Tavolata

★★★★☆
  • 2323 Second Ave

    Seattle, WA 98121

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  • 206-838-8008

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Belying Belltown??s meathead stereotype, this is where food-obsessed locals hang out late night and chefs eat on their night off. Sit at the long, industrial bar or cozy up to the open air front window with a glass of wine from the 100% Italian list. Chef/owner Ethan Stowell??s (Food & Wine Best New Chef 2008 and owner of sibling restaurants How to Cook a Wolf and Union) melt-in-your-mouth beef carpaccio is a requisite prelude to his delicate, handmade pastas. (He grinds his own wheat for the pasta.) Always bustling, expect to find yourself in down-to-earth company at Tavolta dishing on one of Seattleite??s favorite topics ?? its flourishing food scene.

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★★★★★

Belying Belltown??s meathead stereotype, this is where food-obsessed locals hang out late night and chefs eat on their night off. Sit at the long, industrial bar or cozy up to the open air front window with a glass of wine from the 100% Italian list. Chef/owner Ethan Stowell??s (Food & Wine Best New Chef 2008 and owner of sibling restaurants How to Cook a Wolf and Union) melt-in-your-mouth beef carpaccio is a requisite prelude to his delicate, handmade pastas. (He grinds his own wheat for the pasta.) Always bustling, expect to find yourself in down-to-earth company at Tavolta dishing on one of Seattleite??s favorite topics ?? its flourishing food scene.

Pros: Great happy hour, incredible pasta, fresh ingredients

Cons: The bill can add up quickly

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I was so disappointed by this restaurant. I had read their website online and was actually excited to go and eat here. But once I arrived, I was definitely let down. My friend and I have traveled all over the US and eaten at great restaurants, but this place really just made the whole day horrible for us.

The waitstaff was okay. The host that seated us was nice, but poorly informed as to what the best martini bar in town was, the busboy was really sweet and attended to us whenever we needed anything. Which might have made up for the fact that our waitress was bordering on rude to us and the food was not only inconsistent, it was inedible for me. The only thing that was good, was the salad that they didn't have to actually cook. And luckily my friend and I shared that because when we both got our main dishes out (That were quite pricey mind you), we were actually thinking of asking for a magnifying glass because for twenty plus dollars they gave my friend a plate of scallops that weren't even sea scallops, they were tiny, and she got three of them and a little hill of vegetables that you would give a baby to maw on when they can't chew. She says it tasted okay, but I think she was just hungry.

I ended up getting a bowl of pasta that was undercooked, which surprised me because the mussels in the pasta were so chewy my jaw got a work out just trying to eat a couple. Someone in the kitchen seemed to think that pasta need vinegar on it, and the smell of vinegar was so overpowering I didn't even taste anything else, I did hear the chewiness of the mussels and the crunchiness of the pasta because it wasn't cooked however. The meal was disgusting. Not even disappointing, it was disgusting quite frankly. They should close up shop, learn some customer service, where everything around them is and how to cook, because it is an atrocity that they are allowed to stay open.

I wouldn't go back to this restaurant if someone paid me money to do so.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was so disappointed by this restaurant. I had read their website online and was actually excited to go and eat here. But once I arrived, I was definitely let down. My friend and I have traveled all over the US and eaten at great restaurants, but this place really just made the whole day horrible for us.

The waitstaff was okay. The host that seated us was nice, but poorly informed as to what the best martini bar in town was, the busboy was really sweet and attended to us whenever we needed anything. Which might have made up for the fact that our waitress was bordering on rude to us and the food was not only inconsistent, it was inedible for me. The only thing that was good, was the salad that they didn't have to actually cook. And luckily my friend and I shared that because when we both got our main dishes out (That were quite pricey mind you), we were actually thinking of asking for a magnifying glass because for twenty plus dollars they gave my friend a plate of scallops that weren't even sea scallops, they were tiny, and she got three of them and a little hill of vegetables that you would give a baby to maw on when they can't chew. She says it tasted okay, but I think she was just hungry.

I ended up getting a bowl of pasta that was undercooked, which surprised me because the mussels in the pasta were so chewy my jaw got a work out just trying to eat a couple. Someone in the kitchen seemed to think that pasta need vinegar on it, and the smell of vinegar was so overpowering I didn't even taste anything else, I did hear the chewiness of the mussels and the crunchiness of the pasta because it wasn't cooked however. The meal was disgusting. Not even disappointing, it was disgusting quite frankly. They should close up shop, learn some customer service, where everything around them is and how to cook, because it is an atrocity that they are allowed to stay open.

