Tavolino Ristorante

4.6
2322 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
An inviting restaurant that feels like an Italian neighborhood trattoria. Tavolino specializes in simple, elegant food including fresh salads, homemade pastas, pizzas, succulent roast and grilled meats, rotisserie chicken and game, and luscious desserts. Tavolino brings Italy to life in Tucson.

Note: due to limited seating and capacity, we will not be accepting ANY table requests for online reservations. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2322 people are saying
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vipFoodyone
Tucson
454 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Tavolino is now open for lunch again! I had what I consider an outstanding thin crust pizza adding delicious sausage, and my wife had a fresh salad with chicken added. We both had glasses of wine, and finished with cappuccino. Everything was great!

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ScottR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service was ok at best last night with lots of details missed that I am not used to experiencing at Tavalino, The patio really needs some attention to ambiance - does not much the beauty and experience of the interior seating which is unfortunate. My quests are new to town and it was their first time there and agreed with me the food was fantastic as always but some attention detail at this level of dining should have been there.

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VeronicaD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Over all the food was delicious, I just think that our dishes could of used more sauce.

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vipChicagoGirl
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful and consistently good! We enjoy the pasta as well as pizza and salad. Wine list is nice as well

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vipGaryandJo
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very busy and loud. Service was a little slower than normal but always pleasant and informative. Food is always excellent. Prices are very fair and good value.

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vipFoodyone
Tucson
455 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here often as it is, to us, very much like dining in Italy. We love the caprese burrata with prosciutto appetizer, the rotisserie chicken, the veal piccata, and lasagne, all of which we enjoyed again tonight!

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PatriciaC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great meal. We love it

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SanaK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, clean restaurant, great/fresh food, amazing desserts....overall a great experience!

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NikK
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the better restaurants in Tucson. The food is superb, and the overall feel of the restaurant is classy.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. The food and wine were divine, the service was fantastic and the ambience was perfect!

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vipNuNu
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was above average and we had the nicest experience. Kason did a great job!

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sunnypdx
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 5 had a fantastic evening dining outside last night. The service was outstanding. Everyone was satisfied with their appetizers and meals.

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YellowBird
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and excellent service. Will definitely be going back.

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vipMarshaS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and can hardly wait to go again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lot of fun, my husband and I had a great time and the service was wonderful! We absolutely loved our appetizer the zucchini and mozzarella bake. Thank you for a great experience!

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SheilaW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Veal was disappointing. Not nearly as tender as I expected. Service was good, but not outstanding as I expected. The wine was good, but expensive. To pay as much as we paid for our meals, I expected excellent in all categories.

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SusanD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening on the patio at Tavolino. Beautiful surroundings, wonderful service, excellent food. Couldn't be better. Terrific restaurant.

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LLevine1
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavalinos is always outstanding ...food, service, ambiance

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Donna
Dubai
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks - had a wonderful evening dining with friends. A slight delay getting our cocktails otherwise a perfect evening.

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JEFFCON
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being from NYC, I am taken back to Corallo Trattoria every time I enjoy Tavolino's. Thanks for bringing some of my City to me here in Tucson.
Our wait staff was excellent as was the food. And I believe you make the best Bourbon sour in Tucson! Thanks again

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vipFoodyone
Tucson
455 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here often and find it to be the most authentic fine Italian restaurant in Tucson. Tonight we enjoyed the caprese burrata with prosciutto first, followed by a delicious seafood pasta dish. My wife ordered the salmon entree, and friends ordered steak with broccolini, and a pasta with vodka sauce. All were great! Nice selection of Italian and domestic wines by the glass or bottle, and a full bar that still serves generously poured cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

4 Star for ambiance due to big cockroaches found under our table and several more in patio area we had to walk around as we left the restaurant.

Tavolino Ristorante
Responded on September 18, 2021

Hi, I am glad you had a great time and thank you for your feedback. I do want to clarify with you that what you saw was not cockroaches they are Palo Verde beetles. With all the rain we have been receiving this year it really has brought a lot of different creatures out in the open. I can assure you that those little beetles will be out and about anywhere you go. We do get our restaurant treated on a regular basis but unfortunately we can't always control nature. Karla Rodriguez Manager

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vipWallyworld
Tucson
60 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual amazing salads, house made pasta, and family produced Italian wines.

