any other person or celebrity will be spending. It is not cheap at this restaurant, everything is overpriced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

we were seated 45 minutes later than our reservation time. They said they just don't have any table for us. They should not put out the availability on open-table App if they know that they cannot seat you on the reserved time. Overall its a nice place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao is always consistent with it's overall experience and service. This time the service in the bar on the couches was very slow so I had to go up to the bar and order my drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love love this place!! It was our Christmas Eve dinner to our family of 5

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food, atmosphere and a splendid service! Pricey, but worth it! Good variety of sushi and delicious wagyu steak!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great! Service was impeccable and quick which is what we wanted with 3 kids. We paced our dishes which slowed things down a bit because the food does come out quick. Amazing service!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was incredible! Great service, server and busser were very attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wow!!! The best of the best in everything. Food. Vibes. All

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing experience on Christmas, everything was so perfect. I'd recommend to try the dim sum platter.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our Bill ended up USD470 for five people.\nWaiters suggested and recommended us for the most expensive food. We all know why. We said no for most of the suggestion.\n\nWhen we order Sake the waiter really not really showing the real price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Honestly, truly, I personally feel that this place was literally pretty cool.. Is this 50 characters yet? okurrrrrr mawma

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing time with my two adult children!! Everything was perfect... food, atmosphere and service. Tao never fails!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, friendly and attentive staff, amazing ambience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfect night \nEven with our 2 children\nThank you Samuel for a perfect service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Arrived a little late for our reservation and the hostess was very accommodating. It was a crowded Friday night so the our waiter was being pulled in many directions. He missed a few things on our order but overall the service was decent. I got the Grilled Bronzino which was amazing. For dessert go with the Giant doughnuts and Ice cream they are worth it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went to Tao for my boyfriends birthday and it was amazing, the food was fresh, pricy but it's what we expect with such good food and service. I read a comment about service being too quick which I don't know how service can be TOO quick. We really appreciated the quick service since we had a show to see right after. Overall the ambiance, music, food, drinks and service was amazing. :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is amazing and the restaurant is beautiful and so fun. We had a reservation at 9:30 though, and didn't sit until 10:30.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The bottled water was a big disappointment since it tasted just like tap water even though it's price of 7.5$!!!?? And when we questioned the taste we were snapped off by the waitress in a rude way.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao Downtown has a great atmosphere and fantastic food. Our server was fun and attentive. We will definitely be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We really enjoy the food, especially the bok Choy, and snapper in sand. Delicious food, usually good service and decent drinks

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had to wait 30 minutes for the table despite a reservation. Food was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

INCREDIBLE! Amazing food, so interesting to look around!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Terrible waited didn't sit until 10:45 had 9:30 reservations

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

we had an awesome incredibly well serviced dinner with outrageously great food and presentation

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice space probably nicest I have been to in NYC. But food disappoints for what they price it at. I can get better food in any good low end Pan Asian restaurant. \nWe wanted a table at 7 and reservation was only available at 5:45. We stayed till 8:30 and there were many empty tables. Despite the price they charge there reservation agent were a bit indifferent on the phone and they force customers to adjust their schedule when they could have accommodated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service! Food was amazing, a little pricey but amazing!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I enjoyed the experience but know that that is what you're paying for and not the food. The food was okay; not great, not terrible and DEFINITELY not worth what they charge. The decor is extravagant, the energy is great, and the wait staff is on point and friendly (hosts not so much). I expected the small portions what did not expect was the how blah the food was. The taste was mild, the presentation was boring, and there's kind of no reason to ever go back. In a city with so many choices for (amazing) Asian food, even the most lovely scenery isn't going to cut it. \n\nBasically, go for the ambiance or if you just haven money to burn.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful evening at Tao Downtown. Great food, decor, service and thoroughly enjoyable. Be prepared to spend $150 per couple, but it was worth it. We loved everything about the restaurant, save for the high priced drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a fun night with friendly attentive waiters and good food!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao has great ambiance and incredible food. It is, unfortunately, way overpriced. Given that it is NYC prices were expected to high but this was break the bank high. Kids loved the decor and it is fun and exciting. If you don't mind paying the tab I say it was a great meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao Downtown is an amazing, vibrant dining experience. Not the place for quiet conversation, cause the place is hopping. Small plates can be a bit challenging with a large group (we had 8), but our wonderful waitress helped us order the perfect amount of food for our party and did not try to over sell us. They have an excellent cocktail menu - pricey, but do not skip out! The food was very good across the board, only a dish or two was only okay. And as it was my birthday, we got the Giant Fortune cookie brought out with candles to celebrate. That dessert is a real highlight. A wonderful evening and I recommend everyone get a chance to dine here, it's an experience you won't soon forget.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience, food, ambiance, service, and music. The only issue is honoring the reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao Downtown never disappoints. This is the 5th or 6th time we've been to TAO because it's that good. One of my guests was so impressed, she rented the Skybox for a family event. TAO downtown is a gem, the scene, the food, the services, and it actually won't break the bank. I wish TAO had a frequent flyer membership!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Average food. Great environment. Terrible service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Favorite place in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful. Everything was fantastic!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and atmosphere were excellent, fun place for a night out. However, the service was terrible. I spent more time looking for a waitress for a drink or to pay my check then I did eating. Had to get up to find someone to help me just for another glass of wine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The tasting menu is perfect for exploring various options. Your server will help to design something that meets your preferences. Venue can't compare to Sushi Samba in London but acceptable. Service was fantastic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Did not disappoint! Food was amazing... ambience great...service excellent! Yes, pricey, but worth it for this special occasion! Loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was certainly a great atmosphere, would be great for a group of friends. Went for a late night bite and was not disappointed however considering there was space, would have preferred to sit at 'date' appropriate couches! \n\nGreat staff! Very helpful/friendly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best restaurant in town hands down. I go to this restaurant twice a month and I have never ever had a bad meal or time there. My experience there always be fantastic and I recommend it to everyone I know.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

TAO is really top shelf!! been here 20 times mostly with clients and everyone agrees...the food , service, energy level are as good or better than any restaurant anywhere we've ever been to. My only complaint is sometimes we wait for up to an hour past our reservation time to be seated. But otherwise an outstanding experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waiting almost an hour after our reservation time was fairly annoying. \nFood was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Experience. Great Food. Service was exceptional. Highly Recommend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved it so much, perfect for our first time being there!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent menu. Food was great. Service was excellent! Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful experience! Amazing restaurant with delicious food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A 3 star, due to, service was horrible, I actually ordered for the group but then our waiter doubled all my orders without telling us which was very rude!!!!! The quality of food is not there anymore. I just come here for the ambiance. Place is becoming more of for working girls.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server was so bad and she should not be in the restaurant business. Food is always good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the place and the food was great!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a reservation was not seated until 47 minutes after reservation time.\nI also have allergies noted in my profile Called ahead to make sure it was a safe restaurant was confirmed safe .\n Our server told is they use LATEX gloves...2 of us could not eat Anaphylactic to LATEX

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place, good service. Food is very average. Feels like food you get in a nightclub, not a fancy restaurant. Overpriced

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Its an experience! Just make a reservation and go. Food great drinks great service great. \nThe DJ mixing in the restaurant was playing old school hip hop which was great. \nYou get what you pay for. If you just want Chinese food go to Wo-Hop. If you want a culinary experience and a great night out go to Tao.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a fabulous night! \n\nTao kindly placed us at a wonderful booth seeing it was my girlfriends birthday and first time experiencing Tao. \n\nThe cocktails were delicious. \nThe beef Mongolian, was the best I've ever had!!! \nThe Pad Thai was okay, huge serving but not very flavorful. \nOverall the food was outstanding. \n\nIt was very disappointing that we couldn't enter the club from the restaurant or were offered to be escorted to the club. It was one of the reasons why we made a late reservation.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a good experience at TAO Midtown a few year ago but was quite disappointed this time at TAO Downtown. The music was way too loud, we couldn't speak to each other (and we were only 3), the food wasn't that great but very pricey... Will not be going back to this location for sure!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love the sea bass appetizer - it was absolutely delicious. We were celebrating our anniversary - dinner selection was great and price was reasonable. We also saw some professional athletes that were dining there, which added to the experience. Our server was fantastic!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Used to love Tao uptown. When they initially opened it was a great new concept and food was innovative . This was my first time at Downtown and I left disappointed . Had several of their most recommended dishes and except for the tuna tartar on crispy rice found all other To be boring and unjustifiably expensive. Wine was mediocre and outrageously expensive. While the culinary scene moved forward in the last 15 years it seems that Tao didn't and it is a shame.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Extremely expensive. \nFood made me very sick.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

very pricy but lots of ambiance\nfood was good and a la carte\nlots of fun

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I used to love it here but feel it has gone down steadily. Food quality isn't always the best, deep frying and adding a strong spicy sauce can't always disguise it. The ultra fast 'get you out of here asap' service is what it is but as other places have sprung up they need to improve their food...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere and decor were great. It's wasn't too loud, my girlfriend and I were able to have a nice conversation without talking loud. The fish we had from our sushi was amazingly fresh, and delicious. Everything was perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

If you want to have a NYC experience, this is the place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love Tao..both of the restaurants are great.\nGood value for money, good food..great for friends get together kind of evening as well as for romantic date..

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and amazing service

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Bad dishes. Nigiris really bad\nService not so good as expected ( so slow!!)\nFantastic decoration. Too loud and too small space between tables. \nHigh 'wanna be' , high price, low quality !!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao Downtown was great! We let our waitress order for the table and all the food was outstanding. The giant fortune cookie topped off the meal. The music was very loud and it's not cheap, but it was nice for my team dinner while we were in NYC for meetings at our office there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao downtown was an excellent experience, our waitress did an outstanding job and very professional. I loved it so much that we are already planning another visit this time with a much larger crowd. The food was also amazing and the scenery in the restaurant as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place is amazing and much better than old Tao at 58. The service and price are what you would expect in highly popular and huge resturant- you should not expect the attention one would receive in a smaller place. You should come for overall experience of popular hot spot, and that Tao delivers.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

An unexpected load of fun. The space is dramatic. The food is good and varied. The service is good. Is it fine dining? No. Is it a unique evening. Yes. Everything was tasty. The setting is fantastic. The server was terrific. We would go again. And again. The crowd trends young but anyone could have a good time here.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao downtown has delicious food and a fun ambience. I live down the block and it's the kind of place I take friends visiting from out of town. The food was delicious but unfortunately the the service is abysmal. We arrived and were told to wait at the bar until our table was ready. After half an hour I checked in and was told that the table was still not friendly, in an unfriendly manner. I imagine the staff gets tired of telling everyone that since there seemed to be so many other people waiting. The table was finally ready an hour after our reservation time. Our server was friendly but errant. The attitude from the front desk spoiled the entire experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the moment you walk in through the doors you are transported into a pulsating spectacle for the eyes and ears. The room is straight out of Walt Disney ...soaring ceiling, ornately designed. It's hard to take it all in. It genius. Created to mesmerize tourists and twenty-somethings into believing the low quality, tasteless food is actually good. The problem for me...i actually went for the food... big mistake. Straight out of TGI Friday's (that's why the tourists will love the place). My suggestion... go in , take some pictures then go across the street and order a pizza...your stomach will thank you.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too much loud music

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

There were 8 of us for a birthday party. Great restaurant for sharing. Large plates of Asian food. The Mongolian beef was very good as were all of the noodle dishes. The décor is beautiful. I don't think that I've ever seen a terraced restaurant before.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything about Tao was Outstanding. I'm not in NY that often, but will definitely go back next time. Great food selection.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dramatic, delicious, deafening, delightful, downright fun.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a group of 8 - the food was amazing, the ambience was fun and the service was terrific. I would highly recommend coming here with a group of friends.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Music drowned out any chance of conversation. Spoilt the evening - turn it down!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I were planning to go to Tao at the MPD for a while. So happy that we went. Everything was great, the food, the drinks, the ambiance, the serving team, etc...I am going to go back with my children and their girlfriends. \nA night to remember.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a tourist destination you don't go for the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had to wait much longer to be seated after our reservation, but definitely worth the wait. The food and our server were amazing and the ambience fantastic. Great music selection and the lychee martinis were on point.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was terrible. We sat down for 20 minutes without a waiter to greet us or ask us if we wanted water or drinks. We had to ask a bus boy to get us the waiter.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and ambiance are always good. This time the service was beyond terrible, but because of one single server that wasn't good, I don't feel like changing my opinion about Tao.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was wonderful and we had a great time celebrating a bachelorette. The only downside was the waiter who told us off for not listening to him carefully enough!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall a great experience for me, my colleagues and clients. Delicious food with a beautiful and fun atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I requested (in writing) the seating downstairs by the stage but received the most uncomfortable and noisy location upstairs next to the bar even my reservation was for 5:45 and restaurant only 10% occupied. my guests from Japan were really disappointed .\nThe table was prepared for 5 even reservation stated for 6 and took 15-20 min to get extra napkin and dining set. The waitress was really accommodating , but bus boys not.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing about this restaurant! I would definitely come here again and recommened others to as well

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent choice. I love everything about it!!! I dine at both location and their downtown location I was amazing impressed. The ambience and staffs make everyone feel like a celebrity.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite spot in NYC everything is always amazing just a little disappointed with our server other then that we love everything about tao downtown food is amazing sooooo fresh and delis it's a must try !!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing as always our fav the lobster 3 ways is Delis

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

LOVE LOVE LOVE THE food is delis the Seabass is a must try everything from beginning to end was fantastic my favor toe restaurant in NYC it's a must try !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the vibe, food and drinks!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too much noise and extremely loud music, we were a party of 7 people and we could not talk to each other at all.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Can't say enough about the whole experience of this restaurant. From the décor to the food to the friendly bartender and wait staff, everything was really great. Only comment on the service is that they are almost too much. As we ordered a lot of small plates, they were sometimes taking things away while we were still eating them. Otherwise, it was a wonderful dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the dining experience! It made my sister's birthday special

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere great tasting food; poor service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I like most of the dishes but the rock shrimp are just drizzled in the typical sauce and not coated. \nThe miso glazed sea bass has a sweet sauce not savory that you would expect when you read miso glazed\nThe large fortune cookie was great as well as the lobster dumplings but a little bit on the salty side. \nThe ambiance is nice. I would recommend this restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and venue are outstanding. Very cool place. But also very loud and gets louder as the night progresses. Service is top notch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

great food\nso pretty\nintersting and tasty dishes\nfun\nroom between tables\ngreat feeling

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance and service. The décor of the restaurant is outstanding. Great cocktails.\nWe got seated on a great place with view to the main floor. Food was good and reasonably priced. Definitely would recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Been waiting to make reservations for quite sometime. Finally got a chance to make plans with 8 ppl for Saturday night. \nMade reservations 6 days in advance which was interesting but everything was good. \n\nAmbiance is nice, if you like that busy restaurant scene you get it here. \nThe restaurant is beautiful, great job on theme and decor. \n\nFood is good, I can't say it's GREAT but it's good, it's Thai food and there aren't many Thai restaurants serve bad food. It is expensive but more on the cocktail and drink menu, the food is what you'd expect from any big high end venue in the city. Portions are decent but you won't get full on an entree only. \n\nService was good, we were attended to quite often and there was always a waiter within our reach.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Chilean sea bass and miso cod are by far the best things I've ever eaten. They brought out a MASSIVE desert sundae which had deserts within the desert. Can't have dreamed of a better meal and environment. Such a beautiful restaurant and bar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner at TAO. It was a late reservation as we were coming from a broadway show. The place was packed and the atmosphere was awesome. Great looking place with great music. The service was outstanding and the food matched that.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overrated. Average food, cocky waiter. New York has a lot better to offer at lower prices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We really didn't know what to expect and had been eating in top rated restaurants during our latest visit to NYC. This was a noticeable drop in food and service quality albeit much less expensive. My wife and I do recommend Tao Downtown for the Decor. One should experience it first hand, maybe just for drinks and Sushi. Our food was not out of the ordinary. In fact our appetizer was bland and very disappointing. My entree was a rather bland version of a General Tso Chicken Dish found in any typical Asian Resturant. My wife's Dim Sum was nice. Although we were seated directly across from each other it was very difficult to communicate due to the level of noise. Regardless, the decor is very cool and a better table might have helped. The Resturant appears to cater to large groups with many tables designed for ten which adds to the noise level.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

