Tino's Italian Bistro
In spite of our extremely sullen waitress, we enjoyed our meal. Good, creative drinks and delicious food. But it was the first time in my life I’ve come close to asking for another waiter to serve us. Still tipped her 20% in hopes it made her feel a little better, but she scarcely deserved 10%.
But again - stellar meal!
My wife and I dined at Tino's for our first visit on a recent, stormy summer Friday night . We arrived 30 mins prior to our reservation but our table was ready and we were seated promptly. The service was prompt and courteous. We started with a salad. My wife had the fruit de mer (seafood pasta) and I had the vodka penne. Both entrees were excellent and the portions were very generous. We had a bottle of red Italian wine, a Montepulciano blend, also very good. Finished with the multi-layer chocolate and cheesecake Skyscraper cake (just a few bites) and coffee. We ate only half of our entrees but took those and the cake home for the next day. Lance, the owner, stopped by our table to check on us and we commented about the quality of our food.
Though the Columbia location is not in our neighborhood, this is what qualifies as a true neighborhood gem and we will gladly return.
Love their weekend specials!! It would nice if they included spoons with the tableware.
Ate on the patio - great location for a good evening with friends
We were in Columbia for a concert and googled Italian restaurants and Tino’s came up and it was close to our hotel. Glad we made a reservation as it got pretty crowded. The menu is really big with lots of choices for every part of the meal from apps to dessert. The service was very attentive and the food was very tasty. The portions were big and if we hadn’t had anything to eat all day, we would’ve had leftovers. Good meal!
Always the best. Our go to regular place. Salads, lite fare are excellent for my diet. Daily fish specials are my second choice.
Went with spouse for dinner. Received complimentary bread and dipping oil. Dipping oil good, but heavy on raw garlic. Ordered Salmon Rosé; good, but unusually oily. Spouse ordered Fettuccini Alfredo; good, but unusually eggy. Overall okay, but unsure why this place is considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Columbia.
Great for authentic Italian food...and my mother is first generation Italian. I was quite surprised by the veggie pizza. Most of the veggies were fresh (not from a can). Always nice when the owner/manager stops by your table for a relaxed chat.
My wife and I selected specials from the menu. The food was good. We were seated near the serving area and it was noisy. This restaurant was quite busy but our server was as attentive as could be expected.
Food was delicious and staff very accommodating. Will definitely return.
We all loved our meals...loved my salmon medalions in rose cream sauce w/penne. It was so good!!! We had leftovers last night! Definitely will be back soon! Our waiter, Oscar was wonderful. Kudos!
Tino's is a neighborhood gem. In our opinion, Tino's is the very best Italian restaurant in the Ellicott City and Columbia area. Fresh pasta, seafood and sausage are the best. Prices are reasonable. Tino's also has an excellent wine list.
My wife and I enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Tino’s this week. While we don’t need an excuse to dine at Tino’s, we did so to celebrate my wife’s birthday. My favorite go to dish is their salmon Rose, salmon medallions sautéed in a rose cream sauce served over penne! My wife had their Tortellini Bolognese, sautéed with ground veal in a rose cream sauce which was the best I’ve ever tasted. We started our meals with their crispy, fresh garden salad,
topped with the best in-house parmesan dressing. To end the meal there’s no better desert then their incomparable light, fluffy tiramisu! The service was, as always, pleasant, courteous, attentive and engaging in a customer friendly way. How refreshing. Perfectly prepared, tasty food and people there who truly appreciate your patronage. Thank you Tino’s for a wonderful time!
Looking for Italian place comparable to local Italian restaurant that closed last year. This was not it. Very ordinary quality pasta & sauces, nothing special about the seasoning. Veal piccata very disappointing--presentation of plate, quality of meat, bloated spaghetti noodles (with English peas), lack of seasoning. Good desserts much appreciated- on the house for everyone due to special birthday!
Always a great experience. Not sure why there are no Open Table points are applicable.
We come often because they seldom disappoint and have a great variety of entrees, especially good for gluten free diners. This portions are large, and we almost always have enough for a second dinner from leftovers. This last visit was spectacular. Special was seafood contessa- scallops shrimp and crab on pasta with a light rosemary cream sauce. I could eat this every night!!
We went to Tino's Italian Bistro because my husband wanted something Italian. He was very pleased with his pasta & Bolognese sauce with sausage. I should mention he is the cook in the family & very picky.