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robert
Tucson
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at Tavolina Ristorante last evening. Service, food, all were excellent. Only wish they had more service people so more reservations could be taken. We had to settle for 5:15 but wished to reserve for 6:00 and there were many empty tables be 6:00. We realized they only reserve the number of tables for which they have service. That's commendable of them and no one was denied good service. It will be great when the area returns to normal and people return to work.

This is not a fault of Tavolino. We were very pleased with our dining there.

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Bandit384
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with outstanding service! We shared the penne with fungi Nd it was plenty for two of us. Respectable wine selection rounded out the experience.

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LuvLandrys
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary.

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vipDanielleM
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and so was the service

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vipGerardC
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Visit with family.

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Jamison
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time. Food was better than expected. Very clean and priced well. Staff was great very attentive.

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Horacio
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the cheese appetizer and the pasta. Everything was good. I prefer the white wine colder.

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vipStoneyMaroney
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Last visit (July) was really good and service was excellent. This time, unfortunately, not so much. My Salmon was requested medium rare, to which our waiter said “that’s the way we do it here”. Upon presentation, I found out that that ain’t the way they were doing it last night! It was overcooked, almost dry. I sent it back via the runner, as our waiter had disappeared. After our guests were nearly finished with dinner, my redone salmon, now cooked to perfection, was served. We never got an apology, nor an offer to reduce the cost of our dessert, or the entre, etc., as is normally SOP when a kitchen screws up an order. So, it’ll be a while before I return…..

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TheHopkins
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was friendly and very attentive without intruding.

The antipasto misto to share for our table of five was plentiful with a nice variety of salami, mortadella, and roasted/marinated veggies. The bread service was warm and toasty.

The entrees were all delicious and filling … we thoroughly enjoyed our dinners

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JerroldM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your from the East Coast and looking for an Italian restaurant that reminds you of home. This is it. Fresh Cooked food, outstanding service. Looking forward to exploring the menu.

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OldSchool
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

very good dining experience. Dustin was fabulous. Would recommend this restaurant.

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DavidH
Tucson
33 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location in the foothills although a little hard to get into the shopping center. Great service and very attentive. Very good typical Italian food (pastas, seafood, cheeses) and wine. A bit overpriced on both wine and food, but worth an occasional splurge.

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Gabrie
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I ordered the Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare. The sea food was overcooked and it was hard to chew through the shrimp and even less the octopus.
The bruschette on the other hand, were perfectly crafted and delicate.
I gave them four stars overall because the service was excellent.

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beehive1956
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We very much enjoyed the dining experience. Great table, good food , wine and excellent service.Definitely will return.

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MC78
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We dined as a family of 3 and ordered three different items as our main course. I got the Branzino and asked the kitchen to fillet it. The fish was cooked well and tasted good, but the broccolini were heavily basted in garlic that their natural flavor was muted. The sauces were okay. The lemon caper sauce was tasty, but the lemon aioli didn't have much of a flavor at all. I had high expectations for this and it was decent. My wife had the pizza prosciutto. She was excited to get this because they have a wood fire oven and that usually presents a unique flavor that we enjoy. However, we did not ask for the pizza to be cooked well done and when it came to the table it was noticeably under cooked. She tried to pick up a slice and it was floppy. She asked to have it put in the oven longer, but they decided to leave the pizza on the large plate it came on, and put that in the oven. This obviously wasn't going to fix the issue. The top was cooked properly, but the bottom was still soggy and not any better. They didn't want to burn the arugula and took it off, but they didn't have any more to put back on. They should have taken the pie off of the plate so that the bottom could be cooked better, but it likely would have fell apart. I would say the pizza ingredients smelled and looked as if they were good quality, but the cook was disappointing so we sent it back. My son had the lasagna al forno. This was the best entrée of our meal by far. You could tell the sauce and noodles were hand made. I'm not a fan of meat sauces myself, but I would consider it subtle and not overpowering. We asked if in place of my wife's pizza if she could have bruschetta burrata and added some grilled shrimp for protein. This was also excellent. The shrimp were cooked very well and the burrata was high quality as well. It wouldn't surprise me if it was also home made. The panzanella salad was also excellent. I would go back for different apps and a different pasta dish. 6.5/10

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vipAllanG
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Northern Italian food, very authentic. Great atmosphere.

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vipGiggles
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome!

FAQs

Tavolino Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Tavolino Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 2322 OpenTable diners.

Tavolino Ristorante does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.powercard.com/giftcard/GiftCard.php?cardid=82.

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.