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“A wonderful start”

La Tabella Trattoria
Ranked #9 of 105 Restaurants in Airlie Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $61
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Open 7 days All day dining Full Table Service Outdoor seating Views Private air conditioned function room Cocktail Bar Homemade pastas Fresh locally caught seafood Morning and afternoon Tea
Dundowran Beach
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“A wonderful start”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

I recently had the good fortune to start the celebrations for my 80th birthday with a lunch at La Tabella. We were a group of 12 with people coming and going but that did not faze Leni and her wonderful team. Hot delicious food was brought to the table throughout the long lazy lunch and the service, led by Leni herself, was impeccable. When you read some of the negative reports on this site, you have to wonder if they were in the same restaurant! It was a gracious experience and I cannot recommend Leni and La Tabella highly enough. Think I may have to make a booking for my 90th!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank LRJ1950
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Leni F, Owner at La Tabella Trattoria, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear LRJ1950,

Thank you so much for celebrating your special day with us and your kind words.

We are thrilled you enjoyed your birthday long lunch celebration and look forward to seeing you again when you are next in Airlie Beach.
Congratulations on your 'OBE' award your friends presented you with....'Over Bloody Eighty'

Warmest regards and every best wish for the year ahead.
Leni and the team at La Tabella
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“Disappointed”
Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

For a full table service restaurant, we felt like we were seated and forgotten about. We were seated, given table water and asked if we wanted coffee, tea or juice. Our second coffee and breakfast order we had to signal to the waitress we were ready to order.

Coffee and food was good, although my partner specified eggs cooked with hard yolk, but they came out runny. For only 3 other tables being seated, we waited too long for our food.

Halfway through our meal however, a woman turned up, in plain clothes, put on an apron and started playing around with the till, so I assumed she must have been a manager or perhaps owner. But the way she talked to the staff was unbelievable. She was incredibly rude.

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Leni F, Owner at La Tabella Trattoria, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
Dear A TripAdvisormember,

It saddens me to read your review as we are striving to create a point of diiference by providing table service instead of having to queue up and wait to order at a counter.
We apologise for the eggs being runny instead of firm...chef would've gladly re cooked them for your husband, had it been bought to our attention.

You mention that you had to wait too long....it's difficult for me to respond as no time was actually given...what does one classify as too long??

You also mention someone turned up and popped on an apron at the register.
Aprons are generally put on inside...nevertheless I'm struggling to respond to your comments that the person was rude.
Operating a restaurant, or any business for that matter, and sorry if you have your own business as you would be aware, has its daily challenges...throw in long hours, lack of sleep and one could be forgiven for being a bit short....I'm sorry you felt the need to comment and unfortunately we are unable to contact you personally via email to aplogise as you have not reviewed any other restaurants.

Thank you for your comments...we would value the opportunity to make right and shout your husband a breakfast when next in Airlie Beach.

Regards
Leni
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Mackay
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“Absolutely spectacular!!”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

My partner and I ate here when we were in Airlie Beach last and my god it was the most amazing food we have ever had eating out. Everything was AMAZING! We started with bruschetta and oysters kilpartick then onto Prawn Risotto and the Angel hair pasta carbonara for mains and finished with the panna cotta which was absolutely to die for. Not a single thing let us down it was just hit after hit of amazing tasting high quality food. We were so full but easily could have kept eating until we popped. Well worth the money. No place we have eaten since has managed to impress us as much as La Tabella Trattoria did. Our waiter was so polite and provided amazing service and knew exactly what he was talking about when we asked for advice on drinks and food. I wish I got his name to recommend him personally. Being pregnant I asked his advice on a mocktail and he came back with a virgin strawberry and basil mojito which was so good! Still can't find anywhere that does one the same.

An absolute must try when you are in Airlie next, we already can't wait to go back simply for this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
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Leni F, Owner at La Tabella Trattoria, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear TiaTaylor,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review La Tabella and your kind words.

We appreciate your feedback and wish you all the very best with the upcoming arrival of your baby and look forward to meeting him/her when you are next in Airlie Beach.

Warmest regards
Leni and the La Tabella team
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Perth, Australia
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45 reviews
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“Little gem”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Great little cafe in the "cafe strip" on The Esplanade. Great food, good service. You can tell these guys are serious about their trade.

Visited October 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful late night meal”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We arrived at La Tabella after searching on Google - we were quite late (nearly 9.30PM which is late for a restaurant in QLD) but were accommodated by the very courteous and efficient staff.
All of our meals were wonderful - very fresh and good size portions. The wine list had something for all tastes but could use a few additional options.
Overall, a lovely well-priced meal.

Visited October 2013
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