Taverna Italian Kitchen

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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.
What 371 People Are Saying
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TY
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent evening with a wonderful pizza and enough left over for breakfast the next day .

JC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Did the family share meal with a group of 8. Highly recommend. Server was awesome.

m
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

have not been there for many years but so glad we went. We will definitely be back and would recommend to friends .

PP
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our most recent visit, we had great service, great food and great company. We will be black!

AG
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

RD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! A must on anyone's where to eat in Saskatoon. Food is always hot, fresh & delicious. Authentic Italian!
Homemade Gelato was a great way to end the meal.

P
Saskatoon
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our dinner was good value for money as our meal also included bread and salad. My Vitelllo Limone was delicious. I asked to change the side pasta to fettuccini with alfredo sauce and they graciously complied. However, my husband's favourite dish, Pollo Marsala, was a little too oily/buttery this time , which caused his sauce to separate . Usually he loves this dish, but it wasn't up to its usual standard this visit, which is why we didn't rate our dinner 5 stars. We will return to Taverna, but next time will express our concerns prior to ordering so that he isn't disappointed again.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Amazing desserts. Very friendly owner.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was phenomenal as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was amazing which made up for the incredibly disappointing service. We were seated for almost 45 minutes before we were able to order our entrees- and that was after we flagged down someone so we could order. Our server was missing in action for most of the time we were in the restaurant. Thankfully the food, when it finally arrived, was delicious otherwise this would have been a disastrous dining experience

AK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I enjoyed our supper! Really good food! Will definitely go back.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but not “waiting for 2 hours to get the food”, good.

Quantity was plentiful and it tasted pretty good

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very helpful and offered great suggestions. We were seated at the table we
Had asked for.

Very nice evening’

T
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service. Thank you Taverna for continuing to be a worthy destination for our dining in Saskatoon.

CO
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We really do enjoy the food and the service.
My only complaint is the wine is very over priced.
I do not tip on the bottle of wine.

LN
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and great service. Family style dining is the way to go. Our whole group loved all dishes we picked. We will be back!! Thank you for great evening.

J
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

As it was a beautiful day in Saskatoon we made a 7:00 pm reservation at Taverna through Open Table. Our request was confirmed. When we arrived we were told no outdoor tables were available and they had all booked prior to our reservation being made and confirmed. Had we known that we would have gone somewhere else that had an outdoor patio. Our sever had blue jeans on which we did not think was appropriate for the type of restaurant Taverna aspires to be. All other personnel were dressed professionally. Blue jeans are fine if you want to work at Montana’s!

CA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience! It was the best service we’ve ever had. Thank you to Tony and the other staff.

MS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok. Presentation needs work. The arugala starter looked like it was made by a teen- arugala in a bowl with thick shavings of cheese, a small drizzle of balsamic reduction with an additional side bowl of dressing. The cannelloni was buried in sauce which overpowered the flavour of the stuffed cannelloni. Had an attentive server so service was great.

DN
Saskatoon
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and the food as well, nice to see things are still very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took our two kids (11 & 9) with us to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Tony, our waiter, was helpful with drink and food recommendations. The kids shared the Alfredo, while my husband and I enjoyed selections from the features menu. All in all it was a fantastic evening. We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience here and never disappointed by any part of my visit.

MC
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding and our server Kasen, was the best server we have ever had at Tavernas.

AL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Steve was outstanding, we had a problem reading the menu with the small print and low lighting. Steve recommended dishes by asking what we liked! Portions were great! Had left overs! Overall, I would get a seat by the window next time! Hopefully we can read the menu!

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

BW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Food! Amazing Atmosphere! Highly recommend Taverna for your next night out!

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as usual. Our server was Victoria (I think that was her name!) She was super friendly and attentive but not overbearing. We enjoyed our supper!

DS
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great; a little noisy at times. Service was excellent.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expensive for what we ordered. Had more of a family restaurant vibe than we were hoping for for our date night. I don’t think we’ll be back for a while.

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Birthday lunch

JT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service. I visit every time I’m in Saskatoon.

AC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

No surprise its been in business 50 years. Fabulous food.

s
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been there in a while so we decided to go for our anniversary. Forgot how good this place is. Our 8 year old says they have the best spaghetti in the world.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as always. Big portions.

N
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have your waiter create a meal for you based on your hunger level and interests off some menu ideas! They do amazing!

OT
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Maybe we just happen to dine on a bad night but our experience wasn’t good. The AC was not working which made dining very in comfortable and couldn’t wait to get out of there. Asked for table salt for the food and where told they only use high quality salt to prepare the food thus we could not have any to use at the table.
Based on the menu and prices they want to present themselves as a higher end Italian restaurant which they are not.
They should have stuck to there roots as a good family restaurant that is reasonably priced.

RR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious!!! The squash stuffed ravioli was so good! The one drawback was that it was extremely hot in the restaurant.
Our server was very friendly! We had a great experience!

T
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Everyone loved their food. The only negative was that We found it quite hot sitting on the upper section in the back.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

SN
Manitoba
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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