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Tavola

4.4
259 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Tavola is a warm and welcoming spot for intimate dining or a lively group gathered for a shared meal. Enjoy delectable Italian cuisine and farm-to-table specialties at the on-site Tavola Kitchen and Bar, a shining gem among downtown Minneapolis restaurants. As soon as you walk in, you’re enveloped by the welcoming vibe of this upscale urban eatery where comfort meets culture. Enjoy a moment of reprieve as you sip on cocktails crafted with care and skill, and share in an energizing conversation with friends.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 259 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It's was good, not great

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vipMinneapolisgirl
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food & drinks were great, and loved the ambiance and decor, but the service was incredibly slow even though there were hardly any other diners in there on a Monday night. I will still return, in hopes of better service when restaurants have more staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Arrived 10 minutes ahead of our reservation. I'd be fine with waiting if the host had come to us and checked and said that they didn't have a table ready, but he didn't. We just stood there waiting for 10 minutes with minimal acknowledgement.

We were then seated with no menus and no water. Twice our server passed by to tell us he'd be with us shortly, but 15 minutes later we were still without menus and water.

It was at that point we got up and walked out. Of course, similar to the rest of our experience at Travola, no one seemed to notice us then, either. At least it was consistent.

Tavola
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback. Providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere is important to us and we apologize that you were not greeted in a timely manner and offered better service. Your comments have been shared with the team to help us improve. We have also sent you a direct message. Warmly, Jordan Stokes General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and very nice atmosphere with delicious food. The wine menu could be strengthened.

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BrittneeK
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fast service. Perfect for a date night or just to hang out at the bar and enjoy pizza. Really covers everything someone would want on a menu. Tasted amazing!

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Michele
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a need for a quiet place for five colleagues to have a business conversation over dinner and this spot was perfect. Food was good, service was good....not remarkable, but good. The bartender and waitstaff were nice people who were appropriately attentive. If I was really in a foodie mood this might not be my first pick, but I would definitely go here again for the right reasons.

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vipBryonH
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sampled 4 different starters and 4 different entrees and none of them disappointed. I loved the tartare and the meatballs were perfectly cooked and the blend of meats was perfect.

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donna
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Well executed Italian food. No surprises. Limited wine menu.

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SteveV
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I understand that they may be short-staffed, as many are, but they service was extremely slow, though pleasant when the did arrive. The calamari was decent, slightly under-cooked, and skimpy in size. The spaghetti and meatballs was good, with the meatballs being excellent. The Fungo pizza as okay but slight of the described mushrooms. Overall, a disappointing “Italian” experience.

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vipDinner
Sacramento
328 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and fantastic service. Thank you for a great evening!

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HollieS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrated my daughters 16th birthday! Good good! Understaffed but still an enjoyable evening!

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VivianaF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food was simply not good, no matter the price. To put it into perspective: even Olive Garden tastes better. I do. It think the chef is trained in classic Italian cuisine.

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floriano
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recommend the Parma pizza!

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alinam
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful set up. Food was great! Just wish they had better dessert menu and more options on it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible experience! Excellent service and the food was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

If the food had been stellar, I could have forgiven the slow service. It wasn’t, so I write in hopes that this airy and elegant restaurant works its kinks out. With six other people in the restaurant when our two top arrived, we waited ten minutes for water and another fifteen to get our order placed ... drinks + food. The Caesar salad was delicious, appearing with a thick anchovy slice atop and perfectly dressed. The surprise was how tasteless both the tomato sauce and meatballs were on my pricey bucatini and meatballs dish. The sauce tasted like tomatoes. Nothing else. There was no complexity of herbs, no layers of flavors that go into the first steps of sauce preparation. It was boring and one I’d expect at my local diner. It was a sin to waste the pork and veal on the bland meatballs. The consistency was dense with no airiness mixed into the fray. Heavy and tasteless. The bucatini, however, was delicious and perfectly al dente. Both dishes looked beautiful upon serving. With all of their great reviews, I’m hoping that this was an off day for the prep staff.

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Bjswi
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thomas was amazing! Made our experience so great. Food was spectacular.

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mgernz
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the best birthday dinner with our girlfriend - the waiter said happy birthday right away. He was absolutely wonderful. A little bit of a bummer at the end the bartender was incredibly rude when we asked if we could sit at the bar when there were other people already sitting there and gave us a very short rude answer and we left with a bad taste in our mouth unfortunately. Everything else the food and our waiter was wonderful!

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DelphineS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING I love the concise menu and all of the food was so good we tried so many things that were just amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for Mother’s Day brunch. Our waiter was very accommodating by moving us when we commented on the glare and giving us paper menus when we couldn’t figure out how to scan it. The food was cooked to perfection. It was a great first experience getting back to restaurant dining.

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EdithC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great ambiance! The food was excellent!!!! I’ll definitely recommend!!!

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LoicF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The doughnuts were delicious!!! The price is reasonable!

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DougH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bucatini was fabulous as was the pizza we ordered. Service was very attentive too!

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JimE
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent pasta dishes. The waiter recommended a nice bottle of wine. Great for sharing!