In Vegas did not have to pay extra money to enter the nightclub.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Worst service I've ever experienced. We had a reservation yet had to wait over an hour and a half for a table. The security guards won't let you stand anywhere they keep pushing you out of every possible space there is to stand and wait. They were so rude and treated us like cattle pushing us from one place to another. The manager is a total liar telling us the reservation was late because tables have been sitting for 5 hours. We looked at our watches and said 'they arrived at 5 pm??? Really?' And he said yes all these tables arrived at 5 pm which was an outright lie. DON'T waste your time with so many great places to go on NY go to a place that cares about the customers.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was ok. Salmon very boring. Not too much imaginative.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Experience!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overpriced mediocre Asian cuisine. This restaurant belongs in Vegas not NYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Friend and I went there for Restaurant Week. Menu was interesting and good, but service was okay at best (we did have cocktails and stuff, so despite the RW option we were not being 'cheap' - not that that would justify a meh service either). Water was only served by the time appetizers were brought to the table, then had to ask for more water because they would not replenish it throughout the meal.\nAlso, we were seated in one of their 'bleachers' spots, so it was not comfortable at all having to eat off of a table at knees level (felt like eating from my coffee table...). \nTrendy place but not sure it was worth the value.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

See my 4/2015 review. My opinion hasn't changed though I don't recall if the Hong Kong Fried noodle was still available. The duck fried rice was ridiculous!!! And the lobster wontons! I would eat here every week if I had the money!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service was amazing, didn't have to wait long for our food and drinks to arrive.\nFriendly staff. We got our table as soon as we arrive.\nBathrooms were very clean.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Easily the best dining experience ever! Tao didn't disappoint. A must do whilst in NYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here for restaurant week. The food and ambiance were AWESOME! I expected to get a smaller portion of what is typically on the menu given the fixed price but both the appetizer and main course appeared to be the normal portion. Overall, the prices are a bit high for Asian cuisine but the food is well worth it. Would definitely come back for special celebrations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My best friend and I had restaurant week dinner here on 8/5. We got to sit on the stairs which has got to be one of the best seats in the house. Super comfy and great view! We had the salad for apps - so much explosion of sweet, sour, and ginger spice. Entrees: bbq chicken and glazed salmon - delicious! And finally, the most decadent warm chocolate cake with caramel gelato and cherry sauce - a wonderful flavor combo. I definitely want to come back and experience the night club as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience, pricey but worth it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing as always, the food is on point all the time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience and excellent service. Awesome ambiance and hip environment. Definitely worth the visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful service!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The coolest restaurant in NY ,but the food dosnt match the interior.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely the ambience is very nice

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great cocktails and food. Service slow. Impressive decor. Wine too expensive .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dumpling sampler and filet mignon were great. Black seafood rice was too salty. Lobster 3way was overpowered by spice. Liked the fortune cookie dessert for the novelty - will order something different next time. Fun ambiance! Liked that you can ask for an elevator if you don't can't to walk down all those steps!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious and the decorations were beautiful. However we are disappointed by the service. The waiter accidentally hit the candle and spelled the wax on my purse then took the purse and run away immediately to clean it without my permission. He brought it back clean but when We got home we found the wax also was spelled on my husband's coat which had been hanging on the extra chair with my purse. \nAlso, we brought a friend whose birthday is that day. We ordered dessert and asked the waiter to put a candle because it's her birthday. He brought it and put it on our table with no singing nor smiling even though we weren't nice to him and totally ignored the wax incident.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The only criticism that we had was that the server was not able to fully explain the dishes ... and the shaved ice dessert was different than described but FABULOUS IN EVERY WAY...we almost didn't order it because the server couldn't explain the ingrediance....so happy that we DID! VERY FUN NIGHT OUT FOR A 20 YEAR OLD'S BIRTHDAY IN NYC....THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!! LOOK FORWARD TO COMING BACK AGAIN VERY SOON!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server, Craig, was outstanding. He took very good care of my family during a birthday celebration for my daughter. He was attentive and helpful, fun and friendly! I have some food intolerances and he never made me feel as though I was putting him out, rather he was wonderful and extremely helpful in helping me choose the best foods for my limitations! Craig (and the woman who was training!) was a 10! Oh... and our food was delicious! :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really stunning decor

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is pretty good and we liked decor and service but this is a laud and crowded spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My third time assisting the restaurant and its always a pleasure to visit Tao.. Makes me feel so beautiful

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Snooty service

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was horrible. Too salty! Not worth the money☹️️.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful restaurant, my favorite in New York by far. Food was to die for. Definitely coming back next time I'm in town.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came here with my girls Friday night. The ambiance is great. In terms of the staff - coat check attendants and hostess were great. Our waiter could have been better. Food was really good. Definitely recommend the pork belly fried rice and the crispy chicken! This would be a really great date spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

One feels a bit as if one is descending into the bowels of the earth, but once you get to your table (and your eyes adjust) it's really quite lovely. We liked the warm edamame, the dumpling platter and the crispy Thai pork. Our server couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Would definitely return.\n\nI should add that we went at 6pm (pre-theater). I expect that later the volume might become unmanageable. The restaurant is also quite pricey, but on the whole we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a great time for my girlfriend birthday we loved everything about the place the service was perfect and the food was delicious 😀

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Venue and ambiance were great. Average food let the experience down - particularly the Peking duck.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing ! \nGreat music and great food

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Host at the door was absolutely welcoming. I was very impressed that they honored the request for a cozy table for a special occasion we had gone for. Ambience and food was absoultely amazing. Only bad part was that we had to keep looking for our waiter. He didn't give us enough attention. I had to keep asking other waiters for things we needed such as water or cutlery etc. however we will definitely go back for more. Mainly how the host treated us and made us feel special. \n\nSmall details do matter!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great. Service very good. Put us at a great table.... Music WAAAAAYYYY too loud for what was an early-ish dinner for a couple with a special occasion. Could barely hear each other or the waiter. Was relieved to leave in the end. \n\nI give them credit for great service when they must be struggling to hear their clients.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always an amazing atmosphere and the food is always incredible!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share an honest feedback. I was traveling from India on a holiday and heard a lot about the place esp the club. However the booking procedure was a little unclear...we were under the impression that the reservation was for the club and not dinner. We reached as per the time at 11pm and was told at the entrance of the club that they weren't open yet. So we went towards the dining area and they had our reservation and we got a table real quick. We finished dinner and headed to the club. The unfriendly rude and racist bouncers at the gate wouldn't allow us and didn't even want to talk to us..,they said it was purely based on table reservations which wasn't true. They were only allowing cocasian people which actually disturbed us...didn't expect this in NYC...guess when people say Americans are racists...finally experienced it. I still love New York and will definitely go back...but NEVER TO TAO! Even if the dining experience was fine, the whole thing just left a bitter taste in my mouth. However, I hope that you work on your bouncers and keep friendlier people there. I understand the tough job of them, however they don't need to be rude. I am a well travelled person and have been to many big cities and the clubs like this...this was indeed te worst experience of all!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

the ambiance was excellent and good price for restaurant week. the cocktails were ok not that great. My friends entree was bought after a long time but they forgot about my entree completely. After inquiring about my entree they mentioned the kitchen forgot about it. So my frds entree was cold by the time my food arrived. I hope that wouldn't be the issue every time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just great, astonished by the decor and ambiance! Simply a must go

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had dinner reservations for 11:15PM, following a Broadway Show (so needless to say we were starving). We got there at 11:05, and weren't seated until 11:55. When I spoke to the hostess she was very cold, and stopped speaking to me in regards to the delay. There was no apologies for the wait. Further, when we finally sat down, the waitress seemed to be covering too many tables, and we got minimum attention. Go to this spot for a scene, not for service, food, or attention.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I always enjoy going here unless it is unplanned and on a busy night. Then it is ridiculously crowded. If that is your scene- then you will love it. Very beautiful people and great drinks/food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Yet again TAO does not disappoint. AMAZING food, drinks, service and atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great, such a large portion. I went on a Friday night for my birthday it was really crowded but the service was great! The ambiance is great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I booked a reservation a month in advance, and when I got there I still had to wait 20 minutes before I was seated. It was also very crowded. Besides the wait, everything else was amazing! The atmosphere was beautiful and the food was equally breathtaking. Overall, I'm glad I chose Tao to celebrate my birthday!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Music was too loud. We couldn't hold a decent conversation. I had a headache from the loud speakers. We requested to lower the volume but they said they wouldn't. They called it the Tao experience. It was a bad experience considering the also-pricey and not-that-great food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely an amazing time. Food and service was awesome. Our server was David and he was on point from start to finish. Will definitely visit again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

With a reservation we had to wait 45 minutes. We found a table in the lounge and it took the server 20 minutes to greet us. She attempted to greet us and say I will be back but I stopped her and said we were ready, she rolled her eyes and said ok. She was a tall perhaps hispanic gal with long black hair and good looking . I felt she thought she was a model and not a server. Once we were seated for dinner our server was great.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

i came to celebrate my birthday there. they gave us tiny table for 5 people, we were literally squish it in one small table. when i asked waiter or host if they can do something about that they gave me an attitude, like they are having present here and nothing cant be changed, it just killed all my bday mood. SOOOO THANK YOU TOA for not caring about ur customers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Another NYC spot that had much better food than the overall trendiness would lead me to expect. Lively inside without being deafening. Eating on the terraced steps gives a great view over room and all the interesting decor. Service was very attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and amazing athmosphere. Excellent for an all-nighter..

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great tasty food and awesome ambiance. Service is good too! Servi, one of the servers is very attentive and makes great meal recommendations!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I had made a reservation for my boyfriend and I on our anniversary and we absolutely loved it. The waiter was knowledgable with the menu and was able to suggest some amazing dishes to us. The rock shrimp in lettuce was excellent!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Visited on a Saturday night . The atmosphere and energy lived up to our hopeful expectations. Very dark and dim with pulsating music - the food was just fine, but honestly the location and experience were worth an average meal . We didn't leave hungry but definitely felt as tho we had a true NYC experience . Fun evening , would recommend but save your high cuisine expectations for another night .

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place is beautiful and very impressive, the first courses like the sushi. gyoza etc. were very good how ever we were really disappointed by the entree's - they were awful, not suited for a restaurant in that profile and price. full of sugar, simple tastes, almost irrelevant for something beyond a food court...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

In spite of the complaints of others, I found the price/portion ratio to be quite good.\n\nA really neat and funky place with a wide ranging variety of really good food. Well worth it.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

First, the visuals of TAO are amazing, from the entrance hallway to the large open space and the giant Kali statue it is a visual treat.\n\nProblems we had once seated were that the service was poor; not bad, but poor. Our waiter spoke very softly in a place that is extremely vibrant and loud; we could barely hear him. Although he was pleasant, his attention to our table was passing at best. He also made no recommendations and seemed uninterested in helping us through the menu selections.\n\nThe Truffle Dumpling with Lobster and Chicken was Amazing, but the rest of the meal was disappointing. My wife's Banana Bass was pretty good, but not anything outstanding; although the presentation was nice. My Crispy pork was fair at best. I cold have gotten something of similar quality at fast food place in Chinatown... very disappointing.\n\nUnfortunately we were so underwhelmed buy the dinner, we skipped desert at Tao and went elsewhere after dinner.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Only go here if you cannot get into Budhakan or Spice Market where the food and service are far superior. The hostesses are obnoxious and rude about any change in the size of your party which in this 'on call' business city can be challenging. If you go before 8 expect the restaurant to be filled with a wave of never ending sweet sixteen celebrations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao never disappoints. The food is outstanding, but its a little overpriced even for New York City. Tao is a hot spot in the city, but it was a little loud and sometimes hard to hear. My girlfriend is soft spoken so from time to time I had to ask her to repeat herself. Our waitress was nice, but the service was average at best.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for a business dinner with people from out of town. They were very taken from the restaurant, which is even more over the top than the original Tao!! Food was very good, service was great and the out of towners were taking pictures of everything. Great night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Got engaged. Great place to do it. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This dinner was beyond all expectations. We're still talking about all the dishes and will certainly return next time we visit New York.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The atmosphere was great, it was a great place to be

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

In typical NY fashion, this trendy, upscale Asian chain hit the mark. Although it's very loud, we requested a more private seating along the stairway which made conversation easy. The service was impeccable. We ordered a variety of dishes for our table to share and were not disappointed. We had a fun experience and highly recommend Tao.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We visited Tao on a Friday evening and although it was full we didn't feel crowded. Food and service were exceptional. The feeling you were getting was that you were visiting an A class bar- restaurant and you were enjoying every minute.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cool place but food is nowhere near what it should be at this price. Compare it to somewhere like HAKKASAN.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's a massive place with amazing decor, the food and drinks are nice, service is fast and professional, the front door staff think they manage the entrance to the White House which is funny to see. The crowd is very mix, tourists, locals, some families and wannabes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the moment we entered till we left we were taken care of. Everybody was friendly, the service was impeccable and the food was excellent. The place is also beautiful and anywhere you sit you have a good seat. Worth the splurge.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious drinks, entrees, and desserts. Service was pretty good, even though our server wasn't always there when we needed her. The ambience and dining room is amazing. Really cool setup. Get the sirloin, sea bass, peking duck, and dessert sampler. The Makado Mule is really great too. A unique restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The overall vibe was much better than I expected so you guys will definitely have a repeat customer

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

It feels like a big industry. I'm used to sitting time but nothing was announced at the booking or when we arrived at the restaurant. Two zips of the cocktail and the starters is served. No wine. It comes after a while.\n I think we had three bites of the starter and the main course is served. We have to ask them to bring it out when we are finished with the first dish. For an answer we got ' it's the kitchen who decide the time to bring the food' (???) okey..... (?)\nNo one tells us about the sitting time through our entire dinner. When we take our first bite of the desert they tell us that they need the table for a new party. \nWe are sad that we did not spend our money at any other good restaurant in New York instead :(\n(We went to New York from Stockholm to celebrate our 40's birthdays and this dinner did not bring a good memory like the rest of our stay in your fabulous city)

