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Taverna Costale, St. Petersburg, FL

Taverna Costale

4.6
4.6
409 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
When the owners of Taverna Costale originally moved their families to Florida, they did so to create a revolution in hospitality. Their blueprint for success can be summed up in two simple words: People first.

It is a commitment to those they work alongside, by creating welcoming, supportive environments in which to grow. It is a passion to deliver warm, welcoming experiences for their guests. It is the desire to make positive changes within their neighborhood through community outreach.

For this reason, the owners cultivated a relationship with acclaimed chef Fabio Viviani, who brings unmatched culinary inspiration to the table. The synergy between the two group elevated the spotlight on people, culture, and quality - making Taverna Costale unique to what St. Pete has to offer.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (727) 954-3863

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Fabio Viviani

  • Private party facilities

    The Taverna Costale Private Dining Room may accommodate groups up to 20 guests. Our events team will customize food & beverage menus that will best suit your special event & take care of everything from the moment your guests arrive, to the moment they depart. Please reach out to us anytime at: info@tavernacostale.com for more information.

  • Area

    St. Petersburg

  • Cross Street

    We are located on Central Avenue, between Second & Third Avenue S.

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Vegan

What 409 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • St. Petersburg

    Fit for Foodies

  • St. Petersburg

    Hot Spot

  • St. Petersburg

    Notable Wine List

  • St. Petersburg

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • St. Petersburg

    Most Booked

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  1. BA

    BrianA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing night! They really nailed it for us!
  2. ST

    ScottT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was good, nice size portion on the pork shank, the muscle appetizer was the best part of the meal. Ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter mistakenly brought champagne . A little on the pricey side but overall experience was good. Most likely would not go back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb dining experience. Had the Strega Nona cocktail (delicious), house focaccia and Burrata to start, with the Chicken Thigh Marsala for my wife, and I had the Rigatoni Tartufo, both excellent. Service from Corey was also very good and attentive. Will definitely be back.
  4. A

    Amanda

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely delicious! Can't wait to come back and try more. The pistachio cake is my new favorite dessert ever!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything is was amazing, but the espresso was not that great.
  6. AC

    AshleyC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy to have this edition in downtown St. Pete. It exceeded our expectations. Great space, food was amazing and cost was really reasonable. There were 6 of us and we all loved everything we had! Truffle pizza, octopus and burrata were some of my favorites!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  8. L

    Lovedinner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I invited my friends first time for them 4th for me. A new waitress… they deserve a chance. I had to ask him to tell my friends about the story of Taverna L since he didn’t do it. The service was. Very Slow & dessert took for ever… Our meal was good & mr guests were pleased. We had Niko in prior visits & he is Outstanding! A gem for your restaurant!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    78 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We wanted so much to like this place, but there are several severe issues. The first problem is the pasta. The website talks about our fresh pasta- there is no fresh pasta on the menu. One pasta dish we did try - the bucatini - had way over cooked pasta. A cardinal sin for any Italian restaurant. The other problem is the price: the wine was 3 times the retail price, across the board for every bottle. We cannot recommend any restaurant that has this policy. The killer for us was a $15 Caesar salad. Nothing special- about $0.50 of product on the plate. To be fair, the atmosphere is hip, the service was sharp, and the pistachio cake was nearly perfect. But we won't be back.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience besides the hostess. She kinda sucked. Food was delicious. Server was great. A little pricey, but it’s DTSP.. To be expected. Overall great experience.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We took my parents for their 67th wedding anniversary dinner. The seafood dishes were delicious, but the bolognese was mostly pasta with little meat. The meatballs were amazing. Our only issue was the noise level which made it nearly impossible to have a conversation. We will return and hopefully get a corner table where it’s quieter.
  12. P

    Patrick

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. No ce wine list. What else is there?
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was beyond fabulous!! Nico, our sever, made the dining experience spectacular. So many great restaurants in St Pete to choose from — Taverna Costale rises to the TOP!!
  14. C

    Collette

    Charlotte

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The octopus and swordfish were delicious, however my friends ordered steaks and they were ok. I would not recommend paying $54 for a filet at this restaurant. Our service was fantastic!
  15. JT

    JesseT

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable impressive!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Overall just an okay experience. Food wasn’t bad but wasn’t anything exciting. Service was poor. Probably won’t visit again.
  17. J

    Judy

    Tampa

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A St. Pete Gem. Everything was outstanding. Menu is varied so something for everyone. We had the pork, swordfish and salmon. Everyone loved their meal. The tables are spread out so the noise level is quiet enough to have a conversation. Server was prompt and knowledgeable. Our new favorite St. Pete restaurant.
  18. C

    Contessa

    Western NC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nico made a special evening even more so! Everything from cocktails first in the lounge to a perfectly located table and superb service made for a lovely evening with friends on a special birthday. Food was outstanding!
  19. PA

    PAFoodieChick

    Poconos

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visit Tampa often from the Northeast, and whenever I do, I make it a point to head over to Taverna Costale in Saint Pete. As always this time the food was spectacular, and while I have favorites on the menu I love to try new things and I am never disappointed. This time I had the steak tartare. Outstanding! Service was great and I am already booked again for my next visit
  20. BD

    BearsDateNight

    Tampa

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was absolutely delicious 😋. The service was impeccable. One of our favorite restaurants in downtown Saint Petersburg.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and server was great with suggestion of food and drinks
  22. DC

    DavidC

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Waiter Niko was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the menu. Food was definitely above average. We have dined there twice and both times were excellent
  23. J

    Jham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really good. Quite loud so hard to hear each other but great service and good food.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husband’s birthday and the entire staff was super friendly and accommodating!

