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Taverna - Downtown Austin

4.4
4.4
629 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

9:30 PM


Booked 36 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 629 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. F

    Fmrdgz

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    WesleyD

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    TammyK

    Austin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  4. GJ

    GrandmaJL

    Austin

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Brunch is always good at Taverna. We always feel welcome here. Our server, Emily, was very nice and paid attention to our water. I had the Taverna Burger which is always good. My companion had the French toast which was very good.
  5. f

    foxy1

    Austin

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Taverna is consistently excellent in all categories.
  6. PS

    PatrickS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. I will be back. Monday is half priced bottle of wine. Great value.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bobby was our waiter and we were there with a bachelorette party, he was so helpful and kind. Best food we’ve had in a long time and the mimosas were awesome!!!
  8. CD

    CDAus

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good but it seems the staff were disengaged.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accommodating and great food!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a good experience! Food was yummy. Unfortunately, the table got served their food first and they kindly waited for mine to come out/be prepared…I got the Cacio E Pepe. They spin it in a Parmesan wheel. Delicious, by the way. But all the food was lukewarm by that point. Otherwise, very good and enjoyable!
  11. TD

    TxDoc

    Austin

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a nice, two hour relaxed dinner
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great! the food and service was amazing! it was kind of hot outside and the fans were not very strong but it is always great place for any meal! super consistent and amazing food.
  13. V

    Vdogg

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Food and service was really wonderful. But the noise was bad. Loud and more like club music instead of lighter dinner music.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great but the noise level was a bit loud. For a moment the music they were playing was at a normal level then as dinner progressed it got insanely loud! Besides that though everything else was great!
  15. l

    lkatebay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven't been to Taverna in several years. Love the upgraded interior and ambiance! The food was heavenly and the waitstaff exceptional.
  16. JC

    JenniferC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was ok for the value. We ordered the focaccia, gnocchi, cocci di pepe, linguini del mar and polpo.
  17. O

    Opie

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    High quality offerings. Well-staffed. Time to get dishes was extremely fast. Great location, walking distance from hotels in S Congress area. Try the French 75!
  18. ST

    StephenT

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent across the board!
  19. r

    rochelleonthego

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pasta is fresh and served hot. The wait staff is assisted with food runners, which makes the service much faster.
  20. TG

    TiffanyG

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Solid Italian - so glad I went and glad they have a few locations. The carpaccio was the outstanding dish in my opinion and the zucchini chips were superb. I am looking forward to going back and trying more
  21. C

    Caitlin

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cole was our waiter and he was awesome! We had a great time!
  22. JT

    JackieT

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience and delicious food! They were very accommodating of my food allergies
  23. LS

    LaurelS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They said that my reservation was for a table outside when I specifically selected 7:15 bc it was inside. If I was okay with outside, I would have selected the time I wanted, 8pm. Plan is to never go here again!
  24. PJ

    PatJ

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was pleasant and attentive, lingered with appetizers and wine, didn’t feel rushed or pressured. Food came quickly and was very tasty across the board, but risotto Prosecco and tri-meat entree were especially good. Had a wonderful time before heading to Zach Theater.
  25. JB

    JessicaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were very accommodating of our large group. JJ was the staff person and he did a wonderful job of taking care of a group of 13 on his own!
  26. FC

    FrancesC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The service and the freshness of the food really put a damper on brunch. This is the second time that Taverna has let this happen. What’s strange is there were so many servers standing around but no one was tending to tables. Hoping Taverna can fix this soon. It’s too cool of a restaurant for it to have such horrible service.
  27. HD

    HeightsDiner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Lovely waiter. Comfortable chairs and nice atmosphere. Music is VERY loud but I'm not their target audience. Food was mediocre. Drinks were awesome
  28. H

