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Taverna Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavernasanmarco.com
  • Email: contact@tavernasanmarco.com
  • Phone: (904) 398-3005
  • Hours of Operation: Monday
    11:00AM - 2:30PM Lunch
    5:00PM - 9:00PM Dinner

    Tuesday - Thursday
    11:00AM - 2:30PM Lunch
    5:00PM - 10:00PM Dinner

    11:00AM - 2:30PM Lunch
    5:00PM - 11:00pm Dinner

    10:30AM - 3:00PM Brunch & Lunch
    5:00pm - 11:00pm Dinner

    10:30AM - 3:00PM Brunch & Lunch
    5:00PM - 9:00PM Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Sam Efron
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Happy Hour Tues-Saturday: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Atlantic Boulevard
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Taverna
Taverna restaurant located in historic San Marco square serves seasonal cuisine with European influences, heavily inspired by Italy and Spain. The dishes range from tapas, house made pastas, charcuterie, cheeses, panini's, salads, as well as Neapolitan style pizzas made in our wood burning pizza oven. We also feature over 30 wines by the glass plus a and a large selection of artisanal beers. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We love this restaurant and always enjoy our visit. We frequently go to dinner before the Symphony and the service is always just right regarding timing--not rushed, but attentive to our need to be out on time. The food is always wonderful--never had a disappointing experience--always great experience. I had the special, rack of lamb, and it was spectacular. My husband had the salmon and it is always excellent. Also, the beet salad is always fab. Thanks."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The menu is not overwhelming and they have items for vegetarians. There was a dish on the menu that caught my attention, but it had bacon. I asked if this dish could be prepared w/o bacon and they didn't have a problem with my request. The order was correct. The food tasted fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My wife and I have found a new favorite spot in the Travena! Food was simply amazing and you can't beat the service! They were on point all the way around!! Food isn't cheap but you get what you pay for I promise you that! For you cheap husbands such as myself let your hair and take your wife here! Trust me worth it!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great portions/food was well presented/the server was outstanding and knowledgeable of the meals/preparation/content - great dining experience"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "In recent weeks, I've eaten at Bistro Aix, Biscottis, BBs, and other fine Jacksonville restaurants, My date and I thought the food at Taverna was the best."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food was excellent, but slow to come out of the kitchen. The server did not apprise us while we were waiting. Still, a good restaurant and we will likely return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Nice place in San Marco with easy parking. Great food for lunch and dinner. Service was first class. will come back again."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We support a past comment that it is hard to carry on a conversation. Guess it is good if you want to "hide in the crowd" and have a very private conversation that is "covered" by ambient noise. Food was good, but the fungi pizza was a bit dry."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great good, Chefs outstanding specials, Pleasant service and knowledgeable, Great Bartenders!! Josh made the best muddled Old fashion I've had in a while!! It is always A dining experience no matter what time of Day. Keep it up!! Love Taverna!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The noise level is ridiculous. Food is very good tho. Will not rerun cause u can't carry on conversation Without becoming hoarse."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Flavors are a idle table surprise! We enjoyed the soup and salad and we're not disappointed. My friends who I was introducing to Taverna, has a culinary degree and has travelled extensively. She said she was definitely coming back and bringing her husband. My all time favorite is the Fungi Pizza, such a wonderful blend of cheese, truffle oil, herbs and mushrooms. Wish I lived closer!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Interesting menu and always tempting specials. Great both indoors and out. Had center cut pork chop, thickest I've ever seen and done to perfection. My wife had the salmon and, it too, was done to perfection. Full bar and great wine list."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I made reservations for Brunch. There was a line out the door so I stood in line waiting as the Hostess did her best to take each guest and find them a table. None of those guests had reservations. The main entrance opens into the new Bar area and the first thing you see is a Flat Screen TV up on the wall? Why is the question. A high-end or Savy Bar would focus on the guest experience. not typical TV on wall. Seating is awkward, there is a great back walled booth but...if you are the second guest you get a chair which is actually in the runway of traffic. Stools at the Bar are hard wood with no backs! No changes to the Menu within a 6 month period? Organic, Free Range, Gluten Free, sugar-free options? Taverna is not there yet."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Everything was fantastic - staff, food, wine, all of it. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was my first visit since the expansion and wow! It's beautiful. The food is always completely reliable and this visit did not disappoint. We had the salmon tartare and the caprese....fantastic!! Then I loved the beet salad and the Hangar steak was totally amazing...absolute perfection. My only request would be an expansion of the wine list. Lots of Italians, which are just not my favorite. I did enjoy the Washington state Cab though. Kudos, Taverna. Definitely one of Jacksonville's finest!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was great as well as the ambiance but we were almost late for the symphony because the service was too slow. We told the server and had plenty of time and booked the reservation with plenty if time but it just didn't happen. Nevertheless we will return and give Taverna another chance to do a better job of serving us."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "As usual the food we ordered (soups, pizzas, cheese and meat platters) was outstanding. We were a party of 6 and the restaurant was crowded so service was slower than usual. But still a very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have now been for brunch and dinner and it was great both times!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Our waitress was very nice and helpful with all of our questions."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food is good, however we missed to get "buffalo mozzarella " Ambience could be easy improved by having table sheet, candle..."