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Passatempo Taverna

4.5
4.5
512 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

passatempo : past time
~ food with a sense of place and history ~

Specializing in pasta fatta a mano ("pasta made by hand"), Passatempo Taverna features the culinary talent of Executive Chef Aaron Mooney and seeks to offer beautiful and rustic Italian cuisine to the Walla Walla Valley.

Jim German's extraordinary talent and reputation for historical cocktail whimsy are the inspiration behind the region's most well-known bar.

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. f

    foodycat

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant in a convenient location in downtown. The private inner courtyard was charming and shaded. Although the food was very good, the gluten free crab penne was such a tiny portion compared to the regular crab pasta we had to ask for more! And they kindly obliged at no extra charge! There was an obvious difference to everyone at the table. We enjoyed the grilled asparagus, the olives, the Jidori Chicken, the Lamb Ragu Pappardelle, the meatballs, and the rapini. Unfortunately the last 2 items were forgotten and we had to remind the server about them. We waited probably 30 minutes to get our entrees. I will go back again and give them another try for sure, the server was very pleasant and cocktails innovative and delicious.

  2. CB

    CharlieB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Creative food, served by an extraordinary staff. We we're in on a busy spring release weekend and pace was great and the service team couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. Another reason to love Walla Walla.

  3. SR

    SpencerReid

    Seattle

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Pasta dishes were fantastic -- much like Il Corvo in Seattle!

  4. d

    dvanderhorst

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, wonderful service!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food great service overall great experience!!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved the meatball tasting! Very fun!

  7. EG

    ErinG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience and amazing food! Had a total blast!!

  8. RT

    RobertT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    Limited choices on the menu. Food was very salty.

  9. SG

    ShotGun1852

    Seattle

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    This is my second visit. Much better than the first. Pasta is the special, so that’s been our focus. It’s good. We were not that hungry, so just ordered wine, olives and pastas. All good. Very personable wait person, but when asked for more cheese, the request was forgotten. The reminder worked. When asked for more wine, mid dinner, again, forgotten. So I got up and asked someone else for the refill. It was brought to the table, but no mention of timing. Then when checking the bill, we were competed, thank you, but again, no mention. Very curious. Again, very pleasant and personable wait staff, so quite curious. Good atmosphere and food. Definitely a place we’ll return to.

  10. N

    Nomnomnom

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really really yummy food. The menu is delightfully refreshing and not exhausting. Wine menu had a lot of variety. Service was really great and atmosphere was bustling in the way you want it to be. Looks like they had a great bar to grab a date night drink.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous restart here in walla walla. Our service was excellent and the food was top notch. They have a fun vibe and atmosphere that makes you want to come back.

  12. S

    Smcp

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    I got the spaghetti shrimp scampi. It was very tasty, but I was still a bit hungry after finishing it. The dessert was quite tasty. There didn't seem like there were many vegetable "small plates" that I usually enjoy. Maybe I just shouldn't visit in winter time. However, there are vegetables available in the winter.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing pasta!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great Anniversary dinner.

  15. JT

    JackandTrudysevening

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there for "date night" Saw friends, service was great (Steve and Maria), Jim came out with a wine suggestion to pair with our dessert. And the pasta...bellissimo! We had pre dinner adult beverage, appetizers, main dish with the house wine (quite enjoyable), and a shared Tiramisu (fantastically prepared) all for under $100. Of course we'll be back!

  16. B

    Beaugirl

    Portland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit and it did not disappoint! The menu is limited, but delicious. The portion size was a bit undersized for the price.....except the dessert. Very generous portions. Will definitely return. Also looked like a nice place to meet for cocktails.

  17. MP

    MPMF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    Beautiful venue. Food was average. Pasta was tepid and lacked flavor.

  18. RG

    RhondaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration here! Great service and food.

  19. S

    Smeds

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They made our experience so special and couldn't have had more delicious food. Can't wait to go again.

  20. JT

    JeffT

    San Diego

    133 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good food, great service, amazing drinks. A bit pricey for most menu items.

  21. P

    Peter

    Portland

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    We were seated in a booth, then they asked if any in our group was under 21, and when we said yes, they said they’d have to move us further away from the bar. So we were moved to a smaller booth an entire 15 feet away. Service was great- very attentive and friendly. Cocktails were too sweet for our taste- too much simple syrup, we suspect. Food arrived luke-warm and was good, but not great- especially for the prices.

  22. MG

    MaggieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The people here treat you like family. I always recommend it when someone is looking for a really nice place to go for dinner or drinks.

  23. KD

    KrisD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our food was amazing and carefully crafted. They were friendly and accommodating; they hand-crafted a mocktail for my 12-year-old daughter that she loved, and boxed up a beautiful meal for my son, who was too sick to join us for dinner. While the music was a bit loud for intimate conversation, everything was lovely. The food was incredible, with nicely sized portions. The three of us shared an amazing appetizer, ate our perfectly prepared pasta and had room for dessert without leaving uncomfortable. The whiskey sour was one of the best I have ever had! It is a small menu, which guarantees that everything is done exceptionally well.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to take out of town guests. Always delicious and impressive.

