Tao - LA
The ambience was surreal and the food is great
We had an amazing experience at Tao! I have been to the Tao in NYC which I thought was truly amazing and it was great to see the LA restaurant was equally as phenomenal. The space itself is remarkable, the food and service both top-notch and overall experience was one of the best I've had in years of dining. Looking forward to the next time!
The service was wonderful but the food was average.
the ambience of the restaurant was amazing. everything was delightful & very soothing. i appreciate my experience here. look forward to coming again when i revisit!
I had a horrible experience. I was happy when I arrived because of the decorations, however, I was seated at a small table with no room to move. I had explained to them that I was celebrating a birthday. My server arrived and asked if we wanted to order anything. She did not mention her name or anything.
Five minutes later we ordered appetizers. She brought us plates and her hair was in a braid located in the front. Her hair was touching the plate and I immediately felt uncomfortable. It took my tempura roll an hour to even come out. I did not even enjoy it. Later on, my server did not check on us. Surprisingly she checked on all her other tables and not ours. I became so irritated and upset that I spent so much money. This is not a restaurant I will be returning to.
Tao is a restaurant with real 'wow factor'; the decor is stunning and it really feels special just being there. Food is excellent, mostly familiar Chinese and Japanese dishes executed expertly and stylishly. Portions are generous but thankfully not as excessive as is in many LA restaurants, and prices while high are wholly fair for the quality and price. We ordered gradually, a couple of dishes at a time, ordering more if we were hungry and stopping when we were full, which worked well! The only negatives were slightly patchy service - our first two dishes came very quickly, and before our wine, which we had to chase, and we had to ask for side-plates - and the ambience being spoiled somewhat by an incredibly loud and raucous group which the management didn't appear to do anything to control. Obviously this is a place to come to have fun but it's very much a special occasion place (we were on our honeymoon, and there were several birthdays going on) and management should realise that guests don't want to have their experience spoiled by any one party behaving inappropriately. Still, I'd happily recommend Tao to anyone wanting a very good meal in a jaw-dropping restaurant!
Great venue, great food
Had a great time and great waiter. Very nice ambiance
We always visit Tao in NYC, but this one was a bit disappointing. I was good, but can’t live up to the nyc experience
Anniversary. The must was to loud and noisy. Not good music playing for the atmosphere you have.
The food and cocktails were delicious and the interiors of Tao were beautiful.
It was a great experience,
First time having dinner and I don’t regret picking this place for my for my friends bday dinner.
Came here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and yay for DineLA deals! The meal came with an appetizer, a main course and dessert for only $49 per person.
The setting is absolutely amazing, and I loved the digital animations shown over Guanyin. We were seated in the two-person lounge area looking over the center of the atrium and the view was perfect for people watching. Our server, Elizabeth, was the sweetest and provided consistent service - which made our night out extremely enjoyable! She even had candles and 'Happy Birthday' chocolates put on both of our desserts so the boyfriend ended up having two birthday "cakes."
The food was delicious and as authentically flavored as an Asian restaurant in Hollywood can be. I highly recommend the chicken satays and mongolian beef. The cocktails we got were also well-made and worth the price tag (get the Lychee Martini and Cucumber Sparkler).
Thanks Elizabeth for the memorable night out!
This is an exceptional restaurant. When you walk in you are amazed at the design and the immediate service. Our waitperson, Lauren, was always there when we needed her. The star, however, was the food. each dish was delicious. The Tuna Pringles, Sea Bass skewers and the whole Snapper really stood out. If you get the desert platter prepare to be stunned!
We went to Tao for dinner before seeing a show at the Pantages. We went right when they opened, so we didn't have to wait for our table. The ambience, decor, and service at Tao were all great. We thought the food was good, but overpriced for what it was. However, still a good choice for date night.
My boyfriends birthday dinner
It was ok, not Impressed
Beautiful restaurant, average food for very high price.. once is enough for me.
A big thank you to our host for the evening , Rickardo. He is truly the best, just amazing service! He picked out all the best dishes from the meny and they were all awesome! This restaurant is just great, several celebrities if you’re in to that. Book in advance, it gets full!
Ambience and service were wonderful. Food was ok. I would have expected better given the prices.
The ambiance in the restaurant an obvious cultural riff of the food it purports to illustrate a mastery of. The entrees were paltry at the highest rating, the appetizers were two levels short of decadent. The service in the restaurant was efficient in delivering essentials, but personalities were very stiff, and overly-rehearsed to near robotic delivery. The managerial presence on the floor was set decoration and offered no interaction. An enhancement of robust flavors and marination can save all courses of the food served here.
Save room for the giant fortune cookie!
The food was delicious. The decor and ambiance was great. A wonderful dining experience.
Had a wonderful time! We were seated right away. As soon as we entered, we were immediately impressed by the decor and ambiance. It was perfect for my boyfriend's birthday! Our waitress took our order fast and our drinks and appetizers arrived quickly. We weren't rushed to finish our meal. The portions are on the bigger size. The tuna poke was excellent and chicken satay was very tasty. I loved the Tao-tini, the second one was a bit stronger than the first - perfect sweet drink. I ordered the dessert platter (since it came with a big candle) it was perfect! My boyfriend and I left very full and happy. Will definitely come back!
Braxton and the girl serving us which I forgot her name was amazing! Good job! Excellent ambience and service!
Beautiful ambiance and great food!
Great experience every time. The snapper is amazing!
The sushi was mediocre at best. Definitely not worth the price. We ordered toro at $18 a piece and got a very thin slice of toro.
The waiter was in a hurry to take our order. When we wanted to talk to him and ask about his recommendations he said he’ll give us a couple more minutes to order. The bus boy was taking the dishes before I was ready. I put my last sushi in my mouth and before I could have some ginger to cleanse my palette the ginger and my plate was gone.
Between dishes, it took a long time to get the next order. We were having sushi and generally sushi comes out pretty quick. The entire meal lasted 2 hours due to the slow speed of getting our food.
We ordered the Tuna Pringle’s twice and was charged $24 for the first order and $28 for the second order. There were 3 Pringle’s both times. I’m still confused about that.
I’ve been to Tao many times and had much better experiences but I definitely wouldn’t come back now. They need to train their staff much better and raise their quality of sushi.
Great place to hangout with friends, go out on a date, or even a casual business dinner.
Great food and good portions! A definite must try!
Impeccable service, exceptional food, and incredible atmosphere! Best dining experience ever. This is a must visit restaurant in Hollywood.
Went for my 32nd birthday dinner. Great ambiance, good food, good drinks and the dessert platter was amazing!
Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner, TAO!! My party of 8 loved it! We were seated in our own private section in the front. Loved the lazy Susan! Lol! Everything was delicious!!!
Last year I celebrated my birthday and this year we celebrated my cousin's birthday. She loved it. Great food and service.
Great time. Will be back soon
Service was excellent. Our waitress was very outspoken and friendly.
Tao, was outstanding the ambiance was amazing the atmosphere was terrific. Food was delicious. Service was great. All in all I love Tao🤩