Greek Taverna - Montclair
Greek Taverna - Montclair

Greek Taverna - Montclair

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.greektavernausa.com/
  • Phone: 9737462280x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday, Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Levter Ismaillvski
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Delivery, Personal wines welcome, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gates Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Greek Taverna - Montclair
Set in the suburban splendor of Upper Montclair New Jersey, the culinary prowess of Executive Chef Lefter is what gives Greek Taverna its deserved acclaim. Exquisite selection of fresh fish and seafood as well as a fine selection of carnivorous delights. Complete your fine dining experience with a wonderful assortment of authentic Greek Desserts to top off the evening. BYOB and local liquor store will deliver, Takeout, Delivery, Outdoor seating, Private room, catering.
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Greek Taverna - Montclair reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (12)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (7)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great Service
    mynumber1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great place to dine with friend; always great service with great food and a warm atmosphere!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • guest
    guest
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service and food were very good. Portion sizes were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond disappointing
    Love2GotorestaurantsVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was terrible- all our dishes (chicken souvlaki, swordfish, hummus, etc) were bland and tasteless. Service was embarrassingly bad. Waitress came back twice to ask what one of us ordered. It was arctic char. When it came, it was lamb chops. The rest us had finished eating by the time the replacement meal came and it wasn't even arctic char-it was salmon steak.. Manager made no effort to make it right.
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  • Great Restaurant
    GreekTaverna2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The parking is such a welcome change for the area. Easy! The food was delicious. Our server was great with impecable service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food, great service
    Jean
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a great meal at Greek Taverna. Our appetizers-- grilled calamari and a goat cheese and fig dish-- were so plentiful and delicious that we could barely eat our main course. But our main course was delicious too. I had grilled pork chops, my husband had a lamb dish. The service was excellent, attentive but not overly solicitous. I couldn't decide between two sides, and when my meal came, I felt some regret that I hadn't chosen the other, and the host brought me the other side free of charge. I enjoyed it very much, and would most definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • How do you say exceptional in Greek
    jazzjerryVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Greek Taverna is an exceptional restaurant on all counts. The food is outstanding. My wife had the lamb chops that were terrific. I tried an appetizer of baked cheese with apricots and almonds, very rich and wonderful. It really served as dessert. Portions were plentiful. A large salad was enough for four. Service was very friendly and helpful. The server seemed sincere in wanting us to be satisfied. The restaurant is roomy with options for outdoor seating. finally there is free parking. We know that Montclair offers many choices for good dining but it would be hard to beat what the Taverna haas to offer. Definitely a must visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Caro712
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Perfect restaurant for great food at reasonable prices and with large enough portions to easily share dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    SlabbyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We go out to eat for great food and for ambiance. Greek Taverna at least has one of them. We ordered the Shrimp Saganaki and it was really good, very tasty. The only problem is that it had only 4 shrimp and the app was $16. WOW! Pretty expensive. We've had the same dish at another greek place and they had a ton of shrimp at half the price. I had the chicken breast platter, which was great. Loved it! And my date had the chicken soulvaki dish and she loved it too. Both almost the same dish but they were made very well. Hers had a greek salad and some spinakopita, mine had pita and potato slices with lemon and spices. AWESOME! The ambiance was not that great. No table clothes and the tables were light color, should be a deeper look.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Opa!
    sjadadVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Went to Greek Taverna for lunch at about 1:30 pm on a Wednesday in July. We were one of two tables with diners so it was quiet. The food was great! Very fresh and authentic. We plan to return for dinner in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It gets better and better
    Happy7VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have been to Greek Taverna a few times, but this time was outstanding. Because it was a birthday occasion, we ordered the Taverna Chips and the Seafood Grilled appetizer for Two. The chips were hot and crispy, even better than the last time we ordered them and the seafood appetizer was amazing. The grilled octopus was tender and with a subtle smoky taste. The calamari and shrimp were not overcooked. It was an enormous portion and one person commented that she would love to have just that for an appetizer. The moussaka was delicious and more than enough for two meals. The kabobs were tender, juicy and served on rice with a lemony flavor. Service was attentive and prompt. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed with the food or outstanding service. Thanks to Vanessa and others we had great time celebrating a birthday and wedding anniversary. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cannot Hear Yourself Think
    Zone
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Noise=Fair Rating as Opposed to Good. One of our party wears a hearing aid. Appetizers are the way to go, although the fish at the next table looked superb.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get the grill
    Provecho
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    OK menu but the grill here is the star. Any grilled fish, though expensive, is usually quite good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fathers Day Dinner
    steve
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We took our kids and grandkids to this restaurant and could not have asked for any better service and good food. The person who sat us took our appetizer order and although he forgot to place the order he made it up by giving us the most delicious assortment of desserts!! Everyone was very pleasant and we would certainly go back again!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner, great service
    JerseyKVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent food in a warm and energetic atmosphere. Semi-private table was provided for our group of 8. Service was attentive, friendly and professional. Great NJ wine available by the bottle. This is a Montclair favorite destination for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RegularsVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Never disappointed in the Taverna. Always excellent food served by a personable staff, including the owner. In a food-centric town like Montclair, the Taverna is a standout. Plus they have a parking lot (yes, that's a big deal).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice menu
    LetseatVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The usual Greek findings on the menu. The shish-ka-bob was very good and the orzo with lamb was excellent. Portions are very large and if allowed should be shared. Also grilled shrimp appy was great. Took food home.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 183 reviews are from the Greek Taverna - Montclair reviews archive.
  • Great Place
    Guest
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great place with huge portions. Friendly staff, good service. We enjoyed our meal and many left-overs to bring home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    MonicaH
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Service was sooo bad but food was good. They were not attentive to our needs. Never came to check in. After ordering our entrees it took 1 hour to get our food. We ordered hummus and they said they were going to bring us pita bread, our waitress forgot and never came back. So the hummus was just sitting there for a good 20 mins until we flagged down the unattentive waitress who didn't even apologize for not bringing the pita bread. The place is byob so when we got there we asked 2 waiters for an ice bucket for our wine to which both replied "I don't know, I'm new". Seriously?!
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  • Good Experience
    bartlovesmussels
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Came here on an off night, Tuesday evening. Restaurant was pretty empty and it seemed that there was only one waitress for all the tables. Responsiveness could have been better as it took fairly long to go through the payment process (requesting check and then waiting on waitress to charge credit card). I sat in the restaurant for about 2 hours with one other person when I feel like I could have been in and out in about an hour and 15 minutes. Food was pretty good. The fish at all the Greek Taverna places are always winners. Sauteed mussels are nice as well. A little more pricey than it should be if you ask me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, fresh Mediterranean
    Montclairdesignmom
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Consistently fresh, flavorful food. Never been disappointed. Ambiance is not great but space us large & casual so great for groups & kids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    6 of us went for my son's birthday - food was delicious - portions huge - we all took home leftovers. Being of Greek heritage i found the food as good as any home cooked meals would go to again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Free Parking!
