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Tao Tao Ju

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193 reviews
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£25 and under
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Chinese
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  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese
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Hours of Operation
Everyday: 12pm -12am
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Phone number
020 7734 8822
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MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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What 193 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.7
value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great Dumplings!!! Great and quick service! Good location!!

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

This was our first visit to the restaurant. It is well presented and clean.
The staff were attentive and the food was excellent.
Recommended.

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2.0Dined on 4 April 2018

The food was average but the service was very slow. I won't recommend the place.

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Went for birthday meal with my friends and my boyfriend food was great atmosphere was great. Would go again.

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3.0Dined on 16 February 2018

China Town restaurants I have been to have been smart and neither was this. The food was good quality but annoying that there was a minimum £15 spend on food per person even at lunch, which meant we had to order more food than we needed. The back room was lacking in atmosphere. The restaurant was busy with lots of families eating.

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3.0Dined on 12 February 2018

Casual dining. Menu mediocre. A bit over priced for what’s available and limited variety of traditional Chinese dishes even with the ‘Chinese menu’

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Met all expectations will return .............................................................

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4.0Dined on 18 January 2018

Good food, good service

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4.0Dined on 31 December 2017

Overall was very nice and service was very friendly. Toilets and stairs were not great.
Gluten free rice very simple and lack of taste but rest was good.

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5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the food, I could not fault any of the items we ordered. The crab and sea bass were excellent. The staff were very friendly and took time to talk to us.
I would definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Four of us went for pre-theatre dim sum, which was good quality. Other food options looked good - will probably return for steamed sea bass.

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4.0Dined on 22 December 2017

First time visit at the restaurant.. if you want great traditional Chinese food it's definitely the place to be. The portion size are huge! And the taste of food is very good.. if you like dim sum then you'll enjoy. I had tried several places but didn't like it. But overall really good.
Some say price is expensive but in my experience dining in central London x2 and a 3 course meal and drinks averaged at less than £70 which I thought was good.
You would pay less than £10-£15 in a fusion related restaurant. Will come again!

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5.0Dined on 20 December 2017

Great Chinese to choose in china town . Friendly service

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5.0Dined on 20 December 2017

Had a great experience. The food was excellent, the service as it should be and the ambience very pleasant given it was a hectic pre-Xmas occasion......and even the coffee was good, not something I would generally say of Chinese restaurants. We sat at the back, where I particularly liked the 50s/60s decor.
I shall certainly return.

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5.0Dined on 18 December 2017

Very good dim sum I took my 6 and 7 year old boys and they loved it peaceful place to eat great dimsum

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5.0Dined on 18 December 2017

Lovely staff ! Yummy authentic Cantonese dim sum 😋

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3.0Dined on 14 December 2017

Fairly standard Chinese meal and what you would expect for Chinatown. What sets it apart is the friendly service. All dishes were nice enough but fairly non descript. Good for a quick meal prior to the theatre.

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4.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Great food, good service, enjoyable evening had by all

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5.0Dined on 7 December 2017

Great food and attention give service.. Good bye and tasty

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4.0Dined on 2 December 2017

I booked this restaurant for 8 people after reading the reviews, prior to going to the theatre on Saturday night. It was better than I expected! The food was lovely & big portions too. For starter we had crispy aromatic duck & hor d'oeuvres starter sharing platter for 4 people. For main we shared 2 noodles & 1 rice (they are big bowls) and had 6 main dishes between us. It was all tasty especially the Mongolian king prawns & chicken curry. The service staff were polite & attentive, everything came very quick after being ordered for how busy the restaurant was. Yes Chinese food in China town (London) is generally more expensive but I have no problem with this as the food was very good. Not far off 5*. Will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on 1 December 2017

Nice ambience, friendly staff and lovely food at a good price

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4.0Dined on 20 November 2017

We came here before the Leicester Square Theatre close by, and had a very good value set menu which was all very good

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3.0Dined on 11 November 2017

Basic food, over priced and horrific toilet facilities.

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4.0Dined on 11 October 2017

Good dim sum and quick service. Prawn crackers on the table while we decided what we wanted is always a good way to start a meal.

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4.0Dined on 11 October 2017

Best dim sum in chinatown in my opinion, good service and a clean, ambient environment. Never disappoints!

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1.0Dined on 7 October 2017

Set meal for 2 was very disappointing - small portions, tasted like it had been prepared much earlier and in the case of the sweet and sour pork it was hard to detect any pork in the fried balls. No small sides of vegetables - £10 for pak choi and mushrooms was too big to finish. Avoid.

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3.0Dined on 16 September 2017

The noodle I had tasted bland...
Seafood was fresh, succulent and nicely cooked

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4.0Dined on 19 August 2017

Second time eating here - both times the food and service were excellent. Set meals are great, but the dim sum are to die for. My one niggle is that they automatically add service to the bill and then hide the fact (only show the total, items are listed in Chinese on second page with an extra 10% added). No problem paying for great service, and no problem with it being included automatically. But just play fair and be open about it so I don't pay twice!

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5.0Dined on 17 August 2017

We had the set lunch for two which was fresh and tasty. Service was impeccable. A super pre-theatre experience.

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2.0Dined on 27 July 2017

Very average quality Chinese food, wouldn't visit again.

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3.0Dined on 22 July 2017

Tau Tau Ju provides all day dim sum which was the reason for us to go before a show nearby.
The service was very prompt, but the food was not particularly memorable. Some dishes are authentic, but most are over salted. Overall, a decent choice, but not our favorite in Chinatown.

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3.0Dined on 13 July 2017

I treated my Grandson and his Mom to a pre-theatre lunch here. It was close to our theatre and we had an enjoyable lunch. The food was typical Chinese and very good. I found the restaurant a bit dark, and the waiters were not particularly friendly, but my Grandson loves Chinese food so he was happy.

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2017

Pleasant service, excellent food.

Was not rushed, as people sometimes are in West End restaurants.

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2017

We have been here many times and we all love the food and service. It is close to the Leicester Square tube station and also very close to London Transport bus stop

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2017

Post theatre dinner. Nice welcome. Food was tasty. Good sized portions. Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2017

Nice place with good service and good food. Much better than lots of the other places in Chinatown. Relaxed atmosphere, both for business or pleasure meals.

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3.0Dined on 6 May 2017

Some of the food was good, some was less so. Service was OK at first but declined as the meal progressed - difficult to get anyones attention.

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3.0Dined on 1 May 2017

It was ok but nothing special
The place was clean and the service was good

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1.0Dined on 28 April 2017

Very poor service. Headless waiters absorbed by always being late. Waiting time for drinks about 15min... Ubsuitable for children. Unfriendly trap for tasteless tourists

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2.0Dined on 21 April 2017

Four of us visited the restaurant on Friday. We had made a prior booking. On arrival we had to wait a little which was not a problem - but the staff were not friendly and were quite abrupt. When we sat down - the staff were not particularly welcoming. The food came quickly and was ok but would not say the quality was exceptional. The main course was better than the starters. We were at the table for about 1 hour and 20 minutes and were just relaxing after the main meal when the bill was brought to us. This had not been asked for. After a short while the waitress came over with the cash machine. We asked her if she wanted us to pay and leave - and her reply was 'yes'!! We did so and went elsewhere for a drink. They might have got another drinks order from us had they not been so impatient. I would not visit this restaurant again and could not therefore recommend it to anyone else.

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