Tao Uptown

4.5 based on 2071 reviews
Cuisine Type Asian
Price Range $31 to $50
Neighborhood Midtown East

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About Tao Uptown

A 16-foot Buddha, which floats above a reflecting pool filled with Japanese carp, presides over the scene at Tao. A favorite destination for celebrities and athletes, this Pan Asian restaurant specializes in authentic Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines. Tao has three levels of dining including the prized "Skybox" which offers views of this former movie theater unparalleled in New York. In addition to its 300 seats, Tao includes a sushi bar, lounge and two bars at which to enjoy the food and the show. Appetizers range from $8 - $18; Entrees: $16 -$39. Offering $27.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.
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  1. Dinner Menu
  2. Dim Sum Brunch
  3. Catering Menu

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4.5
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Based on 2,071 reviews
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4.5
Food
4.4
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4.6
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We dined at the Tao in Las Vegas, and it was spectacular. So I decided I wanted to go to Tao Uptown for my birthday, and it did not disappoint! The food was phenomenal, the service great, and they even put candles in my dessert. I will definitely be going back next time I am in New York.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always awesome.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Generally ok. Was nothing too special. I do not recommend the mixed seafood in brown sauce. The lobster comes unshelled and buried in sauce. Impossible to eat without a mess. We sent it back and got scallops. My entree was Kung pao chicken. Again, pretty pedestrian. The ambiance is very cool and our service was good, but there are better Asian restaurants in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We all loved it! Loved decor, music and food! Service was great as well.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Positives: As you enter you receive a beeper that will let you know when you may be seated. There is a large waiting area with seating and tables. There is a bar at the waiting area as well. Once you are seated you will notice the restaurant has three levels. There are high ceilings, about 4 stories high if you are looking up from the main floor. The menu is great and well focused on a theme. The food is well priced ($$$) and the ambience is amazing. Food tastes very fresh and there are gluten free options. \nNegative: The service. My waitress didn't take her time with my date and I. The noise level doesn't allow waiters/waitresses to hear across the table so I had to speak for my date. Also, my waitress left home in the middle of my dining. I had a replacement come and help. Everyone knows a waitress should not leave if her table is still dining.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful server! Kudos it was my most enjoyable experience at that location.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing !! Will go again.. very accommodating...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was amazing

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good, but overrated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great fun experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful experience for a New York City visit .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The charged our credit card $500 in addition to our bill. Beware!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was very good but not exceptional would recommend

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tonight the food was awful. Very disappointing considering this is normally a favorite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a Great Place to entertain and impress.\n\nI am a chef and was attending a regional chef's convention in NYC. So where do you bring a group of chefs who all very hard to impress? Bring them to TAO.\n\nIf you are bringing clients or co-workers out on the town, there is zero risk with the TAO choice!! Everybody will love it and you can be a hero and look like a real foodie expert!!! The service is so good you might just feel guilty. The Ambience is unmatched in Midtown. And the food is an experience that your guests will talk about for days. My friends haven't stopped talking about the wonderful evening.\n\nSpecial thanks to the hostess team. I changed my reservation numbers at least 4 times and they just rolled with it and made my guests feel special. Even at the last minute another person joined and the staff accommodated us with smiles.\n\nOur waiter suggested a shared tasting menu which everyone loved. The Sea Bass was off the charts! And, we enjoyed the largest sushi platter I've ever seen.\n\nWe had a few guests in our party of 15 that had special food restrictions and NO Problem, they also dined like kings.\n\nTAO Uptown is housed in a former movie theater which has been gutted so 4 stories of exposed brick and 30 foot Oriental art and sculptures give you the feeling of being off in a far away land.\n\nI've been there before and will definitely be back.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant manager was a complete asshole. He so oke to a women in my party like she was a child.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place. Great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a beautiful ambiance. Loved the service, the staff were very friendly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love everything about this restaurant. Recommend the orange chicken.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great dinner in a hip place. Our waiter was attentive without being bothersome. The food was beautiful and tasty. Zero complaints.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great and the ambiance was amazing! The service was below average. Our server only checked on us twice the whole time we were there. The salmon was waaaaaaay over priced. It was $32 for an appetizer size portion, that was over cooked.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was amazing. The restaurant is gorgeous. The food is delicious. Everything about the restaurant is great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible atmosphere! Went for a late lunch with a bunch of girl friends and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful when it came to navigating the menu and giving suggestions. The menu was quite extensive and offered a broad range of options for everyone at the table- a vegan included! Would highly recommend to anybody visiting NYC looking for an interesting meal and ambiance

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this place, ambience is great and food amazing! However, why bother make reservations? We always get our table at least half hour past the time, it's getting a little old...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Such an amazing experience! We always go out to nice restaurants but I have to say that this is one of the better one's I've been to. We went at 5 pm so it wasn't too loud but at around 6:30 the music started to get louder. The food was absolutely amazing! Would 10/10 recommend the shabu shabu and practically everything else!! Service is amazing! Atmosphere is amazing! Will definitely be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun, good food and drink. A long wait for our table because we 20 minutes late.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome! Great time had by all. Good food, good friends and great ambience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best rib eye steak I ever had!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took my family out for dinner for her birthday. The ambience was chill, they had great drinks, friendly staff, good music, and most of all very delicious dishes. My waiter, Craig was probably one of the coolest employees there. Being thatbit was our first time at Tao, he took a time out to explain the menu and answer any and all question we had. His customer service was on point. I would definitely recommend Tao to my friends and family. I had a great time and I would most definitely come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cool, fun, and beautiful art with architect and delicious Chinese food. The wait staff is professional, hospitable, and helpful if you need help picking a menu item. My only complaint is the bathroom is located on the basement so if you're seated on the second level it's a little exhausting to climb all those stairs even for the most in shape patron.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for lunch. Tao has a Prix fix lunch but do yourself a favor and order off the regular menu. More pricey, but worth it. We started by sharing duck egg rolls and edamame. Egg rolls could have used a little more duck but very tasty. Edamame had a nice bit of salt crunch. We moved on to steak and salmon. The steak was perfect,tender and perfectly cooked (medium rare) with a nice touch of Asia flavoring. The salmon was a good piece of fish, well flavored, but I asked for medium rare and it was definitely medium. Not overcooked enough to ruin it or I would have sent it back, but cooked enough to make it not loved by this salmon lover. We shared an apple blossom dessert that was terrific - a turnover type pastry that was light and crunchy filled with perfectly cooked apple with a side of vanilla ice cream and caramel. A sweet finish in both senses of the word. The service was very attentive and helpful. All in all, definitely worth going back to.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service were excellent. Clients were impressed with food and ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great dinner! Great drinks. Great place to go with a crowd

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband & I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. I was freezing cold with the ridiculous air conditioning and then I suffered food poisoning all night approximately 3 hrs after I had eaten. Never again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and son got food poisoning after eating here :( They had sushi and I didn't.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food tasted great. Unfortunately got food poisoning after.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice Decor music wasn't too loud. Food was really good nice and fresh a little pricey but worth it. Service was great. I ordered the dragon tail ribs, coconut shrimp, lo mein and pia thia noodle. The drinks Tao-tini and Lotus Blossom. I would definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food ! Great ambiance ! Good service !\nThey took us to the table 15 minutes later ....reservation was for 8 pm but the overall experience was worth the delay

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a fun go-to spot for large groups of friends - always a fun night out

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated right away and approached by our server, but after the initial greeting, the service was spotty. She disappeared for long stretches and rushed us when she did appear. The food was delicious, but my $18 drink left a lot to be desired.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

table My friend and I set Was very very small .. plate Were all over I didn't order an extra Drink because there was no space to put it .. I had to ask for a server after sitting down for 10 min because she didn't even approach the table .. she has taking care of me before but I don't know what happend On Monday Service was Horrible ..

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, fast service, we were out in 1 hour. Nice interior

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is incredible! The inside of the restaurant is spectacular with soaring ceilings, s giant Buddha statue, and a second floor. The bathrooms are really cool! The food and service was exceptional. This is my favorite sushi restaurant hands-down.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was crappy but the food was PHENOMINAL! The people watching was a perk too

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It had a very calm and relaxing ambiance. The food my date and I got came out in a timely manner as well as the food be very delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really good food and the atmosphere was amazing. Good service. The prices are higher than average.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The wait for a table was 20 minutes after our reservation, but the service was excellent and the food was also excellent. Very noisy. Amazing decor with a giant Buddha statue looking over everyone. Excellent potstickers. Asian fusion menu; very tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent I would recommend to anyone

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Valentine's Day Celebration with My Babies!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is amazing! Food was out of this world!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service, we ordered the pork potstickers, scallops and coconut shrimp. Everything was delicious. We dined on the second level which gave us a nice view of the whole restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is average - normal sushi and fried ice nothing out of this world in terms of flavour etc.\nOverall a good spot but very noisy and seating is crowded.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Buzzy, trendy atmosphere and interesting pan-asian dishes and cocktails. Good for special occaions.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The overall experience I had tonight was atrocious. From having to wait 30 minutes for a table despite having a reservation, to the uncooked rice. I had relatively high expectations given that the prices are quite high, however, i was very disappointed. Every dish was either too salty or way too sweet. The chicken pad thai tasted like it was dipped in syrup, and even after getting it remade, it was still unbelievably sweet. This was a very disappointing experience with a high price tag.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My best friend and I went for dinner and had wonderful food. It was a little loud where we were sitting (the lower floor against the wall on the other side of the bar). The cocktails are also delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Girls night

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visiting nyc. Met up with our niece delicious food and gracious service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service, cool atmosphere visually, very good food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice but too

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place is just too damn loud to even have a conversation! The server can't hear you when you try to get his/her attention- the noise level is terrible.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant is racist. Chased myself and guest down the block with 3 security guards accusing us of walking out on the bill and once we walked back inside to clear it up they said we were 'free to go' with not even an apology.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my Best friends birthday and our server Joe was outstanding! Thank you food was awesome

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Third trip to Tao. Always great food and experience. They are busy and service suffers sometimes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dinner was delicious and our waitress Mary was beyond wonderful. The ambiance was exactly what NYC is. Trendy and fabulous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food with beautiful decor. Perfect place for any occasion

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Out waitress was phenomenal! Everything was extraordinary, as always

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The waitress Mary was excellent. My service rating factors the reception we received. I made my reservation with ample time before the date, and requested specific seating arrangement. Not only did I get a call in the morning the day-of to confirm my reservation, but she also confirmed my specific request. When we arrived, we were taken to an entirely difference seating area. Although the girl that took us to seating is not responsible, I mentioned that I had made specific seating arrangements. She said she would mention to manager, and a few minutes later one of the floor manager came over. He first started to make an argument for why he thinks our current seating was so great, and continued by saying that 'we' do not promise seating. Probably more annoying was his demeanor, as he continued talking... How is promising seating and reserving seating not the same...! Also, why did someone call day-of to confirm both reservation and request?!\n\nWe asked if we could move to our desired area, and his response was that seating for our request wouldn't be available for sometime, so my wife made the decision to stay. A few minutes after he left, while giving our drink order to the waitress, another girl came over and said she would be moving us to our requested seating area. Where we had Mary serving us. \n\nIt was a special evening, and I took steps to confirm things were going to plan. Unfortunately they did not share the memo!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food overall was good. Ordered the typhoon lobster - - on the menu it stated it was $51 but was charged $53. Two bucks different so didn't say anything but still strange. Also not enough lobster for the price. Mostly shell. Should have stuck to usual order.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Sevice was written to say the least.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to Tao several times but I must say this time I wasn't impressed and I don't think I'll be returning. I feel like you ran your course.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our meals were great as usual. The server did a nice job of pacing the dining experience. I requested a table as I usually do when we go to Tao. The staff did an excellent job accommodating my request. Always a good experience at Tao. I always recommend it to friends!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Choose a music concept and stick with it - Footloose then Uber Lounge not congruent .... lol

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing!!!! Love this place. Everyone I was with moved everything they had. No complaints at all

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We will return on our next trip to the big apple! Outstanding meal and ambiance!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good atmosphere good music

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was very good but expensive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao never disappoints. The food is always perfect. A family favorite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food...packed (usial for a friday night)so sometimes finding our waiter was tough...but overall great food...great drinks....great atmosphere

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I used to love this place years ago. It was always packed and the vibes were amazing. I came back last Thursday after a couple of years: the place was empty, the crowd was 'lower level' and even the food wasn't as good as I remembered... disappointed :(

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a very nice place , good food and nice decoration,they should lower the music a little.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dad's birthday

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went with my siblings for restaurant week and the experience was very cool. We were seated on the 2nd floor right at the balcony to be able to see the Buddha. It was awesome! The ambience was very cool, as well as the options they had for their restaurant week lunch menu. All three of us got the Chimichurri steak, which was pretty good. The deserts had a nice presentation as well as taste and overall really good service!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Horrible experience. Made reservation on open table and still had to wait 20 minutes when the restaurant was mostly empty. The table we were at had no light and had to use our phones to even see the menu. Salmon was undercooked, vegetables were not seasoned at all, and appetizers were cold. \n\nWill never step foot in here again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao Uptown was great ...the food came in time and the waitress was very nice... THe chocolate molten is heaven on a plate ...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Your palette will be pleased!!!! From the wait staff to meal and desert - every detail was amazing!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was truly disappointed by my experience. I've been to Tao on numerous occasions, but every dish that we picked was awfully sweet. The only upside is that service was extremely good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not my first visit. Won't be my last.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Un esperienza fantastica. The best food and cocktails .

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was excellent and we did not feel rushed, however food was just ok, especially for the price. Room was too loud for easy conversation.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very over rated. Nice ambience. Upscale version of PF Chang's.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to TAO in Las Vegas and it was wonderful, NY not so much. The space is very cool, like Vegas but the food and service, not even close. \n\nI ordered the sea bass and a wine from Carneros- I received salmon and a wine from Sonoma- it was served so cold I could not taste the wine. While my salmon was replaced with the sea bass- it was cooked quickly and lacked flavor. When the waitress asked the manager to replace my wine, he was so rude asking me if I looked at the bottle- the restaurant is very dark and I have never been treated so rudely- he and the waitress acknowledged the wine listing on the menu was wrong- she tried to make things better- but it was a huge disappointment. And the prices are very high.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Place was good, i really liked all the decoration, food was good

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was sad to find out that they were only doing restaurant week during lunch time. Either way, my dinner date and I, had a great time. The drinks were good! The food was awesome. I really enjoyed myself, especially the tea at the end. Helped with all the food we ate.\n\nAwesome dinning experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great time with a great table overlooking the first floor . The waitstaff made sure my daughter's sweet 16 went well. The food was very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere, tasty authentic food, excellent service. Will go here again for sure

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Celebrating birthday with a friend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is consistently delicious and top notch. We went for dinner and I felt the prices are a bit high. Even if you knock down the price by $5, it would help a great deal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very trendy restaurant, the atmosphere was great, food was good, not great

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to Tao a few times and the service is always consistent. Food, drinks and ambiance was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took my best friend here for her birthday and she was very happy as was I. The desert was great and they wrote 'Happy Birthday' on it for her. Just sad that the sky box wasn't open I was hoping to be seated there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao uptown never lets down. One of the best restaurants during restaurant week. Amazing any time of the year.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Tao downtown is way better. Not only is the food quality better but the overall experience is a lot better than the uptown Tao

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I booked this dinner through open table following the directions given about restaurants week and the discount offered through it. \nUnfortunately when I arrived they told me that they don't participate on restaurant week. 🤦🏻‍♂️ \nEnded up when over my budget but the restaurant itself and the food was very nice. \nThanks

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved it \nEvery trip to NYC Tao is a must stop

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and drink are perfect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Atmosphere was lovely and service was wonderful! 3rd time back here and planning more trips in the future!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual, Tao is always good for business meal won't the service and ambience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice ambiance food spectacular one of my must go places in NYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great restaurant week pre-fixe menu. Many restaurants really limit choices for Restaurant Week. Tao had the most offerings on their pre-fixe menu. All the food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place and great food and great music. \nLove this place

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

If you still haven't gone to Tao Uptown or Downtown, what even are you doing?\nThis place is phenomenal -- wonderful service, beautiful design, fantastic atmosphere, and incredible food. Couldn't be happier.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere is great! The services was also great. However, the food was not that impressive especially with its cost. It is a good place for a date or during Resturant Week, which disappoints me that there was no dinner special courses. Overall, it is a good place for intimacy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun ambiance, but a bit noisy. Great food and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing restaurant, food was great and the ambiance was amazing. Elegant place, for sure will be on top of my list.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time going to Tao Uptown. I still wasn't too impressed this time around either but only chose to take my teen so she can have the experience. Food was okay. You pay mostly for the ambiance and the hype. Enjoyed the broth of the spicy dumpling soup, the actual dumplings tasted a bit off. Bronzino was nicely grilled over green beans. My daughter enjoyed the chicken lettuce wraps, but she said she's had better. She appreciated the Kung pao chicken not having a thick coating of breading. We traveled far to eat there and were underwhelmed with the food especially for its price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao is one of the best restaurants in Manhattan, It is great for a special occasion or just a quiet dinner.Bringing people for the first time you know,\n they will never be disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Truly a great place. Amazing ambiance , people, food and drinks. Never a Hassel. Staff was very courteous and polite. Our waiter was the best.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and drinks were average and extremely over priced. The ambiance was great and service was good as well. I've had better dishes and drinks for way cheaper.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao's $32 three-course prefixe lunch was a bargain in NYC. We went on a weekday and was promptly seated on the first floor.  There was an enormous Budda statute in the room to match the name of the restaurant.  However, the room was so dark that we had to use our phone's flash light to read the menu. \n\nFor starters, the Grilled short ribs had large portion size and well cooked. We also enjoyed the Lemon grass shrimp skewers. But the Papaya chicken salad was very salty.  We added some hot tea to temper it.\n\nFor main course, the Branzino was flavorful, tender with crispy skins.  My friend had the Sashimi chirashi bowl. In addition to the rice bowl with sashimi on top, it also came with five pieces of sushi rolls. She enjoyed them.\n\nThe presentation of the Banana pudding left much to be desired. The Mango sorbet was a better choice for dessert.\n\nOverall, it was a very good lunch for its value and convenient location.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, nice decor, cool ambience. Good for celebrations.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

good spot for tourists and those that dont get to the city often\nfood is ok but does not stand out at all- high priced, noisy ambiance\nall style no substance- save the money

