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Taverna Rossa, Saugatuck, MI

Taverna Rossa

4.4
4.4
272 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 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
    Tue - 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 272 people are saying

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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

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. C

    Chicagogal

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  2. 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!
  3. V

    Vail

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 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).
  4. JC

    JudithC

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was really great!!
  6. H

    Horn

    Savannah

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 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.
  7. D

    David

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Coq au vin was very good.
  8. RW

    RonnaW

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Lamb fatty. Trout so so. Noisy. Great server. Sweet and attentive. Octopus yum.
  9. 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

  10. MH

    MelissaH

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was great, but noise is very loud. Service was great!
  11. 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

  12. PC

    PC60

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 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

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. RD

    ReneeD

    Grand Rapids

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 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

  21. 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

  22. SF

    SusanF

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 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

  23. J

    Jhc3

    Palm Springs

    147 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    147 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

  24. j

    johnr

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful hidden gem❣️ our waitress Amber was delightful.
  25. E

    Excellence

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great small plates Greek salad was great Meatballs were good Rigatoni was good Artichokes we different but ok Spinach appetizer was very good but small

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 19, 2022Excellence, Thank you Thank you Your feedback is a gift and I will use it to enhance the experience at Taverna. Come see us again, Chef Perkey

  26. ST

    STEVED

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This was our first time here. We liked the casual atmosphere, but nicer quality menu. Our service was great, even though they were busy(a rarity these days). Our waitress was very knowledgeable and easy to talk with. My bolognese could have had a little more flavor, but my wife’s trout and fried avocados were outstanding! Same for our small plates of dolomades and spinach cheese pie. Delicious! We will go back again.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 19, 2022STEVED, Thank you. Your insights are a gift....your support is invaluable, Much appreciated. Chef

  27. LP

    LauraP

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and moderately priced. The fried artichoke appetizer was to die for. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the cannoli was the final finishing touch. Our server Marianne made it a wonderful dining experience. A great place to dine before the theater!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 19, 2022LauraP, We too love Marianne....she brings the experience to life. I am glad you enjoyed your dishes....it made my day. This is all I do! Thank you, Chef Perkey

  28. C

    Cade

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food, good appetizers, nice atmosphere. Bolognese is very good. Trout almandine is average.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 19, 2022Cade, Thank you for the feedback. I will work to make sure your next visit is excellent in every way, Come back soon. Chef

  29. EK

    EdwardK

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Noise was a problem although there were only two other tables.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 19, 2022EdwardK, We appreciate your feedback and review. I will always strive to make Taverna Rossa better and better with each visit. Thank you for spending time here with the team and I. Chef Perkey

  30. L

    Lisa

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Taverna Rossa, and definitely one of the best meals we have had in Saugatuck. Our great server, Amber, helped us order the right combination of small plates, shared salad and entrees. The tapas suggestions of octopus and crispy artichokes were outstanding! Our group of four also shared Greek salads and each loved our entrees. Nice cocktail list and extensive wines by the glass. Pretty place, with an entrance on an alley makes this a hidden gem. Look for it!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 10, 2022Lisa, You made our day....I read your review to the entire team. And as it relates to Amber, she is a real pro...and a great team member. Lastly, I'm glad you found us....come looking again whenever in the area. You are more than welcome in our Taverna. Chef Perkey

  31. R

    Russell

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My first clue should have been all of the open tables at 7:30 on a prime summer weekend night. The location is a challenge, down an alley past a smelly cigar shop and a dumpster. Food was just so-so, except for the fried artichokes, which were tasty. Pasta was way over cooked and the sauce was runny and under-seasoned. “Patatas bravas” was some inartfully sliced potato wedges plopped on a bed of sauce. Our server was efficient enough but somehow made her suggestions sound like threats. I’m used to Chicago prices and never balk at paying for quality food and service. Sadly, everything was overpriced and really underwhelming.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 10, 2022Russel, I am sorry we missed the mark for you. I want every Guest to leave more than satisfied. If ever in the area again, please stop by...I would enjoy meeting you. And who knows...I might cook you something special on me! Chef Perkey

  32. RE

    RachelE

    Grand Rapids

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Service very quick,

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 10, 2022RachelE, It was our pleasure to serve you. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Please come see us again, Chef Perkey

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service! Food was average but good for the price

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 19, 2022Anonymous, Thank you for the feedback...but more importantly for spending time with us at Taverna. I promise that we will work hard to make everything "Great" on our next visit. Chef Perkey

  34. SF

    SusanF

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. Great selection of true Mediterranean cuisine. Our server Amber was super informative and very attentive without crowding us. We will make this our “go to” especially with guests in town.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 5, 2022SusanF, You made my day....and yes Amber is awesome at what she does. Thank you for spending time with us....and I look forward to your return visit here at Taverna Rossa. Chef Perkey PS: I will make sure to recognize Amber

  35. KE

    KathyE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute, more upscale place in Saugatuck with outstanding food!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 5, 2022KathyE, Thank you for the review and comments. I am glad you found our conveniently hidden location. We hope we get the opportunity to serve you again here at Taverna. Chef Perkey

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The wine was excellent, food was really good. The service was phenomenal. I didn’t love the atmosphere. I sat on what appeared to be carpet padding.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 4, 2022Jamie, Sorry we didn't exceed your expectations with your anniversary dinner. If you give us another try...we will work harder next time. As for the décor, we are trying to replicate an experience outside of Saugatuck.....in Saugatuck. I appreciate your feedback. Happy Anniversary, Chef Perkey

  37. c

    chicagomo

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A friendly staff, good food and decent prices. Go have fun here.

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 4, 2022Chicagomo, Thank you for the review...and for visiting us at Taverna Rossa. I even have fun here. Chef Perkey

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time within a week. Fresh, flavorful food with unique selections not typically found in Saugatuck. Waitstaff, Regina, was prompt, attentive, and helpful. I’ll be back!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 4, 2022Anonymous, I envy you....I don't get to eat two times per week in my own restaurant. Seriously, thank you for the feedback and support; it means a lot to me. AND, I'll make sure to share the call out with Regina with her and the team. Regina is joy to work with. Thank you....remember 3 times a charm, Chef Perkey

  39. M

    Mand

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Hostess was extremely rude. Server was nice but everything was extremely slow. My cod was completely raw. My friend’s medium rare steak was overdone and when he sent it back to the kitchen the chef actually told the server to bring it back out and have my friend cut it in the middle, that was appalling! We will definitely never be back!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 4, 2022Amanda, As you are very aware, we cap our ressies at 6 unless approved in adv. You and another party of 4 (under Kirk) came in and without notice asked our hostess to seat you together. Then within minutes, another group of friends came in (3 more individuals) and we accommodated you all sitting as a group! this is why 6 is the limit, I am disappointed about the Cod...our bad. But the steak coming back before being cut into...how does anyone look at a steak and determine wellness. Chef

  40. J

    Jose

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great server recommendations! We will come back to eat here!

    Taverna RossaResponded on August 4, 2022Jose, Thank you for the review and comments. You will be welcome with open arms. Your family at Taverna Chef Perkey

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 272 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 2 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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