TAO Uptown

4.6
12578 reviews
$31 to $50
Pan-Asian
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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  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off the bill at the end of your visit. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior in order to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund. Please note that during these unprecedented times, all reservations have a 90 minute dining limit. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 12578 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.6
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4.2
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AditiP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

Loved the food and flavors of all dishes! However, be prepared to wait an hour to get a table even with a reservation!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food2Service5Ambience3

Never good to have a 9 pm reservation and be seated at 10 pm so many better options in NYC

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MaryM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, good service,
But super rude hosts at the door and a LONG wait even with a reservation.

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NicoleS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good, staff and ambience was amazing!!’nn

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vipChefMike
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

First time at TAO with my family and everyone loved the vibrant atmosphere, music and most of all the food. Wife and two adult daughters (23 & 24 plus boyfriend) thought it was fun and great experience.

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vipCSAus
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is amazing and caters for a variety of people depending on what type of Asian food you are in the mood for. The Lobster Wontons are my staple order everytime I am there as it is exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

We were forced to wait half an hour past the reservation time despite arriving early. We were only seated after we stood by the Host Stand to make it clear that we either needed to be seated or leave because of a show we had to catch. When we were eventually seated, it was next to a middle school birthday party that was running around the restaurant. The food was average at best and overpriced. We had to flag down our server to order and pay in order to catch our show. The experience was abysmal and service was the worst I’ve seen at a restaurant in years.

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vipDeanna
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated engagement. Awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Robin and Amy were absolutely amazing!

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vipJavaDog88
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great music, wonderful upbeat atmosphere. This iconic New York restaurant is always fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

It is important to start off by saying that I set my expectations very low in terms of food quality. I heard the vibe was great but the food was a hit or miss. I ordered the Peking Duck, fried rice and for appetizers we got the chicken lettuce cups and the lobster and shrimp spring rolls. Everything was good. You can also get this quality food for much less but you go here fore the vibe. The Peking duck was the best and I definitely enjoyed it! The service was impeccable. Quick and polite. There was a few moments that felt a little rushed but other than that it was great.

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Luismanuel
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Un lugar excelente para comer. Muy ruidoso solamente.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

service was lovely, we had many dietary restrictions and they worked really hard to accommodate us and help us with the menu.

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JasonL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was great. The services was terrible.

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SuzyH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Food just didn't wow me for the price. Nice place, but I thought I would get top of the line asian food. Also, very few vegetarian or vegan options.

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BFoodie27
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambiance as always. TAO doesn’t disappoint.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

I usually love Tao but have never been to this location. It is much smaller than all other locations and had the worst service ever. We were 1 minute late and they made us wait a whole hour to sit. Our reservation was at 9:45 and we were seated at 11:00 pm. That was the most ridiculous wait time ever and ruined all of our plans. You should never make your guests wait over 10 minutes especially when they are paying so much for the experience and HAVE A RESERVATION! Will never return to this location. Food is always good, service terrible, and ambience was alright.

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ChristinaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Waited 45 minutes for our table even though we had a reservation but the food & drinks were amazing.

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Stefan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning Restaurant. Great atmosphere. I’ll be there soon again!

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ChristinaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Our visit didn’t start off well when our server did not return to take our order. Luckily, I asked about ordering and got sent Brendan instead. He saved the day. Very attentive and genuine in how he waited on us.

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JarriusB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place to eat, really enjoyed my time there. A bit pricey but worth it, definitely would recommend and come back again

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great experience

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LuisC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Nice place, food is good and staff is friendly my only comment is that the music is really loud and not related at all to the restaurant thematic, you can easily imagine that Buddha statue cry with that music choice... it feels more like being on a disco night but instead of dancing you are having dinner while trying to have a conversation but actually shouting to your friends at the table while hearing the table next to you screaming as well ( I was seated at the long bench where tables are 6" apart) Cool place though, pictures are deceiving but still really packed...poor Buddha having to put up with that music every night....

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EricL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, great atmosphere and the service was top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chilean Sea Bass is phenomenal and should be on your must have list! All the food was amazing but this was above it all. My friend, who was visiting from Alabama, exclaimed “this is the best thing I’ve ever eaten” and reiterated it the next day. The only negative for me is probably age related. The later it got, the louder it got (and the younger the clientele got) which made it harder for me to hear but besides this, the overall experience was fantastic.

