Tavolo

4.6
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93 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Tavolo opened in 2008 as a casual Italian restaurant where “everybody knows your name.” Chef-Owner Chris Douglass (of the ground-breaking South End boite, Icarus) identified the location in the new Carruth Building in Dorchester's Ashmont section as an up-and-coming area. After a design and menu overhaul in 2010, Tavolo has further evolved into a comfortable restaurant with a cozy dining alcove, lively see-and-be-seen lounge, space for private parties, and a welcoming attitude. Jump on the Red Line to Ashmont and (re) discover Tavolo.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 822-1918
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Douglass
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Catering
CATERING AVAILABLE TOO! We do a wide variety of catering. Please contact us for details.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Additional street parking available.
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Public transit
Ashmont Red Line
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
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1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always good - just a little loud in the dining room

MP
New England
60 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavolo is a great neighborhood restaurant. We've become addicted to the pasta alla Norma, but force ourselves to try other things. The salads are delicious and shareable. We haven't had a bad experience food-wise or service-wise.

DD
New England
52 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. A cool little neighborhood spot with good food and drinks and wonderful service.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great fig pizza and Carbonara!

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been at Tavolo when the food was not delicious. Always well prepared and presented.

DD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent: tasty, well prepared and a real value! Bartender (we at the bar) was friendly, attentive and made us feel at home. Real diversity in a very congenial atmosphere!

CF
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not be a nicer establishment. Ambience is perfect and the waiting staff truly made us feel at home.

GF
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious....never a bad meal! Very friendly staff and drinks are great! I wish they opened one in the south end.

SG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

good and diverse menu, nice wine selection (small but good) and great service

b
New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Love this great neighborhood spot! I had been wanting to try for awhile, and I'm glad I did!

B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic

a
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

For some reason restaurant did not show my open table reservation, therefore had to sit outside. Especially strange now that I'm getting requests from open table to comment on the restaurant. Host was accommodating, but seemed impatient. Weather was fine, however speaker was right above our table. Server addressed it. Meal was excellent and my guests were superb.

LO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We loved it! We had a group of ten and ten excellent meals!

BR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Order seems to take an excessive amount of time to get to table. I had ordered the chicken picatta. Had little flavor, potatoes may not be the best choice to pair with this meal. There was an excessive amount of salt in the dish, so much so that some bites tasted of nothing but salt. My guest had the carbonara, this dish also had little flavor.

On the other hand the Sausage appetizer was great, lots of flavor.

Drink were good.

I would return In hopes that it was just an off night.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made me feel very special on my birthday. Comped dessert for me! Loved the atmosphere and we got a nice corner booth.

WF
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Tavalo has been one of our favorite restaurants in Dorchester. It's a very relaxed atmosphere with a cool vibe. It's a good place to go with friends as it's not noisy and therefore conversation is easy. Sadly, we didn't have the best experience the other night. Our waiter, although very nice was not exceptionally attentive. we had ordered an appetizer before dinner that didn't arrive until our dinner was served (we sent it back...). The food was good but the chicken marsala was so salty it overwhelmed the marsala. The waiter ordered her another which came quickly and tasted much better (also, her meal was taken off our bill along with the appetizer). The chicken piccata was also a bit salty but edible. I think the next time I order I will make sure the cook doesn't add salt, or at least very little. We didn't have pizza but my wife and I love their mushroom pizza. There are many other good items on the menu and although the other night was kind of average overall, I would go there again. PS The manager (who we know and is great) somehow found out we were having dinner and sent us some complimentary desert.

HY
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great!
Food, service and ambience.
Perfect for Humpday Boys Night Out
will def. do it again.

DD
New England
52 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food and the service are both first-rate.

r
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was fine but not outstanding—so no, I woukdn’t go out of my way to recommend.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience5

This is a nice restaurant and they generally do a good job. I am somewhat peeved with my last meal. I ordered the Gnocchi special and it was a little pricey for an entree; it was appetizer sized. It was delicious, but they had some nerve to make it such a small dish with relatively inexpensive ingredients. If they get a Michelin star, I’ll be more understanding.

WE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

charming neighborhood place--disco music too loud, but otherwise good pizza and excellent service

JA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavolo is a favorite. Food is always delicious, service is always wonderful and the drinks are delicious. We keep coming back time after time.

J
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

For all of the great reviews I saw, I left horribly disappointed. Based on the atmosphere in the restaurant I thought the quality of food would reflect a high level of quality. Unfortunately not. Garlic bread was a small log wrapped in foil. Veal was rubbery. I could go on. For the >$20 prices for these meals, this upset me a ton. Would not go again. Food should have been ~$15 at bare minimum. DO NOT GO if you want good italian food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is SUCH a wonderful spot for any dining experience. It’s relatively

BO
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hidden gem. Very good food. Never crowded. Only problem is parking is on street.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Best meatballs in town.

BB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Popped in for a late night meal at 9:45 PM on Friday evening. Quick and friendly service, really good food. Couldn't have been happier.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Parking stinks. But should improve when construction across the street wraps up

PS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Waiter was not engaging and pretty absent despite the place being empty. So much so, that I didn't bother telling him that my drink was completely not what I asked for. We were celebrating and would have spent more on drinks had we been given some attention. The chicken picata, however, was good.

RM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and waiter Ryan was the best date night my boyfriend has had in a while. We will definitely be there regularly!

JC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and experience. Wonderful waitress, wonderful food, and I was bringing some very persnickitty foodies!

2
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The disco music was a bit confusing in an Italian restaurant (and I love disco music, just maybe not with a nice dinner and conversation). Even after they turned down the volume as we requested the disco vibe was very distracting. We recommend some Italian artists like Adriano Celentano, Eros Ramizotti or Zucchero as being more appropriate.
Also they had set the table of 6 as 3 on each side - cramped and hard to talk. We moved 2 chairs to the ends of the table and it worked out much nicer and there was plenty of room that way for servers to get by and for us to have elbow room!
Great service though - our waitress was fabulous! - and the food was divine as was the Vietti Barbera we drank copiously!

d
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this neighborhood spot. Bustling on a Friday night. Always get the jars!

D
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love that Tuscan red!! Nice new menu! Great meaty lasagna!

RD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food ,waiter could be more attentive. Good bear.I especially like the tour of Italy.I wish that they offered it more often or change the menue more often. I wonder if anybody will read this.

RB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to wait a little for my reservation but they made up for it. Was definitely worth the wait. Food was delicious. Employees were friendly and fun. Right next to a T stop so easy to get to and will definitely visit again.

PM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. I loved the chicken parm! Also enjoyed the cocktails especially the espresso martini. The service was outstanding and this place is so comfortable and cozy inside. I can’t wait to visit again.

EO
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavolo! Service was stellar, drinks delicious, and food was fantastic. Price point was unbeatable for Boston, we will be returning!

S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great neighborhood spot, my two young boys loved their food and our server was wonderful.

CM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every Wednesday night a three course tasting tour featuring a different region of Italy. Food is impeccable and for $30 it's the best-kept secret in Boston. Get on the mailing list and you'll get a head's up of what region is being featured. Not huge portions but so flavorful. You will not walk away hungry, it is just enough. Good enough to wow a first date or have a special occasion party! T-accessible. Neighborhood parking after 6 pm.