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Tonalli Cafe & Bar
Posted by Neighborhood gal on 06/10/2014
What once was a terrific neighborhood place has now sunk to a level not worth experiencing. Food portions are smaller each time I go. Offered "happy hour" wine but was charged for full price. We had to ASK for bread (and it wasn't served with any spread -- butter, oil or their past usual delicious eggplant mixture). Service? A joke. I spent much of my time trying to get the waitresses attention for more water. And then when I put my credit card on top of the bill ... I again had to flag down the waitress. Never, never again. But oh how I wish it had stayed a neighborhood option. We need one badly. And this was the only game in town. Such a pity.
Posted by Barbara on 05/07/2014
Seriously my cocker spaniel could make a better chicken parm. The service was poor the food was inedible. Waste of space on the block. So disappointed dont waste your time or money!
Posted by Richard M. on 05/03/2014
Ordered a fetuccine alfredo that took 35 minutes to make it across 2 blocks. When i received my dish i noticed it was really small and only had 4 shrimps. I have had better and for this price and flavor i'm not satisfied. The best part of the meal was the soda i ordered. ps. if you are going to the bar for drinks i think they are great.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/19/2013
This was such a great addition to the neighborhood ... what happened? New ownership? Or just a new chef? Ordered eggplant rollatini over spaghetti ... sounded promising but I think they forgot to cook the eggplant. I wish it were still a good restaurant -- the neighborhood really needs a decent place. But this is NO longer a viable option.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/14/2013
Their panini's are awesome. Their brunch is just ok. It seems like they're trying too hard at making regular breakfast. Like the omelette which had way too much spinach and it wasn't cut up so it was just really stringy, and the ham was not properly cut as well. Remember simple is better.
Posted by Harlemeque on 01/23/2013
I went to Tonalli when it first opened its doors, before it had a liquor license. Went there one more time and not being overly moved, didn't return until recently. What a shock! Tonalli is in my view fully grown up, with an awesome atmosphere. I love the addition of the bar. The lighting is great, the seating is great, banquettes, good bar seating and even live music. I LOVE that I don't have to leave my neighborhood to go to a great bar or restaurant. The food is now better than ever and the bartender is good and very nice. If you haven't been, you MUST! It's just a great homey place, you will not feel weird if you go alone and you'll be proud to bring your downtown friends here. A+
Posted by greenjaybird on 08/04/2012
I was very happy to discover this place, as there are no nice restaurants in this neck of the woods--or in the head or shoulders, either. Nice decor, friendly atmosphere at the bar--I think the customers are all grateful locals, like me. The food was very good, the menu not heavy Italian, and they were glad to make changes and substitutions (I'm a notoriously picky eater, so this is a definite plus). The service, however, was so poor on my first visit that I hesitated to return for fear of getting the same waitress. I'm glad I went back, as she wasn't there and the server we got was very competent. Oddly, of the 4 women who attended us in one way or another on both occasions, 3 were noticeably self-conscious and insecure. That said, I'm glad I gave it a second shot, as the food and atmosphere really warrant staying in the neighborhood rather than trekking down to the UWS, where prices would be higher (not much, though!) and the place much more crowded.