Tavola

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228 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Tavola is a warm and welcoming spot for intimate dining or a lively group gathered for a shared family-style 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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 228 people are saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
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3.8
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
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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
8 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
1 review
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
5 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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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had one of the private rooms for our party. Great ambiance to visit.

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ToddN
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Just a disaster almost all around. With the exception of getting the opening drinks order correct, our Valentines dinner was sideways all night. The menu said to ask about what the charcuterie plate entailed, we were told an asst. of meats with blue cheese. Intrigued (or stupid?) we ordered it. A LOT of prosciutto, a little cheese and a couple of olives and pickles, with 3 small slices of bread. Score it 2 out of 10. We then ordered a Squash Goat cheese pasta, this took 45 minutes to arrive as the kitchen lost our order. Apparently asking our server 3X did not assist our missing food. I wish I could share that the quality of the food was worth the wait, but to be fair and honest, it was about a 5.5 out of 10. I wish I could say that we cut our losses at this point, but I had not eaten all day and the 3rd basket of bread was not what I needed. We ordered a pizza and it did arrive in 20 minutes, but just not the ticket for a romantic meal at a restaurant that somehow managed a 4+ star rating. Let’s give some props to the manager, a super nice guy trying to make the most of the evening. We didn’t want to be complainers on an evening such as this, trying to be positive and upbeat, but this restaurant needs a serious overhaul in the kitchen, better training for the wait staff and have the sensibility by management to turn a bad evening into something worth our driving over an hour into trying again. This didn’t happen and I hope my taking this amount of time will save you a bad time too.

Tavola
Responded on February 18, 2020

I wanted to reach out and personally apologize for your experience at Tavola. There should never be such a wait for our food and our servers should certainly be checking in often when there is a wait. I hope you will consider returning to Tavola to give us the chance to show you the kind of service and quality we strive to provide each and every guest. We appreciate your feedback and will use your notes to improve ourselves for the future.

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Laura
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails, and service were all fantastic. Prices were special-occasion level for us. Place was dead on the Sunday night that we went. Music was a little loud. Would definitely go again.

Tavola
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hi Laura, thank you for your thoughtful comments! We can't wait to see you again soon, cheers!

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Jeff
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We read all the reviews about poor, very long service at Tavola, but we'd hoped they would've ironed these out since they opened a year ago. We made a reservation with an open mind and high hopes. We showed upon a Saturday night and Tavola was only 1/3 full. Sadly Tavola continues to struggle mightily. They have a very nice physical space and bar area, connected to the attractive, welcoming Eliot Park Hotel lobby. Issues arose immediately when I asked our hostess her favorite wine. She had no idea, so asked our waitress to assist us. The waitress then went and got the manager, who joined the waitress at the table as we discussed their wine selection. I ended up with a nice red wine. 15-20 min later we ordered dinner, and asked the waitress what the tonnato on the salmon was.
Again, she went to get the manager. While the manager was there, I asked about her favorite pasta. She said they're all good, but said the Carbonara is the most popular. I started with the mixed greens, which had delicious shaved cheese on top - but WAY too much cheese!! It was like 5x the amount of cheese you would normally see, it was just smothered. We were in no rush as we enjoyed our drinks and salads. 75 minutes after we sat down the manager came up, wiped our table, and asked our our entrees were. But we still hadn't received the entrees! They finally arrived 90 minutes in, and they were extremely disappointing. My wife's salmon was very bland, and the fingerling potatoes she ordered were nearly raw and uneatable. My Carbonara arrived and looked beautiful with an egg on top, but was WAY too peppery (it's about all I could taste) and it had dried pancetta pieces, which were crispy but WAY too salty. It was really unfortunate, because I love carbonara. The only flavors I got were pepper and salt, and my mouth just shriveled up and I didn't want to finish it. How could such a basic pasta be ruined?! Very sad. We wanted to like Tavola, but I do NOT recommend it.

Tavola
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hi Jeff, thank you for giving us such a detailed review of your time at Tavola. We will use your experiences as an opportunity for improvement in our quality of service and timing issues. We pride ourselves on authentic Italian cuisine served with thoughtfully paired wines and we apologize that your evening was lacking these qualities. We certainly do hope you will return to give us another opportunity to show you the kind of dedication to service we strive to provide each and every guest!

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vipSCADAGuy
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tavola is a nice, low-pressure restaurant. The food was good, service was good. One of our group had a problem with a certain dish--the mgmt handled it quickly and professionally. It's a bit out of the way for our normal route into Minneapolis, but I think we'll be back.

Tavola
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for letting us know how your experience was! We can't wait for you to come back!

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vipCindyJ
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Restaurant was very nice and the service outstanding. Appetizers wonderful, main course not so good
We had four people 3 out of the 4 had bad meals. One had the pizza and it was very good

Tavola
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Cindy, thank you for passing along your feedback! I am sorry to hear that you had bad meals, but we are very glad you enjoyed the pizza and appetizers. We hope to see you again soon so we can show you some of our amazing entrees!

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vipJohnny
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Service was pretty good for the most part. It was kinda slow getting my card back after sitting for like 10 mins when there were 3 bard tenders behind the bar. The margarita pizza was ok but kinda bland. Not sure if I’ll try this place again or not.

Tavola
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Johnny, thank you for letting us know about your experience. That is a slow return time on your payment being processed, we appreciate that feedback. We sure do hope you try us again!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Ambiance was great. Food was just OK. Service was pretty bad. One and done.

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JakeN
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great tasting food. Slow service after supper. Needs a wider menu. Over all good place.

Tavola
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Jake, thank you for sending us a note. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipCharlesM
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business lunch, beautiful space and excellent service...

Tavola
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you Charles, we can't wait to see you again soon!

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EllenP
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Atmosphere was lovely, staff attentive, food an beverages excellent. We had a wonderful evening. Thank you.

Tavola
Responded on January 28, 2020

We are so happy you had a great experience Ellen. We hope to see you again soon!

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KingsizeHomer
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Entree was outstanding - definitely would go back for another. Dessert pie crust was below mediocre and had to use a knife to cut graham cracker crust. Service was slow and inattentive. I'd go back when more servers available simply for the entree sans dessert pie.

Tavola
Responded on January 28, 2020

We are thrilled you enjoyed your meal and appreciate the dessert feedback. We will certainly take a look at our crust. We appreciate your service feedback as well, please know we are working to improve our service. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipAngel16
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had lunch. On a weekday around 1:30. We were the only guests. Food was fabulous! Server was the bartender, who kept disappearing... Atmosphere/ambiance was pleasant even as it was devoid of other people. Value was a little steep for lunch but....
Will try again, because the food was FAB.

Tavola
Responded on March 12, 2020

Hi Angel16, thank you for coming in! We are so glad you enjoyed the delicious food, but we do apologize for what sounds very much like lacking service! Please know we appreciate your feedback and will look into this issue. See you again soon!

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Opalbaby
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The two pasta dishes were well prepared and very tasty. The pasta was el dente. The roasted Brussels sprouts were cooked and seasoned perfectly. We were seated in the bar on a very quiet Sunday afternoon. It was not busy but the service was attentive and very cordial.

Tavola
Responded on January 18, 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed the restaurant and the service! Hope to see you at Tavola again soon!

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vipMelindaM
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ate here on New Year’s Day for dinner. There weren’t many diners, so it was quiet. Our only disappointment was the lack of gluten-free options. Many Italian restaurants offer a gluten free pasta, or a risotto, or a gluten free pizza crust, but not Tavola. I hope they offer GF options in the future.

Tavola
Responded on January 18, 2020

Dear Melinda, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry we couldn't meet your needs with GF options. Chef decided to make all the main Entrees GF for that reason, but sadly we do not yet have an option for GF pasta or pizza due to concerns about contamination. We will definitely keep talking about this though, and how we might be able to provide for those with different diets. Thank you again and we hope to see you at Tavola soon! Best, Anni

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went here for New Year’s Eve with my fiancé. It was busy due to the holiday, but service was prompt and food was great. Noise level was at a dull roar which made dinner even more enjoyable. Great date night restaurant.

Tavola
Responded on January 18, 2020

Thank you so much for the great review! We really appreciate you spending New Year Eve with us! We hope to have you as a guest again soon, Happy 2020! Anni

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DarrelF
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner

Tavola
Responded on January 18, 2020

Thanks for spending the holiday with us! Happy 2020!!! We hope to see you at Tavola again soon! Best, Anni

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Johnny
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

In time this may be a great place, but in the mean time.... Great hostess on Saturday evening getting us settled but it went down hill fast. Had to ask for bread 3 times and still did not get it. Had to go up to the bar to get my drink as it had almost been 25 minutes since we ordered it. Slow on the water. No one was really watching over us and the waitress seemed overwhelmed with just a few tables. It has potential but they need to get the details down and no one seemed to be managing the floor. That can't happen in a restaurant like this.

