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Taverna Rossa, Saugatuck, MI

Taverna Rossa

4.4
4.4
288 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Taverna Rossa is a casual restaurant Mediterranean wine bar in the heart of downtown Saugatuck. The casual style of a Mediterranean wine bar fits so perfectly in a town whose identity is defined by the water surrounding it.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (269) 455-5725

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Award Winning Chef | Chris Perkey

  • Catering

    We can cater events up to 25 Guests. Depending on location, right in your own kitchen. The fun and flavor of Award Winning Chef Chris Perkey crafting delicious dishes right in front of you and your Guests.<br /><br />Limited Availability. Call Taverna Rossa for details at 269-455-5725.

  • Private party facilities

    Taverna Rossa would be an excellent venue for your company holiday party, special event or occasion. Private rooms available....or the entire restaurant. Call and check availability.Chef Perkey

  • Neighborhood

    Saugatuck

  • Cross street

    Located near the PAC, right off the public parking lot; behind Scooters.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Public transportation is seasonally available from the Saugatuck High School Parking to downtown Saugatuck with stops across the street from the restaurant. Call 269-857-1418 to schedule a pick up anytime during there operating schedule.<br /><br />Or go to this link for more details | https://www.saugatuckinterurban.org/<br />

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Offers

  • Social Hour | Monday - Saturday | 4p-6p

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 4:00 PM - 8:15 PM,Thu - Sat - 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Come sit, relax, sip and taste many offerings on our Social Hour Menu designed by award winning Chef Christopher Perkey. Sit at our comfortable bar or in one of our dining rooms. Taverna Rossa....the hidden gem of Saugatuck (right behind Scooters Pizza).

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What 288 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Neighborhood gem

  • Grand Rapids

    Innovative

  • Grand Rapids

    Good for groups

  • Grand Rapids

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. CC

    ChrisC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. The staff was super attentive and provided us with great service. Food was excellent as well. Rigatoni and Spinach Pies were our favorite.
  2. JG

    JasonG

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The snowstorm that was expected obviously impacted how many diners there were. There were only about 5 tables being used so the usual energy wasn’t there. The food was not as good as usual which was surprising. It was just ok, a but bland actually. Every other time we have been here the food was excellent. We had the crispy artichokes as an app that there were awesome as always. The bolognese seemed to be missing something as did the spaghetti, which also had a sauce that was a bit watery which is not normal and was also a bit bland. The dinks were just ok as well and when the bartender made the cosmo he only shook it a couple times which couldn’t get the drink very cold and it is exactly how it tasted, flabby because it was not really cold. My drink was just ok as well. A bit disappointed in this experience, especially since it wasn’t busy and there was no reason at all to rush even making a drink and shaking it twice only. Need to up the game again and take service seriously. We will def give them another chance though as we have been very pleased coming here previously.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent wine and a server who obviously enjoyed her job! It all made for a wonderful evening!
  4. MS

    MaryS

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice place to enjoy a cocktail and dinner. Amber was a great server. Our meal and service were both wonderful. We stopped in for dinner before an event at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (it's right next door!)
  5. JD

    JohnDoe54

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and even better food!
  6. T

    debraT

    Naples

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Love this little spot. Might be dreaming about the Octopus salad for a while . . .
  7. MB

    MichaelB

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Food and environment. Well done!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Overall, it was a decent option. The salad is very small, both the steak and the lamb that our friends got were too fatty and not great. I had the spaghetti which was good but nothing to really write home about. Honestly, it’s still worth a try.
  9. KJ

    KyleJ

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We came here on vacation with young children which wasn’t probably the correct choice. However, our kids were very well behaved and the staff was very welcoming. Food was outstanding and our server was very nice if not a little overwhelmed. I know staffing is difficult but our food came out promptly and our experience was memorable.
  10. AG

    AngelaG

    Naples

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Although our waitress was very good she was by herself in our area and we sat for hours. Nothing on the menu was explained to us because she literally had no time to do it. Our appetizer was burnt and the presentation was laughable. Our main dishes were good, we only had two drinks because no one came by to check on us and yet sat there for hours. Two tables were placed directly at the door ( one was ours). Literally people waiting for their table were leaning against our table while we were eating. Poor placement of tables.
  11. SI

    SusanI

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very nice ambiance. We will happily return.

    Taverna RossaResponded on October 16, 2022Susanl, Thank you for your kind words....and we will be waiting for you! Chef Perkey

  12. R

    Robyn

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, the food was divine, the wine paring perfect and just a wonderful place for a date night. We’ll definitely be back!

    Taverna RossaResponded on October 11, 2022Robyn, Thank you for the very nice review. Next time back, please ask for me so I can greet you and your party. Thank you supporting us here at Taverna. Chef Perkey

  13. F

    Frequentdiner

    Chicago

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Taverna Rossa. We will be back! It’s a cozy place with great ambiance. Kim served us and provided excellent service. The food was excellent. We had a chicken dish and the cod. Both were very good. We enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend.

