Taverna Italian Kitchen
Taverna Italian Kitchen

Taverna Italian Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (306) 652-6366
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Enzo Pellettieri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: YOUR PLACE, OUR FOOD
    Simply call the restaurant 306.652.6366, order and pick-up.



    Business (downtown)
    Delivery is available until 4PM. 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: Our spacious downtown location is an ideal setting for many occasions. Whether an intimate dinner party, a small social gathering, a corporate function, or an extravagant Italian feast - TAVERNA is the perfect venue for your next event.

    We have several semi-private/private dinning areas. We have custom tasting menus, pre-theatre menus, family style menus, or straight off the menu options.
  • Private Party Contact: Tasos Kangles 3066526366x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
  • Public Transit: Taverna is bolstered by strong public transportation links.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Parking Monday-Saturday after 6 PM and
    Free Parking all day Sunday.
A word from Taverna Italian Kitchen
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 department store dating back to 1909. 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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Taverna Italian Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (6)romantic (5)special occasion (5)notable wine list (4)good for groups (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Traditional Italian Nicely Executed
    APL29VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Classic Italian dishes faithfully prepared & presented. Pizzas especially good. Ambiance, service & plate presentation only fair, but food & value are excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing Expectations
    KaPten
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    What I thought would have been a great dining experience turned out to be just OK. The two of us ordered soup to start and it was not much more than something from a can I thought. Very little flavour to it so not worth finishing. The two mains were a pizza and a risotto dish, both hot and presented well but again, based on previous experience with these types of dishes across Canada etc, I would say it was OK but nothing to write home about. Service was not great at all.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and good atmosphere
    Diner141
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday and we both loved it. The food and service were excellent. Very romantic outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 9 reviews are from the Taverna Italian Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Good Italian food
    Anneinthenorth
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This restaurant has consistently served good, authentic Italian food for many years. It is Saskatoon's best Italian restaurant. Its quality has not declined with a relatively recent change in owner, but, on the contrary, it has added more variety to its menu and has improved its wine list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    Gambolzhou
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    great food especially the side rice with beef tenderloin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it
    galina
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    hi there we went to have a dinner with my boyfriend and our teen kids -excellent choice- food great , light was just right, service perfect! we all enjoyed the time and we will be absolutely back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed.
    Yxediner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I'm sure that on another night, this restaurant would do better.... But. Went for supper on valentine's day, a night that any restaurant should be prepared to make a memorable evening. We were seated quickly but it all went downhill from there. The restaurant seemed understaffed. We waited 15 minutes to order, then an hour and a half for our food. We were asked if we wanted some bread while we waited, then it was never actually brought to the table. When the food did arrive, it was honestly a little disappointing... All in all, definitely NOT the memorable valentine's day meal we were hoping for. With all the fine restaurants in our city, we likely won't try again. Sorry Taverna...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service wasnt that great.
    bradn
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service wasnt that great. We were seated at our table and sat there for close to half and hour before our server came. He was very frie dly but he kept forgetting our drink orders and part of our meal. Had to keep reminding him that we haf ordered drinks and had not gotten then yet. Was nice to try once, but I probably wont return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wedding Day Feast
    Newlywedz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made reservations for 6 on Feb 14, 2014 for our celebratory wedding meal. Our server was extremely friendly and very efficient at his job. The food was amazing. Many special thanks to the chef Enzo and his staff for going above & beyond with preparing us a delicious feast AND our own personal pan of tiramisu (which served as our wedding cake), to boot. We will definitely be back to try the wide selection of courses of authentic Italian dishes on the menu. Even the garnishes on the drink menu have a genuine Italian flair. Taverna made our wedding night memorable, a dining experience that we'll never forget! Thank you to all the staff for the service and the special family memory of our amazing wedding feast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taverna Delivered the Goods
    Chuck
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    To start with the service was outstanding; our waitress was well spoken, informative and very polite. The quality of the food was equally impressive. The ingredients were of high quality and the dishes outstanding. Truly a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Saskatoon Gem
    Cinnyvs
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We have been going to Taverna for over 30 years. It has changed ownership since then, and I will admit there was a rough patch when this occurred, but the food has been wonderful for the past year. I think some people complain because their old favourites are off the menu, but really new opportunities for delicious food are there if you keep an open mind. It is, and remains, our go to place fof leisurely meals with good friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely night I out
    Pattycakers
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great atmosphere, super service and very good food. We always enjoy our meal at taverna!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.