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was excellent, but the food was mediocre and overpriced. Sushi rolls were tiny and was not fresh at all. The spicy tuna tartare on crispy rice was great in comparison to the king crab roll. Lobster roll was just okay. The lunch specials are decently priced for the venue but the steak entree was not medium and not only was it cold, it was extremely salty. \nSome of the seafood dumplings in the soup tasted spoiled.\nThe best part of the meal was my wife's dessert, she chose the Banana Pudding, while I had the chocolate peanut cake. I couldn't finish mine and I love dessert! Unless you're really into peanut butter, avoid this dessert. Should've named it peanut butter cake. \nWe will not return for a second visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao kinda speaks for itself. It is one of the premiere spots of Thai cuisine in NY, and it lives up to the hype. The decor is fantastic, with a big Buddha statue to the back of the restaurant that's 2 floors high, in addition to some surrounding fountain waterworks. The pad thai is the best that I've had from any Thai spot so far, although its equally pricier, but you're also paying for the decor and name. That aside, its popularity means booking a little ahead as it's always filled. They have great drink and dessert selection, and I highly recommend it for a special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service, duck fried rice was amazing

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was great waiter was really professional ... plus good was great and desserts Amazing

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao never disappoints. I've been to this location many times. Food service and ambiance is excellent. \nBig a credit card because you will pay the price for this place

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great time for my wife's birthday. Great atmosphere, great service and the food was amazing

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very pleasant experience. Service was friendly, fast and professional. Food was excellent and we enjoyed this impromptu outing. Restaurant week lunch menu gave an excellent choice of dishes and the portions were more than generous.\n\nWe will go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my birthday and the dinner was perfect!!! Recommend the giant fortune cookie for dessert :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the place! Amazing decor, great food. Everything perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Birthday celebration

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great lunch at a price fixed menu on saturday. The staff were very kind and friendly. And food awesome. It is the 3rd time at TAO and I'll be back for sure, every time I come back to NY.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went with a couple of my girlfriends during lunch hour. We waited 20mins to be seated even though we had a reservation. We also had to keep reminding the waiter we were ready for our next course. Service was very slow.. our lunch hour turned into 3 hrs. However food was A++

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere of Tao is half night club, half restaurant with fairly loud trance rock permeating the dining experience. A large statue of Buddha takes center stage. \n\nThe food is undeniably good and their specialty cocktails hit the spot. The typhoon lobster is worth a try.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A friend had recommended this restaurant to us, so my wife and I were looking forward to it. Physically, the restaurant space is stunningly designed, and spares the diner from the claustrophobia more typical of New York City restaurants. The food was a disappointment, though. My Singapore Mei Fun noodles dish was bone dry, with too much chicken and shrimp, a huge mound of noodles and not much else. The spicy Thai Seafood dumpling soup was good, though, as were the Crispy soft-shelled Crab and Shiso rolls. Two for three is a good batting average in baseball, but not restaurants.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a lovely lunch for restaurant week. Food was Devine. Bo the waitress was not very friendly nor attentive. But the food and atmosphere have me ready to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cool spot, but food was really subpar. Went for restaurant week and the menu was definitely not worth it

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A big fight broke out it was crazy I couldn't believe it security couldn't get the last out it was really bad

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and service and a great scene. The space is astounding.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointing on every level from my last visit here several years ago.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing ambience but the place is quite noisy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent!!Myst go if in Mid-town. There are other locations, even in other cities, but this location is so cool. Great food options. Incredible atmosphere. They stay open late.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

When visiting New York or wheather you live here TAO is a must.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Its in an interesting space. We definetly enjoyed the cocktails. The food was good but it was nothing we couldn't find from a decent local Chinese/Japanese restaurant for a fraction of the price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best sushi I ever had!Super service!You can not go to New York without eating at Tao.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good, staff was good and my team had an amazing time. Thank you as always! Oh and please bring back the chicken and peanut sauce satay!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place!! we took a friend that visited New York from Dallas and she loved it!! differently will go again!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

While it had a nice vibe, we were squished in between other couples, so would not recommend it for an intimate date night. It was also very loud, so we couldn't hear each other properly. Had lots of energy, which was nice, but again didn't fit in with our purpose for the evening. Our appetizer was given to another table too unfortunately, and this wasn't discovered until a bit before our meal arrived.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao always delivers one of my favorite nyc restaurants!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wait was longer than promised, but the food was great

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We got a terrible table upstairs. Next to the kitchen. Food was worse than usual. Not the best Tao dinner.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Horrible food. Chicken smelled bad. Bathroom was dirty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food all around. The drinks, appetizers, entree were all a hit. You can't go wrong with anything you order.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every aspect of Tao was outstanding.... the food, customer service, and ambiance were excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came here for a date before a show and it was amazing. The waitress was super knowledge about the drink and food menus. She was able to suggest different things based on what we told her we liked. Was really an amazing meal. The food was awesome and the short rib buns (a special that day) was really A+

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

TAO has a very cool atmosphere and food is delicious. Very fresh tasting and unique options. Service was excellent. A bit pricey but may be normal NYC pricing. We were out of town guests.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place! It's beautiful inside with a great lounge-like atmosphere. It's relaxing but with a good energy. The service is great, the food and drinks are excellent. Would love to keep coming back here.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food quality definitely seems to have gone down. Substantially worse than the downtown one. \n\nAmbience and service was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

TAO was great! I have been several times, but this time was even better! The music was great, our waitress was great, and so was the food! The abundant amount of Edamame is the perfect appetizer to snack on while your smelling the delicious food being eaten and cooked around you... I had the New York Sirloin and the taste was just impeccable and the portion was very large. My boyfriend and I switched towards the end and I finished up his Chicken Pad Thai... It was great, but he wasn't exactly in the mood for it. For dessert we shared the molten chocolate cake.. Delicious!!!! So rich and came with a chocolate covering that you crack with your spoon, exciting and delicious! I love chocolate so I could have had my own because it is small , but it is very filling. The salted caramel ice cream it is served with, is its perfect companion. I will definitely be back to TAO to enjoy the wonderful food and great vibe they offer.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We eat here every time we eat in NYC! The sea bass skewers are amaze balls

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took my wife there for her birthday. My waiter's name was Pono. What a great guy. He had the best suggestions. He was polite and so attentive. He was finishing our sentences and knew just what we wanted. When we finally decided to stop ordering he surprised my wife with a giant fortune cookie. It was stuffed with chocolate moose and floating on vanilla cream. It had fruit surrounding it on the plate. On each side of the plate there was a strawberry that he stuck candles in. He didn't embarrass us by doing anything more than that. I forgot to tell you about the drinks. That's not a bar tender, that is an alchemist. That bar tender CAN MAKE A DRINK. I had to force myself to stop after four. I had work in the morning. BRING EVERYONE... Wait don't because it will be too crowded for me.LOL

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved it - lived up to expectations. Food delicious but expensive. Our waiter allowed us to order to much food - portions very generous. Loved it we will go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unfortunately got some bad food and we were all sick.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. Loud but great music! Dumplings are yummy!!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good, but nothing outstanding. The noise of this place make it more of a nightclub than a restaurant. What's really a pity.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our first time and we loved it! Food and ambience was wonderful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Food, Great Staff, Nice Atmosphere, good place to gather with friends casually and in celebration. Waiter was very nice and listened to what we wanted and took the time t o converse when needed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best I ever had! \nOutstanding service\nGreat food\nBeautiful place\nAbsolute world class!\n\nI can really recommend this place. My girlfriend and I was in New York for the first time, and this was definitely one of the best experiences. Wauw :)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was flavorful and complex. Although I ordered a staple Pad Tai it was the best Pad Tai I have ever had. The sushi we shared was also delicious.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loud, food was mediocre - sort of fake Asian melange of stuff twisted to suit the average conventioneers palate in Las Vegas and sent to New York.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a good place for a high end business lunch. Food was good, staff attentive, just very very expensive

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao is always a great spot

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Chilean sea bass, droooool! The ribs are killer, as is the sushi! Can't wait to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great experience at Tao! The service was great and the food was delicious! We were there for a special occasion and they seated us upstairs with a great view of the entire restaurant. We would definitely want to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

great service and the food was really good. overall I will visit it again

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was medicore at best. Steak served cold. Restaurant looks old and run down. Completely overpriced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Such a great place.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was terrible. Took away from special dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food wonderful service and great atmosphere!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely delicious as always! Server was fantastic, did not feel rushed & food was perfectly timed. Remains a favorite!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao is one of our favorite NYC restaurants! Every visit we make to NYC, includes dinner at Tao! I love their sushi, cocktails are always fabulous and basically anything you order will not disappoint! Be sure to go early and have a drink in the bar area, great atmosphere and the servers are great! We also love going with a group because it is such a fun restaurant-good music, food and attentive service so basically one my favorite restaurants in a city with many to choose from. Be sure to make your reservation and we prefer sitting upstairs-enjoy looking out over the crowd. Will be back next month, can't wait! Would be awesome if they would open a Tao Restaurant in Atlanta...hint, hint!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was decent; solid but not exceptional, and definitely underwhelming considering the cost. \n\nPortion size was good, however. \n\n Service was mixed - our own server was slow to appear and fast to disappear; but another server was always close and helped us though it wasn't her table. Wish we could leave her personally the tip. \n\nAmbiance was not bad but music was too loud and music choice was awful (especially for an Asian Fusion place).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved Tao with its cool vibe and oversized Buddha. We started with the Lotus Blossom cocktail and the Tiger Lily- both were hand crafted and delicious. The pork potstickers were elevated by the sesame glaze sauce. We shared the Shrimp Tempura rolls with a tangy curry sauce and the Crispy Spicy Tuna rolls -both rocked.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

It wasnt any special or creative Food AT ALL. Went there 9th of jan 2017 with my family hoping it would be a new experiance of asian food but we could just as well have gone to a foodtruck on the street and prob get better food. Dont go here, its a big disapontment.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We'll be baaaaak!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a wonderful meal again. I keep returning to Tao to impress my guests in town, service is fantastic and good consistently delicious.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to TAO for lunch and enjoyed it. However, dinner was an entirely different experience. I found the food to be extremely overpriced for what it was. The atmosphere was noisy and the tables too close together. Service was fair, a bit slow in my opinion. The food was good but not fantastic. I would not return for dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

In from out of town from Toronto Canada and had a wonderful time. Food was great. Service was amazing. Atmosphere was amazing. Will be back again soon!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was fine but you're right on top of other people and it's just WAY too loud

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We dined here for our anniversary and we absolutely enjoyed everything. You MUST try the molten chocolate cake for dessert! One of the best I have had. Everything about this place was amazing. We went around 5:00pm, and loved the fact it wasn't crowded. After dinner we sat at the bar for few drinks and the bartender Anthony was just a sweetheart!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The overall deco and 'feel' is fabulous. Service was fantastic and the food was phenomenal, and we have high standards as we lived in Asia... very nice place, very well located.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great choice for Sunday brunch. Although we did not get the prix fixe menu this time, it is a great value that makes Tao a good choice for dining with school age kids if you are looking to have a civilized meal in this neighborhood without spending a fortune. The service was friendly and prompt. We ordered very basic items on this visit (sashimi, udon and edamame) all of which were well-executed and well-presented. I was impressed with the quality of the vegetables, particularly the mushrooms, that accompanied the udon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The lunch prix fixe is a bargain. Ordering a la carte can get expensive, but can't complain about the quality of the food or the service. If you are reserving well in advance (for 2 people) ask for a table upstairs on the balcony.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great experience.. the service was good even on a snow day. Since we arrived earlier we got seated before our reservation time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very eclectic place - loud music in bar area, less so in immense dining room dominated by 40+ foot tall Buddha statue. Side booths less noisy so if you want to have a conversation without yelling to be heard, sit there.\nFood was quite good - shrimp tempura had very large shrimp, not too much batter. Tuna tartare mild flavor. Stir fried beef sirloin was excellent, cooked exactly medium rare. Coconut shrimp very tasty, lots of coconut flavor.\nService was very good. Price + value of food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Celebrated my Birthday there with 7 people total. Overall it was an amazing experience. Everyone loved the food. The ambiance is lively and energetic with good music and cocktails. Our waitress was really great! But the supporting staff was a little careless. Utensils were dropped on the table when cleaning our plates and water bottles were almost knocked over. \nOther than that no complaints! One of the hottest places in NYC - although TAO downtown is slightly better I think.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambiance was good. The food was ok! If you have an peanut allergy or don't like them. Make sure you mention to waiter!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was really good, the waitress was very capable on explaining the menu and the specials. Nice cocktails.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food, staff and decor in this restaurant is phenomenal. You will not be disappointed, in fact, you are sure to be overly impressed with the entire experience. I highly recommend it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Food...Orange Chicken is a must!! Tender Bar and Great for a Drink before! A New York Must!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

went for afternoon pre fix. the menu was very good. the food was excellant. it was so much food we thought this could be dinner. service with a smile . will be going back with family. atmosphere becoming

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Walking in the front door puts you at the bar/lounge are where most people are waiting for tables. The bar gets full but there are sofas to lounge around in and have a drink. Further inside you'll find a huge Statue with tables on the 1st floor. Up the stairs there is a 2nd floor with tables that look down on to the first floor and the statue. It looked like there was also a small 3rd floor with some more seating, perhaps for large parties. Service was attentive, but not pushy and the food was great with many choices. Reservations are recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sweet Place with fabulous food..

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice ambiance with special and testy food. It was my first time in Tao. I have appreciated the decoration, the ambiance, the service and the quality of food. Happy to have discovered a such restaurant during my stay in NY.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing atmosphere and the food was wonderful - the only issue we had was the background music - classic pop rock did not suit the place. We were also located directly below the speaker so there was no avoiding it. Otherwise a great experience.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

very bad and very expensive. in New York expecting something different and not a bad simulated of Buda bar

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Im from Mexico and always that I visit NYC I go to TAO, and everytime I love it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Its truly a wonderful place. I've loved going here over the years. It's a beautiful restaurant with amazing service and atmosphere.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very overpriced and pushy when it came to tipping. Queues of people very hectic...In and out within 45 minutes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

great place, super vibe and ambiance. a must in nyc

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was okay. Great interior. The seats are very small

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was enjoyable other then service - not sure our server ever even asked us if we wanted cocktails and she didn't suggestively sell or recommend anything. She also lacked in personality and politeness. Bussers were great.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a reservation at 8:30pm for 2 on Monday January 2, 2017. We were seated upstairs. The second our waitress approached us, we knew we would not have an enjoyable night--although we were both extremely friendly as we are also in the food/customer service industry. She was extremely rude and never smiled. She made us feel like a nuisance and was rushing us to order. She was also extremely grumpy talking to our neighbour tables. The food also took forever to come to our table and there was no sincere apology. When my friend got her pad Thai, it was not the way she ordered and the waitress appeared annoyed that she got it wrong--but SAID IT WAS MY FRIENDS FAULT!! Also, when we asked her if it turned into a night club at night (we're from out of the country and not familiar with Tao) she responded with 'uh no? It's Monday..'. The only time she was friendly was when she handed us the bill (excited she was done with our table but hoping for a generous tip?)\nI WILL NOT be returning to Tao, and will not be recommending this Location to anybody.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous ambience server was fabulous and extremely helpful. Food was fabulous...definitely a must visit when in town....a little pricy but fab

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great fusion food with wonderful atmosphere. Perfect place for a romantic experience for visitors to midtown.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Have been here many times! And it has also became a New Years Day Tradition with my brother sister in law and husband that we go, this was our 3rd annual. But i have dined here on other occasions, it never disappoints.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Terrible service. Waited 30 minutes for the waiter. Got served the wrong dish, got someone else's instead. Very disappointing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pricey restaurant with tourists and diners dressed in track suits and athletic wear.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Extremely great restaurant.\nSomething you have to try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao never disappoints. The food was delicious, our waiter was experienced and made good suggestions and the music was awesome. We all had a great time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic coconut shrimp, as big as lobster tails. Great drinks. Energetic atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this restaurant. I've visited many times, but this experience was different. Our reservation was on Dec 31st at 3:00. We wanted something later in the evening, but it was booked. Understandable. Anyway, the restaurant was not full while we were there, yet our service was very slow. I ordered a medium well NY sirloin and it came to the table as medium rare. Obviously I requested to have it cooked longer. They did, it came back about 10 minutes later mostly medium well but at room temperature. Not sure how. So this experience did not have the quality of food or service that I had expected.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not what it once was. Overpriced for mediocre food. Overall disappointing

