Tabla Mediterranean Bistro
Tabla Mediterranean Bistro

Tabla Mediterranean Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tmbistro.com/
  • Phone: 5032383777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Cafiero
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full off-site catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Elegant private dining room seats up to 14 people. Half dining room seats up to 20. Full restaurant seats up to 50.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Garofola 5032383777

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Davis
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Off street parking available, cross-streets are NE 28th & Davis, 2 blocks north of Burnside.
A word from Tabla Mediterranean Bistro
Where locals come for exciting food, excellent service and a wine list focused on small, artisanal producers. Extraordinary house made pastas are at the focal point of our popular $28, 3-course menu that is centered around local and sustainable ingredients based on the culinary traditions of Spain, Italy, and France.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Tabla Mediterranean Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (10)romantic (7)notable wine list (6)great for outdoor dining (2)good for groups (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Perfect
    Pope
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I were in search of an evening meal with great food, staff and atmosphere, but with the right amount of bustle (not too hectic and not too quite). Tabla fit the bill perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Search Best Pasta, Got Best Pasta
    LisaLibra
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I searched for Best Pasta in Portland and found Tabla. After looking at reviews and pictures, we decided to go here for my birthday. The services was amazing and so were the drinks. We ordered 3 half orders of different kinds of pasta. All dishes were clean by the time they got back to the kitchen, we didn't leave 1 drop to bring home! Flour less cake and salted caramel gelato did not disappoint. GO HERE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food. Following Mediterranean diet, it fits right in. Perfect portion size. Need to advertise more. Simple menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An explosion of flavor!
    Raincoastgirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I ate here about a month ago. We were pleasantly surprised. I ordered the 3 course meal and was not disappointed. We each had an heirloom tomato salad. His with Buffalo Mozzarella flown in from Italy and mine a special salad of the night, with incredibly fresh pesto. Let me just say that these were no ordinary salads and the flavors jumped right off our plates. His main dish was the mushroom risotto which was delicious. I moved onto the pasta with truffles. WOW! My third and final dish, was the salmon. It was executed with perfection and all 3 dishes were the right amount of food. So much so that I did not leave room for dessert. The service and food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3-course menu was great
    DynaMo
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We ordered the 3-course menu and it was great. It was so nice to have a pasta that is a "primi" (first course) portion, so you can enjoy a lovely pasta and a main plate. I had the Heirloom tomato salad with basil pesto and shavings of ricotta salata -it was perfect (5 stars). For pasta I had the Quattro Formaggi Ravioli with pesto and cherry tomatoes and again it was perfect. My main dishmwas salmon and it was very good, but slightly more cooked than I like it. The sevice was excellent. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Most enjoyable
    Wizzle
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Pretty quiet the night we went, but the whole staff, from host to the staff in the open kitchen, were friendly and welcoming. We opted for the 3 course menu, which is a bangin' deal if you come hungry. Courses were times well, and service was warm without being obtrusive. Would definitely recommend. Thanks for making our anniversary dinner special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great value, food, ambiance
    carmen
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    we loved the service, quality, amount and presentation of food. small but big enough menu with select items, enough that you do not find everywhere else, portions were just right, not McDonald's size but I did not need a magnifying glass to find it, yet it was very elegantly presented, textured and very tasty, restaurant feel is warm, not noisy and service is fabulous and prices are very reasonable --- all and all a fabulous experience and great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sad for my date....
    Sauce
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had a very tasty bowl of pasta with sausage for 17 dollars. Good, but not really a 17 dollar bowl of pasta with sausage. It was more like an $11 bowl of pasta. My date got "giant ravioli" for 18. The name of the dish implies a large filling meal. The ravioli tasted great, but for the price of a decent steak, you could at least expect to get enough ravioli to fill you up. Neither of our entrees came with any bread or side. The sides were all offered seperately at similarly inflated prices. After about $55 for these two unfulfilling entrees and a small carafe of house red ($15), we left HUNGRY. No, it is not located in the Pearl. This place is about money. Too bad, because it's quite tasty and and has some novel offerings.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • nancy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We sat at the chef's bar, as we often do. We love to sit there, as it is fun to watch the chef's prepare our dinner and dishes for others. It also allows us to chat with them a little bit if they are not too busy. As always, our food was amazing! We ordered the crostini appetizer which comes with 4 different toppings, all yummy. We each had salads that we shared and pastas that we shared. Of course we ordered the tabla ravioli as it is to die for, and we always order it. 2 giant ravioli with an egg inside, poppy seeds and parmesan on the outside. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    caraar
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love the food here, great pasta, appetizers, desserts and ambience. I have had large group dinners in the back room, and it was a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Wonderful eating experience! My friend and I were catching up after not seeing each other for a while, and they were so gracious to stay open late for us. The food and wine recommendations were divine, perfect for sharing. The server was attentive enough to notice when we needed a slight change to one of our courses and did so willingly without reservation. Diners are treated in such a special way, you won't regret eating here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Uneventful and Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Tabla used to be a favorite restaurant of mine because of its great food selection and dinner options. In past experiences they had a robust menu that featured a 3 course dinner for a reasonable price but they have since gone to a standard dining menu. The food was nothing special--mediocre at best and complimented by a semi-somber atmosphere. Our waitress was upbeat, but she was out shined by the other wait staff who were practically afraid to smile or make eye contact. Tabla... please find the courage to do something special and then execute it well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 439 reviews are from the Tabla Mediterranean Bistro reviews archive.
  • Wonderful bistro, local food
    zimzim
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Well prepared, delicious food, especially good pasta and salads. Very unpretentious but attentive service. Atmosphere is informal and bistro like. Wine list is largely modestly priced, most either Italian or local west coast. Prices are also quite modest given quality of the preparation and ingredients. I would recommend this highly to all but the highest level foodie people
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    OperaFanaticVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This dinner was a birthday celebration and we were a group of five good friends who had not been together for months. The food was great, as was the wine. And, the service was beyond wonderful. They were attentive and helpful. Everything arrived quickly and exactly as we ordered. I'm sure it was obvious we had a lot of catching up to do. After dinner and dessert, we were engrossed in conversation and did not notice there were people waiting. When I did ( after about 20 minutes), we left quickly so others could be seated. When I thanked the staff and apologized on the way out, they were really gracious about it. We will be back soon and often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dinner spot
    kmgf
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We enjoyed sharing pasta and salmon. The wines are good. loved seeing the aquaponics micro greens too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REAL TASTE FOOD
    BillVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Wonderful salads, fresh pasta with a twist, extensive wine list. Had the lasagna special and it was very light and taste. Service was very professional, nice relaxed atmosphere and nice place for a Saturday night date!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Appetizers and Pastas
    pdxfoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Over multiple visits over many years, Tabla has transformed its menu towards one of fresh pasta, appetizers and salads but through the changes, the food has remained very good. But, I do miss the duck confit off the menu. The wine list is one that has good Italian depth at very affordable prices. I will continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loyal Customer
    Roussanelover
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I live in the neighborhood and have been a Tabla fan since it opened. Have spent many late afternoons-early evening Happy Hours at the kitchen bar watching food prep. Yes, it has evolved, and the changes have never altered the basic greatness of the restaurant, which is a result of meeting and exceeding the highest standards of basic food preparation and service. The most recent change, of which the prix fixe was a casualty, to me was the most drastic. I hope it comes back. In the meantime, any of the pasta dishes are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Online menu out of date!!
    Pdx25
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Someone recomended me this place to have dinner with my boyfriend for his birthday and I ended sooo disappointed! You guys don't do the three course anymore and the menu it's totally out of date so when I came there I didn't know what to order!! My order ended being more expensive that I thought and it didn't really worth it!! The only thing I liked was my drink !
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Now with a few gluten options!
    Velma716
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I love Tabla. It is a favorite go-to restaurant with consistently good service. Food always excellent. Great wine list with a wide selection of well-priced options. This last visit, I was pleased to see a couple gluten-free pasta selections. I ordered the fettuccini - what a rare treat!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crostini starters were unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Crostini starters were unique and each had a wonderful flavor. The Beet Salad was crisp and refreshing. Pork Braciole was superb. Tasty and tender. Panna cotta with rhubarb was sweet with that little bit of rhubarb tartness. The only problem we had was the noise level was strong and we had some trouble hearing each other across the table; there were 4 of us…and the restaurant was not filled at the time. Would go back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh pasta!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My husband and I met up with two friends at Tabla Mediterranean Bistro. It was a fabulous dinner. The cauliflower flan was amazing as an appetizer...and, well....every single thing we tried was terrific. The Tabla Ravioli with egg was a treat, and the halibut entree I ordered was cooked to perfection. The special of the day was lasagna (veggie) and that was excellent too - fresh pasta makes all the difference! We didn't make it as far as dessert. Service was attentive, but not overly so. The space is open, with high ceilings - once the tables were full it was pretty loud. All in all, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dinner!
    judybeauty
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We ate at Tabla Mediterranian Bistro and had their three course dinner, which is a steal, especially given the outstanding quality of their food. Ravioli with egg yolk in the center and finely shaved Parmesan was sublime. Also, have their gelato or sorbet to (salted caramel and strawberry the night we ate there). Best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Loved this place. Interesting menu and the food was excellent. Would definitely try again if we are ever return to Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tabla - Solid
    anonVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Took my date to Tabla for the end of dining month. The food was very good. I started with the cauliflower sformato with the light cream sauce and arugula. Normally, I dislike arugula but it cut the richness of the other parts of the dish. Date had the crespelle and the were also good. I had the crab tortellini. It was good but by far the dish I liked the least. It was rather dry and the bread crumbs did not help that. Date had the Tabla ravioli with the egg and chard inside. Date had the pork braciole which she loved. I had the duck confit. My quibble with the dish is there was a bare dribble of sauce on it. There needed to be more to cut the richness of the duck I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food!
