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Tavolino Ristorante, Tucson, AZ

Tavolino Ristorante

4.5
4.5
2929 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Thu–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (520) 531-1913
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Massimo Tenino | Eduardo Jara
  • Catering
    Tavolino does have catering capabilities. Inquire with management at 520.531.1913 for more details to see if Tavolino can host your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining room and many other options. Flat screen TV for presentations. Isolated and private, with multiple table set-ups available to fit the needs of your next event or celebration. For more information contact our private dining events coordinator at Karla@TavolinoRistorante.com
  • Private party contact
    Karla Rodriguez: (520) 531-1913
  • Neighborhood
    Foothills
  • Cross street
    Southwest corner of Skyline & Campbell in Plaza Colonial
  • Parking details
    Please note that there are two signs on the buildings. Entrance is on the east side of Plaza Colonial on the Campbell Ave. side of the plaza. Enter through the large gates and breezeway.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,929 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Italian

  • Tucson

    Italian

2,929 Reviews
  1. Diane

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a lovely dinner with a wonderful waiter. Our only complaint was the floral smell coming from the lady’s room. Fortunately the hostess moved us to a new table. Work on a better smell in the bathroom!!

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  2. Babs

    Chicago

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Tucson. The food is usually excellent and the service is usually very good. However, the grilled artichoke was overcooked or tough to begin with. We told our Server who said he would talk to the manager about it. Never got back to us with a replacement or a credit. Disappointing. However, the rest of the meal was very good. 

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  3. Fargo

    Tucson

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Tried it again. Disappointing as always. Stop pretending to be something better than you are.

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  4. kathys

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Tavolino is outstanding, the porchetta is lean, Moist and tender. The bolognese is excellent and the calamari appetizer is excellent . We always enjoy having dinner here

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  5. RickB

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Ravioli di Zucca was just mediocre. The “brown butter” was not browned (it was just melted butter) and sage sauce had little or no sage flavor at all. The Costine di Manzo al Barbera di Paulo (beef short ribs) was flavorless and slightly on the tough side. The lack of flavor, I’m sure, was because there was not a drop of fat on it. It’s the fat that gives beef its flavor, of course, and a thick-cut without fat is bound to be both tough and flavorless. We had two wines, both Rinaldi’s, a Primativo and a Barolo, but both were also just mediocre (I'm quite familiar with Italian wines). It’s our third try at Tavolino, and our third disappointment.

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  6. Amber

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was attentive and made us feel welcome on patio Zaniah

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  7. jake

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The door was open and kept letting in cold air. Made it sometime uncomfortable.

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  8. Carol

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointing meal. Restaurant was out of sea bass and Pinot Noir. Service was very slow. Salad dressing had no flavor- mine seemed to be pure olive oil.

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  9. Quietude

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 44th anniversary. The ambiance was good, the food was excellent. Our server could have cared less about us. He took our order and that was about it. He gave us an anniversary tidbit (spoonful of ice cream for the two of us) and left. Did not offer us dessert. We had wanted to order dessert. The tidbit I guess had to do it. Then we waited for the check for 25 min. And waited. He finally gave us an incomplete check. We again waited for him to come back. He walked past us many times. So my husband finally got up and went over to him at the next table and asked him for the check then came back to our table. 10 min later the waiter returned with a payable check. Another 10 min went by before he returned to run it. We finally got to leave.

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  10. Rock

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We asked for a quiet table and it was perfect. Dustin was our server and pays attention to details that result in a high quality dining experience. Example turning your entree plate so food is presented properly. Menu is varied and all our food was prepared well

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience!! Wish I could remember our servers name because he was excellent. Great atmosphere, yummy Negroni, amazing pasta. I highly recommend! 

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  12. Poady

    Tucson

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good dining experience. Food was a bit late in arriving. It was nice to sit outside, but it isn’t that fancy. Very nice to have a heater brought to our table.

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  13. StevenW

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Will definitely be back. Everything was as expected

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  14. KenG

    Tucson

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The ambiance was good. The service was spotty, They had a large party that took most of their servers and attention. Our food was inedible. I had squid ink pasta with shrimp and the pasta was so over cooked I could not eat it. They brought me a second serving and again the shrimp was too tough to chew. My wife had the Frutti de mar pasta and that shrimp was also overcooked. We never had our water glasses refilled.

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  15. Cody

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Yesterday was my 45th wedding anniversary and I mentioned this when I made my reservations. No mention was made by either the waiter or the lady in the very front. In March I will celebrate my 80th birthday and I was planning on coming back to Tavolino.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Nice restaurant, but we were seated in the back dining area at a table that had the feel of being in a storage room due to the multiple large stacks of cloth napkins piled up on built-in cabinetry near us and a cardboard box in the corner. Main dining room looked much nicer.

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  17. MADMTraveler

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went to Tavolino for Valentine’s Day. Had a great table in the corner of the small dining room. The service was superb. The fried calamari and fire. Roasted brussels sprouts were outstanding. Very large portions as well, could easily share with two or more at the table. I had the seafood pasta, which was excellent. My wife had these special osombocca, also very good.  overall a great Danny experience.