  25. G

    Goddess

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Passatempo consistently serves interesting and well crafted food and drink.

  26. PR

    PaulR

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    Very small menu. Could not find an entire that even sounded good. Should serve some traditional meals.

  27. GT

    GenaroT

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    All dishes were super! The flavors never clashed nor did any element overpower. Some of the best Italian style dishes I’ve had in a casual environment. On top of the great cuisine, the cocktails were balanced and elements all blended together and the bartender was creative to make a varieation of a Paloma that was not on the menu. The only drawback to the overall experience was slow service but we were not in a rush.

  28. PL

    PeteL

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food with a variety of wonderful choices. Pasta was outstanding as was the fish and Steak. Great atmosphere and staff. one of our favorites in Walla Walla

  29. SM

    SallieM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Service was great but limited by menu. some Items not available and very limited selection. Food ordered was good but not remarkable.

  30. W

    Woody5

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Univiting staff. Our party of 4 felt like we were not welcomed. Waitstaff was unwilling to talk about corkage fee. Overall did not feel welcome and our party decided to leave. The restaurant was not very busy and felt that they could have compromised to make our first time to Walla Walla and our first restaurant visit something to remember. O well, could have been just a bad day for their staff.

  31. FW

    FoodloverWW

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Food is always very good. Staff is pleasant. Flavors are well coordinated and wine pairing was super. My only issue is that the past few times I've been there for dinner, the pasta portions have been very inconsistent and can be quite small. As a woman, I usually receive the smaller portion from the kitchen. Unfortunatly because of this, I have gone home hungry, even after splitting a salad or appetizer. I had a group of 9 there 2 months ago. 4 of us ordered the same thing. The men's portions were adequate. Mine was tiny and I was hungry afterwards. Same thing happened with my husband last week. He noticed, too. Will not consider the restaurant if it happens again.

  32. JN

    JimN

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great, creative, and wonderful dinner. Fabulous food and staff. Pleasant and enthusiastic. Need a place for 6 stars. Don't miss it. We will be there next time we are in the Walla. Thank you!

  33. a

    annes

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance, delicious food, friendly attentive staff without "hovering".

  34. SL

    SandiL

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun place, great bar with fantastic drinks. Food was fantastic. Highly recommend.

  35. t

    travelfun

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall2food5service1ambience4

    This is the third time we have been to this restaurant. Each time, the food has been, without doubt, absolutely amazing. Where the difficulty comes is with the service. We've been able to brush this aside (busy, working hard, nice smiles), but this time it was just plain insufferable. When ordering, I asked for a recommendation between two dishes, i was given the "they are both good", and I ordered one. My husband ordered a completely different entree. When our entrees came, late, and by somebody other than our waiter, we received the two entrees that I had asked about. And I received the one that I didn't choose. We are looking at the food in front of us, and we tried to hail someone to ask. We were told that I was supposed to have my husbands, and vice versa. Wrong. We just ate it, and I reiterate that is was supremely excellent food, and shook our heads. Then paying, with cash, was a nightmare. I love the food, but I just don't know if we will be back for awhile. Sad.

  36. 4

    4734

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Seems like there is always something 'new' and always good. Drinks can be new and different or the usual. Service is GREAT. We like it here.

  37. 2

    20thcenturycocktails

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came with a party of 4, Tara was our server and she was outstanding. Her wine recommendations were spot on. We were seated right away, food was brought out in well timed courses and everything was served hot and well seasoned (something that seems exceptionally hard to come by!) We had the best espresso martinis we've ever had and overall dining experience was wonderful. We would recommend Passatempo to anyone in the area and we cant wait to come back for more delicious food and cocktails! Cheers guys.

  38. EP

    EricP

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    This is a very respectable restaurant. We were greeted and seated promptly. The food was very good. The server was attentive and kept our water glasses full. Ambiance suffers from bad acoustics and is loud loud. Made worse by too loud music on their PA system. I would definitely go again for the food. But, wouldn’t try an intimate dinner where I intended to propose here.

  39. B

    Bobby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best dinner I’ve had in a while. Looking forward to a revisit

  40. W

    Willowdee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Found a recommendation for this restaurant online and decided to try it. I was with my good friend who is employed locally and is often asked by her clientele about nice places to eat in Walla Walla. It did not appear that they knew about my reservation. We were seated directly across from the service station, imo not an ideal seat for someone who taken the time to make a reservation. Wait staff in an effort to be helpful were too invasive, limiting our ability to have a private conversation. When we needed them to clean up a spill, no one was available. We were not offered bread with our meal. When we were checking the menu for dessert, we found in very small print at the bottom of the menu, "our house foccacia available upon request." We ordered the bread AFTER our meal so we could sample it. Bread was very good and would have been much appreciated WITH our meal. As a guest, we did not feel appreciated.

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