Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Thu, 6/21
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 8 times today

Tavolino Ristorante

4.5
1555 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(520) 531-1913
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Massimo Tenino
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Skyline & Campbell
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
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!!
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.

View Private Dining Details
What 1555 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Fathers Day dinner. Tavolino never disappoints! Food and service excellent, as always.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 4 days ago

This was our second visit. My first visit all was good party of four wines and dined on a good vine and great food. Mine and the wifes last visit on Fathers day to put it blunt " Sucked". I had the seafood for my meal. Muscles not to par. Calamari I chewed on no good. I chewed on softer rubberband as a kid. Squid was the same. Wife was not happy either. Service was great. Could put a little more vino in the glass. And your price for a White Russian not worth it. I believe in making a profit but I paid 116.00 for my guess a 30.00 meal. Sorry won't be back. All is it takes is once.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 5 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by Tavolino. It is located in an upscale strip mall but, once inside, it feels intimate and comfortable and ITALIAN. The service was excellent, the wine seems a little pricey but good and the food was great! We will definitely come back!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 5 days ago

The staff was incredibly kind and helpful.

The food was delicious!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 6 days ago

The service and the cheese board were excellent. My scotch and soda was weak, but my son and daughter in law enjoyed their cocktails. The waiter then suggested a wine to pair with my osso bucco. The wine was superb. The osso bucco was good. My son had the filet mignon, and commented that it was good, but that he had had better. We were all a little bit disappointed with the brocollini, spinach and asparagus as nothing special was done with them. The vegetables were all very fresh, but rather plain.
I would probably return for wine and cheese sometime.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Very enjoyable meal, and excellent service. The daily specials are always amazing. A great restaurant for conversation.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

All four of us enjoyed our food. A portobello pasta, beet ravioli, and two Bolognese pastas were wonderful. Tavolino servers are well trained and pleasant. Our cocktails, the General, were good, but sweeter than usual. Tavolino is always a good time and good value.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great experience! Terrific staff, wonderful food and just a great family night out!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I didn’t get open table credits because Tavalino staff failed to confirm the res.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

It was hot, we had to open the door to get he breeze going. Uncomfortable atmosphere because the air flow from outside was warm. Apparently, one of the AC unit was down. Food was good! Suggestions, perhaps Tavolino management could prepare themselves by offering portable fan, etc.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The food was good The waiter needs to find a new job he has no future in this profession.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great foot and service. Attentive waiter
Somewhat pricey but presentation excellent.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Wonderful food, wine and excellent wait staff. This place is definitely a Tucson best.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Tavolino continued its excellence in food quality and service. Timing on the appetizers & wine selections was really great. Tavolino seems to keep its great servers. They are the perfect balance of friendly and professional. All of our dinners - four very different selections - a Branzino, an ink squid pasta, a veal coletto and an incredible pasta all came out at the exact time and all were perfect and delicious. We had the friturra mista for an appetizer + a burrata and procuitto. YUMMY!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Tavolino was, as always, a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the service was friendly and prompt.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We have discovered a new goto special occasion place. For the past ten years it's always been V, but now there is another. We walked in and they congratulated us, quietly, on our anniversary and put us a table with some privacy. The waiter and support staff were excellent, somehow he never interrupted us, yet was always there with recommendations and help. I dislike wait staff that keeps interrupting, asking questions and trying to be what I call fake helpful. Not the case here, very professional. The food was very good, wife had pork sorrentino and I had a pasta dish. Wine list good, appetizer of bruschetta was good. I can't say enough. I'm a grouchy, stubborn old guy who rarely tries new places for important evenings, but I am really happy we tried Tavolino.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Restaurant was not crowded when we arrived. We asked for a different table as we were right by a door. Hostess unfriendly and unaccommodating. 4 out of 6 entrees were way over salted.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I've been to this restaurant before, so I know what it is capable of. This time, it struck out. Our party of four were very disappointed with both our meals and the service. My husband and I shared a beet salad, which was fairly tasteless. (Beet salad is usually a good bet.) After waiting 45 mins for our entrees, we asked the waiter about our order. It came out immediately after that, which made us wonder if they had been sitting on a counter for awhile. The sauce on my husband's pasta was thick and dry; my husband never complains about a meal, even when it's sub-par, so I knew this was really bad. My salmon, which I ordered medium/rare, was dry. The waitress brought out another rarer piece for me. Our friend, who orders lamb shank whenever he can, said it was blah. (And a big bone sat on his plate, separate from the meat, as a decoration!) We were entertaining out of town guests, who have never been to our city, which is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. I'm so sorry we chose this restaurant. The waitress never apologized for the long wait or for the unappetizing, poorly cooked meals. I will not be returning.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Rave reviews from everyone on their food. I am dieting and had to hold back but it was such a wonderful evening on the patio. Service was good. We'll be back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

