TAO Uptown

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12058 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
A 16-foot Buddha, which floats above a reflecting pool filled with Japanese carp, presides over the scene at Tao. A favorite destination for celebrities and athletes, this Pan Asian restaurant specializes in authentic Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines. Tao has three levels of dining including the prized "Skybox" which offers views of this former movie theater unparalleled in New York. In addition to its 300 seats, Tao includes a sushi bar, lounge and two bars at which to enjoy the food and the show. Appetizers range from $8 - $18; Entrees: $16 -$39. Offering $31.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.
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SL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The service was fair and the food was very mediocre. Not worth the price. Noise level was a little too loud & very hard to hear any conversation. I cannot say that the quality of the food nor was the service worth the price of the restaurant.

MN
Houston
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Good as always. It was superb. The Prix Fixe lunch is a great value. Shrimp skewers and the chicken pad Thai were exceptional.

OG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the Giant Buddha😁👍I found the prices too high on the food

FB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Definitely not worth the money.

VD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic night at Tao - everything from the pre-dinner drinks to the great service (Gavin really looked after us and was very attentive) and amazing food. I had been to Tao a couple of years ago on a trip and brought my brother and sister in law who were in town for the weekend from Ireland and Tao did not disappoint. Everything from the ambiance and music to the carefully crafted and well presented dishes and accompanying drinks were great. My sister in law had the sea bass and raved about it for 2 days afterwards that it was the best sea-bass she ever had. The dishes that my brother and I both had were equally as good. Highly recommend!

SC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food for our party of 4 was awesome. Our waiter, Juan, was helpful and attentive without being a distraction. His suggestion of the sea bass was my wife's favorite of the meal.

H
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible and the atmosphere was contagious.

VA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Too pricey, But not impressed with the food .i will not go there again

JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Love it all! Such a lovely place ! I will recommend it for all my friends

T
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

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

W
Amarillo
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always go here when we come to the city.

RB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. The decor was stunning. We did feel it was slightly over priced though but enjoyed all the food.

HM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great ambience
Nice personnel and service

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service. Food is always great!

n
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food good service, will come back ASAP 😂

YG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

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

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

H
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

ET
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

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

K
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

SM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

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

AL
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

a
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

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

M
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

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

LG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, love the glazed Chilean sea bass!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ambiente agradável. Pratos deliciosos. Excelente serviço

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HV
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food good ambience and atmosphere

JC
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

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

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

CV
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

j
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

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

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