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Tavolino Ristorante

Tavolino Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavolinoristorante.com
  • Email: manager@tavolinoristorante.com
  • Phone: (520) 531-1913
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday -Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday- 5:00pm- 10:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Massimo Tenino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Skyline & Campbell
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tavolino Ristorante
An inviting restaurant that feels like an Italian neighborhood trattoria. Tavolino specializes in simple, elegant food including fresh salads, homemade pastas, succulent roast and grilled meats, rotisserie chicken and game, and luscious desserts. Tavolino brings Italy to life in Tucson.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • " * We made reservation with special birthday celebration noted. Ignored. * Reservation was lost, even after to confirming by phone that day, including the annoyance of having to call back your hostesses. * table we finally got was oddly set with only knives. * four of five dinners came out at same time. We waited for fifth until I finally got up to track down the server to inquire about the fifth. * Found waiter station and found pepper grinder, and became waiter briefly. * Food was great! I would love to come back for the food, and will likely give the staff another chance. Everyone has a bad day, but there seemed to be several systemic problems... "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Had the fish special--Corvina, very tasty however, the asparagus risotto (undercooked) and stewed baby tomatoes (flavorless) that went with the entrée fell short. Tried the veal medallions also. They were flattened like a picatta and I enjoy the medallions more. A bit noisy for my tastes but service was attentive and the food was good. The corvina was the standout of the evening."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and ambiance. Pasta, Osso Buco and salmon were great!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We didn't know they only have the 3 course meal during valentines day and we can't order from menu. Too embarrassing to walk out so we spent more than 100 $$$ for two!! "
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Upscale Italian. Unique menu and old favorites. Butternut Squash Raviioli very special. Tender pasta with sweet butternut squash filling in a savory butter sage sauce. OhnYeah!!! Have been there several times and are NEVER disappointed. Tried dessert this time for a change of pace. If you love chocolate try the "Bonnet." Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Not a chocolate fan, try the vanilla custard with carmel sauce. A wonderful light flan like dessert, and not overly sweet. Great service and lovely atmosphere. Dining for two, very romantic. Larger groups are always fun too. Either way you'll have a simply devine meal! "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We went for a birthday and it was amazing. Everyone really loved their food and the waiter was great. I ordered a dish with gnocchi but got polenta instead, though it was also very tasty. All of the three picky eaters I was with loved everything though and that is rare. I loved it and would want to come back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We have dined at Tavolino many times, but this was the first time we had the bonus of entertainment on the patio. The guitarist was mellow and played lots of classics, and best of all, you could enjoy the music AND have a conversation at the same time. As always we enjoyed the food. We tried the Ligurian pizza for the first time - I think we prefer the other pizza offerings more."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Service was spot on, food was delicious. I recommend this to anyone who loves Italian food!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Sometimes it's great....sometimes, not so much. Staffing has been a problem on at least two visits. They have wonderful pizza and homemade bread. The lasagne is also a good bet as is the fish of the day. Staff is not knowledgeable about food prep. A request for balsamic and fresh ground pepper went by the wayside. We sat for nearly ten minutes before anyone took a drink order. We dine here quite frequently - most of the time with guests. Hopefully Massimo will sort out these problems before the next time."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was great. The recommendation of wines with the food was great our waitres new her wines. We went here for a anniversary and we definite will come back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I ordered a pasta dish with meat sauce. The plate was hot which was evidently due to the fact that the meal had been warmed in an oven or microwave. The pasta was chewy either due to the reheating or under cooking. I had to request additional sauce, because the dish was dry tasting which may have been from the reheating. The service was great but the food was only good this time. Hopefully they will return to their prior level."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very gracious and knowledgeable staff, great food and a very nice setting."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinning , the food was the best and we were treated wonderfully. We will be back"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Nice restaurant...a bit noisy... food good, but we waited forever each time we ordered a drink ( we didn't order that many!). Waitress apologized as bar was "busy", but she wanted to place our food order before we got a cocktail.....shouldn't be that way. Hire more staff!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Went for the first time with another couple. None of us will ever return. No one was happy with their meal choice. The meats were dry and overcooked; the pesto pasta was hard and the penne sausage evoked acid reflux. Not worth the price. Chocolate dessert was good however. How did they get on the "best of" list?"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 1 but arrived early and decided to sit at the bar. The happy hour choices were great but my dinner was amazing!!! I enjoyed penne funghi and would order it again and again. The restaurant was very busy and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had dinner twice in one week (due to out of town guests) and both experiences were over the top. We are always delighted with service, menu choices and a wonderful staff. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The moment we sat down, I could tell our waitress was going to be lousy, she was. A simple dinner took 2 hours and 40 minutes. When the Manager came by an hour and a half into the meal to ask how dinner was, my friend responded "Haven't gotten it yet". I have dined here over the past three years and the owner has changed its focus since November. The presentation is pleasant but the portions are meager, tiny - trying to maintain a price point. My wife is 5 foot 110 pounds and after salad, entree and dessert had to have something else to eat when we got home. I am 6'3" 205 pounds and had leftovers when I got home too. Every course was overdone - sitting under the heat lamp while our waitress was doing Lord knows what. Lousy. Poor."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "On our server's recommendation , we tried the Pecorino and Potato Pizza w/ Rosemary. Amazing! Will be back for the pizza, but mussel appetizer was disappointing. Much too bland. No garlic and onion in the broth."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a group of 6, 3 couples, and had asked for a round table when booked on Open Table. They accommodated the request and we were very comfortable. The service was great and the food as always was wonderful."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have had some disappointing dining experiences in Tucson recently and we were totally thrilled to have reversed that trend with an outstanding evening at Tavolino. The sommelier listened to what we were looking for and suggested a wonderful wine; the salads were some of the best we have ever had and the entrees (we had the lamb and the pork tenderloin) were beyond reproach. We finished the meal sharing the chocolate Bonet which delicious. Highly recommend Tavolino!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Tavolino is Tucson upscale casual dining at its best. Location is great, parking is convenient, decor is pleasing and inviting. The wait staff is knowledgeable and available but not intrusive. Service is crisp. The food is fresh, the recipes delightful and the presentation says "enjoy this!" We started with the Tavolino salad which screamed freshness. For the entrees, I had veal and my wife had tilapia. Both we prepared perfectly. Both were served with sauteed spinach, the earthly taste contrasting well with the delicate veal and fish. The veal also had fried gnocchi which was delicious. We shared a serving of tiramisu (more than adequate for two people) and found it outstanding."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "outstanding food....wonderful fresh fish, tender osso bucco, and the bread/olive oil alone is worth a visit"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Branzino was fresh and prepared perfectly! Pastas are superb! Salmon was also excellent! Delicious mussels appetizer! No other Italian like this in Tucson......a cut above!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I like bar dining here for happy hour best lasagne in town Greeters at the door are vapid our waitress was amazing however Sometimes at the bar you have to flag down the good but worth it Great for happy hour!!!!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "amazing service! staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcomed!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My visit was in a Saturday night. Waitress and waiters are not very friendly and helpful, especially when they are busy around. The tables are squeezed with each other. My friend was nearly offended by another guy who was trying to move his chair towards ours several time. Foods are not really anything. I ordered the shrimp tarajin. There were few shrimps, full of tarajin and cheese. Another sad thing during my visit, they didn't even give me the bread beforehead until I asked them. Since it's only a 20ish meal, fair enough."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Do not think I have ever been in a more crowded restaurant, which speaks well for Tavolino's popularity. Hostess did an excellent job explaining to the couple in front of us that even though there were unoccupied tables they were reserved. Staff seems accustomed to the capacity crowd which maintained for the 2 hours we were there. Food was reasonably priced, tasty and well presented."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food was very good and generous. I had not been a huge fan because there are so many dishes containing pork products which we don't eat and lots of pasta which we like, but prefer to select less fattening meals. The roasted vegetables was a yummy appetizer and the four of us had very good entries and desserts.."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Love this place. It just gets better and better. Pizza was off the chart. Special pasta Penne a la Vodka with Salmon was the best I've ever had. Mille Grazie"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We come here frequently, this time theres a difference in our dinner, it's just not the same as before. We were sat in the inner benches, the door was open for the musicians to play but still quite cold. We had to put our jackets on, as well we noticed several others asking if the doors could be closed and all were denied. Of course our food got cold immediately and wasn't very warm when we got it to begin with. I got the rosemary chicken which is my favorite but didn't taste like it had any at all except the rosemary sticking out of it. My husband got the roasted pork, still bleeding in the middle. On the positive side, the service was outstanding as it always is. We will go there again, this restaurant is superb in many other aspects."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food was all very well-prepared and tasty. I had made a special request that the wait person remember my husband's birthday as a surprise for him. It was forgotten. I was disappointed that my note was ignored."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Not your father's Italian restaurant. Lots of interesting, however not standard dishes. The butternut squash ravioli and the chicken penne were delicious."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Too busy. Too noisy. Large parties slow down kitchen and pace of service. VERY NOISY. COULD NOT HAVE A CONVERSATN WITHOUTMSHOUTING ACRISS OURNTABLE FOR FOUR. Food not particularly memorable. Portions generous. Likely better at lunch. Chairs indoors appeared to be patio furniture. Low to the ground, unsteady and uncomfortable."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Terrible service and overpriced menu. Why would I ever come back here when I can get better food and nicer people elsewhere?"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our first time visiting Tavolino. The restaurant is in a great foothills location but we were expecting a bit more intimate setting. Perhaps I should have done my homework a little better. Service was quite slow, although it was quite busy. The waitress helping the next table even had to ask if we were being taken care of because our waitress was hit and miss. My wife and I tried two different antipasti (caprese and calimari) and had two different pork dishes, both were very good. This wasn't a terrible dining experience but for the money the value really isn't there. I doubt we will return. There are better choices around Tucson for the value."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Overall very nice. The mussels appetizer was not very good, but osso buco and lasagna were quite nice; the homemade sorbets had very good flavor. In reserving on OpenTable we said that this was a 'special birthday celebration dinner' but the restaurant staff made no recognition of this and did not even say 'happy birthday'."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Mussels were tasteless and had bits of shell in the broth. Zucchini Parmagiana was room temperature. Rest of the meal was excellent"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "First of all, the noise level inside the restaurant is incredibly loud and would make conversation nearly impossible. I'm so glad we opted to sit outside on the patio. The happy hour wines (we tried 3 of them) were really just so-so. We enjoyed the food - especially the calamari and arancini. We'll definitely be back, but only when the weather is nice enough to dine outdoors."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We booked a table for Valentine's Day. Upon arriving we found that the menu was fixed. Being a dairy free vegetarian the chef refused to change-up any of the menu options for me (which were pork, risotto w/parm, and seafood), aside from offering sherbet over the chocolate and cream based desserts. Our waitress and waiter were very nice, but there really wasn't anything they could do. Made me immediately wonder if they had an actual chef in the back or a bunch of line cooks. For the amount of money you're about to spend on your mass produced meal, I just expected better. I'm sure the place is fine if you have no special dietary needs, and it's probably one of the better restaurants in the area. We had no other choice but to leave."
    Dined on 2/14/2014