Tat Ristorante Di Famiglia
1210 S James Rd, Columbus, OH 43227
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TAT Ristorante Di Famiglia
TAT Ristorante di Famiglia
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
We booked a party room at TAT Restaurant located at 1210 S. James Rd, Columbus, OH 43227 for 22 guests in October 2012 for my mother’s 80th Birthday party well in advance.
Party was set for 12/26/12 @ 5PM. All the guests were between 80 and 92 years old, elderly ladies, her friends, all residing in a Wexner Heritage Tower nearby. All of them non - drivers. The location and the "family restaurant” name were the reason to book the TAT as it was 10 min drive for us to bring our guests there. My daughters were going to fly for grandma’s B-day from California where they both live.
At the time of booking restaurant manager allowed us to bring a few bottles of Champagne and use a TV positioned in a room for a 10 minutes slide photo show. I was going to pay $100 deposit to reserve the room, but manager told me it is not necessary and all I need to do is to come 10 days prior to the party and make final entrees selection. Well, ten days prior to the party when my daughter came to place final order manager was not there, owner suddenly requested corkage fee per bottle, $100 security deposit and $50.00 to use a TV ( he said, it is because they just bought a new TV!). She paid security deposit, and then called me (I was on vacation, out of the states), I had to call manager and she apologized and confirmed to no corkage and no TV fee.
It did not feel right already. How I wish now that we cancelled and walk away at that moment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, on a party day 12/26/12 in the morning the weather was not great, it was snowing and could turn into freezing rain. I called to TAT at 9AM and discussed our options. Mary Ann picked up the phone and told me that restaurant is open and she can give me 3 options for the party, but she needs to know within 2 hours, by 11 AM what are we decided to do. Below are the options she gave me:
1. They let us cancel the party
2. They cook and we pick up food and serve it somewhere else (if we afraid the weather turns really bad)
3. We can continue as planned and party will start at 5PM.
Luckily by 11 AM snow stopped and prognosis turned to better, city cleaned both Livingston and James Roads and we decided to proceed. I called Mary Ann at 11AM and told her that we are not changing any plans and will be there at TAT at 5PM. She replied that she is looking forward to it.
What happened next: My cell phone rung at 1:10 PM, it was TAT letting me know that they decided to close restaurant as many of employees called off. Sorry for inconvenience. If you would like she said we can sell you a tray of frozen lasagna for $90.
There were no snow emergency declaration of any kind, any snowing or raining at all, roads were in drivable condition. Restaurant just did not have any customers on that day, I assume. They collected $100 from us to hold in case we cancel, they coldheartedly cancelled on us 4 hours prior to the party, ruined my mother’s 80th Birthday party and did not suffer any circumstances.
They even had a nerve to try to sell me their frozen lasagna for $90 in order to keep my $100 security deposit. What a horrible place and horrible ownership, what a shame to have such place in our community!
Being from Indianapolis and knowing the best places to go for Italian food, I have been on the look out for a great authentic Italian restaurant. I found it. TATs is like stepping into the middle of a Godfather movie! The brother/host up front is total class and a gentleman. The food is too die for! The meatballs are wonderful and the wedding soup is the best I have ever had! Try their early bird special from 5 - 6PM is to die for! I highly recommend it!
03/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going to TAT all my life and have dealt with bad food and bad service for newbie wait staff But love the Meat Raviloli best in town most of the time - lately they are getting thinner - Last night was the final straw my mom (72) ordered Clam Strips - they were like rubber and couldn't be eaten - They refused to reduce the price or make it right with a replacement of something else. Wait person little could have done a better job to see if food was acceptable before disappearing with other tables. Had other things to comment not enough room
12/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been dining at the T.A.T. for years. The food is always delicious and service very friendly. As for the Never Eat Here Review that person obviously has a personal vendita against them. They should learn how
to spell before trying to write a review which is totally
This restaurant has been around for years and I can see why. I hope to see it around for many years to come!
08/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
all the cooks are felons an drugys, same with most of the other umployes, the food is cheap an you should see how the cooks have there way with it, ive seen food taking out the trash an re cooked b.c some1 thouht it was still good, the dish washers just put dirty stuff away like it was clean, an some of the cooks have been caugh smoking crack/cocain in the bathroom an they wernt fired. i wouldnt eat here again if they paid me. people say if you work at a food place u wont eat there food. i now no why
01/23/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The quality of the food and service has gone way downhill since we started going in the 1960's. It used to be a special place and now is only another mid-priced italian alternative. I moved away in the 1980's and went back twice a year with the whole family when I visited. We stopped going. Wait staff was inattentive, though sometimes nice. Food was shriveled, barely warm (except the Wedding Soup which was cold). Not fresh and not good quality food for the price either.