    Taverna RossaResponded on October 11, 2022Frequentdiner, Thank you for the shout out on Kim and for recommending our restaurant. I am fortunate to have a talented and dedicated team. We all have fun serving wonderful Guests like you. Thank you, Chef Perkey

  14. F

    Frank

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food Great waitress and service. All around great time

    Taverna RossaResponded on October 11, 2022Frank, Thank you Thank you I'm glad the team delivered a memorable experience. Come enjoy time with us any time you are in the area. My best, Chef Perkey

  15. DD

    DianaD

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good, varied, interesting menu. Hostess very accommodating to our preferred table type. Prompt service. Delicious food. Hard burrata salad, farro soup, pasta bolognese and lamb chops Diana. Everything was delicious and special.

    Taverna RossaResponded on October 11, 2022DianaD, Thank you for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience....that is my mission for every Guest. I hope to see you again, Chef Perkey

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    This restaurant has a major issues with gnats! We were constantly swatting at them while we weee trying to eat our food—and they were all throughout the kitchen—it’s open so we could see it. Do better!

    Taverna RossaResponded on September 29, 2022Anonymous, We use a reputable pest control company as required by environmental health for Allegan County, MI. Can't comment what you saw on your visit....but let me assure you....we don't have a major issue with pests. In fact, I had the service company out today based on your comments....and they found nothing. I hope you give us another try. Team Taverna

  17. C

    Chicagogal

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We love the atmosphere and the menu but our octopus seemed overcooked (we eat octopus often)and the paella was incredibly salty. so overall disappointing. We would try it again and tell them to go easy on the salt and skip the octopus… There are a lot of other great things on the menu.

    Taverna RossaResponded on September 27, 2022Chicagogal, I'm a ChicagoGuy.....da BEARS! Next time in...ask for me so I can prepare both dishes again to your satisfaction. I appreciate your feedback, we will use it to be better. Chef Perkey

  18. JM

    JasonM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date night! Our adorable server from Brazil (forgot her name) was amazing and can’t say enough about the lamb. It’s a must!

    Taverna RossaResponded on September 27, 2022JasonM, thank you for the call out of Ligia....she is an amazing server. I am also please you enjoyed your dish; food is my passion. I hope when in the area, you come our way again. Best regards, Chef Perkey

  19. V

    Vail

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was incredibly friendly and inviting. The menu was extensive. Each small plate that we tried was excellent. We especially enjoyed the crispy artichokes, the octopus, and their take on spanakopita. We enjoyed the octopus so much we ordered a second plate to go as well as the full plate of paella (which was amazing the next day).

    Taverna RossaResponded on September 27, 2022Vail, Thank you Thank you Thank you I read your review at our team meeting and it made everyone smile. We are humbled. Please come see us again when you are in the area. Chef Perkey

  20. JC

    JudithC

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding and menu offered a large variety of international cuisine. The noise level was high, but it was a "happy" sound with people enjoying each other's company. We started out in an outside table but cigar smoke from a neighboring establishment sent us indoors. The hosts quickly found us a table inside. Coq a vin, crispy artichokes, and the rigatoni were so good we ate until we couldn't find any more room in our stomachs. Servers were nice. We would return if we go to Saugatuck again. The location was right in the shopping area.

    Taverna RossaResponded on September 27, 2022JudithC, I really appreciate your review and comments. We will keep working hard to delight our wonderful Guests like YOU! Hope to see you again, Chef Perkey

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was really great!!
  22. H

    Horn

    Savannah

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went to Taverna Rosa with a group of friends. Two of the six were first timers at Taverna Rosa and they really enjoyed the food/restaurant. Always fun when all had a great time.
  23. D

    David

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Coq au vin was very good.
  24. RW

    RonnaW

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Lamb fatty. Trout so so. Noisy. Great server. Sweet and attentive. Octopus yum.
  25. DC

    DebbieC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was my daughter’s birthday our server Amber overheard our toast and at the end of our meal offered a complimentary dessert to her! Very friendly staff server outstanding

    Taverna RossaResponded on September 4, 2022Debbie, Thank you for the review and comments. I will make sure to share with Amber and the food comments with the Kitchen Staff. Let me know next time you are planning a visit to the restaurant...I would enjoy meeting you. Chef

  26. MH

    MelissaH

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was great, but noise is very loud. Service was great!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always difficult to make a decision on the what to select from the delicious menu items. Do we do lots of small plates or head to the entrees? It seems we always decide to share several small plates and each order a different main course. We were headed to a show at the SCA and service allowed us time to mix and mingle before the start and enjoy our incredible meals. Great cocktails too!

