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826 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5787
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Ranked #32 of 459 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner
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83% Recommend
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Jackson, Wyoming
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118 reviews 118 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I write this with the understanding that as of August 31, 2014 many of the key players of this restaurant will be leaving to start another restaurant soon. That being said, many restaurants survive big changes. Follow them but don't abandon Tavola. This place is special. Great neighborhood location, great inside ambiance, and great dishes including the best mussels, best... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We walked in this restaurant based on online reviews. We were exceedingly disappointed. It was around 6pm, the room was half full. We got a table right away. Since we were hungry, we ordered the fastest entree for an Italian restaurant, oh, a regular Italian restaurant: pasta and milanese veal. The appetizer came within minutes: a few pieces of melon,... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Best restraurant in Belmont. Forget Mas and walk up the street to Travola. great Italian home made pasta. Wait staff (Kyle) was great. Small and noisy. Sat.Sat at the farm Table and the four of us had a great time. Excellent wine list with reasonable prices.

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Cancun, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Read all reviews and raves and thought I have to try it. I guess I was expecting a really great dining experience but that was not the case. The wait staff was not the most personable. The Burrata cheese special had no taste and the bread crumb on the baked clams was barely browned and blah. The veal dish and... More

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Palmyra, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We've dined here three times over the past couple years and will likely come back more frequently now that we live closer. It is truly a local establishment, so come as you are, expect no white table cloths, but very proper service and excellent dining. Normally I'd reserve a 5 for a white-tablecloth, silver and crystal venue...this is not that...but... More

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Crozet, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The Food is very special and grand. A must stop in Charlottesville. Great atmosphere. No reservations, but worth the wait.

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Sarasota, Florida, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

No reservations taken at Tavola. We had a large group, but got in with very little wait at 6 pm. There is not enough room to go into detail on the appetizers, soup, meals, desserts, wines, service and atmosphere. Suffice to say it was one of the best Italian means I have ever had. The other six guests said the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

First, the place has too many patrons packed into a relatively small space. With wood floors there is mighty din of noise. Second, some brilliant soul had the idea of having the kitchen in the same room as those dining. Again more noise and heat. Their air conditioner was broken the night we were there and we were all stifling... More

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virginia, usa
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

we are big italian restaurant fans and had heard good things about tavola so we went there early since they do not take reservations. both my husband and i were disappointed. his shrimp appetizer was good but nothing else was. there was little flavor to anything even when you added salt which i really try not to do. since one... More

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Tavola is not your traditional Italian restaurant. The dishes are cooked with a lighter hand and are perfection. The setting is intimate and lovely. It isn't large and they don't take reservations. So get there early or plan to wait at the bat, which is not a bad thing. The eggplant Parmesan is thin slices of eggplant lightly breaded and... More

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