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AndrewP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service. Very happy with our experience here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Honestly was one of the worst experiences I've ever had with an upscale restaurant. They weren't very busy but it took 15 minutes to get our drinks. When we got our food they didn't bring any silverware. I had to go up in ask because our waiter barley checked up on us. The pizza was horrible! It was bland and barley cooked I couldn't even pick it up to eat it. I really expected more from such a nice place. We will never go back there again!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend, great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyable meal in swanky, chic atmosphere. The value for the food and drink provided made our Valentine’s Day dinner quite enjoyable. The staff was uber-attentive to our dietary restrictions and the food was so fresh and delicious. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Came with my wife for valentines. Chose the fixed menu. Service was great, food was ok, prices were very expensive for what you get. I would go back and get a drink and a pizza nothing else.

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Lucky
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a lovely dinner , only guests in dining room.

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vipEanS
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My partner like meatballs with spaghetti but taste blank. I order is fettuccine add to chicken best ever! I don't fond with raw egg yolk - I can't and they did remove with the same plate which I m fine with it!

Tavola
Responded on March 12, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed some of our favorites! We love to see what our guests like about our dishes and the fun ways you can add on to them. We can't wait to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience3

We had a large party (of 11), however the reservation was later in the evening and there were a number of empty tables. We were greeted promptly, but the drinks were slow, the appetizers came after 25 minutes, and at 45minutes after being seated I went to find our server to ask if we could please order. That said, the food was good. Not sure I’ll be back - but if you have the time to wait, your dinner will be tasty.

Tavola
Responded on March 12, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your experiences at Tavola, we apologize about the slower service for your group! Please know we always try to give excellent service and keep time in mind, but unfortunately it doesn't sound like we made that happen for you. We are glad you enjoyed the yummy food and do hope you'll be back!

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ErinB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was wonderful with a nice intimate setting. Food seemed bland and in need of seasoning.

Tavola
Responded on March 12, 2020

Thank you for the review Erin, sorry to hear the food wasn't what you'd hoped for, please know we take your feedback seriously and will look in to our seasonings. We are very happy you enjoyed the service, come back and see us again soon!

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BekahN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It was really pretty in there, but that is one of the only highlights. The service was awful, the food was so-so. They forgot some of my order. I ordered the chocolate flourless cake for dessert, and I think it could be used in place of cement in construction sights. Definitely would not go again. Way too expensive for the quality.

Tavola
Responded on March 12, 2020

Hi BekahN, we are sorry to hear that your experience was not up to par. We do appreciate your feedback and will look in to the issues you've mentioned. The flour-less cake is staff favorite of ours so we will ensure there is no issues in the future. If you are willing to give us another opportunity we would love for you to come in again, thank you for the feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great, kind service

Tavola
Responded on March 12, 2020

Thank you for the 5 stars, we can't wait to see you again soon!

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SallyP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sadly a disappointment. Service was spotty with maybe a manager and server. Mussels were cold. I had the salmon. I make it much tastier at home. Restaurant was full when we arrived, however, it cleared out throughout our meal. The staff then proceeded to clear, break down and reset a large set up into many tables along w putting chairs on top of tables, taking amongst each other as if we weren’t even there. This makes me crazy. I believe a restaurant closes at closing time. Then the staff starts to close. Not before when you have one, two, or twenty customers. There might have even been vacuuming. Also, very much the atmosphere of hotel restaurant.

Tavola
Responded on February 25, 2020

Hi Sally, I wanted to thank you for giving us your honest feedback. Staff should never be closing around our valued guests and we do apologize deeply that you had to experience that. Our service should come first as well as ensuring our food is served hot and timely. We will use your comments as a time to reflect on our mistakes and improve ourselves. We do hope you'll give us another chance in the future!

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vipJPIMetro
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Nice staff, terrible kitchen preparation and execution. Waited 1 hr for an unimpressive pasta with unbalanced and off flavors.

Tavola
Responded on February 18, 2020

I wanted to reach out and personally apologize for your experience at Tavola. We pride ourselves on authentic Italian cuisine prepared with care and love and delivered with warm and friendly service, so I am very disappointed to hear that your experience was anything short of exceptional. We do hope you will give us another chance!

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KateJ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This was our first visit to Tavola. Our overall experience was good. We were seated promptly for our reservation. Drinks came fast; as did the appetizers. The mussels were awesome! At this point something must have happened in the kitchen because there was no food served to any table for about 40 minutes! The manager was quite nice and offered a bottle of wine for our table. Once the food arrived, it was hot and good. However, our server seemed a bit "off" and totally forgot our salads and drinks for a couple of our guests. Everyone has a bad evening sometimes and I know that the other reviews of this restaurant have been excellent for the most part. We would love to try again and order a few different things. Also, the side salad is strictly greens and a vinigrette. It could have used some shaved parm or another different type of lettuce. The dressing was very good. All in all it was a very pleasant evening.

Tavola
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hi Kate, thank you for letting us know about your experiences. There should never be such a long wait in between courses and we deeply apologize for our delay! We appreciate the detailed review as we can use this to improve our service and timing issues. We can't wait to dine with you again soon!

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FAQs

Tavola offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 389-2299.

Tavola is rated 4.4 stars by 259 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.