Tavolino Ristorante

4.7
2120 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 2120 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RichardS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner for my wife . As always Jack our waiter was excellent. We visited almost every week .

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Louie
Tucson
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there; great dining experience. Recommend trying it out.

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Kathyj
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went here for our wedding anniversary and sat inside. Due to COVID seating restrictions, there was plenty of space between diners and the noise level was low.

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InspiredLady
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish! Creme Caramel best ever ! Also wonderful salad with beets.

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vipBethL
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Driving through Tucson on our way back to LA. Hesitant about eating in a restaurant due to COVID-19. No problems here. Beautiful outdoor patio, not many diners, we felt safe. Bartender made a great old-fashion! We had the arugula salad, burrata pizza and pizza margherita. All were great. I probably wouldn’t get the burrata pizza again just because I like my pizza a bit crispier and the cheeses doesn’t allow for it. Pasta Bolognese was excellent and so was the veal piccata. Will definitely go back when we drive through!

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vipOVTom
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our most recent experience at Tavolino's was wonderful. However, since we are "at risk" we purposely chose to dine outdoors on their patio. We were disappointed to find that the patio is completely enclosed, therefore defeating the purpose of eating outdoors with full outdoor ventilation. I understand that the outside temperature will soon be problematic to outdoor dining, but I'm afraid that until the pandemic is better controlled through a vaccine we will not be able to dine here again.

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vipJimC
Portland
51 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The octopus was very good, the Brussels sprouts as well. The server was appropriately attentive, just not sure why he would not answer my inquiry about the type of pepper, told me twice “I’m checking on that.” In rereading the menu, I see “Calabrian”... small thing...

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HeatherE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. I had the veal picatta. It was a little tough and the sauteed spinach was a bit too salty.

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ElizabethW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this restaurant! The ambiance was perfect, the service was excellent, and the food was incredible! This was a perfect place to celebrate my birthday and will definitely be coming back.

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Getsemany
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was really good. They gave my mom a happy birthday dessert.

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JackG
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose the noise level as "energetic" because there was a very young child, being loud, with adults who ignored her behavior.
Other than that, it would've been a very quiet evening.

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BillF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian restaurant certainly, and perhaps favorite restaurant, this side of Italy or France.

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LucienF
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Tavolino for my birthday. The ambiance was great to have an intimate conversation with my wife. Food and the service was awesome. I will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only reason for less than 5 stars in a couple categories is just because of how things need to be set up for Covid. Not the same feeling as before but they are doing the best job under the circumstances! Food and service fabulous as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The restaurant itself and service was great however the quality of the food was beyond disappointing and felt that for the level of the restaurant that this is the food tasted reheated and not fresh.

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vipLarryF
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants and we especially like the house Wines. This is one of the best go to Italian restaurant in Tucson.

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vipnutrinancy
Tucson
116 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our experience was uneven. The greeting/seating was not welcoming, but we had a great table. Our server, Jack, immediately reversed my initial feeling. The hot bread, charred in the pizza oven, was delicious. We shared the Panzanella salad, and it was fabulous. I ordered the veal piccata, and I was delighted with the flavors. My husband was a bit dissatisfied by the Fruita Del Mar Spaghetti. He felt it could have been far more flavorful. We finished dinner with chocolate custard, and it was richly delicious. So overall, I will say, we will be back.

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Michaelsview
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best and most authentic Italian restaurant in Tucson. The menu has many things you wont see elsewhere and many things from the olive oil, pizza crust and even some of the wines are imported or proprietary secrets from family relations in Italy. The patio at night will remind you of a wonderful memory in Italy if you've ever been there. Fine dining is not easy to find in Tucson but you will find it here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal! Not pressured to leave. Very relaxing!

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vipGinny
Phoenix
87 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We so enjoyed our meal. Very accommodating to some changes we asked for without hesitation. We had a great time and highly recommend Tavolino's.

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Server was very slow, food was Amazing. Would eat there again

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great, food was great except for the pork chop—it was a tad dry.

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stephen
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was probably our 20th visit to Tavolino and we have never been disappointed. I cannot say that about any other restaurant that we have visited.

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MariaP
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

I was disappointed with the food. It was flavorless, the pasta was overcooked. The service was great no complaints there.

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vipCharlesE
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great dinner, service and ambiance, next time will try the outdoor.

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vipGinny
Phoenix
87 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Our dinner was incredible. Great portions and done just like we ordered our food. We had to wait to have some one wait on us, which we had to ask a bus boy to find our waiter..only hitch.

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MattL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time here, and still excellent; great service and food, and an excellent outdoor ambience during COVID

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Lacey
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This will be our new favorite Italian spot in Tucson! The food and drinks were great and the pricing was reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always

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vipgggggg
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice spot. Very good food

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ErnieH
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience

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CatherineM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 7 and all very pleased with our dinners. Excellent food, wine, service and ambience.

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jltAZ
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first outing since last March and Tavolino came through. Excellent wait staff who fully complied with safety requirements while maintaining gracious service. Very reliable restaurant over the years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated birthday

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viplinda
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service was great! Would dine there again!

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vipAllenFoodie
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our server was attentive but not overly intrusive. He helped us select a reasonable bottle of wine that we enjoyed. We loved being able to make patio seating reservations. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived but we didn’t have to wait long. Great experience overall. Would love to come back next time I’m in town!

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CatherineFT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We sat outside in the evening, overlooking the courtyard. The ambiance was lovely and relaxing. The lighting was low, there was nice candlelight on our table, and the courtyard view was pleasant. We both ordered the Bistecca alla Tagliata, or steak with arugula salad topped with gorgonzola. At home, we often grill steak and serve it with arugula salad w/gorgonzola but unfortunately, ours at home is much better. Their steak was well seasoned with a very good flavor but I found it very dry, even though it was medium rare. The salad was also very dry. I had to add extra olive oil to it, but I'm not sure it was dressed at all. The meal was good and we finished it, but I wouldn't order it again. To drink, we ordered the pinot noir by the glass and it was very good. Overall, I would go there again because the outdoor seating area was very nice, but I would try a different meal next time.

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vipShirleyP
Phoenix
90 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely service,excellent cocktails. Great location

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foodie
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During Covid it is nice to have a restaurant that follows CDC guidelines with table spacing, mask wearing and cleanliness. The service was efficient but not rushed. The ravoli with beets was great for 2 to have as an appetizer. Wine costs were reasonable but we were disappointed that they discontinued the 1/2 price wine promotion. We have always had great meals at Tavalino.

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vipDebraR
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great bottle of wine. It was from the vineyard of the owners brother. Pietro Rinaldi Arneis. Fantastic. We even bought 7 bottles to take home and continue enjoying!!

FAQs

Tavolino Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Tavolino Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 2120 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.