I wouldn't go back to this restaurant if someone paid me money to do so.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

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The last three times have disappointed - and I can now say we are done with Tavolata. Our server had a horrible attitude, and couldn't have mastered the art of arrogance and disinterest any better if she tried (i think her name started with an S, not sure though). The Gnocchi was awful - I mean worse than Stauffers. Hockey Pucks in a dish with layers and layers of cheese. Looks like E. Stowell has been too focused on his empire while this place falls by the wayside. Bad food and bad service. Again - don't waste your evening out on this this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

The last three times have disappointed - and I can now say we are done with Tavolata. Our server had a horrible attitude, and couldn't have mastered the art of arrogance and disinterest any better if she tried (i think her name started with an S, not sure though). The Gnocchi was awful - I mean worse than Stauffers. Hockey Pucks in a dish with layers and layers of cheese. Looks like E. Stowell has been too focused on his empire while this place falls by the wayside. Bad food and bad service. Again - don't waste your evening out on this this place.

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we've been to tavolata twice and have been delighted each time with the delicious food. it's a great place to go with 4-6 people so you can order family style and try lots of things. the atmosphere is energetic and can be a bit loud, but the upstairs is quieter and very cozy.

5
★★★★★

we've been to tavolata twice and have been delighted each time with the delicious food. it's a great place to go with 4-6 people so you can order family style and try lots of things. the atmosphere is energetic and can be a bit loud, but the upstairs is quieter and very cozy.

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Once again, I have heartburn from eating here because it was so good that I cleaned my entire plate. The food is always ON, the drinks are great and I have always had good service! Love Tavolata!

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★★★★★

Once again, I have heartburn from eating here because it was so good that I cleaned my entire plate. The food is always ON, the drinks are great and I have always had good service! Love Tavolata!

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Let me say, as someone who lives in Belltown, I used to adore Tavolata for it's casually sophisticated decor, prompt service and reasonable prices. It used to be the hidden gem in belltown where locals can eat authentic homemade pasta in a chic, modern atmosphere. But I fear, as this place has become a faint shadow of it's former self... About a week ago, I took a friend to Tavolata on a Thursday night around 8pm. Despite the restaurant only being half empty, we were told it would take 45 minutes to get seated, so we decided to have drinks at the bar. After 15 minutes, we decided to order some olives to snack on while we sat on the bar. The olives didn't arrive until 30 minutes later. Olives. How hard it is to scoop olives from a jar?? Once we finally got seated, we had to instruct our waiter to bring us basic dining essentials like silverware, water, bread and napkins. On each of these requests, he forgot so we had to flag him down again, where he would apologize and forget again. Finally when we got all the before mentioned items, we had to wait an additional hour for our food to finally show up. And when the food did show up, it was mediocre if that, not at all what I remember the food to be. I suppose what irked me about the dining experience was the lack of empathy by the staff. They really didn't seem to care whether we waited 2 hours for our dinner or we had to ask two times for water and silverware. At the end, the bill came out to be around $100. You could probably go out for Thai food 4 times for the same money and probably get much better service. Or spend a tad more and go to a high end steak house. I'm sure many people will have mixed experiences about Tavalota, but a place is only as good as it's last experience and mine was awful. Mediocre food seasoned with terrible service. Everyone, think twice about bringing a date here because you'll be at the mercy at some very arrogant, incompetent and indifferent servers.

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★★☆☆☆

Let me say, as someone who lives in Belltown, I used to adore Tavolata for it's casually sophisticated decor, prompt service and reasonable prices. It used to be the hidden gem in belltown where locals can eat authentic homemade pasta in a chic, modern atmosphere. But I fear, as this place has become a faint shadow of it's former self... About a week ago, I took a friend to Tavolata on a Thursday night around 8pm. Despite the restaurant only being half empty, we were told it would take 45 minutes to get seated, so we decided to have drinks at the bar. After 15 minutes, we decided to order some olives to snack on while we sat on the bar. The olives didn't arrive until 30 minutes later. Olives. How hard it is to scoop olives from a jar?? Once we finally got seated, we had to instruct our waiter to bring us basic dining essentials like silverware, water, bread and napkins. On each of these requests, he forgot so we had to flag him down again, where he would apologize and forget again. Finally when we got all the before mentioned items, we had to wait an additional hour for our food to finally show up. And when the food did show up, it was mediocre if that, not at all what I remember the food to be. I suppose what irked me about the dining experience was the lack of empathy by the staff. They really didn't seem to care whether we waited 2 hours for our dinner or we had to ask two times for water and silverware. At the end, the bill came out to be around $100. You could probably go out for Thai food 4 times for the same money and probably get much better service. Or spend a tad more and go to a high end steak house. I'm sure many people will have mixed experiences about Tavalota, but a place is only as good as it's last experience and mine was awful. Mediocre food seasoned with terrible service. Everyone, think twice about bringing a date here because you'll be at the mercy at some very arrogant, incompetent and indifferent servers.

Pros: Trendy atmosphere

Cons: Not enough servers, noisy, slow service, can't make reservations

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great food, interesting flavor combinations, fun atmosphere, cool to watch the chefs cooking. we loved it.

2
★★★★★

great food, interesting flavor combinations, fun atmosphere, cool to watch the chefs cooking. we loved it.

