Tao Tao Ju

4.1
235 reviews
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Chinese
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  • Pre/post Theatre
In London’s Chinatown it takes a special kind of restaurant to stand out, but that’s exactly what Tao Tao Ju does. A relatively new addition to the Lisle Street scene, Tao Tao Ju is all about taking the Chinese dining experience to the next level, giving guests a touch of class and attentive service as well as great food straight from China. Elegantly decorated, the Tao Tao Ju dining room has plenty of traditional touches, including rows of red and gold paper lanterns in its windows and dark wood latticework panels but the understated colour scheme and simple contemporary furnishings are upmarket and chic. Food is all about flavour here, with great care taken to produce authentic versions of both favourite Chinese regional dishes and house specialties inspired by the home and restaurant cooking of the country’s diverse cities and villages.
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P
London
54 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice family lunch. Dim Sums are great but Thai style fish did not impress us. Otherwise, great service and pleasant setting. Will be back

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Q
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Handled a table of 10 very efficiently. Great rounds tables for big groups.

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DZ
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very poor food with quite rude waitresses. Also, the restaurant has a 15£ per person minimum spend policy that was not indicated before we ordered. The dim sum are almost all frozen food or poorly cooked. I would definitely not recommend it

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MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was a great night but restaurant was nothing special. Just nice . Food nice . Staff nice.
Never a 5 * experience as advertised.
Would go back but not what we expected.

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OT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were there to celebrate Chinese New Year. We arrived on time but had to wait for 11mins for our table despite arriving on time. The waiter who greeted us was friendly. However, when he came back to see us at the waiting area, he almost gave our table away to another couple.

Dim sum was delicious, great selection & good value for money. The restaurant is clean & spacious.

As we were about to finish our meal, a waitress was trying to rush us out. It was awkward and it’s a shame that we have to end our experience that way. We were not even offered a dessert menu. We had dessert somewhere else instead. What a shame to end our CNY celebration.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere, food was great and seemed busy at lunch time. Friendly but rushed off feet staff. Wish they would smile more otherwise very business like .

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The street in which TTJ is located has many Chinese restaurants. I had done my research beforehand and I wasn’t disappointed by my choice. The atmosphere was very welcoming. The choice of set menus was excellent. The food was delicious. If I hadn’t been going to a show I would probably have tried a couple more dishes. I will definitely go again. Good place for several hungry friends to go.

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JY
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic authentic Chinese venue in the heart of Soho. Excellent, tasty food coupled with attentive service throughout the meal. Whole family thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Can’t wait to come back.

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DL
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is crazy good. You better have a reservation because the line was literally out the door. No real ambiance, service is all about flipping the tables, food comes out super quick and they speed you along. However, there’s a reason about 100 people walked in to eat in the hour we were there.

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B
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waitress were very nice. And they serve dimsum all day

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PE
London
75 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we were favourably impressed with delicious food / reasonable wine selection and great service. A very varied menu catering for a widespread of innovative Chinese food. We will be returning

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ND
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent what a find ! Will definitely go again .

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MK
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good crispy duck and starters. Really nice. Wine list not great and back of restaurant not as stylish or buzzing as the front

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f
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our second visit and as always the food was great! Celebrated out daughter’s birthday as she loves Chinese food. Always busy and pre-book a table if possible so you don’t get disappointed. Value for money and the servings are very good portions.

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S
London
25 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good chinese food menu. Food wel preesented and plentiful. Would recommend if visiting Leicester square/china town

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LK
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We came late but notified the restaurant a beforehand and asked if that is okay, manager ensured that there is no problem with us showing up 10-15min late. Upon arrival, we were told that we must leave within 2 hours because there is another reservation. I understand that reservations are usually made for a couple of hours but it was quite rude to tell us that we have to eat quickly. We got starters first but unfortunately, we had limited time to finish it, because while I was holding a spring roll in my hand waiter came and collected the plates including the sauce and served us our mains. Sometime later we were given a bill, without us asking. Overall the experience was not pleasant and we were rushed to eat and leave.

