Taverna Italian Kitchen

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283 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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.

Private Dining

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.

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HR
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, great food, service with a cozy atmosphere. Has been our favourite for years for a good reason ❤️❤️

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HA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was great, as was the wine. Stephen took good care of us, and i almost felt like i was n Italy again! (Although prices are much higher here than Italy :-)

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KR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food is amazing, and great selection of wine. I would 10/10 recommend this to friends.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Valentine’s Day late reservation attempt had us with bar seating. When we arrived many tables were available so we did get one. Not sure why none we’re available on this app. As extra tables were added for the occasion it was a bit squished

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing

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a
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food was so...so. The rice balls with the beet and goat cheese centres were under seasoned for my taste. The Strawberry cocktail was short on liquor flavour, rather watered down.I ordered the arugula salad with vinegar dressing but it came late and, again, short on dressing. The waitress Kindly brought more dressing. I also ordered a half portion of fettuccini with an Alfredo sauce. It was not hot enough, dry and rather congealed with too little sauce which I had to order extra. The flavouring of the sauce was only mediocre. The service was the best part with a pleasant waitress and explanation of the menu items.

I probably would not come back. I am vegetarian and really like good food, but it needs to be prepared well and seasoned well to suit me.

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food and atmosphere was great . Service was a bit slow tho. Would try again

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DH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

My wife is gluten free and they only offer a penne noodle in gluten free, there should be other choice like spaghetti for gluten free. Other than that a very nice place to dine.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time at this restaurant, and definitely will not be our last.
Oh ya and our server , Lougie was terrific we never even looked at our menu he took care of us from beginning to the end

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KD
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Amazing food and dessert. The cocktail could have been in a larger glass for the price, but it was really tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Retirement supper for my wife

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BM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great Italian food and good value. Cannelloni is the best.

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JF
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, waitress was very helpful with the menu, would definitely recommend and go back.

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LG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant I would consider it my number one

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good, just very loud (not the fault of the restaurant!)

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OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious authentic cuisine. The lobster ravioli was outstanding and the pizza “second only to my homemade pizza” says my husband! I think that he still wants to keep his seat at our dinner table. Haha!

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RJ
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Outstanding food and all around value! Service is excellent. We’d only change one thing, that being the over-priced wine. Regardless, we’ll be back and will take friends as always!

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A
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Our meal was very tasty, we used the app to book a table and got seated immediately. We were seated by the window which was nice, very good atmosphere. I had the canneloni , would recommend to anyone. Only con was Our waitress unfortunately was not very friendly, we sat for quite a while before we even got bread and she made a snide comment to us at the end of the night .

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Two words: Trust Luigi!

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PC
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

If you want good old fashioned Italian food this place hits the mark. We had a great waiter and great service. It has a “comfort food” vibe but good quality. Worth adding to your list.

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O
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastique! Sooo good. If you are looking for great Italian food in Saskatoon, this is the place. The staff are incredible.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was new year's eve. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. My stepsister and I had a great time!

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PL
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Almost always have the veal. This time wasn't quite up to par from previous visits.

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Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Eating at Taverna was good. The food was perfectly made... but somehow I couldn’t feel the place, I mean, it’s Italian food but the feeling of the place was just like a regular restaurant. Anyway, the Ravioli was so good... that I definitely want to come back and get some more!

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TD
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Had a very good meal with my kids (adults) for my daughters birthday. I was just sorry that even though I mentioned the birthday in my reservation and twice to the server- nothing was done to recognize the occasion. Too close to Christmas I guess. Fortunately the food was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit to Taverna and we were not disappointed. Our waiter Simon was fabulous and made many suggestions regarding our meal and wine selection! We essentially just ordered what he told us to and everything that came was amazing! We can’t wait to come again!

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CW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a wonderful time at Taverna as we come to expect. The Italian food is very authentic and the service is terrific.

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MA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our first time here as we are from out of town. Good wine, good food, good service. We enjoyed the entire experience and would return and will recommend to others.

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DG
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A group of six of us enjoyed a nice meal and evening at your establishment. I will certainly come again.

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OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, lively atmosphere. Service was great. Food was excellent. Highly recommend.

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EJ
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The staff was wonderful and very accommodating of special requests.

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OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service from Luigi !! Great food as well.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall an excellent establishment.
Well worth your dining experience.

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KB
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Service was extremely friendly and attentive. Food was good!

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s
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always our favorite. Great food. Great service! Like

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C
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love the meal!
Wish there were more chocolate dessert options.

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TC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had quick service, a delicious meal, and a friendly knowledgeable server!

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HR
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favourite restaurants, Taverna never disappoints! Three of us shared the Calabrese pizza (I swear I could eat this everyday for the rest of my life and never tire of it, best pizza in Saskatoon) and the arugula and beet salad (fresh and delicious) to start. Each of us had our own pasta main, all of which were delicious and satisfying. Our server Simon was knowledgeable, polite and took care of us in a professional and timely manner.

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MC
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious and fairly authentic! Wine by the glass options could be more and better. Tony was our waiter and he was fab! It was an extremely busy night so service was on the slower side but we didn’t mind at all.

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OT
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great evening! Our Server Luigi was the best server we ever had! We let him decide our how meal from appetizer to main course to dessert and even the wine and it was truly a memorable evening!

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