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Taverna - Downtown Austin

4.4
4.4
726 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Taverna is a restaurant utilizing authentic Italian flavors to create memorable dishes. This restaurant is designed from the ground up to be a neighborhood bistro. Taverna is meant to be the kind of restaurant that guests can bring their family for either a casual meal or to celebrate special occasions. While the inside of the restaurant is cozy, the best place to enjoy the great food is out on the wraparound patio.Taverna is open for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on the weekends. During lunch and dinner service, guests will find a large variety of menu items available. Pasta, soups, salads and pizza are all popular choices. Taverna is also known for their risotto, as an entire section of the menu is devoted to the "risotteria". The signature risotto topped with a simple blend of parmesan cheese and black truffle cream sauce.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm The Baci Room Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm The Baci Room Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 477-1001

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Raymundo Rueda

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    W. 2nd Street and Lavaca Street

  • Parking details

    AMLI garage 2hr max. validation available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 726 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. V

    Vincent

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service at the bar for dinner and a bottle of wine before a show across the street. We had a great time and the food hit the spot!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We’ve been dining with you for 15+ years and can’t believe how the quality of food/service has deteriorated. Hopeful that this 2nd street staple can get turned around!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Loud, difficult to hear. Ran out of bread by 7:30pm. Risotto watery forgot to bring out salad before meal.
  4. j

    jeanie

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very convenient location to ACL. Food was tasty and service adequate
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We were seated by a rehearsal dinner party and the guests were encroaching our table. Food was really good. The birthday tiramisu was incredible. Best I’ve ever had. My only complaint is that they shouldn’t try to do rehearsal dinners in the main dining room.
  6. DA

    DeanA

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service
  7. JA

    JAXfromRI

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was well prepared and presented. The fish and steak dishes were absolutely delicious. One of our favorite restaurants.
  8. w

    waay2be

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad that Taverna-Fort Worth closed. We were in Austin and saw Taverna Downtown/Baci Room were open so we jumped on a reservation. The place was packed. Sat at the bar for a drink before our reservation and table were ready. Amazing Food, Amazing Time!
  9. WS

    WaySouthDiner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, we were treated with kindness, friendliness, and respect by our waiter Nicholas, and the hostess even noticed that it was our anniversary, and congratulated us as we checked in. The food was delicious, and the ambience is wonderful. It's nice to eat in an upscale restaurant where other diners don't feel constricted from having conversations with people they don't know. We'll be back.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had the branzino (love that it’s served w/o the bone) and it came w a ton of vegetables that looked farm fresh - pottatoes, carrots, olives and capers. And frites - both were delish and server was good
  11. AC

    AndreaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adam was fantastic helping us plan a small impromptu engagement brunch! Our server, wish I knew name (with well executed eye makeup, iykyk!), was friendly, accommodating, and a pleasure! I knew this as a wonderful weekday lunch spot, but brunch is a whole entire vibe. Go! And plan on staying. Thank you all again for a wonderful brunch event.
  12. LA

    LoveATX

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Had brunch with three friends. None of us had been there since the remodel and were surprised by the change. While it was lovely, we missed the coziness of the Mediterranean atmosphere. We were greeted warmly. Food was great as well as Mariah who served us. Only complaint was the music was too loud for our preference, especially at 10:30am, and it made it challenging to visit at our table.
  13. AF

    AustinFoodie

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time customer and we were impressed. I think the appetizers are way too expensive, but the entrees are great value.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration-server was very personable and fun
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was unreal
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Food was good, burrata caprese is consistently great, mains were nothing crazy. Drinks were forgotten about till main dishes were served after reminding the waiter. All food needed more salt which I rarely ask for. $100 for 2 people is steep.
  17. S

    Sara

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was Ryan and he was excellent! Very knowledgeable and nice.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food, excellent service, reasonable prices. Overall a very good experience.
  19. BC

    BettyC

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We enjoyed our meal at Taverna overall. I had a salmon ceasar salad and was never asked how I wanted the salmon cooked and it was crispy on the edges but so rare in the middle I could not eat it. Our waitress was outstanding but the other wait staff tried repeatedly to clear our plates while we were still eating.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience1
    Sat right next to the speaker and couldn’t hear my guests the entire lunch.
  21. W

    Woodrow512

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Usually the food and drinks are great, but on this occasion, the sodas were flat, the focaccia was soggy, and the Cacio e Pepe was cold and bland. Hope the team gets it back on track soon.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Food has gone down hill
  23. CH

    ChristineH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Taverna was a pleasant experience and I would rate the overall dining experience at average. We had a. It if everything with a party of 6. Everyone agreed the food and service were good but nothing exceptional.
  24. TD

    TrinhD

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    I've been here more than once for brunch on a weekend. They normally have great service and great food. This time it was such a disappointment. We arrived at 1:26, right before our reservation at 1:30. We had luckily been able to make a same-day reservation. We thought the host checked us in she walked us over to their little bar seating area and just left us there, stating that one of the waitresses would sit us. The waitress turned around and was confused about what was going on. She walked us back to the host stand. Then the host tried to tell me that my reservation and name weren't mine and that I was not the person. By this time, our reservation time was 10 mins past. I showed them the reservation on my phone and showed how it matched. They said it would take 15 more mins to seat us. I asked them why it would take so long when we had a reservation. The host stated that it would take so long because people who didn't have reservations came in before us... excuse me?! What's the point of a reservation than? They eventually sat us but sat us outside when our reservation stated for inside. The manager was kind enough to help fix the problem but I would not recommend this place.
  25. EL

    EllenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT PASTAS AND PIZZA, SERVICE WAS WONDERFUL, EXPRESSO MARTINI WAS EXCELLENT, HIGHLY RECCOMEND, WE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO SIT OUTSIDE BUT THE WEATHER IN AUSTIN WAS COLD!!!!
  26. MT

    MikeT

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    overall very good. once the restaurant filled up it got. dry warm inside.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our sever eduardo was a blast and made the dining experience so much better.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the hash!
  30. T

    Txygirl83

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. Food was great, service was amazing and the atmosphere was so much fun
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Waitress was rude
  32. JS

    JessicaS

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wow! I miss Taverna so much since it’s no longer in Ft Worth. Yummy cocktails, friendly service, the pasta and pizza are fabulous. Highly recommend you have a meal at Taverna. Zucchini chips were crunchy and tasty!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    My wife and I made a last minute reservation at Taverna and was pleasantly surprised to be seated 10min ahead of booking. Service was average but the food made up for the shortfall. Enjoyed the meal and would highly recommend Taverna 🤗
  34. JS

    JackS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    No need for the music being played on the one large speaker. Its just hard to talk over the noise.
  35. ES

    EdwardS

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great choice for an upscale dinner. Not too pricey given the overall experience.
  36. AY

    AnnaY

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is absolutely delicious. Our waiter was very efficient. We will be back .
  37. c

    coloradomom

    Denver

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Too loud! Waiter couldn’t even hear us! Got my husbands drink order totally wrong. Good just OK. Convenient location to ACL Live venue.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it food was hot tasty
  39. d

    dorays

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Worst ever booming noise from music felt like I was in a disco no ability to engage with my dining guests We asked repeatedly for the music to be turned down but it never was Our evening was ruined
  40. MO

    MarkO

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. The food was excellent and the vibe was just right. The staff was very knowledgeable and guided us to the perfect experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Taverna - Downtown Austin is rated 4.4 stars by 726 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 47 times today
Google Map for Taverna - Downtown Austin

Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    W. 2nd Street and Lavaca Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm The Baci Room Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm The Baci Room Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    AMLI garage 2hr max. validation available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Raymundo Rueda

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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