TAO is a lavishly appointed restaurant in Hollywood that can be counted on to have a long line of expensive cars and guests wearing the latest styles being caught by the flashes of paparazzi’s at the door.
The Hollywood location of the successful New York Restaurant opened in April 2017 at 6421 Selma Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028. And while its Vegas location has highest grossing numbers of any single restaurant in America, and it looks like the TAO in Hollywood might do the same, it is difficult to recommend TAO as a place to eat.
Restaurant review sites give TAO about 4 stars, but some restaurant critics have said it is not possible to give the restaurant a passing grade on the food. If you are going to TAO, go to see the amazing, although not intimate or relaxing, decor, not so much the food.
TAO Hollywood has the same dark, sexy Asian motifs as its other spots, but with a unique landmark interior piece. A twenty foot tall Quan Yin statue floating above a koi pond looks out over the main dining area. Subtle animations bring it to life during your dinner.
Chef/partner Ralph Scamardella oversees the massive menu. Though it is mostly Asian fare, there is something for everyone on the menu. Some examples include: Chilean seabass satay skewers, barbecue pork buns, lobster fried rice, Peking duck for two, and even a full sushi list. Prices range from about $20 to $60 per plate.
Reservations should be made two weeks in advance. Hours: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and until midnight Thursday to Saturday. Oh, and if you are looking for a cool French Boutique Hotel in the area, the Mama Shelter is just across the street.
Tao Asian Bistro. 6421 Selma Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028