Pros: food, flavors, fun setting

Cons: loud, busy

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I've had friends who love this place and don't love this place. Thought I'd try it out to create my own opinion of Tavolata. Went there with my girlfriend last Wednesday, stood there for a couple of minutes at the front wondering if we were supposed to seat ourselves or wait for someone to acknowledge us. We were approached by an employee who sat us at a nice wall table. (no reservation) A couple minutes past and our server was at our table greeeting us. I have to say, this girl was great, can't remember her name but knowledgeable of the menu's and very friendly. To start we had the beef carpaccio. Fantastic! Also had the Bufala mozzarella w/ olives. Forgetable. Cheap, dense, and chalky. Entree course was tagliatelle carbonara. Before I say this I'm also Italian, a great chef, and work at a high end Italian restaurant. So mabye my standards are a little high. This pasta was something you'd get out of a freeze dried package at Safeway. The seabass was served whole and deep-fried, a fun dish for you and a date. The taste was good, but I'd rather have a nice filet. The wine list was short but decent, had a nice bottle of tuscan red for $40. I have to say I wouldn't go back or recommend this place to a friend if they were looking for great food. The atmosphere and service was great though.

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★★★☆☆

I've had friends who love this place and don't love this place. Thought I'd try it out to create my own opinion of Tavolata. Went there with my girlfriend last Wednesday, stood there for a couple of minutes at the front wondering if we were supposed to seat ourselves or wait for someone to acknowledge us. We were approached by an employee who sat us at a nice wall table. (no reservation) A couple minutes past and our server was at our table greeeting us. I have to say, this girl was great, can't remember her name but knowledgeable of the menu's and very friendly. To start we had the beef carpaccio. Fantastic! Also had the Bufala mozzarella w/ olives. Forgetable. Cheap, dense, and chalky. Entree course was tagliatelle carbonara. Before I say this I'm also Italian, a great chef, and work at a high end Italian restaurant. So mabye my standards are a little high. This pasta was something you'd get out of a freeze dried package at Safeway. The seabass was served whole and deep-fried, a fun dish for you and a date. The taste was good, but I'd rather have a nice filet. The wine list was short but decent, had a nice bottle of tuscan red for $40. I have to say I wouldn't go back or recommend this place to a friend if they were looking for great food. The atmosphere and service was great though.

Pros: Ambiance, service,

Cons: Food

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I moved to Seattle (Belltown) six months ago and took to eating out quite a bit to make up for my short list of friends here. Nearly every place I had been overpromised and underdelivered. But Tavolata came through on every item and every facet. I love the simple decor and unique layout, it was "perfectly full," and the prices were inline with what I had come to expect from 4 years in Chicago and 12 years in DC. My girlfriend was in town from Chicago, and it's already a given that we'll be back next time she's in town. I give high marks to the octopus and white bean salad and the veal strozzapreti. But whatever you do, save room for the light and scrumptious lemon mini-donuts for dessert!

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★★★★★

I moved to Seattle (Belltown) six months ago and took to eating out quite a bit to make up for my short list of friends here. Nearly every place I had been overpromised and underdelivered. But Tavolata came through on every item and every facet. I love the simple decor and unique layout, it was "perfectly full," and the prices were inline with what I had come to expect from 4 years in Chicago and 12 years in DC. My girlfriend was in town from Chicago, and it's already a given that we'll be back next time she's in town. I give high marks to the octopus and white bean salad and the veal strozzapreti. But whatever you do, save room for the light and scrumptious lemon mini-donuts for dessert!

Pros: menu, atmosphere

Cons: none!

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This restaurant rocks. We invited some friends to join us for dinner last week, and were absolutely blown away. the food was fresh, perfectly executed, and the service was amazing. We started with proscuitto and parmesano-reggiano. It was silky, and delicious. We sampled a number of pastas, appetizers and desserts, all of which were flawless. HIGHEST possible recommendation here.

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★★★★★

This restaurant rocks. We invited some friends to join us for dinner last week, and were absolutely blown away. the food was fresh, perfectly executed, and the service was amazing. We started with proscuitto and parmesano-reggiano. It was silky, and delicious. We sampled a number of pastas, appetizers and desserts, all of which were flawless. HIGHEST possible recommendation here.

Pros: Great food, flawless service

Cons: none

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I had such an amazing experience. My well informed server, Sasha, was lovely and gracious. The meal was amazing, the ravioli was so incredible that I have told everyone I know about it. The atmosphere, the food , the wine and the service made my evening one that I will not soon forget. I hope that anyone reading this goes immediately.

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★★★★★

I had such an amazing experience. My well informed server, Sasha, was lovely and gracious. The meal was amazing, the ravioli was so incredible that I have told everyone I know about it. The atmosphere, the food , the wine and the service made my evening one that I will not soon forget. I hope that anyone reading this goes immediately.

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This place is always "on." It's located in the heart of Belltown and makes for an ideal dinner locale before a night out. I often dine at the bar and get exceptional service from their very friendly bartenders every time. It's also fun to chat with the owner, Patrick who is willing to accomodate our special menu requests. It's definitely one of the "It" restaurants and located in a high foot traffic area of the city. Knowing that Seattle folk find waiting more than 10 minutes for service unacceptable, this place tries really hard to meet the demands of their customers. Most importantly, the kitchen staff consistently maintains the integrity of the preparation and presentation their menu requires. I had one of the best steaks I've ever had and it was cooked to perfection and made our palletes scream. The beet salad is my favorite to date and the wine list delivers every time, too. I love it here!