One of my favorite Tucson restaurants, the cocktails, food, and service were excellent as always. However, for such an upscale restaurant, I don't understand why they charged us $2.00 for a bit of extra lemon sauce. Tacky.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We were only 2 people in restaurant. Not finished with my meal, she grabbed my bread plate and took off with it, even though I still had a couple of bites left.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We were here for Mother’s Day. They were quite busy, but very attentive. Food was delicious.
Loved the dessert selections.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Outstanding meal. We ate there twice during U/A graduation and will be back if ever in Tucson. Great food, service, and wine!!!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The service on Mother’s Day was fine although it was quite busy. The food was great.
One interesting aside: my wife and I were each given a menu. The prices on hers (Mother’s Day) were higher for the same dish on their regular menu.

Next door is the Wild Garlic Grill. Next time!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Another very nice dinner at Tavolino Ristorante. This is our favorite Tucson restaurant. They food is consistently very good. We especially enjoy the pasta dishes, the nice Bonet dessert, and the wines. It has an upscale appearance with white linen tablecloths, a sommelier and well-dressed professional waiters. Our table of four ordered one cioppini and three pasta dishes - all delicious. It was a very busy evening at the restaurant with many large parties celebrating graduations, but the service was still fine without a long wait. We sat outside which was pleasant and quiet.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was very good - excellent server.
Like many modern restaurants, the noise level is very high.
We were seated at the worst table in the room - frustrating because a better table was available next to us that was not used during our visit.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

5/11/18
Our service was exceptional.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Party of 10 seated in the separate area where servers expertly navigated tight space and provided very attentive service. Within our party, pizza, salmon and the Scotch beef were ordered- all were wonderful. The beef carpaccio and bacon candy starters were great, as well. Possibly the best cheesecake any of us have ever eaten. Overall, a very nice evening. It is a busy, and rather noisy, space. Might be challenging for conversation, although we appreciated being seated in an area where our larger party was able to interact during a special occasion dinner. Will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We love Italian food and this place is our favorite! Everything is delicious and authentic. Servers are great and the room is attractive and comfortable. Tonight our group of four enjoyed the Branzino, the cioppino, and the pasta bolognese. Great salads and desserts too! No one tops this restaurant for excellent Italian food!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Everything was wonderful from the moment I walked in.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Massimo does a fabulous job with food and service! Love sitting outside on their patio!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great food, attentive service at a reasonable price.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

It was my 67 th birthday. My son, future daughter-in-law and husband were with me and we all had a delightful and cozy dinner. I had the evening special, Scallops and Rosotto. My husband had Lazagna. He said it was the best he had ever had and he is a tough critic.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I’ve been here twice and every time it’s great good, great service and lovely dessert! Definitely coming back for special occasions!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Love the pasta fungi

Drive all the way from G V just for that.

Wish it were on the lunch menu as I always winder if the chef will indulge me ans mt guests

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Cool, quiet dining room, great service and fine food; this is a great spot in Tucson for dinner.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Beware!! If you order limoncello. It is a warm thimble if very low quality limoncello for $8. They were very obliging when I complained and promptly removed the charge telling me I was the second one to complain that evening. Sorry but even without drinking it there was a sour taste in my mouth.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I ordered veal and it didn't reach my expectation and the antipasto was ordinary.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Always a nice dinner at Tavolino. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and our out of town guests enjoyed their meal

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great ambiance on the patio, delicious food and wonderful service.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
39