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I have dined at Taverna on many occasions and usually it is just with my wife and daughter, but this time we dined with friends who we hadn't seen in a very long time and the setting was different. They truly did a good job reading what we needed and despite a busy brunch, we never felt rushed to leave our table after we had finished! TRULY FIRST CLASS."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My wife and I were very pleased with the food quality and service."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Lovely atmosphere. Our party received noticeably slow and awkward service. Myself and my dining companions were satisfied with our meals (overall) but all agreed that it was an average dining experience and would not rush to return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Overall my wife and I was very pleased with the service, the staff seated us although we were 45 minutes early. They good was superb."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Fantastic night! Thanks to the staff for making our first anniversary special."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I had the orecchiette pasta.....truly the best pasta dish I have EVER eaten!!! My husbands chicken dish was also excellent. Everything from appetizers to dessert were great....and our waiter was very friendly and attentive. This is our new favorite place to dine."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This restaurant could be much better. The hostess seated us and I placed the napkin on my lap. Later she handed me a black napkin but the dark pants were already covered with lint. Soup was served without a spoon which the server then had to go after before we could eat. Food was quite good yet not the best in town although the prices were comparable to my two favorite restaurants that are much better. My impression at the end was that the restaurant needs to either dress up its food and service or lower the price of the food."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Good food. Professional, friendly wait staff. I've read a number of reviews. Our experience was good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Loved Taverna! My husband and I went with two other couples for a fabulous dinner and evening out. Our server Matt was very experienced with the menu details and explained the mission of the restaurant and food sourcing for all of the dishes we ordered. The food was just exceptional. Three of us ordered the fish special... the red snapper was to die for. The simplest of things: the sautéed spinach, prepared to perfection addictingly flavored with garlic, shallots and olive oil. A true gem of a restaurant!!! We can not wait for our next visit to Taverna."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "excellent food and service. best food we have had out in awhile."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Upon arrival, we told our server that we had slightly over an hour before leaving for a play. He didn't come back for 14 minutes and that was just to get our drink order. Needless to say, the meal was late and a very tasty dinner was rushed. We barely made it to the show. It wasn't crowded because we ate relatively early. Will go to Wine Cellar next show night...time has never been an issue there."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The Food was awesome . We watched as the other waitstaff were extremely attentive to their tables, even to check on how we were doing ."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "After reserving a private table two weeks in advance, I was given a seat closest to the door on a cold Valentine Day. My girlfriend and I were not happy about this dilemma."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were a little late for our 10:15 PM dinner reservations, but all was well. The service and the food were impeccable!! We were very hungry by the time we arrived, so the server helped get our drinks and food served without delay. Always excellent service and fabulous food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Taverna is a great place to visit in the lovely San Marcos district of Jacksonville. Everything we had was delicious, including the bread which had herb infused olive oil as an accompaniment. The Manhattans had bourbon soaked black cherries and were divine. I liked that you could choose smaller or larger versions of some of the entrees, which were delicious. I strongly recommend the sweet potato empanadas for dessert. I have never had a better dessert item."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Started with a Prosecco and the cheese plate (Brillat Savarin). Great flavors (super-creamy cheese with an earthy note) served with crostini, grapes, honey, almonds and fig compote. Shared a Moscow Mule. Great blend of ginger, lime and vodka. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her scallops (half order with 3 large scallops, seared on the outside and perfectly moist on the inside). The polenta was ok, but the scallops were the star. I had the chicken (moist and flavorful) but the base of brussel sprouts, walnuts, apricots, mushrooms and walnut puree took the dish to the next level. Finished with Chocolate Pave, a chocolate treat without being too sweet. Our waitress, Christin, was the perfect blend of helpful and attentive, without being intrusive."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This was my second time dining here, and the second time the food was disappointing. The first time we waited almost an hour for our food to come out. I ordered the scallop risotto and it was awful. The risotto wasnt cooked properly and the scallops were cold and very salty. The second time I ordered the house made fettuccini, and while the pasta itself was nice and fresh, it was extremely dry and bland. It had very little of the creamy tomato sauce. I asked for extra to be brought out but it didn't have much flavor. Although the food was a let down, the service was great and the staff were apologetic for our bad food experience, and gave us complementary chocolate pudding for dessert which was quite tasty."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Went to the Sunday Brunch. Food was good as it always has. Waitress was fine, but the kitchen was slow in preparation."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The new entrance and flow into the restaurant is little clunky as the old entrace is now an exit only. Once inside, the new decor really looks nice, and creates more initimate table spacing / limited line of sight atmosphere, a big improvement over the prior layout. The menu is good, and the number of choices is not overwhelming. The wine list is a bit over the top - ample and then some with several silly priced choices. Outside of Matthews, this is your only other high quality dining on the Square. Indochine is more casual/informal."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "My husband and I were looking for a new restaurant to try and Taverna's was our choice of restaurant for Saturday's evening dinner out. We loved our food... my husband ordered Pizza and me the Salmon. Both dishes were prepared different than the norm but very outstanding, indeed. Our server was gracious and attentive to all of our needs. I guess, we have a new favorite restaurant in Jacksonville and here highly recommend Taverna's for a most outstanding dining experience!!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014