2
★★★★★

This place is always "on." It's located in the heart of Belltown and makes for an ideal dinner locale before a night out. I often dine at the bar and get exceptional service from their very friendly bartenders every time. It's also fun to chat with the owner, Patrick who is willing to accomodate our special menu requests. It's definitely one of the "It" restaurants and located in a high foot traffic area of the city. Knowing that Seattle folk find waiting more than 10 minutes for service unacceptable, this place tries really hard to meet the demands of their customers. Most importantly, the kitchen staff consistently maintains the integrity of the preparation and presentation their menu requires. I had one of the best steaks I've ever had and it was cooked to perfection and made our palletes scream. The beet salad is my favorite to date and the wine list delivers every time, too. I love it here!

Pros: Great food, scene, ambiance, nice bartenders, exceptional cooks

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The space is great. Minimal, sophisticated. You feel like you're in an "It" spot. The food was quite good. Nothing spectacular but very good. The hostess was very nice. So why the low rating? The service. Here "attitude" is the word. We got our bill at 8:02. It's printed on the check. Finally we were able to flag our server down at 8:55--for whatever reason we had been placed on her "you are dead to me" list. When we did get her attention she swept by, picking up the check and our two credit cards. No conversation, not a word, not even the customary, "split it?" She was back shortly, dropped off the receipts and was off. Not a word. No eye contact. No thanks. Nothing. Amazing. I honestly cannot remember the last time I tipped under 15% let alone a min of 20%. I tipped $3 in the hope of sending a message. A word to patrons and the owner, might want to avoid Sasha's section. There's too many great restaurants in our city these days to put up with this.

1
★★☆☆☆

The space is great. Minimal, sophisticated. You feel like you're in an "It" spot. The food was quite good. Nothing spectacular but very good. The hostess was very nice. So why the low rating? The service. Here "attitude" is the word. We got our bill at 8:02. It's printed on the check. Finally we were able to flag our server down at 8:55--for whatever reason we had been placed on her "you are dead to me" list. When we did get her attention she swept by, picking up the check and our two credit cards. No conversation, not a word, not even the customary, "split it?" She was back shortly, dropped off the receipts and was off. Not a word. No eye contact. No thanks. Nothing. Amazing. I honestly cannot remember the last time I tipped under 15% let alone a min of 20%. I tipped $3 in the hope of sending a message. A word to patrons and the owner, might want to avoid Sasha's section. There's too many great restaurants in our city these days to put up with this.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

Cons: Service

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My husband and I were there with another couple on a Saturday night. The host quoted us a wait of 45 minutes and we were sat in 30, after having a drink at the (busy) bar. If a restaurant is turning people away, it is probably because they are busy enough to not be worried about going out of business. As it happened, we were ready for a loud, trendy, busy atmosphere and that is exactly what we got, and what other people should expect in Belltown on a weekend night. Our server, Teresa, was very professional and knowledgable about both the wine and the food, and she helped us pick out exactly what WE were looking for (not just her favorites), and knew the right moments to be present (or absent) from our table. The butternut squash agnolotti and the T-bone were our top picks. Our only dissapointment was the white bean bruschetta, which seemed a little pricey for what you got. If you are looking for authenic Italian this is not it- there is a healthy dose of America thrown in- but it's also not the Spaghetti Factory. Also, they stay open until 1 am, which means the next time I'm hankering for a bowl of pasta late at night, you will find me in Belltown...

2
★★★★☆

My husband and I were there with another couple on a Saturday night. The host quoted us a wait of 45 minutes and we were sat in 30, after having a drink at the (busy) bar. If a restaurant is turning people away, it is probably because they are busy enough to not be worried about going out of business. As it happened, we were ready for a loud, trendy, busy atmosphere and that is exactly what we got, and what other people should expect in Belltown on a weekend night. Our server, Teresa, was very professional and knowledgable about both the wine and the food, and she helped us pick out exactly what WE were looking for (not just her favorites), and knew the right moments to be present (or absent) from our table. The butternut squash agnolotti and the T-bone were our top picks. Our only dissapointment was the white bean bruschetta, which seemed a little pricey for what you got. If you are looking for authenic Italian this is not it- there is a healthy dose of America thrown in- but it's also not the Spaghetti Factory. Also, they stay open until 1 am, which means the next time I'm hankering for a bowl of pasta late at night, you will find me in Belltown...

Pros: service, late-night, food

Cons: loud...but what do you expect with concrete walls?

