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Well executed Italian food. No surprises. Limited wine menu.
I understand that they may be short-staffed, as many are, but they service was extremely slow, though pleasant when the did arrive. The calamari was decent, slightly under-cooked, and skimpy in size. The spaghetti and meatballs was good, with the meatballs being excellent. The Fungo pizza as okay but slight of the described mushrooms. Overall, a disappointing “Italian” experience.
Outstanding meal and fantastic service. Thank you for a great evening!
Celebrated my daughters 16th birthday! Good good! Understaffed but still an enjoyable evening!
The food was simply not good, no matter the price. To put it into perspective: even Olive Garden tastes better. I do. It think the chef is trained in classic Italian cuisine.
We recommend the Parma pizza!
Beautiful set up. Food was great! Just wish they had better dessert menu and more options on it.
What an incredible experience! Excellent service and the food was delicious!
If the food had been stellar, I could have forgiven the slow service. It wasn’t, so I write in hopes that this airy and elegant restaurant works its kinks out. With six other people in the restaurant when our two top arrived, we waited ten minutes for water and another fifteen to get our order placed ... drinks + food. The Caesar salad was delicious, appearing with a thick anchovy slice atop and perfectly dressed. The surprise was how tasteless both the tomato sauce and meatballs were on my pricey bucatini and meatballs dish. The sauce tasted like tomatoes. Nothing else. There was no complexity of herbs, no layers of flavors that go into the first steps of sauce preparation. It was boring and one I’d expect at my local diner. It was a sin to waste the pork and veal on the bland meatballs. The consistency was dense with no airiness mixed into the fray. Heavy and tasteless. The bucatini, however, was delicious and perfectly al dente. Both dishes looked beautiful upon serving. With all of their great reviews, I’m hoping that this was an off day for the prep staff.
Thomas was amazing! Made our experience so great. Food was spectacular.
We had the best birthday dinner with our girlfriend - the waiter said happy birthday right away. He was absolutely wonderful. A little bit of a bummer at the end the bartender was incredibly rude when we asked if we could sit at the bar when there were other people already sitting there and gave us a very short rude answer and we left with a bad taste in our mouth unfortunately. Everything else the food and our waiter was wonderful!
Great food and service!!
AMAZING I love the concise menu and all of the food was so good we tried so many things that were just amazing.
We went for Mother’s Day brunch. Our waiter was very accommodating by moving us when we commented on the glare and giving us paper menus when we couldn’t figure out how to scan it. The food was cooked to perfection. It was a great first experience getting back to restaurant dining.
Great service! Great ambiance! The food was excellent!!!! I’ll definitely recommend!!!
The doughnuts were delicious!!! The price is reasonable!
The bucatini was fabulous as was the pizza we ordered. Service was very attentive too!
Excellent pasta dishes. The waiter recommended a nice bottle of wine. Great for sharing!
Great food and attentive service. Very happy with our experience here!
Honestly was one of the worst experiences I've ever had with an upscale restaurant. They weren't very busy but it took 15 minutes to get our drinks. When we got our food they didn't bring any silverware. I had to go up in ask because our waiter barley checked up on us. The pizza was horrible! It was bland and barley cooked I couldn't even pick it up to eat it. I really expected more from such a nice place. We will never go back there again!
Highly recommend, great food and service!
Thoroughly enjoyable meal in swanky, chic atmosphere. The value for the food and drink provided made our Valentine’s Day dinner quite enjoyable. The staff was uber-attentive to our dietary restrictions and the food was so fresh and delicious. Can’t wait to come back!
Came with my wife for valentines. Chose the fixed menu. Service was great, food was ok, prices were very expensive for what you get. I would go back and get a drink and a pizza nothing else.
We had a lovely dinner , only guests in dining room.
My partner like meatballs with spaghetti but taste blank. I order is fettuccine add to chicken best ever! I don't fond with raw egg yolk - I can't and they did remove with the same plate which I m fine with it!
We are so glad you enjoyed some of our favorites! We love to see what our guests like about our dishes and the fun ways you can add on to them. We can't wait to see you again soon!
We had a large party (of 11), however the reservation was later in the evening and there were a number of empty tables. We were greeted promptly, but the drinks were slow, the appetizers came after 25 minutes, and at 45minutes after being seated I went to find our server to ask if we could please order. That said, the food was good. Not sure I’ll be back - but if you have the time to wait, your dinner will be tasty.
Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your experiences at Tavola, we apologize about the slower service for your group! Please know we always try to give excellent service and keep time in mind, but unfortunately it doesn't sound like we made that happen for you. We are glad you enjoyed the yummy food and do hope you'll be back!
Service was wonderful with a nice intimate setting. Food seemed bland and in need of seasoning.
Thank you for the review Erin, sorry to hear the food wasn't what you'd hoped for, please know we take your feedback seriously and will look in to our seasonings. We are very happy you enjoyed the service, come back and see us again soon!
It was really pretty in there, but that is one of the only highlights. The service was awful, the food was so-so. They forgot some of my order. I ordered the chocolate flourless cake for dessert, and I think it could be used in place of cement in construction sights. Definitely would not go again. Way too expensive for the quality.
Hi BekahN, we are sorry to hear that your experience was not up to par. We do appreciate your feedback and will look in to the issues you've mentioned. The flour-less cake is staff favorite of ours so we will ensure there is no issues in the future. If you are willing to give us another opportunity we would love for you to come in again, thank you for the feedback!
Amazing food and great, kind service
Thank you for the 5 stars, we can't wait to see you again soon!
Sadly a disappointment. Service was spotty with maybe a manager and server. Mussels were cold. I had the salmon. I make it much tastier at home. Restaurant was full when we arrived, however, it cleared out throughout our meal. The staff then proceeded to clear, break down and reset a large set up into many tables along w putting chairs on top of tables, taking amongst each other as if we weren’t even there. This makes me crazy. I believe a restaurant closes at closing time. Then the staff starts to close. Not before when you have one, two, or twenty customers. There might have even been vacuuming. Also, very much the atmosphere of hotel restaurant.
Hi Sally, I wanted to thank you for giving us your honest feedback. Staff should never be closing around our valued guests and we do apologize deeply that you had to experience that. Our service should come first as well as ensuring our food is served hot and timely. We will use your comments as a time to reflect on our mistakes and improve ourselves. We do hope you'll give us another chance in the future!
Nice staff, terrible kitchen preparation and execution. Waited 1 hr for an unimpressive pasta with unbalanced and off flavors.
I wanted to reach out and personally apologize for your experience at Tavola. We pride ourselves on authentic Italian cuisine prepared with care and love and delivered with warm and friendly service, so I am very disappointed to hear that your experience was anything short of exceptional. We do hope you will give us another chance!
This was our first visit to Tavola. Our overall experience was good. We were seated promptly for our reservation. Drinks came fast; as did the appetizers. The mussels were awesome! At this point something must have happened in the kitchen because there was no food served to any table for about 40 minutes! The manager was quite nice and offered a bottle of wine for our table. Once the food arrived, it was hot and good. However, our server seemed a bit "off" and totally forgot our salads and drinks for a couple of our guests. Everyone has a bad evening sometimes and I know that the other reviews of this restaurant have been excellent for the most part. We would love to try again and order a few different things. Also, the side salad is strictly greens and a vinigrette. It could have used some shaved parm or another different type of lettuce. The dressing was very good. All in all it was a very pleasant evening.
Hi Kate, thank you for letting us know about your experiences. There should never be such a long wait in between courses and we deeply apologize for our delay! We appreciate the detailed review as we can use this to improve our service and timing issues. We can't wait to dine with you again soon!
We had one of the private rooms for our party. Great ambiance to visit.
Just a disaster almost all around. With the exception of getting the opening drinks order correct, our Valentines dinner was sideways all night. The menu said to ask about what the charcuterie plate entailed, we were told an asst. of meats with blue cheese. Intrigued (or stupid?) we ordered it. A LOT of prosciutto, a little cheese and a couple of olives and pickles, with 3 small slices of bread. Score it 2 out of 10. We then ordered a Squash Goat cheese pasta, this took 45 minutes to arrive as the kitchen lost our order. Apparently asking our server 3X did not assist our missing food. I wish I could share that the quality of the food was worth the wait, but to be fair and honest, it was about a 5.5 out of 10. I wish I could say that we cut our losses at this point, but I had not eaten all day and the 3rd basket of bread was not what I needed. We ordered a pizza and it did arrive in 20 minutes, but just not the ticket for a romantic meal at a restaurant that somehow managed a 4+ star rating. Let’s give some props to the manager, a super nice guy trying to make the most of the evening. We didn’t want to be complainers on an evening such as this, trying to be positive and upbeat, but this restaurant needs a serious overhaul in the kitchen, better training for the wait staff and have the sensibility by management to turn a bad evening into something worth our driving over an hour into trying again. This didn’t happen and I hope my taking this amount of time will save you a bad time too.
I wanted to reach out and personally apologize for your experience at Tavola. There should never be such a wait for our food and our servers should certainly be checking in often when there is a wait. I hope you will consider returning to Tavola to give us the chance to show you the kind of service and quality we strive to provide each and every guest. We appreciate your feedback and will use your notes to improve ourselves for the future.
Food, cocktails, and service were all fantastic. Prices were special-occasion level for us. Place was dead on the Sunday night that we went. Music was a little loud. Would definitely go again.
Hi Laura, thank you for your thoughtful comments! We can't wait to see you again soon, cheers!
We read all the reviews about poor, very long service at Tavola, but we'd hoped they would've ironed these out since they opened a year ago. We made a reservation with an open mind and high hopes. We showed upon a Saturday night and Tavola was only 1/3 full. Sadly Tavola continues to struggle mightily. They have a very nice physical space and bar area, connected to the attractive, welcoming Eliot Park Hotel lobby. Issues arose immediately when I asked our hostess her favorite wine. She had no idea, so asked our waitress to assist us. The waitress then went and got the manager, who joined the waitress at the table as we discussed their wine selection. I ended up with a nice red wine. 15-20 min later we ordered dinner, and asked the waitress what the tonnato on the salmon was.
Again, she went to get the manager. While the manager was there, I asked about her favorite pasta. She said they're all good, but said the Carbonara is the most popular. I started with the mixed greens, which had delicious shaved cheese on top - but WAY too much cheese!! It was like 5x the amount of cheese you would normally see, it was just smothered. We were in no rush as we enjoyed our drinks and salads. 75 minutes after we sat down the manager came up, wiped our table, and asked our our entrees were. But we still hadn't received the entrees! They finally arrived 90 minutes in, and they were extremely disappointing. My wife's salmon was very bland, and the fingerling potatoes she ordered were nearly raw and uneatable. My Carbonara arrived and looked beautiful with an egg on top, but was WAY too peppery (it's about all I could taste) and it had dried pancetta pieces, which were crispy but WAY too salty. It was really unfortunate, because I love carbonara. The only flavors I got were pepper and salt, and my mouth just shriveled up and I didn't want to finish it. How could such a basic pasta be ruined?! Very sad. We wanted to like Tavola, but I do NOT recommend it.
Hi Jeff, thank you for giving us such a detailed review of your time at Tavola. We will use your experiences as an opportunity for improvement in our quality of service and timing issues. We pride ourselves on authentic Italian cuisine served with thoughtfully paired wines and we apologize that your evening was lacking these qualities. We certainly do hope you will return to give us another opportunity to show you the kind of dedication to service we strive to provide each and every guest!
Tavola is a nice, low-pressure restaurant. The food was good, service was good. One of our group had a problem with a certain dish--the mgmt handled it quickly and professionally. It's a bit out of the way for our normal route into Minneapolis, but I think we'll be back.
Thank you for letting us know how your experience was! We can't wait for you to come back!
Restaurant was very nice and the service outstanding. Appetizers wonderful, main course not so good
We had four people 3 out of the 4 had bad meals. One had the pizza and it was very good
Hi Cindy, thank you for passing along your feedback! I am sorry to hear that you had bad meals, but we are very glad you enjoyed the pizza and appetizers. We hope to see you again soon so we can show you some of our amazing entrees!
Service was pretty good for the most part. It was kinda slow getting my card back after sitting for like 10 mins when there were 3 bard tenders behind the bar. The margarita pizza was ok but kinda bland. Not sure if I’ll try this place again or not.
Hi Johnny, thank you for letting us know about your experience. That is a slow return time on your payment being processed, we appreciate that feedback. We sure do hope you try us again!
Ambiance was great. Food was just OK. Service was pretty bad. One and done.