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great fun, took family of 6, all enjoyed it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

If we lived in New York City we would be there all the time. Fun lively atmosphere great food and service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tuna tartare on crispy rice and pork dumplings were very good as always. Sushi was nice as well. Rolls (soft shell crab and Toro Toro) were bland with little taste and overpriced. Pad Thai came VERY LATE and had no taste with minimal spices. It tastes like boiled chicken on plain noodles. I usually stick with the small plates/appetizers for a better experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best sushi in NYC! Outstanding food, great ambiance, music and amazing service...we will be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visually interesting place. Food is good but not Gourmet. They rushed us through dinner and made us feel like we were in a factory generating income and not an enjoyable place to have dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfect spot to have dinner with friends. Amazing service and best food ❤

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice chic restaurant....go when everyday dining out get boring

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was very excited about bringing my out of town visitors to my fav spot! I was a bit disappointed as my overall experience at tao is normally much better. \nThe food was delicious but the service and lack of attention to small detail hindered the overall success of our experience. \nJust a few notes. The server wasn't great, a bit slow, disconnected and aloof. \nOur lobster dish (to share amongst 3) was served with only one set of utensils which made it impossible to enjoy the dish while it was hot. We had to ask twice for utensils. This is similar to serving a steak to a customer without giving them a steak knife. Super frustrating and something that seemed should be an automatic. \nOverall I wasn't as impressed as I was normally at this tao location which is disappointing when trying to impress visitors from the West Coast.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best ever

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food and atmosphere

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Way past it's prime. They try and keep you waiting even with reservations. Sat us 1hr+ late.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, Great service. Even though it was crowded our reservations were honored\nOn time. I Highly recommend going there. I Loved Buddha! Will definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely greeting staff. Excellent waiting staff. Beautiful restaurant. Food was very good but I wouldn't say excellent. Had a great time. Will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really enjoyed dinner. I have been here before and it is a go to that I bring out of town guests to :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to dine with friends as the good is always exceptional!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It started with our table not being ready at the time of our reservation. We were a few minutes late, so lets let that go. Then came the service at the table. While the food remains outstanding, they were out of one of their drinks, forgot a separate drink order, brought one entree to the wrong person and then forgot one entree at our table. Not a good showing. Combine this with he server station being next to us and staff dropping trays and other items on the floor and then looking at each other to see who is going to pick it up. Tao is the type of restaurant that you pay for excellent service in addition to excellent food, they failed this time around.\n\nI would not recommend Tao.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience, loved the food. Only complaint was that they were seated in very close proximity to 2 other couples--one was very affectionate throughout our entire meal and the other was fighting. We could not carry on a private conversation but food and restaurant itself were great. Did not like being squeezed so tightly between the other couples.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the moment we walked in the staff was very accommodating and friendly. The bar staff was very creative with their drinks and the drinks were very good. Our waiter was fantastic and on top of everything. We would definitely go back here and recommend Tao.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great even our server. The lobster was just too cold and salty

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food - from appetizer, to entree, to dessert, all were exceptional. Ambiance was wonderful as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always the best

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointing visit with friends from out of town. Seems Tao is just milking the tourists these days. The food used to be better, and the prices were reasonable. Now it is $32-$45 per entree with small portions. Appetizers in the mid-$20s. If I was getting high end food, then I could accept that. However, this is no Jo Jo, Jean Georges, etc. After 10+ visits through the years, I am done with Tao.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall weeny Tao very much. One criticism has to do with their 'lobster pot' dish. It is an incredibly tasty meal HOWEVER YOU CANT EAT IT WITHOUT MAKING A MESS BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HANDLE THE PIECES OF LOBSTER WITH YOUR HANDS IN ORDER TO CRACK THE SHELL. IT COMES IN AN ICREDIBLE BLACK BEAN SAUCE. PLEASE TAKE THE LOBSTER OUT OF THE SHELL!!!!!!!!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Terrible experience. Very impersonal. Disappointing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Real nice place great good good night at TAO 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

They charged me for birthday's mother cake....

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was horrific, Tuna was well done instead of rare. Bottom line is pretty mediocre for the prices your paying

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wow!!! Peach martini was delicious and orange chicken was amazing! Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food great service \nGreat environment

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We decided on Christmas dinner here, and unfortunately it was not the right place for us. Though food was a bit pricey, it was delicious! The place is way too trendy for us though; VERY loud - Christmas pop songs and not very zen - which is what some might not expect in a dark spot littered with Budhhas! The staff was okay, sometimes smug and aloof and we waited a very long time before a waiter appeared at our table. When he did he didn't apologize just rushed us through our drink order. We waiting a long time for our drinks and when he delivered them he rushed away before taking our order! Overall, not impressed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for Asian food in NYC. Food was excellent. Speciality cocktails were very interesting.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love Tao, but the service was terrible this time . The waiter kept on forgetting the orders, some items came too late, we had to take them home.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time in New York.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience! Ty guys!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always an amazing experience...food is always spot on. Good service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was good. I thought that it was a bit dark cause it was hard for me and my family to read the menu. There could be some better lighting maybe dimming lights. Also the music shouldn't be loud. I couldn't hear my family talking and we were really close next to each other. \n\nThank you!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Allways a fun place to go with very good food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had to wait an hour for our table even after having reservations, the food was great as always. Expected the host to at least notice the system had marked us as a no show after she gave us the timer.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I went for my birthday celebration and it was a perfect choice! We had an incredible dinner with wonderful service! The best meal we had on our 3 day visit to NYC. Highly recommend!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Other than having to wait 45 minutes to be seated and being served pork lo mein with spoiled pork in it everything else was very nice the waitress did remove the order from the bill because they did see that the pork was in fact spoiled. \n\n( I just wasn't happy that I had to taste that flavor in my mouth)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food, vibrant place and is hopping.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there for birthday event\nThe birthday girl loves it\nShe instagram

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

They have charged our credit card 3 times. We figured it out the next morning while checking on the account randomly. Now because its christmas they are not answering their phones. We are waiting for a supervisor to contact us immediately.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our meals were absolutely delicious! The ambience was great and perfect for our date. The staff was attentive....sort of too attentive. Our table was approached by three separate staff members on average of 3-4 times each. It became disruptive and annoying. I would never complain because it was not done in malice and we appreciated the effort, time and food!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to both Tao Midtown and Downtown. And the original in Las Vegas.\n\nThis is my second time coming to Tao Midtown - The first was a business group dinner (which was great!) and this time for a date... Just as great. The menu is a little pricy as is the bar on common drinks.\n\nBest dish, to me, is the Chilean Sea Bass, followed by the Peking Duck. I placed my order in probably less than 15min - our dishes was at the table (kind of crazy, huh :))\nService we had was wonderful. A smile a great attitude goes a long way.\n\nI enjoy this Tao as much as the Downtown and it's close to the heart on Midtown - so after work dinner is a must! And I love the Buddha in the middle of the main dining hall.\n\nMy only 'real' ding is the music...\nThough the music is vibrate and caters very well to the crowds - It's a tad bit too loud and just a bit of a strain to have a close/romantic/personal conversation with who you're with.\nLike I said, this is my ONLY ding.\n\nFully worth the experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was not very good. Slow, not very proactive. Had to ask for several things which shouldn't need to (water refill, beer glass). Menus were dirty and not in good condition. Friend ended up getting sick as well. But when the food came out, it was very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our experience was good but slightly disappointing. The atmosphere is awesome, fun place with great service! Our apps were delicious, but the pad thai noodles were not that good, i got it with chicken and it had a fishy taste to me, i didnt eat it. Id go back and try something else but there is such hype about the food that i was a little disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took my mom there for her birthday. Everything was great. She loved the whole ambience and the fortune cookie dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for a very long time and finally I did for my birthday. My boyfriend and another couple that we hadn't seen in a long time went with us. I WILL NOT GOING BACK though because of the noise/MUSIC. We were barely able to hear each other talk. Was making me very stressed since I hadn't seen my friends in a long time and we were screaming at each other at the bar, repeating what? what? what?. LOUD MUSIC took away from the gorgeous decor and ambiance. We were there to have drinks, eat and talk **not dance! The dinning room was a bit better but still, the music,' which didn't go with the ZEN spirit' took the best out of the night. So unless you are a couple that don't talk to each other at dinner this may not be your place. I have to say the interior is GORGEOUS! Maybe they can do something about the right music and sound? The waiter was VERY GOOD and got a huge tip, but for $600+ I which I had been able to hear my friends and enjoy my birthday a bit more. Music is good in the background, not in your face). Thank you. Sorry for the review.... I hope you fix the music level. Would love to go back and give a great review. HAPPY HOLIDAYS

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun, loud vibe! Great with a group, friends or older children. Not a place to go to have a conversation. Food is excellent. Service is also.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my second time at Tao. I had suggested the Asian inspired cuisine because my friend wanted to go to a place in the area. The ambiance was great and the Buddha in the middle of the seating area is amazing to glaze at while eat.\n\nThe food fell a little flat for me. We tried are large selection of seafood items and other small dishes but nothing stood out for me. For the price I thought we would be getting a first class meal. I had pretty Asian food at little hole-in-the-wall places.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely great restaurant. Very cool place. Great food. Took the wife there for our 30th Anniversary. Think we were the oldest folks there which made us feel younger. Can not recommend this restaurant highly enough. Might be our new fave in NYC!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best meals we've had in quite a while. Everything was delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall good experience but our table for 4 was not seated until 1 hour after our reservation time. Management offered no apologies. In contrast, another very highly rated Manhatten restuarant, Beauty and Essex, gave us a free tapas plate and 2 extra desserts with apologies for a 45 minute delay; without us even asking or complaining, they just did it automatically to provide exceptional service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unique food choices. All dishes were delicious. Service great. Atmosphere and decor perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious! Service was great too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my favorite restaurant. Will plan to go back to NYC just to go there. Food and service was awesome!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Place was packed! Reservation for 9:30... Sat at the lounge, lots of people, awesome ambiance! Got our table around 10... Not bad... Took the server 20 minutes to get to our table! Three couples had dinner on the table next to us before our dinner was over! LOL I know... I just got the horrible server... The food was great! Everything delicious! Can't complain about the food at all... My server sucked!! LOL I'd love to go back and have great service!! The bar was awesome and lots of people! Loved that!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is the biggest fraud. They bottle up tap water in a glass bottle with their name on it and sell,it t but their customers as bottled water. This is the biggest joke ever. I could not believe that they do this. This place is all talk. It sucked! I would never recommend this place.\n\nTo the restaurant:\nI could not for my life believe that you guys bottle up tap water and sell it as bottled water. This is the biggest joke I have ever seen at a restaurant. It makes you guys a fraud. You should offer you customers some real spring water. Your upper Manhattan location was very very disappointing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very busy. Very popular. Food was delicious. We ordered several pieces of sushi and several specialty rolls. The fish was very fresh. If you are a sushi fanatic like me, try the Toro Toro roll and the Surf and Turf roll. (I can't remember the exact names)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Your desserts were very impressive. We had the Molten Chocolate Cake and the Crispy Fuji Apple Blossoms. Great presentation, amazing texture and flavor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was very surprised with Tao this time. I haven't been there in years and it was getting kind of routine but I was glad I took my girlfriend there. \nThey initially tried to sit us with others and I requested a change, so problem at all.\nDrinks were good and the food better than most.\n\nGive it another try!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

here every year for lunch-- close to the park and shopping area around Madison etc-- menu quite varied- if your not a sushi- no worries- ur covered-- always good service-- consistent-- a constant on my radar

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not a bad date night in terms of ambience and food quality. Standard busy restaurant that if you are a table of two you are basically on the laps of two other couples. 'Doggy bag' given without asking; nice thought but not wanted or needed on a date night. Wagyu beef outstandingly good. Overall a nice busy restaurant and happy we went. Staff pleasant.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Tao Lo mein and lettuce wrap was too salty. It was the last two dishes we added and it ruined the dinner.\n\nwe seat in a booth and it was extremely dark. There was center lamp but it was not effective when the food is in the middle for sharing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We take our son here every 2 years for his birthday & he absolutely LOVES it! The impeccable service is always just that & the food NEVER disappoints.... Everything on the menu from the Chilean Sea bass to the mini mango crab cakes to the molten chocolate cake and Giant Fortune cookie is pure Perfection!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

While the food was excellent the service was extremely poor. We waited close to 45min between ordering and getting our meal and we sat for close to 10-15 before poured water and another 10-15 for our server. It was quiet as it was an early dinner, about 6:30 and there were every few , maybe 5 table on the top floor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our families experience was great the food and service was excellent

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

As for value, prices a la carte are very high for a Chinese restaurant although based on this and prior experience, the food is not typical and is more upscale. However, we went and ate the price fixed lunch, which even at $31.50, is not cheap, but does increase the value from 2 to 3 star level. The deserts, however, were disappointing -- a couple sitting next to us also found dessert disappointing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredibly knowledgeable staff and incredible food. We asked to be surprised and were delighted with the selections. AH-MAZING!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the ambiance and the food! Make an early reservation to beat the crowd.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I feel like this place is overrated and overpriced. The food wasn't that great. Service was good so was the decor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excelent!! Fantastic food, diferent tao restaurant. Nice treatment and close atention by the waiters. Amazing place with special look!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I celebrate my birthday here it was great ! Just a private dinner with me & my boyfriend . The food was great good portion and came out in good time. The waiter was very informative about menu choices. The music was a a great mix of everything for everyone . I loved it and can't wait to return . Clean friendly and great location

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for their set lunch menu which had great choices and was good value at 31.50pp. Loved the interior too.\n\nBig portions so go hungry. Desserts were incredible!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao uptown had a nice dimly lit scene with impeccable interior design. The lounge area was very tight since you had to wait to be seated. I had reservation for 11 pm however we weren't seat til 1125 pm. The menu was great with reasonable price. It was vegetarian friendly since one of my guests doe not eat meat. menu was diverse with selections of sushi, seafood, chicken , Fish and Beef. I loved the huge Buddha statue and live coy fish swimming below. My table had fresh rose petals floating in water with lit candles in the water as well. I definitely would revisit but I have to dine at Tao Downtown to really see which is the best.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing and the setting was very cool but the bartenders on lower level were all attitude and no care or professionalism. Skip the bar

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visit Tao Las Vegas at least 2-3 times a year.I found NYC lacking in hospitality and ambience.Staff were a little rude.Will not be visiting again when next in NYC

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This time we had a great time. I t was great!\n\nWe got on an earlier date a reservation, 8 of December 7pm that we had to leave because of the wait for about 40 minutes. I was with my children they were falling asleep because of the wait. I hope you understand.\nThank you

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent meal & service but the bathroom were not cleaned ( tissues all over the floor & garbage was full) & we were the 1st customers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's very hip, great for people watching, food is incredible but if you'd like to go on a date it's definitely too loud not a very romantic set up. I sat upstairs which seems to be a bit quieter but you still have to be ok to shout at each other. The music on a Thursday night was in comparison to the place not really up to date. The food is definitely worth it to go! Very creative dishes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made my reservation three weeks in advance. I received a reminder call the day of my reservation, thank you, and was told that if I was more than 15 minutes late I would lose my reservation. No concern as we always come early and have cocktails at the bar first. Interestingly we arrived 45 minutes early for drinks but we were not seated until 20 minutes after our scheduled reservation time. We were happily having cocktails but I found this ironic that after what was said to me on the reminder call, there was no 'sorry for the wait', 'Thank you for your patience', no free drink, etc.\nOnce seated the service was excellent and the food came out timely. Our appetizers and entrées were very good as well as the cocktails, sake flight and the wine. I would eat here again but prefer the menu at Tao downtown.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious array of flavors in sushi rolls and sushi plates! One bite more incredible than the next!\nVibrant atmosphere and fun cocktails! The service was incredibly fast with the crowds that they had after 6 pm. Totally got us in and out before our trip to Broadway. Always worth a trip to Tao!\nThey never disappoint!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Horrible food.The cuisine style is completely from the 1990's.They need to update their menu.They are still serving miso-glazed everything and rock shrimp lettuce wraps.These were fresh,new takes back in the nineties when Nobu introduced them to NYC.Food quality was very poot.Overly sauced, prehaps to mask the lacking of food quality and freshness.Thinking that this is still very popular due to the tourists from rural/suburban USA or Russia.Not a place for a New Yorker.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Before seeing a show we visited Tao with our two teenage children and we all enjoyed our meals.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great experience! Love the $31.95 lunch special which includes select choice of apps, entree and dessert. Highly recommend chicken papaya salad starter, bronzino or pad thai lunch entree and mango sorbet for dessert. Don't forget the best Mai Tai around!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love both places uptown and downtown wil be returning very soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Food. Very busy on a Saturday night. The lighting was very dim and we had to use our phones to see the menu. The food was very good, however!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The wait was horrible but the dragon tail ribs were amazing, as well as the waiter.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of my favorite places to eat in NYC! I love coming back to Tao, the staff is always so nice and friendly and the food and drinks are amazing!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I go once a year when we're in NYC....it's the only restaurant that we visit every year. Food is excellent and we love the atmosphere....always a treat to visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was excited to eat here as I had heard good things about it. Average food. Not impressed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

we had funtime.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao provided a unique dining experience with subpar food. This is a place for young folks with undeveloped pallets.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came to Tao for my birthday and it was awesome. Food was great, and atmosphere was great too. I will definitely be coming back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a special occasion and wanted to relax. The waitress kept on filling our glasses with wine . and we told her nicely we where fine . She just continued to it it except in a passive aggressive way and would then just ignore the one member of the party the requested we would top ourself up. After that she became very frosty . And we just wanted to leave unfortunately .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lots of fun - great food, great drinks, great service, great energy. Definitely would return. Despite being busy and buzzy our server was attentive and very interactive (appropriately so) making great recommendations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love to come to this restaurant! One of my favorites when I visit NYC.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a long wait despite having a reservation. The staff was very uninformative about the wait time each time we approached them. There was also nowhere to wait. We kept on getting moved around, being told it was a fire hazard where we stood, and yet, the only option they offered us was to wait on the staircase.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

All the time I go to Tao there is always a waiting time before sitting at the table. Ussualy takes 20 to 30\nminutes. The manager Gabriel was very nice one time, he gave us a complimetary drinks for the wait but they always need u to wait.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice food but too noisy\nWaited for 15 minutes for a pre booked table

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Don't even think they will honor your reservation.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took my wife to NYC for her birthday and made reservations two weeks in advance. We waited 25 minutes to be seated in a corner shared table with more people than the table was meant to seat. Doesn't the evening being trampled by wait staff and listening to the other party complain. Usually impressed with TAO, but not this time. Absolutely terrible experience! 👎 👎

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

A TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT.....WIll NEVER go again. The Food is not so Great and Rip Off. Peeking Duck for two has No Taste and not enough food for a 2 Year Old!!!!!!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our reservation was for 7:45, but we had to wait almost an hour and a half for a table. Place was jam-packed and had the feeling of a loud club. There was barely even enough space for us to wait the hour and a half in the lounge for a table. Management provided no reason for making us wait so long despite a 'reservation' . It is obvious that reservations mean nothing there -I witnessed several other groups arguing with management about the long waits. I guess the place is a 'hot' spot in NYC, but the food was only fair (and overpriced). Not sure why so many people are jamming this place. We will never go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Worst experience of my life! I waited over an hour for my dinner and the entire staff was extremely rude and acted as if they didn't care. Resulting in part of my party leaving before dinner and the sad thing about it is that it was my Birthday dinner and I had to deal with the attitude of a overbearing manager.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time, plan to return. Food was amazing, drink was perfect..

