Taverna Food & Spirits
Taverna Food & Spirits

Taverna Food & Spirits

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tavernafoodspirits.com/
  • Phone: (317) 257-5972
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner Hours:

    Tuesday -Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5pm - 10pm

    Sunday Brunch/Lunch
    11:00am-2:00pm

    Restaurant bar is open on Friday and Saturday 4pm - 11pm

    Please call restaurant and ask for Michael to book groups and parties.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Blake
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Sports programs available through local cable company. Televisions located throughout bar and dining area.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad Ripple Avenue and Crittenden
  • Public Transit: Public transportation is provided directly across the street from the restaurant at the intersection of Broad Ripple Avenue and Crittenden.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking space is provided at the restaurant in the front and back locations. Local street parking is permitted in the surrounding area.
A word from Taverna Food & Spirits
Taverna Food Spirits is a new restaurant that has been created in the historic Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis, Indiana by two longtime friends and restaurant entrepreneurs.

The menu was created with diversity in mind. There are several unique appetizers and entrees, but the menu is expanded to bring to life many of the most popular food items that all guests can enjoy. All ingredients are hand selected, with fresh seafood and aged beef items selected daily that represent exceptional preparation of product, unique recipes, and innovative variations of menu regional items that are surrounded in an optimal setting of constant guest focus.

The full bar provides a flair for crafted drinks and spirits with a focus on signature cocktails created from trained mixologists.

