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Tolani
Tolani

Tolani Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://tolaninyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 873-6252
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Downstairs/Garden: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Upstairs/Lounge: Nightly: 5:00pm - 2:00am Special Events Join us for 'happy hour'everyday 4pm to 6pm- free tapas dish with every drink ordered! Please check in with us for our special event calander.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, South African, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Starting Monday January 24th, Tolani will be hosting International wine tastings every other week! Each week, a four course tasting designed after the country of interest will be served, accompanied by wines from the same region. Make your reservation today! Also, join us for 'happy hour'everyday 4pm to 7pm- free tapas dish with every drink ordered!

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tolani
In South African slang, "Tolani" means "too good," and that is exactly what this UWS gem is – an unpretentious spot of which you simply can't get enough. Drawing from the very best flavors, techniques and ingredients from each corner of the world, Tolani Wine Restaurant's menu brings a culinary adventure to your backyard, marrying authenticity with ingenuity.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Had a wonderful brunch on a Saruraday afternoon. Never felt rushed and always had my Mimosa full- Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Six old friends came together in NY from different cities and had a brunch reunion. We had a great time. The breakfast was very good and the mimosa's were flowing. We had the back booth so we didn't bother anyone and the servers/manager let us sit as long as we needed to, to get caught up in each others' lives. Sometimes, it's not just about the food."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Four of my friends went on a Groupon. Sometimes restaurants can be very rude since their profit margins must be squeezed. Tolani was amazing. They had great service and did not push us from the table. We had a long, refreshing brunch. It was nice to not be rushed."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It was really good. Our only issue was that us took almost an hour for our meal to come out. But our server was super sweet and acknowledged the problem without us having to say anything. And when the food came it was delicious. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Service was excellent, wine was great, portions too small"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great brunch spot. Bottomless brunch really is bottomless."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food is very good but service is chaotic and disorganized. Probably Either they do not have enough servers or hire slow ones. Either case the owners should really look into this issue. We go there often and like the food but inconsistent and slow service is a real pattern not a one time occurrence"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "we had a reservation, and we were seated in a desirable location in a timely manner. The cocktails were well crafted and added to the experience and the flavors of our tapas. the main course and our wine took entirely too long to arrive. we had nothing to eat or drink for 15-20 minutes. when our food finally arrived we had no utensils or beverages. this situation was rectified by the manager. the table next to us was over served by the same manager ~ and they didn't want to pay their tab ... so there was some drama that i was not a part of ~ however, our waitress just left. No idea what happened, but we were left with no way of paying for our meal. if these issues are fixed, the menu and the location will be a recipe for success."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The staff was very attentive to our needs even when we has a Groupon. We greeted warmly by the hostess and were seated in the outdoor patio downstairs. Our waitress came right away and the food did not take long to come out at all. The food was great, I ordered an egg white omelette (could have used more salt/seasoning) and the breakfast burrito (which was absolute heaven). The mimosas and bellini's were just right as well - I will be returning soon!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was great, if not a little on the lukewarm side, but that was probably because we had the worst server! She was absolutely horrible. Condescending, rude, absent, told my wife that she could only have the cocktails listed on the menu, nothing else from the bar. We decided to bring out of town guests, but she only embarrassed us as we had talked so highly of this place. On no less than 5 occasions did we have to flag somebody down to get another drink, to ask where our food was, and even to get our check. I think Tolani is great. We live a block away, but I'll skip it from here on out if they don't get their service in order. It's not worth it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I have 3 children, so we have not been on a romantic outing in a very long time. Tolani had great reviews and the photos on the website made it a perfect place to take my wife for some quality alone time. Our visit definitely made it worth getting a parking ticket. We agreed to make Tolani our spot. Great times with great memories."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good food, though light on the portions. Three of us had the eggs ben and it was pretty good. Not the best. But man. Those bottomless mimosas were no joke. Generous, plentiful, tasty. Absolutely loved this place for the outdoor seating, the service, and the quality."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Cute little garden area downstairs. We were seated right away. Very knowledgable staff. Food was excellent especially the fish tacos. It began to rain so we seated inside where it was much noisier than outside. Prices are very reasonable. Great meal."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My husband and I were looking forward to our date night and reliving our trip to South Africa. First it took them 20 min to bring us our wine only to find out that they were out of both South Africa Sav Blancs so they brought us a french one and then they were out of Biltong. The service was terrible and the food had practically no flavor. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Had a Groupon and went for Brunch, food was great, and unlimited drinks were even better. Staff was very nice, ambiance is great. Would go back without a groupon for sure."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is one of the rare unlimited brunch spots where the servers don't rush you and the service didn't suffer just because they were busy. Koko was our server and she was very sweet and patient. The food was tasty and the portions were decent. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went for brunch , nothing exceptional but the mashed polenta was divine. The service was good, we sat outside and were not rushed in any way. I made a reservation and asked for a outdoor table bc i brought my dog and appreciated that they were able to oblige and save a seat for pup."