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La Tavola - Baltimore
La Tavola - Baltimore

La Tavola - Baltimore Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.la-tavola.com
  • Phone: (410) 685-1859
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Dinner Friday and Saturday 4:00pm - 10:30pm, , Sunday: 11:30am - 9:30pm (Dinner Menu all day)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Vignotto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Banquet space available: Virtual tour link http://tours.digispin.com/?sid=51893&tid=24173
    Banquet menu Link http://www.la-tavola.com/banquets.php
  • Private Party Facilities: With two second level private dining rooms, La Tavola offers an exclusive setting for groups of 20 – 140 people. The rooms are elegant and well suited for any occasion -sophisticated or casual, social or business and can be arranged to compliment your theme or ideas.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Goldsmith (410) 685-1859
  • Special Events & Promotions: Valentine's Day - We are only offering our prix fixe menus on this day. Guests can choose either from our $38 prix fixe menu or our $48 prix fixe menu.
    Half Priced Wine Wednesdays
    Every Wednesday Evening enjoy half bottles of wine up to $75 on our list

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings
A word from La Tavola - Baltimore
La Tavola, nestled in the heart of Baltimore’s famous Little Italy district, offers guests the finest in contemporary Italian cuisine set in an elegant, yet understated dining area. The aromas of freshly baked focaccia, garlic, oregano and seafood from the market waft from the kitchen where Chef Carlo Vignotto blends his classical training and innovative style to create memorable soups, delicious seafood, chicken, pasta and veal dishes as well as sinfully decadent desserts. And, every day Chef Carlo prepares delightful specials made with only the finest ingredients and spices of the season. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was out of this world: the calamari/shrimp appetizer was wonderful and so was the black spaghetti with crabmeat! The only thing that could have been better was the server! He didn't speak clearly and didn't tell us about to nightly specials! Will be going back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent food, atmosphere and hospitality! Love eating here."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This Ian a classic Little Italy restaurant, it's charm is in its lack of charm. The wall paper has cheesy faux Itallian pictures, the music is a combo of Sinatra and snippets of well travelled and easily recognized opera, but the food is definitely not standard Little Italy pastas and red sauce, veal parm and chicken piccata. I had an incredible plate of spaghetti in a tallegio cream sauce, speck, porcini mushrooms and shaved black truffles. The dish also had two dollops of balsamic vinegar to cut the heavy gooeyness of the sauce, it was a great touch. My wife had black linguini with crab, spinach done in a nice light wine and garlic sauce that had the perfect Britney taste of the ocean. For crab fans there was tons of crab. Loved it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "F and B were great once we sat. We had a reservation but stood waiting over 5 minutes as multiple servers walked by but wouldn't make eye contact. Young man finally stopped and helped. Good experience, but the lack of attention was a turn off."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went to Baltimore in the late afternoon. We parked near the restaurant and went for a walk around the neighborhood. about an hour before our reservation we went to the bar at La Tavola for a drink. It was so pleasant that we ate in the bar and cancelled our table reservation. The food was wonderful and we had a great time."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This place is a gem in Little Italy. Everything was fantastic and I highly recommend the house cheesecake... outstanding and unique!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "As I walked in I was welcomed by the clean, modern Italian decor. I was seated at a table in the middle of the small dining room. The atmosphere was nice though the noise level was a bit too loud. Our waiter was cordial and did an adequate job. I ordered the black spaghetti dish with crab meat, spinach, and tomatoes. The pasta was cooked al dente. The sauce and crab meat went well with the tomatoes creating a rich balance of salty and sweet. I would highly recommend this dish for seafood and hand-made pasta lovers. The little things like olive oil on the side for the bread and fresh cracked pepper on the pasta were simple but appreciated touches adding to the authentic and purposeful approach to food La Tavola has mastered."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Brought clients for dinner and La Tavola and it did not disappoint! Food and service we both excellent."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "A business trip to Baltimore wouldn't be complete without a dinner at this fine restaurant in Little Italy."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Server Maria was very good, decor is simple, nice & clean. The menu was very scaled down, few choices, food is ok at best & more expensive than the $$ rating. Dined with 6 friends. Most of our food was disappointing. Stuffed veal was terrible, I couldn't eat it. The eggplant/chicken dish & lasagna dish were very bland. Tiramisu was sponge cake with mascarpone cream without the needed espresso soaking. Tartufo did not have a hard coating. Black pasta with crabmeat was the only ok item. My friends are NOT picky but they did not enjoy most of their food. I felt bad I recommended La Tavola. A 20% tip (on food & tax) was added to our bill, which is probably their written policy but it is a bad one. Thankfully the best part was our server!