Axia Taverna

4.6
721 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
Axia Taverna features an exciting Greek menu that has earned rave reviews from NJ foodies since its opening in 2006. Casual elegance reigns at Axia with its sleek, modern layout, and "powerfully inviting interior." Executive Chef Alex Gorant modernizes the typical suburban dining experience by grouping dishes into small plates and big plates. Axia features a full bar and sommelier-chosen Greek vintages. Axia received three star reviews from both the Bergen Record and Crain's New York and has been notably reviewed by the New York Times and by Zagat. Axia Taverna...for lunch, dinner, cocktails, or private events.
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always!

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AnnetteB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience4

It has beautiful Aegean island style decor, beautiful building with outdoor area and an ambiance that holds so much potential. The food however was disappointing. The appetizers were tasty (horiatiki, grilled octopus and loukaniko). The main entrees were horrible - serving bifteki in an English muffin as a hamburger (chopped meat served at medium when we asked for well done); lemon potatoes (a Greek dinner staple) that were not authentic lemon potatoes but simply roasted potatoes; a really great pork chop that was too salty and a grilled branzino that was unseasoned served with broccoli rabe that was bitter because it wasn’t boiled to get the bitterness out. The dessert was certainly not Greek. Baklava with a ton of cinnamon and hardly any walnuts that seemed like a failed attempt at a first time baker and a galaktompouriko that was dry with the semolina being heavy custard (a beginner’s fail)and no syrup….like none….the dessert is custard, phyllo and syrup. That’s it. That’s like apple pie missing the apples. I wanted to love this place and have that one Greek place that was my go to. Unfortunately it was a dub unless they get better cooks and a legitimate Greek baker which every Greek diner in NJ has. I’m so confused by this place being so pricy and so mediocre. I can’t eat ambiance.

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vipUESCritic
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The selection of white wine by the glass was simply not in keeping with the restaurant (especially since their main decor feature are beautiful wine rack displays. As for the food, the salads were a far cry from acceptable, Branzino was great while the Red Snapper was tough. Not a place that we would return to.

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vipDisappointed
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food is tasty and of high quality….We sat outside and it was a pleasant experience. We arrived at 6:30 and our main meal was not served until 8:30 pm. No reason was given.

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Markos
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is authentic and high-quality, but uniformly overpriced, like many such places.
Would go there only if willing to “splurge”.

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LeoP
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good value. One could dine by ordering just a wide selection of appetizers. My partner ordered the branzino, and it was especially good.

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vipSusanR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Usually Axia is our go to place. But the red snapper was not cooked. It was inedible. And the Dover Sole was overcooked and tough. Also not deboned. For $52 you would expect a well cooked fish.
It’s great that it’s crowded and doing so well, but the service was slow.

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JoannaN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was very good, but a little bit overpriced. It was very long time waiting for a service and food. Very nice outside seating with colorful paintings on a parking area.

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CatherineT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

REALLY DELICIOUS FOOD, MADE RESERVATIONS 2 DAYS BEFORE AND WAS ABLE TO RECEIVE THE ACCOMMODATIONS.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Waitress failed to tell us the specials.

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vipDccar
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the lamb chops and grilled chicken. Everything was great and greek style. We arrived earlier and good thing as it was getting busy by 7 pm. Service was good. The place itself is nice and many safe features including plexiglass between tables.

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EDDIE
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always dependable. Service a little slow since place was very busy.

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KarenK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and service

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vipBFITZ
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined inside in a modern attractive space. They have also converted the parking area into a very colorful dining space. I understand that they hired students to paint the asphalt which adds tremendous color and totally transformed their outdoor seating area. The food was delicious and their service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Consistently excellent…from the food to the service. Axis delivers a comfortable elegance that keeps me coming back

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vipJoyM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Octopus was excellent. We had a great bottle of Greek Cabernet....very reasonably priced. The Outdoor dining area is lovely and well distanced from other tables. The waiter was very friendly and accomodating.

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vipCetts
New York Area
161 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed an enjoyable early Sunday dinner at this restaurant yesterday. It was our first time dining here and were extremely impressed. We ate inside in the beautiful dining room as it was just too hot to eat outside. Service was excellent! We enjoyed a reasonably price bottle of red Greek wine. There was a really nice selection of wine both buy the bottle sent by the glass. We also enjoyed the Stuffed grape leaves appetizer and our meals call today lame and roast chicken. We look forward to dining at this restaurant again and hopefully can experience the beautiful outdoor patio.

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vipAspyri
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent place to eat superbly and have a good time. The food, ambience and service are top of the line. Tim - the manager and wine connoisseur par excellence - makes sure it all goes smoothly and overlooks his staff with care demanding the best they can give. Great place since day one and continues to be top notch all these years. We're big fans.

