Tavlin

4.5
95 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
A Mediterranean kosher restaurant in Tenafly.
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j
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tavlin rocks. While we started on the early end we extended into the dinner hour when it was busy. We enjoyed our shared plate appetizers and everyone's meal from the kid meal to the adult meals were outstanding. Also enjoy the BYOB policy! Cheers!

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j
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tavlin continues to hit all the right notes. With a large group of family members including little children we wanted to be sure we were taken care of properly. We were. Food was excellent and service was excellent. Eric always watches over all with a good eye and a kind hand. Regards.

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food is very good, but the service is poor. It took over an hour for appetizers to arrive and waitstaff was routinely slow to respond.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A kosher restaurant with great food and charming architecture. The live music at night was a huge bonus!

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the band.
Food was good but expensive.
Would amd have recommended to a friend.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eric is a friend and always takes good care of my fiance and me. The service, food and ambiance are a perfect blend.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting from Israel....and they loved the food...
And the boss...

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food is always great and plentiful. We had four servers come over to take our order. My wife asked what else was in the lentil soup. The sever said, just lentils. We insisted she ask the cook. Someone else, came, not her, someone more junior saying it has lentils, carrots, onions. The older sever was just arrogant and did not know. We asked FIVE times for an extra napkin until we got one. They served dishes and refilled glasses of water reaching over us - just not proper service. There service is always TERRIBLE. I do not get why.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Very fresh and good food. We enjoyed the restaurant very much.

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LF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, service needs improvement. Had to return coffee 3 times because the soy milk used was rancid.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was fine. Nice to have a fancier kosher restaurant than what is usually around. No to convenient to get to.

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MC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tavlin is a terrific Israeli restaurant. The hummus is outstanding and all the kebabs will make you think you're eating in Tel Aviv. Add a little schug if you like things harif. I've never had a bad meal here, but the place can be really noisy. I learned way too much about the gap-year program of the daughter of a man sitting one table over.

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EG
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fresh good food with fair prices. Great service !

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RU
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and smbisnce

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j
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent. Food is plentiful and tasty. Enjoy the BYOB aspect. Owner and staff are friendly and accommodating

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SL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere is really wonderful. They don't have a liquor license, so we bring our own wine which is economical. The food, overall is great, but the dishes they don't do well, they don't do well. The fresh tuna never great and the shwarma dry. Other dishes and the hummus are great!

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j
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavlin also hits it out of the park! Excellent quality. Ample portions. Great owner and good service

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P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is very good. Service could be improved. We were 6 people. One of the party had to wait loo long for her main coarse. I think they forgot to include it with the others when 1st ordered.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was fresh and delicious

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RS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, excellent experience!

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W
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing , fresh , homemade , healthy food

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AN
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was far from our expectations, too bad.
the place was too cold, my baby granddaughter was shaking
the food was bearable
my old aunt fell and hurt her head because the slippery floor
bad experience

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The pita and chumus were delicious. The service was very slow - even the appetizers didn't come to the table at anywhere near the same time. A steak that we ordered was cooked wrong and then took an even longer time to get a new one. It's a good place to relax and eat chumus and salads- but skip the full dinner experience.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was delicious was the portions were very big. However, we had terrible service. Our server was difficult to find and then he threw our pita bread down on the table and seemed very annoyed. In the past we’ve always had a good experience but this dinner, our service was really terrible.

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is outstanding! I have never had better hummus or "mixed grill," even in Israel. The owner is very friendly.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Have been here before and usually pretty good. We went for my dad's Birthday and service was not great. Ordered and after 25 minutes waitress comes over to tell us how one of the dishes is not available! Waited for a long time for appetizers Dinner and to get the check. Very disappointed and so was my dad.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We went on a Sunday afternoon to have lunch and celebrate our Anniversary. When we were seated a young man came by to give us the menus and within 5 minutes came back for the order. We felt rushed to give the order. When asked about what certain items were, I felt like he was doing us a favor and answering my questions. Food was good. Pita was ok. Nobody came by to refill water glasses. When asked for the bill again felt like they were doing us a favor giving it to us (only 2 people working-a busman and waitress). Had to go up to the counter to pay the bill where everyone else was given their bill and it was taken away and returned with a receipt.
We loved it when we went on a Saturday night, but lunch was not my favorite time.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very intimate

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ES
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience as always! Service is friendly and accommodating, food is delicious with lots of choices.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Tavlin and it was a fantastic experience. The staff was wonderful and attentive. Though a lot of people were at the restaurant, it was not noisy and the atmosphere was perfect. The food was fantastic from the salmon to the rib eye steak and the hummus bowl to start. It was a real treat to listen to music during dinner-not to loud or too soft. Would definitely go back again and again

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JL
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent Israeli food. The salads and meats were all great we al enjoyed it.

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BW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

I had to ask for water 3x and ever got it. We felt ignored.

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DJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant had a band. The band was ok, but it was so loud that we could neither enjoy the meal or hear our own conversations. The food was quite good, but we will never go back when they have a band.

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P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thank you for taking good care of our group. We enjoyed our meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No words.... Absolutely Incredible

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Humus bowls with meat delicious . Chicken and beef dishes good. Shwarma good not great. Nice overall meal. Decent value for a kosher restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

It was excellent. First time at this restaurant and was very pleased. Food was excellent. Service was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Terrible dinner. The noise level was extremely loud. The service was terrible. Will not return

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very happy and really look forward to coming back for future special occasions

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant wih friendly staff and very tasty food.

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