Taverna Italian Kitchen

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CAN$30 and under
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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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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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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.2
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

I keep going back to Taverna and never really enjounthe meals. The way it is prepared just does not work for me.

OT
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Taverna has gone through some changes in the last year or so. But I think the food is back. It has been very good the last couple times we have been.

LK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was superb.

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great service, waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and provided me with a wine taster as I was struggling to decide. Food was good and plentiful.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was outstanding, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was great. Great people....everything was very good!

G
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This was a very great experience! One concern we had was that our food came too soon. We were still eating our bread when our pasta came. We didn’t like feeling rushed.

SF
Saskatoon
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Scallops were amazing! Love the sauce and appreciated the bread to dip in the sauce. Pizza was just ok - toppings were delicious but your crust was too thin so too crispy on the edges and soggy under the toppings. We will come back but will probably try pasta next time.

Service was great though!

DF
Saskatoon
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Never Disappointed with Tavernas. When I get a craving for Italian food there is only one place to go! Taverna! Thx Chelsea for great service with a great smile to boot.

TF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great, authentic and LOCAL! Fabulous place to spend time with friends. A warm and cozy environment which was perfect for a cold winter night. The food was very flavourable and great value for the amount of food that we received. Our server was knowledgeable and recommended excellent food and drink options. Encourage people to go!

JI
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing job by our servers! Excellent job by the kitchen staff!

a
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

we seem to always choose taverna when we go out and rightfully so. The food is absolutely delicious. The tagliatelle alla marinara is my favourite alongside the mozzarella alla caprese. Everything is fresh and a treat. They are fair when it comes to pricing, good portion sizes, and the staff know their menus well. We had a great time. Our only downfall is that if you're steamed in a booth, it only takes the people behind you to move slightly and you can feel your booth being pushed and punched almost.

TM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant!! AMAZING food & great atmosphere. Definitely not your cookie cutter restaurant. Went for our wedding anniversary and it was a great evening. Not the place to go for a quick meal as we were there for almost 2 hours. The servers allow you to take your time and enjoy your food. Highly recommended :)

TD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Taverna! Great food, atmosphere, and staff. Never disappointed.

NG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So Delicious! Great Service! The meatballs are a must have!

B
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Very nice restaurant that has gluten free options. The only complaint would be that they do not carry a gluten free bread and this is really unacceptable for a restaurant of this quality.

RL
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience3

It took over an hour to get our main course. Think waiter was too busy or forgot to place the order as other tables came and went while we waited.

G
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

New Year’s Eve so a big crowd and as a result noisy. Server and food were excellent, we had a variety of dishes...all very good, large meals.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Best italian restaurant in Saskatoon. Great selection of meals. Great for a date night.

E
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was excellent. Food was very good. It was a little noisy for someone who has hearing aides, but it was also a very busy evening being NYE. I would definitely go back.

LR
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. Our waiter, Tony was very knowledgeable about the menu. All staff was very pleasant and friendly. Will definitely go back again and again

C
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Taverna’s is our favourite restaurant, not just favourite pasta house, but favourite restaurant. Exceptional services, food and company for a splendid date night.

C
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and food. We have been regulars for years.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not just the best restaurant in Saskatoon, but easily some of the best authentic Italian food you can find in Canada.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

The Caesar salad was amazing. The entrées were pretty good. The service was slow, the ambiance wasn’t very nice, and the music was way too loud. We won’t be going back. Maybe take out at most.

KP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been there four times this year and I am never disappointed. I bring my friends to a first class restaurant

RT
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Another great time and fabulous Italian cuisine at Taverna. Always busy and always good food and service. We return at least once a month and never get disappointed. Taverna is a real gem in the Saskatoon restaurant options.

DJ
Saskatoon
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Top notch. Table of 8, and all very impressed

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food and service. Would have preferred not to be seated in bar area. Music very loud, hard to carry on a conversation.

C
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience. The staff was excellent and the food was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

I haven't been to Taverna since I was a child with my parents, but I do remember it being a warm, welcoming place, which is why I wanted to return. I made a reservation a month in advance as I knew they would be busy around Christmas time. Upon arrival our table was not ready. When our table was ready we were sat at the perimeter of a Christmas party, which was very loud and not what I had expected, being only a party of two. Our server was very busy which granted I can understand but she did not seem to give us the time of day. At one point my husband asked for another drink, I said I was fine, yet two drinks were brought. After dessert she asked how we were, fine, with still half a drink, and we were asked immediately if we wanted the bill. I understand you need to turn tables but we felt very rushed considering we were also paying customers. The food of course was delicious but I would order delivery before I would return.

B
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

service was not great...waitress seemed to not care that we were there. Food was somewhat bland and pricey for what you got. Honestly expected better....hate to say it but Olive Garden is better first time and possibly the last

HP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was really good. The restaurant was very busy with a kids birthday. Would have preferred a quieter booth away from it

T
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

My experience overall was really good, and the food was amazing. However, I made a reservation and still had to wait for my table, and my table was directly behind a group of 20+ people so it was extremely loud and our table was way too close to that group (waitress could barely fit between). Our service was average, but our server was also waitressing the big group so completely understandable. If you’re not concerned about a quiet, romantic dinner I would recommend because the food was awesome

CS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We showed up a bit early and got seated right away. Our server Tony was excellent. Food was Delish. We will be back!!

GT
Saskatoon
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We asked Tony to take care of us with his recommendations for our meal and we were totally impressed. Always great food and service at Taverna.

JS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely love this place and wish I had gone sooner. The establishment is cozy, but spacious and the food is delectable. I will be returning as many times as possible!

SS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just a perfect night. Great service, great food really comfortable setting.

OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

My 4th experience at Taverna's was excellent as usual. We were there for a birthday this time, and while busy, our server was still very attentive. Food was delicious. Will definitely return again.

KS
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic menu at reasonable rates.

Service is like no other in Saskatoon- the employees are welcoming, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about both the drink and food menus.

BB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous server! Will ask for her specifically The food was flavourful, great presentation and the pasta was cooked to perfection.

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