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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

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (20)
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Authentic (15)
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Pre/post Theatre (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Business Meals (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Tapas (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Booooo.

Extremely slight portions of proteins or sauces on every dish = poor value.

Examples:
1. pappardelle with meat ragu = 1 Tablespoon of sauce and meat.
2. Prawns and pasta had 2 small prawns cut into six pieces and kitchen apologizes because there should have been 3 prawns cut into 9 pieces. Hahahahaha come on.
3. 3 scallops - not jumbo scallops on an entree plate as the entree with a Tablespoon and a half of rice and 2 pine nuts halved.
4. 3 chicken meatballs in a huge bowl of spaghetti with no sauce, it was tossed in sauce and put into the bowl and was dry.

Our dinners and desserts were served 15 minutes apart. We waited 20 minutes after being seated to even be acknowledged and that wasn’t even by our server. Our server was sweet but there is clearly no team here.

Overall the pasta was good but he value is terrible and two dishes were grossly over salted while one had no seasoning at all. The scallops weren’t properly seared on both sides resulting in slightly under cooked centers.

To round out amateur night they hyped a champagne gelato which one would assume the champagne is poured over the top, after we ordered and expected to see it on the table after a 20 minute wait, the rest of the desserts were brought and our friend was then told they couldn’t giver her that dessert because the champagne didn’t freeze. Well duh.

The spicy Rigatoni was the only really good dish on the menu. The wine list is very good but with a 110-125% markup so be prepared.

As a lover of great food, a defender of great restaurants... I must say... Unless you are dying to part with $100 per person for mediocrity, go somewhere else!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

I have been here a couple of times and enjoy it. The Burrata cheese appetizer was very good but the tonnarelli pasta was a bit too al dente, sauce was great. We had half bottle of Amarone but glasses smelled of bleach. Server was very nice and rinsed the glasses so we could enjoy the wine.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A decent value for a standard, Italian Ethan Stowell meal. Nice restaurant tucked away inside Belltown.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Cozy, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

What a wonderful restaurant! This has been one of my favorite spots in the city, and when we chose to go here for New Years Eve, it did not disappoint. The pre fixe menu was amazing, and the wine pairing was perfect. The food was delicious and the staff attentive. Will be back again and again!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to celebrate New Year and had a great dinner with my family.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food, ambiance, and service were all poor. My rating is zero stars!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overall, our experience was very good. My wife and I went for NYE dinner. First and foremost, the food was very good. Things were generally well-timed, occasionally on the slow side, even though we dined really early. Each dish of the prix fixe menu was well conceived, decent portion size, and well prepared. Nothing blew our minds, but nothing was bad at all.
The real issues were non-food related. We were seated in an upstairs section near a window and it was incredibly cold. The people next to us were shivering and I myself was extremely cold. We mentioned it to our server but there wasn’t much she could do. Every other table was reserved.
The other odd thing was the music selection. It seemed to be a collection of 90s R&B / hip hop jams. From Ginuwine’s “Pony” to TLC’s “Waterfalls,” each song was weirder than the last.
Anyway, the food was very good. Service was lacking a little and slow, which was even more annoying due to a pre-set 20% added gratuity. The ambiance was okay with mildly inappropriate music for a nice NYE dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I ate here for "date night" Saturday and loved the food! Everything we ate we enjoyed tremendously -- roasted beets, beef carpaccio, pappardelle, and the scallops. My personal fave was the roasted beets, served with whipped ricotta cheese and pistachios, and my wife loved the scallops, served with creamed farro and hazelnut. Prices moderately expensive but this is Belltown after all. Service quick and our server was happy to stick around answering all of our questions about the food. Only downer was that my glass of wine, a sangiovese, was a little bitter -- hopefully the bottles are better. Trendy atmosphere, good amount of noise but wasn't disturbed my any of the chatty neighbors or the Radiohead playing on the stereo. We will revisit!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We visit Seattle 3-4 times per year and always eat at Tavolata at least twice! It is our favorite restaurant in Seattle (and that is saying a lot considering the competition).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service was excellent and would certainly come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The pasta was phenomenal, as were the desserts, wine, and appetizers.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had an excellent evening and we definitely look forward to returning here for future date nights.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food as always was amazing. 2 people in our party had not eaten here, and were thoroughly impressed!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I’m not into communal dining setups. Wish that was made explicitly clear - I would have passed. No reason to pay such high prices with forced tipping and get jammed in between people at a communal table. I get breakfast or certain experiences being communal - not a $$$ dinner.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Staff was very accommodating for my girlfriend's birthday. They had a card ready on the table and they referred to her as the birthday girl. They made sure she felt appreciated.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Fantastic pre-Xmas meal with family. Service and ambiance exceeded expectations on a dark, windy Seattle night. Food was fresh, and tasty with unique flavors. Some of our party felt their dishes were a bit bland. The paperdelle with ragu, chili and orange was the favourite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The noise was pretty loud, the food was a little bit salty but then u just gonna need more wine to wash it down so I am not complaining at all

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

Beautiful restaurant and such good comforting food!

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

True italian food

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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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 (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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 (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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