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best restaurant in NYC !! End of story the service is so good and the food is always amazing and different specials are the best ever. Every opportunity I have to eat uptown I'm here and never what to leave. \nThank guys

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is excellent but took them 1.5 hours to seat us and barely even apologized (as if we're doing them a favor by eating at the restaurant)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was very loud and no place to sit while waiting on a table (this is probably good for the restaurant). My husband cannot hear in a loud environment so we ate but really had a hard time having conversation. Waitress was a bit standoffish and did not provide good service. Had to ask to have drinks refilled and for our tab, she did not give us much attention.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friends and I waited for over an hour to get a sit despite we made reservation weeks before. we truly enjoyed our meal. The restaurant is truly beautiful

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server and food are great as usual, but the hostess service is really bad. Disorganized and unprofessional.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have eaten several times at Tao and have generally enjoyed the food. My meal the other night was mediocre at best. We had the duck spring rolls that were overly greasy and had very little flavor (same with the pork dumplings) and we also had a noodle dish that had very little taste and was 'uninspired'. The only dish we enjoyed was a spicy tuna and avocado roll which was good but we could get as good a sushi roll almost anywhere. Overall a disappointing experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a reservation for 9:15pm. We arrived on time and were hustled into the fairly large bar to wait for our table. If this happens to you, you may as well go ahead and order a drink or two because it will be awhile before you are seated. There is some good people watching here though. The music is very loud so it is nearly impossible to have a conversation without yelling. The night we were there, there seemed to be a lot of hen parties/bridal parties dressed in everything from super skimpy outfits to actual gowns! Anyway, we were finally brought to our table at 10pm. Our waiter swooped in to introduce himself , bring menus and take another drinks order. He brought the drinks and disappeared. We were ready to order when he finally got back. I have a gluten allergy so I was pretty limited as to what I could order, miso soup and grilled red snapper. My friends got pork Dim Sum, BBQ pork, salads, A shrimp dish and vegetable fried rice. They were all very happy with their dishes particularly the Dim Sum and BBQ Pork. My fish was good, not great and the miso soup was just miso soup. By the time the entrees arrived we each had three drinks which were delicious but suspiciously not one of us felt any sort a buzz at all, after three drinks!! I think that the drinks at Tao have very little alcohol in them. I think my kids who are in their 20's would like this place better than I did.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointed in the food this time. We have been there twice before & our experience was better. Maybe just an off night. We will return & order something different.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Impressive restaurant\nGood atmosphere\nGood food\nGreat music

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came at 4 pm. About 10 tables in the dining room. Only saw one server and she was obviously overwhelmed. Busser and water came quickly but it took 15 minutes to get a beverage. We ordered two appetizers, dumplings and spring rolls. Dumplings were cold but no one checked back for so long we ate them anyway.\nHad to flag down a server twice for drink refills. Not worth the price. Very unimpressive.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

They told us it would be 20 minute until our table was ready, despite us having a reservation and showing up on time. It then took 40 minutes! We ended up eating somewhere else. It was also incredibly crowded, and the front desk staff was rude.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Obviously a tourist destination now, very expensive for what you get. They sent out miso soup luke warm. When paying $12 for miso soup, it better be perfect. Took 15 mins to get some spicy red paste for my noodles that were bland. This was for late lunch and they were not busy at all. Never again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Didn't like that my table wasn't ready (even though restaurant called to confirm our reservation) and suggested we get a drink in the bar. Wait staff was amazing. Food almost came out too fast. We ordered the smoked salmon roll and the tuna on crispy rice for appetizers. Both were amazing. We then ordered the tuna special plate and the pad thai. Both were excellent Restaurant is expensive but food was very high quality and atmosphere is very cool.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and the ambiance was excellent, the service not that great, we were pushed to eat quick...the Entree was not finished that the main dish is on the table....We were also into the server traffic aisle....The server was so quick to put the plates on the table that I drop my Saké glass....they did not offer to fulfill it....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had yet another great dinner at Tao!! This time we took our children 10 & 8, early for dinner. Glad to see other families eating at this time. Our waiter was most accommodating to the children and addressed all their questions. Once again the food was outstanding, we went with the reommedations of our waiter, and he did not steer us wrong!! all were great!!\n\nWe look forward to returning next year!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The old Plaza Theatre now has a huge Buddha that looks over this exotic, open space. What fun! You feel like you're in southeast Asia without the hassle of travel or the jet lag. Best to go with more than 2 people so you can share plates and sample different things. I'd go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, should improve waiting time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was fabulous and service was as well. Great part of our NY trip.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance, delicious food, but had to wait close to an hour after our reservation time... isn't that what reservations are for?? Other popular, busy restaurants in the city can accommodate - not sure what the problem was here. However, once we were seated, we had a wonderful experience- great service and great food :).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food, great service and fantastic cocktails. It is noisy though so if you don't like music as a background you probably won't enjoy it as it can be hard to have a conversation

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really did not like that I made it in time for my reservation but still had to wait close to 10 minutes until my table was ready. While waiting, we had to awkwardly stand by the door bc there were no seatings and kept getting pushed and shoved as others entered and exited. The hostess were not friendly at all!! They didn't even apologize for the wait nor did they tell us where to wait. When finally getting our table the person walking us to the table seemed totally uninterested. The food was very mediocre so it is over priced. Drinks were decent. The atmosphere however, is gorgeous. Beautiful decorations and ambiance. Like anything else in NYC, the place is congested. The tables were so close to eachother; don't even think about stretching or you'll hit the person behind you. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this particular location but the restuarant was not bad.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing Atmosphere\nVery Good Food\nGood Service\nA NYC Favorite\nWould rate Tao downtown slightly higher

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too bad that we had to wait over an hour eventhough we had a reservation , in a very noisy bar where you are forced to order very expensive drinks. Once you are in the dining room, the whole supper last 40 minutes.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The building and space are beautiful. However, the food is average-and that's being generous. We had sushi, egg roll, pot stickers for appetizers. As for entrees, we had the shrimp fried rice and the lobster kimchee fried rice. The server told me if I liked spicy, I'd love the lobster kimchee because it was very spicy. The wasabi on the sushi had more 'spice'. \n\nIt's expensive for what it is. I would not go back.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

A stressful experience and very uninterested staff. Three times they tried to take our plates even though we had not eaten. We were misunderstood when ordering and got only one main course to share. We received the bill twice without having asked for it. It felt like they wanted us to go as fast as possible.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is consistently good and wait staff are always pleasant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made reservations month ago... confirmed them that day.. they asked for a 15 min grace period... no problem...sat us down one hour and fifteen minutes after our reservation time...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing good food!!!!\nWorst service I ever had in NYC

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good restaurant, too long of a wait, even though I had resevations.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Still ok but lost the shine from the golden times.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Still impressively packed on a Thursday night! After going to Tao in its prime many years ago I was in awe of how packed they were by 6pm on a Thursday ten years later. Ambiance was great. Service was a little rushed but no pressure. Food was very good (I liked it better than Nobu). Cocktails need work!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love Tao. The food is always delicious and I love the atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao is amazing. Love the food and the atmosphere! The tuna tartare on rice crisps for and appetizer are so delicious and for dessert I recommend the donuts. The sea bass was also really yummy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I always come here whenever I am in New York. This time around I brought family and friends for the first time and they loved it. Great food, spot on service and cool ambiance. A must if you are in NYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great dining room

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food. Amazing atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Still one of the best. The food is truly delicious, but the price is not cheap. Great people watching.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing ! Only compliant about the service was once we were seated we waited 15 minutes or so and eventually had to flag down a waiter to send us our waiter . Disappointing as it is such a nice place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our fourth visit to New York and we have always dinned at Tao, love the venue, atmosphere, always a real buzz. The food is delicious especially the coconut prawns! Now looking forward to next visit - unfortunately the U.K. does not have one, otherwise I would dine more often.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

There was 10 of us we had an early reservation so we were seated as soon as we arrived. Food was great although we would have preferred a family style menu

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tasty food with a fun atmosphere and good music. Not cheap but a lovely night out. Staff were also friendly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao is my daughter's favorite restaurant so we decided to celebrate her birthday there. The food and ambiance were great! Their wagyu beef was a hit! Their drinks, especially the lychitini, were all great! Everyone had a great time! And most importantly, my daughter looked happy. Will keep on going back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came here for my 25th birthday.\nIt was great for a large group (10 girls) because there are a lot of sharing plates and we had a round table so could easily share with a group this size. \n\nThe menu is quite extensive which is great on the one hand but hard to choose a selection on the other. The staff were friendly and accommodating. \nWe all agreed we will go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent option to take a dinner. The food it's great and the place it's excellent

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

great food and drink, good vibe in the place and only issue is the music is a bit loud. Also there were 6 of us in a booth and it was very cramped. Great food and great waiter from france cant remember his name.\n\nHappy to come back again\n\nThanks

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I would go back for the bar and the atmosphere, but the food wasn't so good that I would ever go back to eat again. I've had better Asian fare for MUCH cheaper. My boyfriend and I got the peking duck for two, which comes with what are essentially very dry tortillas (they call them pancakes). We ordered sake mushrooms and rice on the side. With a $20 off OpenTable gift card, we still ended up paying $180 for what I would describe as an okay dinner. Definitely not worth $180. The atmosphere of the restaurant is fantastic. High ceilings, a 20-foot Buddha statue, koi fish, etc. but you can get the atmosphere without dining. I was planning to order the $20 Five Spice Short Ribs, but the waiter informed me that was more of a small appetizer portion. This is more of a special occasion place, so plan on splurging!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We came to Tao for my boyfriends birthday. Granted we were late for our reservation and I did get the time wrong (our reservation was for 7:45 but I thought it was 8) but when I called to say we were going to be a few minutes late, I got a ton of attitude from the hostesses. Admittedly, I got defensive, thinking I had made the reservation for the wrong day but then when I attempted to apologize for my attitude to the hostess once we'd arrived, they didn't even acknowledge me. The women who seated us ran off without me while I closed out our lounge tab leaving me a bit confused and wondering. Our waitress was great and so was the food. We had lobster wontons and rock shrimp apps, both delicious. The vegetable medley w noodles and orange chicken for entrees were great too. I have been a server and a hostess so I get that it can be frustrating and being late is super annoying but the way the entire hostess staff handled things was unsettling. To top it off, I got an email from OpenTable after dinner saying we no-showed our reservation. Uncool. Glad the food and server were so good or this would have been a rough experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Music was too loud and rice along with noodle dishes were over priced considering portion size and quality.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time here for lunch. As for dinner, the space is full and vibrant, but the service remains wonderful. Hard to choose what to eat when you like everything!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great ambiance and service. Will be back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

So I booked this restaurant for my double nickels birthday, asked for the table by the Buddha four times, on the phone, and in the reseravation. We had a horrible table, with very slow service. Could not even get to my seat after using the restroom. No comment that it was my birthday, mediocre service, bad table. Don't celebrate a signifiant birthday here! Or any event.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had lunch with my girlfriends and the food was great. Service was excellent , can't wait to go back

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was way way to fast

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My boyfriend and I went here on recommendation from friends back in London.\n\nThe venue itself is beautiful.\n\nThe evening for us was spoiled by our waitress who from the moment we sat down was eager to rush us through the experience:\n\n1. While eating repeatedly coming up to the table and touching crockery/dishes while still eating (trying to clear the table)\n\n2. Topping up wine glasses after every sip (we had to ask her to stop as it was ridiculous - we calculated she topped up our glasses four times in five minutes), perhaps we weren't drinking quick enough\n\n3. Bought the bill out, mid-dessert!!!!! \n\nInterestingly though we felt it was such a shame as the food was amazing, and venue incredible with song after song of good music... we just felt ridiculously rushed - not something you should feel when you're going 'all out' and spending $250 dollars on a meal for two.\n\nHad the bill been left open, we would have sat at the bar and enjoyed the ambience for a good few more hours, however sadly weren't wanting to spend more money after the experience.\n\nAppreciate it's a busy restaurant and we go to very busy restaurants in London all the time, but never made to feel so rushed and repeatedly coming up to clear plates, repeatedly top up/rush wine at a pace so fast is unenjoyable (and I love a drink!!!!)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great meal and friendly staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao is one of best restaurants for ambiance, service and food for the value in New York city. There is not a place I would tell someone visiting the city to eat more confidently. Simply outstanding, every time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was super salty. There were lumps of starch in the hot and spicy soup which was just unacceptable for a restaurant that charges more than double what you would pay at other more decent Chinese/Szechuan joints. Ripoff and sorely disappointed. Saving grace was the service. Lunch experience was slightly better. Not going back. Try harder for the prices you're charging.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

There were 3 people in our party. Ambience and atmosphere were amazing! Started off great, our waiter told us about the hot items on the menu and was very friendly. Our appetizers were delicious, but It went south from there. Our waiter never noticed we were out of water and tea. We also asked for bottled flat water and were sold a bottle of tapwater for $8.50! Finally when our food came out I had to flag someone down to ask for refills. When our food arrived mine was hot the other two meals were cold. Our waiter never checked on us again until our meal was almost over. I was anxiously waiting to order dessert but it was just taking so long to be attended to, that I simply asked for the check so we could leave. Great restaurant however I think management should make sure that there wait staff is very attentive to tables and this just could've been one waiter and not an indication of the entire wait staff.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good ambiance but it started to look a bit dated already. Places definitely needs a face lift. It has been many years since they've opened.\nService took a long time to bring us drinks after we placed an order but that's not the end of the world.\nGood food - great beef carpaccio. Skip the duck appetizer, it's not worth it. \n\nKaro

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pad Thai is the best I've ever had, good service, great table and view of the whole restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My visit to Tao was great. The service and food were great. The selections were varied and the waiter was very knowledgable about what was on the menu. We had a great time and would come back again,.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Well past its prime. Increasingly poor food at extremely high prices. Entrees around $40 and generally small and tasteless. Filled with tourists who don't know any better. Save your money and dine elsewhere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was outstanding!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious, I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing, simple fun menu, great staff, fun environment in the end Tao never fails at being one of the best restaurants in NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I go every year for our anniversary. We have ordered the Wasabi Crusted Filet every year for past 6 years! The sushi is incredible and we love every bit of the experience at Tao.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hostess' have zero personality, however the server rescued the evening

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The upstairs ambience is much different - nicer, more open. Nonetheless the food was great as was the service. The reservation was prompt and we wee seated relatively quickly after grabbing a drink at the bar!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall a great dining experience in an energetic environment; great food & drinks and a very special atmosphere.\nThe one thing that curtailed the experience was the constant feeling of being pressured through dinner to make the space available for the next guest. We've done a lot of dining out in NYC - this felt too much.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the food at Tao, it's our second visit. This place has a 'see and be seen' sort of vibe. The techno music was particularly loud, and it was difficult for our table of 6 to talk to one another. That being said, the food is yummy and the 2-story Buddha in the restaurant is impressive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The one bad thing about this visit was that I spend $200 and my girlfriend and I sat at a booth for a big party with a group of three at the other end. If I spend that much money i would like to sit with just my party.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were at Tao on a fryday night. The place was extremely nosy, we were push to eat very fast. Food was OK , no more than that. The waitresses were 'tacky sexy' dressed. Decor is dusty and faded. Definitely never go back to this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My second visit and it was better than I remembered,great atmosphere and food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

we were there for lunch , a group of 8 friends ..we have not seen each other for 8 years! we could easily talk , not too much noise ( we probably made noise!) , the food was great , the price was great ( fix prix menu) , the ambiance was nice.. music, service, our table, our waitresses, location... we had a really good time. we will come back specially for the banana pudding and the mango sorbet!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brought my husband here for his birthday and we had a great time. We had reservations but we were later than the 15min grace period (Parking was difficult to find), but they still accommodated us. We were seated right away, although we were told differently when we called. The service was exceptional and the food was extra delicious. Although, it is costly, it is worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went to celebrate a friend's bday. We love Tao! You guys get a 5 star all around 🙏🏽

