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Taverna Costale, St. Petersburg, FL

Taverna Costale

4.6
4.6
445 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
When the owners of Taverna Costale originally moved their families to Florida, they did so to create a revolution in hospitality. Their blueprint for success can be summed up in two simple words: People first.

It is a commitment to those they work alongside, by creating welcoming, supportive environments in which to grow. It is a passion to deliver warm, welcoming experiences for their guests. It is the desire to make positive changes within their neighborhood through community outreach.

For this reason, the owners cultivated a relationship with acclaimed chef Fabio Viviani, who brings unmatched culinary inspiration to the table. The synergy between the two group elevated the spotlight on people, culture, and quality - making Taverna Costale unique to what St. Pete has to offer.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (727) 954-3863

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Fabio Viviani

  • Private party facilities

    The Taverna Costale Private Dining Room may accommodate groups up to 20 guests. Our events team will customize food & beverage menus that will best suit your special event & take care of everything from the moment your guests arrive, to the moment they depart. Please reach out to us anytime at: info@tavernacostale.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    St. Petersburg

  • Cross street

    We are located on Central Avenue, between Second & Third Avenue S.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Celebrate the Holidays with Wagner Family Wines!

    $175.00 per person

    Dec 14, 2022 only
    Taverna Costale presents our 2nd Chef's Pairing Dinner! We hope to welcome 24 to 30 guests to enjoy our intimate and beautiful Private Dining Room, where we will be featuring some incredible Wagner Family Wines, as well as highlighting a 5-Course Specialty Menu. Each deliciously designed dish will be paired with an equally exquisite wine, carefully selected to enhance each course! In addition to enjoying these exceptional wines during dinner, you will also have the unique opportunity to take them home with you, at special holiday pricing! Please join us this holiday season for an evening of delectable dishes, wonderful wines, and cheerful company!

What 445 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SW

    SarahW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    First time there, we found the food very good, especially after we had to return two dishes because they were cold. The restaurant corrected the situation and delivered the dishes piping hot and it made ALL the difference. The server we got, however, was not the best. Very nice, but he would disappear for extended periods (15- 20 minutes at a time). Not a problem when you are eating, but it becomes a problem when you are waiting to order, then once ordering drinks they take forever, then a long wait after drinks the food arrives cold, and when we returned it we waited a while as well. The waiter would not return to check up on us, or to refill our soft drinks, or pour the wine. The bill came with an extra charge, so we had to return it. At the end, however, the manager recognized these issues and gave us a discount so we felt it was fair and perhaps they were just growing pains for a new restaurant? Again, the food quality for all the dishes we ordered was exceptional, so yes, we would recommend the restaurant.
  2. AC

    AmandaC

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food! I would highly recommend.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, as always- the best, al denote pasta in St. Pete. The rigatoni tartufo is fabulous- not too heavy; and the Burrata is amazing, the tomato jam is a wonderful touch. Please continue to add pasta variants- a vodka sauce would be amazing!
  4. DJ

    DerickJ

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Dinner and drinks were great ! Service was on point !
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable, food was excellent!
  6. A

    Ashdash

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal! Great ambience! Definitely will be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our visit. The food was absolutely delicious and we had a great server (Nico). The focaccia bread is a must.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Meatball appetizer was very good. The lamb lollipops were under seasoned and gamey. The service was very slow. Overall would not return. The value was not there for the money paid
  9. C

    Celery

    Naples

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Loud, service was slow, food was average. Ordered pasta with white wine sauce that was so spicy it was inedible. Restaurant manager did comp the meal. Flatbread also very spicy. They should add. Accurate descriptions to their menu.
  10. AC

    AdamC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had ordered the rigatoni with the Italian sausage . I thought I had won the dinner competition. However, I was outdone by my dates orecchiette with clams. The food, service and atmosphere were all excellent.
  11. KL

    KathieL

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had a fantastic dinner on a crowded Saturday night. Burrata appetizer was delicious. Party of three and we each had a different pasta. My favorite is the Sqid Ink pasta, but I chose to get something different and was very pleased with Charred Scallion Pesto Orecchiette. The Rigatoni Tartufo and Salsiccia y Broccolini were also big hits. Wine list is good, unfortunately the wine we initially chose was unavailable but we found another to our liking. Service was fantastic. Only drawback was that it was quite loud and a bit hard to carry on a conversation. All in all - a wonderful evening!
  12. N

    Natasha

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance and excellent service. We tried arancini, could use more flavor and the rice was hard. Different than others I've tried. My friend had swordfish and spinach she said very flavorful. I had pork shank with palenta. Very good.
  13. PH

    PamH

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Service was very good. Wine list is a nice one. Wasn’t impressed with the food menu and prices seemed a bit on the high side. The food I did order was good but not great. Gets very loud as the restaurant fills up. Difficult to hear conversation at the table as a result.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we have had in a long time Blaze is an amazing waiter
  15. RF

    RichardF

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Real Italian food served in a pleasant setting with service we will be returning
  16. KO

    KatherineO

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Second time dining here…server fun and helpful. Loved the lamb lollipops! Very creative and delicious Sicilian style pizza. Good wine selection.
  17. R

    Randall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Our server Kylee was terrific and made our evening very enjoyable. We will recommend TC to our friends. Heck, even our frenemies.
  18. CD

    ColeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Andrea was awesome and all of her suggestions were on point! Great dinner!!
  19. e

    ellenb

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks and service were incredible! We loved Nico. He was so informative and fun and made everything on the menu sound amazing. We will definitely be back!
  20. n

    neighbor

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went to celebrate a birthday! The food was delicious, our waitress was great! It is very loud. The hostess made a point of telling my daughter that she would receive a complimentary desert for her birthday... to eat there or take home. She ordered the flourless chocolate cake that was delicious! However, when I looked at our bill at home, I saw I was charged for the desert!! I am sure an accident but, REALLY!! Otherwise, it was all very good.
  21. TV