Upon a recommendation from our waiter, I had the crab ravioli. Even though both dishes were delightful, we couldn't finish the servings, so we too the rest home for a later dinner.
It was delicious - so delicious in fact that my boyfriend and I went back the next night!!!
Was our first time going there and it was a huge disappointment. Service was slow and missing. The food was way too expensive for the quality. The $7 side of 2 meatballs tasted like canned spaghetti Os. Our main dishes were completely overpriced for the size, quality and taste. The only thing good was the free bread and butter!! Unfortunately we will not be going back! Don’t waste your money!
Delicious, as always. The ravioli I had was excellent.
Third time we have visited Tino's Italian Bistro for dinner. Food is always exceptional. Service is excellent with waiter briefly interrupting us to check on meal. Very friendly atmosphere for dinner. Prices a quite reasonable for quantity and quality of food received. $17 Chicken Marsala was a large, 12 inch plate with two chicken cutlets, bounteous noodles, and many mushrooms. $14 meat stromboli was about 12" x 6", loaded with cheese and meats. Too much to eat, so we boxed left-overs for next day lunch. You will generally see the proprietor, Lance, multitasking in the dining room; strike up a conversation with him. Another great about Tino's - they regularly have Foundation Nights where a portion of income is given to charities (see their website). What a community service!
The menu has lots of variety and our food was perfectly prepared. The service was excellent.
We go to tinos fairly regularly it's always great. I'll def be going back
Wonderful as usual! Friends from Philadelphia thought the food was excellent! Love all the gluten free choices!
We were very disappointed in the quality of the food. It was drenched in oil. The gluten free dish we ordered had more flavor (pesto and marinara), but the lemon oil and the garlic and olive oil was bland. The minestrone was equally bland. The bean soup, in contrast, was tasty and had good flavor.
We visited Tinos for the first time. The first thing I noticed is the menus were dirty. Other than that the place seemed pretty clean in the dining room.
I was looking forward to the tortellini bolognese I ordered. It actually tasted good but it was spicy. I don’t like spicy but on scale of 1-10 it was probably a 3/4. I just couldn’t eat the whole portion knowing it was spicy so I returned it for a spaghetti Parmesan that was good.
My wife ordered the steak and I wish we had paid attention when my brother asked the server about the steak. He told him it wasn’t his particular taste and it was “okay”. It was a square steak and slightly over cooked. It was pretty chewy and after a couple of bites she asked to return it. She also had a side of broccoli that had too much pepper on it. She exchanged it for a small side salad
The rest of our table seemed satisfied with their meals but we all agreed we probably would not be returning :(
Was easy to make an online reservation and we were seated promptly on arrival. Waiter Kevin was knowledgeable and attentive. Everyone enjoyed his/her meal. The veal rib special was amazing -- tender and flavorful. We largely filled up on appetizers and bread and all of us ended up bringing home leftovers -- just as good the next day. A very enjoyable Father's Day meal!
The food overall was great. Wine selections great. Service (Morgan was awesome!) and ambience great. The bread SUCKS!!! I would have rather had none than what they served. Truly was a great experience, except for the bread! We'll go back for sure.
Our service was very, very good. I am sorry that I cannot remember our server's name but she was outstanding.
Tino's is always delicious Italian food and good service. It is a great local restaurant that never disappoints.
Great meal as always!
We were seated for quite some time and no one came over to even offer us water. We had to ask to have a server sent to our table. The sauce on my husband's dish was not very good. He basically ate around it.
We had a great dinner in this neighborhood jewel. We love that it’s a local business and the way they support the community.
Great pizza, Chicken Caesar wraps, and any pasta dish!
This restaurant is a neighborhood gem. The food is great. I've never been disappointed in the meals. We had the pizza for carry out and it was very good. Great friendly service. We believe it is the best value and Italian restaurant in Ellicott City/Columbia! Tino's, keep up the great food service and restaurant atmosphere.
Love Tino’s! Great food, great service. Nice ambiance.
Wonderful in every possible way!
The meal and service were great, please tell the chef and server we were please. I note the 3 stars were due to a lot of young children inside and they were noisy. I guess we came at the wrong time.
Local Italian restaurant that sure beats the chains for taste, freshness, service and comparable prices. Wine selections are affordable and offer a wide range.
Very good food - great service. Salads are fresh and lots to choose from