Taverna on the Bay

4.7
221 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Seafood Mediterranean Cuisine experience in the north shore of Staten Island.
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vipSeafoodFave
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful candlelit dinner with great food and drinks ! Always a home run when we dine here !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent
Service excellent

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vipItalianFoodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't judge a book by it's cover. The inside of this restaurant is romantic and can be casual or more formal. Staff were friendly and attentive. Beginning with a wedge of imported parmesan cut from the cheese wheel set the tone for upscale dining at moderate prices. Authentic espresso with perfect crema topped off dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious!! Service was terrific. Been here numerous times and always great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here many times. Always great!!

MD
vipMD2020
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, cozy ambiance - overall amazing!

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vipNJKat
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

While spending the afternoon at the Snug Harbor Cultural
Center and Botanical Gardens, my friend and I were looking for a nice place to have dinner. We weren't at all familiar with the area, so I relied upon the reviews here on Open Table. The dinner reservation was for 5pm,
and we arrived a bit earlier, so we found a place nearby to park and walked over to the waterfront. When we arrived at the restaurant at 5pm, there was only 1 other couple in the dining room with us. The decor reminded me of a Portuguese rodizio establishment in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ but the menu had a more Italian flavor to it.
We ordered a bottle of Malbec (modestly priced at $38). Hot and fresh Italian bread and a bowl of olives arrived next. We ordered an appetizer to share (grilled portobello, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and arugula with a balsamic drizzle). It took about 20 min to arrive after we ordered it, which surprised us. But it was worth the wait. Our entrees included Chicken Francese (me) and Black Linguini with shrimp/clams/mussels in a zesty tomato sauce (my friend). My dish was designated to come with steamed broccoli and potatoes, but this dish deserved pasta, so I had linguine instead. Both of us enjoyed the generous portions and had 1/2 leftover to take home. The only suggestion I would have for the chef is to include some thin slices of grilled lemon on the Chicken Francese.
Such a shame that this restaurant didn't live up to its name "on the bay". I would have loved to have had a view of the bay while enjoying this meal!!

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CityGirlDoesItAgain
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend’s birthday in style. Always a pleasure to dine there. Gracious family hostess and servers. Excellent food, pleasing presentations. Attention to details

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Jezebel
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Everything about this place was pretty average except the service, which was very good.

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Jezebel
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to go back to Taverna after a long absence due to Covid-19. As usual, the food and service were outstanding.

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Flash
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Food, Great Service, Nice place!
Gem in Staten Island

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taverna on the Bay is a hidden gem. The restaurant is outstanding. Once you walk through the door the ambiance is so calming. The entire staff is amazing and so friendly. It was our first time there and they made me feel like I have been there before. The food was delicious. From the cheese they serve along with the bread to the appetizers, entree and dessert everything is fresh and definitely made with love. The chef came out and introduced himself and was so welcoming. We loved this place so much we are going back again tonight with friends!!

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MaryLynnH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Taverna on the Bay was exceptional ! The entire staff makes you feel very welcome.. The food was excellent and the pricing very reasonable. I strongly recommend the white sangria and the asparagus risotto!

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StephanieL
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect! Presentation to taste. The only thing I was a little disappointed in was the dessert selection. There were no dairy free options.

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MickeyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The calamari were cold, really hard and extra small. The Choizo was also cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Restaurant on SI. We eat here a lot. Always great!!

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Lainie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Staff was very nice. Would definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Restaurant on SI. We eat here often. Always great food and great service

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Magi
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Nice place with good drinks, but food was bland; how can you not have rice crisped in paella? Dish was beyond bland, as was salmon special. Not worth it.

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vipGennaroS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual nothing but the best from Taverna on The Bay, from service to the food. Never disappoints!!

CG
vipCityGuy
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

excellent food and service

enjoyed our meal very much

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yelenam
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences on Staten island! Highly recommend!!!

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imagine a setting where you are no longer in Staten Island but find yourself in a luxurious place which would be found along the Mediterranean. You're greeted with fine aged cheese and only the most delectable libations. Waitstaff attends to your needs before you even think to call them and the food you receive transports you to a time and place far away where vacations are six weeks and life is comprised of love and family. That's Taverna on the Bay.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Restaurant on SI. We go there often

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food and wonderful staff

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DominickP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

First time.
Apps were pricey shrimp cocktail was only3 shrimp.
Food was good.
Free olives, bread and parmesan cheese hunk.
Service was good.
Would go back.

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GeorgeZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good——but get Valet back. Very important!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience! Cannot wait to return

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LoriV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at Taverna and would definitely go back. Great raw bar, nice ambience and attentive service without crazy prices. Chorizo appetizer was amazing. The chicken parm, ordered by someone else at the table, was enormous and delicious. Looking forward to trying the pizzas and some of the non-seafood entrees next time!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant has a great atmosphere, service and food are both excellent!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service !!!!! All the employees are amazing ! Hands down the best restaurant on Staten Island. I have now even there twice in the matter of 2 weeks because it’s become a top favorite!

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milliestarfish
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious. The service is top notch.

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vipGigi
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! The food was great, the service awesome and everyone very efficient and friendly. Will definitely recommend to friends!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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ShiaraOP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The staff was kind and respectful and the service was excellent. The grilled octopus was outstanding. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in SI. We go there often. Always great!!

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Trainman
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were beyond expectations, We shared a grilled octopus for an appetizer, my wife had the Sole Oregano and I had the Black Linguini, one of the best Pasta Sauces I have had. We finished with a piece of Cheesecake and coffee. Paul and Alex took care of us. This is a definite return restaurant.

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laura
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was very gracious and not at all intrusive. The baked clams were delicious and the chicken francaise was equally as good. Taverna was a real find and we will go back.

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moonchild981
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and will definitely be back because everything was amazing!

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Taverna on the Bay is rated 4.7 stars by 221 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.