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“A trusted regular for good Chinese food in Silicon Valley”
Review of Tao Tao Cafe

Tao Tao Cafe
Ranked #55 of 377 Restaurants in Sunnyvale
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: Chinese, French, Vietnamese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
San Jose, California
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A trusted regular for good Chinese food in Silicon Valley”
Reviewed 5 February 2013

Tao Tao has long been a regular stop in our family's dining cycle. I have been going to Tao Tao for over 20 years and the food has been of consistently high quality. The menu is expansive and has something for everyone. The majority of the dishes are tailored to American tastes. Those looking for a more "pure" or authentic style of Chinese cuisine should probably look elsewhere in Santa Clara County. Nevertheless, for our money we enjoy the food very much and the variety ends up pleasing everyone at the table.

The Tao Tao beef is a house speciality and you should try it at least once. The service can run from efficient to brusque. We joke about one of the family members that waits tables. We call him "Mr. Happy" because we have never seen him smile! He is a very good waiter but his style is more Chinatown than Applebee 's. The interior was nicely remodeled a few years back including the bar area, which provides a full service bar offering.

Overall, Tao Tao is like the US Postal Service, it always delivers.

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English first
Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Worth a visit for the cocktails alone.”
Reviewed 21 November 2012

I went with a large group which is the best way to enjoy Chinese food. We enjoyed the excellent cocktails in the bar before going to our table.

The house specialities of Chicken Salad and Tao Tao Beef will not disappoint. The shrimp dishes were excellent also and mouth watering. We had an excellent dinner. The one downer of the night was the Chow Mein. It was muck! All I could taste was oil. Luckily I washed the taste away quickly with a light Chinese beer.

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank ryue65
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Portland, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Still excellent”
Reviewed 17 October 2012 via mobile

First dined here in 1984, and was thrilled with the chicken salad and walnut prawns. They *still* set the standard to which others aspire to match.

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alabama gulf coast
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lives up to its reputation”
Reviewed 13 October 2012

Had a quick dinner of shrimp fried rice seated at the bar. The food, service and attractiveness of the establishment were all in line with the reputation of the place. New patrons might want to pay a visit to the bar area where there is a series of eight photographs depicting the amazing evolution of the restaurant in the same location going back to 1951. It is a trip down memory lane, especially since it is located on historic Murphy Street which is Sunnyvale's "old town."

  • Visited October 2012
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Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best Chinese Food in the Bay!”
Reviewed 22 July 2012

Who doesnt love Tao Tao's? This place has been a Mecca for our family for over 20 years! The Family service along with OUTSTANDING food makes for a great dinner any night! The Tao Tao Beef and the Chinese Chicken Salad are a MUST! A little hard to get to or explain to others how to get to but the food is worth it! I used to take this food back to Phoenix,AZ after business trips to the bay. Now we live close by and can visit at will! We have been eating here well over 20+ years! The best!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Brandy S
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