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We went to Tavolata for dinner on a Friday night. For the genre of restaurant and the price charged, the service was awful and the food was absolutely mediocre. Overall, we thought the waitress was amateurish in the service industry, has absolutely very little knowledge of the food she was trying to sell and the food itself was not all that was raved about. It is not worth it. I would not go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

We went to Tavolata for dinner on a Friday night. For the genre of restaurant and the price charged, the service was awful and the food was absolutely mediocre. Overall, we thought the waitress was amateurish in the service industry, has absolutely very little knowledge of the food she was trying to sell and the food itself was not all that was raved about. It is not worth it. I would not go back.

Pros: Great location

Cons: Mediocre food, awful service sold at high value

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Was really looking forward to trying this restaurant last night! But, after waiting for an hour and a half for a table (party of 4), and watching friends of the chef be seated when we should have been.....we questioned both the hostess and the chef. The hostess only offered to seat us when the next opening was available and the chef essentially invited us to leave for questioning their customer service. Sooo....we did! The most amazing thing is we ended up at Restaurant Zoe, and were seated and eating within 25 minutes! Delicious!! We mentioned that we had been somewhere else waiting a long time, and two people (unprompted) both said "You must have been at Tavolata". So it must be a regular occurrence.
The chef must be pretty confident about his ability to stay in business that he can regularly turn people away! I say go some place else that actually respects and values the customer! (like Zoe)

0
★☆☆☆☆

Was really looking forward to trying this restaurant last night! But, after waiting for an hour and a half for a table (party of 4), and watching friends of the chef be seated when we should have been.....we questioned both the hostess and the chef. The hostess only offered to seat us when the next opening was available and the chef essentially invited us to leave for questioning their customer service. Sooo....we did! The most amazing thing is we ended up at Restaurant Zoe, and were seated and eating within 25 minutes! Delicious!! We mentioned that we had been somewhere else waiting a long time, and two people (unprompted) both said "You must have been at Tavolata". So it must be a regular occurrence.
The chef must be pretty confident about his ability to stay in business that he can regularly turn people away! I say go some place else that actually respects and values the customer! (like Zoe)

Pros: Wouldn't know

Cons: Customer Service

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Tavolata is the perfect example of the "buzz" and "hype" overshadowing the truth. Tavolata is highly overrated and almost every aspect of the meal was dissapointing. Both cocktails were sour. The mozzerella appetizer had lovely prosciutto, yet the actual mozzerella ball was dry as a bone. The garden salad was drenched in what seemed like Four Monks red vinegar dressing. The fettucine was fairly pleasant - I expected the much-vaunted "home-made" pasta to be better than it was - there is a fine line between al dente and undercooked. The bacon, egg, and onion sauce on the fettucine was good. This was after we were wrongly delivered a seafood linguine. The highly anticipated and positively reviewed TBONE steak was our main course. Ours was ... so dry it was hard to believe. The juices were nowhere to be found. While it was flavorful and seemingly medium-rare...it was dry and chewy.

Ultimately we both left with the same conclusion - Pasta Bella would have been twice as good and half the price.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Tavolata is the perfect example of the "buzz" and "hype" overshadowing the truth. Tavolata is highly overrated and almost every aspect of the meal was dissapointing. Both cocktails were sour. The mozzerella appetizer had lovely prosciutto, yet the actual mozzerella ball was dry as a bone. The garden salad was drenched in what seemed like Four Monks red vinegar dressing. The fettucine was fairly pleasant - I expected the much-vaunted "home-made" pasta to be better than it was - there is a fine line between al dente and undercooked. The bacon, egg, and onion sauce on the fettucine was good. This was after we were wrongly delivered a seafood linguine. The highly anticipated and positively reviewed TBONE steak was our main course. Ours was ... so dry it was hard to believe. The juices were nowhere to be found. While it was flavorful and seemingly medium-rare...it was dry and chewy.

Ultimately we both left with the same conclusion - Pasta Bella would have been twice as good and half the price.

Pros: Dessert lemon donuts

Cons: everything else

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I went there after some friends raved about it. I'm a huge fan of pasta & authentic Italian food, (NOT olive garden! Good Italian!), so I was excited to hear they make their own pasta. I was pretty dissapointed though as the meal wore on. EVERYTHING was overly salted to the point that salt was the only thing you could taste in almost every single dish. I went with my boyfriend & another couple & we ordered family style. No one was satifsfied at the end of the meal & the bill was ridicuous. I'm fine with paying more than average prices for a great meal but this place is not worth it. The pasta was bland & just salted to death. We ordered fish & the only thing oustanding about the dried out fried fish was the price of the dish & the salt content. I wouldn't recommend this place at all. The only thing I liked was the ambiance & the bread.

1
★★☆☆☆

I went there after some friends raved about it. I'm a huge fan of pasta & authentic Italian food, (NOT olive garden! Good Italian!), so I was excited to hear they make their own pasta. I was pretty dissapointed though as the meal wore on. EVERYTHING was overly salted to the point that salt was the only thing you could taste in almost every single dish. I went with my boyfriend & another couple & we ordered family style. No one was satifsfied at the end of the meal & the bill was ridicuous. I'm fine with paying more than average prices for a great meal but this place is not worth it. The pasta was bland & just salted to death. We ordered fish & the only thing oustanding about the dried out fried fish was the price of the dish & the salt content. I wouldn't recommend this place at all. The only thing I liked was the ambiance & the bread.

