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3332 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1820
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Ranked #1,273 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Most recent review
- Nov 14, 2012
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90% Recommend
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English first
San Diego, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Asian dishes with delightful tastes in this small neighborhood of San Diego. Both non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes are featured on the menu....and homemade tofu for the vegetarians. I return to this restaurant periodically and am always pleased with my choices.....in fact an almost "plate licking" desire when finished....and very affordable. YUM!

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I used a restaurant.com certificate, and maybe because of the forced 18% gratuity, the service was just not great. Slow and we had to ask for everything. The vegetarian menu is awesome though! They also give you free salad and free ice cream dessert. The food is good, so I'd definitely would go back.

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

The ambience at Tao is lovely; dimly lit and intimate. Has potential to be TOO intimate as me and the Ol' Man were sat VERY close to another couple. We basically had dinner with another couple. Needless to say, it was a litle awkward and it inhibited dinner conversation. Tao takes reservations for parties of six plus. We arrived at... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Deciding to become vegetarian a few months ago was kind of a scary and confusing thing, but I knew it was something I wanted to do. Tao was on my list of restaurants to try in the area that offer specifically prepared vegetarian dishes, and I am so glad I did. It is smaller than I expected but that was... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

That being said, the nonvegetarians in our group did quite nicely as well. The waitress (Cody) was as helpful as she was attractive, and explained the various dishes in detail. The prices were very reasonable, and portion sizes were good. The decor consists of patrons writing comments on the walls, so if ambiance is important this is probably not for... More

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southern california
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136 reviews 136 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

TAO is one of several small restaurants that have made the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego a foodie mecca. A tiny place tucked under the Normal Heights neighborhood sign on Adams Avenue, it is worth seeking out for excellent Vietnamese, Thai and Korean cuisine. Ingredients are locally sourced and flavorful, the menu diverse and the service friendly and efficient.... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

We really enjoyed our dinner here. Very fresh, vibrant flavors that felt to us like a mix among Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese ingredients. The home-made tofu is very good and we also really enjoyed the soups. Prices are very reasonable. The place is small so make a reservation for larger parties.

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Minneapolis, MN
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93 reviews 93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Went for dinner one night and were pleasantly surprised. Good food, wait staff and more. All dishes were good with a decent spice at 6 (1-10, but we love spicy!). We all sampled from each other and the general vote was that the garlic fish was nothing short of the best dish! SOOOOOOOOOO good!

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011 via mobile

Food is good and decent portions. Complimentary salad and dessert included. Hot food is meant to be hot, all plates are cold and due to meals not arriving together the food is tepid by the time you start to eat it. WARM THE PLATES!!! Its not science, it's good practice guys, don't spoilt the food by overlooking the finer details.

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san diego
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

They close after lunch and open at 5pm and already a small line was forming. It is a small place and the decor is very urban with writting from customers all over the wall. They have an amazing vegetarian menu and I had the mango mock duck nuggets in plum sauce and it was heaven. My friends had the same... More

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