Tavolino Bar & Kitchen

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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Tavolino Bar & Kitchen

Bronze Award

Restaurants in Tower Bridge historically consisted of uninspiring chains and money-grabbing tourist traps, but in the last few years there has been a real shift in the area, which has welcomed the likes of cult Indian restaurant Gunpowder and trendy vegan haunt By Chloe into its fold.

Joining the ranks of stylish Tower Bridge restaurants is Tavolino, a riverside spot that’s split across two floors and also benefits from an expansive outdoor terrace that’s well suited to dining in the sunshine. Inside, the best seats in the house are on the upper level, where floor-to-ceiling windows allow for charming views of Tower Bridge and other famous landmarks - the kind of picture perfect vistas that remind you why you fell in love with London in the first place.

Otherwise, the dining room follows a bohemian-chic cream and terracotta colour scheme, complemented by houseplants dotted around the room and cosy banquette seating upholstered in faded green leather.

Tavolino’s menu is split into the traditional four-course Italian format, with bowls of fresh pasta being the stars of the show - not surprising considering this is the first solo project from chef Louis Korovilas, who formerly headed up the kitchen at popular Covent Garden restaurant Bancone. Pre-pasta, you can whet your appetite with some impressive Sicilian-inspired antipasti, including smooth burrata livened up with a sweet and sour caponata and given a hit of crunch from pickled celery, or perhaps a delightfully moreish pile of courgette fritti that come all crisped and salty, perfect for snacking on. 

The Instagram-famous ‘silk handkerchiefs’ dish that Korovilas popularised at Bacone is also on the menu here and it’s as brilliant as ever. Made using fazzoletti pasta from the Liguria region, it indeed boasts a supple, silken texture, heightened by the addition of a glossy orange Burford Brown egg yolk. The dish is finished off with a generous smearing of walnut butter, the blunt, nutty flavour working to stop the pasta from being overwhelmingly rich.

If you're too full for dessert you might like a perfectly Italian finisher of an affogato. However, should you have saved room you'll be rewarded with the traditional likes of a chocolate and chestnut mousse and a range of housemade sorbets.

Once you’ve finished eating, a trip to the downstairs bar for post-prandial drinking is highly recommended. Chatty, knowledgeable staff will be happy to whip up all of the usual cocktails, but there is an extensive range of Italian wines and a few digestif liqueurs too, if you want to keep things strictly traditional.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Lively, Romantic, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

About

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and London landmarks such as HMS Belfast, Italian restaurant and Aperitivo bar Tavolino is a casual option for those looking to dine alongside the river Thames. Split across two floors with an outdoor terrace and panoramic views of London, it's perfect for a team lunch, corporate event or date night.

The restaurant’s name translates as ‘small table’, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering plenty of natural light and excellent views. Otherwise, the dining room is decked out in simple shades of terracotta and cream, while timber flooring and green leather furnishings add some character.

The food here matches the relaxed, simple vibe of the surrounds, with the kitchen turning out unfussy dishes made with both Italian and UK produce. The menu follows the traditional four-course Italian format, which means diners can kick things off with impressive Sicilian-inspired antipasti such as cured meats or cherry tomato focaccia. There are a few other snacks too, such as garlic and oregano pizzetta, or zucchini fritti. 

Starters proper see fresh burrata supplied by an artisanal dairy in Puglia, while fresh pasta dishes include bucatini cacio e pepe, and slow cooked beef shin ragu with mafalde. If you’d rather have pizza, you can try the likes of burrata, red peppers and olives cooked on a thin sourdough base.

Tavolino’s meat and fish dishes are designed to share, with options such as sea bream with tomatoes, olives and oregano, or chicken Milanese. To finish, there are classic Italian desserts – think an Amalfi lemon meringue or a polenta cake to share between two which is cooked in a skillet and served with caramelised white chocolate ice cream.

At the bar, a team of knowledgeable staff are happy to whip up any classic cocktail you please, but there is an extensive range of Italian wines if you want to keep things strictly traditional.

This venue also offers

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Christmas Parties

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Location

Unit 1, Riverside, 2 More London, London Bridge, London, SE1 2DA

020 8194 1037 020 8194 1037

Website

Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-21:00
Tue 12:00-21:00
Wed 12:00-21:00
Thu 12:00-22:00
Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-22:00
Sun 12:00-20:00

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8 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Mark

07 November 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Charmaine C

01 September 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Lorna W

25 August 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Anon

03 August 2023  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 0.5

Debbie D

11 March 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Fantastic and a beautiful table thank you

Pam S

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Good Italian restaurant. Nice atmosphere.

David W

07 August 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 2.5

Firstly, the restaurant had no record of our booking through Squaremeal. We were told this happens "quite a lot". Fortunately they had a table free so were able to eat. The restaurant has fantastic views, the food and the service were good but not exceptional. The outside tables are a bit exposed and windy even on a hot day. You are paying for the view which is why I've given average for VFM.   

Susana

10 March 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
Good experience at Tavolino's

Overall good experience. You will get the best views of Tower Bridge's landscape whiles having a relaxing tasty dinner. The service is really friendly.

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