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  3. Distance: 1.57mi
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About Tavolino Ristorante

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

2890 E. Skyline Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85718
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
SUMMER HOURS
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday - 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday- 5:00pm- 10:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
Skyline & Campbell

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(520) 531-1913

Website:
http://www.tavolinoristorante.com/

Parking Details:
Please note that there are two signs on the buildings. The one the North side in black and white is not the entrance. Entrance is on the eastside of Plaza Colonial Under the Red sign through large gates!!

Executive Chef:
Massimo Tenino

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private room with private patio, seating up to 35 seats. Flat screen TV and a screen for meetings and presentation. Audio Visual at no cost.

Tavolino Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (29)
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Romantic (23)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Authentic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Business Meals (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Casual (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

It’s all good can’t go wrong

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was slow and our table was located next to very noisy large party. Overall very good food, but less than satisfying dining experience. Will avoid dining here on Saturday evening.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food and wine were excellent. Service was excellent and, especially so, because we had a French-speaking waiter that could make our guests from Paris, France feel comfortable and explain the menu items to them. Terrific!
We did not like the table assigned to us. It was adjacent to the entry door and welcoming podium. Very noisy and very drafty with people coming and going. We felt uncomfortable and could not arrange another table. The reservation was made early, so we should have had a better seating arrangement. Very disappointed with the table location. Otherwise a great dining experience. We will come again but will not accept being seated so close to the entry door. Thanks.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined 3 days ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants and arguably the best and most authentic Italian dining experience in Tucson. We started with the octopus appetizer, followed by a whole Branzino and a seafood stew. Everything was delicious!
We enjoy a vodka before dinner and this place provides a generous poor, although expect to pay accordingly. There is also a wonderful wine list and great selection by the glass. Jon will help you make a great choice.
Servers are also great and the ambiance is too!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

My wife said her fish was good but my lasagna was not remarkable. For an Italian restaurant I was expecting to be really wowed. The small table was close to a drafty window and lacked much elbow room. Good selection of wine and alcoholic drinks but that drove the price up to my budget limit for the occasion. The server was very attentive and always one step ahead of us. I could overlook anything but the expensive tab.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Everything from initial greeting, ambience, menu, wine list, bread, service, quality of food was quite good. Both our entrees, a veal chop and saltimbocca were quite good. We hope to be back, although there are so many restaurant options in this city.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The pasta sauces were thick and almost dried out. A sauce advertised as a light tomato cream sauce should not be dark brown.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 11, 2018

A very nice restaurant on the north side of Tucson. We had a party of 6 and all of us enjoyed our meals. Our waiter was attentive, but not overly so. The only thing I ran into was that I had booked the reservation on Open Table. I called the restaurant to see if I could move the reservation to a half hour later, no problem. When we got to the restaurant the hostess was not aware of the later time. No problem seating us, but we were marked as a no show in the system. So just a bit of a communication problem, it didn't impact the quality of service or the food. Just a side note to make sure the hostess is aware it was originally booked on Open Table, change of time, and that we indeed did show up for a good meal!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always great wine and food

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I absolutely love this place. I am of Italian decent, my father was born in Sicily so I am super picky about Italian food. This restaurant is hands down one of best in Tucson. Food great, service great, atmosphere great.
I recommend it totally!

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 (Tucson)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was delicious, and the service impeccable. Virtually ever-present and attentive, yet unobtrusive. Superb!

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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Every time we come here we are reminded why this is the best authentic Italian restaurant in Tucson....great food, service and ambiance! Love this place!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food, excellent service - - until the check came. Then we didn't see a server again. They weren't busy at that point so we weren't keeping the waiter from a new table seating, and more water would've been nice!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My friend and I had a delightful experience. Good food and great ambience.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Tavolino is just the best Italian food in the US. Although in Tucson for four days we had to return to Tavolino twice!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Server was brusque and not friendly. She got the job done but didn’t make me feel welcome. I felt very much in her way, actually. The food was very good. With one drink, a shared appetizer and a pasta dish, the bill was very high - in my opinion. Atmosphere was nice, parking ample and the people who worked around the server to clear the table and in general make sure things were going well, were great.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Traveling to Tucson for some hiking and relaxation. We are vegetarians and were very pleased with the options here. The service was excellent from start to finish and our server was knowledgeable and his timing perfect. Thanks for the wonderful memory from Tucson.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was very good. As usual, the restaurant is too noisy for our taste, but we managed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2018

i have always loved Tavolino. this was supposed to be a special occasion; we asked for a quiet cozy table, and your hostesses stood and had a chat IN FRONT OF US about where to seat us, and then led us to a table in the middle of the room, elbow to elbow with others. we asked to move, and they put us near the door, with reluctance and another conversation in front of us. altogether an UNPLEASANT experience. it very much spoiled the occasion, and i won't count on Tavolino for good service or a good time any longer. the food was, in addition, sub par in my experience. don't go hear for a special occasion; they are uneven, and i can't recommend it. everything about tavolino's on this last experience has shown a steep decline.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent server

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Best italian food in Tucson. Very elegant and amazing dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The meal was fabulous and the wait staff very professional. We always have a perfect meal when we dine at Tavolinos. Diane

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was as good as always. Had previously been one of our go-to spots for dinner.