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made reservations here for dinner on Valentine's Day. I was pleased that TAO did not have a pre-fixe menu for this night, whereas many other restaurants did. Arrived a few minutes before my reservation and waited about 20 minutes for our table. Unfortunately, the bar downstairs was so packed that we had to go to the upstairs bar, however, the service was fast. Our waitress was very knowledgeable on the menu and specials. Tried the duck spring rolls, duck fried rice and orange chicken. The duck fried rice was tasty, smaller portion. The orange chicken lacked flavor and was bland. The overall ambiance and service of the restaurant made up for my entree.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server did not listen to our orders. Entrees were delivered to our table within 15 minutes or ordering - however he had not served or remembered our appetizers. Overall service was poor to average not attentive to customer needs and poor listener. He also forgot one of our parties tea? 10 minutes before he remembered after a reminder? Overall service was weak at best. Food was good. Nothing great nothing bad

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good was good as always but our waiter would not tell us if we were ordering too little or too much - which I didn't appreciate. Of course he had a sense of the volume of food we were ordering., but didn't want to of boil my day!! After spending 5 weeks in nyc he was the least helpful waiter I encounter.\nOur reservations were made but not honored for about 30 minutes past the time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

If you love sushi , this place does not disappoint. Actually, when you eat Tao's sushi, it is very difficult to like anyone else's.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the energy, the food was so good and the waiter was on point!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a classic 'must do' restaurant in Manhattan. The wow factor when you enter the restaurant sets the tone, and it continues with both food and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is excellent. Do yourself a favor and order the Sea Bass Satay. Literally melts in your mouth. Very busy at night. Even with reservation, you might have to wait but it is worth it. Plan accordingly so you can really enjoy or go on Sunday afternoon when it is much slower.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place is very impressive and is a must to experience at least once. In your lifetime. The Grilled Wagyu ribeye was delicious and so was the fried rice with Chinese sausage topped with a fried egg. The orange chicken, prawn tempura, and potstickers were just ok. The giant fortune cookie is a must and part of the experience. Tao does not make my list of favorite dining places in Manhattan but we were glad to see for ourselves what all the hype was about.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good! Just not as good as tao downtown!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A special place for people with a very special taste for good food and good atmosphere

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good food. The Asian BBQ steak was sublime. Also get the dragon tail ribs. Only downside was the service which felt a bit rushed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a fantastic waiter who did not hesitate to make counterproposals to what we wanted to order, for the win - we had duck rolls and the miso glazed bass appetizers (both delicious), then I had the red snapper dish (exquisite), and we finished with the molten chocolate desert which had a fantastic presentation and did not disappoint.\n\nIt also happened to be a Sunday evening and Tao was just busy enough to be happening without being too loud or overwhelming. Great outing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food great service as always. The only issue is with the pager sistem . Everytime we have reservation we still get the pager as the tables are never ready.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is all about location, location, location. Also, it is a big place that turns tables, so usually not a problem getting in, especially for small parties. The food is good, but very formulaic and kind of predictable. Ask for a table in the balcony overlooking the restaurant below. Great people watching spot

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Energetic, trendy, club-like vibe with the lights & music, which is the main draw. Food & drinks were quite good, but not outstanding. Not a place I would frequent, but definitely a good one to bring a visiting friend to.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for a late lunch at around 3 pm this past time, so it was not the normal 'zoo' that it can be on a busy evening. That made it possible to enjoy the food and the amazing décor while being able to talk at the table and receive good service. We've gone at the height of the evening crush, and while we still basically enjoyed the experience, it was not the same.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

food was very tasty, but a overpriced for lunch if you don't get the prix fixe option

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointing , I have been here many times. This was the worst.. Service was professional the food was nothing special.\nI had s gift card from open table that was not honored (by mistake)\nI will not go back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good Asian food\nWe all loved it.\nThe atmosphere was wonderful \nLittle bit dark for dining

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is great as is the atmosphere. Sadly the waiter didn't had much time. Starter hardly finished and main course was already served. Time is money is the motto I guess. No good adress for a nice evening out!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great meal in cool atmosphere. Very crowded and tables packed in. Worth it though

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere was nice quiet on a Sunday. The food was good but over priced and the service could have been better. We dined for our anniversary nobody said anything to us, which is fine, it was slow and we had to ask for water, our entrees came out before we were done apps. But overall it was a good dinner. I would go back with a large group to be able to enjoy many more items.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service at Tao were excellent. A fun, vibrant place in New York.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was rushed from the moment I sat down till the moment I requested the check... Actually didn't request had two drinks full and was given it..... Better to go just for drinks.....

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good but I had a martini and it was expensive and watered down. I sent it back but got the same watered down, expensive drink.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

When I see a $30 prix fixe menu at a fancy restaurant like this, I expect few choices of meals involving cheap, marked up ingredients, and the scorn of a waiter who would prefer you order a la carte. I was shocked when I looked at Tao's menu to find approximately 5 choices of appetizers and entrees, with some delicious sounding choices. I went for the crispy vegetable rolls and the seared sesame tuna entree, with the banana pudding for dessert.\n\nFirst of all, the portion size for the appetizer was very large. I only ate half so I would have room for the rest of the meal. The tuna was perfectly seared with a delicious marinade, and the crunch of sesame seeds. The salad itself was very nicely dressed with very fresh ingredients. After all this, the banana pudding was out of this world! It included a large piece of banana tempura on top of a bowl of pudding which contained fresh chunks of banana as well as crunchy fried pieces, and strips of crispy wonton. The taste and texture took it high above what I ever thought banana pudding could and should be.\n\nOn top of all this, this was a business lunch. Our client was extremely satisfied (and took the rest of her entree home, since the portion was so large), and the service was impeccable. We were in and out in an hour, which was the perfect amount of time for our meeting. Will be back many times!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

i love the place very romantic and fresh...............i love it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sushi for adult kids who now more about sushi than me. Chef's choice was so elegantly presented, and so tasty! Will return when we can. They were totally impressed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had high hopes for Tao because I had heard it had lost some of its 'hot spot' pretentiousness, but it hasn't. The food was good, service was fine, but it's still grossly overpriced. It's a great scene, so part of what your paying for is the atmosphere, but for the money, there are MUCH better places.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought a friend visiting from L.A. here for lunch. We both ordered the prix fixe lunch for $30 per person. Appetizers and main courses were mediocre at best . We waited and waited for our dessert orders to come out, asked our waitress four times, she was just too busy with other tables to bother to check for us. We finally just got the check, paid and left as we both had meetings to get to. If I can avoid it, I wont go back to the NYC location nor would I ever recommend it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great flavors in a Pan Asian restaurant - which is mainly Chinese. We had small plates - 6 for the table of 4 and it was just the right amount. The tempura was splendidly prepared with excellent vegetables and shrimp - ordered separately. I look forward to returning.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious although prices high. Servic e attentive and friendly

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lunch was disappointing. The lo mein salad appetizer was okay. The mu shu pork entree was really sub par since the pork was as tuff as cowhide and the sauce lacking flavor. More than half remained uneaten along with 95% of the pork. Dessert was okay. I had the mango sorbet with fresh fruit. The sorbet was a pale yellow in color and cold but the mango flavor was barely detectable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

peking duck pancakes were crispy not soft. Wrong. Fried vegetable rice was soggy and tasteless. Quality of the rest of the food was ok to good. For the prices charged not a place to recommend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was ok and overprice for the quality!! The waitress was not too friendly, but the water guy was excellent!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

There are no shortage of Asian fusion restaurants in New York but Tao has done a fantastic job of blending really good food and service without the attitude. My compliments. One of the best meals we have had in Manhattan.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a fantastic time and a delicious meal. We decided to go with 4 apps recommended by our server. The serving sizes were generous and delish. They had a DJ and the music was like eating in a club while being watched over by a giant floating Buddha. I loved it! We did have to wait 40 minutes after our reservation for our table and we weren't the only ones...so be prepared. Once you get in and sit down it's hard to leave.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sea bass appetizer was excellent. The coconut shrimp (asked for sauce on the side) had nice flavor, but was over cooked. Lychee martini was decent, but not the best I've ever had. Kung Pao chicken was quite sweet and chicken was overcooked. Restaurant was so huge, in comparison to any restaurant in Manhattan, that It would be difficult to serve high quality food. This is a place that is great for large groups or special occasions, but not for gourmet or authentic asian.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our table was on everyone's way. Despite many tables open and available I feel we could have been better accommodated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server was very attentive and pleasant. Food was delish.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unfortunately we had a bad evening because of the ambiance, noise and service.\nThe waiter was because of your gratuity system so bad, so not human, so unfriendly. He took my glass with wine away because we gave him too less tip, he wanted other guests at the table.\nWe had a table with view to the kitchen. Too many tables, it looks like a fabric.\nThe food came to fast, not fresh? not cooked after ordering?\nWe did not saw a manager, no management at the floor.\nNo recommendation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ambiance was great but food was less than average. Food did not match the price that we paid for.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I went for dinner on a Saturday night. Everything was perfect, as was expected. Love this spot. Food, service, ambiance ... all were excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the rolls! Best in town!! Love the food in general , really nice ambiance. Super crowded, but this is NYC! :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious/creative Asian menu, attentive wait staff, cool décor, lively atmosphere. What's not too like? Would definitely recommend to a friend and will definitely dine here again when in\nNYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ordered peking duck roll, spicy tuna roll, lobster dumplings & Chilean Sea bass kebob, all delicious. Giant white and chocolate mousse fortune cookie huge and very enjoyable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We made our reservation for 7pm but they didn't sit us until 8.45pm! Ridiculous! We were expecting at least an apology, but it seemed like no one cared. We would have gone to another restaurant but we were a 6 people party and it was late to try to walk in to another place. I've been to Tao's both locations and never experienced that type of service. Very disappointed!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Did not live up to the hype. But it was nice to try it....\nGreat location . Too dark inside. Way beyond mood lighting.\nCannot see food, drinks, and especially walking area near bar

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservations don't seem to matter. This is the second time we waited over 30 mins for our table to be ready despite having a reservation and despite reconfirming it. Front staff were rude

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ribs were fantastic. Closest to authentic as your gonna get without going to Chinatown

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

food was great, so was the atmosphere. \nneeded improvement: although we had a reservation we waited more than half an hour for the table- no apologies at all

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good. Service great very loud restaurant. Stick to sushi and your fine. Sea bass a bit oily, thai chikn bland.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Interior design is amazing. but food and service is just moderate. Don't expect real Asian style food

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Organize the entry way to take care of guests as they enter the restaurant. Take your guest within 15 min of their reservation. Food was great

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waited more than 45 min for table even though we had a reservation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and ambiance; was moved to quiet(er) area after so requesting. Otherwise noise level is extreme.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed our night found staff very good not a bit pushy so we could enjoy our night

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Have been several times now on trips to New York and always make time to have dinner here, and you know what? It never disappoints.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice place good ambiance and service was quick a tad disappointed that waiter didn't ask us for coffee or desert just put check in table and that's all she wrote \n\nI'd go back again for sure

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had an amazing meal and service. Staff attentive & amazing quality food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was really good and price very reasonable. Scene is pretty nice too. Music a bit loud but it's a late-night restaurant/bar so you should expect that :-)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It is a great place for consistent quality food and service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We took my daughter here for her 13th birthday. We ordered the edamame, satay chicken skewers and lettuce wraps for appetizers. Very good except the chicken skewers are quantity of 3 and hard to share on the skewers, but the peanut sauce with them was delicious. The lettuce wraps were perfect and a great thing to order for sharing. We had the crispy orange chicken, spicy lobster roll and coconut shrimp. All was very good except for the coconut shrimp. It says with peanut sauce, it's actually served over a cold salad with a side of sauce. I was not a fan of the cold salad underneath the hot shrimp. They did an exceptional job delivering the birthday desserts, the giant fortune cookie, icecream and molten chocolate cake. All very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food \nBanana pudding is a star dish \nFood was fresh \nWell served \nGreat value \nBig like \nBig 🍎

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We travel to NYC every few years and Tao is now a regular on our 'circuit'. We had previously been to the downtown location; this was our first time dining at the uptown Tao. Their menu combines the best of ingredients and flavors in creative combinations. The biggest challenge is narrowing down the options, as everything sounds delightful, regardless of personal palettes. They also have talented mixologists on staff who make tasty cocktails. The ambience is warm, authentic and upscale. The wait staff is superbly trained and it shows in every interaction. \nI would never tire of dining here!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved it and would definitely return. A feast for the eyes and body.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a favorite midtown dining spot...always feel special...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My fourteen year old daughter went to Tao with five friends and had a great time. It is trendy, loud and for young people. There is amazing diversity at this place. The inside is like a night club with thumping music and it is two stories.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unfortunately if they didn't accept so much reservations they would give a better service to everyone, we got 8:30 sharp for our reservation and were seated at 9:45 and didn't even had a seat at the bar, so we had to wait stand up and when we seated on the floor they told us that we couldn't seat there... you got to be kidding me

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Chaos! Checking in for a 7:30 pm reservation requires battling crowds pushing to get in and out of the restaurant. The lounge is no better, overstuffed and manic. No chance of being seated unless your whole party is there (a highly offensive practice) so no choice but to be jostled about in the scrum. We gave up after 10 minutes. Food's OK (have eaten here before) and the space is great, but not at all worth the wait. Let the out-of-towners have this place!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We both had tuna for dinner and had some problems with the stomach later same night. Must have been something bad with the fish. The rest was very nice, love the place

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a terrible experience! We made reservation And they didn't honored it, but worst of all after more than 40min waiting (I didn't even got a pager) they told me they really don't care if I was planning to leave....they told me that the only point to have a reservation at that place was to guarantee that you will get a table that night, even if you have to wait more than 2 hours to get seated. I have never felt so humiliated! This is my sixth NYC marathon in a row, and I have always chosen TAO to celebrate ever since, but after the way they treated us yesterday I will never ever return to that place in my life!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the confirmation call Saturday at 11:58am, which I told the host do you have 6pm open, if so I need to switch our sitter is going to be late. She did have it open and said 6pm. Well driving down with my wife for our Anniversary, she called their at 5:15. The hostess said well if your not here by 5:45 we can't guarantee your table rushing her off the phone. My wife looked at me and said she hung up. So now I call and ask for the manager. I explain they moved our reservation to 6pm so that would mean you hold the table to 6:15pm. She was very rude and said it wasn't me and whoever you spoke with didn't move it. I told her that we have a show at 8pm across town that it was our anniversary, if there is nothing you can do I have no issue going to another restaurant. She said if you get here by 6:15 will keep your table. \nNow I drop my wife in front at 6:02. 3 minutes later my wife calls and said they won't re-enter us in the computer until you walk in the door. So now I'm rushing back 3 blocks from where I parked. I get inside talk to one of the hostesses, I said can I speak to a supervisor she looks at the girl to her right (def was the manager) and looks back at me and says I'm sorry she's working the floor and not available. I'll give you a buzzer. \n6:55pm we get a table. Squeezed in between two couples who were basically eating dinner with us. 'Great' table for an anniversary. Only talk you can have is small talk. The server was amazing her understood our frustrations. Promised we'd be out by 7:30pm. \nWe ordered some apps, a shrimp dish and I got a steak. The shrimp dish was raw. We asked do these look ok? He said I'll get another one. 2nd one was burnt to hell on the outside and raw again inside. \nNow comes out my steak. A Strip with a huge artery running straight down the middle. I ate 3 little pieces and just asked for the check, paid it and we left. I took care of the waiter he was a shining star. \nBeen there 5 times. Never again. Not how you treat people

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yusef our server was. Great

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Obnoxious, loud, and tasteless tourist trap. Expect bland food, and loid music

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely fabulous restaurant. Food was delicious, service was incredible..it's a little pricey but overall excellent experience!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was adequate, tables were to close. Overall not pleased in comparison to their Las Vegas location.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very cool place with interesting menu.\nI tried noodles. It was a good choice. \nI suggest to choose them especially for sharing due to the food quantity!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was bit loud but very energetic.\nCould feel the vibe of NYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and ambience ! Food was super fresh and served promptly

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

they sat next to some obnoxious loud mutherfuckers, if it wasn't for my date I would of ask them to quiet down a bit, or worse case scenario throw a glass a water at them

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A good spot for an evening out with friends - energetic vibe and great decor. Very tasty food, but way over priced. Music could be turned down a bit, but that's part of the character of the place I guess. Good date spot but I won't call it intimate. I will return for drinks and appetizers, and their sushi.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing Asian food, great place with a good vibe. Highly recommended. All food tried was excellent!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for Friday lunch. Absolutely dead, no atmosphere but food was very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had to wait over 30 minutes beyond the time of our reservation (when a restaurant takes a credit card to guarantee a reservation, the restaurant should be held to a higher standard in honoring reservations). When I complained to the manager, we were seated about 5-10 minutes later and the manager offered to 'buy us a round of drinks'. Notwithstanding that the waiter repeated this promise, we were charged for the only round of drinks we had (Unfortunately, because the restaurant was dark and the bill lengthy, I didn't notice the deception until I got home). While the food was very good, the delay in seating and the failure to honor the manager's promise made this a DISAPPOINTMENT.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very very loud place. And dark - hard to see what you eat. Drinks delish. Food is good, but nothing extraordinary.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservations was at 8pm didn't get sitted until 9pm