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shabyg
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Pad Thai was drenched in sugar and sushi didn’t taste fresh. Service was sub-par. Too bad because the ambiance and decor is awesome.
Maybe best for a drink and edamame.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tao is such an awesome place to dine!! The Chilean Sea bass was to die for and the chocolate lava cake was a great top off to a wonderful evening! Really great service with good music and the atmosphere is wonderful! I will definitely be back next time I’m in NYC!!

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Elle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Alive place with good food and nice ambiance. The music quality is average for the place and concept that represents. Overall great experience

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pratiksha
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ambience is perfect, people were so nice and attentive. must go place for asian fusion restaurant. chocolate fortune cookie is to die for.

MB
vipMBPB
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Let me preface this review by saying we chose this restaurant because the menu had clear designations of items that could be ordered gluten free.
I have celiac and told our server very clearly. I ordered accordingly and again mentioned each item had to be gluten free. Our 2 appetizers were delivered by a runner that could not confirm if they were gluten free. Our server came over and said after looking at them that the first 2 items were. The main course came with crunchy onions on top which I assumed were NOT gluten free. Called the server over and asked her and her answer was “I put it in to be gluten free so it should be”. I showed her what I thought was the problem and now she said “couldn’t you just eat around them”. Of course, I can’t eat around them! She had to ask what to do and finally said they would remake the dish. The others in my party had already dished out small portions but didn’t take seconds. The dish was taken away from all and new clean plates were given to us. When the new dish arrived, she came over to say “don’t worry this one is on me”. Yes, 3 people ate probably 1 scoop from the original but did not at all finish it. We were charged for 1 main entree. At this point , I saw she did not take my gluten free needs seriously. I asked her about the other items I had eaten and she could not promise anything was gluten free. She the offered me a dessert on her but they had no gluten free options. That actually was funny! So now I’m home and spending time back and forth to the bathroom (sorry if that’s too graphic”.
So, word to the wise, if you have any special food requests...be a Karen and ask for a manager to take your order! A restaurant of this caliber should of taken my needs more seriously.
UPDATE: I was called by the manager to discuss my review and it was a very constructive conversation. I was assured that they take these issues very seriously and the staff would be retrained. I will try the restaurant again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Duck Spring Rolls were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant evening with the family at TAO . It’s a place our family loves going to .. for a good reason ..

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yrod
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food is really good. However, there really should be a menu section with more vegan options...

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took a long time to be seated, but once we were it was worth it! Great place.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Not seated for over 30 min past reservation
Charged for a bottle of champagne instead of a glass
Initially sat in the corner with the waiter station and dirty dishes piled up - had to ask for a different table
Waiter never came back to refill waters or ask for additional drink orders. 2 different chicken dishes were awful - the woody chicken texture. Yuch. We won’t be back. Oh and no one said gee sorry for any of this!! Way too big for themselves. Too many great restaurants in NYC don’t waste the time and money.

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JamaalR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The one thing i didn’t like was even though i had a reservation i wait to wait 45mins just to be seated because they over took guests. Also i said it was a birthday dinner but i had to remind them to do the special requests

CJ
vipChereseJ
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tao is one of my favorite restaurants... l love love the food... I have never sat upstairs before... I actually didn't like sitting upstairs and prefer to sit downstairs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service to celebrate our anniversary

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JasonG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was stressed out getting here on time because they don't have valet parking and all the lots nearby were full and we were going to hit our 15 min grace period and possibly lose our $50 deposit and our table. However, even though we were a few minutes late, they didn't say anything, and we only waited a few minutes after we checked in before being taken to our table. Service was quick. Food and ambience were excellent. I've eaten at TAO before the pandemic and the prices seem to be more than double what I remember paying. I'm not sure what the standard for "value" is any more.

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MarleneM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

TAO Uptown never disappoints. A must visit when in the city.

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You can order delivery directly from TAO Uptown using the Order Online button. TAO Uptown also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. TAO Uptown also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 888-2288.

TAO Uptown is rated 4.6 stars by 12578 OpenTable diners.

TAO Uptown does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://taogroup.com/giftcards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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