Service was uneven, and disappojt

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The waiters are clearly not professional waiters. I asked for a fork (was missing from my silverware...only had a knife in the napkin) and never got it. Someone gave me theirs. The food was okay—not spectacular—and a glass of wine was $13. At the end of the night, we spent a fair amount of money for slightly better than mediocre food and lackluster service and ambience.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Tavolino ambiance is upbeat. Unfortunately, the cuisine is not has professional or yummy as previous visits. DO NOT order the octopus. It was terrible and overdone. Such a shame because it used to be lovely. The pasta was not hot. Be sure to specify hot if you want it warm or hot. Summary, great people watching with service and wine options often better than the food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was the third time that we were there in the past year. It is a beautiful restaurant. The service is attentive. However each time we have been there the food has been less than expectations, overcooked, under cooked, and nothing remarkable about its flavor. Last night specifically, Polipo alla Griglia was tough and chewy, and probably overdone. Next, was the Cotoletta Milanese, which was probably pounded into oblivion and then over cooked. The server was very attentive brought over possibly a manager, Who I asked to taste and he agreed. yes they gave us credit for both, but since this was our third time – three strikes and you are out Tavolino. We had high expectations, but there were low deliverables.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

4 of us gathered to celebrate a special birthday and it was wonderful. All four of us had a delicious pasta and a most delicious dessert. The staff was great and accommodating.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 16, 2018

First, don't park below the big sign with the restaurant's name. It's around the back.
Spacious, comfortable space that's not overly fussy but has some glamour.
Everyone enjoyed their meals although myself, a bit less than my companions.
I'd classify it as very good but far from excellent. Good sized portions. Big menu selection
Our waiter forget things on several occasions and, a high crime, in one case it took way too long to bring our drinks...and the place was maybe 25% full.
Patio seating with heaters.

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 (Tucson)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The ribeye steak cut was to thin. Since the cut was so thin, you are not able to enjoy the juicy flavor that was expected when ordering a ribeye steak. This was very disappointing. The Cioppino alla Ligure was delicious!!!

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on January 11, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in Tucson! The food and service are excellent and the restaurant is lovely!

Tags: Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We love good Italian food and dine out frequently. Tavalino is at the top of our list for the best Italian dining in Tucson. Before Tucson we lived in both New York and Chicago, both of which have great Italian restaurants. Tavalino reminds us of those dining experiences.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 10, 2018

2 items ordered were not delivered as the menu indicated. Artichokes were left off the antipasto platter, veal medallions were ordered but we received veal scallopini???? Food was good, but nothing special!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Tavalino's always presents itself as a more than satisfactory option for an evening meal. You never feel shortchanged.
It can be noisy if seated in the wrong table/

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Healthy, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have dined there several times previously and enjoyed it. This time it was a disappointment. Our seats near the bar section, were being drummed with Disco big bass sounds. When we asked if there was some other music, we were told that this was what the owner wanted and no volume or selections could be made. Let him dine by himself, I don't think we will return.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We have eaten many times at Tavolino. The food is always excellent and generally the service is excellent. On this occasion, the service was not up to its usual standards. It took unusually long to order as we couldn't find out waiter. It also seemed that it took very long for the food to come out even though the restaurant was not particularly busy. There was no obvious manager watching the floor or keeping an eye on things. I hope this situation is remedied the next time we come in. Thanks

Tags: Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2018

the atmosphere was pretentious. The food was good-not great. The salad that was featured was too spicy for us to eat.
We tried to use our gift card to include the gratuity and could not so we didn't like that.
Our server was great.
I probably will not go back. It is not the best Italian food we have eaten.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We need to go back and try some of the other items on the menu. What we had was great and well worth the price. The wait staff is knowledgeable and very helpful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Dinner with friends (all local residents) was a typical experience. The food and service were just fine and the noise level was perhaps lower than on other visits. Competition from a recently opened restaurant in the same area may have taken some customers away, but over time they will continue to support Tavolino. It is one of Tucson's best restaurants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Enjoyed our experience but felt it was very pricey and would not go back except for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were there on Xmas Eve, and even though the restaurant was very busy, food and service were excellent. Three out of four of our party are vegetarians, and we all found something to our taste.

Even though it was Christmas Eve, I couldn’t resist my favorite mushroom, potato, and rosemary pizza. Sounds weird, butt it’s outstanding!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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