by Calvin Spike on
Visited this place for the first time on Friday and had a blast! The venue is small and clubby, but perfect for dancing and meeting people. I am not always in a mood for this scene but when I feel like getting down to some seriously good jams I'm going to put on a short dress (it gets warm in there) and dance the night away at 330 Ritch! Such a good time! The drinks were normal for a San Francisco night club so nothing surprising there. Also, there were booths all around the club that looked like they could fit about 6-8 people if you were looking for some VIP treatment. Perhaps my next birthday?
by Molly G. on
Great fun! This place is rather like a nightclub with food - really great food. Seating - this is a vast restaurant across two floors. The tables are large and very well spaced out. Service - I've been here many times and rate their service very highly. The bartenders are very nice. On two occasions the bartender followed us to our table with a round of shots. Presumably because we left a good tip - nice that it's appreciated all the same. The waiters never seem over stretched which surprises me as Tao is always packed. They take time to explain the menu and are patient when asked to repeat things. This happens a lot as the music volume is club-like. Drinks - they have full bars on both levels. I love their cocktails. The Taohito is my favourite. Be prepared to drink a lot as you'll likely wait at least an hour for a table - even with a reservation. Food - it amazes me that the food here is so consistently good. I expected that in return for the night clubby vibe and the fact that most people are drunk, the standard of the food would suffer. Quite the opposite. My boyfriend loves he satay skewered chicken. My favourites are the Spring Rolls and the XO Shrimp with String Beans. The portions are huge. Unless I'm ravenous I find that two appetisers is plenty. Toilets - The toilets are situated way at the back of the ground floor, down a couple of flights of stairs. If you are seated on the first floor this can turn out to be quite a trek. They are kept very clean by the attendant. Tip If you are hungry and want to avoid the wait I'd recommend not bothering with a reservation and eating at the bar upstairs. I've only ever wait 10 mins max for a seat bar and they serve up the full menu. You have a great view of the entire restaurant from this bar so it's good for people watching. On one occasion our wait exceeded 2 hours in spite of our reservation. My friend complained and they knocked one of our bottles of Moet off the bill. This is a great place for groups that want to party yet enjoy good food. I've seen many a gang dancing on their chairs here!