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You will get great service, with everyone from hostess to bartender to server being EXTREMELY knowledgable about the food and wine list. It is not only a comfortable and attractive place to bring friends or family or date or EVERYONE (see center gathering table!), but every bite makes you want more. Stuff yourself people! It is more than worth it. Menu is imaginative and fresh and priced well. I can't say enough about how impressive it is. You can lounge for hours or just take in the relaxed atmosphere for a small bite. Either way...you'll be back!

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★★★★★

You will get great service, with everyone from hostess to bartender to server being EXTREMELY knowledgable about the food and wine list. It is not only a comfortable and attractive place to bring friends or family or date or EVERYONE (see center gathering table!), but every bite makes you want more. Stuff yourself people! It is more than worth it. Menu is imaginative and fresh and priced well. I can't say enough about how impressive it is. You can lounge for hours or just take in the relaxed atmosphere for a small bite. Either way...you'll be back!

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Tavolata is not for the faint of heart. Others might be turned off by the soaring conversations and if a hostess wasn't at the door the exact moment the guest arrived but isn't it about more than that? Tavolata is not about pretentions. I have dined at Tavolata many times now and overall it's a feeling and a taste. It is the revolution on the idea of the modern restaurant and frankly, some don't get it. Yes, the Tbone is perfection, yes, the bucatini is truly al dente, and yes, the veal cheeks are the best appetizer I've ever eaten (4 times). If you go, you must try the octopus salad, share the lamb strozzapretti and gorge on the pork chop over fiddle head ferns. Yes, you may have to wait for a table. Yes, your dinner may run long and no, the cooks are not afraid of a little cheese (grated extremely finely often looks like more than it is). When it comes down to it, Tavolata is a great restaurant for those with great attitude and a willingness to try something new.

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★★★★★

Tavolata is not for the faint of heart. Others might be turned off by the soaring conversations and if a hostess wasn't at the door the exact moment the guest arrived but isn't it about more than that? Tavolata is not about pretentions. I have dined at Tavolata many times now and overall it's a feeling and a taste. It is the revolution on the idea of the modern restaurant and frankly, some don't get it. Yes, the Tbone is perfection, yes, the bucatini is truly al dente, and yes, the veal cheeks are the best appetizer I've ever eaten (4 times). If you go, you must try the octopus salad, share the lamb strozzapretti and gorge on the pork chop over fiddle head ferns. Yes, you may have to wait for a table. Yes, your dinner may run long and no, the cooks are not afraid of a little cheese (grated extremely finely often looks like more than it is). When it comes down to it, Tavolata is a great restaurant for those with great attitude and a willingness to try something new.

Pros: it's in the center of Seattle, good portion sizes, good value

Cons: reservations for 6 or more

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I've long been a huge fan of Union and Ethan Stowell's fantastic culinary skills so I was delighted to hear he was opening a new place in Belltown. Tavolata does not disappoint. As a friend of mine said, it's the most authentic Italian food I've had in Seattle. That may be a stretch and I can't vouch for authenticity but it's certainly delicious! The T-bone steak is large, perfectly cooked and as good as any I've had at top local steakhouses. The rest of the dishes were equally delicious and our group of 6 was treated like family (of course we were lucky enough to have Ethan himself serve our table). I was pleased with the wine list but admit it might be nice to have a few big-name, higher end Italian selections for those who know exactly what they want. Our experience was fantastic from start to finish and I continue to send my friends and colleagues. I will certainly return again and again.

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★★★★★

I've long been a huge fan of Union and Ethan Stowell's fantastic culinary skills so I was delighted to hear he was opening a new place in Belltown. Tavolata does not disappoint. As a friend of mine said, it's the most authentic Italian food I've had in Seattle. That may be a stretch and I can't vouch for authenticity but it's certainly delicious! The T-bone steak is large, perfectly cooked and as good as any I've had at top local steakhouses. The rest of the dishes were equally delicious and our group of 6 was treated like family (of course we were lucky enough to have Ethan himself serve our table). I was pleased with the wine list but admit it might be nice to have a few big-name, higher end Italian selections for those who know exactly what they want. Our experience was fantastic from start to finish and I continue to send my friends and colleagues. I will certainly return again and again.

Pros: exceptional food, swanky decor, energectic ambiance

Cons: can be crowded, potential for serious overeating

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Wow! What a disappointment. We were so looking forward to Tavolata. Having traveled in Italia, extensively, we were hoping for an Italian experience in Seattle. It was not to be had. It began with the sous chef looking for a seat for us - the hostess was no where to be found. Once seated, our waitress questioned our choices and was slower than the winter thaw. Our secondi piatti sat in front of us (and our neighbors plates in front of them) for far too long. The wine list is a complete embarrassment for an Italian establishment. There were copious amounts of sauce on the pasta and what's with the cheese? Way too much on the pasta and not an offer to shave as you wish. There are many kinks to work out - give Tavolata a try in six months. Maybe by then, the menu and service will be smoothed out.

