Tavolino Ristorante

4.6
1606 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
An inviting restaurant that feels like an Italian neighborhood trattoria. Tavolino specializes in simple, elegant food including fresh salads, homemade pastas, succulent roast and grilled meats, rotisserie chicken and game, and luscious desserts. Tavolino brings Italy to life in Tucson.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
SUMMER HOURS
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday - 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday- 5:00pm- 10:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(520) 531-1913
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Massimo Tenino
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Cross street
Skyline & Campbell
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Please note that there are two signs on the buildings. The one the North side in black and white is not the entrance. Entrance is on the eastside of Plaza Colonial Under the Red sign through large gates!!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private room with private patio, seating up to 35 seats. Flat screen TV and a screen for meetings and presentation. Audio Visual at no cost.

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What 1606 People Are Saying
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RK
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely. I’m of Italian descent, and not easy to please. The meal was delicious, ambiance was romantic, service excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Ravioli not cooked thoroughly. Bread was late. Service was poor.

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GA
Tucson
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy taking guests to Tavolino Ristorante. Most of my crowd enjoy good Italian food, and Tavolino's offerings are always top-notch. We always enjoy very well-crafted cocktails before our meal, and Tavolino has some very talented mixologists who have never failed to serve up the best even when it's a standard like a manhattan or a martini. I commend the waitstaff as well. Their timing is always spot-on, they are welcoming, very knowledgeable of all that goes into each meal, and are always willing to help with suggestions. This is one of my top 4 Tucson restaurants, and I look forward to returning again in the near future.

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was delicious, Carpaccio, was excellent and the Tortiini pasta was the best I ever had, light tomato sauce and fresh home pasta. Our favorite place when visiting our son at University of Arizona.

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JH
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from out of town and visit Tavolino occaisionally. This visit was excellent in all aspects. They have the very best mozzarella burratta anywhere. I had the special (lamb lasagna) and it was great. My wife had the squid ink pasta with shrimp and it was first class. Service was excellent and the atmosphere bustling but not rushed.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! All around - we loved this restaurant. My husband had been there days earlier with 7 golf friends so decided to take me there Saturday night. Kendra waited on us - and was efficient and professional as were all wait staff. Food was excellent - don’t even hesitate in going here!

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LP
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal. They took great care with our allergies. We enjoyed the meal immensely.

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great and everyone enjoyed their entre. Good wine list.

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OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hubby had the salmon and loved every bite! I had the lasagna and it was as outstanding as ever!

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AW
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The special salad was panzanella, typically heavy on the bread. This one had greens, Tomatoes, olives and artichoke hearts and a lovely light dressing. The branzino was also especially good and their aioli is to die for.

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t
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Have been here before; first time they had wine specials at happy hour, but this time when we inquired about the drink specials NO wine menu was available at the bar, only food specials. We inquired about the house wine bartender proceeds to pour a 16.00 glass of wine. Mangagement seems disconnected from this lack of information to the customer. Perhaps owners are now hoping to generate more revenue and are no longer offering wine specials by the glass. Lovely restaurant, salciccia pizza is really great. House made pasta is good. Cioppino was fishy. Lentil proscuitto soup was more of a vegetable consume, no lentils or proscuitto. Lots of servers in training. Our server was very good. Bottle of Primitivo is 40.00, this is their
least expenisve red wine. Next time will go to Vivace instead.

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R
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable evening with two work colleagues. Service was excellent - friendly yet professional. The whole branding was excellent - filleted and grilled to perfection. Nice wine list.

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F
Tucson
380 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently returned from vacation in Italy. I must say that dining at Tavolino is great and the closest thing we have found to the real deal, in Tucson. The owner/chef Massimo is from Italy and has kept true to the authentic recipes from his home country. We dine here often, as it is one of our favorite places to enjoy an evening out. My wife loves the Branzino, served as a whole fish, and I love the veal and pasta dishes. Jon helps us choose a wonderful Italian wine, and we also enjoy cocktails from the full bar. Servers are knowledgable and friendly, and the place is very attractive and comfortable.
A great choice for a top notch Italian dinner!

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g
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. This place was great. Very quiet and very professional.

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NR
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavolino is very consistent with their food. All the pasta is homemade with fresh ingredients. The lasagne is one of our favorite dishes.

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JL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every Fall I look forward to their Ravioli di Zucca. Outstanding!

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G
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good Italian food. Very large portions and limited wine by the glass options. Very noisy, especially if near the open kitchen. Recommend outdoor seating. Not a place to go for a leisurely meal with conversation.

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l
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dinner with great food, professional service and wonderful ambience. Great variety of wonderful choices on the menu for authentic Italian Food.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great experience, it exceed our expectations in all of the ways. Amazing service and very nice and friendly people

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was phenomenal and the service was incredible.

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. Its menu is varied enough to suit many palates. Casual to upscale dress. Covered outdoor seating, large bar and wine list. It was crowded, but not noisy. Food was very good, with able size portions.

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l
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our meals were great.

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DJ
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian. Not your regular spaghetti and lasagna type of place. Great staff! Great Service! Vino is excellent, too... :-)

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IA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re not from the area, but Tavolino has become one of our favorite restaurants in Tucson. The authentic, delicious and perfectly prepared Italian fare ranks with some of the best food we’ve had in Italy. Seriously. The Italian wine list is very good with some inspired selections, and the variety of antipasti is amazing. The pasta dishes arrive hot and steaming, as they should, and the entrees are usually cooked perfectly and as ordered. Our saltimbocca and veal chop Milanese on this last visit were both superb. Thanks to everyone at Tavolino. They are a terrific team, with an excellent restaurant.

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EB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Gave Tavolinos another try since our last visit was about 8 months ago. Very underwhelmed The service was poor, the food was ok, but nothing memorable. Overall, not impressed

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PC
Boise
46 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been to Tavolino in quite awhile since moving out of town. Stopped in with a few friends and it was just as fabulous as I remembered it. Octopus and Branzini were cooked to perfection. Great selection of Italian wines. I highly recommend it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Justin was perfect.

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JM
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Sewage smell permeated dining room. Had to ask server for special. Server not engaged. Food/timing disjointed. Food mediocre. It has gone downhill, sadly.

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V
Tucson
148 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and impeccable service!

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KJ
Tucson
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary here. Staff made it special and treated us as if we were the most important people there. Service and food were outstanding. Going back for happy hour.

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PS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Justin was an excellent server! Took great care of us without being intrusive.

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H
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

5:30, a quiet Sunday evening, two couples. The food was excellent: wood-fired Brussels sprouts, pasta al funghi, veal piccata, bronzino all very good. Only the daily special of seafood tortellini was somewhat blah. Service tended to confirm my observation that servers are more alert when it's busy. Fortunately, the company was great, and the food, wine, and atmosphere very conducive to another well-spent evening at Tavolino.

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e
Tucson
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Other than the snafu regarding not acknowledging the Open Table reservation at first, the dining was a nice experience. My husband wants to go back for the lasagna. The drinks were skimpy for the price. But food portions were ample and we had a nice time.

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NL
Phoenix
55 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hi Karla: Thank you for looking out for us. We hope to see you very soon.

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LW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband there for his birthday, the atmosphere was terrific, the food was perfect, the cocktails were lovely, and the service was impeccable. As we're both light eaters, we shared the Porchetta di Maiale,
(Slowly roasted pork loin infused with garlic and rosemary, served with potatoes and spinach) with a side of pesto pasta. It was beautifully plated and more than enough for the both of us, with leftovers for him to take the next day for his lunch.

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JT
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is excellent, food and the service was outstanding. A special thank you to our server, Justin who was the best!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic evening and the food and drinks were incredible... perfect customer service! Great experience and we will absolutely be back!

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J
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Justin was an excellent waiter. Very nice experience

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OT
Tucson
114 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

While on the pricey side, the food was outstanding, a good wine list and good service. This would have been a 5 star review, however, there was an unpleasant odor in the restaurant the night we were there. We could not identify it. This will not keep us from returning, as the night was otherwise excellent. good selection of pasta and other entrees. Nice selection of appetizers and salads and nice deserts.

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k
Tucson
67 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta is always delicious and fresh at Tavolino! The Boscaiola is a personal favorite :-) The staff are always friendly and the service is outstanding. I love Tavolino for a special occasion or just an everyday night out - you can't go wrong!

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