The most profitable US restaurant is a celebrity hot spot that makes more than $42 million a year — here’s what it’s like

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    Tao Las Vegas is the most profitable independent restaurant in the US, with more than $42 million in annual sales. The clubby Asian-fusion restaurant is a celebrity hot spot. Tao’s parent company also owns several of the other most profitable restaurants.

The most profitable independent restaurant in the US brings in millions of dollars a year.

Tao Las Vegas’ annual sales add up to $42,470,345, according to Restaurant Business. That puts the clubby Asian-fusion restaurant in the No. 1 spot on Restaurant Business’ list of the top independent restaurants in the US.

The restaurant, which claims to offer a spiritual “vibe dining” experience, is a favorite of celebrities in Las Vegas. Stars like Kim Kardashian and LeBron James have hosted parties at Tao, sipping cocktails and feasting on sushi.

Here’s what its like to visit the restaurant.


Tao is inside the famous Venetian hotel.

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Upon entering, guests are greeted with a 20-foot Buddha statue, which seemingly floats upon an infinity pool filled with Japanese koi fish.

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“The vibe dining experience is further exalted with creative musical programming that is carefully selected to fill the room and continue the journey into sensual bliss,” Tao’s website says.

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Tao serves what it calls a “culinary blend of traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine meant to invigorate the senses and fuel guests for a night at the club.”

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TAO

In practice, that means a mix of Chinese-, Japanese-, and Thai-inspired cuisine.

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Plus, there are plenty of cocktails.

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The average check at Tao is $90.

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Tao

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Thanks to its clubby atmosphere, Tao has become a go-to for celebrities.


Kim Kardashian has hosted her birthday at the restaurant more than once.

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Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kourtney Kardashian.
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Tao Las Vegas has two sister venues: Tao Beach and Tao Nightclub.

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Snoop Dogg hosting an anniversary party at Tao Nightclub.
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These venues attract even more celebrities than the restaurant.


Tao Las Vegas is part of Tao Gropu, a restaurant and nightlife company.

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Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images

The Tao Group has more than 20 establishments in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Sydney, Australia.

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Raisa Bruner

Two other Tao Group venues — Tao Downtown and Lavo New York — also are within the top 10 on Restaurant Business’ list of the 100 most profitable restaurants.

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Lavo New York Nightclub.
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Ed Menashy

Earlier in 2017, Madison Square Garden Co. paid $181 million for a 62.5% stake in Tao Group.

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Taking shots at Tao Downtown.
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Raisa Bruner

Source: Restaurant Business