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Taverna Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavernasanmarco.com
  • Phone: (904) 398-3005
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday
    11:00AM - 3:00PM Lunch
    5:00PM - 10:00PM Dinner

    11:00AM - 3:00PM Lunch
    5:00PM - 11:00pm Dinner

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

    10:00AM - 3:00PM Brunch & Lunch
    5:00PM - 10:00PM 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: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Atlantic Boulevard
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Taverna
Located in historic San Marco Square, Taverna specializes in handcrafted and Seasonal Italian cuisine. Chef Sam Efron's menus highlight classic Italian flavors while utilizing regional produce and meats, imported ingredients, and house-made pastas and mozzarella. At the bar, Taverna offers handcrafted classic cocktails, local microbrews, and a carefully curated selection of wines from Italy and beyond. Private dining, quick casual lunch service and business lunch deliveries are available. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This was my girl friend and my first visit to your restaurant and I had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and presented in a very artful and appetizing way. Service was perfect! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant with delicious, fresh food and great drinks! One if my favorites in Jacksonville"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Taverna is my restaurant gem in my neighborhood. The staff are friendly and attentive without being in your space. The food is consistently great! My favorite is the chef vegetarian special. While I am not a vegetarian, it is always great and different!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Brunch was excellent, as is lunch and dinner. It has become one of our new favorites."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We had the hangar steak and sautéed mussels, clams and shrimp dish. Both were great. Will be back to eat those again!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I've never had a bad or even mediocre meal here. Went for dinner recently and everyone in our group enjoyed their meals. Dessert was excellent and so was our service. Would highly recommend for dinner. Service at lunch is hit or miss."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great drinks menu, asparagus & poached egg appetizer to doe for! Whole fish was a bit dry and service was distinctly lacking. I'd still go back but not if I was under time constraints - despite arriving early, and letting them know we had to be out at a certain time and 3 reminders, we were still waiting for our checks and boxes long after we wanted to be gone."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Traverna is a high end foodie italian restaurant. My BFF and I love the entire experience every time we dine there!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The grilled salmon entree was perfectly cooked, absolutely fresh, and a generous thick buttery portion with a beautiful vegetable medley that included artichoke hearts, yum ! The vegetarian plate, left to the chef's creation using in season farm to table ingredients was superb ! Our guest's seafood medley and rice was delicious and quickly consumed ! Absolutely fresh and a great dish Taverna is an excellent restaurant... Highly recommended !"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our waiter was rude and made us feel like we were imposing on his time."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding for my friend's birthday lunch."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary based on recommendations and we were not disappointed. Located in the heart of San Marco, Taverna is a smallish beautifully decorated restaurant. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can watch the goings on and dine in comfort. We opted for indoor and had a lovely booth. Our waiter John was mot attentive without being pushy. The corn chowder with scallops was a taste buds delight. Sweet & savory with a hint of heat it made a wonderful start to the evening. The paella made me think I was in Spain again. Shrimp, mussels, chorizo and chicken along with pasta and peas made for a wonderful medley of tastes. The homemade raviolli were also a smash. All in all a magnificent meal!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We took two friends who had never been to Taverna before-- we had, but sadly not in a good while. We were seated promptly and the waiter appeared within moments. Knowing we had just an hour before curtain up on Les Miserables at Theatre Jax, he guided us to good choices, served us quickly, and efficiently handled the bill. The only disappointments were that there is no New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the wine list, and another red wine choice was out of stock. The Tuna Tartare appetizer and Caprese salad did not disappoint. The braised short ribs with cous cous and roasted vegetables were tender and delicious. The salmon and the ravioli were praised by our companions. We need to go back soon!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The hanger steak and salmon were outstanding. The server, Megan, did a wonderful job making my wife's birthday celebration enjoyable, including an excellent dessert to finish off the evening."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Seriously... the best scallops I've ever had. They were fantastic. My wife and I have been to Taverna a couple of times and its just really great food. The atmosphere is great, the food is fantastic, and the wine list is amazing. This is definitely a new favorite of ours."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Wonderful evening! Dining delight! Cool and sleek ambiance. It was our first time at Taverna. I chose the homemade ravioli dish. The dish was a symphony of flavors blended perfectly together. Beautifully presented as well. We did get a cheese assortment appetizer. Cheese portions were smaller than expected."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Had a great steak, the atmosphere was lively but not a party. We have been meaning to get to this restaurant for a couple of years now, and were not disappointed with the trip. Staff was great, prices were fair, food was great. I would recommend this to a friend"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The mozzarella burrata appetizer served with prosciutto, fig, and ciabatta bread was excellent. A must have. The overall flavors and freshness of the food remind me of Italy and the offering of cocktails was unique, too, though pricey. Wasn't a big fan of where we were seated, but the service was good and the servers were attentive."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Fabulous restaurant...always excellent service and quality food with superior taste. The desserts are unique and homemade. The cookie plate is to die for. Everything is presented so wonderfully!!! A must dinner stop."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Taverna is our "Go to restaurant". Our daughter chose where she would like to go of any restaurant in town and she chose Taverna. And once again, it did not disappoint. Megan is our favorite server. She is so very attentive and seems to know what we want before we do. The food is always excellent and the wine list, which changes regularly, always offers very good options at reasonable prices. I love that I can refer friends to Taverna and know that they will be treated well and have a great meal. Thank you Taverna!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant. I had the chicken fettuccini and the chicken was grilled too much and had a burnt taste to it that was over powering, but the pasta was delicious and the Hanger steak my boyfriend had was perfect. Service was a little slow to start but very good overall."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I enjoy their brunch, they have unique items (like breakfast pizza and tangerine mimosas) so, its a something different. The service could be better. Long wait times for drinks and the greeting always sucks. Its a running joke that the hostess at Taverna never says anything to you except for "how many?" She then grabs menus, and beelines for a table, plops the menus down and walks away. I have been to tavernna about 5 times now and it is always the same poor hostess experience. Servers are decent. Food is good. So its a "good restaurant" not great or stellar, but good."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was good and the service great. Our server was helpful and accommodated special requests. The restaurant was too noisy and hard to have a conversation. We left to have coffee and dessert in a quieter venue "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The steak was excellent but although the fries were delicious, I found them to be a little dry and too many of them, They need to balance the ratio. on this dish"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "From out of state. Looking for a place open on Sunday evening, found Taverna. Enjoyed it very much food and service great would go back again if we are in the area."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed the corn rissotto with shrimp with originally called for scallops, but the chef was agreable yo substitute. Love the selection of Portuguise Port wine as aperitif."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was good, but not outstanding, service attentive but quite leisurely, did not have requested wine though it was on the menu. Honestly, these things would not have bothered me as much if the music had not been so loud. We had a hard time carrying on conversation. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Taverna is one of my favorite restaurants. It feels like a neighborhood haunt but with some of the best food in the city. I especially like that they have small dishes and local craft beer choices. Sometimes I make a meal of the sides which are wonderful -- risotto, broccolini, spinach, ... They have the best olive oil for dipping with delicious bread. The cheese plate always offers fabulous choices, like Green Hill a double cream from Sweet Grass Diary -- my all time favorite."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Get the citrus beet salad with scallops added. They provide four large scallops"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Excellent location, good service and great food. Short Ribs with peas puree and pearl onions are amazing Tomato Bisque to die for Anything here is delicious and amazing. A must when at Jacksonville. Great neighborhood"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was our second time here and we enjoyed it very much. The food is very good and just the right portion. My wife loves the spinach salad and she added shrimp this time. The shirt ribs were extremely tender and good as we'll. Recommended for two or small groups."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Despite its expansion, the restaurant has kept its level of service and food. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Celebrated my husbands birthday! The appetizer recommended by our waiter was fresh and absolutely delicious. Creamy mozerella. The main entrees Hanger steak was cooked to perfection and was like butter. The scallops and risotto were fantasic . It was a romantic evening! Go go go!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The sidewalk seating was full when we arrived; so we were seated indoors. Although the menu is not huge, there is substantial variety. We chose the fungi pizza and the scallops. Both were good. The pizza is probably big enough for two, especially if salads or appetizers are ordered."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I have dined at some of the best restaurants in the US from NY city to San Fran and I have to say that Taverna ranks with the best. I have dined here at least twice a month since they opened and I have to say that they put Jacksonville on the culinary map for a place that respects the food and who offer dishes that are both creative and simple in preparation but over the top in flavor and quality. The new menu with paella with pasta was delicious. They put a lot of attention on the list and I have found some great offerings only found here. The service is top notch and the team of Sam and Kiley, Rachel and Brian and the entire wait staff make it a real pleasure to dine with them. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I took my parents to Taverna and the food, setting, and restaurant overall was excellent. Although I was there with a party of three, I have been there both for brunch as well as dinner with a date, each of which was a very pleasant and satisfying experience."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We have dined at Traverna an three evenings in the past six weeks with colleagues. On two occasions were were entertaining prospective faculty members and on the third we had a going-away dinner for a colleague who was leaving our university. All three were impressed with the food, service and ambiance. I can see that if i lived in San Marco it would be a regular neighborhood destination for me."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We came to celebrate a birthday, and received excellent service, flexible attention to honor the special requests of the party and had a lovely evening. We had three kinds of pizza, and the homemade pasta with different sauces, each extremely well done with excellent presentation as well. We sampled an Italian wine that was the recommendation of the server, and it lived up to her pitch. We look forward to the next time!!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Taverna is our go-to San Marco restaurant. It has great food, that is healthy and the portions can be halved which is great. Love the option of comfortable outdoor seating as well."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Thank you to the staff who were very helpful in planning a special event, especially Rachel. Very personal and attention to detail. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/11/2014