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JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wide ranging menu selections, mosty Chinese with several Thai items as well. Friendly staff, comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Pleasant lighting. Not to overly bright , like many Chinese resturants in London.

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DH
London
19 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Fun night for a group of 6 of us. Food is great but service is hard work as you have to put a lot of effort to be noticed by the staff. Overall I would recommend it as a good after works social place to eat.

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JB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it!!!! Great for family style meal. Excellent value for central London. Beer prices were a tiny bit high but again in central London and they gotta make their rent too.

We were so full afterwards we couldn’t go for another pint. Absolutely no room in the belly.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really and truly loved this restaurant. It’s sooo cosy and perfect for a date night or simply just catching up with friends. Place is a bit on the small side but it just enhances its cosiness. Had a set meal for about £20 and it was soooo filling and extremely yummy! I highly recommend

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P
London
18 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very busy restaurant but service was efficient. Food was good quality and speedily delivered.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food is fine - everything was tasty without being in any way exceptional. That said, dinner for three with a bottle of wine costing £35 or so amounted to approximately £110 including a 10% service charge which is exceptionally cheap in Central London. As such, this was very good value. The one piece of advice for future diners is that the rear room is somewhat lacking in charm and atmosphere. It looks dated and is overlit. Better to ask for a table in the front part of the restaurant which is much nicer. If we had been in the front room this review would have had 4 stars not 3 stars

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OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely

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JN
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great value set menus along with extensive a la cartr and dim sum. Efficient and friendly service.
Nice atmosphere. Drink prices very reasonable for London.

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OT
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious food at a reasonable price. We over ordered (easy to do when there is so much to choose from) and the restaurant were happy to put the extras in a carry out tub for us. Really friendly staff and efficient service, although tables a little cramped.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food decent for most part but lettuce wraps filling was terrible on the border to disgusting. We complained and got a shoulder shrug from the waitress.

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JY
London
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the peking duck and was really good! Also had tofu hotpot, shredded chilli beef and rice... had a great meal, restaurant very clean and nicely set. Unlike those other restaurants in chinatown. Service was great , with change of plates, not rushed and very reasonably priced! Strongly recommend

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t
London
29 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Arriving at 18:15 we stressed the need to leave within an hour for the theatre. We were told this would be fine as the restaurant was not yet very busy. A first course was served quite promptly but then there was a long delay despite several assurances from the staff that the food was on the way. Eventually there was clearly not enough time to finish the meal so a waiter offered to box what remained as a take away. There was further stress when the restaurant had an internet problem and was unable to process my credit card payment so that the transaction had to be transferred to a neighbouring restaurant.

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H
London
423 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This was a quick pre theatre bite to eat, but the crispy duck was dry and tasteless.

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W
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We went here because it had 4.1 stars but TBH, it was nothing special and akin to a chinese you'd find in a local neighbourhood with no discerning tastebuds- not in china town.

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CM
London
18 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely lunch - staff very welcoming & food was great. Will be back!

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AL
London
17 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Completely average food, brusque service. A small noisy restaurant with zero charm. I’d look elsewhere.

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GM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun evening, good relaxed service, good quality food. Generous portions and reasonably priced wines. First visit and would definitely go back and recommend.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food, service isn’t great.

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J
London
163 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely food great value but the back room a little lacking in atmosphere... the rest of the restaurant looked great

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RL
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Much less crowded and better value than the restaurants in the main Chinatown area. Friendly staff.

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E
London
99 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service fine, and we were pleased with all the food until the lemon chicken came - chemical and sherbety, not just nice lemon!
Nice furnishings, didn't try the loos.

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Y
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Foods in general are great. Especially pan fired veggies were fresh and delicious and Dimsum wrap was thin which I like.

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On a busy Saturday night we were pleased to find a table for 8 (pre-booked) in Chinatown. We had a corner to ourselves where we could talk and enjoy ourselves comfortably. The staff were patient and helpful. The menu had many options for all our dietary quirks including vegetarian, gluten free, carnivores, sea-food allergies, small eaters and big eaters. The food tasted good, delivery was fast, portions were pretty generous. We were happy. Total cost, about £22 per head.

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