The eclectic approach of Taverna Food Spirits represents a unique and varied approach to the common American restaurant theme.
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Taverna Food & Spirits reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (11)special occasion (9)romantic (7)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (4)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    1/2 hour to get first drink. 5 of 6 got meals, 6th person received meal after everyone else done eating. Ordered 3 course meal, had to flag down bus boy to get someone over to get desserts. Food good, $25-$28 a plate, just had no service. Saturday reservation at 6:30pm.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised
    CJax
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It was quiet, we got there right after opening, but the food was very good and the service was excellent. Even if the food was mediocre, we would return for the service. Our server, Cooley was extremely fun, friendly, and responsive. The food came out perfectly timed for us. A frequent complaint that we have with many restaurants is that they try to get you out the door as soon as possible. Our evening and meal were very relaxed, just the way we like it. We both had the prix fixe menu and everything was delicious. We will definitely return for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    good but not great excellent service. Service was very helpful appreciated the heads up about the noise from a party at the bar.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GreatService
    SKesqVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our sever Kate was great! We were welcomed by the hosts like we were family, very nice. 3 course dinner options were nice. Filet was great and so was the Basa. Outstanding bread pudding. Sides were just ok. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night at Taverns
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a reservation at 7PM for 4 people and when we pulled into the parking lot we were a little skeptical hardly any cars were there. When we walked in it was a very nice place and the food was delicious and our server was fun. I sure hope this place catches on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was probably our 5th or 6th visit to Taverna. We've enjoyed every one. Service has been great. The food's been great. We'd love it if they'd have specials more often...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lazzie Girls Nite Out at Taverna!
    LazzieGirls8
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    3-course meal was outstanding. Great value pricing. Salad was creative and delicious. The size of the filet was perfect! Everything was very tasty! Mary (owner) and "Coolio" (fantastic server... best ever!!) ... thanks for making our girls night out a fun experience! The food was terrific, Coolio provided fun, yet professional service. Very appreciated. He set the tone for our evening. The DIRTY martini's added to the fun!! We'll be back again very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Nice place but would recommend having an additional middle of the line selection of foods that aren't so high priced, seems like you could only eat a salad or else you were spending 30+ dollars on the meal; very friendly service though
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KoriB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a lovely time at Taverna. The ambiance is great and the food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the aioli cheese fries!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with a friend
    DinerLee
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    They have some nice wines. They were out of a few wines on the list, but there were a few hidden gems available. A time consuming improvement would be to put the year of the wine on the list and try to keep it up to date. Our server was new, but friendly. We both enjoyed the grilled salad options. The mushroom risotto was excellent and my steak was tender and juicy. All around a great option for the friendly and discerning alike.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Go !!
    Graduation
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Mike has really done a fabulous job making Taverna a go-to place! The place for steak you can cut with your fork! Be sure to get reservations as they fill up quickly. We love the weeknight specials too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh...
    Andy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went to this restaurant on Sat night. The car park was empty - not a good sign. There were only a few tables of patrons and it stayed that way the whole night. The decor was nice and the owner greeted us warmly. Started with a round of cocktails - but after drinking half of my manhattan, I noticed a random piece of plastic washer floating around in the ice. Yuck. We ordered appetizers, no one brought out any bread or bread sticks. Main course came out slowly but my gnocchi was very nice. My friend ordered the roast chicken and was shocked to receive a small chicken breast. Generally the pricing was too high for the quality of food provided, and the service too slow. Desert menu limited. No espresso. Strange menu. Better options elsewhere.
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  • JTJTVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very pleasant surprise. Decided to try Taverna at the last minute. It was not crowded when we arrived on a Friday evening so we were a bit skeptical but had a great meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but delicious
    Foodlover430
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was expertly & beautifully presented both times we have dined here. My only complaint would be that for an entree that I pay $35 for should at least include some bread & butter and or a small salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Taverna Food & Spirits reviews archive.
  • Found a new neighborhood gem
    nelleVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our first time at Taverna was such a lovely surprise. Great waiter, food, drinks and conversation with the owners. Fabulous garlic chicken, too!!! Bringing friends the next time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Okay
    LunaDinesOut
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had read mixed reviews about Taverna, and found them to be true. When I arrived in the foyer, it was deserted, and I waited at least five minutes before someone came to greet me and my group, who had arrived by then. The restaurant is very attractive, and we enjoyed quiet dining (though it was quiet because it was almost empty). The menu looked appealing, and I appreciate that Taverna uses local meat and produce. I ordered the 3-course special, but despite the claim of fresh food, I found my meal overcooked and not particularly fresh-tasting. Our server was working hard and was apologetic for the overall slow kitchen service, and she comped our drinks. I think Taverna is well-intentioned, but is in need of better management.
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  • Dinner
    musicloverVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Service and food were top notch! Really enjoyed our visit and loved the food, beer and wine selection, and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try it already
    ThatGuyNBroadRipple
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Wonderful place!!! I am so happy I gave this place a chance. The people were great. The food was so perfect, and had a few Great surprises.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Dode
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a great time here! The service was top notch and friendly. The food was very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    pregameVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Would highly recommend Taverna. We have eaten here times and the food is great. There is plenty of parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, good service
    asianlake
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Tried it during chow down midtown, food was pretty good and our server was great. I would like to return for brunch and to try more on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ngs2221
    ngs2221
