Fiance and I ate here to carbo load for the Seattle Rock 'n Roll half marathon. He got the spicy sausage rigatoni dish, and I got the beef cheek ragu over a pasta type that I can't remember the name of. DE-LISH!! We also got the complimentary bread with olive oil, also good. The table next to us got some apps that looked yummy. It was pretty loud in there, to where we had a hard time having a normal conversation. But, we were also a little on the tired side and just wanted to eat and get out so that we could get some rest before the race. Great place to meet with friends, but unless you are sitting outside (where I would assume it would be quieter) not great for an intimate meal.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lives up to the hype
I booked my Birthday dinner at Tavolata and was thoroughly delighted with the experience! The flow of the meal was nice and leisurely which is just what I wanted in order to thoroughly enjoy my evening with family at a restaurant that delivers in good food, good service and a delightful ambience. It is a bit noisy but filled with the sounds of folks enjoying their food. I am always sensitive to a restaurant's lighting and Tavolata's was magical and romantic with lots of candles. We enjoyed two bottles of great wine, 2 appetizers and three distinctly different and delicious entrees-enjoyed by all.This was a wonderful evening-I highly recommend it for a special occasion but please don't wait for one- go now and go often!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful food selection
The food was enjoyable and beautifully prepared!
I especially enjoyed the baby artichokes with aoli.
The green salad was quite tasty as was the lemon donuts!
My group will difinitely return!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was lovely- it's
This place was lovely- it's a house converted to restaurant which gives it a very cozy feeling, and then has a very lovely patio for outside dining that is beyond pleasant and comfortable. Everything we ordered was amazing. I will definitely be back.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Burrata To Die For!
Just kidding...It is really worth the trip to have the Burrata. And the pasta...and all that we have tried. Service attentive. Nice vibe. Lousy location, tho for later dining because of the street scene.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Trendy hot spot
Tavolata was a very good choice . All the pastas were simply amazing. Done to perfection. Atmosphere was upscale and trendy.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Rigatoni was so fresh
The Rigatoni was so fresh along with the spicy Italian sausage had just the right amount of zip to it.. Everything we order that night tasted wonderful.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
had a fabulous meal
I have been wanting to go to tavolata but am on a low-carb diet and waited for splurge day. It turns out the menu had many items I could eat on a regular day. The food was fabulous. We shared the bruschetta-- a delish splurge for me, the soft-shell crab appetizer (which my girlfriend called the best she's ever had and she is from a family of Maryland crab snobs...) and the sea scallops, also yummy. The service was friendly and excellent. The only negative is that the place is a bit loud. Overall we loved it and will return.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good Stowell restaurant
As a fan of Stowell's Staple and Fancy place in Ballard, we thought we would give Tavolata a shot. While we enjoyed our experience, I still feel that Staple is all-around better. Our server was excellent, but the food didn't quite meet expectation. Sure, the gnocchi alla Romana was awesome, but the romaine salad was bland and the pancetta-wrapped rabbit, while pleasant, just wasn't memorable. The restaurant itself is nice to look at, but the tables on the mezzanine level are crammed together and our conversation was not private or relaxed until the parties on either side of us left. We were so close together that we shared food with the couple next to us simply because there was no way to not hear them comment on our food.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
What's not to like?
The food and service at Tavolata were exceptional. We went there for our 21st anniversary and
things could not have been more perfect. The menu has a lot of non-standard Italian fare and our waitress didn't hurry our meal but was there when we wanted her. Great spot, a little noisy though.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were away from Seattle
We were away from Seattle for 15 months and were eager to go back to our favorite haunts, Tavolata being one of them. We were cautiously optimistic, having read some reviews that reported that things had gone downhill. We were happy (on most accounts) to find that the food was as good as we remember it. We had the charred asparagus and beef tartare starters, both of which were delicious. For entrees, we ordered our favorites, the rigatoni for him and the spaghetti with anchovies for me. Neither disappointed. And on this particular Friday night at 7:00 PM, we had an excellent server (name: Sennen). The only disappointment was that nothing has been done to tone down the noise level (blank concrete walls aren't a good sound absorber).
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great as always
The Bigoli is one of my favorite dishes in Seattle!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family and I visited Tavolata during our stay in Seattle based on it was the only Italian restaurant in the area taking tables after 10pm. We were surprised by the open kitchen and floor plan. it reminded us all of a dungeon. The menu was small and hard to read since none of us speak Italian, we nearly left. Once our very friendly and knowledgeable waitress came over to help us get things rolling, our dining experience really turned for the better. We ordered 4 pasta dishes I still couldn't begin to spell or pronounce. Everything on the table was exquisite, and between all of us we finished every bite of amazing food on the table. Very impressed.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food, good for groups
Everyone loved their food, the semolina gnocchi and fresh produce salad were especially amazing.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food, interesting combinations but quite noisy. Decor was minimalist bordering on bleak. Service was very good and generally it was a pleasant meal. We ate early so not too many people at first so noise level was low but increased dramatically as more people arrived.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food Wine
We eat there twice ,had great pasta,fish and wine.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Becoming one of my favorite Seattle
Great food at a reasonable price; outstanding, friendly and helpful service.
Only problem was noise level. Way too loud to comfortably talk, and we sat as far toward the back as possible. Need some sound barriers for those who want to talk at dinner.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The atmosphere at Tavolata was great, within minutes of being seated, we were visited by our server, but after needing some time to look at the menu, it seemed like he took a long time to come back. The food (we had pasta) was delicious, though, and it was a good serving size as well. Great place for date night!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Evening
We shared several dishes "family style", including the steak, scallops, salumi board, whole wheat pasta,and two vegetables (asparagus and rapini). All were excellent. Kudos also go to our server, Heather, and the host, Eddie, for making our evening special. Ranks as one of our best nights out in a long while.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time at this place
Our first time at this place and we loved it. The Pork Chop is out of this world! But all the food we had was great. Heather, our server, was just perfect, very attentive and knowledgeable.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
We are from Portland, and Tavolata was recommended to us by a friend years ago. We were staying steps from the restaurant on our most recent visit, so we dined there and were not disappointed! We started with the padron peppers with lemon, shallot & aioli - outstanding! Do not miss the burrata -- it was so worth the calorie splurge - fresh mozzarella with a cream center served with heirloom tomato, arugula & cucumber and drizzled with a balsamic reduction. Out of this world!!! The agnolotti, which are smallish ravioli, were stuffed with mascarpone cheese and served with chanterelle mushrooms, snap peas & shallots. Delectable! The drinks were good, and they had some nice prossecco & wine by the glass. Highly recommended.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took our kiddos there and they loved it. Food was delicious and the staff was so friendly and accommodating.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fit for an Italian like me
Great homemade treats, served by friendly, knowledgeable staff who made the evening special. They even gave us a little dessert special for our anniversary. Class.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had friends from Tampa visiting. I only learned one was gluten-intolerant at the table! Tavolata does have more than the rigatoni, but that's what I think of when I think of Tavolata. I should know better, though, because one of us ALWAYS orders the pork chop, as did both of them. Big strapping guys, those chops never had a chance of seeing a to go box. I love taking friends to our favorite neighborhood restaurant!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really great place. The Pork
Really great place. The Pork Chop here is unmatched anywhere! Great food, good location! And Heather is a fabulous server!
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fabulous antipasta and pasta. Noisy but fun. Not a great place if you want to have a conversation with more than one person.
Love to go here after a movie,
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a fantastic evening with
What a fantastic evening with an exceptional dinner! We will definitely be back!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in Every Sense
We dined at Tavolata for a birthday. The ambiance was great, our server--and the restaurant's wine director--was knowledgeable, friendly, and made outstanding recommendations on both food and wine. As a person with a significant food allergy, the kitchen was accommodating and our food was exceptional. I can think of no way that our overall experience could have been improved. It was a great night out!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls Night Out
this is a great place for small groups since the dinning room is kinda small. The food and wine list however are not... excellent daily specials, great wine list by the glass or bottles. My party noticed that the bottle prices were not as overpriced as other restaurants. The waitress recommended a great Sangiovesse blend at $33... Apps were good, but a bit small for sharing with more that 2 people.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very few places know how to
Very few places know how to prepare pasta properly. Tavolata does it best in my opinion. Now, if they could only do something to pare down the noise level.
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Why didn't I come here sooner?
I have a very favorable opinion of Ethan Stowell's restaurants, and thus I don't know why it took me YEARS to get to Tavolata. Three friends and I decided to check it out during October 2013 Seattle Restaurant Week, and we had a completely positive experience. Our server was personable and professional, with a great sense of humor and excellent ability to make wine and food recommendations. Furthermore, the food was oustanding. Although everything was delightful, the standout for me was the steak culotte steak...perfectly seasoned and tender. I will definitely return, as I want to try the housemade pastas.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We stopped into Tavolata for Restaurant Week and it was delicious. Every dish that passed by the table looked better than the last, but we settled on the beets and burrata to start, beef culotte and sausage rigatoni and sorbet and doughnuts. It was a filling meal and quite a deal for Restaurant Week. The only drawback is the noise level - it definitely gets loud, but it's a fun atmosphere.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
great italian seattle
Wow, the food was amazing and not as expensive as I would have thought. Great atmosphere. The pasta and apps were superb. Awesome place for Italian high end in Seattle. Great date night!!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic Ethan Stowell, great pasta, excellent decor, attentive service.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than most of Italy
For what you would spend going to a neighborhood trattoria in Italy, this place takes the cake. The grilled escolar is out of this world.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service great food.
