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, Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan

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:
Street parking good for 3 hours when available. Pay lot across street next to Kohler, also garage one block up at Pratt and President

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:
Dave Olson: (410) 685-1859

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Valentine's Day - We are only offering a $45mprix fixe menu on this day. Guests can choose a starter and entree, and share a special dessert from Chef Carlo.
Half Priced Wine Wednesdays
Every Wednesday Evening enjoy half bottles of wine up to $75 on our list

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

La Tavola - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.6

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4.2

value

4.3

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Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
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Special Occasion (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Casual (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Fun (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 13 hours ago

This place was fabulous! Really excellent food and service. The atmosphere was very nice as well. I was happy to find vegan options. The house wine was also decent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent. Pasta was all home-made. Staff was helpful but not intrusive. We were seated immediately even though we arrived a little early. I liked that a lot.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

A light touch on all the sauces and dressings...very nice change of pace from traditional Italian food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I truly think this is the best Italian restaurant in Baltimore. I genuinely appreciate that for how exceptional the food is, it remains remarkably quiet. I appreciate loud and trendy restaurants as much as the next person, but for a special night with family or a loved one... no better than La Tavola

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Best pasta in Maryland. The daily specials are always worth trying. My favorite cocktail is the espresso martini.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I was not expecting this place to be as amazing as it was to me and my girlfriend. I picked this restaurant for her birthday and I am very glad I did make this choice. Food, amazing. Drinks, amazing.

Please go here if you like Italian food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was our second time at La Tavola and it hit the ball out of the park once again. There were four of us and the entrees were all delicious. We had the seafood Neri, the beef and veal lasagna and the seafood in parchment paper. The Neri and the seafood in parchment were interestingly presented, and the lasagna pasta was superb. Service was unobtrusive and the server knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Italian with a Venetian twist. A Great Meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We've been visiting La Tavola since we moved to Baltimore, for the past five years or so, and it has been consistently good all around. Unlike many of the other restaurants in the city that range in so-so to sometimes good, La Tavola is fantastic every time we visit. The homemade pasta is phenomenal, the flavors are explosive, and the bread is so warm and fresh. I love this place and can't recommend it enough.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Best Italian food in Baltimore. Fresh pasta, excellent fish, delicious desserts. And a low noise level - perfect for lunch or dinner with friends. Chef Carlo is a gem.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went here with a group of 8 and they were great! The food was delicious and the service was awesome considering we were a larger group. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a good Italian meal!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Business dinner which happened to be during Restaurant Week -- excellent selections available. Truly hand-crafted in the kitchen. Very fresh and delicious. Service was prompt, friendly, and efficient. Excellent dinner from start to finish.
Don't go here for ambiance and decor -- it's comfortable but not fancy nor unique.
They could benefit from having much better stemware! - always a pet peeve of mine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Daniel the server was great! Overall, a great experience!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very nice. Great service. Very knowledgeable staff. Delicious!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

A lovely restaurant, great food, outstanding service!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Positive
Would return

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went on NY Eve for dinner and it was our first time. It was fantastic.
The service was great. Very attentive.
Knowledge of menu was fantastic.
The food was so great. I loved walking upstairs and having a quiet table. This food was so good I cannot wait to return and I WILL!
I had special appetizer of stuffed calamari- so tender and delicious. Special entree of cannelloni- delicious . All sauces and breads and pastas and dressings are homemade and you can tell. I wouldn't let the server take the dressed arugula that came with the calamari because it was so good.
We will be back!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

service was excellent. each and every member of the staff went above and beyond to ensure all patrons were well taken care of. very family friendly atmospheres. food was top notch,

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful service and regionally-focused (and delicious!) Italian food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We made reservations for 6 on Christmas Day. When we arrived the hostess got the "deer in the headlights " look. They obviously didn't have a table for 6 available even though we made the reservation weeks ago. So we we squeezed into a table that was tight. The food was good - we've been coming for years and the food has always been good but the service was lacking. Not all dishes came out at once and after dinner coffee and expresso didn't arrive until we were done with desert. One in our party asked for chamomile tea. The waitress brought a box of teas but announced no chamomile. The tea was on the Bill Even though she used a tea bagfrom her purse. Time to clean up the service if you want us back

Tags: Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had dinner at La Tavola on Christmas Day. It was one of the few places open. The service here is spectacular! I ordered the Lasagna Bolonese. It was absolutely delicious. My wife got a rockfish special that was cooked in parchment paper with scallops and carrots. She had to send it back because the fish was undercooked. It came back after a few minutes fully cooked this time. She devoured it saying it was delicious. The chef came to our table to apologize but that wasn’t really necessary. All in all we had a great meal with great service

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely evening on Christmas Eve with family and friends. Food was delicious and they were very accommodating. One of our party is an RN and had to work late and they were very attentive when she arrived so she could catch up with us all. Thank you, Rosemary

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Staff was very informative! Waiter Dan was Excellent! Food,Excellent!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was mediocre, portions were tiny. Looked forward to fresh pasta but sauce was meh and not nearly enough food for the price. Decor was dated but ok for authentic italian if the meal was hearty, which it wasnt.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Just moved here. But so far.... Favorite restaurant in Baltimore. Been twice in 3 months, and will go back again and again.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Went out on a mid-week date night - wanted to try someplace new. La Tavola is offset from the stretch of other restaurants in Little Italy, but it's a gem and I'm sorry I've overlooked it for so long. The chef's specialty is seafood - so good! Server was really attentive and the atmosphere was relaxed. Half off wine bottles on Wed was a nice surprise.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent Venetian cuisine. The seafood pasta was outstanding. Highly recommended!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 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 24, 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 18, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 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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