Tavola

4.7
628 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Tavola is a terrific West End neighbourhood restaurant, serving modern Italian food. Welcoming you is the team who brought you previous local heroes Tapastree and Nook. Tavola continues the tradition of sharing food - family style, in a warm, contemporary environment at value-conscious prices. The dining room reflects this convivial atmosphere with a 18 seat shared table that is perfect for both groups and casual diners.

The antipasto bar is the place to start as we feature Mozzarella di Bufala, Burrata, artisan proscuitto and salami - sliced to order, along with a constantly changing offering of crostini and salads. Also setting Tavola apart is the commitment to housemade Pastas and sauces - toothsome and hearty. Share some with friends and family along with one of our Big Plates - steak, roast chicken, braised meats and fish, prepared as classic Italian platters.
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1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great spot - pasta is top notch, cozy informal atmosphere, portions on the small size, entrances excellent, wine priced moderate, noisy when place is full

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Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Was so excited to try this restaurant as a friend of mine went a week before and said it was so good. Here is my review:

Food:
There were 5 of us girls and we decided to do share plates. What ordered the following:
- Pear and walnut Gorgonzola crostini - very good!
- Olive tapenade crostini (personally don't love olives, if you like olives you will like this)
- Burrata with olive oil and pepper - can't go wrong with burrata!
- Bucatini - very good!
- ragu - personal favourite!
- gnocchi - didn't like this dish even though I like gnocchi. Felt it was bland
- Campanelle - thought I would like it more than I did. Pictures looked better than actual taste
- toffee pudding - very yummy!
- panna cotta - very citrusy, didn't love it

Despite other reviews, we felt the serving sizes are small considering they are share plates.

Interior:
Interior was nice with a cool, dark feel. Too bad we were seated at the table beside the door so we froze our butts off! It was absolutely Wish they didn't put a table right beside the door as it made our experience less than stellar. Going forward they shouldn't put a table right by the door as it is very distracting and makes for a horrible experience trying to eat and having people waiting for a table right beside you.

Service:
Personally, we didn't love the service. We felt the server was a tad aggressive and when giving us his recommendations, he kept pushing the steak on us (which is an $80 dish). He didn't ask us what we were craving or wanted and instead kept listing the 3 most expensive dishes. He could've asked us for our input since one of the girls doesn't even eat meat! We really weren't impressed and didn't like his style.

Overall food was good but service knocked it down a star.

Tip: Be sure to make reservations since the restaurant was fully booked when we went. There is street parking in front or parking in the back. Wifi is available.

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London
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, Tavola does a great job. We opted for the feature dishes which were delicious but I’ll have to go back for some of their spectacular bucatini.

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

hi there... my friend and i absolutely enjoyed our dinner at tavola last saturday night.
the place was buzzing with a great energy.
our server, dawn, was excellent, attentive and easy going in her manner.
we were also checked in on by a couple of other servers throughout the night. they ensured our water and wine were always topped up.

thank you!
i look forward to another visit.

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Food, Service, & Ambiance....Very Pleased!

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JB
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely room. Excellent food! Best restaurant pasta I have hsd in years! Strange wine list. Our $40 bottle of Nero was excellent but there were very few reasonably priced options. As the evening progressed it got very very loud and it was hard to hear the company I was with. Needs some sound absorption. Also there were little black flies flying around. Our waiter was overly eager at first, visiting every few minutes, but relaxed and was charming and excellent over the course of the evening. Overall, a very good experience!

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AH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love you. We love the food, the service and the room. We will always return.

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DW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is seriously phenomenal. I have only been two times and each time was absolutely amazing. The food is the best I’ve EVER had - seriously. The staff is always sharp and intuitive and the restaurant itself is intimate but fun.
My favourite by far.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in Vancouver. Wonderful food, cosy room, kind and attentive service

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E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I brought my mother to Tavola for her birthday and we were not disappointed! Set in a casual (and slightly quirky - there are lots of pig ornaments), environment the quality of the food was outstanding.

We went for good pasta and wine and got good pasta and wine :-)

Our server was also incredibly friendly, given we were there with our 2 year old daughter.

I would definitely recommend to anyone who values high quality food in a casual, non-pretentious, family-friendly atmosphere.