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Visited the restaurant last Saturday with friends. To be quite honest it was a culinary disappointment. I mean for the expectations i had after visiting Tao on 58th some time ago I was expecting better. But let's start from the beginning. \n\nWe've arrived late(our fault) but we were still seated though advised that we may not be able to enjoy ourselves as long, but that's OK. We were expecting that.\n\nWe've ordered appetizers, short and spare ribs and lamb chops. Of that lamb chops were exquisite, spare ribs were good, and short ribs were really disappointingly bad. OK. The Ruby red dragon had made up for the appetizers. \n\nNow came the main courses. The 16 ounce sirloin, the Halibut with Shrimp and branzino, I don't know about the branzino, but in the halibut dish the best parts were shrimp and coconut-pineapple sauce. Sirloin was good juice and done to perfection.\n\nOverall I would say that as a restaurant it is a disappointment and a disgrace to the New York restaurant fraternity. I think they should convert it to a straight up lounge or a night club.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Thought the low table was cool, but would have liked to have been notified about it beforehand. Was a bit uncomfortable but loved the view of the entire restaurant from our table. -- so that was worth it. Food and drinks were delicious -- even my husband (who is a picky eater) enjoyed it.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Terrible service. good food but it was just plopped down on table, including bringing a tray of different dipping sauces with no explanation as to what they were. Had to ask 3 times for spoons for rice and sharing. Water glasses were not kept filled. Took forever to pick up the check at the end of the meal. Bad service, bad value. It's a shame because the space is great but the staff/service was definitely not up to the task of working at a fine dining restaurant. Life long New Yorker here. Will not dine there or ever recommend Tao again. Unless maybe there's a cheap Groupon for it or something - that's the level that the restaurant is.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been participating in NYC Restaurant Week since it began and usually enjoy at least 4 meals under the program. I have to say Tao Downtown had one of the best menus ever. The portions were huge and the selections were many. I plan to go back even without Restaurant Week Menu. The Service was impeccable and the space is beautiful. If you can snag a RW Reservation, it is totally worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service is always above and beyond love this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall great experience! Prices were a little high for some of the small plates, but overall our meal was delicious and we would definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food, ambiance and service. We will eat there many more times!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I like the ambiance and the food. The place is really beautiful but a bit loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience with amazing food and great service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great ambience - this is a place to see and be seen.\n\nDon't expect white glove service with the high prices...this is more of experiential dining than cuisine/service. \n\nMake a reservation, or suffer long wait time. \n\nPick your drinks and food all at once to avoid the near 20 min gap seeing your server - when it gets busy you'll be on your own.\n\nThe food is good, but as I mentioned this is not a Michelin star property.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very good Asian food. Really busy but good service and great ambiance.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We came to Tao right on time and we had to wait for 40 minutes on our

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Faboulsly cool. We got totally lost trying to find it as from NZ and so lost our reservation but they were so lovely when we finally got there and found us a great table immediately. Place was packed but service great and food came out fast.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went here for my parents anniversary. Service was excellent and the food was great. Would definitely recommend this place. Great vibes/environment, would definitely come again! No complaints

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place is very big and impressing - like walking into an Indiana Jones setting. The food is surprisingly good considering the many people served and if we had been able to hear the waiters and not just lip read them, they might have been as good as the food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Called and requested a seating area up high facing into the restaurant and they said ok. Did not get that when we arrived and they would not change our table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took my boyfriend here for dinner on Fri night while on holidays in NYC from London UK. It was an early birthday dinner. We'd made reservations for 730pm but changed to 1030pm as we weren't going to be on time. Tao is a beautiful venue with agreat lively atmosphere. The service was great-prompt and friendly and never felt rushed despite it being very busy. The music was brilliant and the food and cocktails tasted amazing. Is it pricey? A bit but for the service, quality of food, location and atmosphere we enjoyed for the occasion it was worth it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good and service very attentive and polite; noise level was a little high for comfortable conversation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent service!!! Our server was very attentive and we had an excellent time. The food was amazing like always

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ambiance was great and so was the food! The service was not good and the bus service was worse. They never refilled our water, the waiter was not very knowledgable on the menu either. It was tight sitting at the 2 person table next to other 2 person tables too.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good fun place for a large party. Noise is too much and the music incongruous. It seems that people ''need'' loud music to eat their food to. Not a sophisticated spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The decor at Tao is beautiful. I love the tiered seating on the steps down into the main dining area. If it is just two dining try to request one of those seats. The food was hit or miss. I have been to the Tao in midtown and loved the food. Maybe this was just an off night. Definitely a fun vibe to celebrate with a group.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing, cool decor, huge airy space. Love it. Got a lovely round booth as I came early. Bar area is also very cool and comfy. Drinks are good but a bit too syrupy. Food is heavier, saltier and more saucy than in midtown. I think I like midtown food more although here there's a better selection.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Every visit in NY, i am there....good food& nice atmosphere ....

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was very good. Creative, flavorful and a great mix on the menu. dim sum, sushi, noodles, rice.\n\nService was great - when they came to our table. It took a long time to clear plates and ask if we wanted another drink. The place was packed so assume they were understaffed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is a great place to celebrate a special birthday or an occasion. The ambiance is perfect and the space is expansive. It feels very opulent and the that is what makes it all worth it. In terms of the food and the dining prices, however, it is overpriced and the food is nothing to write home about so if you go for that, you will be disappointed. It gets booked up pretty quickly so make sure you book in advance or you'll have to wait a while to find a seat, especially on the weekends. The staff are friendly enough, but they tend to come off as a bit too nonchalant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my favorites!!!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

sushi was ok. everything else not: either too sweet or poor quality meat. Music far too loud, impossible to have any conversation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was there with another couple celebrating my husband's birthday and the waiter was in such a rush to take our order. we had a 645pm reservation and I felt like he could not wait to take our order and move on. his table manners needs alittle work. my friends and i all noticed it. but we brushed it off so we can celebrate the moment we was there for. not like this place is cheap. i would expect a little better service next time. thanks

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place is amazing, decor-wise, trendy, ambience is great. The food and drinks are great and delish, but pricey. Also very difficult to make a reservation for a desirable time, Friday night was forced to take 6 pm reservations to avoid waiting on a line to get seated. The waiters were impatient to give us a check and clear us out. A little too much attention in that sense to offer take our half-eaten plates. I would definately recommend this place for a special occasion, but music gets very loud closer to 8pm, coming from speakers. Becomes very hard to carry a conversation if you have a group larger than 4 people.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is always a great time. The waiters are very attentive and recommend great choices. Food comes out quick and it's always delicious. Lychee Martinis and the Mongolian beef are my favs, seafood black rice is amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been to Tao Downtown many times this past year and everytime I go it's great! The drinks are good (Thai basil smash is my all time favorite) and the food is amazing too! I wish they had more specials since I go there pretty often it would be nice to try some new things!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We ordered sushi, the dishes took a long time to get to the table, the value for what we got was bad, the waitress was not kind, didn't ask even once how's everything.\n\nWe were in new york for vacation, time not well spent, besides the place that looked realy nice, not realy worrh the drive if your expecting special food, but can work realy well as a date place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

$18 cocktails, $20 appetizers...too much for too little. Nice ambiance though

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The décor, the atmosphere, the food are all great, but the noise level kills it. I you feel like having dinner at Grand Central on rush hour, it's hard to enjoy the otherwise delicious food. Besides, the service was so-so at best. You feel to be fed on a conveyor belt and the next guest waiting to get seated. So, if you are either deaf or immune to intense noise, go there. Otherwise, I recommend looking elsewhere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the entrance, to every other detail, the ambiance of this place is incredible. I've lived in NYC my whole life, and this was definitely the sexiest dining experience I'd ever had. The long walk down the hallway in makes you feel like you're entering some secret underground mysterious club. It's Friday night, 10pm. The bar is slightly packed, people are sharing pricey cocktails and talking closely in each others ear. The loungey vibe, with lots of couches, dark decor, and well dressed individuals is an aesthetic nod to how cool the rest of the place is. Enter the dining space. I literally felt like I was at some luxurious party thrown by Jay Gatsby while living in an ancient Chinese dynasty. The music was up, enjoyable and relevant. The waitresses are dressed to fit the vibe. You walk down an elongated staircase into the dining hall, which is full of people eating, talking, laughing - with the huge Buddha (?) statue as your focal point in the room. You can't take your eyes off of it. To say the least, the experience is once in the life time.\n\nI went for restaurant week, and the food was pretty good. I really enjoyed it. The service was a bit slow, but it was a busy Friday night, and it was much better than being rushed.\n\nI can't wait to go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went to Tao with a big group for my birthday dinner. It was fun and energetic and definitely a scene but quite overrated. The service was slow and all over the place and the food was good but definitely nothing to write home about or that some place else hasn't done better. The ambiance is good for big groups--good music, fun lighting, large place, great decor... had an overall good time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was awesome and the staff was very attentive!! Although there were many people there, seating was just right and provided you a lot of privacy and comfort. The place is beautifully decorated and the lighting was perfect!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience, Amazing food, and excellent service! Celebrated my 30th birthday here with my family and we all enjoyed it. Kudos to our awesome server Justin - he gave us good recommendations and he made our experience truly unforgettable. Will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waiter was the best! He recommended all of our dishes and they were DELICIOUS!!\nI would go back next time I'm in NY!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

WOW! Fantastic. Food is amazing (you must have the Chilean sea bass), service is excellent, visually out of this world. Great vibe. Totally recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful restaurant, our server was awesome. Wagyu is phenomenal

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very good food and drinks!! Beautifully decorated and great service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant is without a doubt beautiful! I wasn't impressed by the food too much, and service was really just below fair... \n\nBiggest pet peeve.... Our waiter came over 5 times to ask us if we knew what we wanted as if he was rushing our table already (we weren't there for more than maybe 10 mins), when we finally ordered we didn't see him again till we were ready for our bill. / I finished my cocktail and water and couldn't seem to get ahold of anyone to refill either one, so after awhile all o really wanted to do was leave. \n\nI work at a restaurant so I'm familiar with service... This wasn't the very best of it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant is huge and it's very impressive when you go in, but it is extremely overpriced. After dropping a few hundreds for dinner, we tried to get into the club through thee restaurant and the bouncer was rude and sent us the other way. When we went through the outside entrance, they told us it was another $100 to get in. That completely killed our vibe so we just went to another club. \nI know it's a tourist trap, but everyone, including the bouncers, should be polite to their guests.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience from start to finish

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Due to storm, we moved our reservation to an earlier time. Restaurant was empty, nonetheless we were sent to a table under huge loudspeakers (had a specific request in reservation for a quiet corner :-)). When asked to switch, it was done in a very formal and unfriendly manner, (required approval), thereafter we got a table adjacent to the... entrance to restrooms.\nService wasn't friendly, but pushy and food not as exquisite as expected. All in all a poor experience! Had high expectations - disappointed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food, impressive ambiance, but too dysneyesque for my taste.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Perfect ambiance perfect food.. Moderate service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Exceptional service and fantastic food. The setting was beyond amazing and so detailed and captivating. I tip my head to whomever the interior designers were.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hearing great things about Tao i had high expectations. Have dined at uptown and loved it. Ordered lobster roll, mongolian beef and shanghai rice. Roll was great however the mogolian beef was inedible. WAYYY too chewy. Girlfriend was not pleased and I do not know if I would go back to this location. Ambiance was very cool however we got placed near 10, 12 year old girls and that was awful. Waiter was cordial but monotone. Overall 2/5.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was very good for our first night in NYC. The air conditioning was a bit cold though so be prepared.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic place, food and service - only downside is the noise level which made it really difficult to have a romantic dinner for 2. But WOW, what a place!! If we get a chance to go back we will come with friends as this place seems like the perfect surrounding for starting a party with friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall , it was a very good experience. The food was good, service was attentive, and the decor was mind blowing. However, the noise level was extremely high and hard to have a conversation. The pricing was on the high side. So more of a special occasion joint for the everyday working Joe like myself. My date and I had a wonderful time

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Terrible service as guests are not properly attended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food and while the food is pricy, the experience will last a lifetime.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hi there,\nJust a quick note about our experience Monday night. I come to NYC every so often. The last three trips I have always gone back to TAO Uptown for dinner. The atmosphere, food, and service has always been exemplary. \nThis trip, we decided to try the downtown location. While again, the atmosphere impressed and the food excellent, our service was atrocious. No wine menu knowledge - bottles that were ordered were not in stock (which I understand happens) but were told this much later, and meanwhile waited with no drinks. No quality checks. Much rudeness. A too busy to care to answer any questions attitude. She placed the wrong order and then didn't apologize for that wrong order, or acknowledge what would happen next with that order. The proper dish only came out well after our meal was done. No real table maintenance. Then a vey lengthy delay from check-drop to actual processing of payment. \nVery disheartening as the experience would have been

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent ambiance & superb service with quality food. Loved the decor & bar selections

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

When I first arrive I was welcomed and seated right away I was so pleased at this point . After being seated for 20 minutes no one acknowledged me no one even took the time out to offer me water or ask if I needed help. My date said why are sitting here so long is it because your black I said no I doubt it. I then stop a staff member and ask him could you get some one to talk to me ask me if I need help he then went to find the waiter for my section after the confusion the lady who have been waiting the table next to me was my waiter after she openly acknowledge she saw me sitting there for awhile but didn't know I was in her section because it is a shift swap and the manager is new. At this point I didn't care if he or she was born yesterday because I am paying for an experience not for incompetence. But overall the food was good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food & it is always a great night . Love to take friends here !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was food was amazing, ambiance was great and he service was spectacular

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Restaurant was great but the club attached to TAO had racist door staff who refused to let in black people.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious fried noodle dish

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is the second time I've come for my birthday and this time around was WAY better than the last time. We had more of an understanding on how the restaurant worked, the staff was way nicer than the last time, still pretty loud but the food was amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing experience for a special occasion! Food was incredible, sushi literally melted in my mouth and you could just *taste* the high quality of the food. Server was very attentive and helpful. Overall, wonderful dining experience and will definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed an amazing meal at a great venue. The food was outstanding, the portions were ample, the drinks were generous, and from myself down to my 14 month old granddaughter, a good time was had by all.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very cold inside, crazy air conditioning blowing that made it uncomfortable. I am never cold but this was rough.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hi ! Everything was ok untill we got back to the hotell. Then my wife gott sick from the food. \nEverything tasted good but it does not help if the food has gone bad. \nRegards\nChristian

