Taverna on the Bay
Excellent service, delicious food, cozy ambiance - overall amazing!
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!!
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
Everything about this place was pretty average except the service, which was very good.
It was great to go back to Taverna after a long absence due to Covid-19. As usual, the food and service were outstanding.
Great Food, Great Service, Nice place!
Gem in Staten Island
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!!
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!
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.
The calamari were cold, really hard and extra small. The Choizo was also cold.
Best Restaurant on SI. We eat here a lot. Always great!!
Food was very good. Staff was very nice. Would definitely go back
Best Restaurant on SI. We eat here often. Always great food and great service
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.
As usual nothing but the best from Taverna on The Bay, from service to the food. Never disappoints!!
excellent food and service
enjoyed our meal very much
One of the best dining experiences on Staten island! Highly recommend!!!
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.
The best Restaurant on SI. We go there often
Amazing Food and wonderful staff
Apps were pricey shrimp cocktail was only3 shrimp.
Food was good.
Free olives, bread and parmesan cheese hunk.
Service was good.
Would go back.
Always good——but get Valet back. Very important!!
Excellent food, service and ambience! Cannot wait to return
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!
Restaurant has a great atmosphere, service and food are both excellent!!!
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!
The food is always delicious. The service is top notch.
We loved it! The food was great, the service awesome and everyone very efficient and friendly. Will definitely recommend to friends!
Everything was delicious!
The staff was kind and respectful and the service was excellent. The grilled octopus was outstanding. Would definitely go back.
Best restaurant in SI. We go there often. Always great!!
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.
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.
First time here and will definitely be back because everything was amazing!
Get place to meet friends for drinks and food!
I almost don’t want to say how much I enjoy this restaurant for fear I’ll jinx it or it will be overwhelmed with new patrons.
Refined pleasant service combined with a diverse menu of deliciously prepared food make Taverna a special treat!
Food, service, price was great. The restaurant was very clean. Definetely going to go back.
Why offer reservations if it is still first come first serve?
Best Restaurant on Staten Island. Great food. Excellent service
Taverna on the Bay is rated 4.7 stars by 216 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.