Great service great food. We go often and will continue doing so
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the Best in Seattle
The restaurant is an authentic gourmet place! The service is very good and the food had great flavor and it is noticeable that the ingredients are of excellent quality. Prices are competitive. So, most of the factors are balanced which contribute to make it a gem.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food - meh. Service? Wonderful
I don't know how the rest of the wait staff are, but the guy we had was simply brilliant. The food was OK, but he was brilliant (wish I could remember his name).
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is fun. Vibrant and high energy. Kind of hip without trying too hard. Server was extraordinarily good - knew her stuff and provided concise and accurate answers to a bunch of questions. Food was spot on - and the menu had wonderful variety. The bitter green salad was outstanding, by the way - whoever comments on the salad? It was really good! Prices were very reasonable and portions were perfect. One final note - I have a tendency to watch the faces of other diners in restaurants - smiles filled this room. This is that kind of place - a relaxed and warm environment.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Couldn't have been more perfect.
Everything from start to finish was absolute perfection. Friendly and attentive service, robust and flavorful food, vibrant yet romantic atmosphere. I took my boyfriend to Tavolata for his birthday dinner and couldn't have asked for a better experience.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb food, good atmosphere
I'm a bit of an Italian food snob and so felt leery about trying the much-raved-about Tavolata, but I loved every bite of it. I had the gnocchi alla Romana and was blown away by how smooth and flavorful it was. If you've never tried this style of gnocchi (huge balls of semolina that are very different from the little potato dumplings that you normally see), I highly recommend ordering them at Tavolata. The tomato sauce that they were served with was fresh and bright and tasty. The appetizers were also fantastic, as was the semifredo for dessert. I'd eat there again in a heartbeat!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
I've been going there since day one, and always look forward to going back. it's one of the best places to bring someone from out of town to show them what the Seattle food scene is all about!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was fantastic - flavors
Food was fantastic - flavors were superb, pasta cooked to perfection.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hit the spot!
We were looking for a diverse menu, something outside of the standard Italian fare. Tavolata hit the spot! We ordered two apps and two entrees, which was more than enough food. The Roasted Beets were perfect and the Maltagliata pasta dish was scrumptious! Entree's were the Halibut, cooked to perfection and balanced nicely with accoutrement. The Roasted Culotte Steak was really a treat, due to its unique preparation. Great list of Italian wines and they make a great martini to boot!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We don't get out much, now that we have kids. Dinner feels like a hassle. An event. So it was nice to just go hang out and drink a few glasses of wine—we didn't know what we were looking for, so our server was kind enough to offer a flight of what they had while we read over the menu. One meat plate later (to split), some bread and a few pleasant hours went by. Wonderfully. And we didn't even mind the communal tables. Very chill scene. Relaxed. Nice.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
New Favorite Found...
This is a great place with awesome food and very good ambience.
Took a friend, was loud but easy enough to have a decent conversation.
Service was quite good, and they even comped us a free appetizer for all the food not coming out at the same time...
Next time we will have to stay for dessert.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome Service From Front to Back
from the host to the server to the chef - wonderful in every way
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
When booking the reservation, I included in the notes that we were celebrating my friends 40th. I included her name in the note. She felt special all night by the sweet acknowledgement our server gave her. It was a great experience.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I celebrated one of my birthday dinners here this time around. In the past, I've only gone a few times with one other person so we hadn't had the opportunity to try a lot of the menu: maybe 3-4 items... This time around we ordered 12 items off the menu including some wine and cocktails giving me a better taste for the menu, the service, and the presentation as the food came out. "Foodie" restaurants are great, but sometimes lack the satisfaction of the warm tingling comfort sensation of reliable comfort food. Tavolata has a good balance of both.
The service was alright. I was the first to arrive of 6... possibly bc my party was not here yet, I had a hard time waving someone down for a drink or an appetizer while waiting. Overall, :D.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service. Appetizers
Great food and service. Appetizers and entrees arrived in good order. Only downside to the evening was the bar was extremely slow getting the drinks to the table - 1st and subsequent orders were slow. Despite that, great evening that we (and it seemed like all around us, enjoyed.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM