Tavolino Ristorante
Tavolino Ristorante

Tavolino Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavolinoristorante.com/
  • Phone: (520) 531-1913
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday -Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday- 5:00pm- 11:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm-10:00pm
  • 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Tavolino Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)special occasion (60)great for outdoor dining (51)neighborhood gem (49)romantic (41)notable wine list (37)good for groups (35)vibrant bar scene (22)great for lunch (22)hot spot (17)scenic view (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Back for forths
    Rico
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We keep going back, and are never disappointed..They KNOW how to cook pasta, and the dishes show understanding, and imagination. I'm sure we will once again return....Part time residence, love a good restaurant.....The wait to staff is well trained, and knowledgable of the food, and wine on the menu.....Pretty much a can't miss for dinner....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific food but loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The food at Tavolino is always excellent and the service first rate. My only complaint is the noise level. My wife and I went there for a special occasion . Even though it was a Wednesday evening the place was packed (good for them). We could barely hear ourselves talk. Not much the management can do about this though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tavolino's
    diane
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The food was good, but the service was abysmal. Plus, this is the second time in a row that I've been there on a weekday evening where the service was so poor. There were three tables near us that the owner spoke to and those tables had several servers each. Each time we needed something, we had to practically get up and grab a busboy to please go get any waiter. I'm done with Tavolino...there are too many other good choices in the neighborhood.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Rick43
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    When our waiter seated us he pointed out the view out the window to the mountains. A view table. The salmon salad was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ossobuco
    RocketIV
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    great food but my favorite is the ossobuco. Only have Italian beers and cheap American stuff like bud light which probably the only real downside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad We Finally Tried It!
    James
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    My wife and I had noticed Tavalino's many times as we drove by it and remarked to each other that we should try it sometime. We are now very glad that we finally did. It has a warm, intimate ambiance in spite of its large size. The food was deliciously outstanding. Our server was very cordial, helpful in making menu suggestions, and attentive without overdoing it. Overall, it was a highly enjoyable experience for both of us and we will return for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience Again
    Octavio42
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We have been at the Tavolino several times. We have always been very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect choice for our Anniversary
    JRnDR
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Meal was great, from the ambience, and the servers, right down to the appetizers and the main course, A must return for us in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Ruined Experience
    LisaeatsVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Service ruined the experience. We liked the nuance and the pesto tagliatelle was excellent. But service was awful. It took almost 15 minutes to be noticed and when the water finally came out, and one of our guests asked for a glass of wine, we were told 'I am only the busser' and then waited another twenty minutes for a waiter. No apology when he finally did show up. Such a long drawn out experience that I wouldn't return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    bikerdoug
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Penne funghi was excellent ... enough for two meals! Really like this place. Next time we will arrive in time for the "happy hour" ... great value for wine and appetizers! Patio looked very comfortable and welcoming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tavolino's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    As usual the food was wonderful. The service is superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucson at its best!
    LNW1VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Our dinner was wonderful, made even better by our superb service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worthy of trying
    MBB24
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Nicely varied menu with good choices; food taste very good; very good service; tasteful and modern decor.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a must go to for out of town guests
    1omahadesigner
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We dine at this establishment when we are in town, usually once a year. We chose to dine outdoors, as the guitarist and saxophone drew us there, when being seated. Serving staff was attentive with wine pairings and entrees, the entrees from osso bucco to veal medallions to pasta were prepared just as described by our server. A lovely evening with food, music and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect balance
    pickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    from the atmosphere to the excellent servers to the timing of delivery of wine, appetizers, salads and entrees, this restaurant shouldget 6 stars. And, the home made bread baked fresh in the wood buring oven would be reason enough to visit this gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dining experience!
    Goldilocks
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Tavolino's is a great place to go for a casual dinner and/or happy hour. Great service and comfortable ambience on outdoor patio..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A personal favorite
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This local Italian has moved up the food chain to destination status after years of loyal fans and a move to a better location. A menu with plentiful choices in all categories at multiple price points, and a fine wine list. Patio music some nights and an active and knowledgeable wait staff. The oven roasted meats are a specialty here as are pastas--some traditional and some unique creations. The Italian wine list can be daunting but the staff is most helpful in describing and recommending choices to one's taste. Many visits a year to this wonderful find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect celebratory dinner
    YoungwinoVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I came in a group of three for a celebratory dinner and this restaurant did not let us down. The delicious old fashioned came with homemade maraschino cherries, unfortunately they were so good they ruined my go to cocktail for anywhere else! Wine selection was good too. The pastas were to die for, each of us chose a different one and shared. So rich! The homemade noodles really make a difference. Our server was very enthusiastic and helpful as well. Ambience was great for a more formal dinner. Would definitely return for other special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious...
    2winosVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We eat here about twice a month, alternating between lunch and dinner. We think it serves the best, and most authentic, Italian food in Tucson. This time we joined another couple for lunch. Our dishes were delicious: the beet carpaccio salad appetizer, the arugula with warm egg appetizer, the pappardale and the roast half chicken were delicious as usual. We paired them and the other dishes with a white wine from Friuli, a red from Abruzzi, and finished with a Brunello. We split a wonderful Bonet dessert at the end. A great meal and a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zwoof
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We were with a friend from Seattle, who eats out a lot. He was very impressed with the food and in particular the service (Mandy). Constructive remarks: The osso bucco looked like lambshank. I am afraid I have to order the lambshank next time to find out the difference :-) The brocolli was way too salty and undercooked. Zwoof
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tavolino is great
    Kelle
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My friends and I celebrated a birthday here and we had great food and fantastic service. The food was very authentic Italian and oh so good. Tavolino is one of my favorite places to eat in Tucson!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wildcat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very enjoyable dining experience... food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Italian at its Best!!
    FoodyoneVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food is outstanding.....feels like Italy! The baratta appetizer was fresh and delicious, as was the penne with house made sausage. The Branzino, a whole fish, was perfectly prepared and the bonet dessert was amazing! Staff was very helpful in choosing appropriate wines by the glass! The manager came over to make sure we were happy. This is upscale Italian at its best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was good. It was a Friday night of parent's weekend and I guess they were not equipped for it. We had to wait over an hour for our entree. Our waiter was very nice and the manager came over and apologized but over an hour is over an hour. Hope it's not that way on a regular Friday night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 10/10/14
    catching1up
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Lovely evening with excellent service and delicious food. One of our favorite places to dine and celebrate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    RickAVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Treat your self to a very nice place at very reasonable prices
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beede
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Very good food and very attentive service. Thoroughly enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outandabout
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a group of 6. We were celebrating a family birthday. The waitress was attentive and knew the menu and wine selections very well. The main course food did not come out at the same time. We had to wait about 5 minutes until all food was served. The guest of honor's food was burnt. The restaurant gave us 3 free birthday desserts to cushion the blow of the burnt food. The pasta dishes were cooked perfectly. We usually have a great food experience at Tavolino. Hope to be better for all next time we go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable & special
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is the kind of place I root for. They've come so far from their strip mall trattoria days--not that there's anything wrong with that. More adventuresome now, not always polished, but always striving to be better and to experiment. An excellent osso buco & huge, at that. If you are a lamb person, that is their version of this dish. A fritto misto preparation to become addicted to--even if I have to push away the eggplant. As delicate and perfect a display of shrimp and calamari as you are likely to find. Not the heavily breaded brew house or chain bar kind. Light & truly a find. Nice people doing good work. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bachelorette Blast
    tucsonfoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We came as a bachelorette group for our special bride. Half our group had very severe allergies to four different food items and we were still able to find amazing dishes that we could eat! The table was awesome and the staff was wonderful, even sending a wine expert to our table to help pair drinks with dishes. Everything was delicious from the prosciutto and cheese appetizer we shared to each individual main dish (spicy italian sausage pasta, salmon pasta, oysters) to the desserts we all enjoyed (creme brûlée, chocolate coffee cake, and others). The prices are up there but the food was amazing and the portion size was surprisingly large. For a special occasion, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and excellent food
    KaTzPJamas
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My girlfriend and I tried Tavolino for the first time in order to celebrate our 2 year anniversary. The atmosphere definitely caters to those having a date night but it looks like it could also cater to those just looking to go out to a classy restaurant in general. The two most notable things is the service and the food. The service is lightning fast and our server was very kind in helping us navigate the menu and what is good. Its the best service I've ever received from any restaurant I've ever been to. We ordered food and it was out to us within 5-10 minutes it seemed. The food was cooked and presented nicely. It was incredibly delicious. I will eat there again in future and tell my friends about it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • From the Shores of San Remo
    JavelinaGourmet
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Ravioli al Caprino, a homemade beet raviloi filled with goat cheese and thyme, stirred in brown butter, sage and tomato sauce was a remarkable dish for its uniqueness and flavor. Filetto de Maiale, pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto, with red wine reduction sauce was so tender you could cut it with a fork. This dish was served with tasty roasted potatoes and baby spinach. A winner! In addition, Chef-owner Massimo Tenino has put together the best Italian wine selection in town. Ambiance (just the right amount of buzzy restaurant atmosphere) and service were top notch. As a former Tucson food writer and ardent foodie, Tavolinos continues to impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a wonderful time.
    breezee
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Four of us went to experience a little of Italia in Tucson. We were not disappointed, the food was wonderful, the wine excellent and it is a beautiful setting. We plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    SB711
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Girls night out was delightful and relaxing. Great service and wine suggestion. The pasta dishes were wonderful. The only down of the meal was that two of us had the salmon and it was somewhat dry and dull.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • linguine
    laura8113
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    the food was phenomenal and service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed on this occasion
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Not their best night, but those happen even in the top tier places. The evening's pasta special just didn't come together. Dry and virtually flavorless. Also the melon was a bit on the green side, which detracts from the wonderful prosciutto. Great service and an enjoyable and well appointed space. No matter, I'll be back because they are generally both good and dependable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table42
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Authentic cuisine with a clean inviting atmosphere. Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very comfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I will come back for dinner. I love the happy hour which I have attended previously.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My family and I always have a great experience when dining at Tavolino. The food is consistently good, and the atmosphere is lovely. We enjoyed our evening there,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much improved
    OldSchool
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our last two visits were not great. We had written them off, but received a gift card from a friend. We gave them another try, and they were very good. It was a bit loud., as we were parked right next to a man playing the keyboard. But overall the evening was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic