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Tavernonna

3.5
497 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Tavernonna celebrates the rich, varied history of Italian food, wine, and cocktails by using fresh, simple ingredients to create both traditional and contemporary dishes that entice the senses. Sourcing ingredients from local farms and vendors, and creates fresh pasta from scratch to be showcased throughout the menu, giving the restaurant a clear sense of its locality while honoring the distinctive ingredients rooted in Italy.

The staples of every Tavernonna dish embody ambition, passion, heritage, creativity, style, and inspirational local culture and knowledge. Restaurant and hotel guests can anticipate playful dishes such as spaghetti all’amatriciana, brisket meatballs with black currants and roman gnocchi and house-made ravioli with goat cheese, tomato fondutta, and mint pesto.

Valet parking is validated at Hotel Phillips for up to 2 hours for all Tavernonna patrons.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 497 people are saying
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LukasB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

They were out of the two top dishes and it was only 7:30, peak dinner time. The dishes we did receive were just OK, I would say mediocre for the price. The special meatball you can add to your meal for $6 is the size of a golf ball and isn't that difference than a normal meatball. Our server was top notch though. What I thought would be a nice Italian restaurant to take my wife out on a date to turned out to be your basic way too expensive and plain hotel restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was amazing. We were staying at the hotel after a long day of traveling and Italian food with a good glass of wine sounded perfect. We throughly enjoyed the pasta and risotto but the wine list was terrible. The best wine was a Malbec at $50 a bottle. It was awful. Checked the retail price on Vino and it retailed for $10.50. Wine list at the bar was even worse. Hilton needs to upgrade the wine list at the Hotel Phillip’s. The service at the restaurant was amazing. Couldn’t ask for better service.

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vipMelissak
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Good was terrible.

LM
LisaM
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were disappointed that bread wasn’t standard for every meal. The caprese salad was pitiful and the chef couldn’t substitute pasta for risotto. Food tasted alright but that will happen with excessive use of sauce. Overall, the food was too expensive and I wouldn’t rush to go back.

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vipTimB
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I can’t really comment about the experience because we were turned away. We arrived 15 minutes early for a 9:30 reservation on a Saturday. When we checked in, after we told the host, we had a reservation, we were told we could not be seated because they were short handed on staff. While he was in the process of telling us this, the sole waitress on duty walked by the three of us and said, I can’t take anymore tonight.”

My chief complaint is: Why did they wait until we arrived to tell us our reservation would not be honored? They knew we would be coming from the reservation system. They had my phone number. They waited until we arrived to turn us away. By then it was almost 9:30. No chance to get a reservation anywhere else, so we went home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Staff was super accommodating even though she was the only person working the tables AND the bar. The poor waitress was stretched way too thin and the owner shouldn’t have put her in that situation.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Understaffed restaurant, oversalted food, overall “meh” experience. The authenticity of their Italian cuisine is laughable. If you want better pastas, better Italian meat dishes, this is unfortunately towards the bottom of the list in Kansas City. Although understaffed, the one waitress (who was working the entire restaurant for some ridiculous reason) did try her best to create a good evening. Overall, I was immensely disappointed and will likely not be going back until I’m assured they get their act together.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst Italian food I have every ate.

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SherylM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an anniversary dinner. I had the filet which was delicious.

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vipBlakeF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The filet imperial was one of the best dishes I have ever had.

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vipLBK3
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Short staffed, slow and loud. Not the combination I wanted for an important business dinner.

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JTReview
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavernonna is always a good option for Italian downtown. It has a good ambiance, and good service. The food has always been very good.

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Brandon
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was great, the food was alright but fairly overpriced for portion/quality. I wouldn't tell anyone not to go there, but probably wouldn't be a top suggestion either.

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Kerry
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very accommodating to our large group of volleyball parents. Food came out quickly, hot and had great flavor

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Decent but overpriced food, not much of a selection. Are work your cocktails. Although, I did like that the mens restroom actually had a baby changing table... They be woke, but not the woke you're thinking. They know men are dads too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Not at all the same food we had pre-Covid. The pasta was thick and sticky. The carbonara was so salty it us was inedible. The focaccia was very good. The rigatoni was not special. The prices for the level of cuisine was ridiculous. The wait staff was apparently not empowered to offer replacement meals or compensate. Wait staff was helpful otherwise.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Poor quality food, high priced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was good, service could’ve been faster, as there was hardly anyone there OT was probably 10-15 before our waitress came. The ambience was nice, it was low lit so it was kinda of cool

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was very good too. Limited menu though for an Italian restaurant.

