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Taverna Italian Kitchen

4.5
4.5
934 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
TAVERNA is nestled in Saskatoon's historic downtown core within walking distance of a number of major hotels in the renowned entertainment district. The building was originally a grocery store dating back to 1907. Taverna still maintains a historical charm and character, serving fantastic rustic Italian dishes since 1969.

This is a limited intervention style of cooking, inspired by family tradition. We don't try and upstage our ingredients with elaborate techniques or clutter them up with fancy sauces. It's just simple respect for intensely flavoured San Marzano tomatoes, fresh garlic, warm basil, thick golden oil of first pressed olives and the conscious effort to bring locally grown, organic, and sustainable ingredients to your table when ever possible.

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2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (306) 652-6366

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Paolo

  • Catering

    YOUR PLACE, OUR FOOD Simply call the restaurant 306.652.6366, order and pick-up or Delivery is available. Contact us for details (charges may apply). Plates, napkins, and utensils are available if desired. If you need us to come and set-up your selections, charges will apply. At least 24-hour notice is preferred. Customized menus are available, a catering coordinator will help you make selections or give you ideas.

  • Private party facilities

    Located on Saskatoon’s famed 21st Street, just steps away from an array of shops, variety of hotels and the gorgeous South Saskatchewan River, Taverna is the ideal setting for many occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Tasos Kangles: (306) 652-6366

  • Neighbourhood

    Saskatoon

  • Cross Street

    downtown Saskatoon between 2nd and 3rd Avenue

  • Parking Details

    Free Parking Monday-Saturday after 6 PM and <br />Free Parking all day Sunday.

  • Public Transit

    Taverna is bolstered by strong public transportation links.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 934 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JP

    JessicaProsper

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was great! Everything was great! 😊
  2. DM

    DorothyM

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Took my wife for her birthday, service was excellent as was the meal
  3. J

    Jeremy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The whole experience was very pleasant. Our server was very friendly & prompt. The food was delicious, and the entire ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful. Very few places offer this level of service anymore. definitely will return and recommend to friends.
  4. SN

    SantoshN

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Extensive menu.
  5. SH

    SydneyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The services was exceptional. Our server was friendly, helpful and attentive. The lighting was a little dim for old eyes trying to read but it was a nice romantic setting for my Birthday dinner dater.
  6. N

    None

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a nice establishment with very good staff (they are very professional as well).
  7. JS

    JaySeaBee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our overall experience was perfect. The place was full so the noise level was a bit high. However, totally understood and expected...would not deter us from coming back. the upper lounge area near the fireplace is a plus and adds to the ambience. We shall be back!
  8. F

    Foodie

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Calamari is the best I’ve had, and server brought over something for my friends birthday which was very nice.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and great service!
  10. NY

    NYCVisitor

    Toronto

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    In town on business. Was recommended by a business associate. Grateful for that. Dinner was very good.
  11. JH

    JasonH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and great service. i would highly recommend Taverna to anyone. Overall fantastic place.
  12. D

    David

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great Italian food. Very good chicken, pasta, and wine.
  13. BS

    BradS

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Traverna restaurant is an amazing experience the food , drinks and service is always the best … we always feel like family when we are there … the extra dirty grey goose martini is the best in the city and the pasta is outstanding quality and flavour .., thank you Travernas restaurant for always giving us an impeccable flawless dining experience… see you soon …
  14. J

    Jayce

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was a good meal and good service but not exceptional. Our server was polite but not very personable. She kept forgetting to light our table candle and forgot to bring a drink as well. My mista salad was bland and not very tasty with not enough dressing. But I’d probably still go back some day for the pasta and the martinis were really good.
  15. JB

    JackieB

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Excellent food ! Waitress didn't come around often so didn't get water refill. That was fine, I just drank I just drank my husband's. Will definitely be back
  16. SP

    SPoll

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good dining experience. Great staff, great food! A little dark where we were seated, but not a big issue. There was a fair bit of noise, but not enough to impede any conversations. Would definitely recommend!
  17. FD

    FilipeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food was very tasty and well portioned. Good selection of wines for the food. Recommend it to anyone.
  18. RR

    RickR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We've always had a wonderful experience at Taverna and this visit was no exception. Thank you to the staff for an outstanding meal.
  19. S

    Scott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taverna was absolutely amazing! Waiter was on top of everything! Will definitely be coming back.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best authentic Italian I’ve had in western Canada! The server, I believe his name was Jace- an absolute professional. I could write an entire story about him. The best! The entire evening was amazing
  21. SR