    LindaH
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    There were 6 of us and we all had amazing food, no one was unhappy with their food choice. Our waitress was so good and attentive (also our bartender) The service was terrific and our wter glasses never went empty...neither did our wine glasses! It is a small place and tends to be noisy, but we are a noisy group, so it was fine. All the pasta is homemade and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good. Whenever we are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Always good. Whenever we are in Portland, we make it a point to come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Open now for lunch! Get in and support lunch (wonderful lunch) at this great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Excellent Italian food. When for happy our - very good - then came back for dinner - Outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • noisy neighborhood bar/restaurant
    thanks8for8all8the8fish
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I had the idea that this would be a nice quiet place for dinner. We drove from Hillsboro, having found Tabla on the Portland Dining Month list. Service was non-existent much of the time. The food was interesting and good, worthy of a nicer restaurant rather than the existing bar atmosphere with some dining tables. My husband had the 3-course menu and chose a salad, the ravioli and the duck confit. All were very good. I chose the cauliflower appetizer and it was excellent although quite small. In short, good food but a noisy bar atmosphere and poor service. I would not travel out of my way to go here again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow- REALLY good gluten free pasta!
    chefmax
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Made in house, this is by far the best gluten free pasta I have ever tasted. Available as a substitute in three of the pasta dishes, it tastes like the finest wheat pasta. Available to purchase as fresh pasta to take home as well. Service exceptionally friendly and professional as well. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tabla is always a favorite,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Tabla is always a favorite, their pasta is fresh and creative . We were running late and could not make our reservation time, they were able to accommodate us. Looking forward to them being open now for lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent flavors!
    DiningMonthGuest
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Another successful meal on our list of Portland Dining Month restaurants! Kind and efficient staff, lovely dining room and delicious food that was perfect for sharing! Our favorite was the tajarine with truffle butter and parmigiano reggiano - decadent and delicate at the same time. We tried nine dishes total and each one was a hit. Recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting a table at Tabla
    PDXWeekendAway
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Visited Tabla this past weekend as a part of an anniversary weekend away from the kids. We arrived at the restaurant 5 minutes before our reservation and were told that a table would be ready in a few minutes. We were invited to sit at the bar. We were offered a seat at a communal table as well, but declined. We were not seated for 25 minutes after our reservation despite there having been a table open right when we arrived. The same table remained open for the remainder of the night. The food was good. The pasta, in particular was much enjoyed. The duck and the briciole were also quite delicious. The food is worth the visit, the ambiance is pleasant if not bustling but our visit was scarred from the very beginning unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back for seconds
    Portlandfoodie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was delicious and they had gluten free options. I very much enjoyed the home made gluten free pasta that they had. The beet salad that I had for my starter was amazing. The group I was with also recommended the duck and ravioli with an egg in it. The servers were very pleasant and knowledgable about the menu. We wanted to try dessert and plan to make a trip back just for that since we were too full from our 3 course dining month meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love, love, love Tabla!
    Sarah
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food is always delicious and beautifully presented. And, the service is attentive and warm. I've gotten to know the staff in my many visits, and they are always welcoming and interested in providing you with an excellent dining experience. This place is a go-to when I have guests from out of town, or, if I feel like treating myself to a solo-dinner night. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place
    Excellent
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Tabla shines! While the menu is short compared to some other places (only 4 entrees) the food is wonderful. We had a 3 course meal with an appetizer or salad choice, a pasta (1/2 portion) and an entree. Everything the three of us had was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, as always. New
    PortlandregularsVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Great food, as always. New décor leaves something to be desired. The new chairs are not in the least bit comfortable and lean the diner too far back for eating. Chairs are too narrow for any but the slimmest diner. (Perhaps you are encouraging a quick turnover in tables by making diners not want to linger at the table.) Whatever the reason for the new chairs, we'll be requesting a table on the banquette in the future.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dining month gem
    2valleyresidents
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We loved this small bistro. The service was excellent. We were not rushed, which is something we hate when going out for dinner. The food was superb, we were having the prix fixe three course dinner. A good selection of options and the portions were just right. We both had different choices and every dish was good. We will go back to try other selections. Try the sformato it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tabla never disappoints
    Frib4play
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Another delightful meal at Tabla. Everything about the experience was a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate