Tavolata
Tavolata

Tavolata

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tavolata.com/
  • Phone: 2068388008x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Brian Clevenger
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are happy to help you plan your private event at Tavolata. Semi-private mezzanine can accommodate up to 35 guests or reserve the entire restaurant for parties up to 90 guests. Please contact our administrative office at 206.588.0030 for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: A semi-private party area is located in Tavolata's mezzanine, overlooking the kitchen and dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Jen Osborn (206) 588-0030x
  • Special Events: Join us for our monthly Sunday Feast, a four-course family meal served at the tavolàta (communal table) where seating is limited to 26 diners. Price will range from $45 - $60 per person depending on the featured ingredient.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Battery & Bell
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tavolata
Chef Brian Clevenger will dazzle guests using creative house-made pastas to create seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes.

Opened in January of 2007, Tavolàta is Chef Ethan Stowell's second restaurant, located at 2323 Second Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. House-made pastas, simple Italian cuisine, and a 30-foot communal table (tavolàta) are the focal point of this urban Italian-inspired eatery. Tavolàta offers a full bar and a wine list featuring Italian and Pacific Northwest wines. Tavolàta serves dinner seven nights a week from 5pm to 11pm. Tavolàta has a semi-private mezzanine for up to 35 guests and a small patio for seasonal dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Tavolata reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (32)romantic (31)special occasion (28)notable wine list (28)hot spot (17)late-night find (14)great for outdoor dining (12)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Decent food with depressing server
    Vancouver99
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    At first entering Tavolata, the ambience was great- upbeat, industrial with a modern italian twist. Great lighting, big communal tables but also some private seating. The food was overall good (pasta perfectly cooked, salumi platter was a great start, risotta a little bland) but our server R.L. unfortunately was not good. She seemed very put off if we asked for anything as simple as ice on this blistering hot beautiful summer day. It's unfortunate when good food is accompanied by less than enthusiastic service. A smile, introduction & some personality would have gone a long way.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice pasta - convenient location
    brunello
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Eating outside in Seattle seems an oxymoron, but we went on a good weather weekend (hot, actually) and were thrilled to find that we could sit outside for an early dinner and relax. The service was excellent; pleasant, informed, helpful. The food was really delicious, we enjoyed everything we had. We're red wine drinkers for the most part; the white wines we started with for appetizers were fine, and cold - but the red wine was too warm and not up to par. Otherwise, a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great housemade pasta, serves late
    DentalMatt
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had the spaghetti with the anchovie and chili which I thought was excellent. The anchovie was not overpowering which was great. My wife had the tagliatelle with octopus. It did come in a red sauce which wasn't noted on the menu and had some spicy kick to it. Overall this was also delicious with the octopus adding some additional texture. The meat crudo was what can be expected of steak tartar. Went well with garlic toast points it came with. Service was friendly and fast. We dined late and they were seating people after us. Walkable from Pikes market. Noise level was a little loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifico
    tpolovesfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Dinning at Tavolata is always a treat. Their house-made pastas are wonderful. My favorite being gnocchi, has just the right texture with that soft, silky, pillowy dough that has just enough bite. The Grilled squid on their appetizer is a must. We played it safe and ordered the rigatoni (with sausage in tomato sauce) and I requested the Telefono be made with butter sauce rather than tomato since we didn't want 2 tomato dishes. The chef was happy to oblige and it was amazingly velvety smooth/rich dish that we couldn't finish it. First time trying lobster mushroom (w/ asparagus) and reminds me of oyster mushrooms, but these might have been dried and reconstituted which gave it a more pronounce woody/earthy flavor and hardier bite. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, don't go on a hot day
    TheaterGoer
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We tried Tavolata for the first time because it is very close to the theater where we attended a play on a recent Friday evening. The food was great! I had the rigatoni and it was delicious. Tavolata would probably have earned more stars for food and ambience, except on the day we ate there the weather was quite warm, and the restaurant has no cooling system to speak of. Our server told us that the group/special events area, upstairs from the main dining room, is especially brutal on hot summer days. So just sitting there was not the most comfortable. The heat also got to the wines; we had a red that would have been especially tasty had it been 15 degrees cooler, but alas, it was well above "cellar" temperature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not the best
    tavalastime
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Who doesn't serve water with ice. I ordered a coke and they brought it out in a warm can. the menu was less than desirable, not very many choices.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    EdmondsKen
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great assortment of small plates as well entree sized steaks and pastas. Very trendy feel and good ambience, with some outdoor seating and open seating facing the sidewalk. Reasonable given the high quality of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great, as always.
    Henrysmom1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle. The food is always fresh and delicious. Fantastic homemade pasta, terrific, interesting appetizers. I almost always order the rigatoni with spicy sausage. We also had the sunchokes and heirloom tomatoes which were great. Can't miss with this place. You will have a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We loved this restaurant!So much so that we have booked again for next week.Happy hour is really a good deal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laurie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The flavors of the food were perfect! Each dish was very nicely prepared. I dine at alot of resturants and cook myself and I can honestly say the food was perfect. I ordered the Salmon Bruchetta, Burrata, and Rigatoni.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Had a fantastic dining experience here this weekend! Staff was friendly and we were sat right away in a nice intimate table. Prices were very reasonable making the night even better. Started with the Salumi Board , its rare that we love all the selections on the board and we were delighted this was the case! Request the Baguette to go with it, really good bread & balsamic. For entrees we had the Bigoli and Rigatoni. Both were outstanding. The flavor of the rigatoni was perfect. We both know we are ruined when ordering pasta anywhere else because it was that good. A perfect date night in Belltown!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good concept, okay execution
    ItalianFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I hadn't been to Tavolata for a year or more and tried it again recently. I had three courses: panzanella salad, pappardelle with pancetta, garlic, and chili, and olive oil cake with sorbetto. The Panzanella salad had crunchy croutons and very good heirloom tomatoes, but too much dressing which was very heavy on the balsamic vinegar (making it very sour). The Pappardelle was good, but very, very spicy (quite a bit too spicy for my taste--and I like Thai food that brings a sweat to your forehead). The olive oil cake and sobetto was a solid offering. The server was excellent, and the manager stopped by a couple of time to ensure things were right. The place is very, very loud (hard surfaces, no sound proofing) that detracts from dining.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One unfortunate incident
    OdfgwtfVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My wife and I have been to Tavolata 65% of the Sunday nights of this past year. We knew one wait person in particular. loved her service, and would ask for her section. We were always granted that for which we are very grateful. She has since moved on but we decided to keep going there. On this first night back we asked about sitting outside. We were told they do not reserve the outside tables, they are first come first served, which I completely understand. So, when we arrived no one, not one person was sitting outside. We asked to sit, two of us, at a four top, closer to the bar and were told NO, we had to sit at a two top. Not another soul was outside with us in the time we sat there. Darcy redeemed the night.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous experience!
    aridog
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Every course was perfection. Simply an outstanding experience from start to finish. Our server (I believe David was his name?) was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KajunBrees
    KajunBreesVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    First time & it was great. Bit noisy. Food was great & more than I could eat. Service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was good but the server was spectacular. She clearly enjoys coming to work and making great experiences happen for diners. I will ask for the same server next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great E Stowell restaurant
    rebowers
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The artichoke ravaloi was sheer perfection! Great service. Yummy salumi board!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I went with my family. They're from Asia and wanted some authentic Italian cuisine. Naturally, I thought of Tavolata. I did not lead them astray. They were very happy with the food and the service was amazing with great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great restaurant, great food and excellent service... I wanted to take my brother who was visiting from out of town with his wife to a special place and Tavolata provided that 10 fold... Staff were very accommodating and sat us on the Mezanine floor even though they were shirt on staff... Food was exquisite... Thank you...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    TomRiddle
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Although the food was delicious with a good variety of apps, they were out of the salmon at a relatively early dinner. We were a large group and were seated at a long central table. This didn't enhance the opportunity to talk and get caught up with old friends, nor did the the generally loud noise level in the restaurant. This dining may appeal to some, but I found it somewhat disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My first visit and our server made us feel right at home. She was a delight! We ended up staying longer than we expected, probably because we felt right at home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We just discovered this restaurant a few months ago and as locals I'm very annoyed that we didn't find it sooner. Everything here is so delicious though I have a really difficult time ordering anything except the rigatoni or the gnocchi. Service is always friendly and appropriately paced. Even though I can tell they're really busy, I never feel as though we're being rushed out like some other restaurants. Everything we've tried here is fantastic and so delicious. It's hard not to over-order just to try more dishes! This is one Seattle restaurant that is not to be missed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic pasta
    karaVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    as always ... and a really creative option for the gluten free folks. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Nance
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Bread was very good. And food was "pure"- home made, but little flavor, and small portions. I had the Agnolotti (small) dinner dish; Asparagus; and a olive oil cake. There was a long line of people waiting to go in, so maybe I would have been happier with something else. If one has sciatica - the wood seats are not the most comfortable. While visiting from CA, I ate at 3 other restaurants that I would return to first.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpectedly loved it
    Foodfoodfood
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Loved this place. The seating upstairs was lit by candle light on the walls. The food was amazing. It reminded me of little chic hot spot restaurants in Soho in NYC. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy claustrophobic, great service
    HHHMD
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Noisy and designed that way, with all hard surfaces, including the seats, which were uncomfortable. Unpainted concrete walls, feels a bit like a cave -- maybe better upstairs, but I didn't go up. The sidewalk probably would be great on a warm evening. Limited menu, a bit too avant garde for my tastes. A minority of the items were appealing based on the menu, although the dishes we ultimately ordered were superb. But small portions. I'd suggest they add at least a couple more standards -- basic meats and seafood, a couple standard pasta dishes, etc. Not every dish has to reflect the chef's unique tastes!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I was visiting Seattle for a conference and took myself out to Tavolata on the re commendation of local friends. I had a delicious meal at the bar. Grilled octopus salad, anchovy spaghetti, and salted fennel sorbetto with shortbread were all delicious. I would definitely return if I find myself in Seattle again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always
    jamesVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Always excellent. We have never been disappointed in the many years we have dined here. Service is always very good/professional. Staff are all very friendly/helpful. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 599 reviews are from the Tavolata reviews archive.
  • Disappointed in Seattle
    CTfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I had high hopes for Tavolata based on the reputation of Tavolata Chef/Owner Ethan Stowell. The restaurant was a big disappointment. Though the atmosphere was appealing with a cool ambience and communal tables, the food did not live up to the ES reputation. The rigatoni with sausage was just ok. Nothing to write home about. The same was true for the chick pea salad. It had little to no flavor. The brussel sprouts were nice and the charcuterie was a large portion. No cooking by the restaurant crew needed though. The wine recommended by the waitress was average at best though not cheap. With so many other great choices in Seattle, I would not go back to Tavolata!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian!
    JRinGAVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Food was great and in perfect portions. Service was fantastic and they have a great wine list. I would highly recommend a visit.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tavolata
    jamesVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    As always, it was great! The food, the service, the setting. Great value for restaurant week. All of the staff are so friendly and accommodating. Thank you once again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    ummyumm
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Myself and my three friends were very impressed. Thankfully we each ordered something different so we could try a bit of everything. We went for restaurant week and had the last reservation of the night, even so, the wait staff was very friendly and attentive. I don't know if I would be able to afford it if it had not have been restaurant week, but I will go back if I ever get the extra cash!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Food With A Soul.
    JAM02
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    First time to downton Seattle....Loved the neighborhood! The restaurant exceeded all expectations! We ordered an appetizer and two entrees. We enjoyed squid and fennel first along with a half bottle of white wine. The sausage and rigatoni, as well as the spaghetti with anchovy for our main courses took us back to dinners at our grandmother's house. We regretted not ordering the zeppole for dessert...We saw a bowl of them being served at the next table. They looked heavenly... Thanks for the individual bags of pasta at the end of our meal. What a nice touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a reservation set for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We had a reservation set for 8:15pm and got there at about 8:00pm. We knew we arrived early and decided to sit in the bar for a drink before our table was ready. I told the host that we'd be at the bar and he mentioned he'd come get us when our table was ready. I went back up to the host stand at 8:30 asking about our table and he said "it was still being set." That's what he said when we first arrived. He finally came to get us a 8:50pm. Luckily I was with great company, but that was her first time eating there. Not a great first impression. Although the food was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We were here for Restaurant Week. The celery soup with chard was amazing. Had the ragu on rigatoni, which was meaty "Italian mama" fare, and had mint leaves in the sauce which was a great subtle pick up. We also had the mackerel, which was simply flavored among spring vegetables (celery, onion, peas), a few mushrooms. I think my dining companion was hungry afterwards, but luckily the rigatoni was meaty and satisfying enough for the both of us. Dessert was fine (grapefruit sorbetto, & a vanilla sauce/lemon custard/rhubarb sauce combination which he thoroughly enjoyed). The only complaint I have was the noise level-- both my companion and I have softer, "crowd pitched" voices, so we had a hard time hearing each other. Otherwise, it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Went here for my boyfriend's birthday dinner and it was fabulous!! For as nice as it was, it was decently priced and we can't wait to go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    KimV
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This restaurant went above and beyond, the food was delicious, the atmosphere was great, and the service was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, bad service
    foodie02
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I've been here once before and it was great. But this last experience was very bad. Even though we had a reservation for 8:30, we were told to wait in the bar and it ended up being over 40 minutes before we just gave in and ate there. The help mostly said that it wasn't their fault and blamed it on other guests not leaving soon enough, but that would be a problem common to all restaurants and I've never had to wait close to an hour for a reserved table before. Nothing was comped on the bill, and we told them we're in a rush to leave because of an arriving flight and they still took a while to handle payment. The food as always was delicious though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!~
    mepshade
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    If you want great pasta go here! Amazing, melt in your mouth. We were blown away.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For all the hype, just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Good service and nice ambiance however the food was less than inspiring. It seems the restaurant is perhaps catering to a corporate crowd who are just in and out and not repeat business or the young crowd who is looking for a nice bar/restaurant atmosphere but not very discerning about food. Very poor wines by the glass. Tavolata has a long way to go to compete with the new restaurants in town who offer sensational and interesting flavors in their appetizers/entrées.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic