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About Tavolata

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.

2323 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Daily 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Cross Street:
Battery & Bell

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 838-8008

Website:
http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/tavolata/

Catering:
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.

Executive Chef:
Addam Buzzalini

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
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Fit for Foodies (19)
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Hot Spot (11)
Cozy (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Romantic (9)
Business Meals (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Seasonal (5)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tapas (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined 3 days ago

Great space, a wee bit on the high-brow vibe but nothing wrong with that. Was surprised they added an auto-gratuity (was dining solo). Completely understand for a party of 6 or more but thought it was a bit odd (being that I usually tip more than 20%).

Would go back again for sure.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Tavolata was excellent. The food was absolutely outstanding. Our server was friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. We had a fantastic experience and will certainly be coming back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful restaurant and such good comforting food!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Second time here and the food was amazing! Service this time wasn't great. We were rushed through our meal and they kept trying to take our plates before we were finished! They didn't have a wait at the door so we weren't sure why they were being so pushy...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

We visited for our first anniversary and we couldn’t have picked a better spot. The staff are very knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. The food is excellent with delicious flavourings. People rave about the doughnuts for dessert but the other options are just as good. Try the sorbet - plum and clove isn’t something I’d usually pick but it was so good! Recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our server wasn’t the warmest. Annoyed would be more accurate. Seems as though he wanted to get our table in and out quickly. It really took away from our dinner. Maybe since 20% is automatically added on for gratuity the level of service isn’t what it could or should be. Food was pretty good. Drinks weren’t interesting in the least.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Enjoyed our meal on a Monday night. My husband and I split the Gem salad. I had the hanger steak, which was terrific. He had the spaghetti with anchovy sauce. We split the Pana cotta for dessert. Overall a lovely ending to our visit to Seattle.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was our second time at Tavolata and it was absolutely spectacular once again. It is a beautiful restaurant with even more beautiful food. Thank you! We can’t wait for the chance to visit again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Fun, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food here was outstanding! We ordered 4 dishes to share with our family of 6 and everything was really well done. You can tell this is a restaurant that doesn't usually cater to kids but they handled ours with grace.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Tasty find. We had a rather late reservation but thought we'd try our chances and luckily , for us, there was cancellation . Tasty food and decent serving sizes. Found the margarita to be too sour for my liking (and I don't have a sweet tooth)

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very good food and drinks!! Great to celebrate with friends!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Our second visit. The staff and overall service is outstanding. The food — that’s why we go! We look forward to returning again!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I've been here several times and have yet to be disappointed. Menu is great to order a few things and share. We were slightly disappointed with the dessert, but mostly because they didn't have something that we ourselves were craving. This place is great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great atmosphere for a business dinner! Food was delectable!

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent pasta dishes and attentive staff. It was a chilly evening, and the restaurant could have been a little warmer for comfort.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We really enjoyed our evening at Tavolata. They have good but not great gluten free options and no gluten free beer or bread. It's a great place in a trendy area of Seattle.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Spicy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had the ricotta ravioli with brown butter and sage.... oh so good. Also started with the bread service and beef carpaccio - a must try! This is my second time and I will def be back!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Never gets old. Food is always impeccable. I will keep coming back every time I’m in Seattle.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome Service, Food and Ambiance. Very happening place

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was excellent and a good value. The service was experienced and friendly. Will definitely add this to our regular dining circuit!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Disappointing. Service was very good; food was so-so. Fingerling potatoes with aioli had little aioli and little flavor. Marinated beets were good. Scallops were not good, perhaps too old. Pappardelle was good. Panna cotta was good.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The quality of the food and the options have gone down hill. Also, only having the restaurant week menu available is a bad idea.
Some people may not want that much food. The desserts were all lackluster.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

1st night of vacation. When you have 3-4 questions on the menu, that is a good sign. Their Ragu with

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

We have dined at Tavolata several times & are never disappointed and always enjoy the dining experience...probably our favorite restaurant in that area!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food and service. Zeppole for dessert very fun!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Anazing as always . Flavor profile interesting and delicious, pasta cooked perfectly

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fantastic dinner, celebrated a wedding anniversary

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The restaurant is very loud and you may have to share a big table with others. The food is delicious and creative and worth the need to speak loudly to be heard. A great choice for a small, boisterous group, but not so much for a romantic date.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love everything about this place. Great service, excellent food. Love the long tables that allow you to enjoy large groups together. Expensive but worth it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Third time here and a hit each time. We love the buratta, carpaccio and beets for appetizers and loved all the pastas and the whole fish. Definitely a fun place to share some of the amazing food choices here. Looking forward to the next time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Stingy portions for the price. Enjoyable food otherwise.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 9, 2017

First time at Tavolata in Belltown! Love the Capitol Hill location, and belltown did not disappoint! Lovely evening, great food, our knowledgeable server made excellent wine recommendations! Great night!

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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!

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