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Chef Addam Buzzalini will dazzle guests using creative house-made pastas to create seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes.
Opened in January of 2007, Tavolàta is Chef Ethan Stowell's second restaurant, located at 2323 Second Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. House-made pastas, simple Italian cuisine, and a 30-foot communal table (tavolàta) are the focal point of this urban Italian-inspired eatery. Tavolàta offers a full bar and a wine list featuring Italian and Pacific Northwest wines. Tavolàta serves dinner seven nights a week from 5pm to 11pm. Tavolàta has a semi-private mezzanine for up to 30 guests and a small patio for seasonal dining.
Seattle, WA 98121
Hours of Operation:
Daily 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Battery & Bell
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are happy to help you plan your private event at Tavolata. Semi-private mezzanine can accommodate up to 30 guests or reserve the entire restaurant for parties up to 90 guests. Please contact our administrative office at 206.588.0030 for more information.
Private Party Facilities:
A semi-private mezzanine for up to 30 guests is ideal for group dinners, overlooking the kitchen and dining room below.
Private Party Contact:
ESR Events: (888) 653-0842
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for our monthly Sunday Feast, a four-course family meal served at the tavolàta (communal table) where seating is limited to 26 diners. Price will range from $45 - $75 per person depending on the featured ingredient.
Tavolata Ratings and Reviews
Two things. Hard seats and zero cushions. Ok being picky but still. 2 with 2 people dining we automatically charged 20% gratuity. I always tip 20% this time I Left cash and didn’t. Don’t assume u get 20% especially when we don’t get welcome bread like everyone else. Food very tasty tho
We absolutely love this place and take all of our out-of-town guests here. The menu is full of good choices, but our particular favorites are the extruded pastas - both the tonnarelli and the spaghetti are really just amazing despite their simplicity - and the grilled hanger steak, which is cooked to perfection and comes with delicious salsa verde. The beef carpaccio and the beets are our favorite appetizers/shareables. The vibe is definitely "urban chic" with exposed concrete and clear incandescent bulbs, but it works well, and the service is always, always good.
We arrived 10 minutes before the restaurant opened & were greeted at the open door by an unfriendly host who told us & one other couple we would have to wait outside until the official open time. We would have been happy to sit at the bar or stand inside as it was a cool evening. Despite having made our reservation 3 weeks prior we were taken upstairs to a far back corner table next to a speaker blasting loud music not appropriate for nice dining. We ordered pasta dishes (Rigatoni & Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs) and found the sauce to be salty & bland. The service was minimal. A disappointment to say the least.
Went to this restaurant based on good reviews but was disappointed by the service, food, drink, and ambiance. Our server had flat personality, cocktails were served half-full, the Buratta was tough to eat with wafer thin crostini, and the Tonarelli I ordered was very dry so only ate half.
The restaurant is noisy but it gives the place a nice energy. The chairs could be more comfortable and the tables more rustic looking considering the limited decor.
My friend had the New York strip steak which tasted phenomenal. They served it sliced on a wood plank which made a nice presentation.
Wish I could give this restaurant a higher rating but the combination of pasta, service, and cocktails were a triple whammy of disappointment.
Tavolata is not your typical Italian red-sauce restaurant. It is an interesting spin on Italian cuisine. Coming from the Northeast, this was an unexpected twist. We enjoyed the food, a little loud, but an active scene with a lot of upside. Spoke with the Exec. Chef, from Minn. with a different approach to Italian cuisine.
We enjoyed the Sangiovese. The beet salad were fine with both of us but more organic green and nuts would be good. The fish of the day cod was a little overdone and too much salt was applied. The chicken also was smothered with salt. It could have been an unusual day in the kitchen. We enjoy ESR's restaurants previously without such findings.
Came here to celebrate my fiance's birthday. Staff were amazing- he even got a signed birthday card from the restaurant, very sweet touch. Everything we had was delicious, the salads, bruschetta, pasta, dessert, and cocktails. I would definitely recommend this place and I'll be back for more pasta. Many thanks to the talented staff for making it special.
This is my first unfavourable written review, and I'll explain why later below. Let's first start off with my findings:
1. The service was lackluster and certainly not worth the mandatory 20% charge (it cannot be removed either)
2. The pasta was EXTREMELY SALTY (4 in total, 2 ordered, 2 remade) and our judgment was backed by two other tables (10+ people in total) who also admitted to us and to the manager-on-duty that ALL of their dishes (including entrees like chicken) was also OVERLY SALTY. An off night perhaps?
3. If you want to email Angela Stowell (CEO) about your poor experience, as suggested on their menu, forget it. It's perhaps the most generic response ever, and definitely shows no compassion and sympathy to make things right.
The reason why I have never written an unfavourable reviews until today is because I understand that nobody is perfect and we all have off days. I am often blessed (and have built many lasting relationships) with owners/managers/ceo's of many restaurant groups that will genuinely want to re-invite me back for a proper "experience" visit. From there, I realized my unfavourable visit was an one-off. Unfortunately, with Angela's response I am confident that the restaurant group does not care about its customers.
While I believed the night in which we received our SALTY food was a rare occurrence (based on the abundance of positive reviews here), I strongly advise those who want to choose a restaurant with CONFIDENCE that they will "make it right for you" to think twice about visiting this restaurant, and the Ethan Stowell group.
If you do choose to visit after reading this review, I genuinely wish you have a phenomenal experience here :) Cheers!
My wife and I frequent this place. We have since moving downtown. Tavolata has one of the best Happy Hours in Belltown. If you love Italian food and good quality wine, you cannot go wrong with this place. Note...Happy Hour only occurs in the bar and out on the patio. We send all of our friends who ask where to eat when visiting the city there. Everyone of them loved it.
We visit Seattle 3-4 times per year and eat at Tavolata at least twice per trip. Yes, even with all the great food in Seattle we cannot pass on Tavolata. Amy always takes great care of us and even though we don't live in Seattle remembers us each time we come in. We recommend it to everyone we know!
We arrived right on time at 6:30 for our reservation. The main floor dining room was almost empty and there were numerous 4-top tables available. In spite of this, we were escorted to an upstairs table above the kitchen, where it was much warmer than the large main floor room. The unseasonably weather combined with the heat of the kitchen made the upstairs room intolerable. I asked that our party be seated downstairs and was told that was not possible because they were fully booked (hmm??). After moving a large fan near our table it was obvious that the air was not going to be sufficiently cooled. When I insisted on being reseated, the person "helping" us reluctantly said that she would see what she could do. She acted like my request was quite unreasonable. After a substantial wait, she came back & said that she could seat us downstairs but only if we could finish our dinner by 8:00. We asked why the 8:00 reservation couldn't be seated upstairs if we weren't done but she insisted that we would have to agree to finish by 8:00. We agreed and were reseated. If it had not been a busy evening in Seattle, we would certainly have left without eating after being treated so disrespectfully. The only saving grace of the evening was our waitress who was exceptionally kind. I won't be back!
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