Dafni Greek Taverna

4
2421 Reviews
$30 and under
Greek
Dafni Taverna, conveniently located in the heart of Times Square and the theatre district, provides a dining experience reminiscent of a small village in Greece. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, from the beamed ceiling to the wood plank floor, from the exposed brick wall to the soft Greek music playing in the background. Guests enjoy the hospitality and fine home cooking that the country is famous for. The restaurant serves authentic Greek cuisine, prepared simply and deliciously, using only the freshest and purest ingredients. The menu starts with a large selection of hot and cold meze, and an array of classic salads, as well as a few innovations. Entrees include many of the traditional dishes, a selection of charcoal-grilled meats and fish, and a few intriguing additions, such as grilled quail on a bed of spinach, and braised lamb shank with hilopites (a type of pasta). Delicious, homemade baklava, galaktoboureko and rice pudding are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen.
What 2421 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.1
service
3.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
c
vipclairey
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A warm welcoming staff awaits. The menu is varied and the is quite tasty. Brunch is an enjoyable dining experience and service is attentive and commendable.

N
Nancy211
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great midtown and theater area restaurant. Varied menu of authentic Greek dishes with something for everyone at appealing prices. Crowded and a bit noisy until theater patrons leave then much more relaxed. Staff is attentive and accommodating. We’ve eaten here three times and always enjoyed the experience.

ML
vipMLSNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, everything fresh, delicious with generous portions. They know how to handle a pre-theater crowd.

c
chackie
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great food and service. If you love Greek food, Dafni is a wonderful find and is a very convenient location to the Theatre District. Great place.

L
vipLawrencek
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, with a great selection.
Wonderful service, good value

AP
AlanP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOOD WAS GREAT, SERVICE WAS PROMPT AND COURTEOUS. REASONABLE PRICES, GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. NICE DECOR. FOOD WAS GREAT, SERVICE WAS PROMPT AND COURTEOUS. REASONABLE PRICES, GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. NICE DECOR.FOOD WAS GREAT, SERVICE WAS PROMPT AND COURTEOUS. REASONABLE PRICES, GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. NICE DECOR.

A
Amandeep
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good Ambience, Not expensive, service is little slow if you are coming for a Lunch on a weekday you expect things to serve little quickly

F
vipFloridadiner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service awful and the food worse. They could care less. Went pre-theater and food was awful.

JE
JohnE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was worried that because of the location, the food would be par and over priced. It was a great meal and service was quick. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

CT
vipCTfoodie
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We've been coming here for years. This is our go-to restaurant when seeing a show. Food is delicious, service is spot on. A perennial favorite.

L
Luv2eat
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Everything went so smoothly and dinner was delicious

J
Jolanta76
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

I have been to Greece and I love their food, but my experience at the tavern was disappointing. Food was served cold and the octopus had to be grilled on dirty, burned grill. It was not good at all.

The main dish, sea bass was tasty but served cold. The vegetable that was served with it was not seasoned at all. WILL not go back.

Dessert, traditional Greek walnut cake... had a potential, but it was defiantly not fresh, served straight from a refrigerator, way too cold. And it came with the whip cream from the can.. really Greece people serve it this way??? Overall, very disappointing.

GJ
vipGaleJ
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We have been eating at this restaurant for many years. Love their daily soups and fresh fish. However, this visit was one of the worst experiences we have had at any restaurant. After ordering our usual favorites, we waited more than an hour for our food. Other patrons came, were served and left; we sat. We did complain. It did not speed up the service. Our order was our usual. The food, when it came, was delicious. The management barely apologized, made no effort to compensate us as other establishments do. We were surprised at that.

JP
vipJoePA
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Dafni to celebrate my wife's birthday. Excellent Greek dishes! Fantastic service and experience! We will return.

DM
vipDeborahM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service and good food. Excellent value

D
vipDesigner1001
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was so disappointed in the food. The salad was terrible, the lemon soup was enjoyed by my family, the shrimp ok and the gyro was passable. Out of the 5 of us who ate there we were all disappointed and would never recommend the restaurant. Much better Greek style restaurants in the theater district.
The server was lovely and the food come on time.

NN
NativeNYer
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was annoying that the server had a few friends at a table and they were using their phones on speaker for some reason or another...not pleasant for other diners.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very tasty. Tight spacing, but typical for times square.

l
lisanyc212
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. Great food and exceptional service. The waiter was perfect - not at all rushed and seemed to know instinctively when we were ready to place our order or needed something. Highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect pre theatre!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great value

s
vipsunshine
New York Area
514 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

always reliable and this time it was so quiet so that it was very relaxing as well. generous portions at fair prices and much to choose from.

F
vipFoodie
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always consistently good. I recommend starting your meal with the 3 spreads. Vegetable moussaka was tasty. Grilled octopus was cooked perfectly—not at all rubbery. Staff is friendly and attentive.

d
debbie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Dafni if you’re looking for a reasonably priced pre-theater restaurant.

SG
SallyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely need a reservation because it is a great place to eat. They accommodated us earlier than our reservation time. Service was prompt and kind. Portions were huge! Loved the appetizers which were very filling. Didn’t feel rushed even though we had a show to see. Wished I could have taken a doggie bag with us.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent value/service in the Theater District!

NN
vipNradNYC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been on this block a thousand times and never noticed this place. First time there- and with a large group. Everything was excellent. Tasteful portions good in size and service were great, even for our group of 8. Great menu options. The table was ready when we even arrived early. Host/server also excellent. I believe named Paul. Will go back.

TK
TamikaKD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pre theater dinner.

PL
PaulineL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great!

LS
LizS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Always love coming here when we need to find a good spot to eat in Times Square. Friendly staff, delicious food. It’s a little oasis in the middle of a crazy area.

SS
SoSueMe
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants. A hidden gem. Delicious food, the pastiches is my favorite of all.

UC
vipUesChic23
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Staff was at tentative.

D
Dany
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always a wonderful experience....from the service to the food...

C
vipChip
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not great not bad

M
Marzia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tasty food, nice decor, attentive and courteous service. Clean environment. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal!

r
restuarantafficionado14
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The pasticio was very peppered. That is NOT how it is supposed to be.

S
vipSelf
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dafni Greek Taverna is great. I was a little disappointed Greek salad with Gyro meat. I felt like the salad was just o.k.
But, we will eat there again!

M
Markd
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lamb shank fell off the bone.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This restaurant was recommended and was very disappointing.Had a 5:30 reservation and when we got there restaurant was a quarter full. The majority of the remaining tables had reserved signs on them. When the host went to seat us it was a table right by the door. The tables were barely 3” apart. I asked for a table further away from door and he said they were reserved. I said that we had a reservation but said no!!! Host was also our waiter and not courteous. Food was was very average. Would not go back

EC
EricaC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, large portions and excellent waitstaff. We would definitely go back.

FAQs

Dafni Greek Taverna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 315-1010.

Dafni Greek Taverna is rated 4 stars by 2421 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.