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Table took too long despite reservation

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tao Uptown was very good, but it was the first time I made an open table reservation and had to wait 30 minutes beyond the promised time. It would be better just to say there were no tables.\n\nIt was a nice evening out, and the fish were watching us eat, so it was a little disconcerting ordering off of the seafood menu, but all-in-all, a good experience that I would readily repeat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best, incredible food, very very good music, awesome ambiance. \nThe perfect restaurant!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice environment, really exotic food, good music, worths the visit

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

definitely one of my best restaurant experience. the food is almost not even describe. exquisite drinks and friendly staff. everything one could want in a resturant!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my special 50th birthday dinner , we were visiting New York from Australia to celebrate and decided on Tao after reading rave reviews. It is brilliant- great food, service and ambiance. I had Thai dumpling soup ( Yum) wagu beef (really nice, great flavour beautifully cooked BUT I am spoiled with really good quality beef at home in Australia and this being twice the price was equivalent to the best cut of steak from my local butcher , rib eye also known as scotch fillet-which is not wagu so a little disappointed there) but the Creme brûlée meltted in my mouth). Prices were a little steeper than we thought but hay you only turn 50 once ! Would highly recommend for a memorable night out that's special

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've eaten here many times and the food and service has always been great, as they were on this occasion. My complaint was that for some reason, even though there were plenty of available tables with plenty of space, we were shoehorned into a row of tables so close together, you were literally sitting right up next to other parties, essentially joining them and their conversation. We asked to be moved and they continued to seat us in this row, only moving us down the line. I should have and would have left, but it was pouring rain and would have been a big hassle...basically this ruined what would have been an excellent meal. My suggestion is to make sure you request a stand alone table rather than the row seating for a good dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Is a good choice for Asian Food lovers.\nGreat place

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant was okay wish my experience was better.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was great overall, food and ambiance. Really felt NYC's vibration. The day after I defecated a shit like a picador's hat so there's nothing more to add I guess.\nGreat place!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Horrible service - waitress forgot to put in our order and let apologizing for the wait until the manger finally put our order in. Missed 40 mins of Billy Joel concert due to this. Will not return

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a reservation for 1015 and we weren't sat until 1130. It wouldn't have been so bad if we had somewhere to wait but the bar was completely packed with nowhere to sit. I was shocked at how many people waiting also had reservations. There is no point in making any Resos if your wait time is longer than a wait time of someone who didn't make one. The food is always excellent but if we knew how long it would have taken to be sat we would have avoided coming and went to nobu or buddakan because atleast the service there matches the incredible food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

They sat us 40 minutes late.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great, but the service messed up our order (the starters were separated by 25 min... a printer broke down in the kitchen). Also they took the credit card to pay for the dinner - which was a bit unsettling. \nHopefully that doesn't happen a lot, because all the rest was very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambience except for lighting and noise level increased as night went on. Food was very good but somewhat over priced. Chilean Sea Bass excellent. Would return for special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food, the place was packed, plenty of seating. Waiter was authentic and not pushy, always helpful and in the end it was a great night with great food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I were celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary and it was a beautiful experience. Service was great, food was delicious, and the decor was amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

They had trouble finding my reservation. Other than that everything else was great. Food was served pretty quickly too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I dine out a good deal, sometimes with my husband, and many times with friends. If you want to totally impress and astound your friends, take them to Tao. Besides being a beautiful Zen-like place, the food is really, really good. Many times I'll take a group of friends to Tao for lunch. Ask for the luncheon menu, otherwise you will pay big money for food (while really worth it) is much less on the luncheon menu. I'm surprised not more people know about it. The selection on this menu is very varied and the wait staff is so good. I like salmon really, really well done - they do that for me - while other restaurants don't always honor my wishes. The Zen parfait is what dreams are made of! We can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been going to Tau Uptown for years, with many friends. Tao is beautiful, the food is usually great, and the service is wonderful. I went the other day with 7 friends for lunch We got the round table I requested and everything was fine until 2 of my friends realized that their kung Pao chicken was somewhat undercooked. The waiter was very good. He offered to take food back, asked if they wanted something else, etc. It turned out that by the time the new food came everyone else had finished their entrees One person decided to get his food packed up and the other said she didn't want it as everyone else was ready for dessert. The waiter and the manager were very concerned and wanted us to be satisfied. When our final bill came, we found they didn't charge for the 2 meals, although these 2 friends had appetizers, desserts - and one took home a new well cooked meal. I felt this was handled really well by the restaurant. Both people said they would come back as all of us have been to Tao so many times and always love it here. I guess even a great place can be off its game once in a blue moon. Everyone else had exquisite entrees. All in all, Tao is very classy and wants to do right by its patrons.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went here recently with my husband for lunch. We love it here. We got a great, secluded table in a nook to the left of the big Buddah. There were even pillows to rest against. When I go with a big group we usually get the big, round table in front. This lovely nook gave us a different perspective. We were able to see the second and third levels from here. So beautiful. We got the luncheon special, approximately $30 each. There is a great selection, delicious food and very nice portions. In fact, some gentlemen near me asked what my dessert was - it was Zen parfait - delicious - and they said they would get it next time. What a place. What a great time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had the prix-fix lunch and really enjoyed the meal. I had the Papaya Chicken salad , the Brazino with Charred Greens, and a Chocolate Zen parfait. Top it off with the Lotus Blossom Martini! Yum! Love the Giant Buddha too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We came here several years ago and returned to see if it was as good as we remembered. Luckily we weren't disappointed. The food is amazing and the venue has a very buzzy, trendy vibe. Will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent dinner at Tao. Great atmosphere. Bar area is comfortable. Seated right on time for reservation. Service was outstanding - very helpful, friendly. Food was very good -- just not exceptional. Overall, for combination of atmosphere, service and food would highly recommend Tao.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I haven't been to Tao in about 5 years after a friend and I were rudely and unceremoniously asked to move from upstairs to downstairs before we had finished our meal. I went this time because I was in the area with a few friends and Tao was open for brunch. Place hasn't changed much, food was good, but place still left a bad taste. Won't be going back if I have a choice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome again!! Never had a bad meal at Tao (coz I don't think they do them!!!) food is ten outta ten every time I've been over... STILL my favourite restaurant in the Western Hemisphere, it must be good because I have to travel 3,328 miles to get there ;))

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We haven't eaten at Tao in years, remembering that it was not very good, but this time everything was delicious--except for the prices. The food we ordered we would order again: vegetable dumplings, a vegetable dish and the coconut shrimp. We ate downstairs and early and managed to avoid the deafening noise that is the norm. But charging $19 for a small martini is outrageous and other dishes were at least $5 apiece more than is reasonable. . So--be warned.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

At Tao twice in a month: the first time a pleasant surprise after not eating there for some years; the second, the Tao I remember: not so good. too many diners all at once left us without the waitstaff who originally greeted us, which worked out okay. The main problem was the food. The previous dining so good that we ordered the same appetizers and main courses--a big mistake as it turned out. The coconut shrimp, wonderful the first time, were cold, hard, overcooked and tasteless: a real disappointment and impossible to return because of a theater curtain. We won't be back for a long, lo9ng time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service was really good, drinks and food came in smoothly. The food was excellent. The only down side is that it seats a 'lot' of customers. If you are going for a special occasion, you won't really feel special. Tao does not cater for the 'special' touch. It feels mass producesed, there are so many tables everywhere . And the noice? It is definitely one of the noiciest places I've been to to dine. I would say one goes there to be looked at and to look at others

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my fifth time visiting Tao. The food and ambience are always great. The sea bass is the best on the menu and is a must try. The only drawback about this restaurant is that even with reservations I always wait at least 30 mins to get seated. That is completely unacceptable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was absolutely incredible. The music was great and our waiter was also very attentive. The only problem was that our reservation was for 6:15 and we didn't end up getting seated until 6:45. That being said, once seated, the service was great and our food came out very quickly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was excellent, service was great. If you've never been, be prepared for extremely loud music during your entire dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the UK and second visit to TAO - can't believe how much changed since 2015 - tables cramped together, overbearingly close to other couples sitting next to us, had to move tables to be seated/get out, was like a conveyabelt - glasses taken before drinks finished. Seat reservation was 6.30pm - we had eaten and left restaurant by 7.30pm due to being rushed by staff. This was a birthday meal for my boyfriend, he was sorely disappointed - myself, after raving about TAO was totally embarrassed.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was not my first visit to Tao, and I have to admit that the only thing that keeps me coming back is the food. Definitely not the service as the last couple times I have been there the service was lacking. Waiter did not come to check if everything was ok once we had received our food, it took 20 minutes before he even greeted us and was overall very unattentive. If I decide to visit again in the future, I would sincerely hope that the waiters spend a little more time making sure we have everything we need.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Quality level decreased over the years. Focused only on serving as many people as possible with a massive impact on food quality.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Brought out of town clients for a late lunch the food was excellent. Had the sea bass which was one of the best ever tasted. Service staff was attentive and informative. We arrived late for our reservation but we were still seated promptly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is one of our favorite restaurants. The chic upscale decor with the giant Buddha sets the scene for a great meal with excellent service. Our family of four dined early on a Friday evening before a show. By the time we departed every table was full and the bar area was overflowing. We had appetizers that included chicken satay and chicken gyoza dumplings followed by dishes that included the ribs, tempura asparagus, orange chicken and vegetable fried rice. Everything was delicious. Dessert included chocolate spring rolls and assorted mochi - highly recommended. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We'll be back again soon.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Way too crowded and noisy. \nFood tasted like nothing but soya sauce\nWould not recomend or come back

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a reservation and 930 and they sat us at 1030 in a place that there was separate from the restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were a few minutes late given the high level of traffic, but seated immediately. The wait staff was unbelievable. Very personable and accommodating. The food is bit overpriced, but remember you are paying for the experience which IMO is well worth it. The apps were delicious and I highly recommend the Chicken Kung Poa!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The hostess was very rude. Had us wait 30 min , wouldn't let us sit before our friend arrived. This may be the restaurant policy but she made us feel very unpleasant. \nThe food was good, nevertheless

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great trendy spot in midtown! We saw a few celebrities, Miami heat basketball players dining that night. Ambiance was great, good lighting and romantic for a date and not too loud. We had a great table on the upper level with an amazing view over the lower level and of course the Buddha!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this restaurant. Love the food and the ambiance. Never disappoints.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Im a big fan of sushi and have been to many bars across europe asaia and america. The sushi served tasted bland and was like trash and so was the pad thai. overall a bad experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had an very enjoyable dinner at Tao. The food was delicious, but I have to say the portion sizes were tiny for the price. The rock shrimp appetizer at Tao was equivalent in price to Nobu ($21), however Nobu's portion size was at least double... And I would say the quality was better too.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

There was a private party downstairs and we waited 30 mins to be seated \n\nNot nice when you don't honor reservation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food! the atmosphere in the restaurant is very nice.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Having a reservation meant nothing in this restaurant. We waited another thirty minutes after our reservation time to be seated. Additionally, the service was extremely slow - both to take our order, as well as to get our main dish. I believe that the server never placed our order, or forgot to pick it up. Took almost an hour to get one fried rice dish and one low mein dish. The lo mein had nothing in it other than meat and noodles. \n\nWill not return here, nor recommend here, to anyone I know.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Generic tasting and ordered way too much food, following the guidance of the waitor

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful experience, will recommend to friends/family in near future

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Choose Tao for some of the best Thai food outside of Bangkok. The service matches the food. But beware the restaurant can be crowded and noisy. We are from UK and we love it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao was recommended by the daughter of the couple who dined with my wife and me. Suffice it to say the younger generation's tastes are very different than those of us in our senior years. The place was jam packed with youngsters, many in large groups, and some middle aged folks. The music was computer generated and was very loud, monotonous, and extremely annoying. The food and service were very good but this is a place for twenty-somethings and not seniors.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was decent overall, but not good enough to come back for. Our server was great, but food took forever to arrive. Cool looking restaurant with a good vibe though.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Mandarin Sizzled Fried Rice was great and worth a visit all by itself and the Spicy Tuna Tartare on Crispy Rice was quite good. Another dish, while tasty, was over-sauced. Service was a bit lax and inattentive (after waiting quite a while I asked a busboy to ask our waiter for the check). The room itself is big and fun albeit a bit loud for my taste - it would be a great space for a party.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

perfect food and

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao never disappoints. Delicious food, excellent service and once again an overall great dining experience. Pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Lots of fun desserts. Molten chocolate cake was my fave.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was amazing. The restaurant and lounge area was absolutely beautiful. The ambiance was great. It's a little on the expensive side, but it was totally worth it. Food was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the atmosphere and good was DELISH!!! Drinks were awesome too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

TAO never lets us down, it has great food and a fantastic wait staff, we set our reservations, walked in right on time and were seated immeadiately. Fantastic

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second time at TAO. We were not impressed with the food with our first visit but we had family in town for the holidays and thought they would get a kick with the decor. It was a hit with them and we enjoyed our dishes much more this time. Maybe we didn't order the right items last time but we would prefer some menu items with a little more heat. All-in-all it was a nice evening out and our teenage niece thought it was all great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great vibe, ambiance, cool group of diners. The food is always excellent and prepared very well. I've come to expect excellent service and am never disappointed. The bar scene buzzes. we've We've been coming here for years and always a great dining experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We didn't expect loud club music for dinner at 6:00. We could barely hold a conversation at a normal level. The menu was limited and no items had any heat. It appears to be popular due to the crowd waiting for tables but it's not our type of restaurant. We can't recommend it if you are looking for a quiet, romantic night out.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service and food were excellent. However, it was way too noisy for our taste. It took away from our overall dining experience. We had headaches when we left there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love is here, Tao is my favorite place to eat lunch from now on.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My Seabass was AMAZING my fiancée's Coconut shrimp was bland. The drinks were mixed to perfection. And our waitress deserved every Bill we tipped her, wonderful service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One work AMAZING!!!! WOULD DO IT ALL OVER GAIN.....great food, service, the inside view was so lovely.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is wonderful! I am glad I finally came! My girlfriend told me I was having my Birthday dinner here and I screamed! The attention to detail, the decor made it so special. We had dumplings, veg fried rice, shabu shabu, xo shrimp, tuna and for dessert were the chocolate egg rolls and lemongrass creme brûlée. I will try to make it to the pric fixe lunch that goes until 5pm. I can't wait until the next time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and the service were very good.\nWe were 6 friends and we enjoyed.\nThe lunch prix fixe is very good value. I definitely would return to this restaurant.\nThe spicy basil chicken lettuce wraps was a very interesting dish, and the kung pao chicken \nwas excellent. The chocolate peanut cake was a perfect ending.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had gotten a recomandation from a friend that we should have dinner at TAO. We had big expectations for our meal. The food was good. The sizes was big. \nHowever the service was bad. Our waiter was so busy with other things that we had to ask other waiters for the check. No one asked us if we wanted more to drink, or how the food was. When we just recived our appertizser we were asked if they could bring us the main course. We said we would like to eat our appertizer first.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great and service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is one of our favorite restaurants in NYC we recommend it highly

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is consistently good. The food is always very good and they provide attentive service. I recommend this place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I thought the food was very good, but pricey. Also thought the portions were very generous, plenty to share. A good place to bring a group and share everything.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very good food and ambiance with a fair price\nI spent my birthday with my husband and the atmosphere was perfect \nThe music ,the drinks,the service\nEverething was perfect

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Inattentive disinterested hostess .. painful \nThe hand buzzer is very chuckie cheese ! \nWaiter great\nFood ok not great

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went here for a early dinner late lunch and half the restaurant was empty. The service was horrible it took the waiter 15 mins to come and take out order then our food came 30-40 minutes later and our food was incorrectly prepared and lukewarm. We tried to grab someones attention but no one was to be found. We asked a busboy who said 'ok' and still no one came. Once we were just about done eating the waiter finally came over and when asked if everything was ok I said no and he totally avoided my comment. I asked for the check and took the dessert to go bc it was a horrible experience. I used to love this place but it has totally gone down hill. The food was mediocre, the service was disgraceful for the price point and the restaurant was dirty with booths that were ripped up and unclean. I wouldn't recommend anyone going here as it's not worth your time or money. I wish I could get my money and time back from this experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