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  18. AALTucsonian

    New York City

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The veal piccata was tough and stringy. Not all of the meat just a few of the pieces. The servers were very young and inexperienced with surprisingly poor service and people skills. Their youthful exuberance somewhat made up for it. However, for the price you pay I would have expected more seasoned help for we know that ambiance and service is a large part of an excellent dining experience. Very disappointing. Will be looking for an alternative Italian experience.

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  19. Margy

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time eating at Tavolino’s. When we were first seated, I smelled something like a sewer smell which I asked the waiter about. He couldn’t smell it. The atmosphere is beautiful and inviting and the food and drinks were excellent. We will be back.

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  20. DaveC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    5stars except for being very loud. Hard to hear our party of 4 speak

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  21. Peach

    Phoenix

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience with Tavolino was great. The food and service were both excellent. Brandon took great care of us.

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  22. HalY

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for birthday celebration. Had calamari and a salad to start. Then squid ink pasta with shrimp, veal saltimbuca, beet infused ravioli and veal piccata, all great . Drinks and service were good.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a true authentic Italian meal! Phenomenal service.

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  24. DaveP

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Tavolino brings the true taste of Italy to Tucson. You won’t find another place that has such incredible true Italian cuisine. 

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  25. MarisolC

    Tucson

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I reserved for 4 people and the table were set up for 2. The other thing is that if you are seating at the bar and then your table is ready, you have to close your account at the bar and, if you didn't finish your drink, you have to bring it to your table your self, no body helps you

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  26. Diane

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Alain, the waiter /manager took amazing care of us so we could get out to a theatre performance. He is the best waiter in town. He was always checking back to see what we needed. Thanks a million Alan!

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  27. obdoc

    Salt Lake City

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality of the food was amazing and our waiter was great

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  28. FrankM

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Large selection for all tastes. All done well and competitively priced. Wednesday is 1/2 price wine bottles and large choices at almost retail pricing. Always a satisfying feeling when we leave.

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  29. RichL

    Tucson

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I make every effort to try a highly recommended Tucson restaurant once every two weeks. At this point we have tried approximately 30 having returned to a few during this period. It is our opinion that Tavolino is the best we have eaten at thus far in tis area. My wife had the salmon and I had the Veal Saltimboca. Both dishes were prepared and and presented with excellence. There is no doubt that we will be returning to this spot in the near future as there are many other menu choices we would like to have. Please bear in mind that this is or opinion only and we are not in any way qualified to be making critiques of eating establishments other than our having eaten at fine restaurants all over the world as well as on board many cruise line ships.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We have never, in any country, in a diner or 4 star restaurant been offered a scoop of ice cream each in recognition of our anniversary ....and then CHARGED for one scoop. I guess you should have dinner on your anniversary ALONE. Very poor customer relations. Please don't spoil a celebration with this pettiness.

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  31. Marilyn

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Place looks good and clean. Service was very good and fast. Personnel clean and dressed appropriately. Food just regularly Italian for the masses and therefore expensive for what it is. The big dining room too noise for conversation. Disappointing.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a very fine dining experience that met our expectations. We were able to get the table we wanted for hearing purposes, so both dinner and conversation were optimal.

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  33. RamH

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice dishes with excellent quality and taste! Wines are from different parts of Italy. Very reasonable! I have been here several times and each time, we have had different server but the service has been absolutely marvelous!

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  34. MelissaC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were amazing! Great ambience for any occasion

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  35. Inky274

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Four people at the table. First time at this restaurant. Everyone ordered different meals. I ordered the pizza which was very tasty. Had leftovers . My wife ordered lasagna which turned out to be pretty good. Not a large portion but enough to satisfy. One of the other diners ordered ravioli that she liked. The other entrée.was some kind of seafood with pasta. Another thumbs up. Everyone said they would return. Reasonable prices.

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  36. DanielleDinner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointing that the 2 girls had to announce it was a "birthday" when we arrived and was being seated. It was to be a surprise. Not a great way to start.

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  37. Prj1

    Des Moines

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, cocktails and food were great. A definite do over.

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  38. Shelley

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was exceptional, adequately staffed and d very attentive and professional. Appetizer of zucchini and tomato sauce was delicious. Only negative experience was that the pork main course was dry and overcooked. Would repeat the restaurant.

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  39. SteveF

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The branzino is always great, the lasagne is always great, the service is always good. Truly enjoy the experience as usual

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was awesome. Every aspect of the experience was top notch.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Tavolino Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Tavolino Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 2929 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tavolino Ristorante

2890 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Southwest corner of Skyline & Campbell in Plaza Colonial
  • Neighborhood
    Foothills
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Thu–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Please note that there are two signs on the buildings. Entrance is on the east side of Plaza Colonial on the Campbell Ave. side of the plaza. Enter through the large gates and breezeway.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Massimo Tenino | Eduardo Jara
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (520) 531-1913
  • Catering
    Tavolino does have catering capabilities. Inquire with management at 520.531.1913 for more details to see if Tavolino can host your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining room and many other options. Flat screen TV for presentations. Isolated and private, with multiple table set-ups available to fit the needs of your next event or celebration. For more information contact our private dining events coordinator at Karla@TavolinoRistorante.com
  • Private party contact
    Karla Rodriguez: (520) 531-1913
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