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Taverna Italian Kitchen

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CAN$30 and under
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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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 514 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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LiseM
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and drinks, great service. Not a fan of the ambiance in the back part of the restaurant - it is much nicer at the front.

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ChelseaP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great location and great ambiance at a fair price. Some dishes were better prepared than others, but the flavours were all there. Unfortunately our service was lacking. Our server was friendly, but she seemed a little scattered and unable to focus clearly. We waited over 20 minutes to be welcomed with water and drink orders on a reservation on a Wednesday at 630pm. I would return, but I don't know if it would be my top choice. My overall experience was good but not great.

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NicoleR
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, nothing left on the plate. Highly recommend.

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BobF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect and the service outstanding! Always a date night favorite.

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! I would recommend, and be back for additional meals

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JackieT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drove in from rural SK to Saskatoon for our 1st Wedding Anniversary. It was a fantastic experience. We will definitely visit again!

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FrancisP
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food. Service was excellent, friendly and professional:

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JeffP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Italian restaurant in Saskatoon. The lasagna is fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my fiance's birthday and we are glad we went here. It's pure authentic Italian food
You definitely won't go home hungry as the portions are big enough to fill. We had great service and an attentive waitress . We'll definitely be back soon.

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Jedi48
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Finest Italian food in Saskatoon. Quality. Price. Service. All great!

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JamieM
Saskatoon
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and service. Can't wait to go back. Lobster Ravioli is the best!

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AlisonT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Staff knows the menu if you need gluten free.

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EvanP
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Portion sizes were good with the exception of the Spinach Ravioli dish.... Service was very good. Pasta Alfredo dish was very very good...

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StarlaK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!!

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Ginjoy
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing espresso. Service was excellent.

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Tracy
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It took a long time for someone to come with water and then never refilled the water once. You could not find the chicken in my sandwich. With very little people in the restaurant, the service could have been much more attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fist time going there, we got caught in construction and they were very pleasant to help accommodate us. The people were incredible and loved the fact they had hand sanitizer at the tables. Big props goes to our waitress who had to hear a gentleman pretty much scolding her for wearing a mask. Not once at all she never lost her cool and was so much more respectful that I know I would have been! I would come back in a heartbeat and I know I’m telling others they need to go!

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KyleI
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We went to Taverna at a bid of an odd time, at about 1500 hours, kind of between lunch and dinner service. Initial impression of decor upon walking in is positive, but it looks like the front half of the restaurant has gotten a modern face-lift, but they haven't continued it through the rest of the building.

Food was great, highlights were the croquettes, margherita pizza, bruschetta, and the fennel sausage pasta. Calamari underwhelmed unfortunately.

Server was pleasant, but the service fell short of what I would expect at the price point. I'm willing to chalk it up to the odd time of the reservation, as it appeared they had a skeleton crew working.

I would give Taverna another chance during dinner service, before I could make any recommendations.

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BaileyW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fantastic place to dine if you’re craving an authentic Italian experience.

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JenniferD
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

food is yummy but the menu is slightly rattling when you don't know Italian lingo....

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OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and outstanding food.

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AlanC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am never disappointed when I eat at Taverna. I see lines for an hour at places like Olive Garden, but I never have to wait at this local Landmark. While chains are reliably good, the food at Taverna is reliably OUTSTANDING. I recommend the Scallops as an appetizer and my favourite dish is the Angelhair with Shrimp.

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Dani
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty much my favourite place to eat in saskatoon. The Drinks are amazing, the food is amazing. I have never been disappointed whether we order or eat in. Highly recommend

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vickeyW
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Our only problem was items we wanted to order were unavailable. Lasagna and canneloni

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was slow. Food was good.

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MissDaisy
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good chicken Marsala- the best in the the city. The steak was tender, juicy and cooked to perfection. A pleasant surprise for an Italian restaurant. The server was able to answer any questions we had. The shrimp appetizer consisted of three tasty shrimp in a lemon garlic butter sauce. However, shrimp did not come with warm buns or bread for dipping. The server when asked did find two small pieces of sliced garlic toast, thankfully. The decor seemed a little dated but excellent food made up for it. Food 9 out of 10, service 9 out of 10, price point 7 out of 10(a little on the high side for this location) environment, decor and location 7 out of 10. Downtown is not the preferable place to dine anymore due to safety issues and parking. Food quality makes it worth the trip downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, quiet atmosphere. Great food and great service. Definitely recommend for a quiet evening out or for a special occasion. We have also had lunch here on occasion and was not disappointed.

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stubskin
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, the carbonara is fantastic, and they have a great selection of Italian wines.

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DarrolF
Saskatoon
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. My first stop once restaurants were allowed to open!

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Alicia
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very relaxing evening- the restaurant and staff have adjusted beautifully to the restrictions. It was almost just like “pre-covid”.

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LauraM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Glad to be able to sit inside again

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Ettas
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great! Sydney is a wonderful young lady who always displays her passion for care and customer service!

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ja1212
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

As the first person to greet diners my only suggestion is not having a host/hostess wearing a baseball cap backwards. If I wanted a Five Guys hamburger that’s where I would’ve gone. Hope that’s helpful. Keep up the great cuisine!

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HannahZ
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and our server was very friendly and helpful. We will go back again!

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AndrewKaspiris
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is absolutely delicious and the customer service is even better!

10/10 would recommend

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DeannaR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always great! Food is the best Italian around!

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StarlaK
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!!

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LanaM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I made a reservation for 7:30 and was told when we arrived that the kitchen was closing at 8:00. The meal was under-welling and over priced; so disappointing . I always liked Taverna but i don't think i will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our evening here!! Food was delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Amazing food and amazing service!!

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Taverna Italian Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (306) 652-6366.

Taverna Italian Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 514 OpenTable diners.

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