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tavola

826 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5787
434-972-9463
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Ranked #15 of 447 restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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English first
Tampa, Florida
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139 reviews 139 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Things did not start out well at Tavola, and that should have been a sign. I entered the restaurant at 4:55pm, and was told they did not open until 5pm and was asked to step back outside. I should have left right then and there and never looked back. If you don't want to let people in 5 minutes before... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Best Eggplant Parmigiana ever & an amazing wine list. Very cozy. We got there early, which was good, because they don't take reservations. So glad we ate there!!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I accidentally visited tavola when my GPS steered me wrong when I was looking for nearby Mas Tapas. I decided tavola looked good, and tried it instead. I'm so glad I did. It's a bit pricey, but it was a memorable meal. Other reviews talk about how you have to get there early to get a table, since it's a... More

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Charlottesville
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The food is outstanding, but the place is tiny and unless you get there at 5 pm you are likely to wait for at least an hour for a seat. I personally hope they move to a larger place that offers parking and reasonable seating. The food is the best I have had in C-Ville.

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Moneta, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

My husband took me to this restaurant for my birthday. I was hoping for a classic italian meal, and was disappointed. I ordered linguine and clams, and while the clams were very fresh and sweet, the overall taste was lemon. The staff at this restaurant works really hard. The tables are located just about on top of the bar, which... More

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Johnsburg, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Tavola has one downfall, they do not accept reservations. As a result, you need to put your name in early and then have something to do for the up to two hour wait. Nearby you can get a drink and/or appetizer. If you don't want to wait, go early or late. Once you get in the door? Charming and the... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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226 reviews 226 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The food is spectacular here. Be prepared to wait as they have few tables. Do not miss it though. It's always worth it! The food is locally sourced, delicious and fresh as can be. This is a Belmont gem!

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Charlottesville
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Excellent Italian restaurant, in Belmont area of C'ville. Always has been well-thought of. BUT GET THERE BEFORE SIX PM, because it will be full shortly after that. Popular.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I did not like the attitude when we first walked in without a reservation. We decided to ignore the attitude and gladly took a seat at the bar where we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the chefs. The food was amazing! Wines are so-so. But overall a great evening out with my honey.

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NJ
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Seasonal kale salad was great. We had roasted veggies and seasonal carrots. Pasta with tomato sauce. Delicious chestnut cheesecake.

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