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Taverna Italian Kitchen

4.5
4.5
899 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

7:00 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

    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 899 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Saskatoon

    Fit for Foodies

  • Saskatoon

    Group Bookings

  • Saskatoon

    Notable Wine List

  • Saskatoon

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  1. SA

    ShannonA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  3. RC

    RonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  4. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. MK

    MikeK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had Bruschetta app. and shared the seafood pasta platter. Excellent service and generous portion. Very good all around as usual.
  7. TC

    TomC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    The service was slow with multiple persons coming to our table vice our assigned wait staff. They were out of many menu items even though it was only Wednesday. My wife had to settle for spaghetti and meatballs which was okay, I ordered risotto Milanese which was bland and tasteless. I told the server who did offer to replace but I told her that it just needed some salt which was not offered. Overall for the price of over 100 dollars Canadian not worth the visit. By the way I have been making risotto Milanese for 25 years and this was worse than my poorest attempt
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love coming here for date night & my birthday. Pasta, pizza & bruschetta are always awesome. Was $296 pre tip for 5 entrees, 1 appy, 4 drinks & 1L of wine. Dishes are a bit more expensive, but it is so worth it with the great service & delicious food. Will always recommend Taverna.
  9. SA

    SheilaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Pleasant dining experience, authentic Italian restaurant
  10. KP

    KimP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pasta was cooked great. Drinks are very expensive and the seafood in both dishes was over cooked. Looking forward to coming back to try other proteins.
  11. DR

    DanR

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service
  12. T

    Travellingmatt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food but way over priced. Dinner for 4 cost $300 with a couple apps and limited alcohol
  13. DF

    DonnaFl

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always love Taverna. The service was a little slower than usual last night but rest was great.
  14. MH

    MegH

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prices have obviously increased and are probably getting to the top of our budget but the food was delicious, as always.
  15. F

    Foodfrenzy

    Saskatoon

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mussels are so good! Highly recommend delicious !
  16. A

    Anonymous

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    It was super loud our whole stay. My dad’s veil wasn’t the best, but he said it wasn’t necessary bad. The other 5 of us had a great experience!
  17. DC

    DarcieC

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my Mom’s birthday and had an excellent time. Food and service were awesome. Big portions , place was busy but still quiet. We were in no hurry on a Saturday night and were there about 1 1/2 hours but got the full meal deal with appies and dessert. It was really nice. Only drawback is no handicap parking spots close as it is along the street but we made it work. I would highly recommend!
  18. TL

    TreyL

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a very fun time. Definitely looking to come back.
  19. LJ

    LeJT

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

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

    Jo123

    Saskatoon

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 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.
  21. KB

    KathrynB

    Edmonton

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Next time I’m in Saskatoon I’ll be heading back.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. D

    Dev13

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

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

    Anon

    Saskatoon

    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.
  26. 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 !
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Birthday party
  28. 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
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food even better service
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome service and good!!
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. WG

    WendyG

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place. Great food and service. Also a great location easy to get to
  34. 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.
  35. VT

    VernT

    Edmonton

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing! Glad we found this place.
  36. 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 .
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 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.

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 899 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 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

    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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