Taverna - Wilmington

4.4
301 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Taverna - Wilmington is a “neighborhood gathering place.” Inspired by both the casual watering holes and belly warming kitchens found within homes all throughout Italy, Taverna suggests a rural approach to refined Italian cooking.

**A NOTE FROM THE RESTAURANT**
Reservations are not required. We welcome walk-ins.
Please contact us directly at 302-384-8552, if desired reservation time is unavailable or a party size is larger than 6.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 301 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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vipJeannineD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the wait staff was excellent.

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MShaa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We are huge fans of the Taverna in Newark. We were visiting Wilmington and decided to try the Taverna there. The service was awful, the waitress had no idea what she was doing, and the food took almost an hour to arrive. When the food finally arrived, 2 of the meals were wrong and the 3rd one was under cooked! Needless to say we will not be returning!

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Kathleen
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The staff were definitely there to wait on our table. We felt special with such great food and service. Can't wait until the next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
52 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great lunch place during the week-- not too crowded-- great food!

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vipMarjan
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food generally good, especially calamari and pepper appetizers. Entrees solid but uninspired.nice ambiance and patient waitress

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Atlast
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I would like to have seen the restaurant require patrons show proof of COVID vaccine and IDs at the door. Also would have preferred to have the wait staff and food preparers masked. Just returned from a weekend in New York City where EVERY place required vaccination proof and ID.

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Tina
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow possibly due to being short-staffed. 1st drink tasted like syrup; other drinks were not cold enough. Food was fine but nothing to rave about. I would give the place another chance and hope that they've worked out the kinks.

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Iris
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of our favorite places to dine. Friendly staff and delicious food.

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ColleenD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We understand the shortage of servers being spread thin. A little slow, but very understandable during these times. She was very
Good and did check on us several times

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at this location. We really enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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Aqualady
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was outstanding; best I’ve had in awhile. Staff were pleasant. The only negative was a large party sitting near us were celebrating a birthday; they were quite loud and made it difficult for us to hear each other at our table. Management should have offered them a separate room.
I can’t wait to go back and try another wonderful entree.

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RickO
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Nice service and presentation but the food lacked flavor, of all things! I had the chicken cannelloni. The cream aide lacked and was thick. I couldn’t taste the prosciutto. My wife had salmon. It wasn’t bad just average but it was over little squares of potatoes that lacked flavor and needed ketchup, unfortunately. The chocolate dessert was good. Leah did a great job and came back at just the right times and was friendly. Btw, SUPER loud in the restaurant and I’m Italian so I don’t mind speaking loudly but it was too much.

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DaveS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food, as usual! Our "go to" place for Italian food.

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vipLisa
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to get a table without waiting, and the service was great as well as the food. The waiter was able to make recommendations, which is so helpful when you’re visiting someplace for the first time which we were.

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Jdurb
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly, service was excellent. Menu seems to have been upgraded, with many choices. Food was served in a timely manner. Food was delicious, I had the agnolotti with truffle butter sauce. Definitely will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Overcooked pasta with flavorless sauce; salmon was okay, with a delicate lemon sauce but that was overpowered by tomato paste cooked potatoes it was resting on. Broccoli rabe was so tough it was inedible. Food seemed carelessly prepared, and it was not cheap!

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Barb
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great patience as we were dining with 2 demanding people in their 80’s who had little patience

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DanR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and was very happy with the service.
Definitely would go back.

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Beary
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice spot. Food is good. Service could have been better. Our server seemed uninterested in serving us.

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vipDesh
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Our server, A…… seemed to be either never trained, or really unbelievably in a different world. We really like Taverna, but she was the worst server ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful from host to server to food! Made for a great night out!!!

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vipLunch
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truffle fries and veal meatballs were amazing . Labrusco decadent
Worth the visit

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Pickytexan
Houston
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is consistently good, well plated, and service was okay albeit disjointed; the reason for the overall average rating was our experience walking in the door. The hostess behaved as if we were a bother and we almost walked out.... we will next time we experience this.

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vipDisappointed
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our waiter was great!
Food is still just ok
Not as good as the Newark location.
Dishes are too saucy
Salad was not so fresh
Outdoor dining was nice!
Wish the food was better

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff. Held my table as we were running a little late.

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HappyHappyHappy
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and spectacular service, enjoyed the dinner with our daughter to start Parents Weekend! #bluehens

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vipJimmyH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding !
Always a great experience at Taverna & the other PDG’s restaurants

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DanN
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Christy, our server, was very pleasant and did a great job!

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vipDadto4
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow, but I assume it is workforce related due to the pandemic as they are now closed Sunday and Monday. Food did not disappoint.

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RainbowGlass
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a family birthday. The food was excellent! We had artichokes to start, and ordered 3 entrees for 4 people, served family style. We actually had leftovers, because the portions are large. We shared 2 desserts, and there was a sparkler in one for the birthday celebrant! The lemon sorbet was excellent, best I’ve ever had.

Service was perfect. We sat outside. Even though it’s near the street, traffic noise wasn’t an issue.

Only “down side” is that the chairs are low compared to the table. There should be cushions available for shorter people to make it more comfortable. That’s a minor thing, though, and won’t stop us from dining there again.

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vipHerm
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Salad , Bibb. Excellent

Entrees we’re just acceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Little expensive. Great service.

AJ
vipAngelaandJim
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A go-to location we always enjoy. Friendly, thoughtful and efficient service by Alex, delicious fried calamari and Caesar salad to start. My chicken Taverna was perfect, love the breading and the sauce. Hubs also praised his chicken and broccoli rabe dish. Too full for dessert. My only small complaint was the dim lighting in the back area where we were seated.

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pat13
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Service was fine. At our first visit food was wonderful.
Not so good this time. Food wasn’t warm or tasty.
Caesar salad was good. Pizza was beyond burnt.
Soup tasteless, pork sandwich tasteless as well.
We will not return for awhile.

PC
vipPikeCreekDiner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I always enjoy hearty meals at Taverna, but with August heat I decided to go with salad and grilled protein. I've had this at several outlets, but never here.

I was disappointed at the salad when served. Frankly, it did not look like grilled chicken, but rather chicken cubes you might see on one of the deli pre-packaged salads.

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vipDesh
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a good time

JD
vipJD63
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food used to be great. Now it’s just average. Pizza was undercooked.

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vipLionel
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our second visit and what a pleasant experience. We sat outside on the very lovely side patio, lined with impressive landscape. It is rare to find such inspired use of quality plants and knowledgeable landscaping by a Delaware restaurant! Kudos to Taverna management. Our server was also high above the bar set by too much of the local competition. She was very knowledgeable, pleasant and able to answer our many questions about both food and drink. The food was again well above average. We will definitely return.

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EdeeF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food, outstanding service and wheelchair accessible. We could not have asked for more.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Taverna - Wilmington using the Order Online button. Taverna - Wilmington also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 384-8552.

Taverna - Wilmington is rated 4.4 stars by 301 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.