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Taverna Italian Kitchen

4.5
4.5
881 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 p.m.


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

    Simone

  • 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, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 881 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Saskatoon

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. LJ

    LeJT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was good, food was great and service was spot on.
  2. J

    Jo123

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The prices have really gone up. Though the food was delicious, 13.95 for an appetizer salad is overpriced in my opinion. Angel hair pasta with 6 shrimp was 30.00. It will be a once/year option, if we return. I might recommend this place but would be sure to say that I feel it's overpriced.
  3. KB

    KathrynB

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Next time I’m in Saskatoon I’ll be heading back.
  4. CO

    ColleenO

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Lack of staff apparently our server said so no pizza in an Italian restaurant. Huh Wine is way over priced. We usually have a good experience here but not today. Mussels were great then the veal ravioli was cooked but cold. Our server had to many tables and we of course did not get pizza. We will put this restaurant to the side for a bit now. $174 for mediocre Not their best day.
  5. LL

    LarryL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The service was very slow. We were seated quickly, but it took forever for a waitress to come and serve us. Even when we ordered drinks they seem to take forever to get those to our table. The meal came in reasonable time. The restaurant was busy, so maybe they were under staffed that evening.
  6. D

    Dev13

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Excellent service. Will definitely be back.
  7. A

    Anon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Putanesca was way too salty that you coudl not taste anything else. Not worth the money. The service was nice.
  8. C

    Clay

    Saskatoon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another enjoyable experience at Taverna ! Our favorite go to restaurant for consistent service and food !
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Birthday party
  10. GD

    GailD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    the veal was very tender but swimming in oil with the mushrooms. My friend's was the same. I mentioned this to the server who said she'd alert the chef. I heard nothing back (they were busy at the time). the minestrone soup was a disappointment - a lot of beans and little flavor. My friend's arugula salad was wonderful. I likely will not return, considering it was >$40
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food even better service
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome service and good!!
  13. BP

    BreannaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was craving carbonara and coming to Taverna was very satisfying.
  14. TB

    TaraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous. Was the best meal our server Maddie was awesome. Love this restaurant. It’s a family favourite.
  15. WG

    WendyG

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place. Great food and service. Also a great location easy to get to
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pasta and pizza! The food was fast and service was amazing. Love coming here. A tried and true Saskatoon gem.
  17. VT

    VernT

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing! Glad we found this place.
  18. L

    Louise

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Great food. Great service . If you have room for dessert, I highly recommend the pana cotta .
  19. TN

    TerryN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Italian restaurant in the city. Great food and excellent service. Prices on the high side but you get what you pay for. The night we were there was quite noisy and lighting could be better.
  20. J

    Janny

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    Front entrance lights dirty. Could use some Reno’s. Our waitress was excellent. Drinks expensive. Food very goood.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just excellent food and service, we really enjoyed our meal!
  22. JE

    JackieE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with our family. Had a wonderful meal. Food was very tasty & rich, high quality. Great service. Highly recommend.
  23. D

    Demi

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and beautiful, romantic atmosphere. It is very busy and noisy, so highly recommend booking an early or late sitting if you want a more mellow experience.
  24. p

    paulm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server had a great smile, knew the menu, and broguht us everything we asked for within a reasonable amount of time.
  25. K

    Kathy

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friends 80th birthday
  26. TD

    TriciaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing! We would highly recommend.
  27. J

    Jlester

    Saskatoon

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We visited Taverna a birthday dinner with friends. Our server and food was excellent but there was a large group - seemed to be a hockey team with smaller children less than 9 years old id guess and they were very loud. The children were less than well behaved and I know this isn’t the fault of the restaurant I was just surprised that it would attract a group like this. When I think of Taverna I think of upscale Italian dining with wine and adult conversation. The ambiance last night was more like an Olive Garden or Old Spaghetti Factory. Made for a disappointing experience in our overall evening. Conversation was tough over the noise.
  28. C

    Clay

    Saskatoon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Continues to meet our high expectations, our favorite go to restaurant.
  29. J

    Jackson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed, everyone loved their food. Will be back!
  30. r

    russm

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an excellent restaurant with a fabulous server. The food was top notch and we didn't feel rushed at all, which was great as we were visiting with out-of-town family. The menu is extensive so everyone found dishes to their liking.
  31. SG

    StaceyG

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Food was great but the gentleman who greeted us wasn’t warm and welcoming and the server wasn’t ever available and forgot to put in our appetizer. She also lacked any personality. The experience wasn’t our usual taverna. It’s always had fantastic service in the past.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had another great meal this evening for Mother’s Day!
  33. LS

    LoisS

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service by Amy was outstanding! Knowledgeable pleasant and efficient!! Very busy.. so noisy however appreciated the booth to sit in!
  34. SB

    SilviaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I requested a desert for my daughter’s birthday and they forgot. I had to remind them infront of my daughter. Was disappointed!! I phoned the day before to remind them about the desert.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it there. One of the best places in the city
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Mother’s Day Meal
  37. D

    Daniel

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Apparently marinara isn’t red lol. Server was cool, food was below expectations. Table was also falling apart
  38. d

    danthebridalman

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. Salad was super fresh. The veal piccata di limone and pollo di limone were delicious. Very nice meal.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to place for excellent service and food
  40. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We arrived 30 mins early for our reservation and were still seated immediately. Wait staff was prompt despite being busy. Food was delicious, but got a bit rich after a bit. Lighting is a touch dim which made reading the menu a bit difficult. However overall it was a great visit and will return.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 881 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 p.m.


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

    Simone

  • Additional

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