Tao

Price guide: Expensive

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109

Price guide: Expensive

Tao

By Julia Buckley, your Las Vegas expert

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#15 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Las Vegas
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Singles, Celebrity spotting, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Tao

Part restaurant, part nightclub, this is one of the hottest places on the Strip.

Tao is legendary in Vegas. It's an "Asian bistro" restaurant, but it's also one of the city's top nightclubs - the restaurant part forms the entrance way to the club. It's always packed, always noisy, and always full of celebrities. Yet there's substance to the glitz, too - the food is phenomenal. It won't be to everyone's taste (if you don't like noise, stay away!) but, given the right occasion, I think it's unbeatable.

Food and drink: 

Thai, Japanese and Hong Kong Chinese are all on the menu here, so you'll get anything from tapas sized chicken satay to spring rolls, dumplings and kobe beef sashimi. Meanwhile, the drinks list is as excellent as you'd expect from a restaurant that doubles as a nightclub - there's a good range of cocktails and an extensive sake menu as well.

Recommended dishes: 

The lobster wontons in shiitake ginger broth make one of the best starters I've had in town.

Ambience: 

It's pumping! As you'd expect from a club, it's full of young people dressed up to the nines (groups rather than couples), it's heaving, and it's extremely noisy (despite the giant Buddha presiding over the room). This isn't the place for a romantic tete-a-tete. It's crawling with celebs, too.

Service: 

Because it's so busy, it can be slow. And I mean slow - I have friends who once waited 45 minutes to get the bill. If you come here, you've got to treat it as an experience rather than just a meal.

Location: 

In the Venetian, upstairs from the casino.

Price advice: 

Small dishes (dumplings, spring rolls) cost from US$10. Mains from US$30.

More information on Tao:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Asian
Address:
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
Telephone:
702-388-8338
Website:
http://www.taorestaurant.com
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Sun-Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Nightclub

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