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★★☆☆☆

Wow! What a disappointment. We were so looking forward to Tavolata. Having traveled in Italia, extensively, we were hoping for an Italian experience in Seattle. It was not to be had. It began with the sous chef looking for a seat for us - the hostess was no where to be found. Once seated, our waitress questioned our choices and was slower than the winter thaw. Our secondi piatti sat in front of us (and our neighbors plates in front of them) for far too long. The wine list is a complete embarrassment for an Italian establishment. There were copious amounts of sauce on the pasta and what's with the cheese? Way too much on the pasta and not an offer to shave as you wish. There are many kinks to work out - give Tavolata a try in six months. Maybe by then, the menu and service will be smoothed out.

Pros: Nice, but cold, interior design

Cons: Food preparation, wine list, service - need I go on?

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I went to Tavolata last week and was left wanting for more. First, we were told to wait an hour, while there were open tables in the restaurant. OK, don't take reservations. But we felt that there was no reason or explanation for why we couldn't sit at the open tables (if you don't take reservations, the open tables are truly open, no?, or upstairs. Anyway, I went with a few friends and we shared quite a few dishes. Few made the mark that they aimed for. Underseasoned antipasti fell flat. Pastas were too aldente (I've done my time in Italy and know the toothy goal but this was underdone). Anglotti was so underdone, with thick pasta, and over lemoned, it proved a low point, instead of a high point, which I personally wanted it to be. Their carbonara is tragic. The pork lays limp, boiled, not crisp and nice, and the sauce pools at the bottom of the plate. Too much pasta water? The dusting of pecorino was but a whisper, not enough to account for the underseasoned pasta. I really liked the ricotta gnocchi, all around. Nice olives, califlower, very tasty.
The monster steak was nice and tender, cooked and rested nicely. I felt it spent too little time on the grill (or in the pan) and too much time in the oven. I like a bit of char on my steak, gives it charachter. Onions were a nice accompaniment. Wine stellar throughout, service a bit absent and uninformed when we had a question. What IS this on my plate? She had to leave to find out. We were quite full at the end, but dessert was disappointing and my doppio never arrived. Chewy fried doughnuts, quantity does not make up for quality. More than half were left as we exited. Overall, the stark space left us a bit cold. We found few if any dishes 'redefined' or 'innovative'. I give it a C and probably will not return.

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★★★☆☆

I went to Tavolata last week and was left wanting for more. First, we were told to wait an hour, while there were open tables in the restaurant. OK, don't take reservations. But we felt that there was no reason or explanation for why we couldn't sit at the open tables (if you don't take reservations, the open tables are truly open, no?, or upstairs. Anyway, I went with a few friends and we shared quite a few dishes. Few made the mark that they aimed for. Underseasoned antipasti fell flat. Pastas were too aldente (I've done my time in Italy and know the toothy goal but this was underdone). Anglotti was so underdone, with thick pasta, and over lemoned, it proved a low point, instead of a high point, which I personally wanted it to be. Their carbonara is tragic. The pork lays limp, boiled, not crisp and nice, and the sauce pools at the bottom of the plate. Too much pasta water? The dusting of pecorino was but a whisper, not enough to account for the underseasoned pasta. I really liked the ricotta gnocchi, all around. Nice olives, califlower, very tasty.
The monster steak was nice and tender, cooked and rested nicely. I felt it spent too little time on the grill (or in the pan) and too much time in the oven. I like a bit of char on my steak, gives it charachter. Onions were a nice accompaniment. Wine stellar throughout, service a bit absent and uninformed when we had a question. What IS this on my plate? She had to leave to find out. We were quite full at the end, but dessert was disappointing and my doppio never arrived. Chewy fried doughnuts, quantity does not make up for quality. More than half were left as we exited. Overall, the stark space left us a bit cold. We found few if any dishes 'redefined' or 'innovative'. I give it a C and probably will not return.

Cons: Longish wait for tables

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I love the ambiance and that the kitchen is open until the wee hours. I love the concise menu and wine list.
I'm looking forward to this Summer to see how the place feels with the front opened up. I bet it's gonna be pretty cool.
Highly recommended for a late night snack, a dinner date or just for chilling at the bar.

2
★★★★★

I love the ambiance and that the kitchen is open until the wee hours. I love the concise menu and wine list.
I'm looking forward to this Summer to see how the place feels with the front opened up. I bet it's gonna be pretty cool.
Highly recommended for a late night snack, a dinner date or just for chilling at the bar.

Pros: Great food, late kitchen hours

Cons: Occassional trendster saturation in the bar

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Waited too long for a table, but worth the wait. Great prices and amazing pasta. Went late so it was nice to know they serve until one pm. Awefully noisy, but fun date place. Will be back

2
★★★★☆

Waited too long for a table, but worth the wait. Great prices and amazing pasta. Went late so it was nice to know they serve until one pm. Awefully noisy, but fun date place. Will be back

Pros: Food

Cons: Noise

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The food is solid and the ambience is funky and fun. We went late night to be sure to get a table and unfortunately found the service lacking. They were all huddled under the stairs eating pizza instead of servicing their tables. It didn't help to hear them complaining about their customers as you walked by. We had two good pasta dishes, with great sauces and taste, but the pasta was too al dente. Just a few seconds more of cook time and the food would have gotten huge raves. And in fact the next day after a quick trip to the microwave it did. Firm is good. Crunch not so much. I will definitely be back to see if the kitchen just had an off night and wanted to get to the pizza before it got cold.

2
★★★★☆

The food is solid and the ambience is funky and fun. We went late night to be sure to get a table and unfortunately found the service lacking. They were all huddled under the stairs eating pizza instead of servicing their tables. It didn't help to hear them complaining about their customers as you walked by. We had two good pasta dishes, with great sauces and taste, but the pasta was too al dente. Just a few seconds more of cook time and the food would have gotten huge raves. And in fact the next day after a quick trip to the microwave it did. Firm is good. Crunch not so much. I will definitely be back to see if the kitchen just had an off night and wanted to get to the pizza before it got cold.

Pros: Great ambience, late night and good solid pasta sauces

Cons: Fresh pasta is great. Just cook it right.

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Went there for a birthday party and had a lot of fun. I would definitely suggest the Rigatoni! It is to die for. Service was great!

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★★★★★

Went there for a birthday party and had a lot of fun. I would definitely suggest the Rigatoni! It is to die for. Service was great!

Pros: Love the vibe

Cons: none

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I?m not sure where to begin so I?m going to make this short & sweet and hopefully to the point. The food was outstanding! Every time I talk about it I get hungry, which wasn?t how my party left Tavolata?s. It was highly recommended by my boss who?s frequented many Seattle restaurants. I was a still a little skeptical because it?s Italian and I?ve lived in Italy for 6 years and have had lots of diverse Italian food. I finally went and if it wasn?t for the exact directions we probably would not have found it. It?s on the west side of 2nd w/ an Italian flag above the door. If you?re going north and pass Battery Street you?ve gone too far. There?s no sign and it may be dark so you can?t see it from the street. Seating is communal and limited. It was Monday around 7:30pm and got seated quickly which I fell we were lucky because it was a packed house. My boss went on a Thursday and was informed it would be a 45 minute wait so be prepared. They don?t take reservations unless you are a party of 8 or more. Service was great but some might think it slow. It was the close to an Italian evening. In Italy dinner is normally 3 and 4 hours, our evening was 2 hours. Everything is prepared to order and you?re encouraged to take your time. This isn?t a good choice if you need to be somewhere else that evening. The menu is small with a wide selection. Our appetizer was not what we were expecting but it was delightfully different. The lamb and pasta dish was fabulous and the main course a 2 lb T-bone was superb. We had no left over except the bone which they did box up for us (for dog?s or soup stock if you?re into that). The portions are large and the waiter encouraged sharing. They have an excellent wine list to compliment your choices. Overall the prices were not the cheapest but food and service will keep us going back for more.

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★★★★★

I?m not sure where to begin so I?m going to make this short & sweet and hopefully to the point. The food was outstanding! Every time I talk about it I get hungry, which wasn?t how my party left Tavolata?s. It was highly recommended by my boss who?s frequented many Seattle restaurants. I was a still a little skeptical because it?s Italian and I?ve lived in Italy for 6 years and have had lots of diverse Italian food. I finally went and if it wasn?t for the exact directions we probably would not have found it. It?s on the west side of 2nd w/ an Italian flag above the door. If you?re going north and pass Battery Street you?ve gone too far. There?s no sign and it may be dark so you can?t see it from the street. Seating is communal and limited. It was Monday around 7:30pm and got seated quickly which I fell we were lucky because it was a packed house. My boss went on a Thursday and was informed it would be a 45 minute wait so be prepared. They don?t take reservations unless you are a party of 8 or more. Service was great but some might think it slow. It was the close to an Italian evening. In Italy dinner is normally 3 and 4 hours, our evening was 2 hours. Everything is prepared to order and you?re encouraged to take your time. This isn?t a good choice if you need to be somewhere else that evening. The menu is small with a wide selection. Our appetizer was not what we were expecting but it was delightfully different. The lamb and pasta dish was fabulous and the main course a 2 lb T-bone was superb. We had no left over except the bone which they did box up for us (for dog?s or soup stock if you?re into that). The portions are large and the waiter encouraged sharing. They have an excellent wine list to compliment your choices. Overall the prices were not the cheapest but food and service will keep us going back for more.

Pros: Communal Dining, Great Menu

Cons: Price, Unfinished wood benches

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Industrial meets elegance at one of Belltown's hippest restaurants. Tavolata features a massive 30-foot communal table, but if you aren't a fan of that concept, hold out for a romantic booth or one of the small tables tucked around the…

 

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