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Taverna - Downtown Austin

4.5
4.5
666 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 59 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 666 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TC

    TexiCal

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We love this place but prices have gone up, portion sizes down and the noise level is almost intolerable. We hate to be disappointed as this is one of our go to restaurants in Austin. Maybe we caught a bad night. Hope so.
  2. DM

    DonnaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The best Caesar salad we've ever had. Such a light and delicious tasty dressing.
  3. TX

    zsummersTX

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Great food, pretty loud. Felt like we were in a dance club in Cabo….which is kind of cool, but also they could turn it down just a little. I get what they are going for, but still…it’s a restaurant not a bar. You can have energy and still provide an environment where people can actually talk
  4. KT

    KrisT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner for 2 on the patio before seeing a show at ACL Moody Theater. Nice breeze so it was pretty pleasant. Food and drinks were delicious. Service was great. Reservations are a must.
  5. A

    Austinfoodie

    Austin

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We chose Taverna because it was so close to Moody Theater, where we were seeing a show. Knew almost nothing about it other than reviews on here. First of all, this place was HOPPING! Very busy. (It was Saturday night.) Drinks and food were brought out surprisingly fast considering how crowded the place was. And it was superb! We had calamari, lasagna, and filet mignon. Nice wine selections also. On the down side: Drinks & wine were pricey, about $15 per glass, and table was almost too small to hold everything. Nevertheless, I’ll be more than happy to eat here any time I get a chance!
  6. DW

    DonnaW

    Houston

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service but super super loud with blaring bass which could be dialed down on speakers
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, cocktails and service!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food but very loud
  9. D

    Dcart

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    Food was not as good as usual. Server was wonderful (Nick) but he was working against poor bartending and slow, slow, slow kitchen. Will go again, but for our continuing business, it needs to be much better than it was last night.
  10. TB

    TimB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trendy date night
  11. PH

    PatH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated wife's 81 st birthday and pleased we chose Taverna for our dinner event. It was very pleasant, the birthday desert was appreciated, the food was very good and pretty reasonable, and our young, female waiter was excellent in demeanor, attentiveness, lack of Woke-ness, and overall great service. Would have enjoyed a larger helping of mashed potatoes with my tenderloin, though.... a little stingy. Would have enjoyed a little larger choice of wine by the glass, but the two different wines that we had were very good.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eggplant Parmesan was out of this world
  13. C

    Coop10

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food and great service!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was exceptional! Very reasonable price! Enjoyed this visit!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Where do I start… we tried to order pizza (which was important for a family with a child) was told the pizza ovens been broken for over a month…. Suggested my daughter have a second order of bruschetta instead. IMO after having it as an app she should have been offered the second serving for free… since they had no other options for her. We were all served water except my daughter. When we asked to see s wine list… sever came back 20 minutes later asked what we wanted… said wines were on menu?? Rudely assuming we would have known that. Then came back 10 minutes later to take order for glass of wine (30 minutes total to order a glass of wine). Ask for bill… 20 minutes, while dirty plates just sit out on table… side note. Front staff: stands at hostess stand judging, looking patrons up and down while talking about people as well as servers that should be…. Serving. We eat at Taverna in Dallas monthly so assumed this would be comparable, so wrong. Horrible experience. Heard the same from the couple next to us and the couple that replaced them during our meal as well.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    Overall the experience was fine until after we left. I went to eat with my family and they didn’t have the ingredients for a pizza which my Dad was looking forward to but considering it was a game weekend and nonetheless the food we did have was good. We paid in cash, received our receipt and left. About an hour later I received a text message from the manager asking if we had paid or not. After supplying a few key details from our visit they had seemed to have everything they needed from us to clear up the matter. Anyhow that left a bad taste in my mouth and was probably the weirdest experience at Taverna Downtown I’ve had in awhile.
  17. JT

    JulioT

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    We had terrible service, food took forever (tables seated after us got their food first), pizza oven was broken, and they did no5 have clean champagne glasses
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Server and ambiance was amazing. The mimosas were flat unfortunately and all the food needed salt.
  19. F

    ashleyF

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My favorite was bolognese was amazing as per usual. We got a great wine recommendation and our waiter was awesome. Branzino was TINY for the plate and the price-- kind of odd.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Both entrées were very tasty. I know we're in Austin but man was it WARM in there.
  21. JS

    JackSter

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated on time, food was excellent and delivered timely.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taverna is one of my favorite places to eat. They have a wide range of dishes with robust and amazing flavors. My favorite is the beef short rib gnocchi with the chef’s focaccia. The blood orange margarita is always refreshing and the dessert is always delicious. The cherry cheesecake and chocolate tart are fantastic. The staff are always so kind and attentive!
  23. a

    allisonb

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This place is great however the music during brunch was too loud you couldn’t have a conversation.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Jay Jay it’s an amazing waitress!!!!
  25. LK

    LindseyK

    Central Texas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Not sure when the change happened, but so crowded and so loud.
  26. MP

    MargaretP

    Key West

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our meal was fabulous. The waitstaff was excellent. Everything was very nicely presented
  27. DU

    DanU

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed dinner at a high-top table in the bar, having reserved an outdoor table and arrived finding it too hot outside. Interesting techno (?) music at a volume that masked most other conversations but did not interfere with our own. Excellent service and food delivered promptly.
  28. KM

    KMjm

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Experience was fine for about an hour. Then entire restaurant was taken over by a raucous crowd of people attending a large business conference. At that point, it became unpleasant. Would suggest they consider advising patrons at time of reservation if there is to be a large group booked for same time. Would have chosen to eat on patio or chosen a different restaurant.
  29. AN

    ANGELICAR

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a fun vibe with great atmosphere. The service was great attentive but not bothersome. Provided gr3at advice on drinks. Drinks and food were delicious. We tried the special with sea bass.
  30. GJ

    GrandmaJL

    Austin

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love brunch on the weekends at Taverna. We request the patio seating as it is easier to have a conversation outside. The music inside is “energetic” which is perfect for the Bachelorette groups and grad parties. I had the Taverna burger and fries. The burger is very good and it is a good portion of fries. I request no truffle oil. My partner had the orange French toast and a side of bacon for protein. It has a nice flavor but as it comes with Marscapone cheese and she doesn’t eat dairy, she requests syrup. Our server, Jesus, is always friendly. Hostesses Allegra and Antonella always welcome us with huge smiles. Although we like the food, the staff is a big reason we choose Taverna.
  31. FJ

    FoodieJ

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good. My husband and I had the seafood special: striped bass with lobster and a beef tenderloin dish.. Atmosphere was busy, energetic and loud (inside seating). We had JJ as our server and he was fantastic! Knowledgeable and gave very good suggestions. He checked on us just the right amount of time. Fun place, especially for a group.
  32. SA

    SAMMY

    Naples

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Seated upon arrival with the reservation….however the only negative was the noise level due to the interior design… great food…. Very good service. Would return
  33. Z

    Zulovesfood

    Austin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The menu presents a nice variety, and almost every time I went to this restaurant my experience was good. But this time I chose from the brunch menu Eggs Benedict. They were a disaster: the ham was tasteless, and the hollandaise sauce, scarce. Also, inside the music level was deafening, so we chose to be seated outside. The rest of the menu is excellent, so I'm going to forgive them, and visit the restaurant again.
  34. JB

    JimB

    Oklahoma City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was impeccable. Extremely loud. They play different music on two systems inside the restaurant.
  35. GJ

    GrandmaJL

    Austin

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We like brunch at Taverna. I had the egg sandwich, which was good. My partner had the French toast with a side of bacon. Both were good and a nice portion size. Service is friendly.
  36. AF

    AimeeF

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Service was slow and it was so hot in the restaurant. We were sweating so much it was hard to enjoy the meal. We just wanted to get out of there.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Taverna downtown Austin was a lovely experience, even better than our first time dining there!! The food was delicious, the waiters/ staff were all very very lovely!! I plan to recommend Taverna to everybody that wants a very nice meal at a fine restaurant!! Thank you so much!!
  38. F

    Fmrdgz

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    JJ was an incredible server, the vibes were immaculate and the food was fantastiq. 10/10
  39. WD

    WesleyD

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just fabulous experience! I would do it again.
  40. TK

    TammyK

    Austin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Brunch - food was good but service was extremely slow. Bellini was lukewarm. Music was so loud, you could not talk to the people at your table without yelling. Left there with a headache.

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 4.5 stars by 666 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 59 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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