    Taverna CostaleResponded on 31 August 2022Thank you so much! We hope you'll back soon!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taverna Costale never fails! Service is on point and the food it amazing! Every time I’ve been I’ve ordered something different and it’s all equally as good!

    Taverna CostaleResponded on 31 August 2022Thank you for a great review! We hope you'll be back soon!

  26. L

    Lovedinner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Wonderful Italian experience! Niko was outstanding. The Burrata was out of this world!

    Taverna CostaleResponded on 31 August 2022Thank you for such a positive review! We look forward to your next visit!

  27. JT

    JosephT

    Miami

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall a really good experience. Good food. Well prepared. Really good cocktails. Nice atmosphere.
  28. AC

    AngeloC

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time with my wife, we loved it, food & ambiance, excellent
  29. GR

    GastonR

    San Antonio

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Has been on our “To Go” list for a while with its good reviews. We were not disappointed. First and foremost, our server, Roxanne, was a treat: friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and attentive! We will ask for her again. This is not your typical Italian restaurant…the menu is varied, interesting, and eclectic with Italian influences. The Grilled Bone Marrow lived up to its hype…delicious. The Mixed Lettuces Salad was fresh and made over new with the addition of blistered grapes. My wife had Pan Seared Salmon and I the Chianti Braised Pork Shank…both excellent, especially the Pistachio Gremolata on the latter. We finished with the Pistachio Cake/Dessert…honestly, one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. We will return to explore the menu further!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 August 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Overall, 3 of 5 enjoyed their food selections. Mine was good quality but probably will not recommend. Server was basic for the price points on the menu. Air temp too cold. I’ve never been too cold in a restaurant. Typically I enjoy a cold room but this temp was actually uncomfortable for two of the 5 in our party. Maybe I was under a vent?
  31. CT

    ChantalT

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant! The staff is always very friendly and the food is amazing… consistently! Highly recommend!
  32. GR

    GersonR

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It’s a solid place to go on a special date. Elegant and cool location, with quality items but not all. Some of their drinks laque the passion fruit mezcal are excellent. Their signature vodka martini was very disappointed.
  33. NO

    NanciO

    Dallas

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first visit and we all enjoyed our food. The server was helpful in describing menu items, both food and cocktails. The only disappointment was the location of our table next to the back door leading to the lobby and restrooms. We asked twice to be relocated, but that apparently wasn’t possible. In the end, we were right….as young children were running past our table and in and out of the door numerous times…. We will definitely be back, but will insist on a better table.
  34. K

    Krista

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. Would have enjoyed atmosphere being a little quieter.
  35. ES

    ErnieS

    Naples

    570 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    570 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Four of us for a 75th birthday celebration and we were fortunate it be at a table with a door behind us that opened into the atrium thus the noise level behind our hearing impaired birthday person was better tolerated. We ordered one cocktail and a bottle of Cava for the rest of us to be told they had no chilled Cava. Really? We were told it would be a 10 to 15 minute delay but when we hit 30 minutes with no word as to when the Cava would arrive at the table I near lost it with the manager. Great manager who took what could have been a disastrous start to a meal and elevated it to a pleasing dining experience. Not necessary but much appreciated how the rest of the evening flowed. It’s not our first time to dine here and yet again the mussels were over the top. Even for a large diner, the mussels and a salad could be a filling meal. I had Brussels as my appetizer, enough for the table to share and loved them. The touch of honey finished them perfectly. My husband loved the lamb chops, one diner had salmon perfectly cooked and the bucatini were rich and delicious. Lemon berry cake was served to the birthday boy and we all wished we had a piece. One diner had the flourless chocolate torte and it honestly was like eating a perfectly smooth not real sweet piece of fudge. Decadent!
  36. E

    Eileen

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious great ambiance and waiter was very professional
  37. LK

    LisaK

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a very tasty caprese salad. I had the pasta bolognese which was outstanding. My husband had the meatballs and pasta. The meatballs were exceptional. My pasta was tastier than his but both were quite above average. I took a piece of the pistachio cake home for later. It was very tasty, delicate and not overly sweet which was a nice change from usual desserts. Service was excellent. Drinks were tasty. My only slight comment was the pasta could have been a little less salty. Other than that we will be back!
  38. A

    Annie

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a very good meal. The food was well prepared and the service was great. We will definately come back again.
  39. JB

    JasonB

    Tampa

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. Amazing food. Great service.
  40. RB

    RobB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a party of 10 last night that turned into 12. Staff was great at adding another table to accommodate, our server was excellent, the food was incredible and I’ve already booked another reservation for this weekend for a birthday dinner with friends. I give this place two enthusiastic thumbs up!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Taverna Costale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 954-3863.

Taverna Costale is rated 4.6 stars by 409 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Taverna Costale

200 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    We are located on Central Avenue, between Second & Third Avenue S.

  • Area

    St. Petersburg

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Fabio Viviani

  • Additional

    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (727) 954-3863

  • Private party facilities

    The Taverna Costale Private Dining Room may accommodate groups up to 20 guests. Our events team will customize food & beverage menus that will best suit your special event & take care of everything from the moment your guests arrive, to the moment they depart. Please reach out to us anytime at: info@tavernacostale.com for more information.

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