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The staff was friendly and the food was good. We didn't drink at this meal, but they have a deep wine list with interesting choices."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great restaurant! So cute and good spot for drinking"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal at Tolani, creative variety of small plates: scallops, pork belly, fish tacos, artichoke with cauliflower purée. There were 5 of us old friends getting together so we were loath to fight a noisy environment- we requested the quietest area and were able to sit in the small, charming garden area out back downstairs. The area seats only about 30 and is quintessential New York tucked down almond tall buildings, sparkling lights, wood flooring- and not noisy. It was a beautiful night, our waitress was very friendly and accommodating and we had a terrific time overall. Caution: as most places the indoor dining areas can be loud. We'll recommend to others and be back for other magical dinners outside!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food very good but service confusing. Took forever for them to coordinate drinks and we seemed to be dealing with two different people. No o e checked in to see if needed more"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "These folks ere attentive and very kind. The plates are small but inexpensive so it was well worth it! We enjoyed every bit of our liquid brunch LOL."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Had outdoor dinner on a beautiful day. The service and food were both outstanding. Squid ink spaghetti with scallops - a must. Good drink selection."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Tolani is everything I could ask for in a wine bar/restaurant. Excellent variety of wine, absolutely delicious food, perfect ambiance, and last but not least, the most friendly wait staff and management. They are very knowledgeable about the entire menu. It was an experience I will never forget. I will always make it a point to come here on a regular basis. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "As advertised Tolani has both interesting plates, well presented, and an interesting wine list that offers a variety of non-standard choices. Sitting on the street allows you to watch NYC go by while you chat and eat."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have dined at Tolani many times and it is always a great hit. The wine list is usually exotic and delicious and the ever changing menu keeps us coming back for more. This time the service was less than perfect with long waits between courses. That said the fish taco, lamb meatballs and the other 5 dishes we had were simply delicious!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We had purchased a Groupon for Brunch for 4 at Tolani. We had originally set our expectations low, since we were using an advertised coupon. However, this place was awesome! We were seated very quickly, had excellent service and loved our food. We cannot wait to come back. We weren't rushed out, and took our time enjoying our brunch with bottomless mimosas. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant. While we were there, we took a look at the dinner menu as well. Which looks amazing. Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "When I read most reviews for Tolani, they always mentioned the wine selection and small plates. When I found a brunch deal on Groupon, it made my whole weekend! The food was great and the cheerful staff kept the bottomless Bellinis/mimosas coming (additional charge without Groupon). Will definitely make the trip from Brooklyn to the Upper West Side again to visit Tolani. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "great tapas and wine; cute little spot for a romantic date or dinner with friends"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Tolani's was a very enjoyable experience, as we happened to dine on the Sunday of the Amsterdam avenue street fair, and had a wonderful seat outside. The food service was a little slow, but they were swamped, so it was understandable. The food was eclectic and prepared very well. The unlimited bellinis and martinis were a definite hit. We will definitely brunch there again."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Had brunch with friend from out if town. Staff was very friendly nut inexperienced. Food took a long time. Coffee was cold. Had to change it 3 times. A little difficult to get wait staff's attention. Even to order we had to wait 20 min. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great food and outstanding service. Will defiantly go back again!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We were in good hands with our server Lisa, she lead us in a great direction recommending things she'd tried. My favourites were perhaps the black eyed pea salad and the dish that was very similar to Paella. It's small plates for sharing, but they are a little larger than typical tapas sized plates. The menu itself had great variety in the one page selection. We had a happy hour cocktail and happy hour oysters ($1 each) at the bar, before heading downstairs to dine. Downstairs is more romantic and calmer. There were many origami cranes in a display, very pretty. We'll be back! Great find (from a groupon that I'd let expire)."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Even if you sit in the bar area, you have to be at the bar proper to get happy hour drinks specials. A pet peeve! Otherwise, food was good. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We were seated at 1030p worried that the Kitchen would close. Luckily they served two great wines as well as a variety of small plates full of great food. We would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The positive: The bartender was a really solid guy. The negative: even with our reservation, we had to wait 45mins for our table. I was OK with this since we were able to get seats at the bar while we waited, even though my guest was starving & some random lingering guy talked my ear off. Worst part of the experience was our pretentious waiter who thought his snarky comments were somehow welcomed, much less acceptable. The rest of the staff was pleasant, the atmosphere was casual, lively and the food was tasty - mainly I was drawn to go here though because it's in the neighborhood and had a South African wine list."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants on the UWS. Amazing food and wine list. Love. Love. Love."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "the waitress was "out to lunch" and we should have gone out to brunch somewhere else!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Fantastic food, fun menu, yummy drinks, great ambiance, super reasonable prices. It was my first time here, but I'll be back again and again!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "What a great find!! We first tried Tolani with a Groupon offer and this time as a regular customer. The wine, food and service are great!! We'll keep going back!! Check it out!!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014