Las Vegas, Nevada
Dining with a 20-foot Buddha statue has become a hallmark of Tao Las Vegas, an entertainment and culinary complex at the heart of the Strip. Located at The Venetian hotel, Tao is an iconic destination known for its Asian-style décor and cuisine, celebrity guests (Jay-Z, Madonna, Bono), state-of-the-art lighting system and DJ stage. It consistently ranks as the country’s highest grossing independent restaurant, with annual sales topping $47 million.
From the sexy, curved entrance, guests are immersed in a fantastical setting, with red chandeliers, calligraphy-paneled walls, a koi pond and vignettes of beautiful women soaking in rose-petal-filled tubs. So massive is the candle wall that it’s serviced daily by an employee harnessed into rock-climbing gear. Similarly, chef Ralph Scamardella’s Asian fusion cuisine is presented in an over-the-top manner, with crustaceans bursting out of the drunken lobster pad thai, perfectly lacquered Peking duck for two, and a gigantic fortune cookie stuffed with chocolate mousse and tongue-in-cheek prophecies.
“Tao is synonymous with a big night out in Las Vegas,” says Noah Tepperberg, co-owner of the Tao Group. And after 12 years, the buzz is only getting stronger as the 60,000-square-foot venue embraces a customer-friendly philosophy that includes playing Top 40 dance music, serving dim sum until midnight. and showering guests with confetti from the ceiling. Adds Tepperberg, “People have so much fun that on their way out, they are making their next reservation.”
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