    TimV

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Everyone seemed in a hurry to get us in and out quickly. They make no exceptions on menu changes. Last time my wife had a skewer of shrimp we were charged for a mussel’s meal. Funny thing was hardly anyone was at the restaurant and it was 7:00 p.m.
  22. H

    Halo

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food choices were superb- thank you Chef. Service by Evan was outstanding. It was a great evening- thank you.
  23. W

    Westtampafoodie

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful, quiet, dimly lit place. Very classy and great for a date night. Our waiter was very attentive, so service was great. Food- Meatball appetizer was wonderful. Pork shank over polenta was equally tasty. I ordered the Chicken Thighs Marsala and wouldn’t order again. It was very oily. Vegetables were hard to enjoy because of so much oil. Traditionally, Marsala uses white chicken breasts and I can see why. The gravy was tasty, but couldn’t eat much. Overall, nice place but little overpriced for the quality of food in my opinion. Also be aware you may have to pay for parking downtown.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a really delicious meal, I would recommend this place to anyone. The type of place where you know you’re going to get a good meal and have a good experience, not necessarily at a low price. Highly recommend the Arancini and the salmon. Oh and definitely the martini!
  25. AP

    AnneP

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner , friendly staff, very fun cocktail menu!
  26. SC

    StephenC

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Ambiance was blah. They need to dim the lights and play better music. Food was okay but not worth the money. Way better places for Italian food in St Pete. Won’t be going back.
  27. FG

    FoodieGal

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was good, not great, not everything was served at the same temperature.. While the restaurant has great ambiance, the service was a major detractor to the overall experience. Dishes not cleared timely (we still had appetizer plates and mussel shells on the table as dessert was served). Waitstaff friendly but not very attentive. Probably won’t be visiting again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful and knowledgeable! Meatball and octopus appetizers were fantastic. Pasta dishes good. Great cocktail too but a little pricey.
  29. DR

    DiRo

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday brunch was amazing! Brussel Potato Hash was delicious and the mimosa bar went wonderful with it. Can't wait to return to try some more dishes
  30. EO

    ErinO

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! We will be back soon for sure.
  31. M

    andrewM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Spanish squid appetizer was tasty and tender, but it consisted mostly of small potatoes and celery. It was overpriced at $25. Pasta with black ink squid tasted OK, but the squid was in the pasta itself, not as a sauce. Rigatoni with truffles was delicious. Overall, good but overpriced.
  32. BP

    BarbaraP

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was ok … the shank did not fall off the bone and the ciopinno was ok as well. Thought it was pricey for ok food
  33. b

    bucky

    Tampa

    103 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We were disappointed as the reviews were so goo. Our friend could not finish his coppino although the fish was proper due to the peperr/sspice in the broth. My pasta with many different shellfish was only finished as my husband ate much of it. Again red pepper flakes in y suggested garlic wine sauce. lamb lollipops that friend had nicely cooked. My husband's bolognese also had too much pepper. None of these preparations were obvious from menu and we did mention we avoid spicy food. Waiter when he took dishes away said actually a red chili pepper often. So sad. We are experienced cooks who know that food can be seasoned well without spicy pepper. The manager was did comp each couple a dessert, both of these were excellent and cooled my urning mouth. Restaurant too expensive not to have detailed information about their preparations.
  34. CT

    ChantalT

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love this restaurant- the service is amazing and everyone is so friendly! The food is incredible and today I got to enjoy the lunch menu. It has some of my favorites, but I tried the burger and highly recommend it. I have so many favorites here. I highly recommend!
  35. M

    Melm

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    We Ordered the tartare toasts and the whole Branzino. The server was lost. For $58, we don’t mind to prepare it ourselves but at least bring ustensiles to do it. We asked for and he took him 10min to bring it. It was also over cooked. Bread toast for tartare was extremely oily. Server didn’t check on us. Drinks were average.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose and Andrea made our anniversary celebration extra special and make us feel so welcome! The attention to details and to make sure we were having a great time it was out of this world! Thank you so MUCH for being so amazing and make our day way more special! The food, drinks, dessert are unreal. The combination of flavors are unique and don’t want to put your utilities down! Great place!
  37. BA

    BrianA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing night! They really nailed it for us!
  38. ST

    ScottT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was good, nice size portion on the pork shank, the muscle appetizer was the best part of the meal. Ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter mistakenly brought champagne . A little on the pricey side but overall experience was good. Most likely would not go back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb dining experience. Had the Strega Nona cocktail (delicious), house focaccia and Burrata to start, with the Chicken Thigh Marsala for my wife, and I had the Rigatoni Tartufo, both excellent. Service from Corey was also very good and attentive. Will definitely be back.
  40. A

    Amanda

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely delicious! Can't wait to come back and try more. The pistachio cake is my new favorite dessert ever!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Taverna Costale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 954-3863.

Taverna Costale is rated 4.6 stars by 445 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 PM


Booked 38 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Taverna Costale

200 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are located on Central Avenue, between Second & Third Avenue S.

  • Neighborhood

    St. Petersburg

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Fabio Viviani

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (727) 954-3863

  • Private party facilities

    The Taverna Costale Private Dining Room may accommodate groups up to 20 guests. Our events team will customize food & beverage menus that will best suit your special event & take care of everything from the moment your guests arrive, to the moment they depart. Please reach out to us anytime at: info@tavernacostale.com for more information.

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