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OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place always

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CO
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had an amazing dinner with great service. The server planned out our meal and we couldn't have picked it better ourselves. We had the scallop pasta, gnocchi , eggplant bruschetta, salad, and burrata. Delicious.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Outstanding food and good wine list with some reasonably priced choices. This is instantly my favourite Italian restaurant in Vancouver. Only downside was the pounding background music that made hearing my friends a bit of a challenge. I wouldn’t stay away because of it but wonder why the management think it is necessary.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated my friends 30th birthday and the waitress who helped us was VERY attentive, friendly and had such a great personality which made the experience so great. It was really packed that night but our waitress was amazing at topping up our waters, checking up on us and suggested such great dishes and vino to go with our meal. The food there is spectacular! I would HIGHLY recommend this place. And if you can help it, make a reservation as they get pretty busy!

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n
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Loud loud loud. not sure what the issue is with the acoustic but it's impossible to hear yourself think. Food is average italian, not inspired, not interesting. Whatever if you really want a normal plate of pasta but not worth it given the much better options around.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and staff. Great experience both times.

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PH
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food and great staff. Always love our time at Tavola.

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RS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Excellent food served in a bustling, warm atmosphere. Always interesting specials in all categories and the menu favourites remain. Will happily return soon.

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G
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tavola is my most favorite restaurant in Vancouver. It's Italian but not the Italian you may expect. The food is incredible. Consistently incredible! You can individually order a meal or you can share plates around the table. No matter what you choose its delicious. We've been to the restaurant many times and will go back and back. I cannot praise it enough.....absolutely fabulous!

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l
Vancouver
377 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best if the best of best !!!
Always delightful and creative and seasonal and spectacular
We go week after week ❤️

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LJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amaaazing food with fresh, vibrant flavours ~their pasta is the most delicious I have had in a long time! Delicious cocktails as well, and nice wine pairing. The ambiance is casual and cozy, and the servers are super friendly :) loved it!

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AR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was so fresh, the seafood and vegetables in particular!
We enjoyed the ambiance and service and never felt rushed, especially as it was a special occasion!

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JS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service topped only by the food!

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f
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely evening at Tavola! Fun atmosphere, cosy, love the large communal table idea although we had reserved a table for four. Lovely waitstaff who knew the menu. Delicious food and a little different too. Will definitely try again!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great little place to grab a bite with friends. Pasta is delicious.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are always impressed by Tavola! It’s got a great casual neighbourhood feel, the wait staff is friendly and the food is consistently delicious!

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Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely as always

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BW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

This was our third visit to Tavola. WE were not disappointed (again) but this time the noise level in the room was such that conversation was overwhelming. That said, the patrons were having a good time - a good thing. The food still stood out particularly the tomato appie. That alone was worth the price of admission. Would we go back - absolutely. Is this a first date spot - perhaps not - hard to carry on a conversation but the food is worth the effort.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Justin was great! We really enjoyed the heirloom tomato and burratta starter and the short rib!

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Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our first experience at Tavola. We are from Montreal having dinner with our niece and her boyfriend from Vancouver. We had heard many great things about Tavola and it surpassed our expectations!!

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VJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hands down one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. Amazing food, exceptional staff and cozy ambience. You just can't go wrong when dining at Tavola.

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B
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tavola never disappoints! Easily one of my favorite Vancouver restaraunts.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I was perplexed by this experience. The food was excellent and we had enjoyed a glass of wine and first courses. When our entrees came out, though, I could immediately detect the spiciness of my pasta and stopped at the second bite. I asked the server about it and was told the pasta contained chilies- though the dish didn’t list them- and I explained that I am allergic to them.

The server suggested another pasta that could be made quickly and I said that would be fine. I took Benadryl and felt fine. We ate our main courses, dessert, and coffee, paid and left. At home I was stunned to find that the restaurant charged me for both my first and second pasta. Allergies to chilies are not that uncommon. I shouldn’t have to pay for Tavola’s failure to list this ingredient.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tavola nails it every time. And the bucatini is dynamite.

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Austin
37 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great meal at Tavola. The fresh produce provided us with a wonderful tomato and burrata cheese appetizer. I had the short ribs that were very tender and yummy. My husband had the brown sage butter gnocchi. Desserts were very good also. We were visiting Vancouver--if we lived there we would make this restaurant one of our regular places to eat.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tavola is our favorite restaurant the food is always great and the daily specials are offering a great variety.
The staff is friendly and service is great

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y
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our second time visiting in 2 weeks!! The food is phenomenal and every bite is just as delicious as the last. We had family visiting and wanted to take them to try it. They loved it as much as we did! Definitely worth a try if you are looking for great Italian food!

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JH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A bit pricey but ultimately worth it for those who want to try tasty, Italian food made with quality ingredients and skill

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SC
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best! Love it here. Would recommend 100%

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