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Tavolino Ristorante

4.3
1476 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(520) 531-1913
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Massimo Tenino
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Skyline & Campbell
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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!!
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.

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What 1476 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Juicter (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Our visit to the restaurant was a belated Valentines evening out. We had a very pleasant evening. Due to the numbers of customers our main dishes were a little slow in coming out but not so much so that a fuss was needed. Our waiter was more concerned than we were and he comped us desert. We would go back in a heartbeat.

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Allan (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Tavolino is my go-to spot for fine Italian dining in the Tucson foothills. Expansive menu with spot on service. Not inexpensive, but well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

It’s all good can’t go wrong

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

enjoyed it. Would go again. Do not have anything to say that takes up 50 characters.

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kim2018dining (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined 6 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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Athena 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We came in for a late Valentine's Day dinner and we enjoyed every moment. We were very impressed by the wonderful service and delicious food! We sat outside and even though it was cold and rainy, they had a tent over us and a heater by the table so we were plenty comfortable. Thank you, Tavolino, for making another occasion extra special.

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AllanC 
4.0  Dined 6 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.

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vipFoodyone (Tucson)
5.0  Dined 6 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!

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DennisD 
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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vipluv2eat (Nashville)
5.0  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.

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vipphillydoc (Philadelphia)
2.0  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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vipRami (New Mexico)
4.0  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!

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vipWine (Tucson)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Always great wine and food

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
5.0  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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vipFoodyone (Tucson)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  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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vipAlexis (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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Christa (Miami)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  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.

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blue (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
1.0  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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vipBosco (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent server

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MattressConspiracy (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  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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JaNiquaJones (Birmingham)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  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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