About La Tavola - Baltimore

La Tavola, nestled in the heart of Baltimore’s famous Little Italy district, offers guests the finest in contemporary Italian cuisine set in an elegant, yet understated dining area. The aromas of freshly baked focaccia, garlic, oregano and seafood from the market waft from the kitchen where Chef Carlo Vignotto blends his classical training and innovative style to create memorable soups, delicious seafood, chicken, pasta and veal dishes as well as sinfully decadent desserts. And, every day Chef Carlo prepares delightful specials made with only the finest ingredients and spices of the season.

248 Albemarle Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Dinner Friday and Saturday 4:00pm - 10:30pm, , Sunday: 11:30am - 9:30pm (Dinner Menu all day)

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 685-1859

Website:
http://www.la-tavola.com/

Catering:
Banquet space available: Virtual tour link http://tours.digispin.com/?sid=51893&tid=24173
Banquet menu Link http://www.la-tavola.com/banquets.php

Parking Details:
Valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings

Executive Chef:
Carlo Vignotto

Private Party Facilities:
With two second level private dining rooms, La Tavola offers an exclusive setting for groups of 20 – 140 people. The rooms are elegant and well suited for any occasion -sophisticated or casual, social or business and can be arranged to compliment your theme or ideas.

Private Party Contact:
Michael Goldsmith: (410) 685-1859

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Valentine's Day - We are only offering our prix fixe menus on this day. Guests can choose either from our $38 prix fixe menu or our $48 prix fixe menu.
Half Priced Wine Wednesdays
Every Wednesday Evening enjoy half bottles of wine up to $75 on our list

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Details
Sun - Fri 4:00PM - 11:00PM

La Tavola - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Quiet Conversation (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Casual (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Business Meals (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Cozy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Tapas (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

First the good. The appetizers were all good and everyone in our party of 6 enjoyed their entry except for me. The homemade fettucine in my Fettucine alla Romana were too thick and gummy which was disappointing.
Now the bad, which detracted from our entire experienced. The service from all of the wait staff EXCEPT for our main server were attentive to their tables and to us when they helped serve our courses. Unfortunately, our main server barely paid any attention to us. He omitted details about the specials which didn't encourage us to consider ordering any of them. When we overheard other servers described the specials to other tables, we were surprised by how good they sounded. While waiting to order dessert, we asked our server about the dessert of the day, which we overheard from a nearby table earlier. Our server said "oh, yeah, there's a cake, but the menu desserts are better". Because we were a table of 6, a 20% service charge was automatically added to our bill. We wouldn't have minded paying this service charge if our main server had made any effort with our group.
Overall, the food was generally good, but if we go back we would definitely try for a different server.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

I had an amazing meal at La Tavola. From the minute we walked in the door, we felt like the only people in the restaurant and had our need met promptly.
The service was impeccable and the food was all beautifully presented, delicious and our server offered some great suggestions.
Our server/manager Dave had some great friends d and wine suggestions and we were happy to take them.
Though all of our courses were delicious, the grilled calamari app special, the rockfish in parchment with shrimp and scallops and the interesting take on a canoli (in a pizzelle shell rather than the traditional heavy shell) for dessert were definitely the standouts of the night.
I will be back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Both my boyfriend and I enjoyed everything about our dining experience. Food was all homemade and fresh. Portion sizes were perfect. We prefer quality over quantity. We even had room to order dessert and that was also enjoyable. Will definitely return to this restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This is our go-to Little Italy restaurant where we always get a very good meal. Whenever they have the special fish in parchment paper, it is always delicious! Their bruschetta is very good. The black squid ink pasta is also a must have - even if you ask for a half-portion.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I've been to LA tavola a few times before and generally enjoyed my experience when there were few people there. However, a group of 6 of us came at a busy time on the weekend and our experience was lacking. We waited a significant period of time before even getting drink orders in. When the drinks arrived, several drink orders were missing and we needed to give several reminders to receive the full order. We again waited to be asked for our food order. When the food arrived, we waited 10 minutes for all orders to come out and at least 2 orders were missing. After this, we're not sure if we will be back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was incredible. Party of 4 , 2 of us ordered off menu, 2 did chefs menu..... wonderful experience. Chef and our server Terry were fabulous. Will be back soon! Great food, great atmosphere and impeccable service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious food. Homemade pasta. Tiramisu was amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was the second time we ate at La Tavola. We had a great meal the first time and were not disappointed this time. The specials were wonderful and the service is very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a delicious dinner. Loved the fact that we could get half portions so we were able to try 2 pastas. Our waitress, Gerry, was excellent. It was nice to also have a visit from the Chef to be sure we enjoyed our dinner. We will surely revisit La Tavola.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Had a great birthday meal with my family who came in from out of town. All the pasta is handmade and the ingredients are all fresh. We were all full and very happy

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food here was good, but it wasn't anything that really impressed me to be honest. However, they were very busy when we dined so I may have caught them on an off-night or my personal tastes differ from what others would've considered to have been much better tasting. The flavors just sort of fell flat for me. The appetizers, however, were very tasty. It isn't hard to mess up bruschetta and mozzarella. The ambiance is a bit lacking, as it is really just one big square room, however that one room is relatively nice and comfortable. The service was beyond excellent! I cannot say enough how well the server was and how much personal attention the manager and chef gave to our table. One of the better dining experiences we've had in that aspect.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Pasta was very good as were the salads. Nice touch of having 1/2 dish serving sizes available. Our server,Maki, was very knowledgeable and very efficient.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

great food, wonderful service, and able to hear others in my party speak. great for families or romantic evening.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

