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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
  • "Excellent food, excellent drinks , excellent service, and excellent atmosphere!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Found this spot on groupon.. great deal for a great brunch. can't wait to go back. they are very generous with the unlimited mimosas and service is outstanding. looking forward to returning for dinner"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I have been there a few times..one time sat downstairs and fell in love with the place, second time i went was still in love with the place..I went the other night and they had changed the tables to bar seating..the seats were too high for ur legs to fit under the table so i was very uncomfortable..I had asked to sit downstairs but i was told there is a large party coming in and so it was closed…I think you have lost this customer.."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Tolani is one of our favorite neighborhood gems. Stanton does a great job with the South African fare he has on the menu and the new small plates are all delicious. A must for the upper west side!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Food is decent, nothing bad to say but wasn't too impressed either. The service from the main server is significant poor. The host and bus boy are friendly and attentive, but our main server was rushing and not detailed oriented. She did not provide information of what comes with the brunch when questioned, we asked for suggestions of additional side(s) and it was not provided. It seems that they were so busy at 11:30am brunch time we felt rushed."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We came for brunch and the food took a quite a while to come out, however it was amazing. The unlimited mimosas were always refilled without having to ask anyone. I will definately be coming back!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I wanted to like Tolani, but our food took over an hour to come out. I liked the ambiance and vibe of the place. I brushed it off because I was using a Groupon. I would have loved to say I'd go back - but now not too sure."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The title says it all. We went for brunch and the food was good, but our server was clearly put upon to be working that day."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The seating arrangements are great, especially at their large downstairs booths and little garden. Most of the food is confused. It sounds great on paper but is pricey and not high in quality or preparation."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "With an ever-changing menu, Tolani keeps you coming back again and again. Some seasonal favorites disappear (Brussels sprouts) only to be replaced by others like the unbelievably delicious gnudi. The wine list is an excellent adventure into lesser know but delicious South African wines. All in all one of my favorite NYC restaurants."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Really enjoyed it. It was our 3rd time here and the food is consistently very, very good, the service is excellent and the ambience is very nice. The wine list is also great. Love the small plate format also. Definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We recently visited this hot spot for brunch on Sunday. We were a early immediately with our reservation, from the looks from the outside I knew this was going to be a great experience. Down stairs was even more beautiful then upstairs! Loved the ambience! !!! The food was to die for! From the French Toast to the tolani burger to the omelet and then the blt with smoke salmon. Everything was delicious! The unlimited mimosas and belinis was right on. They really honor the unlimited part and was not at all cheap about it. Bring your friends and family! Can't wait to have my wedding brunch there!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Got the Groupon deal and went to brunch with a friend this past Sunday. Got seated outside in the downstairs garden, which was wonderful because it turned out to be a nice day. Our waiter was pretty attentive and multiple people came around to refill our unlimited mimosas/bellinis, which were pretty strong. We both got the burger, which was excellent (although it was a few extra dollars on top of the Groupon price). Will definitely come back, probably with a date next time, to try out the wine list!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It is just a nice place. They took some time to bring us water, but in the end it was pleasant."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great food, very attentive service. Refilled drinks quickly despite us doing the all you can drink Groupon deal. Ambience is great. Classy and fun. Also has outdoor seating."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Food was really good and the service was impeccable. I would absolutely go back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food is great. Brunch is excellent! Love the ambiance and the staff especially our waitress. She was attentive and provided great customer service. However, one of the hostess not so much. She was rude, not welcoming at all."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great food in a cute neighborhood. It was a nice change from the fast pace of Midtown."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to dining at Tolani for brunch. The selections on the menu looked fantastic. They weren't. The server was great and friendly but she was also alone working the patio during a sunny weekend brunch so I feel like she could have used some help. It took awhile for us to order but that's no fault of hers. The food (chilaquiles and steak and eggs) was disappointing. However the french fries were good. That wasn't enough to make up for the rest though. The environment was nice and the mimosas and bellinis were good."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We came to tolani to celebrate friends birthday. It was a Friday night and seemed busy but they put us downstairs in garden which was nice and less crowded vs upstairs. Food was good except we didn't order enough of small plates and wanted to get more but our server was MIA for most of the night! We had to ask several times for her and then we had to ask another server to help us. My friend even got up once to look for someone, anyone!! We finally gave up trying to order more food and just got dessert which also took forever. Dinner took 3 hrs when we could have been done in 2 and we left hungry. I noticed the same thing happened to two women behind us, they were angry at lack if service and were waiting for bill for a long time"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Been to Tolani many times and have almost always had a really good meal. The most recent visit was unfortunate though, and I hope it was just a fluke. Time in between dishes was uncommonly long and, based on prior experiences at Tolani, the food was uncharacteristically flavorless and just not as well prepared as usual. It's unfortunate, because I was entertaining an old friend from Chicago, and I don't think he was terribly impressed. I'd still go back to Tolani, but of course if I had another below average experience I'd have to reconsider future reservations."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "service excellent, small plates fairly hearty seated immediately +++"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The bottomless mimosas and bellinis are always a great hit! Eggs Benedict and banana battered pancakes with Nutella filling and fruit were delish! Love the outback garden. I'd definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Me and the girls came for brunch. We took advantage of the bottomless brunch. The waiter kept filling our glasses and we were happy. Great atmosphere. Nice hostess and waiters. Enjoyable time."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We were having dinner in the outside back patio when a huge rat ran by... not the most romantic way to enjoy a date."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I can't believe I've been walking past this place for years and never went in! Fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Had a wonderful brunch on a Saruraday afternoon. Never felt rushed and always had my Mimosa full- Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "One of the most enjoyable bottomless brunch spots I've been to in the city! The food is very delicious, but portions are a bit on the smaller side. The owner and staff of the establishment were extremely accommodating and the service was exceptional!! We will definitely be returning again soon!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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