Tao Tao Ju

4.1
209 reviews
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£25 and under
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Chinese
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese
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Hours of Operation
Everyday: 12pm -12am
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020 7734 8822
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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What 209 People Are Saying
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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
2 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
27 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
398 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
17 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
16 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
157 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
5 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
98 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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QI
London
59 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff & yummy food 👍

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c
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DB
London
17 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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JE
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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NA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good service

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London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Chinese to choose in china town . Friendly service

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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QI
London
59 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff ! Yummy authentic Cantonese dim sum 😋

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G
London
167 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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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O
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service, enjoyable evening had by all

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SJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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H
London
398 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Basic food, over priced and horrific toilet facilities.

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OT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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S
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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