    Heatomi

    Houston

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Our waiter was not very good. I’m pretty sure he forgot to put appetizer in based on how long it took to arrive. He didn’t drop any of our food so we had to flag him down to place order. And with 2 bites left of entree he asked if we wanted another round of drinks when I was asking for the check, again, flagging him down. The hash was disappointing, a bowl of meat and peppers with maybe 10 tiny potatoes in it. The mimosa and the chefs focaccia were delicious. My friend enjoyed the French toast.
  29. B

    Bubbles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The food was ok, but not worth the price of each dish, the drinks were very good and the vibe of the place was great, the DJ was a bit to loud for where we sitting and couldn’t hear each-other when talking
  30. MC

    MarcC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    It was fine. Took a while to get the drinks, but otherwise the food was good, though the portions were small.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose this restaurant for our dinner prior to an opera concert. We were dressed pretty formal and the atmosphere was perfect. Fast service, our server Jeffrey was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations on wine pairing. The food was delicious, well balanced flavors and great presentation. This was probably the best octopus I’ve had. We had desert and coffee and both were great! I would highly recommend and would definitely return!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Service was incredibly slow server was not personable did not mention name and took a very long time between every interaction. I believe the restaurant was short staffed which I understand but still a bit much. No manager ever came by, though I saw them chatting with servers and employees multiple times. Seems like managers could have better supported employees by offering relief when the server is so busy. The manager appeared to be a shorter bald man who is buff. Really wish he had come by instead of standing in the general dining area chatting with staff.
  33. V

    Vivian

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Young kids are servers. Friendly but not attentive and lack sense of urgency and professionalism. Food was a average. I enjoyed the atmosphere. We had fun but it wasn’t worth the trip downtown and parking, etc.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great wood fired focaccia (basically pizza). We had a specialty that was outstanding and we modified it a tad!
  35. RD

    RosieD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I had the butternut squash dish and espresso martini, delicious! The lavender cocktail is also a must! The truffle fries were fresh and hot and the aioli was savory and scrumptious. We went on Father's day weekend and the server didn't tell us about the specials, which we probably would have tried. We happened to see someone at the next table looking at a card that said, Father's day specials on it, so we went to the bar and asked for one. Overall a good experience, though. The server was friendly and attentive.
  36. C

    Chilly

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Father’s Day
  37. D

    Delighteddeb

    Charlotte

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day meal, so wonderful!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food and service was average. I was hoping for above average. It was very noisy!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server JJ was absolutely wonderful! Very attentive and personable without hovering. The food was wonderful, as always. 10/10 experience.
  40. GF

    GFMomma

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Overall we had a pretty terrible experience at Taverna. We had never been before and chose it for its gluten free options and close proximity to the Moody Center as my friend and I were taking our daughters to an event there. We asked if they had a kids' serving of gluten free pasta and she said yes. We ordered two, one with sauce and one with sauce on the side. First, she tried to give one of the girls regular pasta before we questioned it and she said, "Oh, yeah, that one isn't gluten free." Then she came back with the actual GF pastas but both had sauce on them. She said to my 10-year-old, "Oh, sorry. They put sauce on it. Is that ok?" as she set it down. My daughter reluctantly said yes, later telling me, "I didn't want to be rude." When she didn't like the sauce, we asked the waitress to bring her one without sauce as we had ordered. She said she would have them wash the pasta off in the kitchen (ummm...what?!) and bring it back because there were six orders ahead of ours now -- even though our order was wrong in the first place. She literally brought back wet pasta that even had the same fork in it. And then our server pretty much disappeared. We had to get up to go get our checks where we discovered that she had charged us $21.50 for both of the kids' GF pastas, but only $6 for the third kids' pasta that wasn't GF. So...a $15.50 upcharge for gluten free?? Not to mention $21.50 for rinsed off, wet pasta. We were already late for the show we were going to and didn't have time to track her down yet again to question it. We even had to get up again to find someone to run our credit cards. At least we know now where to not go to dinner downtown.

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 4.4 stars by 629 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 36 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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