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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.
Tucson, AZ 85718
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
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
Skyline & Campbell
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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!!
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Went for my father's and my joint birthday. Really choose this restaurant for the ink squid pasta, but I am allergic to shrimp and apparently, they pre-pack the entree portions, so was very disappointing to not be able to try it. However the rest of the menu was great and quite enjoyable.
Tavolino is at the top of authentic upscale Italian dining in Tucson. We have tried many others including those in the neighborhood and nothing really compares. Tonight I had the grilled veal chop, a recent addition to the menu, and it was superb. My wife loved the whole branzino. We started with a burrata, prosciutto and tomato appetizer, which was also wonderful. Desserts are tops too. Service matches the great food.
John will help you select an appropriate wine, and there is a full bar serving generously poured cocktails.
Tavolino reminds me of similar wonderful places in New York and Chicago!
We have been to Tavolino many times, with good experiences, though it's been a while, so we were disappointed when none of the four of us felt the food quality warranted the cost. It appeared that the wine list reflected a higher than usual markup, making the cost the determining factor of the selection, rather than the quality of the wine. Not sure if we'll be going back.
The food ranged from average to bad, and was not worth the price. We tried 3 different dishes (frittura mista, tagliatelle alla bolognese, and the pollo allo spiedo). The frittura mista was the same as anywhere else, which is not necessarily a bad thing except the price is higher. The tagliatelle didn’t really have any taste at all, and the pollo allo spiedo was particularly bad. The meat (chicken thigh) was extremely dry, the skin on the outside was covered in oil and provided nothing but a slimy exterior. It didn’t really have much of a flavor either. We couldn’t finish even half of the dish. If at least 1 of the dishes had been good we would probably try it again, but since everything was bad we will not be returning.
Our server was nice, and the other employees were friendly as well. We also enjoyed the atmosphere, but it didn’t make up for the food.
If you want a better experience I would recommend Sullivan’s, Wildflower, or Wild Garlic Grill.
Tavolino never disappoints. The appetizer of the day was a fabulous bruschetta featuring two of my favourite things, buratta, and pesto. My main was also a special, a wonderful vegetable lasagne. Having just returned from several weeks in Italy I can honestly say that Tavolino’s sauce is as good as the best.
Tavolino continues to be the best combination of authentic, simple yet elegant atmosphere and food. Just the best of the best with fabulous consistency of "favorite menu selections" combines with Chef prepared incredible specials.
And of course the home made wood fired bread and first quality olive oil alone would make the experience worthwhile.
Excellent waitress - attentive but not intrusive. Knew a great deal about the wine. Food was very good - we were in the mood for pasta dishes, so appetizer, salads, and pasta entrees were what we had. Try the Orecchieta (sp??) with sausage. A little salty, but really flavorful, and would order this next time we come here.
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