    ShReS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place with great food. The staff are always friendly! Highly recommend Taverna.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food. So good and it was cooked to perfection
  23. RG

    RobertG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I found the food and atmosphere to be Outstanding Looks like the wait staff may be stretched sometimes Overall I would recommend Taverna
  24. LR

    LindsayR

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    I love this place. Sadly, my spinach ravioli was lukewarm upon serving.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    every bite was delicious!! Will be back for that amazing red sangria
  26. M

    Megan

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    It took forever for us to get our food. Probably 30-40 minutes since we ordered.
  27. AJ

    AJMB

    Saskatoon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Always love going here food tastes amazing
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    We have been regular diners for years and this was the most disappointing pasta we have ever had. The pasta was tasteless and soupy. When the meal was completed there was broth left on the plate. Lack of seasoning. Overall very poor.
  29. J

    John

    Manitoba

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    It was very busy, service was very slow. The salad was ok, the bread was ok, but the main course tasted great. Would not recommend if looking for a quiet night out.
  30. T

    Tooned

    Saskatoon

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good gluten free options they were out of pizza
  31. SS

    ScottS

    Las Vegas

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food was outstanding, as usual. Always a treat:
  32. KS

    KarinaS

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, friendly staff. Highly recommend!
  33. E

    Ellembee

    Saskatoon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've now been to Taverna on several occasions with different friends and family and we have been pleased with the food and service each time. For those who enjoy Italian cuisine, this is an excellent local option and a good step above the 'Italian style' chain restaurants.
  34. S

    Shannon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good food but definitely overpriced, especially the pastas with no meat.
  35. SD

    SherriD

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Pasta is excellent. They had run out of pizza though.
  36. A

    Allen

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great experience overall! Food and drink were fantastic!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Very tasty food but the service is not great and overpriced (charged $10 to switch meat for mushrooms as we are vegetarian). A bit loud with young children so not super ideal for special occasion.
  38. RC

    RonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taverna has been a favourite go-to restaurant of ours for many years, but we hadn’t been there in quite some time. It’s still as great as always. Their lasagna is hands-down the best I’ve ever had anywhere. Both the food and service was top-notch. It was busy, and so somewhat noisy, but that’s to be expected. Because of the whole Covid thing, plus supply chain issues and now with inflation, prices are up - by a lot! So, the bill was definitely on the hefty side (dinner for 4 with appetizers and wine was $265 pre-tip), but still worth the dining experience.
  39. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    When I made my appointment I made a request for a nice booth in the restaurant as we were celebrating my wife's birthday and wanted a nice romantic italian dinner in Taverna but upon arrival we were seated in the worst place possible at the smallest table in the restaurant in front of the bay windows; the service was not very welcoming so we decided to leave very disappointed.
  40. K

    Kevin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Host / Server was fantastic. 10 out of 10. I have a problem with TV screens inside dining areas and I greatly dislike cell-phone usage, at times rampant, at adjoining tables. This place has both. Of course: others have no problem with either cell-phone usage, rampant or otherwise, or loud, flashy, distracting TV screens. Salad was ridiculously over-dressed and the balsamic reduction was overdone. I would not even taste the olive oil. Spaghetti with clams was good, and I greatly respect that no CREAM or CHEESE was added to it. However, although pasta water should be salted prior to cooking pasta, care must be taken to only add the REQUIRED amount of salt. This spaghetti was decidedly too salty. Note: I enjoyed both pasta and salad and finished both; saying to myself: I will offer a critique later on. My aim here is not to criticize but to help.

FAQs

Taverna Italian Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Taverna Italian Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (306) 652-6366.

Taverna Italian Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 934 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for Taverna Italian Kitchen

219 21st St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0B7

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    downtown Saskatoon between 2nd and 3rd Avenue

  • Neighbourhood

    Saskatoon

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Free Parking Monday-Saturday after 6 PM and <br />Free Parking all day Sunday.

  • Public Transit

    Taverna is bolstered by strong public transportation links.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Paolo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (306) 652-6366

  • Catering

    YOUR PLACE, OUR FOOD Simply call the restaurant 306.652.6366, order and pick-up or Delivery is available. Contact us for details (charges may apply). Plates, napkins, and utensils are available if desired. If you need us to come and set-up your selections, charges will apply. At least 24-hour notice is preferred. Customized menus are available, a catering coordinator will help you make selections or give you ideas.

  • Private party facilities

    Located on Saskatoon’s famed 21st Street, just steps away from an array of shops, variety of hotels and the gorgeous South Saskatchewan River, Taverna is the ideal setting for many occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Tasos Kangles: (306) 652-6366

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