Taverna
Taverna

Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavernasanmarco.com/
  • Phone: 9043983005x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday
    11:00AM - 3:00PM Lunch
    5:00PM - 10:00PM Dinner

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

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

    Sunday
    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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Taverna reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (66)special occasion (44)great for outdoor dining (40)great for lunch (36)great for brunch (35)romantic (28)notable wine list (26)good for groups (22)hot spot (20)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (10)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Smallest Raviolis ever
    BboyermarshallVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I ordered the ravioli in the appetizer portion being told there were 4 or 5 raviolis. These were the smallest raviolis I have every seen, maybe an inch diameter. Note that they would have been the same size had I ordered the dinner portion, only more of them. They were so small that I could not taste what was inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    FoodieLuv
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was very good here. The appetizers were amazing. Great service. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    jeff
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We traveled far from ponta vedra to go for dinner . well worth the drive. Food was great and worth the money we paid. The only down fall of the night was the parking but that was no fault of the restaurant. We will definitly go back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    Stirfer
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was amazing! The server was very pacient and attentive. The food was served very fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Taverna
    Gingerdog53
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It took a long time to get wine from the bar; gazpacho tasted like ketchup, meatball appetizers Ok, but nothing to write home about. A better election of small plates would be nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food!
    Please
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ordered the steak special and the muscle, clam and shrimp entree! Both were amazing! We also ordered a great Italian wine and even got dessert. It was date night for us and the server respected our privacy but still met our every need.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great front of room
    mdinflVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Discuss food next. Requested outside table which unfortunately could not initially happen. Was seated in the room and later the hostess came to our table and asked if we would like to move outside. Of course we did, pleased that she remembered us. Calamari starter was well seasoned with lots of tentacles. Highlight of the dinner was the smoked chicken over a plethora of fresh vegetables.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently god
    Robro
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Taverna is an excellent venue. Service and food are always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal at Taverna
    FoodieJaxVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. The cobb salads were fantastic and the grilled salmon on top was absolutely delicious. A must place to eat in Jacksonville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience
    Yumtum
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went for Sunday Brunch. Great service, great food. Highly recommend the lemon ricotta pancakes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just okay...
    joopnightVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Got a last minute reservation at this beautiful restaurant on Saturday night. The service was not bad. The problem was the food. The options for vegetarians seemed like a lot, but there were taste issues (blandness). The pizza was not good and the orrichette was tasteless. Decor was wonderful and drinks were good and staff were nice. Wouldn't go back though for dinner...but maybe brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • San Marco Option
    FLFoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very limited menu that seldom changes but each item is perfectly prepared. Will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    Drizzle1972
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I took my wife to dinner for her birthday. The food was average (for the price); the service was a bit slow and unimpressive. I was surprised to see the waitstaff in t-shirts. They were supposed to surprise my wife with dessert, but that didn't happen. I will give them a second chance in the future; maybe they were having an off night.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • renee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great table next to the window. Best cheese plate in town!! Great music, not too loud. Wonderful food and service. A great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Boutique Restaurant!
    Tina
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Taverna is a wonderful place for a casual meal or romantic evening. The food is always excellent and the wine list unique and extensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    BrainVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The evening was enjoyable and the service was notable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well run
    RonSVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good food, but a limited menu. Won't please everyone, but our party was satisfied. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    FoodieJaxVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and service. The roast chicken was the best ever! And the pizza was delicious. Will be back once a week if we can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time and pleased
    SharonInJax
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My son recommended we have dinner here, and I am so glad that he did. The heat of August in Jax made the outdoor dining not an option, but I bet it would be lovely on a cooler, at least less hot day. Food was excellent, specialty drinks were awesome, wine list was tempting, and the service was great. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food / Service perfection!
    TomBVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Love the food here! If you like Italian.... it's great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Beautiful restaurant with delicious, fresh food and great drinks! One if my favorites in Jacksonville
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood choice
    HeadofHappiness
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best,
    RRjaxVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Brunch was excellent, as is lunch and dinner. It has become one of our new favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had the hangar steak and sautéed mussels, clams and shrimp dish. Both were great. Will be back to eat those again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good food
    NNNK21
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for casual but good food
    RitaRoo
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesone
    PamB
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Traverna is a high end foodie italian restaurant. My BFF and I love the entire experience every time we dine there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Outstanding Dinner!
    FoodieJaxVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our waiter was rude and made us feel like we were imposing on his time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Lunch
    Robert1VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food and service were outstanding for my friend's birthday lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    DocMark
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect pre-theatre dinner
    Tsutziq
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCELLENT Food & SERVICE
    Robert1VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best scallops I've ever had
    ThomasVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dining delight!
    Neil
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food Outstanding Service
    taverna
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Italian Food
    Steven
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED Taverna
    xmas
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    iluvgoodfoodandgoodwineVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.