    Caro712
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    In Montclair parking has become a big issue. Having a free parking lot with a restaurant is fantastic! The food is great and there is usually no problem getting last minute reservations. The portions are big enough for sharing.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Outfun50
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great food outstanding service, waiter couldn't be any better, always enjoy going there.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Greece
    Steve
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Feel of family - run business. Excellent food and commitment to service. The char - grilled bass was as good as it gets. The pikilia, especially the eggplant dip was very tasty. Highly recommend this restaurant. Perhaps a bit noisy, but the ambience was good in spite of that. BYOB.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Mussels were INSANE! All
    DocZeusVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The Mussels were INSANE! All the food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service but noisy
    TwinMomGetsOut
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great food and friendly waiters. Unusual and attractive decor. Be ready for a big noisy room though. Kid friendly but i saw penty of plenty of people who seemed to be on dates. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Restaurant with Large Portions
    Caro712
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    It was the most crowded I have ever seen and on a very cold, rainy day. It seems the rest of the community has discovered what we already new. This is a great restaurant with large portions enough to share and good food with a big free parking lot. In downtown Montclair that is priceless!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, not so good service
    Linda
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was great, but this time at the restaurant, the service was slow, not attentive and somewhat disorganized. We have eaten here before and the service was very good. This time wasn't great. However, this is a very good restaurant and would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Greek food
    foodie875
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was good and we were able to get a table on a busy Saturday night. They also have parking, which is key in Montclair
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time not a Charm
    Luv2eat45VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Went to the Greek Taverna on a Saturday night and was disappointed after having a great experience during a lunch outing during the week recently. All aspects of the night was uneventful. Service, food, and noise level was not good. Would never go back on a Saturday night and possible stick with lunch when the place is empty. The true sign of a good restaurant is when it's crowded and this place failed. The salad was too salty with too much feta cheese, the pita bread wasn't cooked enough, my chicken platter temperature was not consistent, and the potatoes had some slices cooked and some not browned at all. Talk about night and day from my first visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food quality varied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I ordered a $24 shrimp meal and my friend got a featured Greek dish. We shared a goat cheese and apricot appetizer which was great. My shrimp was a good size but all 6 shrimp were tough and the sauce it was served in was so-so. It seemed to have been reheated. My friend said her meal was good. Portions were large.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for early Saturday dinner
    mynumber1
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Were there early with my family, eight of us. Haloumi, loukanikos, seafood platter, grilled calamari, cheese saganaki for appetizers are a must. Lamb chops, moussaka, lavraki, grilled vegetables, chicken souvlaki, salmon, and shrimps, completed our meal, we had no room for dessert. Our family love this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Greek Food in Area
    foodies88
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We've eaten at many Greek restaurants in the Montclair/Bloomfield area and the Greek Taverna in Montclair is by far the best. The cold appetizer platter for two fed three of us with leftovers. We ate the grilled lamb chops and they were simply delicious. It's very hard not to over-order because everything sounds and tastes great but the portion sizes are very big so use restraint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time and Excellent
    Luv2eat45VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    This was my first time going to Greek Taverna and everything was excellent. Great good, good ambiance, and good service. Definitely plan on coming back in a few weeks if not sooner. The best chicken wrap I ever had and potatoes right on.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant surprise
    greek
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    While I thought the service was a bit slow, I found the food to be very good. The tzatiki was amazing and my chicken souvlaki dish was great as well. If I find myself back in Montclair I will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good solid Greek food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went here for valentines day and we have dined here before. Since it was a holiday The service was a little off but once our waitress came she definitely made up for it and couldn't have been nicer. We split the Greek salad always a great choice and then I had the chicken skewers and my husband had the Bronzini type fish. Was very good!!! This place is no frills, not too romantic but enough to make it a special dining Experience. Love that they have there own parking lot a major plus!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's Day Success!
    BeerAndPancakes
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I surprised my wife with reservations to Greek Taverna for Valentine's Day, and she was quite pleased with my selection. The good, the bad, and the ugly: the food is REALLY GOOD. It was really loud (bad acoustics and high patron occupancy on Valentine's day). The service was a little uncoordinated because there were so many couples were there for the holiday. I don't think that the service would be like that all the time, it was just a really high traffic day on Valentine's day. Having said all of that, the "ugly" wasn't that ugly! I am rather impressed that they were able to service so many tables so effectively on this important day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was poor and we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The service was poor and we were ignored for most of the night. Our food was mediocre at best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greek Taverna - Montclair
    Jerry
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had been there once before but it was worse this time - much worse. Although we had an early (5:30) reservation, the service was poor. Took a long time to take our orders and in both appetizers and main course, the food was not all delivered at the same time. The portions were much to large, and the food generally lacked flavor. The steaks were fair, but I ordered swordfish and it was clearly frozen and awful. I sent my dish back uneaten. Normally if you give your plate back with nothing eaten, they will ask if there was a problem but at Greek Taverna they couldn't be bothered. I also sent them an email the next day to which they did no respond. I will not go back to this restaurant and will not recommend it to friends.
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