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WKaren
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting and atmosphere. Food was spot on! Will come back again!

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WilmaG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crusted salmon
Orzo in a clay pot
Baklava
meatball appetizer

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maggy1
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent main meals

although the starters and dessert were also excellent -- the portions were smaller than at Greek restaurants in Astoria for example

Never the less Axia is highly recommended.

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EDDIE
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Axia many times and it never fails to please.

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vipmarcb
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is so good, the service so friendly I could come here every day. The fish is fresh, great appetizers- the special lobster salad had so much flavor. The greek salad is just perfect. The drinks are excellent and arrive quickly. Save room for the desserts. I thinks it's one of the best restaurants in NJ

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vipMTCC
New York Area
175 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful dinner at their outside area. Delicious food and wine!!

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vipjoyceK
Naples
111 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is delicious at Axia.We enjoyed their fried cheese appetizer along with several orders of spanakopita. The roasted chicken was so delicious as was the vegetables and potatoes they served. Definitely a place to return to often!

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desmd
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axia has weathered the covid-storm, and emerged with service, food, and ambiance all as wonderful as ever. And the new bar area is a stunner, with the rays of the setting sun refracting through the bottles, infusing the entire area with a welcoming glow. Once again our special go-to spot!

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joyce
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

We purposely sat inside because of predicted heat wave for the weekend. They seated us upstairs.
Unfortunately, it was very warm. The waitress said several times she would get someone to turn on the AC. Finally he came, and then couldn’t start it. He called someone else. That man did get it to kick on but we could barely feel it.
Meanwhile, my husband’s order came out well done and had to be sent back. They redid it.
Throughout the time we were there, there was not one apology for the heat or getting the order wrong.
Service was poor. Sometimes we saw our server and sometimes we didn’t.

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vipWillajane
New York Area
203 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Lively crowd. Kitchen a bit slow but overall great.

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Smnz
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night! The food was delicious and the ambience they have created outside is absolutely beautiful and the service was attentive without being too much.
We will make this a regular spot.

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Shazzie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and we were not rushed. We had the Horitiki and Herackles salads, appy of the pea puree, salmon dish and Chilean sea bass special. The food was so fresh! And the outdoor parking lot was painted so it was like we were in the Wizard of Oz! Well done to Tenafly HS who made that happen. #supportlocal

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was great at the bar. Nice relaxing spot.

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vipwarrenart
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very very noisy!!!

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TeresaR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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vipDrDavid
New York Area
215 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food in every dish. The thin, crisp fried zucchini chips serve as a great opening for the whole table of 3-4. Octopus appetizer is a tasty classic, the lamb chops perfectly cooked, and baked scallops sweet, moist, and tender. Service was impeccable even at dinner on a busy Mother’s’ Day.

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vipBernaB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing here. Every dish was stellar.

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vipDccar
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service everything was wonderful. We are returning customers.

DM
vipDMOH
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual

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Nannov
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had 12:30 lunch reservations for Friday. When we got there they were closed. I received a text confirmation only an hour before our reservation to confirm it. Don’t understand what happened but it was closed when we got there. We stopped back at 2:30 to speak to owner he had no idea they were closed at 12:30 as he had just got there and assumed they had been open. We were not the only table that showed up for lunch there were other customers who had reservations and were surprised to see it closed 🤷🏻‍♀️

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vipAspyri
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable to have great food and great service!

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vipNessaB
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised to discover this lovely spot tucked away in the back of town. Axia is nicely decorated and maintained, rambling town-house with a cute bar area, and new outdoor dining in the former parking lot with lots of cheerful, crisp, blue and white striped umbrellas.

The quality of the food was excellent, so I give them a pass on the cuisson, because they were quite busy, and pandemic rules mean everyone has got their hands full. Plus, the service was great, they kept the drinks and bread coming, the meze dips and sides were delicious.

We had the taramosalata, the tzatziki and the eggplant dips, with warm pita slices to start, up next, sadly our two $17/ea. jumbo prawns arrived overcooked and were quite dry. For mains, my scallops were fresh but came rare and needed salt, the sea bass was also dry, but sides of roasted potatoes, spinach rice and brussels sprouts were all excellent.

Overall, I would recommend. Good white wine, friendly masked servers, and a lively ambience made this place feel really special. I am sure on a day of less perfect weather, or perhaps not a newly-busy Saturday night at rush hr, the kitchen could absolutely turn out perfect versions of the temperature-sensitive fish dishes. Can't wait to give them another try!

FAQs

Axia Taverna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 569-5999.

Axia Taverna is rated 4.6 stars by 721 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.