Tavlin

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121 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
A Mediterranean kosher restaurant in Tenafly.
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DS
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, great owner, great value. Recommending them to my friends from now on.

SG
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Owners were very hospitable. Ive traveled to Isreal and this was the most authentic Med food, Ive had in NJ. Great place.

h
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is good and reasonably priced for a kosher restaurant. Since they do not have a liquor license, I have seen patrons bring in their bottles of wine, kosher of course. Try it but make reservations.

GT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We met friends there and enjoyed the band. The waiters were prompt, the food was good and the music was excellent although it was a little hard to hear our friends talking across the table and we moved to sit side by side to facilitate our conversation. The only slightly negative comment is that we ordered our meals on two separate checks. We ordered light items such as salads and falafel and chum is. Our friends received their food about 7-8 minutes before we were served ours which was slightly awkward. Even though our meals were on two separate tabs we were functioning as one group. Other than that we enjoyed our evening. We go to Tavlin often and recommend it. Their deep dish hot chocolate cake with parve ice cream is absolutely delicious!

MI
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in at regular day after work dinner with my ladies co workers. Service was quick. BYOB which was a plus! Had Branzino filet with cous cous and hummus to die for! Highly recommended!

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant with good food and relatively quiet surroundings.

ZZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was excellent. we were upset that our friends didn't want to get a chummus plate for the table because the chummus is SOOOO GOOOD!! Next time we're ordering one anyway! A little bit noisy and a little hard to hear at times but manageable. Wouldn't mind the background music a little lower. Already a return trip

s
New York Area
271 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very disappointing after reading all the reviews.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food and a nice place to meet. Always.

RS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so fresh and delicious and the prices are so reasonable. Worth a trip.

ZZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great atmosphere
food was great (every dish we got was great)
food came quickly
room was loud and a little hard to hear but was ok
never once did anyone rush us
we all left saying we have to come back another time

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently excellent food preparation and service. Eric oversees the restaurant Welland pitches in during busy times. We eat here often and highly recommend it.

EL
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food always good. Service also, but not this last visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and environment was Wonderful but a little loud

EG
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was cold. And we were waiting too much time.....

h
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good especially the Mediterranean hummus bowl. Getting served initially was slower than usual.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible...very slow service...noise level unbearable...food less than mediocre

JI
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

4 people party; meal came out overcooked; new order not returned before all others finished their meals and side ordered (which was delivered separately was cold. Cancelled the order and did not get to eat meal. There was zero customer care and the owner, aware and involved, made no attempt to handle things in a gracious manner.
Have been there many times but will not return or recommend.

MJ
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Food is great but service is really hit or miss. Sometimes you have a lovely server and get your food quickly, other times it takes a while. This last time was a disaster. We were there on father’s day. They supposedly were down a cook, but didn’t tell us until 2 hours later. Took forever to just get menus and for someone to take our order. The servers all seemed annoyed that we came there to eat (?!). Then it took almost an hour for some of the appetizers to come. Drinks never came. No one apologized or told us that there was an issue in the kitchen. After waiting almost 2 hours for our food and watching everyone else in the restaurant yelling at the owner and storming out, we realized it was time to leave. My kids were starving and I just needed to go get food elsewhere. The promises of “ten minutes” were everlasting. When I went up to say we were leaving and I’ll just pay for what we had eaten up until that point, the owner seemed annoyed that we were leaving. He didn’t really try to make anything right by us or the other several tables leaving. Just a shame bc we really like the food there but now all those in our party will most definitely not go back. If the owner would have been upfront about the kitchen issues, apologized for the wait and offered some appetizers or drinks, I guarantee all those people would have stayed. Just a really poor example of customer service and ruined a lot of people’s Father’s Day.

ES
Miami
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We all enjoyed our selections. We especially liked the fact that you could choose your fish entree and then choose the preparation option. They were very flexible about accommodating a request to prepare a side vegetable in a different manner than the standard offering. The staff was excellent, very pleasant.

R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I would recommend Tavlin for its wonderful ambiance, its Israeli food, and its friendly and intimate setting.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tavlin is a go to restaurant for us. The food is consistently terrific. We also love being serenaded with music that we recall from our younger years. Can’t wait to go back

h
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Over priced with poor service. The table we sat at was unstable and the wait staff did not try to fix it. The food was poor at best. The humus tastes as though it was our of a supermarket and was overloaded with oil. The blackened tuna was over cooked and had no flavor nor was it blackened at all.

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, Tavlin is consistently excellent. Nice servers. Thankfully no special Mother's Day menu. We shared a couple of appetizers and the excellent Israeli salad. Shwarma was top notch.

MB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good not outstanding, however service was very slow. Even though it was Mother’s Day the restaurant was not packed; yet it took about an hour to receive our main dishes. Additionally, we had to constantly get the attention of the wait staff for water or the check etc and each time this took more time than most restaurants.

p
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I had lunch with friends at Tavlin about a year ago and we all raved about the food. So when my friend came to visit from Florida (and I know she loves Mediterranean food) I suggested Tavlin and told her about the yummy lunch I had had there.

I felt really bad that I had built it up as being this terrific place that I knew she would enjoy. We were both very disappointed.

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tavlin rocks. While we started on the early end we extended into the dinner hour when it was busy. We enjoyed our shared plate appetizers and everyone's meal from the kid meal to the adult meals were outstanding. Also enjoy the BYOB policy! Cheers!

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tavlin continues to hit all the right notes. With a large group of family members including little children we wanted to be sure we were taken care of properly. We were. Food was excellent and service was excellent. Eric always watches over all with a good eye and a kind hand. Regards.

CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food is very good, but the service is poor. It took over an hour for appetizers to arrive and waitstaff was routinely slow to respond.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A kosher restaurant with great food and charming architecture. The live music at night was a huge bonus!

JS
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the band.
Food was good but expensive.
Would amd have recommended to a friend.

E
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric is a friend and always takes good care of my fiance and me. The service, food and ambiance are a perfect blend.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visiting from Israel....and they loved the food...
And the boss...

r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food is always great and plentiful. We had four servers come over to take our order. My wife asked what else was in the lentil soup. The sever said, just lentils. We insisted she ask the cook. Someone else, came, not her, someone more junior saying it has lentils, carrots, onions. The older sever was just arrogant and did not know. We asked FIVE times for an extra napkin until we got one. They served dishes and refilled glasses of water reaching over us - just not proper service. There service is always TERRIBLE. I do not get why.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Very fresh and good food. We enjoyed the restaurant very much.

LF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, service needs improvement. Had to return coffee 3 times because the soy milk used was rancid.

ER
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was fine. Nice to have a fancier kosher restaurant than what is usually around. No to convenient to get to.

MC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tavlin is a terrific Israeli restaurant. The hummus is outstanding and all the kebabs will make you think you're eating in Tel Aviv. Add a little schug if you like things harif. I've never had a bad meal here, but the place can be really noisy. I learned way too much about the gap-year program of the daughter of a man sitting one table over.

EG
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really fresh good food with fair prices. Great service !

RU
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and smbisnce