Taverna Bistro
Taverna Bistro
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Taverna Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tavernabistro.com/
  • Phone: 4087359971
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00 pm -10:00 pm, Thursday - Saturday : 5:00 pm - 1:00 am, Sunday: 3:00 pm -10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Mediterranean, Turkish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: **Organic Mediterranean Catering**

    Our experienced Catering team provides personalized service to ensure you next private or company event is a success! Please call us at 408-735-9971 to speak to one of our catering coordinators.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Evelyn
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Taverna Bistro
**Organic Mediterranean Cuisine**

We are proud to serve only Niman Ranch which is a pioneer in producing %100 natural gourmet meat from animals that have been raised humanely, without any antibiotics or added hormones, gluten free and taste like no other.

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Taverna Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Our girlfriends had a birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Our girlfriends had a birthday party and we decided to go out and try it. WE LOVED IT. Everything was great. We are definitely going back.
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    special occasion
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  • good food, quick service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Great place to eat. Server was attentive, food came out quick and the food is delicious. Definitely try the lahmacun.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Chicken Kabob was ok.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    The Chicken Kabob was ok. Chicken was not cooked. Didn't taste the chicken spice. It was bland. Veggetables were overcooked.
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  • On historic South Murphy Avenue
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    On historic South Murphy Avenue in Sunnyvale, this is one of the best Mediterranean food restaurants in the South Bay. A large hot pita is baked for you on the spot and served complimentary instead of the usual bread and butter. The entrees are delicious; try the filet mignon or the combo plate. There are also versions of Turkish pizza (pita) for a nice change and a quick meal if you're in a hurry and don't have much time or money to spend.
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  • After really slow and unfriendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    After really slow and unfriendly service the server never came back so we could pay, luckily we were able to pay cash so we didn't have to wait for the credit card pick up and bring back. We both just sat with our mouths open at the unbelievable amount of time we waited and embarrassed by the blatant unhappiness of more than one servers. Do they only work for tips there? Impossible as I tipped my server 35% last time I was there and didn't even get a thank you. Dish dash I'll never cheat on you again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Lamb Shank was full of
    Wendy
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    The Lamb Shank was full of flavors and the salmon tasted fresh (though slightly dry.) Service was friendly and attentive. Definitely returning for more visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Mediterranean food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Excellent food, service and ambience!! This is extremely underrated, the food is scrumptious and organic, it tasted great and we felt great afterward! This place stands above other Mediterranean restaurants in the area, much nicer in terms of food quality than a well known competitor down the street!
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Best of Downtown Sunnyvale
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Taverna Bistro is a stand-out among other restaurants in the trendy S. Murphy Avenue downtown area of Sunnyvale. Quite a variety of Mediterranean dishes, from salads to the excellent filet mignon kabob entree. The waite staff is very congenial and listens carefully to how you wish the dish prepared. While groups can be boisterous, it's also a lovely place for a romantic dinner for just two.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never been disappointed by Taverna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    I invited about 16 friends to my birthday party at Taverna. Many hadn't been there before. But once they tasted the food they were very impressed. I think you'll have a lot of repeat customers amongst them. The service was great. We were a little squished but otherwise very well tended to. I loove the dolmathes, the bread and hummous you get while waiting for the food, and the appetizer meze. I've never been disappointed by the food here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once again a great time and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    Once again a great time and great food. Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would have given 5 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    I would have given 5 stars because the food is so delicious. Minus two stars because the table next to our table was cleaned with Windex while we were eating. It really destroys the taste of food to have harsh cleaning scents floating over to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice ambiance, great food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Nice ambiance, great food, decent prices, but service was lacking. Our large party felt neglected at the start and finish. When it came time to pay, we were told that they would only allow 3 credit transactions which was a real headache for 10 people. Felt like they took our tip money for granted and gave bare minimum service. Maybe our experience would have been better with a smaller party. I will go back for the great food but in smaller numbers. Big parties look elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Gem
    FoodloverdivaVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    The Organic Beef Skewer was perfectly prepared and quality of meat was outstanding. Delicious meal, spiced well. My friends had the Salmon and Bass which they loved as well. Service was friendly, place was quiet on a Saturday evening around 8:30pm, hope they get more business as their food is amazing! They do have a Hot Spot Hookah Lounge in the back patio, playing great music and it's always packed and happening with friendly customers. I highly recommend this place.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The food was good but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    The food was good but the service was not. Bread that should have come with the appetizer arrived at the table at the exact same time as our dinner salads. No plates were cleared before the dinner arrived meaning that we had to move things around and hold the plates until the waiter had hands empty to take them from us. I was left with no fork with dinner and had to get one myself from another empty table since I couldn't get the waiters attention.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We booked a last minute party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    We booked a last minute party for 5 people. We arrived and the table was ready, service was great, food wonderful. When booking online I put a note that we have a birthday girl without expecting much. It was extremely nice of the restaurant to surprise a birthday girl with a little cake and a candle. These small things make a big difference. We'll be definitely back!
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    kid-friendly
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  • Great menu, tasty food
    rcne
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    We love this Mediterranean bistro on Sunnyvale's historic Murphy Street. The menu provides an array of wonderful choices; the server was very patient when we took our time deciding. At 6:15 on a weekday we were the first to dine but when we left it was humming. Early diners can choose from outdoor dining to indoor booths or tables. Four of us were comfortable at a small booth. Food presentation is attractive, portions are generous, and flavors are delicious. We were each happy with our orders: grilled wild salmon, chicken kabobs, lamb burger, and falafel. The restaurant prides itself on its organic ingredients and "100% natural gourmet meat from animals that have been raised humanely, without any antibiotics." Recommended - we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at Taverna was delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    The food at Taverna was delicious! My boyfriend and I have recently moved to the area and Taverna was a spur of the moment decision to explore the Sunnyvale dining scene. My lamb and beef gyro wrap was wonderful and the hummus was incredibly fresh. I especially loved the soft flat bread that was served with it. The service was outstanding, not overly attentive but very friendly. We would definitely return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outside patio :(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2012
    I hade not been here for sometime. I was dissapointed that they changed the outside patio area. The ambiance was once very beautiful and exotic with the pillows and fire pits. Now it looks very crammed with tables and definitly not romantic or pleasant on the eyes. The service happened to be very poor. It took about ten mins to be acknowledged by the server and when we finally had to ask for water. We only received one. We were a party of 2. The food and drinks were great as was the hookah. Had my date not been great I probably would have left after the ten min wait. Definitely should reconsider bringing back the old look.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food at a reasonable
    arcsynergy
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    great food at a reasonable price-love the brick over bread!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, the quality of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    Overall, the quality of food was not special. They didn't have the items that were on the menu available such as lamb shank (this was on a saturday night that we went to the place). The appetizer bread was excellent but the rest of the meal was really lacking.
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  • First time at this restaurant.
    akodaVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    First time at this restaurant. The people there are very nice, great menu. Lentil soup was fabulous. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is my second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    This is my second time at Taverna Bistro. Liked it again! Will definitely come back. The place is small and quiet, the service outstanding, food is so delicious. We had fish and one person - meet. Make sure to try their backed in the oven bread!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • I've dined here in the past
    LikestoDineOutVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    I've dined here in the past and had really good service. Not sure if it was because it was NYE, but the service was horrible! I will think twice about going here again. The woman in the table next to us actually had to get up and grab the waitress for attention.
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  • We wanted a non-traditional
    jeany
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    We wanted a non-traditional Christmas dinner & chose Taverna Bistro based on OpenTable reviews. We were very impressed with their food. We tried their Moussaka & Lamb Shish-ka-bob - both were excellent. The lamb was tender & served medium rare - just right! Also had their eggplant salad to start with & it was very tasty as well. Highly recommended for those who like Greek-Turkish foods & others feeling adventuresome!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Their Filet Mignon kabob was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    Their Filet Mignon kabob was like a juicy steak on a stick...amazing!!! The alexander dish that I had was not great. So I wanted my husband's filet.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • The food was so good, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2011
    The food was so good, and our waitress was really nice to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Turkish/Mediterranean/Middle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/30/2011
    Great Turkish/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dishes. I went there as a group of 8, waiter was very friendly and dishes were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taverna Bistro... Just Go There!
