Welcome to Tavola Restaurant & TAPAS bar,  a warm and inviting place to gather with friends and family for drinks, small plates or a multi-course meal.


178 Water Street  St. John's NL  1 709 754 1678


Summer hours - open evenings from 5:00 to close, Monday-Saturday, lunch Monday-Friday 12:00 2:00, Saturday Brunch 11:00 - 2:00

Reservations accepted on-line - for parties of five or more please call the restaurant at (709) 754 1678 to ensure availability. Private brunches and other personalized events available, email info@tavolaonwater.ca


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'Tavola' is an Italian word that translates to 'table', but it means much more then that. The 'tavola' is the kitchen table, informal, comfortable and familiar, the place where friends and family meet after a days work to share food and drink. 

For over 25 years as both a performer with Great Big Sea, as manager to many other artists, and as a writer and artist in his own right, Bob Hallett has travelled the world .  Long a fan of unique restaurants and pubs, he dreamed of creating a special place in his beloved downtown St. John's, a place where friends could gather for great drinks, good wines, and interesting food. He wanted it to be a place where everyone would feel comfortablele, where the food would be based on local ingredients, yet incorporate modern ideas and techniques. Great beer, cocktails and wine needed to be unique and well chosen, and the menu would be accessible to those who only wanted a few tapas or small plates, and did not want a formal three-course dinner. Most of all it would be warm, inexpensive, friendly, and full of good music and company, a place where you could enjoy a fine evening of food and drink served without pretension or fuss. 

This place is Tavola.



Whether coming for drinks with friends, with a large evening party, or for an intimate meal for two, Tavola provides a welcome oasis of  spirit and flavours and good company in the heart of St. John’s.