    Taverna RossaResponded on September 4, 2022Anonymous, WOW....thank you. You made my weekend....and challenge me to be even better. Serving wonderful people great tasting food with excellent service is my passion. I hope to see you again, Chef Perkey

  28. PC

    PC60

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    A reservation was made on Open Table but the restaurant was closed when we arrived. There was not a note on the door nor any signs of an emergency. We were not contacted by the restaurant through OpenTable about a reservation that they could not honor. It appears as though the restaurant hours are wrongly posted on open table.

    Taverna RossaResponded on September 2, 2022PC 60, We are truly sorry for this scheduling mishap. Your reservation got through our closed operation block. Please give Ryan or Melissa a call, we would like to make up for this techno glitch and inconvenience. Thank you, Chef Perkey

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good atmosphere, great date night! The food we had was great, entree selection was a little bit limited, but otherwise had some nice options that you don't often see on the same menu!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 30, 2022Anonymous, Thank you for the review and comments. Chef Perkey

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service and food were good!!! The noise was so incredibly loud that at times you couldn’t really have a conversation at your table.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 30, 2022Anonymous, Thank you for the review and comments. It is a lively place at times. Chef Perkey

  31. LL

    LarryL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Creative menu, delicious dishes and extraordinary service. Perfect timing before that evening’s performance at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 30, 2022LarryL, I strive to be a FIVE. Give us a chance to try again....we appreciate your business. Chef Perkey

  32. K

    Kdiff

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful time and our server Anna was very helpful.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 30, 2022Kdiff, Anna is awesome! Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed your experience. Hope we see you again, Chef Perkey

  33. GK

    GreggK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The social hour menu was very good. First time there and definitely will return

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 30, 2022GreggK, Thank you for your review and comments. We will be here to serve you! Chef Perkey

  34. DD

    DinerDoug

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Menu was interesting and wine list was reasonably extensive and the cab sav we picked was very good - best part of the meal in fact. Calamari too well-done and drowning in olive oil with overpowering fennel taste. Car batá was quite good, Noise level was not 'energetic' as the rating table suggests. It was just plan loud with `40 diners and wait staff crammed into a room better suited to half as many people. Very difficult to carry on a conversation with our dinner companions. Won't be back.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 30, 2022DinerDoug, Although your insights are not the norm, we thank you for your feedback and comments. Best wishes, Chef Perkey

  35. HD

    HarveyD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Outstanding food. Noisy place with kids running wild. Wait staff friendly.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 24, 2022HarveyD, Sorry about the interruption with kids. We try our best to keep families with small children and adult groups in different sections. We want everyone to enjoy their experience here at Taverna, even the little tikes. Next time we will be more aware of placement. I do appreciate your feedback. Chef Perkey

  36. RD

    ReneeD

    Grand Rapids

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just fabulous! We love how delicious and consistent the food is! Service is top notch too!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 24, 2022ReneeD, This review coming from you means a lot to me. I know you (and your husband) are both food service Gurus...and we enjoy serving you and the many wonderful Guests you bring in to spend time with us. It is always a pleasure to see you. Thank you, Chef Perkey

  37. TR

    TomR

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Loved the lamb chops!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 24, 2022TomR, Thanks for the shout out! I am so fortunate to have the team I have....they make the difference and bring the Taverna Rossa experience to life. I hope you come our way again, Chef Perkey

  38. SF

    SusanF

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience!!!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 24, 2022SusanF, We appreciate your review and comments. I'm glad you found are conveniently hidden location here in Saugatuck. Come see us again. Chef Perkey

  39. J

    Jhc3

    Palm Springs

    148 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a very pleasant spot for an early dinner … good food and exceptionally friendly service.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 24, 2022Jhc3, Thank you for the review and comments. Our service team is the best I've ever worked with....they are amazing. My hope is we will get the chance to serve you again....and we will strive for a 5! Chef Perkey

  40. j

    johnr

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful hidden gem❣️ our waitress Amber was delightful.

FAQs

Taverna Rossa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (269) 455-5725.

Taverna Rossa is rated 4.4 stars by 288 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 3 times today
Google Map for Taverna Rossa

129 Griffith St, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Located near the PAC, right off the public parking lot; behind Scooters.

  • Neighborhood

    Saugatuck

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Public transportation is seasonally available from the Saugatuck High School Parking to downtown Saugatuck with stops across the street from the restaurant. Call 269-857-1418 to schedule a pick up anytime during there operating schedule.Or go to this link for more details | https://www.saugatuckinterurban.org/

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Award Winning Chef | Chris Perkey

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (269) 455-5725

  • Catering

    We can cater events up to 25 Guests. Depending on location, right in your own kitchen. The fun and flavor of Award Winning Chef Chris Perkey crafting delicious dishes right in front of you and your Guests.<br /><br />Limited Availability. Call Taverna Rossa for details at 269-455-5725.

  • Private party facilities

    Taverna Rossa would be an excellent venue for your company holiday party, special event or occasion. Private rooms available....or the entire restaurant. Call and check availability.Chef Perkey

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