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We made a reservation and when arrived our table was ready. Our waitress came by immediately and gave us a bar menu, wine list, dinner menu. She then left to give us a few minutes to look everything over. Being our first time there I thought that was a great way to get to look over menus without feeling rushed. Everything we had was very good except the red potatoes, they were overcooked. We enjoyed our night very much but thought food prices were very pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommend
    Graduation
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I've been to Taverna (3) times. It deserves 5 stars for EVERYTHING !! Owner Mike seated us and was very conversive which we all enjoyed. Our group of (5) had a great time and the food was absolutely FABULOUS !! The filet was perfectly prepared and was so very tender; loved the chocolate wine sauce ! We highly recommend Taverna to people who enjoy gourmet food for reasonable prices. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    the chef makes his own special chocolate sauce for the filet mignon and the bartender makes his own margarita mix...yum and unique.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DELICIOUS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The service was great and the food was outstanding. Midtown Chowdown allowed me to find this jewel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aj1060
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Chow Down Mid Town brought us to this restaurant and will make a return trip in the future. Highly recommend the red Sangria!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Taverna
    foodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great restaurant and great food. Their chowdown midtown menu was excellent. I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go again.
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I had dinner there on Saturday and it was our second visit. Both times the food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice people
    Penny4urthtsVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were met very warmly and made to feel we were important and they were so glad we came to have dinner with them. Service was very good. Mike is warm and friendly and ready with an answer. We brought another couple here for dinner. neither of us had eaten here and we were taking advantage of Chow Down Midtown. This restaurant roled out the red carpet on their menu. Everything was wonderful and more food than any of us could finish. Had a great night and would recommend this restaurant to others. A little bit of an older crowd and maybe more of a supper club feel but still - the gracious welcome was not lost on us!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great addition to Broad Ripple
    IndylashladyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great new addition to Broad Ripple. Chow Down Midtown had some great new places to try out and live close to BR. Well what a wonderful surprise to find such a delicious new place to have a good dinner without going downtown. The waiter was very helpful with cocktail and wine suggestions. And the food was DELICIOUS! WE will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    DenverJoe
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great experience all around. Food was wonderful, wait staff was friendly and attentive. Tried this on Midtown Chowdown.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding new restaurant!
    Connie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We are so happy to have this addition to the Broad Ripple area. This was our 4th visit and each has been wonderful--food, service, ambience all outstanding. We especially enjoy Chris Cooley, who has been our waiter the last several visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was better this time
    Corona
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Enjoyed our second trip more than the first! First time we sat in the bar because we thought the atmosphere looked inviting, the food was good, but took forever to come out, some never did and it was overpriced! This time we came in for brunch, which they just started serving two weeks ago, portions were a nice size and the prices were very reasonable! Only complaint world be that they WAY over sauced the vietnamese pork wraps and didn't give enough lettuce for wrapping. The waiter nicely brought more lettuce, but of course you can't remove sauce. Hope I can get it on the side next time! Had some really awesome champagne that was infused with blood orange and elderflower.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood restaurant!
    dmitchell1973
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was our 1st time experience there, and it was great all the way around! We went for mother's day brunch, but we'll return for dinner without the kids. Even our 9 yr old raved about his food. I had the prosciutto crepe and blood orange mimosa, both were great! Everyone was very attentive, especially our server Amanda. We have a lot of foodie friends and we'll definitely recommend Taverna!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special evening
    IndyEnthusiast
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Brought out of town guests and special friends who are dining enthusiasts, they were impressed with the food and wine choices. Everyone enjoyed their dinner. It was a wonderful way to start the evening.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a nice surprise in Indy
    evao
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We stumbled on Taverna while visiting Indianapolis and had one of our most memorable meals there. The service (Cooley is the waiter worth asking for) was awesome - attentive and efficient without hovering. Our food was perfectly prepared - we both had the strip steak special and it was cooked exactly right. I would recommend Taverna to anyone who wants an old-fashioned dining experience - it reminded us of a 1950s roadhouse, but with all the amenities of a contemporary restaurant. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too pricey for mediocre food
    Sedgro
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This place has a great location and nice interior. The staff are very friendly and the manager (owner?) seems to really care about his customers. Unfortunately, the food leaves a lot to be desired. I started with a "Chopped Caprese Salad". It was an overwhelming mess of tomatoes and olives with just a dash of mozzarella and basil. I couldn't finish it. I had the Kona crusted NY strip for my entree. It was cooked well and had a good flavor but unfortunately came out lukewarm. The others food at my table looked lukewarm as well - like they had forgotten to put them under the headlamp. The sweet potato croquettes that accompanied my meal were bland. The highlight of the meal was the molten chocolate cake. Too expensive for the qual.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food was excellent. The whole staff took care of us from the time we walked in to the time we walked out. Great place to dine. Can't wait to go back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening at Taverna!!
    greg
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We enjoyed a drink out on the side veranda until our guests arrived and it was very nice. Since it is on the East side of the building you are blocked from any winds and the sun. The food was excellent and the wine selection was very nice as well. The ribeye steak was one of the best Ive had in a long time as well as the grilled wedge salad. My wife had the bacon wrapped scallops and said they were spectacular as well!! We shared the Scalloped potatoes and they were off the chart excellent This restaurant is a great addition to the restaurant scene on the north side and is a wonderful "white table cloth" establishment that is priced very reasonably for this type of dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    dancandy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I started out with the Raw oysters and @ $3 apiece they were slightly overpriced, there is nothing for the chef to prepare, just open them up, but what was really disappointing was that the raw Horseradish was actually sweet No spice at all!! No kidding, this stuff was a major mistake in my opinion. On to the main course, I had the Tuna, cooked perfectly. Now this is something they can be proud of, it was delicious!! Again, pricey but I didn't expect it to be cheap. The other 3 in my party all loved their meals and one person got the scallops app. He said it was very good. Overall it was a good time and we had good food. I would recommend to anyone who is wanting something different to eat out of the norm chain restaurants.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate