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About Taverna Italian Kitchen

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.

219 21st St E
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0B7
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Seafood

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday : 4:00pm - 11:00am

Cross Street:
between 2nd and 3rd Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(306) 652-6366

Website:
http://tavernaitaliankitchen.com/

Catering:
YOUR PLACE, OUR FOOD
Simply call the restaurant 306.652.6366, order and pick-up.



Business (downtown)
Delivery is available until 4PM. Contact us for details (charges may apply).

Plates, napkins, and utensils are available if desired. If you need us to come and set-up your selections, charges will apply. At least 24-hour notice is preferred. Customized menus are available, a catering coordinator will help you make selections or give you ideas.

Parking Details:
Free Parking Monday-Saturday after 6 PM and
Free Parking all day Sunday.

Public Transit:
Taverna is bolstered by strong public transportation links.

Executive Chef:
Enzo Pellettieri

Private Party Facilities:
Our spacious downtown location is an ideal setting for many occasions. Whether an intimate dinner party, a small social gathering, a corporate function, or an extravagant Italian feast - TAVERNA is the perfect venue for your next event.

We have several semi-private/private dinning areas. We have custom tasting menus, pre-theatre menus, family style menus, or straight off the menu options.

Private Party Contact:
Tasos Kangles: (306) 652-6366

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Taverna Italian Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.3

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4.2

value

4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
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Neighborhood Gem (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Romantic (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tapas (5)
Business Meals (4)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Bravo on the recent renovation, the updated look has breathed new life into a venerated spot that we have enjoyed for decades. The most delicious Italian food in the city with great service. Taverna is always our go-to and never disappoints.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

The atmosphere, along with the great food & excellent service add up to a wonderful dining experience. I’ve never been let down once.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined 5 days ago

Taverna exceeded our wildest expectations. The food was outstanding in every conceivable way and the service provided by the exceptional Louis Z made this our finest dining experience in Saskatoon. We look forward to returning many times!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very nice evening, laid back ambience, excellent service and food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love dining here. The food is outstanding and the service is great. Luigi is the beat server I have ever had anywhere!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were out for dinner prior to our monthly showing at Persephone. We remember the owner's parents used to own Delphi's Restaurant on 8th. Street East many years ago and it was my family's go-to place for dining out. It was nice seeing Mr. Kangles again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Supper before Chicago performance. Great meal!

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Highly recommended, great homemade dishes, the owner is very friendly. Probably the best Italian restaurant in the area easily.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a horrible experience. We had a reservation, but we sat for 10 minutes before we even had water, and 10 more before our server even came by. We had been there for over half an hour by the time we had our wine. Then our server argued with us about our order and pushed a bunch of extra food on us that we didn't want, and had to refuse. Our appetizers did not show up until we had been there for 55 minutes, and our main courses came 90 minutes into our visit, which were plain and disappointing. We had to go up to the till on our own to get our bill because our server didn't come back to our table. 2 hours of time for simple pasta, and awful service. We were very unimpressed. The atmosphere is nice though.

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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Delicious menu. Wait staff so helpful. The remodel is very nice. We had a reservation and I am glad as it was busy

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Bruschetta was excellent as was the minestrone soup, the Caesar salad was mediocre, slightly wilted and oily. The mains were great! Both from the 3 course dinner selection; steak, risotto and spinach, and shrimp/spaghetti with a tomato based sauce. Sidney provided excellent customer service.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

As a whole, the experience was good. I just found that where we were seated, it was too dark. Also, had trouble understanding the menu. Had to ask other guests in our party what the dishes translated into.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Taverna has a great new look as well as wonderful Italian cuisine. Our table shared the lobster ravioli as well as their scallop appetizer and both were delicious. We were four guests and each of us enjoyed a different entree. The pizza had a lovely crisp, thin crust and it was great to be able to personalize the toppings. The veal dish was cooked perfectly and had lovely flavour. One pasta dish could have used some additional seasoning, but by and large was very good. A lovely dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Enjoyed the restaurant food was very good and waiter was the best, he was great. Would certainly go back

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My favorite Saskatoon restaurant! Tasso and his team are great.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food and atmosphere was great. The pasta was so good! Service was a bit slow. It took forever for someone to come take our order and they never came back til we were almost done our meals. I would've ordered more drinks. I would recommend it for anyone wanting good Italian food.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Décor is great, good spacing between tables, place was busy but you didn't have to shout to be heard. Service was excellent, food was good. Lobster ravioli antipasti was great and a good price, extensive wine and bar menu. I ordered the Fettuccini Alla Marinara, the seafood was cooked marvelously and the garlic, white wine cream sauce was quite tasty however the dish did have a somewhat of a starchiness to it. I mentioned this to our server and I believe she was sincere with her intention to advise the kitchen. Definitely would return to do it again.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Fabulous experience and fantastic food.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was good when it finally arrived but unfortunately we waited almost 2 hours.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had Luigi serve our group; he suggested our group do a family style meal and made all the recommendations. It was fantastic; there was 15 in our group and I can so no one went hungry. Luigi is a great personality and Taverna should be very happy to have him on staff.
The only complaint I can make for the evening was the state of the women's washroom which was not attended very well as toilet paper, hand soap and paper towel needed filling throughout the night but was not done even after mentioning it to a server.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Good food and overall experience. Food was quite slow coming out of kitchen

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

The food was incredible... The quality that taverna is talked about for. The service was friendly, we got our water /coffee refills regularly, but not extremely knowledgeable about the menu. They mentioned once we commented that they had new staff since closing for renovations. The food took a very long time to get to us, at least an hour after ordering. But once it arrived, we were very satisfied with it. Overall a good experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

A friend and I had a light, late dinner consisting of appetizers and pizza. It was the right amount for the time of evening we were dinning. We enjoyed the food and the experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Spicy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

My favorite Italian restaurant. Tassos and his staff make you feel welcome every time you walk in.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

the food was extremely good. the only negative was disorganization at the front desk, with lots of people standing about waiting for tables. we had a booth in the back, so we enjoyed being away from the noisy, high traffic spots in the restaurant. overall we really enjoyed our evening.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Our waitress made the evening something special. It didn't hurt that everything we ate (and boy, did we eat) was amazing as well! Wouldn't hesitate to return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Tapas, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We reserved a table through OpenTable. We requested a high chair and when we arrived there wasn't any available. We waited about 10 minutes and we were seated. Another 25 before a high chair came around and we had to ask twice. We were told it was being used and we had to wait until they were done. Wish we would've known about limited accommodations for people with children ahead of time. Our little one was squirmy and doesn't like being held so she was quite loud and we felt uncomfortable throughout most of the visit.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Good was good as usual.....just took a long time to even get our appetizers. By the time our main meal came, we were past hungry. My husband's pasta was over cooked, but with good flavour. Everything else was delicious. We will definitely go again as the food is great, but wouldn't be impressed if we had to wait that long again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Always awesome! We have been coming for years and consistently great food and service.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Amazing food suggested by our server Luigi! Service was great too and the music wasn't too loud so had great conversations!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Our server was excellent, very attentive and recognized that we had to wait a long time for our food. She offered us a round of drinks or dessert. It appeared that they may have been overwhelmed with the number of reservations. The food was good but not quite up to the usual standard and it was very hot

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Excellent service. All dishes, appetizers and mains were outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great food. Very dark in restaurant though. We would go back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was absolutely amazing. If you are in the mood for Italian this is easily the best place to eat. Great portion sizes for the price (you won't leave hungry) and pricing is very reasonable. The staff is amazing, super friendly and attentive.

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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We will definitely dine again. The service staff were helpful friendly and efficient. The food flavor was so pleasing to the pallet. Servings were plentiful. Can't wait to our next visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on May 26, 2017

First time at this restaraunt. Food was delicious. Service was amazing and very good value for what we received. We will be back

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Taverna is a jewel in Saskatoon's downtown. Great food, charming staff, and awesome owner --- always a must when the gang wants to get together for some delicious food and drink.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Food was excellent, waiter was very helpful polite and friendly really enjoyed our experience

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Great pasta. I had the canneloni and one of the ladies had the gnoochi. Yummy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Staff were extremely pleasant. Service great and meal arrived quickly. If you want more time to visit before your meal I suggest you advise them otherwise meal may come quicker than you like.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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