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Reviewed December 13, 2023 via mobile

Very pleasant outdoor patio setting. Coat need if cold. Reuben was great. Omelettes we saw being served were huge. Would return.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 8, 2023

I will start by saying that Tofanelli’s is one of my most absolute favorite restaurants in Nevada county. The food is always consistent and the atmosphere is great. We always bring out of town family members and it is a great experience. However, my last...experience was horrible. My family and I arrived on a busy Sunday afternoon. As someone who has worked in food service, I was completely understanding of the fact that it would take a long time to be seated. It is always worth the wait. After an hour and a half, we were finally seated at our table. We were a table of 8. Once we were seated, it was decided that 3 of the 5 people dining, would only be ordering beverages. After about 15-20 minutes, our server finally approached our table. We ordered our food and drinks and he was on his way. Our food came, our server was no where to be seen. He never came to check on us, to even see that we had gotten our food. After we had finished, another 20 minutes went by before our server finally brought or check to us. We had told him to run a certain amount on both cards, and that the $25 cash would be going toward the total amount as well. When we finally got our check back, we realized that he had split the amount between the cards, and took the cash as a tip, which was FAR more than we thought they deserved. At that point, we had been there sooooo long, and our server was no where to be found, once again, and it wasn’t worth the trouble to argue it. After leaving, my grandma decided that a manager needed to know what had occurred. She called the restaurant to speak with a manger. During this conversation, it was determined that our table not only had the $25 applied a tip, but there was also a 20% gratuity added on top of it. Once they figured it out, they said to my grandma, “Was there anything else you called for other than being a bitch??!” AND THEN HUNG UP ON HER. This is NOT the way to run a business. I will be taking family elsewhere after this experience.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed October 22, 2023 via mobile

Very popular and friendly restaurant that includes indoor and heated/ covered outdoor patio seating. We have been there several times. For dinner we ordered coconut shrimp appetizer, a bountiful shrimp salad, and chicken parmegiano which were all enjoyed. The accompanying fettuccine we were neutral on....For lunch we had the tuna melt & salad and avocado bacon sandwich & salad. Delicious. For breakfast we ordered a veg. omelet that came with country potatoes and toast; a combination breakfast with poached eggs, bacon, potatoes, blueberry buttermilk pancake and a breakfast steak and eggs. All delicious. Coffee was good. OJ wasn't fresh squeezed & was so-so as well as the dessert we ordered. Latte was good. The staff couldn't be better. Prompt, accommodating, & brought food as requested for a picky group. Water and coffee replenished frequently. Definitely an eye for attention. Went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. They offer full breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good wine list. Thursday evening we were serenaded by guitar singer we enjoyed.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 28, 2023

First, Maitre d’i was great. He offered waters for my spouse and grandchild while waiting for a table. When we got to our table ordering was prompt but it took about an hour to get out order. A server other than our waitress brought our...entree BEFORE we were served our soup and salad. She also said she would refill our waters which never happened. We ended up getting a soup and a salad in a bag to take home with us without any utensils. The original server brought us the bill with no explanation. The restaurant was maybe a third full and the outside patio was closed so there was no excuse for the slow and terrible service. Never had this happen in 60 years of dining. Will not be back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed July 5, 2023 via mobile

Dog friendly patio combined with good food make this a must do if visiting Grass Valley. The seafood gazpacho keeps me coming back.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 17, 2023

This restaurant is a DEFINITE GO TO! Beautiful outdoor and indoor dining areas. Enough room so that your chairs are not bumping into the table next to you. Extremely relaxing atmosphere with a violinist on our night. We could actually have a conversation without having...to shout. The food was delicious (crab cakes, calamari, filet mignon salad, risotto) and drinks were delicious (Manhattans and raspberry Long Island iced teas). We were surprised by the HUGE PORTIONS of everything! Awesome staff. You won’t be disappointed!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed April 21, 2023 via mobile

When staying in the area, this is our go to for breakfast. Consistently good food over several years. Have had half of the various Benedicts and have not been disappointed. The service is excellent as well.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 30, 2023

Our family breakfast yesterday at Tofanelli’s was a special treat. All 6 breakfasts arrived exactly as ordered, and the portion sizes were perfect. We were all satisfied, and the only take home were the chicken tenders for the 2 1/2 year old. Our server was...attentive but not overbearing.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed July 22, 2022 via mobile

We went to this restaurant and in my opinion the food was very good and reasonably priced. Where the restaurant lacked, in my opinion, was the staff seemed to be disorganized, uncooperative and just not friendly. At moments the staff would be warm and cheerful...but seconds later they appeared to be distracted and not sure how to best accommodate guests. Again, the food was good and the atmosphere terrific, but our food came out at different times. Would I return? Absolutely. Would I lower my expectations for the staff? Again, definitely.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 20, 2022 via mobile

Excellent food, great waitstaff, comfortable outdoor setting, even on a very hot day! Highly recommend

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 19, 2022

Great pet friendly brunch and breakfast spot. The lobster eggs benedict was delicious. Tremendous selection of benedicts and over 100 omelet choices.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 11, 2022

What a charming restaurant! Attentive but not hovering waiter. Great food! Keto options like protein-style burgers available. Too cold for the patio, but the dining room was warm & cozy. Yummy hot chocolate to go with the omelet, too!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2021

Menu has over 100 omelet choices plus lots of other menu items. We enjoyed the chicken fried steak and the chorizo omelet. Dog friendly so plenty of dogs on the outdoor patio dining area. I don't like dogs in restaurants so we ate inside away...from them. Waitstaff was polite, helpful, and friendly.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 30, 2021

I had the eggs benedict with crisp bacon, tomato and avacado. Very delicious! We ate on the lovely shaded patio and found the wait staff friendly and efficient. 5 Stars We'll be back anytime we are in Grass Valley.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed November 15, 2020

Another restaurant coalition screaming for relevance as they fall further and further out of date. To say the food is sub par is generous. If I was eating here in 1996 I might be impressed. I would also be 10. I was impressed with people...who could do an ollie. The patio is gorgeous and all I want is for a decent restaurant to come in and take their place. Please, please, please don't survive COVID.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Dinner menu prices range from $20-$35. Food is very good!
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Tofanelli's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4