Tao Restaurant is a Asian fusion restaurant located in Las Vegas’ Venetian Resort. It opened in 2005 and is the #1 grossing restaurant in the United States. Tao has an outpost in New York City. This place is home to lots of celebrities. They focus on Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisines.
Decor, Vibe – Huge 40,000 square foot complex with restaurant and nightclub. First 2 floors are the restaurant with the nightclub on the 3rd floor. Very nice Asian decor with Massive 16 foot tall Buddha, lots of Asian paintings and sculpture. Tao was packed to the rafters with a lots of people in town for the Consumer Electronics Show. Lots of young people in nightclub attire up front in the lounge/bar area. The place was dark, very noisy, and the music was super loud. We can for a late snack, drinks, and dessert.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Tao Restaurant Menu has lots of small plates, dumplings, tempura made for sharing. Lots of seafood and some sushi, sashimi options.
Orange Dragon ($13) Grey goose, L’orange cointreau, Fresh orange, and cranberry juice came on the rocks and was good and strong. Not super fruity. No surprise, they how to make cocktails.
Mango Tamarind Martini ($13) Finlandia Mango Vodka, Cranberry juice and tamarind was very strong and had a light tamarind flavor.
Dragon Tail Spare Ribs ($16) were meaty ribs fresh out of the oven, with a decent slightly spicy glaze.
Steamed Chicken Gyoza ($12) with Napa cabbage and soy dipping sauce came on a bed of veggies and were surprising good. It was low on quantity though.
Sugar Dusted Doughnuts ($9) with sweet yuzu dipping sauce were 5 good sized doughnut holes with sweet dipping sauce. Fresh out of the fryer and excellent.
Mandarin Oranges, Fresh Berries, Pineapple & lychee fruit ($9) with Mandarin Sorbet and ginger syrup was a very good fruit dessert. Lots of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries and the sorbet made it refreshing.
XO Chinese Long Beans ($11) were plentiful but smoothered with a strong heavy sauce. They should have reduced the sauce by 50%.
We had to wait an additional 45 minutes for our table, even though we had reservations. This seems to be pretty common. Tao Restaurant is a pretty incredible place, one that could only reside in Las Vegas or in Asia. We knew Tao would be a scene and anticipated the food and service would never rise to the level of the atmosphere. Service was good after a long wait with the food coming fast and the waiter being friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Food quality was better than expected. We did not want to come here for our main meal as there are so many higher end choices in Vegas.
Tao is not a place for everyone. If you want a hip, cutting edge happening place with decent Asian food, give it a try. Coming here for Cocktails and dessert is a no brainer.