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Everything was superb -- food, service, ambience, location. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a very nice experience at la Tavola. The food was great and the service was exceptional. I had the Dover sole which was great and the truffle butter sauce was even better. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "On the basis of three dinners enjoyed at this restaurant during the past 9 months, I can say that La Tavola has assumed the mantle of best food and best value in Baltimore's Little Italy."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "So you're in Baltimore, you've been to the Inner Harbor, and you've been to Fells Point. You find Little Italy in-between, and TripAdvisor gives you recommendations with four dollar signs. This one gets two because the prices are reasonable -- full bottles of wine starting around $40 (and a good list), appetizers between $7-$11, entrees, $14 - $30. I had spaghetti neri with crab and tomatoes, and that was absolutely fantastic! My friends also enjoyed ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach in a marina sauce, and gnocchi with pesto. The gelatti were great. Go for the specials, and if you know your northern Italian cuisine, challenge the chef/owner to make that!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have been to la Tavola a lot in the past and enjoyed a wonderful meal and great service. Unfortunately we had a new manager (?) head waiter from Long Island who is rude and abrupt. I had a Groupon that was old and he did honor it, biu not without lots of attitude before, during and after the meal. We also overheard him on the phone being rude to people trying to make a reservation. This was Father's Day and one would think this would be a special day. I was tempted to leave without eating, it was so uncomfortable."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We've eaten almost everywhere in Baltimore's little Italy and this could be a new favorite. We took my dad for Fathers Day and we're quite pleased with the food. Service wasn't bad just weird. The servers kept changing throughout which just meant they didn't know who ordered what, etc. I'd definitely go back for the food and give service another chance."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Always a great evening at "The Table" Fantastic ambiance, from the warm "welcome back" to the friendly smiles at the bar, to the professional and courteous table service from the entire staff. And, of course, the food was simply fantastic !"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner and overall fine time at La Tavola. Recommend highly."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent. From the veal, to the wine, and all the way to the cheesecake. The waiter was friendly, polite, and patient. Would highly recommend (although a bit pricey). Also, the owners (Mike & Mike) were both very friendly."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I am writing another great review of La Tavola which is one of our favorite restaurant. Started with the insalata mista - fresh green salad with a delicious light vinaigrette. My wife and one friend had wahoo cooked in parchment paper. One had pasta primavera which was top notch. I had my usual - vitello alla norcina. Thin slices of veal cooked with olives, tomatoes and white wine. We all split an order of home made green and yellow fettucinne with marinara sauce. This is a northern Italian restaurant so pasta does not come with the dishes but you must order one for the table. Home made cannoli - Vaccaros eat your heart out! Service by Nick was top shelf and the visit from Michael one of the owners is always appreciated. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was our first visit to La Tavola and it was an excellent first impression. We came for a very early dinner, late lunch before a 5 PM affair so the restaurant was essentially empty and quiet. there were a few other tables that came in as we were dining. The menu is not extensive 3 veal dishes, a few fish dishes, a few baked pasta dishes as well as several pasta dishes. I had Fettucine alla Romana, homemade hearty noodles with a cream sauce, mushrooms, peas, and proscuitto which was very good, cream sauce was not heavy. Thje rest of the table had a fusilli with vegetables which she rated highly and a special tortellini stuffed with sea bass that was in a very light tomato sauce, also quite good. With wine the bill came to $45/person"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "La Tavola remains my favorite Little Italy place. Fresh pasta, nice atmosphere, none of the pretense of Aldo's. Spaghetti Neri - squid ink pasta with crab - is sublime. One service goof - brought entree in the middle of the salad. A pet peeve - the "team" serving - leads to this sort of thing"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We stopped into La Tavola for dinner before a show at the Hippodrome. The service was very attentive and the food was great. I would recommend a visit."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is our 5th time here and every time the food is amazing and the service is perfect. Once you try this restaurant you'll never eat Italian any place else."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Excellent food and service from local owners that value their customers. Atmosphere quiet so that you can actually have a conversation. In other dining and small intimate bar for "adults"."