Taverna Italian Kitchen

4.4
357 reviews
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
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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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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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We really do enjoy the food and the service.
My only complaint is the wine is very over priced.
I do not tip on the bottle of wine.

LN
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time and great service. Family style dining is the way to go. Our whole group loved all dishes we picked. We will be back!! Thank you for great evening.

J
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

As it was a beautiful day in Saskatoon we made a 7:00 pm reservation at Taverna through Open Table. Our request was confirmed. When we arrived we were told no outdoor tables were available and they had all booked prior to our reservation being made and confirmed. Had we known that we would have gone somewhere else that had an outdoor patio. Our sever had blue jeans on which we did not think was appropriate for the type of restaurant Taverna aspires to be. All other personnel were dressed professionally. Blue jeans are fine if you want to work at Montana’s!

CA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was an amazing experience! It was the best service we’ve ever had. Thank you to Tony and the other staff.

MS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food was ok. Presentation needs work. The arugala starter looked like it was made by a teen- arugala in a bowl with thick shavings of cheese, a small drizzle of balsamic reduction with an additional side bowl of dressing. The cannelloni was buried in sauce which overpowered the flavour of the stuffed cannelloni. Had an attentive server so service was great.

DN
Saskatoon
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent and the food as well, nice to see things are still very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We took our two kids (11 & 9) with us to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Tony, our waiter, was helpful with drink and food recommendations. The kids shared the Alfredo, while my husband and I enjoyed selections from the features menu. All in all it was a fantastic evening. We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an excellent experience here and never disappointed by any part of my visit.

MC
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding and our server Kasen, was the best server we have ever had at Tavernas.

AL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter Steve was outstanding, we had a problem reading the menu with the small print and low lighting. Steve recommended dishes by asking what we liked! Portions were great! Had left overs! Overall, I would get a seat by the window next time! Hopefully we can read the menu!

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!

BW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Food! Amazing Atmosphere! Highly recommend Taverna for your next night out!

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing as usual. Our server was Victoria (I think that was her name!) She was super friendly and attentive but not overbearing. We enjoyed our supper!

DS
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great; a little noisy at times. Service was excellent.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Expensive for what we ordered. Had more of a family restaurant vibe than we were hoping for for our date night. I don’t think we’ll be back for a while.

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Birthday lunch

JT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and great service. I visit every time I’m in Saskatoon.

AC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

No surprise its been in business 50 years. Fabulous food.

s
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Haven't been there in a while so we decided to go for our anniversary. Forgot how good this place is. Our 8 year old says they have the best spaghetti in the world.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious as always. Big portions.

N
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Have your waiter create a meal for you based on your hunger level and interests off some menu ideas! They do amazing!

OT
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Maybe we just happen to dine on a bad night but our experience wasn’t good. The AC was not working which made dining very in comfortable and couldn’t wait to get out of there. Asked for table salt for the food and where told they only use high quality salt to prepare the food thus we could not have any to use at the table.
Based on the menu and prices they want to present themselves as a higher end Italian restaurant which they are not.
They should have stuck to there roots as a good family restaurant that is reasonably priced.

RR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was delicious!!! The squash stuffed ravioli was so good! The one drawback was that it was extremely hot in the restaurant.
Our server was very friendly! We had a great experience!

T
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Everyone loved their food. The only negative was that We found it quite hot sitting on the upper section in the back.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food!

SN
Manitoba
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good

L
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our food was delicious and moderately priced. Service was great!

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Was extremely disappointed with the pizza, really did not expect tasteless flavour and way too much, yucky sauce. Probably the worst pizza I’ve ever had. Entire table was disappointed with the meal and aren’t sure where the reviews come from.

KL
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and excellent service. We felt very taken care of and enjoyed every moment.

DA
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great ambiance. Music would be nice. It was a terrific evening ... but no excuse for lukewarm food. Re baked items should come out piping hot. That is elementary for any kitchen. The lasagna and ravioli were barely re heated. We will always return to Taverna... it has been around a long time. Not many dining options in Saskatoon anymore
Taverna is consistent.

MF
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Meal was very good - waiter very knowledgeable and helpful in our choices. Will go back.

DW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I love this restaurant.
I've never had a server that wasn't helpful or amazing and the food is always stunning. Any time I am entertaining a guest from out of town, this is my go-to reservation. Even when i chronically show up 30 minutes early...always, I am afforded a warm welcome and kind pre-dinner service.

PS. This is the only place in town that knows how to show off garlic's true beauty!

TW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our daughter's university convocation and had a wonderful meal! Tasty food in a lovely setting.

S
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing service and food!! Our go to restaurant for a night out or lunch! Very nice sized portions.

MS
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect food with perfect service!!
Thanks !
Table reservation works well !

PL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Our party of four visited from out of town. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals in this nicely decored and busy restaurant. We had appetizers, main dishes and wine. Next time we will order one less dish and share. We really liked that each plate was bountiful.

MJ
Saskatoon
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Taverna. Our server, Tony, was friendly and knowledgeable, and took the time to provide us with detailed explanations about menu items. The menu has many enticing options, and his recommendations helped us to choose the perfect meal.
We started with the mozzarella caprese and the meatballs. Both were very tasty. I had the butternut squash stuffed tortelli with brown butter sauce as my main. It was rich and delicious. My husband had the veal saltimbocca, which he enjoyed very much. We indulged in dessert of panna cotta and dark chocolate pudding. Both were scrumptious.
Overall, we were very impressed by the service and food at Taverna, and will be back again.

LS
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We always enjoy Taverna... the food is great and we always have great service. The wait staff are knowledgeable and their suggestions are appreciated

MW
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Appreciated that they were willing to accommodate all tastes with "off-menu" items. Seafood dishes made me forget I was in landlocked Saskatoon, and the pasta was perfectly done. Will definitely go back. Thanks, Tony!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

too busy of a night so staff rushed and overwhelmed. usually better

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