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is average for vegetarians, but the ambiance and atmosphere are incredible! You are basically paying high prices for dinner to dine in a beautiful setting. Amazing indoor design/décor. Worth a visit just for that! Very loud inside so its not good for first dates. Celeb spot too. Never know who you will see. Great DJ as well!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great. The service was poor. I never even received utensils for my spareribs! It is a bit challenging to eat spareribs with chop sticks. \nThe server doubled our drink order and then insisted that we ordered them. The door man was absolutely rude and offensive to my client. He even went as far as accusing her of being a terrorist.... This little 5'4 blonde & blue eyed woman from Washington state. \nIt was unbelievable. I've been to Tao in New York & Vegas and have never had an experience like this before. Truly disappointed!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My experience was amazing. I will definitely be back with a few friends or with family. Thanks a lot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent place to dinner. The music tends to be more loudly along the night. Recommendable for energetic people.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food, service by Brittany and great advice was amazing. Had no problems experience was something new for us and loved the whole scenery inside and out the restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Tao decor is loud, totally over-the-top dreadful, insulting to Asia and Buddhism. It was also one of the loudest dining environments I've ever experienced. No talking with friends permitted. The food was good, but not excellent and certainly not consistent with the price. Overall. Not recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food, good ambience and good service, cool music and people. And the prices are affordable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food and service - air conditioning was a little too high towards the end of our meal!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We couldn't sit at our table. We had to sit in the lounge area. The hostess could not arrange a table although we had a reservation for 6 people.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao was my favorite spot in NYC .. In term of food, service and ambiance! However my las visit was bot that great.. The hostess behavior was not appropriate and also the waiters! The food quality changed a lot either. New York city has unlimited variety of other restaurants but I chose Tao coz it was my best Chinese elevated venue and it was the place where I celebrated my last birthday! But what I experienced last time would never make me repeat any more visits! Thanks God there is Zuma in town !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall, you are going for the atmosphere and experience. The service is really great also. As for the food, it was good but portions are not so great. I had an appetizer that was moderate and to be expected. The dinner entrees were quite small and not filling. But the food presentation, service and decor was impeccable. You are in for an experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Unfortunately Tao has paid more attention to its Buddha than its menu! The food was a bit on the greasy side particularly the red rice, the Mongolian beef dish was slathered in sauce and felt heavy. I would not recommend this for foodies. Fun for groups perhaps stick to the appetizers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and service, everyone was friendly and helpful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place and atmosphere are amazing. The food was nice. However, we felt pushed to leave, which unfortunately unfortuleft us with a bad taste.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Food and physical ambiance are outstanding; however, the noise level was impossible. I was with 3 people 35 and under and each found the volume of the music painful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is a sheer delight from the moment you enter to the time you leave. When you descend down into the restaurant you feel like you are on an episode of Sex in The City! It's very trendy, chic! The lace to go.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went there with my husband and three young adult sons over Thanksgiving weekend. Food was great, wonderful waiter but not inexpensive. Having said that we had a great time, and that is worth everything!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Top level restaurant. Very good food and great atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my teenage daughters (14 and 16) on a girls trip to NYC and had a special dinner with them at Tao. Sadly we didn't know there were 2 locations in NYC and arrived at the wrong restaurant. The hostess at the uptown location could not accommodate us and we had to spend an additional $30 for a taxi to the downtown location. Not a great start. While waiting for our table, the service in bar area was horrible where the door guy for the club part of Tao ended up serving not only my drink but also had to take care of my check as my ghost of a cocktail waitress was nowhere to be seen during my 30 minute wait. My star rating for service was ONLY for my waiter, NOT for the terrible absent cocktail waitress. The food was okay and definitely overpriced. Overall the our service at the table and the fun ambiance made the evening very enjoyable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I swear every time I come here something happens that makes me wonder why I keep coming back. Last time the waitress was visibly rushing us even though we kept ordering drinks, appetizers, entrees and dessert and racked up a $400.00 bill. This time I arrive on time (with my entire party) and had to wait FORTY FIVE minutes to be seated. This is annoying considering that had i been 15 minutes late I would have probably been screwed. For such a big franchise, they have to do better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was amazing, service very good. We had our server pick a menu for sharing for the table and she did a great job.\nOnly negative is that like many other reviewers have pointed out - we had a reservation and yet still waited 45 minutes for our table. Honestly it would not be so bad except the bar they have to wait in is so tight you have no where to stand.\nRestaurant alone is something to see - just beautiful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Party of 2... Had a great time at TAO, packed as usual. But our server made us feel like we were the only ones he was serving. Walked us through the drink menu, and allowed us the time to choose what exactly we wanted without being pressured, he knew the menu like the back of his hand, and made suggestions w/o being overbearing. The drinks were great! And the vibe is definitely amazing(the statue projections are a nice touch). Definitely going back, date night or bigger party, either would be fine. If price is a concern, wouldn't suggest It.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao has great atmosphere and the food was equally delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my favorite restaurants, always lively, beautiful interior, and the food is consistently amazing. The only complaint I have is about the Peking Duck for Two. It is far below the standard I would expect for this dish, especially since the price is exorbitant. The pancakes are made from POTATO, which is fine except they are extremely flimsy and have a lot of flour/powder on them. They don't give enough Hoisin sauce, either, and the cucumber and scallions is also more like 'For One.' Skip the duck. Go to Pig Heaven for AMAZING Peking Duck instead! Otherwise, the menu is flawless. Try the Black seafood rice, it changed my life, I am completely addicted to it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome! Loved the decor. The food was great! The Tao-tini was delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lived the food and incredible ambience. Wonderful experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dining here is so much more than 'a meal'. It's an experience! The decor is other worldly. The background music adds energy. and the food is very very good. You cannot pass up the sea bass appetizer. I had the halibut and I can't recall any better anywhere else.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had really good tuna appetizers and the glazed salmon was perfect, and the scene is real classy and unique. It was just shocking how they gave chicken in the dish of the birthday girl who specifically told the waitress she does not eat meat, which is for religious reasons. Its an unfortunate mistake that ruined us from having our food together, which is not a good thing on a special occasion that is by the way royally paid for.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place. Beautiful surrounds. A must see in NYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service food cocktails =SUBLIME- From first greeting to the service our experience was Amazing this restaurant is worth every penny spent

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I absolutely love this place. I feel like I'm in the middle of the forbidden city after a sexy makeover. And the food is incredible to add.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was great. We were seated right away without any wait time,that was nice. Waiter was nice and friendly.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The credit card did not work and the waiter very ugly

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience, a hidden place in heart of downtown. Loved the atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and ambiance at Tao is fantastic and I will definitely be returning in the future. We enjoyed the Restaurant Week specials and it was a great introduction to Tao's menu. The service left something to be desired as our waiter wasn't very attentive which prevented us from ordering a second round of drinks, but overall not a deal breaker.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Can't say enough good things about Tao Downtown. Went for Restaurant Week and we're treated wonderfully. Generous portions of delicious food. Beautiful 'doggy bags' since we couldn't finish everything. Waiter was very attentive and no pressure to push us out the door. We were seated at a prime location of the restaurant. We are already talking about going back soon! We selected Tao Uptown for a lunch this week. Thanks TAO!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

An amazing atmosphere and the food was very well done and delicious. I did find the cocktail and wine prices to be very high. Service was pretty good, the waitress seemed to have a lot of tables and was distracted. She actually spilt a drink on me and I thought they might offer to buy me a drink for the inconvenience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great ambience, fun people,spectacular decoration and good food!!,!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

tao is overrated and going down. as soon as you walk in the door you are treated with total attitude from ladies that look like they are about 16 years old. They treat you like you should be glad you have a reservation . We waited about an hour for our 9;00 reservation and after having to go to the hostess stand 3x I received a TGIF beeper to let me know when my table would be ready. There are so many cooler hot spots in the Meat Packing area to spend your money. TAO food was average at best.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was great all the way around.I enjoyed my bday with my friends .Its a perfect place to celebrate any occasion!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

THE SERVICE WAS OKAY. FOOD WAS OKAY AS WELL. I HAD SPRING ROLLS THAT TASTED LIKE CHINESE TAKE OUT. WAY TO MUCH OIL. ALSO MY DESERT WAS UNEMPRESSIVE. ALTHOUGH THE DRINKS WERE AMAZING.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing restaurant, a must visit when you're in New York.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I made reservations for this restaurant as they participated in restaurant week for 6PM. Initially it was a bit difficult finding the entrance on the main avenue as it was downstairs and behind big black doors. Once we entered the establishment the décor and ambiance is absolutely breathtaking. They will only sit you one your entire party has arrived which allowed us to take in the atmosphere. Since my party and I were having an early dinner I expected a more attentive staff, we found it disappointing to keep flagging down or waiter for a refill on our water, cocktails and to place our order. I found my food to be delicious; spring rolls, Mongolian beef and a chocolate cake. The dessert was by far the star of all four courses! The restaurant is very pricy but this was expected, our $300 bill even during restaurant week was no surprise – the drinks add up. Undecided whether I would return, I would love for my fiancé to experience their décor but the service was a big turnoff.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my very 1st visit to Tao Downtown. Interior decoration was phenomenal and the ambiance was was nice as well. Great job with the large hindu statue and the layout was very intriguing. \nWent there for their NYC restaurant week. Their menu selection for their special wasn't that interesting to me. I had the mongolian beef and i've had better at a chain restaurant. However their drinks & the deserts were amazing! \nOverall was a good Sun night dinner with my lady.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant is awesomely beautiful, which is why I would recommend it. The food was very mediocre. The service was very slow and, if anything, we felt neglected. The room is gorgeous but very loud. There was a very large table next to us that kept intruding on our space to take selfies. A couple of them actually had a conversation directly behind one of our party and bumped him in the head with an elbow and never even realized that they did it. The waiter disappeared for long periods of time but did seem overworked so we tried to be understanding.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place is quite pretentious but great for impressing the first date. The restaurant setting is superb.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was a great experience. The food was amazing and it was a really fun, high energy atmosphere. This is a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The duck was delicious and the ginger mojito.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place to celebrate a birthday or any other special occasion, however food is very overpriced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food and atmosphere. I was very impressed!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was pathetic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Some of the best Asian fusion you will ever have! The food is amazing!! They really cater to you and make sure that you're enjoying your dinner experience! Love Tao!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place good food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great ambience, potent cocktails and wonderful food, even for vegetarians. High marks all around

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely fantastic. The venue is stunning and the staff are very friendly. Our waiter recommend some excellent dishes (the black cod in particular was exceptionally good). Overall, a great dining experience, though it's a little pricey, so probably best for special occassions.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The sushi was excellent. We asked the waitress the put together a selection of her favourites and she didn't disappoint.\n\nI took a client and some colleagues here. Quite a trendy scene. Solid cocktails - even the alcohol free ones!\n\nA tad on the expensive side. I've seen better value elsewhere but would go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have dined at Tao a few times and the food is always amazing. The drinks and creative and strong and the plates are perfect to share. I just had a terrible waitress. I understand the place is busy but she wasn't checking on our table and took forever to take our order. Than at the end of the night she bought us the check before we asked for it and we told her we wanted another drink and she told us to there are people waiting for the table and order at the bar! So rude.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been here three times and the last two times our waiter pretty much tried to scam us. The second time the waitress added extra items to the bill we didn't order and this time our waiter never bought out 2 of our items and acted as if we were wrong and made the mistake. Overall I do love the place and food but such a turn off after spending THAT much money.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was wonderful, from drinks to service but especially the food. Somewhat pricey but at least the food was top-notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I think everybody did a great job from waitress to busser. Only thing I asked that couldn't be accommodated is to change out 2 of my restaurant week desserts for one fortune cookie one (birthday), since the manager refused. Overall good experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was perfection, service was impeccable

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A lot of fun and delicious food! We took our nephew for a treat and it was a treat! Decor terrific, fabulous food and very friendly waiter...What more can you ask? Check was fair for the quality of everything.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been to Tao uptown about 12 years ago. Coming to Tao Downtown, I had expectations and they blew my mind.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

If it wasn't for my out of town guests, I would never come to this Tao. The Tao uptown is much better. \nWe had a 9.45 reservation & we only got the table at 10.55. My guess were so hungry that we had to order the appetizer on the bar standing up. \nDefinitely not a worthwhile experience for them.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is spectacular in terms of decor and ambience. To top it off, not only will you be blown away by the decor, but the food is outstanding. The lobster dim sum in broth was to die for and the black cod excellent, as was Chinese broccoli dish. I can't wait to go back for more. Servers were super nice as well.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a great experience at Tao Downtown. We made a night of some of their signature cocktails and appetizers. The bar executed its specialty list with more flair than standards but all was good. All of the dishes were good; worth a special note, the kitchen flawlessly delivered fish from sushi to perfectly cooked and glazed kabobs to lobster stuffed dumplings while serving a full house - no easy task. The service team did a great job on a busy night. While we're not usually ones for the 'scene' scene, cavernous, loud spaces and constant buzzy energy we would not hesitate to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We Arrived early like 8pm but our reservation was not till 10:45pm but the lovely staff still accomodated us, let us hang out in the bar and found us a seat at 9:30pm which was awesome because the place is full packed, and i explained to her that only the 10:45 pm was available in the website but still took a chance although we are really available early. It was an awesome experience, the restaurant is so hUGE, ambiance is beautiful dark but cozy, didnt have to wait for food. They serve food fast! Good for groups

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao Downtown has some of the best food I've ever had. The ambiance was also great. It's a big and fun!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

You get what you pay for, outstanding food!! Love it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food and happy experience. The exact NYC dinner you want

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant is uber trendy but lacks an orientation around service from the hostess to the waitress.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food at Tao was amazing. The lobster egg rolls and lobster fried rice was delicious. I will definitely visit again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very beautifull restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very special place with awesome food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is awesome. The interior and ambiance is amazing...it's hard to explain, just go there and experience it! Food is next to perfect and served by friendly and welcoming staff. Looking forward to go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

First courses were great but the main courses were far from it. The service was lacking but the cocktails were delicious and the place looked amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food and very good attendance

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great though a little bit pricey, but thats ok. Receptionist are the best they didnt seat us until everyone arrived . I booked gor 5 2 didnt showed up still gave ys a good table for 3.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been to Tao Uptown. This was my 1st visit to downtown Tao and we loved it. My co-worker and I had an excellent dinner during restaurant week. Tao's restaurant week menu was awesome with a variety of interesting dishes. My friend and I chose the same meal!. which included a great salmon app, sushi platter with no avocado for me and an amazing chocolate cake for dessert, though I loved the ice cream more. Our choices were not only delicious but very filling and satisfying. Service is friendly, attentive, courteous and on point with so many different guys waiting on us it was a little confusing. I counted 7. The price of the specialty drinks at $17 is expensive. My friend and I had 3 drinks each. Pricey but worth it. I may return for dinner again before restaurant week ends!!!! :-) P.S. Service is attentive but rushed which makes the dining experience somewhat negative.....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The atmosphere was great (plenty of energy, good music, but you didn't have to shout to talk), all of the food our party ordered was excellent, and the service was great! We will definitely dine at Tao Downtown again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my boyfriend for his bday last October it was ever hung and more. The service and food was amazing. Yes it's a bit pricey but u are paying for quality.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was my first time at Tao during the NYC restaurant week - a date night with the hubby. Food was excellent, service really good. Will go back! Atmosphere is vibrant and they played a bit DJ style background music. Maybe the only thing I didn't personally like is that the lighting was a bit too dark but I can see it suits the ambiance. They seem to have private balcony for a table of 12 so it would be a perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion with a bigger group.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took my boyfriend here for his bday. As soon as you walk in, the decor is truly awe-worthy. Our waiter was very nice and extremely knowledgable about the menu! He recommended the mango chili martini, spicy chili chicken, and chocolate cake and icecream which were all DELICIOUS. This is one of the NY places that is actually worth the hype. Definitely will be going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a 6:45 appointment and was seated within 10 minutes. Would definitely go back with a large group. We came for my daughter's birthday and was a lot of fun. Our server was very nice and very attentive to our needs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We celebrated a friend's birthday. It was her first time and she loved it. Our waiter Marcus was awesome. He ordered abunch of small plates for us and we loved everything....especially the Lychee Martini.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Third time here and feel the both the food and service was not up to par. The appetizers were very good but the entrees just did not make it. The waiter had no idea what the dishes were when we asked. Very expensive and frankly just not worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome interior decoration and ambience. Great food selection. Moderate prices, highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This decor was beautiful . We got seated right away which was great. The food was good. However our only complaint was the service from our waitress. She left us sitting there with nothing to drink. We had to flag her down for everything to place our order, for drinks , to get our check. We didn't even stay for dessert because we just wanted to get out of there we were so frustrated with her service. I don't know if she had to many tables and was overwhelmed . We don't know if we would go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Came here to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was also our first time trying out Restaurant Week. We were extremely satisfied with our choice of restaurant. The food was delicious - all of it. From the appetizers to the desserts. I especially love the sushi. It's on the pricey end but definitely worth a visit for special occasions!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Such a cool spot with great vibe great food loved it as always