They give you a 15 minutes grace after the time of your reservation, but when you arrive on time they make you wait for 1 hour...never seen that before! This is so much a lack if respect...and the music is too loud; you would expect it that loud when there is a dance flour, which is not the case...too bad because the food is really good!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

what to expect ,high expectations ,its has the ambiance , good music , good customer relations , but food, its expensive for what it is , you can eat the same in chinatown for 1/3 of the price .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Need a new chef that can deliver on food befitting such a beautiful space. The playlist was an inappropriate schizophrenic mess.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food. Plan ahead. Definitely need reservations. Was extremely crowded when we left (8:00). Food comes out pretty quickly. Good meal. Plenty on the menu. Walkable from Times Square, where we were staying. Much closer to 5th avenue / Central Park area. \n\nServer was good. Nothing special. Would likely go back, but so many other choices that we would try first.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Came for the prix fixe lunch menu. My friend and I each ordered the fix menu and added some appetizers. The appetizers were good but the entrees were bland. We had the Chirashi and Pad Thai. We had better food elsewhere for a much cheaper price tag. Location is good for ambiance and special occasions. The dessert was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Gave lower service score....waiter was excellent but front desk team was indifferent and reservation time meant nothing. We were seated 30mins after our reservation time and arrival. The Miso Sea Bass is incredible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday with my friends. The ambiance and service was great. But the most exceptional part was the food...everything was DELICIOUS!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We brought some friends who hadn't been to Tao before. Our server was very knowledgeable and made up a customized assortment of appetizers followed by some of the best dishes for the table to share. That great recommendation along with a fabulous wine and a few pictures next to Buddha before our guest left made for a memorable evening. Don't forget to try the Sea Bass. Highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We arrived 20 minutes late for our reservation and were graciously and quickly accommodated. Waitstaff is attentive and friendly and food options are available for both the vegan and the omnivore. Fun atmosphere and very reasonably priced.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great fusion menu! High quality food and great service. Always a favourite when passing by NYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service was good, our server had great knowledge of the menu. Being amongst a group of six we were able to order most items on the menu and they were all tasty and delicious. The decor of the big Buddha and the music makes for a great ambience. Looking forward to returning soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great environment, great vibe the food and drinks were good and it's worth the money.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

IT WAS LIT!!!!!!!!!! My crush asked me to be his girlfriend!!!! AMAZING

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I luv this place and will for sure come back here again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun evening with my teenage daughter. Upbeat and interesting space with dishes well suited to share. King crab roll was delicious. Shared the giant fortune cookie for desert. Everything comes together at TAO for a memorable dinner. Service was excellent!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place is beautiful, but really disappointed from the main course \nToo pricey for average food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

With the exception not being marked in for my OpenTable resi...Had a fabulous experience! Servers were exceptional! Food and cocktails were on point! Never disappointed @TaoNYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is high-end Asian cuisine, and offers top quality food and excellent ambience. The lunch special, consisting of appetizer, entrée and dessert, is not cheap, but a good value and makes sense for a business lunch. If you go this route, you will probably find it to be too much food. I had the vegetable spring roll appetizer, which was quite good. The kung pao chicken entrée was good quality, but too sweet and bready for my taste. Even though it was good quality, the preparation made it reminiscent of fast food Chinese. So, good, but not 'wow.' The dessert on the other hand (and I am not a big dessert person) was outstanding. Banana pudding with a perfect biscuit. Really special. The ambience at Tao is perfect and the service is excellent.-

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent place. I took my family to celebrate Mother's Day.\n\nAlways a nice option

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The prix fixe lunch was an excellent value with very delicious choices for the appetizer, main and dessert. The banana pudding is wonderful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was absolutely incredible. The ambience was similarly impressive. I highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun atmosphere, but a little louder than necessary. Fabulous food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance is awesome! I took my husband for the first time and he loved it. The food was all great, but our favorite was the banana pudding dessert. I could eat that every day! Service was attentive...we wanted for nothing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place, fantastic food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was here about 10 years ago for lunch and loved the trendy vibe then. Since then, they've upgraded food and the ambiance is as trendy and sexy as ever. Even at 6pm, the place is bustling; by 10 it's electric. \n\nDo get dressed up and enjoy the almost club like scene. The food is pricy but great quality and well prepared. \n\nWaiter was amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It is a nice place to have lunch. Although, to noisy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food for the lunch set menu is rather good value for money, however even though we had to advise our waiter at the start of the lunch what our dessert will be, once done with the main course, despite asking several times for it, it took them circa 30 mins to arrive. Not good when you have work to go back to.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Enjoyed my birthday dinner. The wait was terrible. The food was good but not overwhelming!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Would like to like Tao, the food was good enough. But the service was horrible. Long wait to be seated, although both parties arrived in advance of 12:30 reservation time. When finally seated , waited at least 10 minutes for any sign of server. Longer still for even a glass of water. when server finally arrived and took order, my companion's shrimp dish arrived almost instantly. Stir frying is fast, but not that fast. The issue was that my sushi roll didn't appear, again, for probably 15 minutes. With apologies, yes, but really? Definitely not an upscale fine Asisan dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had an 8:15 reservation. We had been traveling all day and were starving. We were not seated until 9:00. Not too happy about that. The food was delicious and the service was even better... thank goodness.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved it! The ambiance and decor were fabulous, service and food were impeccable!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

an energetic club-like scene with beautiful people to boot. came here to celebrate my daughter's bday- started with the pork potstickers (mind you she is not a fan of pork & she loved them)- it was served with a chili glaze super tasty! i was recommended the Grilled Red Snapper over the Miso Glazed Chilean Seabass (and it was an excellent choice) cooked to perfection with a light citrus flavor with a hint of heat. She ordered the Kung Pao Chicken which was also super tasty with peanuts and spiced to perfection. the server was notified it was her bday through the hostess - we ended the meal with a giant fortune cookie with a banana pudding (both very rich and full of flavor) the fortune cookie was filled with cream and a chocolate mousse (was kinda too rich for my daughter but i welcome chocolatey goodness) will definitely be back next time we visit NYC

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

The waiter lu was very rude to my friend and myself

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our 5th visit to Tao over the years and food and ambiance once again did not disappoint! They have even toned the music down a bit. Couple of moans, the lighting is such that even a myopic mole would have trouble reading the menu. Being constantly distracted by people, reading menus using the smartphones was a tad irritating. Led lights on menus are common these days in darker restaurants. A bit of investment required. Food was superb but the cost of sashimi per piece is around what you would pay in London for 4-5. Main courses are better value though. Again what is irritating is that you ask for bottled sparkling water yet you get bottled carbonated tap water filtered or not. I am sure in the small print it says this on the menu but without a torch and a magnifying glass you will not see it. Little things but at this price should not be tolerated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

it was amazing, overall great dining experience. the food was phenomenal and perfect for a special date night.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Asian-fusion. Bar scene is hot. Noisy so sometimes a challenge to talk during dinner. Food is good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience! Terrific for girls night out! Spring rolls were AMAZING!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Used to be better. Had to wait a few minutes while they checked if my table at 12:15 was ready. The place was almost empty at the time so I don't know what confusion delay/confusion was. The food is no longer worth the premium. The atmosphere, which used to be lively, is now lackluster. I guess the downtown location gets all the customers, good chefs and competent front desk staff.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Don't see the point in reserving a table when it's delayed more than 30 minutes when we arrive at time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The atmosphere Is Too noisy for dinner, and we have to wait 30 min. Until we sit, when we have a reserve done.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What an amazing time at TAO. I was extremely impressed by the food as well as the overall location.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great! But We had a to Wait to our table for 45 minutes although we had a reservation to 9:30pm

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lively bar environment. Good service and food. Friend is vegetarian and there were plenty of options for her.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

such a great experience! we had a gift certificate to tao downtown (through open table) and one of your employees was able to change it and email it to my phone for Tao uptown. we were surprised it was quite crowded for lunch but we were greeted and seated promptly. our server, Joe l, was beyond incredible! so friendly and smiley and on point with everything. super kind to my kids and just all around amazing! food was beyond expectations-but truly the fact that the server was so incredible was what made the excellent meal beyond...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had several of the small plates and all were excellent. The service was top notch too; we asked for some recommendations and they were spot on.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service and the food was very good. The portions are large and the atmosphere is very lively.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

1st point of frustration: they call you and leave a general & urgent sounding msg to call back - so you think there's a problem with the reservation. Called back, they merely wanted to confirm. Have feedback to Stephanie and she said 'we've offered feedback to owners on this before that customers are complaining about the msgs we leave but the owners don't want to do anything about it.' Ok so now the owners are better than the customers. Got it.\n\n2nd point of frustration: white wine we ordered was sort of warm. \n\n3rd: food not great, except the sushi was nice & so was Chilean bass. Rest of noodles, Kung pao chicken, eggplant, etc...not so great at all. Dry.\n\n4th: dance music starts blasting at 8 PM! There goes any conversation one is trying to have. Sort of strange. \n\nOverall not so good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waitress was spectacular, attentive, smart and excellent. We had amazing sushi rolls. Great food. Great fun. Must repeat often

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

it was very noisy. Our waiter recommended me a dish that was bland and boring. Hodeverk did my boyfriend receive a delicious dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took my brother here for his birthday. I'm picky when it comes to Asian food and thought the menu was good but I can find equivalent quality food for half the price around the city. However, you're paying for the giant Buddha and cool vibe of the restaurant. The restaurant has a night club ambience but the music is not so loud that you have to scream to be heard. The giant fortune cookie was my favorite - very freshly baked. I would come back but only on expense account.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and ambiance were great. The service was good, however neither my friend or I ever experienced a waiter feeling compelled to tell us the price of the specials. In fact, neither of the tables on either side of us were given such 'special' treatment. In the end we still manage to enjoy ourselves and Would return again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

There isn't one flaw about the place. The atmosphere, service and food were excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We loved Tao, when you reserve try to ask for one of the wall seats, very cozy and comfortable. The service was great, the food is yummy and atmosphere is ideal. This was my 3rd visit and each one is better.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was excellent and the décor was very nice. The music was extremely loud and had a heavy beat which had a negative effect on us. When there are 2 of us at a table for 2 and it was difficult to have a conversation. Not what I would have expected from a place named Tao with a large Budda as part of its décor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful busy and lively atmosphere. Staff very attentive and the food was absolutely superb. An excellent evening experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The decor and ambiance were very good. The table clearers were super attentive but it seemed that the waitress was stretched. We would have drunk more but were not asked if we would like another drink until it was too late. What really let the establishment down was the quality of the food. In particular the Peking duck. The duck was dry and cut into big chunks ( it should be shredded) which didn't work when trying to wrap it into the pancakes. The pancakes were dry to the point of being crispy in places. I mentioned it to the waitress who said she would let the kitchen know but she never offered to bring us fresh ones or gave us any feedback from the kitchen. The other dishes were bland, badly flavored and overcooked. I got the impression that many of the dishes had been made earlier in the evening and kept warm which meant they had dried out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome. Service great. Good time

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

It is a perfect example of how the packaging is more important than the contents. It started with our kids being very impressed with the design. And that's where it ended. Any sticky China Town restaurant or even a Take Away can match the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best food!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing Food! Great scene!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Anniversary date, reservation for 8.45 pm and they kept us waiting at least 20 minutes.\nLong wait for OVERPRICED drinks and food. The ambiance is definitely pretty and the music is great BUT the food is overpriced. Our sushi was dry, looked like supermarket bought pack.\nNobody checked on us the whole time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Really enjoyed our dining experience in Tao. Restaurant was buzzing and great place to eat. Might not suit older clientele as noise level is very loud. Food very good but with tax and gratuity on top of bill can be quite expensive. Only negative was that we had to wait a while for our table but overall enjoyed our dinner at Tao and would recommend to visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love TAO!.. Our food was as usual outstanding. But last Friday, when I was there with my family, I inquired about a special room for my wife's 50th bday . I believe the 'sky lounge' on top of the rest ( almost at the ceiling ) ,but Bryan was too cool to come over and talk to me...... instead he sent his bc over with my server.... so! that was not really nice, just wanted to let you know... if you like to gain business you should treat opportunities equal. Tao is a well oiled machine that sometimes needs maintenance.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was not worth the 1 hour wait despite having a reservation. more of a lounge than restaurant. much better food options in nyc than tao.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had reservation for 7:15pm and we had to wait for a table for over 45 mins. Not good. Was not a good first impression for the other 3 ladies as I had been there before. For and service inside was very good Fter we got in.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It started out in a bad way. Our Table was not ready and the welcome desk was not in control. \nBut when we got the table the magic began. The waitress was really good, the food was really good and the atmosphere was super. If they fix the first impression at the welcome desk I would go for the best rate!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife had been here before, but it was my first time, so I didn't know what to expect. We went there as a couple for her birthday. I can say I was pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and it has a great vibe. Be aware that it is not a quiet dinner place - it has loud music and club atmosphere. The service was excellent - from the pre-dinner bartenders to the waitress that served us. I would definitely recommend it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful ambiance, amazing food, simply fantastic!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food and a great atmosphere, however, they did not honor our reservation and we waited over an hour.... it was already after 11pm when we were finally called, or we would've gone somewhere else. The one in Chelsea has the same great food, but without the wait.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Restaurant was excellent . The only major issue I have is that despite booking for a specific time we were made to wait for an excessive period of time before being offered a table . To be a truly customer oriented restaurant as much as the patron turn up on time the restaurant must respect the booked time. If there is a slight delay this would be acceptable providing that the staff keep you constantly informed as opposed to having to constantly check out the position for yourself.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent place, great food and atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great good, great ambiance, beautiful decor, fun experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

this restaurant has a great ambiance and good food and a vegas vibe

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

We waited an hour to be sited! \nI think that a restaurant that gives that kind of treatment to their customers it feels like looking \ndown on them!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The absolute best Asian Fusion I have ever tasted. Our meal was prepared perfectly. A must when in Midtown Manhattan!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've always loved Tao but I was a bit disappointed with this dinner. Our meal was delicious and our guests loved it, but the music was just too loud. We've been for dinner before, and like that it's lively, but I suppose we had a quieter table at previous occasions. The staff did not move us to a slightly quieter area despite our request. We were accompanied by an elderly man and just didn't want to be right in the middle of the restaurant (the side tables are a bit more isolated and I wish they had accommodated our request to be seated at one of those).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is great! We took our 10 year old twins there and they loved it - we used to go when we were single for special occasions. Definitely get the raw meat that you cook at your table in the hot broth - the kids really loved that and enjoyed cooking it. Fun atmosphere, nice dark lighting. Great margaritas that are made with fresh lime!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

What wonderful staff, what great ambiance... too bad the food was far below mediocre. Too much salt, not the freshest food and for the prices they charged, the food was sub-par. Perhaps were there on an off night?\n\nI can't say enough positive things about the wait staff and ambiance. We'll go back when we see some good reviews.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The pad Thai is not very good, but everything else was delicious

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and ambiance. Service was impeccable. A bit pricy and loud but great for groups.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We come to NYC every year! Tao is a must for us!\nCan be noisy, still a great visit!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our reservation was for 7 and they sat us at 8:15 - not great

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the Shishito Peppers, Kung Pao Tofu (not listed on menu-vegan) & Tiger Lilies. Also loved the big Buddha. Fave spot!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We came back because we remembered how good the food was. This time we got the fixed price lunch; it was a great buy with good choices. Food was terrific; all three courses.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The TOA Uptown location is still a great find in Manhattan. Delicious food, spectacular atmosphere at mind fantastic service all await you. They have a 15 minute table grace period and are very accommodative if you call and are a little later. However, a reservation is a must because this location is very busy with a great bar crowd.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience! The food and service was amazing !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good lunch ! WE Love this restaurant & staff !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is a must go to ! Food is excellent

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

The hostess sat us at table that was a community table and said no one would be coming for awhile-there was a couple there in 2 mins. We told the manager-he was so rude, not accommodating and was just rude by repeating that people were always gong to sit there and that's the restaurant. We decided to eat at the bar where atleast the bartender made up for the rude manager and out to lunch hostess

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you never have, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good was awful . Service was bad . The staff are overconfident and there is no humility !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place was amazing I would defanately go back and I'm planning to take my daughter

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife and I went to Tao Uptown to celebrate our anniversary. We got a seat right at the foot of the huge statue of Buddha. From that perspective, the restaurant looks like a small Broadway theater, with Buddha on the Stage, facing 3 levels of diners. The ambiance was awesome, but the music seemed too loud. The food was very good ( I loved the shrimp Pad Thai), and the service was very pleasant. It was a little too dark to take any meaningful photos on my point-and-shoot camera, but an SLR camera might perform well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing... always loved it here. The food wass amazing and as expected so were the drinks. I would definitely recommend TAO to anyone

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were definitely spoiled by getting a table on the upper balcony that overlooked everything. The giant Buddha and patrons are great to just watch for a while. \n\nMany of the appetizers / entrees seemed overpriced (this coming from a Chinatown dive-joint-connoisseur) but there were definitely enough options to keep most folks within a budget.\n\nWould definitely go back knowing the price range and ambiance!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing dinner! The best!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Long waiting and no information even if you had booked a table, very noisy, very young people

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice restaurant, overpriced. \nFood is good, but not amazing.\nExpensive. \nGreat ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao remains one of the premiere restaurants in Manhattan. It's her favorite place, so it pretty much makes it mine too, but I'm not complaining. The food is great, the staff certainly goes out of their way to help out and the atmosphere is spot on. We had reservations for 9:30 PM. Due to the bomb explosion earlier that day the traffic in Manhattan was brutal. We arrived 45 minutes late but they still seated our party within the hour. It was nearly 2:30 am before we left the restaurant. I love the downtown location too. Tao is amazing and I have her permission to say so....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Don't take first date there, she'll still pick someone else

