Tavlin

4.3
131 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
A Mediterranean kosher restaurant in Tenafly.
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Brachaeats
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best felafel and hummus, served beautifully with warm spinach salad. Felafel had a delicious crunchy crust with light, well spiced filling. Hummus was rich and creamy. Had a lovely outdoor table with umbrella for shade.

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DCLip
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic and delicious food - served quickly. Busy restaurant with a laid back vibe. Bring your own wine. Good value. Plan to return soon.

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Foodieatheart
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Tavlin is always delicious!! It’s always fresh , plentiful and consistently amazing! The owner is so friendly and ensures you are happy when you are there. If you are lucky to eat outside on a beautiful day you may even get to hear some music in the streets!

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OmaE
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended. Delicious food, excellent service, friendly atmosphere.

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None
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great food and very nice people but sadly it took over an hour to receive the appetizers and main courses all at the same time.

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Excellent
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service in a well managed Covid environment.

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ElliotR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance - I recommend you try it

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ElliotE
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Service was good! Too bad about Covid. One of our favorite restaurants!

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vipjkosher
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New dishes are excellent. Top notch all around as usual.

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KarenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavlin never fails. The ambiance is great and the food is always fresh. On weeknights, you can tend to see more groups of adults dining here; on Sundays one can find families with kids of all ages. It’s truly becoming my favorite kosher food establishment in Bergen County.

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DanielS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, great owner, great value. Recommending them to my friends from now on.

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SekuleoG
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Owners were very hospitable. Ive traveled to Isreal and this was the most authentic Med food, Ive had in NJ. Great place.

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viphkfromnewcity
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is good and reasonably priced for a kosher restaurant. Since they do not have a liquor license, I have seen patrons bring in their bottles of wine, kosher of course. Try it but make reservations.

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GTDT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We met friends there and enjoyed the band. The waiters were prompt, the food was good and the music was excellent although it was a little hard to hear our friends talking across the table and we moved to sit side by side to facilitate our conversation. The only slightly negative comment is that we ordered our meals on two separate checks. We ordered light items such as salads and falafel and chum is. Our friends received their food about 7-8 minutes before we were served ours which was slightly awkward. Even though our meals were on two separate tabs we were functioning as one group. Other than that we enjoyed our evening. We go to Tavlin often and recommend it. Their deep dish hot chocolate cake with parve ice cream is absolutely delicious!

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MILAF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in at regular day after work dinner with my ladies co workers. Service was quick. BYOB which was a plus! Had Branzino filet with cous cous and hummus to die for! Highly recommended!

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Excellent
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant with good food and relatively quiet surroundings.

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ZZtop
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was excellent. we were upset that our friends didn't want to get a chummus plate for the table because the chummus is SOOOO GOOOD!! Next time we're ordering one anyway! A little bit noisy and a little hard to hear at times but manageable. Wouldn't mind the background music a little lower. Already a return trip

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vipsc1961
New York Area
315 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very disappointing after reading all the reviews.

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MichaelB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food and a nice place to meet. Always.

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RachelS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so fresh and delicious and the prices are so reasonable. Worth a trip.

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ZZtop
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great atmosphere
food was great (every dish we got was great)
food came quickly
room was loud and a little hard to hear but was ok
never once did anyone rush us
we all left saying we have to come back another time

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vipjkosher
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently excellent food preparation and service. Eric oversees the restaurant Welland pitches in during busy times. We eat here often and highly recommend it.

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ELISHAG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food always good. Service also, but not this last visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and environment was Wonderful but a little loud

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EmilG
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was cold. And we were waiting too much time.....

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible...very slow service...noise level unbearable...food less than mediocre

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viphkfromnewcity
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good especially the Mediterranean hummus bowl. Getting served initially was slower than usual.

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JIMB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

4 people party; meal came out overcooked; new order not returned before all others finished their meals and side ordered (which was delivered separately was cold. Cancelled the order and did not get to eat meal. There was zero customer care and the owner, aware and involved, made no attempt to handle things in a gracious manner.
Have been there many times but will not return or recommend.

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MJ1010
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Food is great but service is really hit or miss. Sometimes you have a lovely server and get your food quickly, other times it takes a while. This last time was a disaster. We were there on father’s day. They supposedly were down a cook, but didn’t tell us until 2 hours later. Took forever to just get menus and for someone to take our order. The servers all seemed annoyed that we came there to eat (?!). Then it took almost an hour for some of the appetizers to come. Drinks never came. No one apologized or told us that there was an issue in the kitchen. After waiting almost 2 hours for our food and watching everyone else in the restaurant yelling at the owner and storming out, we realized it was time to leave. My kids were starving and I just needed to go get food elsewhere. The promises of “ten minutes” were everlasting. When I went up to say we were leaving and I’ll just pay for what we had eaten up until that point, the owner seemed annoyed that we were leaving. He didn’t really try to make anything right by us or the other several tables leaving. Just a shame bc we really like the food there but now all those in our party will most definitely not go back. If the owner would have been upfront about the kitchen issues, apologized for the wait and offered some appetizers or drinks, I guarantee all those people would have stayed. Just a really poor example of customer service and ruined a lot of people’s Father’s Day.

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ElaineS
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We all enjoyed our selections. We especially liked the fact that you could choose your fish entree and then choose the preparation option. They were very flexible about accommodating a request to prepare a side vegetable in a different manner than the standard offering. The staff was excellent, very pleasant.

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vipRestaurantmaven
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I would recommend Tavlin for its wonderful ambiance, its Israeli food, and its friendly and intimate setting.

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JoanneG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tavlin is a go to restaurant for us. The food is consistently terrific. We also love being serenaded with music that we recall from our younger years. Can’t wait to go back

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haroldh
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Over priced with poor service. The table we sat at was unstable and the wait staff did not try to fix it. The food was poor at best. The humus tastes as though it was our of a supermarket and was overloaded with oil. The blackened tuna was over cooked and had no flavor nor was it blackened at all.

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vipjkosher
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, Tavlin is consistently excellent. Nice servers. Thankfully no special Mother's Day menu. We shared a couple of appetizers and the excellent Israeli salad. Shwarma was top notch.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good not outstanding, however service was very slow. Even though it was Mother’s Day the restaurant was not packed; yet it took about an hour to receive our main dishes. Additionally, we had to constantly get the attention of the wait staff for water or the check etc and each time this took more time than most restaurants.

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phlox
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I had lunch with friends at Tavlin about a year ago and we all raved about the food. So when my friend came to visit from Florida (and I know she loves Mediterranean food) I suggested Tavlin and told her about the yummy lunch I had had there.

I felt really bad that I had built it up as being this terrific place that I knew she would enjoy. We were both very disappointed.

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vipjkosher
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipjkosher
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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CliffordS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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You can order delivery directly from Tavlin using the Order Online button. Tavlin also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tavlin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 871-6060.

Tavlin is rated 4.3 stars by 131 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.