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

food was lackluster, dessert and drinks were great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just walking into Tao is an experience unto itself. The sweeping layout as you walk down the stairs, facing the giant buddha statue on the far wall, beckons you to come in and enjoy. The service was prompt and the wait staff knowledgeable. The appetizers alone can be enough variety and quantity to satisfy those that want to sample a broad swath of dishes. The sea bass really stood out as exceptional. Cannot wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant has a unique dining experience, combining spectacular ambiance and visual beauty along with wonderful food. It is a large and fun crowd, so if you're looking for a quiet restaurant this is not it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is by far one of the best places to eat. The vibe is nice, it's beautiful and its romantic. A must visit before it becomes run down.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Service was very poor. Nobody to serve the wine or to take the order . The food takes longer than expected.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My daughter's 19th birthday was a big hit! The four of us in our party arrived 30 minutes earlier than reservation time. We had to wait but the bar was nice. We sat close to the budda and the dining room was packed. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The apps were very good and tasty. The pau pau buns were a bit doughy but all else...delicious. The entrées was good as well but as for quality, the cost was too high.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Me and my girlfriend had gotten engaged and went to TAO to celebrate. The atmosphere and food were amazing however the customer service left a lot to be desired. Our server was very short with us, appeared to be visibly upset that we didn't order drinks or an appetizer, and never once once checked on us after the food came. Roughly 5 minutes after our food arrived while we were still eating and the bussers start clearing and wiping the table down for the next customer. I myself work as a manager in the service industry and know we make money by flipping tables as fast as we can but this was my engagement dinner and while the food was outstanding it was the staff that left a sour taste in our mouths.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

TAO never disappoints! The food is phenomenal and the atmosphere electric. The chilean sea bass is a must have. Can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Visited during a recent trip to NYC and had a wonderful evening. Great food and brilliant service in a cool setting. Service can sometimes be slow in restaurants of this size but that wasn't the case at all at Tao. Highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good. Not amazing. Had the crispy rice tuna everyone says to get. Its good. Not amazing. Pork pot stickers, lobster wonton, spicy tuna roll. All good. Nothing to die for. Very overpriced. Spicy yellowtail roll was $17 which is normally $5-$6 from our neighborhood regular spots. As far as being a scene to hangout thats what youre paying for. Beautiful place and bar so you can just stay and not have to look for somewhere to go after dinner. Drinks are pricey as you can expect. Waitress was initially nice but then became not nice. She wasnt mean but I think she was insulted that we didnt take her direction with the food ordering. Sorry!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I am by no means a restaurant or critic but if I were, I would find it extremely difficult to find fault in this place. From the decor to the dessert, it was near perfection. The food was stupendously good...we were overwhelmed by the menu so left the choice up to our waiter and we were not disappointed! A lot of the reviews fault the service but perhaps we lucked out because ours was incredible. I prefer to think that those folks simply have unattainable standards. The Hong Kong Fried noodle and the miso glazed sea bass are a must have but as I've mentioned everything was fantastic as indicated by the moans accompanying every bite. And the portions were perfect. Usually at swanky restaurants, when you're paying $25-$30 plus a dish, the portions are so small you want to cry. Here they were perfect for each of the 5 of us to be satisfied. \nLoved the ambiance, the 'stadium seating' options, the tucked away bars, the hallway. What an amazing experience!\nI can't recommend this place enough!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

While I enjoyed the meal, we waited for one hour before being seated. Our reservation was 8:30, and we were seated at 9:00. We were given drink vouchers and appetizers when we were seated. This was a nice gesture, but I would've preferred to be seated on time. We kept having to ask the hostess when we would be seated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was spectacular, and the service was excellent. The only downside was the music. It's too loud, almost to the point of being annoying. You can hardly have a conversation. But the magnificence of the place and decorations, and the delicious food, makes it worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is always delicious. Can't wait to go back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Celebrating a special night and could not have picked a better spot to enjoy dinner and drinks and have an amazing time. Great place, beautiful eye catching decor, yummy food and drinks, and quality service. You won't be disappointed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Waiter took forever to come back and get our orders for drinks, apps, and main course. When food came out other men brought it out and just set in middle of table not even with the correct people that ordered and also did not bring out our whole order. Waiter got mad each time we mentioned something was missing, WHEN HE WOULD COME CHECK ON US OF COURSE!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Thats what I always say;\ngtreat atmosphere,place to be,beautiful restaurant\nFood is adequate,drinks over priced

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a reservation at 9:30pm and didn't get seated at our table until 10:30pm. Aside from the frustratingly long wait time, the food and drinks were great. The crispy rice w/ tuna was outstanding- so much so we had to order more.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the moment you walk in and see the amazing and interesting Decor that unfolds room by unexpected room, you are a wowed. The service was very professional but friendly . The food is delicious and beautifully presented. There are flavor combinations you do not expect with undertones of bright notes make you want more. The crab roll for example was lifted to new heights with a lemon Aioli and bursts of salmon roe. The portions are fine. What a cool experience !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the place, ambience is perfect. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Love the food most of all . It's sure a restaurant I would bring my friends and relatives from out of state ... A ' must see, must try'

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place had such a great ambience. Our waiter explained each and every segment of the menu. It was such a pleasure.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a terrible waitress. Her customer service was very bad. She never came to our table and every time we had to ask someone else to get her. When we were ready to order it took her a very long time to come by. Our dining experience was a great disappointment. We were not impressed at all.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was amazing. The place is too dark in my opinion, even in the restrooms!\nNoise level is high, so seat next to the person you want to talk most!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao had a great ambiance. Obviously it's expensive. The food was good but not as good as I had expected or would expect due to the price. I had the Cashew Chicken and it was salty. The one at Sea taste better. Drinks were good and strong. We didn't have to wait long to be seated, just 25 mins, compared to others who have waited an hour to be seated. The DJ was amazing. It's a fun place, great to get dressed up, and enjoy good music.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a go-to spot for dinner with the girls. Never disappoints! Food and service are always amazing and the Lychee Martini's are outstanding!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place but service too slow but on other hand they want to turn over the table fast and want you out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It is a beautiful place with Beautiful ppl... Good food and amazing drinks...Go for it!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for a friend's birthday and it was so good! Food is great for sharing and the restaurant is so much fun! I would definitely recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was delicious. Atmosphere was wonderful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambience is beyond amazing- the second you walk in you feel transformed into another land. The food is pricy, but also very good and so are the drinks. Great place!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We waited too long for our meal, the fried rice was not good at all, just boiled. But the manager and the waiter were nice and did not make us pay for the rice and the dessert.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

From sit down to check we were there 35 minutes. The wait staff clearly wanted to turn the table over our entrees were put down as our appetizers were being cleared. Not right. The restaurant itself is so beautiful and fun we wanted to enjoy it and not be rushed out. Food and cocktails were delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our party of 4 was so satiesfied with all of the food and the service was brillant. I will definitely come back next time I go to New York. The only thing I can complain about was that we went to Tao for a drink the day before our dinner and we had the most terrible service in the bar. The bartender was so arrogant and uninterested in guests.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a great meal and great time at Tao. Such a unique and fun atmosphere. Waiter was not friendly or attentive unfortunately. Though I had been before and had better service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cocktail list was interesting. Loved the spring rolls and crispy pork. Service was very good and attentive. It was very noisy. I thought the level of the music could have been lower.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

For what you pay, this is a very ordinary experience. Food is below par and the service is worse - staff are quite pretentious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I told the server several times that I had a severe nut allergy. We ordered the giant fortune cookie - he did not mention it had almonds on the outside and neither did the menu. Luckily I inquired when I saw the nuts but it could have resulted in a trip to the emergency room. I was highly disappointed.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was a bit of a dissapointment. Visiting from sweden and had heard a lot of good reviews. Service and food was not up to high expectations. Dined at buddakan later and found that better. I had wished for waiter for example to explain menue and perhaps reccomend something, out dissaponintment in food might have been avoided by recommendation and service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had only ever been to Tao uptown before, but the downtown location's decor is even more fun. Good food, had a good time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Upon arriving at 7 PM we were told that we would have one and half hours to dine and then we had to leave That totally killed the mood for our party of six knowing that we were on a time restraint. The same group went to Tao uptown and we enjoyed it much better

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great birthday dinner! Our server Chris was so accommodating and caring. Never over bearing. I will definitely be back and request to have him again. Ps the dumplings are to DIE for.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had the $88 wagyu steak. Sliced too thinly, and was not medium as I had ordered it.\nHowever, the red fried rice and lo mein were very good, as was the calamari fried black rice.\nIn general stick with the fried rice dish and avoid the steaks. Even the lobster was a bit over done as regards presentation...it was like a general Tso's lobster, but not in a good way.\nOtherwise, our waiter was excellent. Truly attentive and provided excellent service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was wonderful.. Worth the price! However, for a restaurant in New York City of such high standards the service was AWFUL! The waiter didn't greet us. Only came to ask if we were ready to order. We had never been there and wanted suggestions but she was no where to be found... We ordered drinks and asked for water took about 20 minutes to get water. When they took our drinks away once we we're finish they didn't even ask if we wanted another one. My boyfriend had to stand up to ask a waiter for water because are waiter never came back to ask if we needed anything else. Once we were finish out waiter did not say thank you, have a good night, how was everything... Terrible service. I would not visit this restaurant again.one more thing it was a Monday night, can't even imagine how it's on a weekend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best dining experience I've ever had. Our waiter, Justin, was so knowledgable and polite. We never felt rushed and really had the opportunity to enjoy ourselves. Will ABSOLUTELY be coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful place! Great food, friendly staff, beautiful interior design. Loved the statue with colorful projections. We had a very good evening and will definitely come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My spouse and I went here for Father's Day. The aesthetic is drop-dead gorgeous. Our food was excellent. Service was top-notch. Pricey, but on par with the overall experience. 5 stars!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This location was AMAZING!!! I enjoyed every moment in Tao.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love this restaurant! the food is just great and the service as well. We order a side dish that didn't came out as we expected and they didn't charge us for it - I really appreciate that. All the rest was great as usual!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

An amazing restaurant/bar! Good food, good music ! Love it !!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food .... Amazing building. Great waitress .... I would definitely recommend the Tao-Garita cocktail :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao downtown is a very trendy fun place. I loved the music, very upbeat and current! The ambiance was fantastic! Loved the food, especially the Chilean sea bass appetizer and the fillet mignon. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just amazing. No complains aside from a bit pricy but overal worth it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a blast here for my 21st birthday dinner. Amazing food, great vibes, and awesome drinks.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good but way overpriced as everyone knows. Service was fair even though the restaurant was only half full. Very cool place with great decor. Buddha wasn't working so a bit disappointed. Bring a lot of money as the place isn't cheap.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing venue with not the best food for high price. Would only have a cocktail there.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First, beware if they ask if you want edamame. I assumed this was equivalent to asking if you would like bread for the table. What they don't tell you is that there will be a $12 charge added to your bill. Additionally, there is a $5 charge for soft drink refills, and the drink glasses were small to begin with. Food and service were both good but not great. The sushi items were the best of the foods we ordered. The ambiance was the best part of this restaurant. With better choices like Catch and Budakkan nearby, I probably won't be back at this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second time attending this resturant. Our first experience was outstanding so knew we just had to return. Unfortunately this experience was far from prefect. The appetizers were outstanding but the food was horrible. We barely ate any of the fried rice or the Pad Thai. We were so dissatisfied. I think we don't need to return again we will spend our 200 dollars (didn't order drinks ) elsewhere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Too load for me but other may like it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

wonderful service and delicious food. our waiter was fantastic.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

It is quite a scene and if that is what you want then you should go to Tao. The food was good but it was expensive. It was way too loud and we could not talk at all. The restaurant was filled with large groups. I would not go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sexy, candle lit atmosphere sets the tone for a romantic night out. The staff is attentive and welcoming and the food is delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place and outstanding service. Food not as good as I expected for the prices they charge; in a nutahell, you will pay for the place not for the food.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

I want to say that my experience there was TERRIBLE!\nThe first person ( Hostess ), is a person that didn't know about service of client.\nHe was a worst hostess that I knew in my life. The restaurant wasn't prepare to receive special moments of clients!\nWhen we arrived there, i said to him that i would ask my girlfriend to marry me and he didn't matter about the situation. He just say- OK! Wait some minutes that im gonna see what i can do for you.\nAfter 45 minutes waiting, he put us in the table with loud sound and so fitted.\nIn conclusion, one guy fought there beside us with some security of the Tao downtown became our special dinner in a disastrous dinner.\nSo, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always great food, great service, and just a fun energetic place to hang with some good friends for a few hours. Great cavernous space is also unique for NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. The ambience, the decor, the food, the music, the vibe is just fantastic. The venue itself just transports you to another place.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food, but poor value, nothing out of the ordinary for an up-class Asian fusion restaurant. Bad music screaming from speakers unessicasy loud. Service only average.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a fun energetic place great food great staff and ambiance is awesome!! We had a great time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a bachelor party for my brother over the weekend. We dressed semi-formal and had a great time. The ambiance is perfect and there are plenty of places to go out in the nearby neighborhoods. I want to send a big thank you to the staff for there help as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was fantastic in making recommendations. We had a great time!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The atmosphere was amazing. Good drinks and wonderful food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great night. Food service. And best of all the music!!!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service was more than amazing, the people are so kind and friendly, let's not even talk about the food. So so so delicious. My friends and I all shared sushi rolls and ordered the Taorita as drinks. Best margaritas ever! We're from Miami and went to NY for Memorial Day weekend and decided to go to Tao for our last nights dinner. Definitely going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

fantastic place and food with a special atmosphere. great dinning experience. everyone should sample TAO downtown when in NYC

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lobster rice is a bit on the salty side, tempura shrimp was underwhelming. Edamame delectable and sushi was tasty - overall dope dinner. Solid drink menu! The food was good however the space is the real draw here. Absolutely beautiful and feels very Vegas/LA. Will return just to bring friends along! If you're headed there for date night, request a table on the steps for the view. Late evening can get very clubby, lots of bodycon dresses, selfies and recent grads on the prowl. Grat energy if you're into it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had a great time it was my friends birthday. Good food. Will come again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food and service. Even though waiter was a bit pushy!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice and tasteful food. But we Had to wait for about 30 min for the table. Thats just not good enoigh.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Impressive space. Pricey but delicious. Great scene.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is meh. With how much effort they put into the ambiance, you'd think they'd try a little harder with the food. So many other great options in NYC for cuisine, but for having friends in town for the first time, this had a perfect ambiance. Great experience overall to be able to dine then go the the lounge for drinks. They were impressed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, great drinks and great service! The waiter helped us put together a fantastic menu and we will definitely be back for more some other time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I found the Tao experience a little noisy but very good!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Three friends and I reserved a table at Tao to surprise a friend for her birthday. It's incredibly gorgeous from the walk in, to seating, to the table setting. It was a busy night so our waiter did take a little to long to first greet us but he was really sweet. We all ordered different things, and then more, and then more because all the menu items were just that good. We ordered shots and even the holder they used to carry the shots over was unique. Definitely an extremely awesome dining experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place, great food, good ambiance. The only thing was that my reservation was at 11.00pm and we were able to sit at our table 35 minutes later!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food\nGreat service\nA bit pricey but food quality prob justifies it\nA bit noisey\nOverall a great experience\nWould recommend to all

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was my anniversary; and the waiter remembers that since I reserved 2 weeks in advance. I was stuck in traffic and arrived 45min late, which they managed to accommodate despite the crowd. The atmosphere was splendid and my wife and I enjoyed. Great find.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food in a great ambiance.\nMusic and noise untolerable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is an excellent option for singles or couples. The ambiance is outstanding and the food and drinks were exceptional. I would love to come back on a night that I can go to the club after dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Visiting New York. My girlfriend and I ate here and we had a great time!! Great energy!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a reservation for 9:30PM but were left waiting for nearly an hour before being seated. Make sure to have enough time because Tao clearly wants you to spend your money on drinks in the bar before even getting to the food. We were not expecting this, and no one informed us of this. Service was less than helpful, smiles were miles away and we had to shout out to our server what to order because of the insanely loud music. This is a great place if you are deaf and like things being done slowly.\n\nWe heard great things about Tao beforehand, so this experience was so disappointing. I realize we were probably in the wrong place for dinner, Tao is certianly an experience, but not if you're hungry and have been on your feet all day, steer clear!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is some of the best. There's not an item on the menu that isn't superb. However, waited for 45 minutes after reservation time until we were seated after which point it still took our waiter 20 minutes to come to get our drink orders.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is absolutely amazing. We were celebrating a birthday dinner and everyone had a great time. The ambience is fun and energetic but you must take out a bank loan before going there. We all thought, although the food was great, it was insanely expensive. I highly recommend only for special occasions or drinks and apps on a date at the stadium seating. That was really cool.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We love it as a family. It was a great Mother's Day eve.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Special place, perfect to go to celebrate life. Food is really good for a restaurant so big as this one. Nice music, good food and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, atmosphere and crowd. Highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance of Tao Downtown is amazing. The smells are wonderful. The music is soulful and smart. The food is fun and should be explored. Service needs to step up and meet the feel you get went you enter through the double doors and walk that amazing tunnel to the reservations desk.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I requested and was granted by email to sit on the grand staircase and to have a desert brought with a candle. Neither of these things happened.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Would recommand Tao for the sexy wow- interior and 'the place to be' feel - however service and kitchen are quite average.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Despite reservations, you will wait at least 30-45 minutes before you will be seated- plan accordingly.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

It took a long time to be seated and it was very noisy, therefore, hard to have a conversation. However the food was good and it visually was a cool place.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Went for anniversary dinner. Food was amazing, the atmosphere was fun, and the music was upbeat. We had a really good time and can't wait to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I went to Tao with my boyfriend for some dinner. And it was great. I love the decor of the restaurant; It has an Asian theme. Everything looked so nice. The menu had a lot of choices for food and drink as well. The food tasted really good and so did the drink. Our server was very helpful too, he gave us a rundown of the menu and gave us forks (just in case we had trouble with the chopsticks). The music is nice. They play smooth jazz, classical, and even hip hop and r & b. The price for our dinner wasn't expensive either (depending on what you order). Overall I've had a wonderful experience at Tao Downtown. I would eat here again anytime. :)

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great time, great service, great food, great atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Good food good service good drinks

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

LOVE this restaurant!!! Definitely one of my NY favorites!! Everything is perfect: great hot spot & scenic view, but also amazing food, service, music & decor!! Try it & you won't regret it!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The place is perfectly decorated in a exoctic style. The estatue of Buda is a must of the restaurant. Food is very tasty and well prepared. Unfortunatelly, the wine menu is quite expensive. It was the most expensive menu among many restaurants of NY including AVOCE and Cafe Carlyle.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We arrived at the restaurant 10 minutes late and we have been told that for this reason we should had to wait before getting the table ... Ok to wait, but 80 minutes were really too many ...\nWe ate very well with a pleasant dj set but the question is: did the experience worth the wait?

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The place is great to bad the service was very poor. We had a reservation at 9:30 and we start eating at 11:30, after we got our table it took like 30 min for the waitress to come for the first time and another 30 min to get our entries. It is a high cost place I was expecting better service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great place, beautiful people, awesome food n' drinks!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Ambiance and decor was great. Food average at best.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

First, I like the fact that is SO EASY make a reservation, so flexible schedule. The prices are good, the food is fresh and have a great taste. I trusted this place for a business meeting with a very important client, and it was not disappointing at all, au contraire, I know I did a good choice.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

This restaurant was terrible. I was very disappointed especially when there are better places to take someone for a business dinner. Food was tasteless and the service was shocking. waited 15 minutes to get a drink.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great restaurant ! Love the decoration !!Excellent food .

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

We where on holidays from Ireland & pre booked for 8.30pm on Sunday. We arrived at 8 so we could have a pre dinner cocktail but our table was ready so we sat down and ordered a cocktail which was lovely, however our waiter came over twice asking if we where ready to order so the 2nd time we ordered.. Our starters arrived immediately before we'd finished the cocktail.. And then our main courses arrived before we finished our starters! All the while the waiter was like I don't want to rush you!! Food was average! Hate being rushed especially as the place was empty when we where leaving! Beautiful setting but average food & rushed service means I won't be recommending to any of my Irish friends due to visit NY over the next year and we Irish like to travel!!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Really dry peking duck for about $79, maybe it was the 'pancakes' that came with the duck, i dont know, but overall not worth it! Dont get me wrong I really loved the restaurant and the dumpling platter was deeeelicious! Cool interior design and a big buddha/shiva statue in the back of the room. Awesome restaurant!👌🏼

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great food, great night. Special environment with food presentation, ambiance is outstanding and food tasted amazing

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The table was ready almost immediately \nFood was super mega fast and delicious \nplace was on fire, great environment and music\nloved it

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Even with reservations we had to wait for more than 1 hour.. I think this is unacceptable. The restaurant should have known better the logistic/timing of the tables.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our experience at TAO Downtown was amazing. From the first course to the dessert and our fantastic server. We had an amazing anniversary dinner and I would recommend TAO Downtown to anyone celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a 5 star dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

What a wonderful place ! \nTao was best of both worlds, if you like a club /bar atmosphere whilst you eat then This place is for \nYou !!! \nThe food was fantastic and so was the service . The lychee Martini was one of the best I've had ! There is also a club which is open until 4 am ! \nIf you want a good night out then definately give this place a try .

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Very crowded and def will wait even with reservation but the food is well worth the wait

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Delicious food and great cocktails. Expensive, but it is an experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Always great food, a little too much salt. Noise level is dedinitely not good for conversations unless it's a party of two sitting very closely together.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Loved the food, was great, very pricey though. Not somewhere i could go on a normal basis!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Fantastic service. The food was delicious, and was done in rapid speed. So great. I'll definitely be back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Awesome place to eat dinner for entertaining

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

A little noisy for a group dinner. But the vibe is great and food is good.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I understand the service industry, I've worked in it and I'm very kind and understanding but I also expect the same type of hospitality back. Had reservations for 3 people (not a huge party) and didn't get seated until an hour and 15 minutes later without any explanation. I understand that it was due to parties not leaving their tables in a timely manner but you should have at least had the courtesy to tell us this reason ahead of time rather than just standing there in anticipation of our table being ready any minute. Overall, I enjoyed our time after we were seated.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The service is consistently polite and personal . They dont mind answering your questions and making excellent recommendations. They don't push dishes on you and listen. I have been there quite often and always felt warmly welcomed . The food is delish and the sushi selection and preparation is superb. I typically don't like 'city' restaurants , but I will come into the city for Tao. Anytime.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our server was wonderful as wee \nBut feel terrible I can't remember her name.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

High quality cocktail with mango and chili oil, Dim Sum vegetarian is awesome and the fortune cake is great fun with friends. The waiter made a mistake in the order and offered to change our four dishes. We decided to keep what came but only asked to have one of the dish we had ordered to share. It would have been a nice gesture that that dish be offered. Just a suggestion. My third time in Tao and I will continue to bring friends.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The music was great which gave a very exciting but relaxing vibe. The room is decorated

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love it\nEvery time is better

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Had a reservation for 8:45 but didn't get seated until 9:30.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

First time in NYC, we had been recommended by our friends to try Tao Downtown. Once we opened the rustic and heavy front door one floor down we came into a vibrant and remarkable large venue. We got a table on a small platform not far into the restaurant which we thought was great since it gave us a great view of the entire main floor (as well as the huge Buddha statue) in front of us. We started off with a drink; the drink menu was nice and had some (at least for us) new compositions. Then we went on to the food where we tried a number of different starters, mains and side dishes. The menu had a lot of different things that were interesting to try and we believe that there is something for everyone on it. The food tasted great with a lot of nice flavours to it (The spring rolls and sashimi was our favourites). Our waitress helped us with wine that went well with the food. We would highly recommend Tao Downtown to any of our friends! The only thing that struck us was the music that was played, it was a lot of eighties pop classics were at least we would like some more Asian inspired music.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Good food, vibrant bar, nice atmosphere. This restaurant is a 'must' for every visitor in NYC. We have already recommended it to our daughter and her friends and they were delighted too! As it is considered a hot spot, although service is quick and efficient, one cannot avoid the noise. Finally it is worth to mention that our waitress did not tell us that the food we ordered was so much, that could not be possibly consumed by our party!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We've been to Tao Uptown NY and Las vegas, always the same great food, great service and outstanding decor and ambiance. A must go !

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Bad service

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We took a few out of town guests to experience a cool NYC restaurant - Tao provided a wonderful experience and great memory for them. The decor is dramatic and cool. From appetizers to dessert, the food was all delicious. The servers were always present when you needed someone but we never felt that they were hanging around the table. The pace of the dinner was perfect. Lastly, we had with us a 5 year old and a 18 year old... And amazingly enough, they did not stick us in a bad table. We had a great booth to the side with an incredible view of the restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food was awesome, service was not matching the food. Wine we ordred was forgotten, we had repeatedly empty glases, it was difficult to get waiters attention.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The atmosphere, food and service were excellent but felt the drinks were way overpriced. Good for a special occasion if you don't mind the prices

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

A surprisingly large/tall dining room considering it's in the basement, nicely fitted out, great ambiance. Food was very good, especially the Chilean Sea Bass satay.\nMust try their other location.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Love this restaurant, great food, ambiance, decor. Waiting staff was attentive but overly so. It felt like we were rushed to finish our food and leave. Waiter came to take my plate and food away whilst I was still eating. Not particular welcoming when you have flown 6800 miles and raved about the restaurant to a friend.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I had a reservation for 10:45 so excited to be my first time at the restaurant but I had to wait and hour to get a table even tho I had a reservation \nShould work in that because and hour waiting is to to much

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Outstanding evening!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great food and drinks and great ambiance. Would definitely return!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Ambiance is amazing. \nFood is always great - came out way too quickly this time. \nOnly saw our server twice. Could not find her anywhere, but we were sitting on the stairs so I believe the service is a bit more casual there. \nAlways love coming here.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Love this restaurant. Space is fantastic. Food is great! Just wish the hostess/greeter was nicer and not so condescending.......

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Unfortunately they kept us waiting for over an hour, then the waiter tried to rush us through dinner. Kind of killed the ambiance.\nFood and location are really good tho... Bloody expensive but what else to expect at a place like this. \nAlthough I hate having to wait - I really like this place!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Even thought we made a reservation, the restaurant had us wait 45 minutes for a table and not a single drink or appetizer comped

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great experience for my boyfriends 30th birthday! We had a table on the side of the stairs and had a great view! Food was amazing, I recommend the drunken pai Thai and a bunch of apps we're great!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

too loud....couldn't hold a conversation with my date...much better dining experience during the week

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Fabulous food and beautiful restaurant. Very trendy amotsphere and bar. Service wasn't perfect as they missed out a dish we'd ordered and the way the barman added the tip, without me being able to decide what to tip, annoyed me.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Was great atmosphere loved it.. Only nasty thing was lobster roll

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food was delicious me and my girlfriend had. The spicy chilli chicken was great and we had it with Bon choy(chinese cabbage) was a splendid surprise. I had the Royal Rickshaw drink to top it off. Def will be back as we love the ambiance and experience

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amaze!! Food and ambiance. A NYC definite.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I didn't know what to expect but had an inkling of its greatness due to the original Tao restaurant. This place blew my mind. From the decor to the food. I can only think of words of high praise. I can't wait to go again and to bring more of a group with me. I went on Tuesday and haven't stopped talking about it since.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The ambiance was breathe taking.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love it here. The food and scene. The only thing I hate which I think its unacceptable is waiting a hour and half for a table with a reservation. Not the first time either.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

It was a fantastic night with great service. the four in our group had a blast. A slice of upmarket, funky New York to really enjoy.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Overall, decent experience. Overpriced drinks and food but the ambience is something special. Our party wasn't all there on time so we had to wait over two hours for a table which was frustrating but the waiter was great and we were having a good time drinking and catching up that the annoyance level wasn't as much as it could have been. Not a place I would regularly visit but I would go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Fantastic food, would particularly recommend the lobster fried rice and the Thai chilli chicken. Great choice on the menu and everything delivered to us was cooked to perfection. Kind of wished we had all had a smaller lunch earlier in the day to fully appreciate the quantity of beautiful food we were given. The service was really great when we entered the restaurant, polite and professional as you would expect from this type of establishment. The only problem came when we decided to pay the bill. Even though we had made it clear that we were very full and would not require a dessert, upon asking for the bill the first time we were instead issued with dessert menus. Our waiter returned and we advised him that we would simply require the bill, and he disappeared. 10 minutes later we opted to ask another member of staff again for the bill, and we were told that we must ask our server (who we could not locate). Another 5/10 minutes later our waiter reappeared (without our bill in hand) and I asked again. Finally another 5/10 minutes after this (after a lot of messing about) we finally got our bill. We were already very tired after a seven hour flight and being awake for nearly 24 hours and we felt that it was simply unnecessary that we should be required to ask for our bill on 4 separate occasions, prompting my sister to ask me if I thought that they had 'given up on us in favour of the customers that might be spending a bit more money here'. All in all great food, but basic service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I loved the scenery. My children and I enjoyed every bit of TAO.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food was just Ok, great ambiance, will definitely go back with a group

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I had to re order my food since my dish was way to spicy (It was not specified in the menu) and when i order again and told not only one but two waiters to not bring It spicy they brought It spicy anyway. Terrible service, had to wait half an hour even with reservation. The music was too loud that waiters couldn't even listen to the customers. Overall It was a disappointing restaurant and expensive too.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Squeezing through the uber cool bodies in the heaving bar & our pager buzzed, off we were whisked to our fabulous table amongst hundreds of other fun loving diners.\nShots, Cocktails, Starters, Main courses & one insanely amazing fortune cookie dessert later our jet lagged faces were still grinning & tired bodies were stuffed to within an inch of our jeans popping! Totally amazing atmosphere, food that I cannot describe using adjectives that suffice! Really really great place that everrrryone must try!!!!! The 2 guys next to us had flown in from a nearby state just to have dinner there! I totally see why...if only London was that much closer....we'd be flying back for it too!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Went to Tao Downtown for a birthday celebration and our group had a wonderful time. The food was great, the decor was beautiful and the service was superb.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I love Tao, always will. Food is great, ambience is electric and it's an all around fun time. I've been to Tao more times than I can count and I know how busy and crazy it can be on a Friday or Saturday night. I made a reservation at 11:00pm purposely knowing that the peak time is between 7-10pm. We arrived at 10:40pm giving the hostesses 20 minutes; enough time to seat us at our exact time. We still ended up waiting another 30 minutes which wouldn't be terribly bad if we showed up at 11 but that made our wait 50 minutes and that wasn't okay. Every time we spoke to the hostess (although it wasn't entirely her fault since every party was asking her about their table) kept telling us 'you're next' and another 10 minutes would pass. I think it's a systems/management issue that should be resolved on a high level.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Very Happy with my experience at Tao. The energy level was unforgettable. The drinks were very good.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Deliciously exotic food and ambiance. Good service and delicious cocktail drinks.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We made two reservations for 16 people. Hosts told us 'I am exhausted and annoyed by this.' It took them 2 hours to accommodate us. The service was very slow. The manager was arguing with us. It was not a good experience. I would not recommend this place to my friends.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Tao is an outstanding, trendy Asian fusion restaurant with many authentic dishes; including Dim Sum and Sushi. Also, awesome drinks and bar. It does great really loud and really dark as the night progresses. Very fun and impressive restaurant and club.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Walking into Tao, you feel as though you walked into a beautiful dream. It's truly breathtaking. It's huge, cavernous and the lighting and decor is amazing. The food was good, but not the best. The dessert however (chocalate cake w/ice cream) was beyond delicious. It's a great place to go for a special occasion. Just don't order the shrimp pad thai. Enjoy!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

WOW!!!! \nMaybe a little bit too noisy...

