A night “out on the town” doesn’t always mean heading to downtown. Tano Bistro is one of the most popular spots in Loveland and does a great job of making each trip feel both special and like you’re coming home every time. Tucked in a storefront on Loveland Avenue, this cozy upscale restaurant has a bar, dining room and patio for al fresco evenings. While the decor and feel is a combination of modern and historic charm, you’ll find guests dressed in everything from casual to formal. And none of it ever feels out of place.
Stopping in on the Friday before Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d try for a table without reservations (recommended on weekends). While it was booked for the next few hours, the bar and high top tables are first-come first-serve. Lucky for us we grabbed the last table for two. There’s a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails, but nothing out-of-the-ordinary. It’s hard to pass up the happy hour specials with $5 wine pours and dirty vodka martinis! We took advantage of those prices and ordered the charcuterie to start our evening. We had a beautiful assortment of fresh meat, cheeses, veggies and spreads. It was a delicious plate and definitely enough for 2-4 people to share. Our server was friendly and attentive and made sure we were taken care of all night – even though we were taking our time chatting the evening away!
The menu has a lot of small plates/starters and just the right amount of choices of salads, entrees and sandwiches. We’ve had the eggplant pasta and bone-in pork chop before, both of which were delicious. Given our huge charcuterie plate though, we settled on the Alabama BBQ sandwich and the mussels. The sandwich, a spicy not-too-sweet pork bbq served on the perfectly crispy toasted white Texas toast, was a great portion served with salty potato wedges. The ample bowl of mussels was served in a light broth of butter, garlic, chorizo, tomatoes, white wine and herbs. I couldn’t get these eaten fast enough to dip the toasted ciabatta in that broth. I love that dish anywhere, but they hit the nail on the head particularly well.
Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, you have no excuses to not stop by and enjoy the service, atmosphere and locally sourced menu at one of Loveland’s best restaurants. And you’ll be interested to know they have a Tano To-Go location in Loveland as well – awesome for delicious food you can warm at home! You can find out all the details and menu on their website foodbytano.com. Get there and dig in!!