Taverna Tonelli

521 Franklin St, Michigan City
(219) 243-7181

Recent Reviews

TJ Frain

Great place! We had our company dinner here and it was fantastic. Great food, good service, and lovely atmosphere. Full bar was super nice and prices weren't to bad at all. I highly recommend.

Susan Stafford

Food is great. Very authentic. The building is very interesting in itself also

Kathleen Wehbe

We came upon this restaurant by chance while staying in Michigan City. What a delightful dining experience. So unrushed, sipping wine, eating olives, listening to live cello music, and then finishing with our fabulous entrees. Will stop in again next time we're in the area.

Brittney S.

Visiting town from Chicago. The staff at Shady Creek Winery recommended we try here for dinner and it was a win! Cute decor on the inside. They were understaffed but communicated that very clearly and the wait wasn't bad for service. Prices were reasonable and my friend swears that she had the best ribeye she's ever had. Great, friendly staff!

Rick R.

Myself, wife and a friend wanted to try this restaurant. We walked in and wow it looked wonderful. I was impressed, until we me the hostess who just so happened to be the owner. She had a permanent scowl on her face and was very rude to us. Well we got seated, but never saw a server for 15 to 20 minutes. Wow! We order some drinks and 15 minutes later we got them. Then the server disappeared for another 20 to 30 minutes. We actually had to go to the bar for another drink. The food was ok, but the service and the way we were treated was unacceptable. I would never go again nor would I ever recommend it to anyone.

Erica E.

Absolute worst experience. Owner is extremely unprofessional as is the staff. They were incompetent and disregarded my reservation. Will not be returning as they treated us like we were a burden more so than a guest. I've never felt more unwelcome and mistreated in a "friendly" establishment.

Debra Kwak

This place is amazing, the food. The hospitality, everything about it is top notch! We were there for our 30th wedding anniversary and even though they said they were short staffed. They never missed a beat. Everything was perfect! Thank you for doing all you do ❤ !


Great atmosphere combined with good service and good eats. The red sauce will please some but not others. The restaurant is a little pricey.

David Wagner

The restaurant was only a quarter full. (7 tables) four people in the group. 3 cooks making one ticket at a time. Our food arrived 45 min after ordering. Food was hot thats the only good i can say

Jay Farris

Excellent scallops! And the lasagna was great too! The atmosphere is very comfortable and the people really welcoming.

Charles Bell

This place was a find! Great resturant. Great food and great service. Atmosphere was fantastic. A sure hit. Will be back.

John J.

I was very pleased with the quality of service and food I received at taverna despite the understandable challenges with restaurant management during covid; the staff worked as a unit and delivered a wonderful dining experience. We ate at the bar and were very well taken care of by the male bartender: beyond adroit skills behind the bar he demonstrated a great understanding of the menu and italian food as a whole. The vodka gimlet was prepared with fresh lime juice and was well balanced. We started with the meatball and they were tender and flavorful; both our starters were served quickly and it was immediately clear bybtheir temperature and quality that they were prepared to order...which is not always the case when dining at bar. The highlight, as always, was the gnocchi: exceptional texture and flavor; I could have had three servings. In additon to the wonderful service and food quality the ambiance and beauty of the restaurant set the mood for a very well rounded dining experience. I was very impressed by the bartender and that the staff as a whole were able to so successfully maintain high caliber service during this challenging time.


The food is excellent and the decor is cozy and rustic. However, be aware that there are zero adjustments to make diners comfortable during covid. We visited today at 4:30 in the afternoon on an unbelievably perfect weather day and asked for outdoor seating. The stern faced hostess said without explanation that they were not seating outside in their huge outdoor patio . OK, we will eat indoors although we're disappointed as we watch other diners up and down the main strip enjoy their outdoor dining at every other restaurant. She leads us to the back area where many open tables await. Can we please have a table for four that is spaced away a tiny bit from other guests? No, she replies...the owner has said those are all reserved for all of today. Long story short we are seated at almost connecting tables to guests on either side of us with maybe 12 inches to spare. I realize we could have and should have turned around and left but didn't as it was so awkward. To be honest we will not be back because it made us very uncomfortable throughout the meal. Even if there was no covid situation we could hear the other diners conversation and they ours. When paying this much for wine and dinner for a party of four it should be more comfortable and at least two feet away from the next table, it almost felt like we were an inconvenience. The service here is just not up to par.

Charles B.

This place is great from the hotess/owner to the waiter and the magnificent food. Don't miss it if you are in Michigan city.

L T.

Stopped in on a trip home from Michigan. Saturday evening so the wait was not unexpected. The place had an interesting atmosphere with live piano. 5 stars for the bartender. He made the perfect Negroni. 2 stars for the food and table service, unfortunately like so many restaurants right now, they appeared to short staffed.

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