TRY the Spaghetti special. Home made spinach spaghetti with crab meat. Delish!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food and service. Also great wine recommendation by our server. We were greeted by the manager who showed us to our and briefed us politely and thoroughly about the offerings of the restaurant before handing us off to our server.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Flavors were incredible. Best Italian since our visit to Italy a few years ago. It was our first visit, but we'll be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

What makes a great dining experience? Great food and top notch service. Thanks to Allison, our server, for being attentive. The seafood linguine had perfectly cooked mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops. I have never had an a meal I didn't like.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Chef's Choice menu was amazing! Love to do these types of meals because you get to try things you would otherwise miss! Definitely the case with this one! Spaghetti Neri is a MUST try......never had such amazing pasta!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We always enjoy the creative cuisine specials by the chef. The monkfish was delicious and so was the Lobster Bruschetta! Yum! We appreciated our server giving us a taste of a wine we were considering, which made our choice easier.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good food. Attentive service. Everything was fresh. Portions are on the small side for the price.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great Italian food. Fresh and healthy. Surprisingly good.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

La Tavola was new to us and a delight -very good food in a relaxed atmosphere. We were 8 for a family birthday. Everyone who greeted / seated and served us was skilled and enjoyable - especially Maki. We saw lots of things we liked on the menu and enjoyed all that we ordered. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Went with a party of 6 for a business meal. Server did a great job with recommendations. The spaghetti neri was fantastic as was the bechamel lasagna. Can't wait to visit Baltimore to go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We have fined at La Tavola on several occasions and food and service are always very good.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It has been quite a while since we had been to La Tavola. ALWAYS enjoyed the food, but the service was an issue... NOT SO this time. The food (and Carlo, the chef) were outstanding as in the past and the service from the manager (Dave) and our server Melina was warm, welcoming and attentive. We definitely will make this a "go to" spot for post matinee meals again... Happy to be going back there once more.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Authentic
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vip
 (Dublin)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband and I stopped here on to visit with family. The food was excellent and the wait staff was attentive.

If you have the chance you should check this place out.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The ambiance here was interesting - it was very (almost strangely) quiet. Our waitress was fantastic and knew a lot about the menu and was willing to offer up her opinions. I thought the food was ok. Based on the ratings I had seen I had expected it to be a little better but it may have just been what I ordered because everyone I was with was impressed with their food. In the end, I'm not sure if we'd go here for another special occasion but maybe for a date night it would be good and that's exactly what I would recommend this for.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Went with my wife, our son and my mother in law. We had a simple Wednesday dinner. Food was good as was the service. Will do again

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal.! Our waitress, Geri, was great!..... friendly and efficient! When our waitress discovered my husband was looking for something not on the menu, she said she would talk to the chef and returned with a smile on her face. My husband enjoyed linguini with white clam sauce with many little neck clams on top.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our first time at this restaurant. We were very impressed with the quality of the food and the interesting selection of entrees. The service was impeccable. The noise level and seating were great. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Despite an acknowledged deficit of waitstaff, La Tavola kept us well served and glasses full. The food was Belissima! We really enjoyed the Pasta special of tortellini and the veal dishes were great. If we are back in Baltimore we will return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Good food. Slow service and forgot bread and oil. 20% tip automatically added for Party but service not deserving. Won't go back again because of service.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Music was too loud for a small space. Otherwise we had an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

It was a very enjoyable dinner in Little Italy for a group of five. The waiter was friendly and engaged enough to make it a personal event. The Fettuccine alla Romana was excellent because of the fresh pasta and light cream sauce. The group had a variety of deserts which were all excellent. Overall it was a pleasant experience. Will return to this restaurant during visits to the Inner Harbor.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our server Linda was fantastic as was the food! Just turn down the lights a little and the ambiance would be so much better.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Everything was fantastic. Food, service, atmosphere, and location we're all perfect.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Fantastic meal and wine selection. Fresh ingredients and a really knowledgeable staff. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Delicious menu with local influences. Great service. Repeat customer!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

La Tavola is located in the Little Italy section of Baltimore, and has a lot of competition. My wife and I read their positive reviews and decided to give it a try. The outside is unassuming, but inside is very nice. We felt welcome and comfortable as soon as we walked in. This is a classic Italian restaurant, with friendly staff, a warm atmosphere, and excellent food. No young clueless wait staff here. Our wait person, Linda, was both friendly and professional. We told her it was our first visit and she told us about the chef, the house made pasta, and the wonderful sauces. She and the rest of the service staff anticipated our every need. When I ordered the Linguine Alla Scoglio (linguini with scallops, shrimp, mussels, and clams) she recommended I opt for the white wine sauce over the red sauce, and it was perfect. My wife had Salmon, which she commented as the best she'd ever had. The house made pasta was marvelous. We thoroughly enjoyed both our meal and the experience. We'll definitely be back. I heard another table raving about the Lasagna, so that's next on my list. Recommend.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Good food - excellent service!

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