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Business Description
* Free Parking in Rear * Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm * Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4pm - 9:30pm
                Friday-Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Regular Hours

* Chinese Food * Cocktail Lounge for Your Relaxation * Banquet Facilities to 40 People * Orders to Take Out * Best Mai Tai in Town * Most Famous Chinese Tossed Shredded Chicken Salad
Payment method
amex, discover, mastercard, visa
Price Range
Between Washington and Evelyn
Heritage District
Cocktail Lounges, Take Out Restaurants, Chinese Restaurants, Restaurants, Asian Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Take Out, Chinese

Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Good For Groups: Yes


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Price is reasonable, service is good. Food has really diminished in quality. I have been a semi-regular for 42 years. Of late, a group of us retirees have met there ~1/quarter. We have finally moved (some of the group have been resistant to change). I can't identify when the change occurred, but it was quit4e a sudden change. The group is pleased with the change.



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Tao Tao Cafe

Best Chinese anywhere and I've looked everywhere. The Tao Tao beef and Chinese chicken salad are the ultimate! You gotta try it. I would love the recipes and make it everyday!



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Tao Tao

I have been coming here since I was 15 and the food was fantastic but when the original family sold, the food has been going down hill. I should have stayed away when the health department gave them a citation for a dirty kitchen but I didn't.Tonight's food tasted really bad and the only good item was the rice and all they had to do was steam it.
Needless to say, they have lost another customer.



Crescini's Review

Tao Tao is a wonderful place to eat. We have been eatings at Tao Tao's since 1978.....

Awesome Chinese Food.. The best place for birthday parties and family dinners. A lot of many happy memories.

The best chinese food anywhere.... We give it 5-plus stars. Yummy...



Best Chinese Food in the Bay Area!!

I read most of the reviews posted here, the good and the bad ... and I agree with some of both sides. Being an East Coast transplant to the Peninsula, I have excellent food experiences from the restaurants on the East Coast to compare with. Tao Tao, in my opinion, has the best Chinese food in the Bay Area. I have eaten in Chinese restaurants fron San Francisco to Monterey and on both sides of the Bay. I have never had cold food at this restaurant ... the Chinese chicken salad is outstanding (no other Chinese restaurant has anything that compares to theirs). Tao Tao beef has an excellent cut of beef used in it, is tender and very tasty. Other dishes are excellent. I do agree that they, at times, lack the warmth of service. The serving staff, while usually very busy, does tend to pay too little attention to the patrons. This is unfortunate, but true. I can say that many Chinese restaurants have that same demeanor, perhaps it is a cultural thing, don't know. The restaurant is nicely decorated, but the noise level at times can be excessive and makes it harder to talk with the people sharing your table. So, if you can put up with a few minor problems, you will enjoy top quality food selections that can't be beat anywhere. You disagree? Send me the name and location of a better place and I'll try it.



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Mmmm... Tao Tao Beef...

Tao Tao beef has got to be one of my most favorite foods on the planet! If you've never tried it before, you're missing out.

I can't get enough of the chicken salad here, and the sweet and sour pork, and although I don't personally like prawns that much, my friends have gotten into fights over the honey walnut prawns, so I guess they're good =)

They have a nice bar at Tao Tao's too. The Mai Tais are a favorite.

Marilyn 9-10-09 Lunch

We arrived after the lunch rush was slowing down. The service was very poor. Our host was not friendly. He walked us to our table and just walked away before we had even sat down. We felt like we were imposing on him. Our server acted confused when we ordered and made us feel like we were ordering wrong. Maybe we could have used some help at that point. He just seemed annoyed with us.

The Tao Tao Beef was wonderful as usual. The Sweet and Sour Pork was very good. The Chinese Chicken Salad which I have always enjoyed was very dry and flavorless. I would never order it again. The rice was dry and barely warm.

As the server took my signed receipt he reached over my "doggie bag", over my purse, and over my wallet to grab his tip. And he was off.

Not a good experience.

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