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JCJ65
Tulsa
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant and hotel attached definitely need to staff up. The food was enjoyable but probably not worth the price tag.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Showed up and they had no waiters/waitresses, the bartender was the only place serving.

Nobody at the door.

They didn’t have 3 cocktails we ordered so we left.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Book reservations for branch based of the menu online. When we arrived it was a basic breakfast buffet with nothing from the menu available. The server explained why they weren’t serving any of the menu items, which we completely understood. However, it would have been nice to be informed about that change before we booked since it didn’t sound like this was just a one off change to the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Food was meh. Server was low energy. And my car was left running by the valet on the street and stolen (yes seriously). So yeah my experience sucked.

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vipjenniferb
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The service was very poor. It took 15 minutes to get one cocktail and an iced tea. Then my drink was incorrect. The restaurant wasn't even half full so we should have had better service. Our waitress never checked in on us once we received our food and didn't ask if we wanted another drink. Please note though that was good was very good. Just not an overall great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The food was nothing special though.

MC
MikeC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and value; for sure to return.
Thanks!

AH
AndyH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the staff was great! We will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service from our waitress was excellent. The focaccia bread was good. I got the wild boar pasta and was a little disappointed. It didn’t taste like wild boar and had random hints of bright citrus. It just didn’t work together. I usually love wild boar pastas. My husband had the carbonara and enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were great. Anna took great care of us and Dalton was very helpful as the bartender. Overall good service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience2

Dark and priced high

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. You need handcrafted drinks. Great food. Great experience overall! We will definitely be going again.

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vipBruceKCMO
Kansas City
203 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

They were very understaffed. There was one wait person for the entire facility.

They did not serve bread. The house salad could have used more dressing. It was good, yet a bit bland. The Cioppino was good, yet several shellfish were empty. The favor was excellent. The pastas were excellent. The Carbonara was a bit salty. The Wild boar Ragu was most excellent.

I will be back.

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vipplazalover
Kansas City
130 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Disappointing dining experience, had been wanting to try out this place for Italian food. My spaghetti was undercooked, sauce had no flavor and although the chicken parmesan serving was generous in size, it was also lacking in the savory department. Salad was good, small portion, focaccia bread was nice, but an additional cost, as was the salad. Compared to other restaurants for similar fare, this was very overpriced. Plus, they don't validate parking so another $10 added to the evening that was as disappointing as the rest of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and great drinks. Food took a while, but was worth it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Only 1-2 people working. The bartender was trying his best but there was no way he could keep up with food and drinks. The food came out at different times, we waited forever for drinks, etc.

JC
JoCo
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a phenomenal experience. The waitress was very kind and informative. The food was delicious and as much as I enjoyed the signature cocktails, I was thoroughly impressed and satisfied they were able to make a Black Manhattan for me!

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Jsport
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was really great! She handled our 2 tables of 6 perfectly. She was knowledgeable, patient, accommodating and friendly. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Pasta was undercooked and service was not good. Expected better - very disappointed. I do not recommend and will not be retuning.

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Annap
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

After we were seated, our server didn’t come to our table for at least 10 minutes. It took another 20 minutes before we got the drinks we ordered. The food was okay- nothing special. The music was slow and quiet, I could hear every table’s conversation.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing! After sampling some of everyone’s, all the meals were fantastic. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for the slow service. Our server was so soft spoken we couldn’t understand most of what she said. If we asked a question, she would go to check and not return for another 15 minutes. We had children with us that were ready to leave so when the check came I tried to pay right away. The server took my credit card but instead of helping us get out the door, she left my credit card in the back and went to help another table. We didn’t get out for another 20 minutes. Definitely not the best impression.

FAQs

Tavernonna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (816) 346-4410.

Tavernonna is rated 3.5 stars by 497 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.

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