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing food. Great portion sizes. Drinks are out of this world!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Appetizers was good but food could have been better espcially for the price we pay

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

the food is meh, ambiance is great. If you're in the mood to spend $200 for the same food you could get at your local spot, then go for it. Otherwise, save yourself $160. Service wasn't great either.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place is fab if you are in your 20s and 30s and looking for great food in a place with great atmosphere. Be prepared to pay the price for the atmosphere - but it is well worth it. Definitely make a reservation - we were in and out and people were still waiting to be seated!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I have been to Tao a few times and have always been very happy with my experience. Hence I do like to take friends and visitors. Until last week when I was very disappointed by the check in host. I had a booking for 7pm for 2 people. I checked in at 6.55pm and was asked to take a seat at the bar until my party is complete. My friend came by 7.15, since I had a glass of wine I waved at the waitress to pay. Once done I went back to the same host as before to tell him we are ready for the table. He tells me that I am 26 min late and I now lost my reservation and can opt to join the waiting list. Not only had he not mentioned that I would lose my table when he first asked me to wait at the bar before, he was also very arrogant and snobbish throughout the whole conversation. Considering TAO is an upscale restaurant, I expect exceptional service. If this host is unable to deliver that he should not be working in hospitality. I want to add that had my friend not been visiting, I would have asked for the manager on the spot. But I didn't want to make my friend feel uncomfortable and waste more time. Anyways, to make a long story short, I am not coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love that place, ambiance excellent, beautiful people and lovely drinks!!!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I had a great time at Tao Downtown. This was my 1st time at the new location and I loved it. The décor is beautiful and the food is delicious. I had the crispy Thai Pork and it was yummy! I would definitely recommend my friends!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We have been to Tao Midtown before and this is very similar. You have a lot to choose from, mainly asian food. Most of it was excellent, and the plates are surprisingly big. We had three small plates and three Dim Sum. More than enough.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Went to Tao to celebrate a birthday with my 13,14 and 16 year old. This restaurant appeals to all. It's cool and trendy with a lot to look at . The food was delicious and our waiter was so helpful in picking the food that was right for the family and the right quantity. It was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The food at Tao was delicious, the fish was fresh and the pad thai noodles were super tasty. However, we ordered our dinner, and were enjoying a glass of wine when no more than 5 minutes later did our dinner show up. We actually had to question the waiter if it was really ours because it was so quick to arrive. There was no need for an actual rush as our reservation was at 5:30 pm and the place was empty. The food was delicious, but it would have been nice to not feel like we were being thrown out.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Loved the theme of the restaurant and all the decor. The lighting makes it very comfortable and relaxing. The food is great and the drinks also. The waiter was very friendly and helped with all the questions we had. I definitely hope to dine there again.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Made a reservation for 8 adults and 1 child. We were seated at a table that fit 6 people comfortably. They ended up adding 3 chairs to an already crowded table which wasn't cool. The food is great as always. The spicy tuna on crispy rice is to die for and the sea bass skewers never disappoint.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great place, large venue with a vibrant and busy atmosphere, amazing fit out, food was good. It is a noisy which adds to the atmosphere, however if noise is not your thing this might not be the place for you.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We booked in advance of our trip to New York as it was recommended to us by a family member. The service was excellent. Our server, Kristian, was great and made us feel very welcome, explained the menu and gave good dish recommendations. The atmosphere was fantastic and was go again tomorrow if I could!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Good food and waiter service. We had to wait 45 mins past our reservation time for a table!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Love the place, but this time I thought it was too loud.\nThe food is great, but I bit pricey. Service is perfect.\nGreat selection of music by the DJ, but wrong volume. No conversation was possible. You had to scream for other people to hear and forget hearing anything the waiter said. It was like having dinner at a night club.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

TAO DT is the place to be in the city. 8pm-1am is primetime!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The service is not that good. We had a open table reservation and arrived on time, but they kept us waiting for over 10 min to get the table ready. We went there during the restaurant week and I was so surprised that they picked Pad Thai and Mongolian Beef as their entree in the menu... My understanding is that these dishes are favorite in fast food / bistros / take out places. We ordered Pad Thai and another entree outside the restaurant week menu. Turns out that both of them are too salty to be good. Even the ice cream in the dessert is too salty. I'm Chinese who born and raised in mainland Chin, from my view the food there is neither good traditional American Chinese food, nor delicious new Asian fusion, of course, not authentic Asian taste as well. The ambient is fine but too noisy. I feel I would never go again.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Nice spot but much more of a tourist place. Also noticed many many groups of birthday type events going on. Super loud massive space. A scene. Hard to compare to typical NYC restaurants but a nice experience overall. Had a good meal but for amazing Meatpacking Food Fig & Olive or Catch would be better choices. Worth a trip once to see it. Or better yet, a drink at the bar!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excellent. The Restaurant Week Menu had great options. Well worth going back.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Always a great time a Tao!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food was excellent

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We were a party of six. appetizers included tuna on Crispy rice and Spring rolls. Both OK.\nShrimp Pad Thai - one of the worst I have ever had. Bland - little flavor except for sweetness.\nThe assorted sushi was good, not great. The only amazing food was the Grilled Bronzino and\nthe molten chocolate cake with an amazing ice cream

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I have celiac disease and Tao was extremely unfriendly about it. They maybe have 5 items on the ENTIRE menu that were safe or could be modified to eat. I generally have no problem at all at Asian restaurants, so this was shocking to me. They pre-make a lot of the food with soy so you can't modify it. Most of their sushi (aside from plain sashimi) has sauces that contain soy or it was 'marinated' so couldn't be modified. \n\nThe waitress was beyond rude about checking on GF items and just in\ngeneral she was absent for about 20 minutes at a time. Not a great experience and wont be back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food was absolutly delicious and the serivice was impeccable

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love Tao every time I come. Never am let down. HAVE to try the Chicken Lollipops!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The midtown location had gotten stale so I was very excited for the dwntwn location to open up. It has a much more vibrant scene. The food is very good as expected. The service is typical NYC for large busy hotspots. Basically good waiters, stretched thin. But you come here for the vibe, the experience, and the food. I def recommend this place.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Attended Tao Downtown for restaurant week. The portions were generous and the food was absolutely delicious. However, our waiter was pretty rude once he figured out we weren't going to splurging beyond what we could afford. Mind you, we did get cocktails so we were spending over $150 between two people plus giving generous tips at the bar and coat check. Regardless, we were apparently not spending enough for Tao. It took four times asking for water before it arrived 45 minutes later, and the check came during dessert before we had finished and without being asked if we wanted anything else. Sad we were written off, as we would have returned at regular prices with better service for a birthday/anniversary, and were using restaurant week as a fun way to test a restaurant during a non special occasion. I would eat the food again but feel pretty turned off by the service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Beautiful restaurant. Me and my boyfriend only waited about 10 mins after our reservation time to be seated. Server was sweet and attentive. Our food was ready surprisingly fast and it was delicious. I was very glad that I made our anniversary dinner here. Can't wait until the next time!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is a 'must visit' restaurant in New York. Great décor, ambience and food!!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Went during restaurant week for my anniversary. I had low expectations because asian food is asian food sometimes. Boy was I wrong! A good portion of food and everything was super yummy. My favorite was the tuna over rice cake for appetizer. Mongolian beef was super tender. My hubby had the glazed bbq chicken. If you like a bit of kick, that's a winner! We'll be visiting again for sure!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I went here with 7 girlfriends for Restaurant Week. The ambiance is very cool and obviously has a nightclub vibe. Food was excellent...at the time...my friend ended up with severe food poisoning and, despite having ate there on Friday, is still feeling extremely sick. When we called to notify Tao, they were not accommodating - jumping us from one manager to another, to finally let us know we would have to reach out to a third party vendor to settle our issue.\n\nStay away from the sushi!!!! You've been warned!

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

Waited 45 minutes for our table and he kept saying soon. Soon. It was not soon. It's very loud and crowded.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excellent service and food! Went for restaurant week and had and amazing dinner for 38 dollars.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

When booking Tao Downtown, I knew that I could be in for a very loud time, but I thought booking an early meal at 7:30pm on a Thursday would give me a buffer. I was wrong. Tao is known for an energetic scene and that doesn't disappoint. You feel the energy of the room as soon as you enter the main entrance to check in.\nThe food was very good and the server was quick with the drinks. We went during restaurant week and had a wonderful time getting a feel of the cuisine based on the sampler menu.\nUnfortunately the 4 of us had to constantly shot to each other to be heard. We have lived in NYC for 30 years and were active in the club scene, so shouting to be heard is nothing new, we just don't want to do it over our meal.\nI would recommend this for the tourist or bridge and tunnel friend wanting to feel as if they got to experience a hot NYC club. For everyone else, there are a plethora of great restaurants with a quieter ambiance.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

First, I'd like to say that the interior of Tao Downtown is really awesome. It's hip eastern-influence plays well in the dimmed lighting with fun music pumping.\n\nThe food was pretty good, as well. It was high priced, but that's what I was expecting, as me and my lady wanted to treat ourselves to a night we usually can't afford. I would definitely recommend the vegetarian dim sum dumplings. There was less in the way of vegetarian options than we were hoping, but we could have done further advanced research of the menu.\n\nThe problem came with the check. Our server attended us well all night, but certainly was less enthusiastic and attentive as the night went on and it was clear we wouldn't be ordering more than two rounds of drinks. (He was quite good at up-selling.) Not unexpected, but a little disappointing. \n\nHowever, when the check was dropped, it did not reflect what we had ordered at all. When he saw us trying to figure this out, our server explained to us that he'd made a mistake and given the table next to us our check, and therefore we were receiving their check, which he assured was similar. In fact, he claimed that our check had been larger than theirs and that he'd given us a discount for the confusion. Considering my date only ordered asparagus tempura for her entree, the math, quite simply, did not add up. The bill was only $10-15 more than I had calculated it should have been, so we paid without question, but as we walked out I had a bad taste in my mouth: why did he try to sneak the wrong check to us instead of being up front about the mistake in the first place? Or why didn't he just recalculate our correct check? For such a nice place, it was a shady oversight.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Took a friend visiting from overseas during restaurant week. Had an amazing meal 3 course for $38 each plus drinks! That is phenomenal! Tao can be as inexpensive or crazy as you want it to be -such a good place!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food blew my mind! We opted for the restaurant week prefix of $38 per person and were NOT disappointed!! Must go!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Always a great experience but unfortunatly had food posioning on this last visit

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I went to Tao Downtown on a Wednesday night with my friend for dinner during restaurant week and ended up spending an unnecessary 4 hours there. We showed up an hour early to have a few drinks before we sat down, but ended up not being sat until a half hour after our reservation time. Once we were sitting service was slow and food came out sporadically, her meal came out 10 minutes before mine did. We then waited about 20 minutes after entrees for our dessert to arrive. They gave us a free drink to compensate for the slow service but needless to say we were about ready to leave once the check came. All in all it was a fun night. The food and ambience are always great at Tao. I just would think twice about coming during restaurant week next year.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We went for restaurant week but the restaurant week menu was sub par. We ended up ordering off the menu and I found the food was very tasty but greasy. The service was great and ambiance was beautiful.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Had a great time at Tao Downtown for restaurant week. Made reservations for 715p but we arrived a few min late. They hold the reservation for up to 15min so we were fine but we had to wait nonetheless about 30min. Once we were seated, we were served promptly. \n\nThe Mongolian Beef was amazing. As was the Mango Chili Martini. My date and I ordered the vegetable dumplings which I thought were really tasty. As was the spicy tuna app and the desserts. Everything was great! Restraurant week has some great deals. $38 for a three course meal is a steal. \n\nThe restaurant itself is amazing and breathtaking. It may have been the fanciest restraurant I've been to. The noise level is really loud so be prepared to just about yell to hear yourselves. Recommend you dress nice (blazer and/or collared shirt and nice denim jeans or dress pants). You'll fit right in if you do. I definitely recommend this restaurant and will be dining here again.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The interior was spectacular. The service was very nice. \n The appetizers ( spicy tuna on crispy rice and sea bass ) are very good and very large portion. Main ; salmon was ok. The deserts are very good and large portion.\n\nWe enjoyed the food and had a great time to watch the statue with artistic and wonderful projections.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing food!! The very best service!!! Very few words can properly explain the experience but they are all synonymous with WOW!!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Very nice place; good service

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food was awesome and service was great! Cant wait to go back!!

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

Horrible food & service. It's like eating in a marketplace with the noise and yet, the food is priced exorbitantly. Food did not taste good at all. Will never go back or recommend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Had to wait 40 minutes to get our table (despite having made a reservation 48 hours in advance). My chicken was raw. Service was hurried and impersonal. Enough said.

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

Made a reservation and had to wait an hour for a table. Is this a joke? \nKept being told table would be ready shortly. Why do you accept reservations?\nDefinitely will never come back, staff is very arrogant. They don't care about diners since restaurant is absolutely jammed.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The food was great as always, however for two people the tab came out to $250, which was very overpriced, however the food was delicious. The biggest problem for me was the service, our waitress was very rude and uptight. She demanded that we had to place the order all at once, we ordered but we're left hungry and wanted to order another rice and she said we couldn't order again because you can only order once. What kind of service is that?! She also then asked us if we wanted dessert and told us if not then we had to give up the table, even though we were still ordering drinks. We had been here before and nothing like this had ever happened, we had ordered normally and were not pressured for time. And let me say that I went on a Wednesday night, and it was not extremely busy. I love this place but this waitress needs to check her attitude

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food was great! Highly recommend the Giant fortune cookie for desert. Staff were friendly and service was quick. I personally work as a server at a restaurant at the Mall At Short Hills and I was impressed that regardless of how busy it god that the service remained great! Keep it up Tao!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We had to wait over 45 minutes for our table. When we got to our table, the noise from the speakers were so loud that we could not talk to the others at the table and we could not hear what the waitress said about the menu. The service was ok. The food was really good.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The restaurant was kind enough to give us free drink tickets for the wait but to st down at 11pm for a 9:30 reservation wasnt the best. Luckily we had nowhere to go after but it would have been very upsetting if we did!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Cocktails at the bar followed by brilliant meal and friendly service - what more can you ask for? Interior design is great, also a feast for the eyes.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

What a fabulous girls night out to celebrate a 40th Birthday!! From the drinks to the food, service to the ambiance and the DJ- AMAZING!! This is definitely a hot spot and the perfect place to celebrate any and everything great!! Even the healthy menu (veggies) were delish!! You can't go wrong with Tao Downtown!!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We had a great time having dinner for 2. Food was great, table service was excellent, price it's little high. We had a reservation at 20:15, we get to the restaurant at 20:10, and we only get our table not before 21:00.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

It is pathetic that you have to wait an add'l hour after the reservation time to sit

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

All time NYC fav-- great location, food is stellar, great drinks, and a very lively atmosphere-- great for pics!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

First time for me second time for my girl friend. It was our one year anniversary and we had such a great experience. Although the drinks were a little pricey it was expected due to their location in the city. We Ordered the dim sum platter which tasted great (aside from the one with wasabi in it, not a big fan of wasabi) and duck and lobster fried rice. Everything was amazing. The ambiance was so comfortable and calm aside from the music being a little loud. Would definitely recommend this place to friends and would definitely come back for another occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Tao was delicious and a great experience. I had the crispy thai pork and my partner had the spicy cashew chicken. We also had the pork bao buns and shrimp and pork dumplings for an appetizer. Everything was fresh and hot and came out fairly quickly. I would recommend Tao to anyone who has a taste for asian cuisine.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Tao Downtown is an excellent experience - the décor is vast and exciting, and the food is delicious and well-presented. We went with teenagers and everyone loved it!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

This is a flashy Meat Packing restaurant. To see and be scene. Interesting food and atmosphere, but I bit too trendy.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

After having some overpriced drinks and spending a couple of hundreds in this restaurant I wasnt allowed to the nightclub and I got grossly offensive attitud from the doormen and the bouncers who allowed certain people to get in right through while leaving me and my fiancé among a few others in the cold and under the rain for over 20 minutes till we gave up and left. We were very well dressed over the standards and their own requirements, I had enough money to spend, I know how to dance better than most people, no way any of us could represent a thread to anyone or the place itself, no even a minor risk of me or my fiancé of aproaching or disturbing noone to pretend no even a word..... Im guessing OUR CRIME: \nNot to have that europian or millionarie look or accent

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

This restaurant was great! Highly recommended if you want to eat good food and enjoy a great ambiance! Be prepared to make reservations a while before hand as this restaurant gets booked up fast!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love this place- food is amazing staff is excellent can't wait to go back :)

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Good quality Asian food is the best thing about this restaurant. \nMusic and ambiance are great.\nOn the other hand, it's overcrowded because it's small. We got our table 30 minutes after the time marked in our reservation.\nEverything else was good.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We really enjoyed this restaurant and the food was outstanding would definitely go back there if in New York again

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love Tao, music was great, service from Chris was great! Love the bar upstairs... great place to just have a great time!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great place for drinks and food. My favorite is the fried rice! Not very common thing to order at this restaurant but I guarantee you won't regret it. The rolls are delicious as well. At dinner times they have a dj which makes it fun to go with friends!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great restaurant!! I was there for my bday 12/22/15 and had a blast. The staff and most importantly the food was excellent! I will definitely recommend this place.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The unique ambience is highly enjoyable.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Went to Tao for dinner with my girlfriend. We live on the island so wanted to try something nice in the city and everyone told me had to go there. Food was amazing, staff and service was also top notch. One of a small handful of places that I couldn't find one thing to suggest that they could do better.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I set up a dinner at Tao Downtown recently for my mother's birthday. We were not impressed by the service. After being seated we ordered but as we had enough time with the menu we ordered all drinks, appetizers and entrees at once so we could get rid of our menus and enjoy ourselves, thinking that they would treat the items we noted as appetizers as such and bring them out before our meal. We then waited over 15 minutes for our wine and water that we ordered when our waitress came over to us and asked if we would like to see a dessert menu. We replied that we had not even received our drinks or food. It was kind of ridiculous that our waitress had no idea what point of the meal her table was at and had completely forgotten about our drink order. A few minutes later a manager of sorts came to ask how we were doing and we noted that we were a bit annoyed because our wine and water that we ordered still had not come out and that our waitress did not seem to know what point of the meal we were at. He apologized and soon after our drinks came out but then within seconds all of our food came out as well, appetizers and entrees all at once. We were kicking ourselves that we did not order them staggered but given the slow service we had been experiencing that might have been for the best. We had indicated what was an appetizer but also at such a fine dining establishment we expect them to know what order to bring the food out to the table and that nobody wants to eat and entrée and two appetizers at the same time. At all other similar restaurants we go to where we are paying similar prices, the wait staff is well aware of the timing of service food. Our complaints about not receiving our drinks should not have resulted in all the food coming out in a whirlwind for us to quickly consume while it was all still hot. At dessert, they did provide us an additional item on the house which we appreciated, but overall I was disappointed in our experience here.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I've passed by Tao many times when in NY. However, I never actually booked a reservation until this last trip. We were a party of five and I booked at the last minute, so nothing was available until 10:15PM on the Friday we arrived. If we thought there would be less of afree 10PM, we were wrong. The place was buzzing! We went to the crowded bar while waiting for our table. The bar was just as crowded as the dining room. However, we were okay with this. We had friends in our party that had never experienced the delightful chaos that is the New York dining scene. It took a half hour for our table to be ready. The food was excellent. The noise level while dining was very loud, not only due to the fact that there were so many people dining, but also because there was a DJ playing music right in the dining room. The dining room itself is dramatic and something out of an 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' set. The dining room sits below street level, so when you come in off the street and into the dining room you descend a grand staircase...great for people watching and making your grand entrance. A huge multi-armed statue of Buddha stands guard over the entire dining room and is the focal point of the venue. Banquettes, dramatic lighting, statuary, and huge calligraphy on ceiling panels add to the ambience. Food here can be moderately priced to very expensive. The most expensive item on the menu is a steak dish at $88.00 a pop. If you don't like crowds or noise stay clear of this place. If you want to experience what a real NY dining experience can then you will love this place.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

First time at Tao. Amazing experience. My boyfriend and I went there for our 4 year anniversary on a Sunday and it was absolutely amazing. The atmosphere was perfect - loose, elegant, social, romantic. The food was not only pleasing to the eye but very pleasing to the tongue. Very tasty. We loved everything we tried. I recommend the lobster wontons as a starter and the sesame chicken as well. the glazed salmon and the rare tuna were very delicious as well as entrees. The place is decorated in such a detail oriented manner. You will be amazed. Oh and server Chris was awesome!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Tao Downtown was a great experience. All the dishes we ordered were great. We were disappointed this location doesn't have kung pao chicken (the Midtown one does). The waitress recommended one small plate and one entree per person because the portions are small, but we didn't follow this and still ended up with a lot of food. We ordered about 3 small plates and 4 entrees (not including the duck fried rice), and 2 vegetable sides. Plenty of food we took home leftovers. My favorite dish was the cauliflower, it was sweet and spicy and absolutely delicious. Cocktails were very very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I've been to TAO several times and the atmosphere is always great. Food is very very good as well. The only really BAD thing about this restaurant are the host's 'you're table will be ready in 5 minutes, people are already paying' message that we got for almost 2 hours. Our reservation was for 9.45pm... Didn't get seated until 11.30pm!! should have left the restaurant but b/c we had a big group, finding a table at 10.30pm in the neighborhood would've been tough. Don't think we'll be back after this experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I have been to Tao Downtown several times. This time I found the food to be just ok. Of the 3 entrees we got - Pad Thai, Beef Mongolian and Spicy Chili Chicken, I liked none. Pad Thai was tasteless. Chicken was pretty much chicken and red onions for $32. Beef was a snooze.\n\nI think I may be moving on from this restaurant. I need more than atmosphere for these prices.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We booked a table at Tao on a recommendation. We were suprised when we enter the location about the enormous space and the architecture of the restaurant. But due to this huge room the noise level was very high. The service was absolutely guest oriented and friendly. The food excellent and perfectly arranged. For sure a location we want to be again during our next stay in NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I took my two teen nieces to Tao for a birthday celebration. It was perfect! We waited 30 minutes past our reservation. The staff was exceptional and everyone we came in contact with was friendly, professional and accommodating. wenhad a great table and the food was better than I expected. I was disappointed when our server was taking our appetizer dishes away before we were finished and bringing our entrees. I advised we were being rushed and needed to slow down. Absolutely no issue after. It was a great celebration and I will go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The food was okay, but in my opinion certainly not worth the price. It's a cool looking place and I loved the atmosphere but I probably wouldn't go back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I was celebrating my birthday and I have to say I loved everything about this place. The food was great and so was the service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great place to visit in Meat packing district. Very loud so be prepared. I made a 6:45pm reservation and wasn't seated until 7:40 so be prepared to wait. Bar is awesome atmosphere is great!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Loved the food and the atmosphere, very vibrant. Like the open space of the restaurant and tables along the stairs. It can maby be at bit loud if your are planning a romantic date, bur for friends, groups and people that enjoys liveliness around, it`s perfect. The food was great! Will definitely recommend it to friends and family!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Delicious food, elegant presentation, incomparable ambiance. Very impressive from the moment you step in the door. Worth a trip.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything was great about this place. I came from out of town and this this place recommended to me by a friend who lives in NYC and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend it but make sure you book a reservation way in advance our you will be eating earlier or later then you would probably like.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary, romantic and energizing environment and tasty food and great deserts.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place has a club like feel with soft music playing. Our waiter was energetic and very helpful when it came to selecting our dishes. The food was amazing and Tao in general just left an impression on us. Would consider this place for future engagements.

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

We were a party of 5 and our existence seemed to be an imposition to our waitress. We ordered hot dishes and sushi. When the kitchen staff delivered the hot entrees, our waitress made a brief appearance to confirm everything was OK. We pointed out that we were missing half of our food, to which she informed that the sushi comes from another kitchen and 'it's on its way.' She then passed our table on numerous occasions intentionally avoiding eye-contact. Halfway thru our meal we were able to waive her down and remind her of the sushi, to which she responded 'it comes from another kitchen; it's on its way.' Shortly thereafter the sushi finally arrived. In summary, the food was mediocre and the service disappointing. It will be a long time before we give Tao another chance.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Waiter was not very nice he didn't do anything wrong but not very helpful

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The low service rating has to do specifically with the hostess who was standoffish. The waiter, Eduardo was terrific. The hostess; however, elicited a demeanor of lack of interest in me as a guest. She was more preoccupied with chit-chatting on her headset. It was not business chatter for sure due to her laughing and bantering back and forth. Shouldn't she have taken care of the dinner guests first?! She never acknowledged me or wished me a pleasant dinning experience. She was totally unprofessional and never said goodbye and thank you when I left. I would never have a person like her running the front of the house. 'You're Fired', is what she needs to hear.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Overall we had a good experience at Tao Downtown. However, a couple of things could have taken our dining experience from good to exceptional and are as follows: (1) when we arrived we were told our table wasn't ready and were steered to the bar (2) when our table for two was ready it was very awkward! It was essentially a small couch with a VERY LOW coffee-table-style table. I couldn’t imagine eating noodles in such an awkward position, not to mention that I am 30 weeks pregnant with a huge belly. I thought the hostess should have taken this into account before seating us here. When we asked to be seated elsewhere they did oblige and seat us at a normal table. (thank goodness!) (3) Our waiter was excellent and very helpful with navigating the extensive menu. However, we were really surprised at the portion sizes- all the main dishes were HUGE (Hong Kong fried noodles, crispy pork, pork belly fried rice- everything was massive) . This would be a major plus if dining in a group, but with only two we were left with so much food it was ridiculous. The appetizers seemed to be a more normal size (lobster egg rolls and pot stickers)- both were excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The place is beautiful but so overpriced. The food was average and nothing special.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We arrived at the restaurant with high expectations, which never came to fruition.\n\nThe design and atmosphere were the best part of the luxurious restaurant.\n\nThe waiter was kind and helpful but could not explain the size of the plates and so we ordered too much food.\n\nThe soup was brought cold and returned to the kitchen for heating. The waiter pointed out that the soup was spicy but it was impossible to eat it (I usually like spicy dishes).\n\nMy wife's dish was not more than ok. \n\nI don't think we will come again.

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

The service we received was horrible....we will def never go back there...for the amount of money you spend there we should receive good service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Best meal we had while visiting NY and were so glad a friend recommended it before we left home. Everything about our experience was so enjoyable cocktails starters and entres but most especially our deserts. We chose what was like a mint Oreo icecream cake 😀amazing. Looking forward to my next visit when I return to NY.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food and drinks

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Totally worth a 'MUST SEE' for anyone visiting NYC for the first time and looking for somewhere spectacular for a special occasion ... 7 Stars (at least)

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Booked our table one month in advance which you need to do. Got there taken straight to our table, and the venue really is amazing. Great service drinks taken quickly and served quickly!! Even though venue was extremely busy our food came within 20 mins. Beautiful food the best sushi I have eaten. Would defiantly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The vast seating area and overall ambiance is an experience you will never forget.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Entering the restaraunt was exciting with the decor and archways. Hostess was friendly and showed us to our table. The food and wine were excellent. Best of all was our waiter, Christian. He was friendly, attentive and outgoing. His food suggestions were delicious. We celebrated a birthday and Christisn made a wonderful desert presentation. Overall our dining experience was fabulous, thanks to the fantastic food and our waiter Christian. Please make sure Christisn (and his manager) know what a great job he did and how happy we were!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Overall it was great , the food, the atmosphere and service was really good the food came quickly, fresh and hot. \nThe only thing I was disappointed is the waiting time for our table about 50m from the time i reserve the table for. \nBut except that it was great.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is a great place to try small plates so your table can try a bunch of different dishes. Food is amazing, and if you've never been here in New York, you have to have dinner at Tao!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

3rd time in row being there on time with rsvp but got the table after 1 hour waiting. They always overbook and also sneak in random guests. We don't need free drink, and seek good service and punctuality, special are brining important guests.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We waited over an hour even though we had a proper reservation...

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We had a reservation for 9:30 PM and couldn't be seated before 10:30 PM because the reservation list was backed up. The hostess was very correct and gave us a round of drinks. Food and service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I loved our server and the hosts were very friendly. My only complaint aside from the music being a little too loud (live DJ was great, though) was the size of the omakase service. When I ordered it, I was expecting service in stages. Instead, it was served all in one go in a dish that overtook the table. It was gorgeous. It was delicious. But it was less enjoyable because it was too big to maneuver around. I recommend going the small-plates route instead, and I'll do that next time.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food and service was good. The only thing that bothered us was that although we had made a reservation we had to wait 30 min before our table was ready.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We were seated right away, in a good location. However, our table had an extra chair (which was awkward) and we were so close to the two tables next to us the servers couldn't get around our table to serve. The menu is pretty extensive and we stuck primarily to small plates (including noodles and rice), some sushi and one entree. There were a few things that stood out like the dumplings, short ribs, satay chicken and the cod entree. The rest of our dishes were very average - not what you would expect for $20/dish. The real kicker was that upon seeing our bill, we were charged $45 for 'still' water, which we thought was just finest (as it was very hard to hear our waitress). If you are looking for a place to celebrate, 'be seen', with a good vibe, in the happening Meat-packing District, this is the place for you. If you prefer great food, a bit less noise (so you can talk to your friends/not scream), and not over-paying, there are tons of other places that you could celebrate in a somewhat similar style. It served it's purpose for a special night out - more for the awe factor for 16 years olds and less so for the parents that head out eatery weekend and know what's out there.

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

Not Worth my time nor my money. We had to wait for Ih before we got our booked table.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Tao really was a great experience for us. The wait staff was very helpful in navigating their huge menu, and we ordered a bunch. Every single thing we had was great. The crispy rice tuna was our favorite...we could have eaten this all night. Also enjoyed spicy Szechuan dumplings, Cantonese cauliflower, shrimp pad Thai, and everything else. \n\nThe place is really amazing inside, and I would recommend a table on the 'stairs' if you have a small party (2-3) because you have a great view of the entire restaurant. \n\nWe went at 6:30 which was a little early, and while it was bustling, it wasn't crazy loud.