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Thank you to Tao for making my twin daughter's 16th birthday special. Our server Jasmine was awesome and had great recommendations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been to TAO Downtown, and I love both. Food is great, ambiance is great. Lobster fried rice is AMAZING!!! Always a pleasure coming to Tao :)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance is trendy and beautiful. The food & dessert is absolutely delicious. You think the meals look like its a small portion, but its just enough. My last visit I had the Sausage Fried Rice with Fried Egg and it was so good. My friends ordered the Crispy Orange Chicken, Filet Mignon Pepper Steak, and the Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken.. ALL AMAZING. The fortune cookie is always a hit. I've gone here 2-3 times and I keep coming back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went at dinner time on a Sunday night so the place was not crowded or loud.\nThe food was wonderful. The shrimp tempura with spicy sauce on the side was awesome.\nWe both had fish dishes (Salmon & Sea Bass) that were cooked perfect with a few glasses of fine wine making for a 'Perfect' dinner as we both noted upon leaving.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My two friends and myself had a great time at Taos last Thursday afternoon! The food was delicious but our sever James made our visit very enjoyable!. Never had a better Satay Chicken in my life! And the steak was very good too, tender and juicy! We will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We Loved the miso chilean bass and tempura scallops. Amazing. My husband loved the pad thai. \nOur waiter was right on..1

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The good thing about the Tao restaurant the food is excellent. I think they need a elevator. The service was great .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Perhaps based on all the hype - I was expecting more! Food was good however no doubt the is better Asian authentic restaurants out there! I would say this is midrange at best. The actual resto is gorgeous! Embiance was great. Music is loud so be prepared. Some felt like he service was rushing us for the next table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a good crowd and the food is terrific. Expensive, so a special occasion or a business dinner is when I go.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great sushi, filet mignon is amazing, atmosphere is electric. Great place, go late as this place gets better as the night goes on. Awesome experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

come here for the lunch pre fix with colleagues . generous portions, delicious dumpling soup!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The lunch prix fixe menu was useful as we were there around 2pm. Good location. Food was good. The service was great. Too many other diners using selfie sticks too close to our table. Very annoying to us and for the staff. Maybe think about prohibiting them in the future.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful decor, tasty menu items, lots to choose from, 45 min wait, even with a reservation for 2, this seems to be very common as this has happened before, no matter what size of the group

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice spot but not very kid friendly...when they say my 12 and 8 year old at the reception desk they immediately changed my location to the first table next to the kitchen and they rushed through our dinner to get us out there as quick as possible.\n\nServer was trying to be friendly but I think the host/manager had other plans for us

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely delicious pan Asian good!\nAmazing drinks.\nSushi is fresh and melts in your mouth.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I keep coming back whenever I have guests from out of town and want to impress. Orange chicken is fantastic, so are all the noodle dishes and cocktails. The gigantic fortune cookie with a little message for each one of our party completed our perfect evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is my favorite NYC restaurant ! Took our granddaughters there this time for a special treat and it was truly SPECIAL! Perfect night all around!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is absolutely beautiful. They are very strict on reservation times. We arrived about 20 minutes early and were told to check back in at the time of our reservation. There are two bars to hang out by while you wait. The food was excellent. I recommend the Chilean seabass and the banana pudding for desert. Delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my favorite restaurant. Has been for about 13 years. I have always had a great experience. It is a great scene, cool ambiance, and amazing food. This was the first time I have been there since I had my baby. I knew it would be a challenge to bring an 18 month old here, but we don't get to the city often anymore and we took advantage of the opportunity. I still had a great experience but I will say that the staff was not particularly excited to have a baby in there. Our server did not pay much attention to us until I had mentioned that it was my favorite restaurant and had been there many times before. After that she was much more friendly and helpful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The lychee martinis were outstanding and I believe dinner was good too. However, the drinks were so good that I don't really remember dinner. I would definitely go back though.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

$17 for bottled tap water. Orange chicken tastes terrible. The sea bass was fishy and not flavorful. The fried rice smelled like chemicals. \n\nI would never recommend this place

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Despite our booking and the fact that we were on time, we had to wait more than 30mins. The bar was crowded, no room at the bar, the service was more than average. No apologies or extra for the delay. The food was good, especially the south East Asian dishes. Cocktails and desserts are amazing. That's a shame they don't respect their clients

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance and energy always feels great once youre past the resevations entrance and into the bar/lounge area. The DJ is an excellent touch as it's never too loud or playing depressive music. The food is amazing. It's the reason Tao is a favorite restaurant of mine. However, the hostess and reservations folks can be a bit edgy and short on patience. It's noticeable and slightly understood considering how busy it can be, but just a reminder that it's always a pleasure to interact with courtesy.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

I AM REALLY ANGRY. I booked this 10 pm reservation specifically because it was listed as a 1000 point table. I only got 100 points and when I contacted OpenTable they were no help, said it wasn't a 1000 point table, when it clearly had the 1000 point icon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I always get the dumplings when here. The pan fried pork dumplings are ridiculous. They make a chicken dumpling too. The ribs are good and everything on the menu is consistently tasty. It's pretty expensive though for a kid friendly place. I would come with young family members before 7pm. Regardless of what you ate you must finish it off with a giant fortune cookie stuffed with vanilla and chocolate creme and surrounded by fruit. If you come later at night it becomes more of a social place with vibrant bar area and they jack up the volume on the music big time. You'll feel like you're eating dinner in a night club. I prefer earlier and quieter to enjoy the food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Although the food was great, the service was not as good as I have experienced in the past. We were sat in a terrible location upstairs right alongside the service station and stairs where it was crowded and noisy with everyone standing around. You'd think sitting next to the service station our waters would at least be filled without having to ask but that wasn't the case either. I've had better experiences here.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao NYC is similar to Tao Las Vegas. To our surprise, the room appears almost identical. To our relief, our fellow diners were not the same intoxicated boors we encountered in Las Vegas. \nOh, the food. Right. The reason we came. Tao is nice because you can have a modest dinner of sushi rolls, or you can spend quite a bit on some of their entres'. Or anywhere in between. If I have a gripe, it is a weak beer list. They try to stick with Asian labels, and beer is not their strength. Or you can spend a lot on wine. A lot.\nVery polished, well organized and effective service. We would go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had reserved a table and we were on time for the reservation time- but still, they made us wait for 45 minutes to be seated. It made us unconfortable and out everyone in a bad mood. Unacceptable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time ever I would not recommend a restaurant where I value the food at 5 stars. The noise was one reason but it felt like they tried to serve as many people as possible (only 10 cm between tables) in as short possible time. Great restaurant, great food but bad experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao has become one of my favorite restaurants since my first visit because its creativity in culinary combinations and impeccable service. The decor itself is marvelous as you can see from the photos. It's a fun place for a big group as well as a date.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing service, best waitress i have ever had in Tao

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Creative menu, taste was nothing special and frankly not worth the price.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was a bad choice for us since we were\nMeeting someone we wanted to be able to talk to during the meal and it was impossible

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food the waiter suggested was not tasty at all unfortunately... the appitizers were perfect. Next time I will return to the other location downtown where they had a reddnapper that came fried and was delish!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A fun place to visit. Good food and fabulous cocktails. Creative interior. Would recomend the place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loud and noisy - its a scene if that's your thing. Table was not ready - not withstanding the reservation. And we waited 30 mins. I think this is common practice. It was very loud and very cold - air-conditioning was blowing right on us and it sure felt icy. Even though the food was yummy I struggled to hear our friends - defeats the purpose of dining with friend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was amazing... We Got the lunch deal, with 3 courses... Great value for money...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Disappointed their menu does not have some of the great items available at other TAO locations.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Both the food quality and the service left sun disappointed the last 2 visits. This place is not what it used to be. There are plenty other good restaurants if you are looking in this specific area but if you want the same cuisine, Buddakhan far exceeds expectations. Restaurant is in Meatpacking district.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were acting like total tourists and only explored noodle dishes but they were amazing! Our server Vanessa was above and beyond wonderful and we were treated like royalty!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had only been to Tao once before dining here in March. I wanted to take my friend (on her first trip to New York) to a restaurant that would make a big impression. With the exception of the one bar patron who got a bit pushy (and eventually escorted out by security - who afterwards apologized to us for the interruption) the experience was a lot of fun. We dined upstairs along the balcony area where we had a great view of the entire restaurant. We ordered Chicken Gyoza (tasty) and fried green beans as appetizers and I had a pad Thai as my entree. We left satisfied with the evening and my friend noted that it was one of the highlights of her trip.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great spot, sexy, exotic atmosphere, quick efficient and very good food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a great experience at Tao for my roommate's 25th birthday dinner! Great specialty cocktails, all of the food was delicious (especially the pork potstickers with sea same chili sauce and the Kung pao chicken)! Our server was also great- attentive and very personable!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was fabulous as always and Mary our waitress was awesome, friendly and on point!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was hands down the absolute best sushi I have ever had in my life. Everything was fresh and delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome food. Great server. Very accommodating , we were originally scheduled for 7:00 but the US Open was running late and after calling to see if we could reschedule, we were told to just come in and they'd seat us as soon as they were able. When we arrived, we were seated immediately. Would recommend this restaurant. Have been to the location in Las Vegas so was hoping the experience here would be the same and it was great.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overrated place in my opinion. Food is okay. Ambiance is nice but it gets very crowded. Food is so-so. I've eaten much better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I LOVED I WILL BACK AGAIN,FOOD IS VERY GOOD DECORATION I LIKED

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had an 8:30pm reservation and had to wait until 9:35pm to be seated. Service was horrible!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food! We all took our server's suggestions. Orange chicken and pepper steak. So good!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the food. Love the decor. Excellent service. Celebrated a birthday there. Had a fabulous time! Will definitely go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun and beautiful but the music was to loud. Wont be another visit because of the noise.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Almost an hour waiting time although we have booked a table

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Has turned into a 12 year old and older, birthday party spot. Noise level was excessive. Room was over crowded. Food was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

You can never go wrong at Tao.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Special Thank You To the Hostes for the great table and entire staff for amazing service and outstanding food Tao is on my number one list for dining out in special occasion can't wait to retune*****

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Poor service. Over priced food. I mean really overpriced. Nothing special. Unless you are meeting a group of friends there and have no other choice, I do not know why you would ever go.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Perfect!! The food was delicious and the service perfect

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was at Tao Uptown with my partner. The atmosphere in terms of decorations etc was impressive of corse, but the food was not of a high quality that matched the price - and service was very bad.\nThe noise in the restaurant was at a level so we could barely speak to each other, and we were not able to hear what the waiter said at all. The staff was also so busy that they forgot our orders several times. Wine only came in after we finished the food for example. We felt very neglected by the staff. Very hectic atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great decor and tasty offerings! We really enjoyed the Chilean sea bass and Wagyu beef. the deserts are amazing : do not miss out on the Banana pudding!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

food was good.\nvery loud, hard to hear conversation\ngood for young people and sharing plates\nwaiter brought the wrong bill and overcharged us\nService OK\nvery very busy

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My waiter was excellent. His service excellent. \nReservation easy. Upon arrival requested a main floor table. was told OK , only a few minutes. More couples arrived after us and were seated on main floor. Frustrating. We waited a long time until eventually seated. The hostess spoiled the evening.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Terrible waiter. Usually good restaurant but this time food and service were bad

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My favorite NYC restaurant. Earns 5 stars on all fronts. Great food, service and ambience. Would recommend to all to enjoy a great NYC Asian fusion meal.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

A place to go for special events. It is a bit overpriced but has a great ambiance and good food and drinks.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Too noisy service awful food overpriced the server was simply not interested

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Buzzy atmosphere, great food. Duck rolls and chicken dish was amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Consistent, good, tried The japanese special meat to Be cooked on The table, it was very good in flavour.... First time. Had a sushi to complement that was good

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a cool place but the food is just not worth the high price. The service was great and the servers were very friendly. The prices are ridiculous for the quality and amount of food you get. There are so many great places to eat in Manhattan that I would not recommend TAO unless you've been everywhere else.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambience was fantastic. Our server was OK. The apps were good, entrees were so-so, but the desserts were amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I happened to go to Tao on a whim and I was pleasantly surprised. The server was great, the food was delicious and the price, during restaurant week, was awesome. If you're curious I say go to Tao.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Asean Restautant abd very good food. Service coukd be better but the suze of the restaurant dint help since too big. Nice decoration and huge Buda inside.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is not only stunning in its decor, but the food is divine!! A perfect choice for catching up with a friend and celebrating my birthday. The lunch pre-fixe was very good in value and deliciousness. We will be returning soon

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

attentive service and wonderful food. Great atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good variety of Asian foods in a great environment!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love coming to this spot 😊

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My second time in Tao Uptown. I love place and food. Too loud music makes conversation hard. Buy it worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great waited food was piping hot and was very good quick service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Place has a good vibe- food is first rate and it is still a hot spot after all these years- that said the big issue is that it is severely overpriced.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a very nice meal with friends. The food was good but we ordered too much as we did not know the portion sizes would be so large. It was very noisy which gave it a good, lively atmosphere but it was difficult to hear ourselves talk. The price was very expensive so would be best for a very special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great vibe, great food...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Positives- Good atmosphere good location and food was great. Negatives- limited menu, slow service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was amazing. It was my first time so my first experience and I must say I loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I always appreciate the ambiance of Tao. So chill and chic with great lounge music. The food is still delicious. It has been a while since I had eaten here and now I have calmed my craving.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place for anyone who does not want to chit chit as it's pretty loud with the music. Food was great. Being a vegetarian I was impressed with the alterations they were ready to make with the menu. Delicious

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cool place but more of a tourist attraction than an a restaurant of substance. Don't regret the visit but won't come again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the food and the ambiance.The device was excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious, the service quick and very efficient and complied with all our special requests

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall good. Service was a bit disappointing, but would go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

On Friday, August 26, 2016, my wife and I had lunch with our friend. It was our third time there to have lunch. The lunch was very good. The service was very good. The problem was there were two babies who cried a lot. Also, there were two young girls at the next table with their mothers. One of those girls brought her scooter. This was very strange. The noise was too loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and service. Awesome setting. Loved it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great drinks and desserts and a lively atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lobster was huge and perfectly cooked.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

drinks are great but too expensive but I still keep going back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

great spot would definitely make this a permanent date spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Res was at 8pm but waited an hr to get out table - not good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Coming from an event at 30 Rock, I needed to take my mother for a great dinner nearby. Tao is always the best choice, no one beats their food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was so good. Music was good- staff was friendly

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband and I went on Saturday night and liked it so much. We are visiting from Australia .\nThe following night we went again with some friends from Washington. We all loved it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is always the best - whether it is afternoon or evening! We had the special lunch menu. Great selections and portions! I had the branzini and it was great! My husband had the sushi selection and it also is always a favorite of ours! The appetizers were plentiful and the desserts were wonderful! There is always something for everyone on the menu! Highly recommended! Make sure to request that you have a table that faces the Buddha!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved it! Amazing decor. Great atmosphere and delicious food.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overpriced, mediocre food, and robotic service that felt like turnover in a factory

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We've been here a few times but probably won't go back. The service was great but the food was OK. It was very salty. We brought some friends from out of town and we weren't too impressed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We ate at Tao during restaurant week, so we had a sampling of a few different dishes. Each dish was outstanding... I can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic, organized service. Friendly and informative waitstaff. The pan fried dumplings were cooked perfect with great flavor. The pepper steak and sweet and sour chicken were delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful night. Great service !! Would go back again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excelent service!!👍👍👍

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was fabulous. Waiter was terrific in explaining dishes but the busboy tried to remove my plate while I had a fork in my hand...and then came back another couple of times while we we still eating. ...oddly trained.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time going for dinner. Went with (7) friends to celebration my birthday. Everyone LOVED their food. Unfortunately no one liked their drinks. The restaurant is so beautiful, but lighting too dark. We had to used our cell phone flashlight to read the menu as did several of the tables around us. Our waitress was great, but had to look for her a couple of times. Seemed like she had a number of tables to cover. Also, should find more appropriate music for dinner time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and drinks! Nice place for any occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was fabulous! It was a great experience since it's my first time. The only complaint I have is that the food was too salty but otherwise everything was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food and ambiance. Our waiter was not the best, did not visit the table much, but another waiter 'took over' a bit which was helpful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Most overated restaurant in nyc. I don't really understand how it sells out every night. The food was on part with McDonald's.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

too salty!too salty!too salty!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good spot for taking visiting guests. Aside from the 5-spice short ribs, the food is on the good side of OK. It can never really be necessary to pay $30 for orange chicken. But it's the kind of place your friends/relatives most likely don't have in hometown USA, so go ahead and treat them.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We loved Tao Downtown so much we visited Tao Uptown. We had an equally great time. We love Tao so much we're going back again this week. Our waiter was nice enough to mention they have a lunch special all the time, not just for restaurant week. Tao restaurants are fantastic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took a family member out for a birthday lunch at Tao Uptown. We arrived a little earlier than our reservation - however, we were seated right away. Out waiter was very attentive - and knowledgeable about the menu selections and wine list. I would like to get back to Tao for dinner in the near future.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great restaurant but sat 35 minutes after they forgot us and claimed not checked in after they themselves seated us! Bad for a business lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tao is always our treat when we visit NYC. Short ribs were amazing. Lobster stuffed dumplings with mushrooms were excellent. I'd also recommend Tuna tataki sashimi. Menu changes but the Chilean Seabass is a staple and worth trying. Molten chocolate cake was decadent and beautiful with little chocolate box. We love this place, including decor.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

service was poor, waitress hardly recognized us, put the menu down without any explanation, did not point out the restaurant week menu hidden on the table

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went to celebrate a friend's birthday and take advantage of Restaurant Week lunch deal. Excellent food, service and ambiance. Probably the most diverse menu I've seen for restaurant week, lots of good choices, no up charges, generous portions. I noted that it was my friend's birthday and they probably didn't know who was the birthday girl, and I use that term losely, so they brought both of our desserts with candles and chocolate happy birthday messages. So sweet and really special.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Deli