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "As always, the food at this restaurant is excellent. Dishes are creatively prepared and presented. Specials consist of unusual combinations which are always surprising and perfectly blended. Everything is homemade here. The staff, from top to bottom, has been together for a very long time, so the pacing and timing of service is just right. The menu is not especially large, but all food groups are represented. I have eaten here dozens of times throughout the year and have never been disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Arrived for a 5pm dinner and it was basically empty as it was so early. Standard menu offered great choices as did the daily specials. Even though the crowd at the restaurant was small, nothing was rushed. All of the food was tasty and well presented. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "While in Little Italy, go to the BEST -- go to THE LA TAVOLA. You will be treated as if you were an everyday guest."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had a wonderful Mother's Day lunch at La Tavola. The service was great and the food was perfect. The wine list is quite expansive as well. I would recommend La Tavola to all my friends and family. As an aside, the bar is a very quaint, relaxing place to have a drink. Great drinks!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The service was excellent. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu, and the staff was extremely attentive. We showed up early for our reservation and the manager was great about adjusting things so that we were able to be seated immediately. Our food came out very quickly. The food itself was good, but not great. No complaints, just did not blow us away. We had trouble hearing each other with the noise level, but that was mostly due to a family near us that was literally screaming at their table, nothing the restaurant could do about that! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant. Last minute decision. Read several reviews on Little Italy restaurants. La Tavola is a gem. The wait staff were incredibly professional and prompt. The food was absolutely Devine and authentic. We highly recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Overall enjoyed La Tavola . The small dining room is a little cramped but has seen some updates so that the ambiance is nice. I would not consider this a vibrant bar scene although the bar was full. The waitress really indicated that this chef focuses on seafood but we're not big into that we did enjoy home made bread and pasta which melts in your mouth. Lasagna was delicious and my boyfriend had the the veal with potatos (potatos just OK not enough flavor). Excellent service we had two waiters essentially and they were both enthusiastic to assist and answer questions as this was our first visit. They had a long "expensive $40 on up wine list" so I went with the bellinitini and it was very good. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Perhaps the best Italian restaurant in Baltimore. Attention to detail, perfectly cooked seafood cannot be beat."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We just needed a night for ourselves and found this gem in Little Italy. Perfectly prepared pasta and seafood. A warm staff and ambience. We will return with friends."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This place was recommended to us by friends and we really enjoyed it. Great food, excellent service, very romantic setting, all around great!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I arrived at the restaurant on what I thought was my appointed time. I had changed it to earlier and unfortunately open table hopped to next day. The owner said he did not have my reservation. He said I was mistaken. Then he went into this tirade and made me feel very unwelcome. I told him I would walk down street!! He was like no let me see your confirmation from open table they make mistakes all the time. I show him my confirmation and he just ranted that I had made a mistake!! I again told him fine I would leave! He said no let me see what I can do. He at me down and the waiter was lovely but our soup and appetizer came at the same time. There was two couples next to our table complaining about the trashy tattoo convention . We came for "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Another amazing meal. My wife ordered her go-to-dish, the Rigatoni Mirabella, and nobody does it like La Tavola! I had the special, Tortelloni stuffed with sea bass and covered in lobster and portabella mushrooms...What?!!! I kid you not, it tasted so good I think I blacked out after the first bite. My wife had to slap me with a piece of her rigatoni before she could engage me in conversation because this tortelloni had my undivided attention. This restaurant never disappoints. Service is amazing, the staff is on point and always friendly, and most importantly the food is always delicious! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The host was amazing--we were seated exactly on time-great wine advice The server was amazing--menu descriptions and attentiveness The food was amazing. We will return shortly. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "the pasta was excellent and the service as good as it gets. the cocktails were delicious and the dessert was top notch. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food was very good and the menu selection provided many unique options. The dining room was very crowded and loud. Overall the restraunt is overpriced for the food provided."
    Dined on 4/26/2014