Taverna Italian Kitchen

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Italian
TAVERNA is nestled in Saskatoon's historic downtown core within walking distance of a number of major hotels in the renowned entertainment district. The building was originally a grocery store dating back to 1907. Taverna still maintains a historical charm and character, serving fantastic rustic Italian dishes since 1969.



This is a limited intervention style of cooking, inspired by family tradition. We don't try and upstage our ingredients with elaborate techniques or clutter them up with fancy sauces. It's just simple respect for intensely flavoured San Marzano tomatoes, fresh garlic, warm basil, thick golden oil of first pressed olives and the conscious effort to bring locally grown, organic, and sustainable ingredients to your table when ever possible.
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RB
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing authentic quality Italian food!! Ambiance and decor was good . Service was excellent . Affordable . Will definitely return

LP
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Will start by saying it was ridiculously busy so suspect staff were overwhelmed. 6 of us. Waited an hour for food to come at which point waitress realized she forgot to enter order for the appetizers. Food was okay but lasagna lacking sauce and gnocchi used to have more pesto with it. Worst part was it must have been 30 degrees in restaurant so we didn’t even stay for dessert bc felt too icky

AL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and so was the food! Tony was our server and he showed that he actually cared about us.

RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Food was just terrible. Nothing you wouldn't be able to make at home. Their tomato sauce literally tasted out of a can.

TV
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I went on Valentine’s Day and, although the restaurant was incredibly busy, we didn’t have to wait for long periods of time for our food and our waiter was wonderful. The food was delicious and well worth the money we spent. The staff all seemed to be in good spirits as well. It was rather loud in the restaurant but that is really only because of how popular the restaurant was that evening. Anytime we have ever come to Taverna we have left full and happy. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great meal!

GK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Valentines Day - nice and cozy, host was friendly and server was great even though the place was packed.
The pasta was perfectly cooked al dente and very tasty.
The only thing I wondered about after, were the any V Day specials? We didn’t hear about any.
Overall, a top notch experience!

E
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My spouse and I went for Valentines dinner. The food was excellent and the service from Sydney was terrific! We will definitely be going back.

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, and the best service I have had at a restaurant in many years

DM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Always good food. Restaurant needs a makeover! The pasta is great. The salads are fresh and delicious

V
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was very hot; the heat was on high and the restaurant was packed so created a too-hot stuffy feel. Very noisy as it was packed and there were lots of large groups. I was delighted to see they had gluten free pasta and I had a nice vegetable pasta dish. The servings were huge, none of us finished our meals. Large drinks menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was WAY too hot in there the whole table was uncomfortably warm we couldn’t wait to go outside

SM
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent service,beautiful, elegant design.
Great food .
Perfect for a date or any occasion.

CE
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great meal there. We started with the lamb chop appetizer which was beautifully cooked and delicious. My husband had the steak - also cooked to perfection and delicious. My seafood risotto was quite good though just ever so slightly under cooked. Very generous serving packed with seafood. Service was great and the pace was leisurely. Restaurant was quite loud and was very warm so we did not linger. We will definitely be back.

KD
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming here for years somewhat regularly, and have never been unsatisfied. Great service and absolutely amazing food and drinks!

KL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for great service from Steven and very nice food, we had a really nice evening, will be back for sure 👍🏽😁

GE
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I keep going back to Taverna and never really enjounthe meals. The way it is prepared just does not work for me.

OT
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Taverna has gone through some changes in the last year or so. But I think the food is back. It has been very good the last couple times we have been.

LK
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was superb.

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service, waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and provided me with a wine taster as I was struggling to decide. Food was good and plentiful.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was great. Great people....everything was very good!

G
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a very great experience! One concern we had was that our food came too soon. We were still eating our bread when our pasta came. We didn’t like feeling rushed.

SF
Saskatoon
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Scallops were amazing! Love the sauce and appreciated the bread to dip in the sauce. Pizza was just ok - toppings were delicious but your crust was too thin so too crispy on the edges and soggy under the toppings. We will come back but will probably try pasta next time.

Service was great though!

DF
Saskatoon
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never Disappointed with Tavernas. When I get a craving for Italian food there is only one place to go! Taverna! Thx Chelsea for great service with a great smile to boot.

TF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, authentic and LOCAL! Fabulous place to spend time with friends. A warm and cozy environment which was perfect for a cold winter night. The food was very flavourable and great value for the amount of food that we received. Our server was knowledgeable and recommended excellent food and drink options. Encourage people to go!

JI
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing job by our servers! Excellent job by the kitchen staff!

a
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we seem to always choose taverna when we go out and rightfully so. The food is absolutely delicious. The tagliatelle alla marinara is my favourite alongside the mozzarella alla caprese. Everything is fresh and a treat. They are fair when it comes to pricing, good portion sizes, and the staff know their menus well. We had a great time. Our only downfall is that if you're steamed in a booth, it only takes the people behind you to move slightly and you can feel your booth being pushed and punched almost.

TM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant!! AMAZING food & great atmosphere. Definitely not your cookie cutter restaurant. Went for our wedding anniversary and it was a great evening. Not the place to go for a quick meal as we were there for almost 2 hours. The servers allow you to take your time and enjoy your food. Highly recommended :)

TD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Taverna! Great food, atmosphere, and staff. Never disappointed.

NG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So Delicious! Great Service! The meatballs are a must have!

B
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant that has gluten free options. The only complaint would be that they do not carry a gluten free bread and this is really unacceptable for a restaurant of this quality.

RL
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

It took over an hour to get our main course. Think waiter was too busy or forgot to place the order as other tables came and went while we waited.

G
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Year’s Eve so a big crowd and as a result noisy. Server and food were excellent, we had a variety of dishes...all very good, large meals.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best italian restaurant in Saskatoon. Great selection of meals. Great for a date night.

E
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food was very good. It was a little noisy for someone who has hearing aides, but it was also a very busy evening being NYE. I would definitely go back.

LR
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Our waiter, Tony was very knowledgeable about the menu. All staff was very pleasant and friendly. Will definitely go back again and again

C
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taverna’s is our favourite restaurant, not just favourite pasta house, but favourite restaurant. Exceptional services, food and company for a splendid date night.

C
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. We have been regulars for years.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not just the best restaurant in Saskatoon, but easily some of the best authentic Italian food you can find in Canada.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The Caesar salad was amazing. The entrées were pretty good. The service was slow, the ambiance wasn’t very nice, and the music was way too loud. We won’t be going back. Maybe take out at most.

KP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been there four times this year and I am never disappointed. I bring my friends to a first class restaurant

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