I have fond memories of many good times, but after 3 bad meals in a row, it became a trend. I think other people have noticed too, as the weekend crowd was significantly thinner than in the past.
Too bad - if you like it now, you should have eaten there when..
09/25/2006Provided by Citysearch -
First i want to respond by saying that if you are reading this please overlook the one review just recently posted about ignorning TAT, this gentlemen definately should be reviewing movies and not food. I have been eating at TAT almost weekly since moving to Columbus three years ago. My coworkers who have lived here all their life all love it. The food is consistently good and they have a loyal customer base. I definately recommend it!! The gentlemen with the negative review from NYC maybe should go back there. I have had italian in NYC and have found that TAT is right there in quality with the big NYC restuarants.
The wait staff is always polite and goes the extra mile for me everytime. Great place with great food!!
09/23/2006Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriend receieved a coupon in the mail for 50% and entree for her and a guest for Tat's so we thought it would be some good wholesome Italian food on a Saturday night. First off, I am from New York and have eaten at many different Italian restaurants all over NY and the great city of Columbus, this was by far the worst food I've eaten anywhere. For starters I ordered the wedding soup and a salad while my girlfriend just had a salad before her meal. The wedding soup I ordered seemed to be minestrone which I had no problem with so I kept my mouth shut. My girlfriend orded the fettucine alfredo with broccoli and peas while I has the chicken parmigiana, after biting into an almost frozen piece of broccoli in her fist size portion of food she was done eating. My small piece of chicken seemed like a joyride compared to my pasta that seemed as if it had been sitting out all day. All in all this was my worst experience dining in Ohio. They charge you $14.95 for a dish you can make in your own house and better, I would never go back to this establishment again and I have no idea how it has been in business this long.
07/05/2005Provided by Citysearch -
My first experience with the TAT was excellent. The staff was very accomodating.
The food was outstanding. Our wedding soup was very good. No complaints here.
This is a family restaurant with Italian famly ownership charm. I plan to return very soon. I, too, would say that the previous reviewer either visited the restaurant on
an off-day, or is simply being unrealistic, incapable of enjoying a traditional, Italian meal. Fabulous, authentic, quality Italian food idoes not necessairly need to meet
'gormet', over-seasoned cuisine criteria. As an Italian - both parents Italian - a simple meal of well-prepared pasta, sauce, and bread is one that is satisfying and savory. The TAT is exactly this and more.
06/30/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Nov 20, 2007; Okay, I did a previous review back in June of '05, which was bad. I wouldnt have returned, but was invited to a must attend business dinner there last week. This visit was even worse than the last!
Service was terrible. we were always waiting for our server to return for refills, or other items she forgot, or should have already brought out. Salads greens were brown and wilting, soup was served cold, and even more so, as we had to wait 8 minutes before we could get our server to bring out soup spoons.
Pasta was over cooked, but cold. The sauce was bland and starchy (probably old...from yesterday) and the mushrooms were rubbery, and appeared canned. One of my colleagues veal dinner was still frozen in the middle! The breads were hard and cold, and wrapped frozen butter was served on the side...the kind you get at Big Boy.
Our group size was 4, and 2 soups, and 3 entrees were sent back. Nobody ate the salads...one colleague said his ranch dressing was spoiled. Not one person liked the meal...we decided to pass on desert.
Even tho all the problems, our server never apologized, of offer the managers attention...she acted like we were the pain, and just didnt care.
This place has gone downhill for good. I predict a closing in the near future.
07/30/2003Provided by Citysearch -
I had a much better experience than the previous reviewer. Maybe he hit them on a bad night or maybe Tat's owners read this site and responded, because my Italian Wedding soup was really quite good, and the baked haddock was, as well. It was also a very large portion of fish. The bread was warm, the waitress was friendly, and the prices were fair. It's not a gourmet's paradise, by any means, but my first experience there was a positive one. I'll definitely go back.
08/19/2002Provided by Citysearch -
I cannot believe what I have read. I trusted all of you for an honest opinion and was let down. Nothing at all exciting about this food. Large menu many items but all standard, even the waitress was unpleasant. If this is what you consider a ""wonderful"" restaurant you need to get out in the world more. I tried the Sicilian delight in order to try many different items, but found it all tasted the same... blah. NOTE: all 4 of our party got the italian wedding soup one of us got a meatball in it. One good note is that the host was very pleasant. OK, the garlic bread was good too, but who can really screw that up. Hint to the owners: add some diffent spice to your red sauce and increase the portion sizes. We paid to much for what we got.