Tavola
Responded on January 23, 2020

Hi Johnny, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I want to send my apology about your experience and wait time at Tavola. We pride ourselves on taking care of each and every guest and are so disappointed we did not meet yours and our own expectations. We will continue to work on our service and timeliness. We truly hope you'll give us another chance. Best, Riva

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vipChrista
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We got to the restaurant at 6 and it was completely empty, which should have been a sign for you us. We ordered, took forever to get the food. The food was bad and my son got sick when we got home

Tavola
Responded on December 28, 2019

Dear Christa, I am so sorry you this experience at Tavola. The restaurant volume does vary greatly, depending largely on hotel occupancy and holidays. Christmas eve was very busy, with over 100 people in the restaurant. However 12/26 was especially quiet. Thank you for giving Tavola a try. We do value your feedback and will continue to work to reduce wait times on food. Thank you for your perspective and for taking the time to leave us a review. Sincerely, Anni

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vipJLKS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Attention and service from the greeting host we good. Once seated we felt rushed to order drinks, then appetizers and entrees. The drink and food menus presented in person were not the menu shown online although similar. We chose Tavola intending to order certain menu items we had seen online. We ordered a Red Car Pinot Noir which was substituted with a different pinot noir; we weren't told of the switch but noticed it a bit later with the bottle sitting on the table. The pizza was nothing special, crust like Dominos. The charcuterie board came with two pieces of bread, no cheese and only prosciutto. There were four of us there for dinner, the final bill was $330 (including tax, food and 2 bottles of wine). Not a good value for the quality overall, very disappointing. We do not generally write poor reviews but felt it necessary, often giving an establishment a second try but we won't at Tavola.

Tavola
Responded on January 23, 2020

We want to thank you for leaving a review to give us feedback. Although your experience was not acceptable, we do appreciate you taking the time to let us know where we are falling short. We should never serve the wrong wine without informing the guest of a change as well as offering alternatives if we are out of your selection. We will use your experience as a teachable moment for our team. The menu online has since been updated and I apologize for confusion on what we have to offer. Thank you

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FamiliaSosa
Fargo
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I chose Tavola because it was my birthday and wanted to celebrate in a nice restaurant with my family and friends... that did not happen.
I can understand if you're understaffed (that's what they told me), but from the moment we got sat, it took forever to get service from our server, she really tried to give us her best service (not her fault), restaurant was not too busy but i can tell lack of management over here only one person was trying to do everything at the restaurant, our server.
Our drinks order took more than 20 minutes, no water was refilled until i asked, ordered couple bottles of wine from their wine list, they did't have them, ordered a bottle of prosecco and the cork almost slipped through her hands towards my face (no wine service standards) some wine and water glasses were not polished or clean? No steak knife for a $50.00 steak!!! they even brought us twice food from another table, after i talked to our server she apologized (accepted) and the Manager did not talk to us at all, he send the server every time something was off to apologize on his behalf !!??, maybe is new or not a manager? My experienced at this place, POOR, the food and the place, nice, that's all i can say. Minneapolis tourism deserve better service at this Italian restaurant.
Ciao..

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BarbF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was alittle slow but we were not in any big hurry so wasn't a big problem

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Had a reservation for a special date night. I had put in the request open table box for a seat someplace quiet and cozy. We were seated at a two-top table in the middle of the restaurant. Which would have been ok as the place was relatively empty but the next couple that came through the door was seated right next (as in within touching distance) to us despite there being at least four additional empty two-tops. It would have been nice to at least skip a table between couples then fill them in as needed. Food wise, my first selection from the menu was not available (at 5:45pm), so I selected a pasta dish which I could have easily made at home from a box. The service was slow and I even had to ask to see a dessert menu as it was not offered. Definitely not a repeat place for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server Huey was amazing. I ordered the Chardonnay but they were out of it, but I got another kind that tasted amazing as well. It was not too busy for the holiday. I definitely came back for the service and the food!

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MK808
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Bar service awesome. Table service poor. Food fresh and very nice

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AudreyB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We asked to be moved due to extreme noise from nearby table. Barely helped, even at opposite end of the room. Waiter was almost non-existent. Had to order from hostess. 15-20 min wait for drinks, and waiter never took our entree order. Flagged down hostess, to whom we complained about never getting complimentary bread. Next morning, tried to order coffee and pastries at the bar. Again, coffee came after 15min wait, and pastries arrived 10-25 min later. Told them to forget fresh fruit we had also ordered, as we needed to leave for the stadium. Will not ever eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was great- but terrible and slow service.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is inside a new hotel. It had a cool atmosphere. It is much more casual that I was expecting. The menu is small. The tomato soup was so amazing! The only thing I would suggest is maybe a sign if you aren’t a guest of the hotel that you should enter through the hotel side where the hostess stand is. We entered from the street and were confused as we kind of entered the dining room and no one directed us to the hostess station.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipLilschot
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great restaurant but always hard when the servers doesn't stop by for 25 minutes to check up on you and instantly says its not her fault but the hotel is 100% and only two servers are on.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Poor Service. Order Starters, pizza for the table and entrees. All the food came at once. Some was good, some was overcooked and some were almost cold.

FAQs

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

Tavola is rated 4 stars by 228 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.