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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great restaurant! So cute and good spot for drinking"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great food and outstanding service. Will defiantly go back again!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014