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“Restored our faith in restaurants!” 5 of 5 stars
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tavola
826 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5787
434-972-9463
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Ranked #37 of 465 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Restored our faith in restaurants!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

My husband and I frequently use tripadvisor to find great food on vacation. Tonight we felt like italian and found this gem! Unique selections, amazing flavors, perfect portions, AND fantastic dessert. We drove down from our D.C. trip and the food at Travola surpasses everything thus far! We wish we could take the place back to our home town. Love. Love. Love.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Palmyra, Virginia
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“3 times visited, 3 times excellent dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed the appetizers, main dishes, wines and desserts on each of three visits to Tavola. Consistently excellent food quality, preparation and presentation. Very appropriate proportions. Management is involved and service staff very cooperative. Folks looking for hamburger pricing should not go to upscale multi-course venues; pricing at Tavola was very reasonable for the food and service. Only negative--need to improve the restroom. They're open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm till 10pm; the biggest croud is typically in the middle hours, so come earlier or later for best table availability...or for the occasional full house be prepared to wait just a bit with a glass of wine. Compared with our extensive dining experiences across the world, Tavola is 3 stars for the dining/bar area (don't expect white table cloth, 2 stars for the restroom, 5 stars for the wait staff and management and 5 stars for the meal. Tavola is a very comfortable community restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palmyra, VA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Exceptional sophisticated Italian cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

A Friday night meal required we eat early, at 5 PM, to avoid a wait. A friendly and congenial atmosphere, a touch noisy, greeted us; the wait staff was professional and not too casual. A fresh baguette with olive oil slaked our hunger a bit while we waited for our orders. Appetizers of baked clams and a goat cheese salad were fabulous. Main courses of eggplant parmesan and the hanger steak with gorgonzola were equally outstanding, complemented with an Italian red that was dry and ideally complementary to the food. A shared dessert of olive oil based cake finished the meal. We left full but not uncomfortable. The price was appropriate, the service first-rate, the ambience wonderful, a fully memorable experience.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Just not on my List”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

No problems...just not on my list to return too...after being miss-led it was phenomenally spectacular..with lead-in comments suggesting that just getting a table would be a challenge. Not so... and the important thin: the dining experience (for us) was just OK.

Visited December 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Liked it so much we went twice.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Great food, great service. Sat at the end of the bar and watched the kitchen. Was very busy so it was a little loud. Wine a bit pricey. Food and service made it worthwhile.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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