    Robert
    Dined on 9/18/2011
    I took my wife there for her birthday dinner. Our server was very friendly and had great suggestions on what to order. The filet mignon kebab dinner was PHENOMENAL!!! I also got to taste the lamb, which was what another one of out party members was having and it was really good too. They also have the best baklava I've ever tasted.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Taverna Bistro has become
    fluffymeowVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2011
    Taverna Bistro has become one of our favorite restaurants in the South Bay.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2011
    The service was attentive and friendly. The lamb shank was delicious; however, the side dishes it was served with, rice and spinach, were bland. Also lacking in flavor was the Taverna salad, which is too bad considering that the greens and tomatoes in it were very fresh. It seems like the restaurant puts a lot of emphasis on making its main dishes flavorful but doesn't put enough focus on making sure appetizers and sides are equally flavorful. Overall, we had a good experience, but with a little more attention to detail, this restaurant could be much better than what it is.
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  • I have enjoyed Taverna Bistro
    Someone2CountOnVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2011
    I have enjoyed Taverna Bistro both for lunch and for a group dinner. The food is always delicious. The service is great. The other day the server offered my friend a sample of the Baba ghanoush so we could try it before ordering. It was amazing so of course we ordered and enjoyed it. I've never had a bad meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chicken is great. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2011
    The chicken is great. The service should be improved. Had to wait very long for check
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back!
    rcne
    Dined on 8/21/2011
    Our group of 6 (age 16 to 84!) was each pleasantly surprised by our 1st visit to Taverna Bistro. We were a bit challenging, first postponing our reservation by about half an hour, and then arriving with 6 rather than 5 people. Restaurant staff rose to the challenge, prepared a new table, and seated us within 5-10 minutes. Our server was friendly, accommodating, and informative. We each enjoyed a delicious meal, including the perfect small plate combination, a hefty burger, and the wonderful wild salmon entree. Although the generous portions resulted in several bags of leftovers, we couldn't resist trying the baklava - which was excellent. My parents have returned to Florida, but my husband and I (with or without the teens) will be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a nice place and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2011
    It was a nice place and the food was good...better than I expected. I think the appetizer plate where you were able to try everything was wonderful. I was not impressed by the wine list...could do better in that department.
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  • Taverna Bistro = good time
    stormtrooper
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    Really enjoyed Taverna Bistro. My husband & I met another couple and, as I requested, we were able to sit outside. The waiter was very personable and helpful. I was going to order an entree that seemed interesting, and he warned me it was rich and might not be what I was expecting, so I ordered my second choice (salmon) which was excellent. Wine is available in both half and full bottles, and by the glass.
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    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love, love, love the flat
    Nicky48
    Dined on 7/16/2011
    Love, love, love the flat bread - freshly cooked - and the hummus.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was pretty much of a disappointm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2011
    It was pretty much of a disappointment for us. The wait staff was superior; very attentive and conscientious. The problem was with the kitchen and chefs. I received a badly overdone piece of fish and after I sent it back the chef told the server to inform us that it was just the way they do it there. More interest in acting defensive than pleasing the customer. The BabaGanoush was extraordinarily wonderful though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Forget the line at Dish Dash
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    Had the lamb kabobs, which were huge and heavenly. The lamb was cooked to perfection. The vegetables (squash, broccoli and carrots) were also prepared well, not overdone at all. The kabobs were served on a bed of rice (not sure which kind), which seemed a tad on the light side, serving-wise, but as I couldn't even finish the succulent lamb pieces, I'm not complaining now. My husband had the stuffed cabbage leaves, which he hasn't eaten since he was a kid. Didn't sample their wines this time, but will definitely have a bottle of red the next time I order their lamb (and, believe me, there will be a next time). Skip the line at Dish Dash and head down the street to Taverna. We're glad we did!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great meat and vegetarian dishes.
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    Love the Combo appetizer with the giant flatbread. Vegetarian Mousaka and Filet Mignon both awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good...and unusual.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    The food was good...and unusual. The prices were fair. The service was not great. We used a certificate, which mandated an 18% gratuity, so the server got lucky that night. Otherwise, the tip would have been less. We had to ask for things twice. Finally, my husband looked around the restaurant and found a water pitcher so we could fill our water glasses.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate