Taverna

4.7
1549 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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D
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonight’s experience included a couple of nice wine selections to start. I opted for chicken soup instead of salad and I highly recommend it. My husband got hanger steak and I had smoked chicken. We both appreciate the sides that come with these two dishes. We wound up the evening with the cookie plate for desert.

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V
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, as always! I love their menu, as they offer a wide selection of delicious salads for lunch. The service was friendly and efficient. We were sitting outside, and when it became clear that a rainstorm was approaching, the wait staff unhesitatingly moved us to a different table. One of my favorite restaurants in Jacksonville!

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MT
Jacksonville
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Their soups are so good and the salad was perfect! I had the chicken soup and greek salad. THe ration of veggies, to olives to lettuce was right on!

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M
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dropped in for lunch with my wife - the food was delicious and the service was good. I've been here a dozen or so times in the past and it's one of our favorite lunch spots for a nice meal.

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C
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very positive as always. The only aspect that continues to be unfavorable are the booths. Add an additional cushion to the bench seats! The wood ledge on the outside of the bench coupled with the low, sharp edged table is hideous. Bruised thighs and backsides are a sure thing if patrons don’t know what’s coming. Please make a change to the seating

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D
Jacksonville
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we love Taverna. The food and service are outstanding. We did not like the table we were originally given but were given s much better option upon request. They always are ready to tweak our meals if we ask.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a bit pricier than expected, but the food was DELICIOUS!!! Definitely a perfect “special occasion” place to go!!

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Excellent food. Good service.
Desserts not so great. Don’t waste your $. Very LOUD ! Need some buffers.

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BE
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always

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HJ
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location with beautiful day outside seating. The brunch menu is pretty basic. Most of the options are just a fancy way to do eggs. The breakfast pizza was super yummy though. Not overpriced. Decent Bloody Mary

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K
Jacksonville
72 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This place has OK food but it is incredibly noisy. We had a gift card so that's the reason we went.

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M
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great but a bit noisy

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NS
Jacksonville
22 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Taverna was our favorite spot for a long time, but lately the quality of food has been deteriorating. My funghi pizza was too salty and the hash brown sausage dry and tasteless .... they used to be great. I hope that they can get their act together again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Fabulous server!
Thank you !

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DH
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town in business and wanted to experience a local stop. Very happy we decided on Taverna. I had the Seafood Stew and couldn’t have been more pleased with that selection. A must stop if you’re dining in the Jacksonville area.

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BS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

The place is nice and the food is ok. The noise, however, is too much. If you are in a group of four or more and your table is inside, it is nearly impossible to hear the conversation. There is nothing on the walls to diffuse the noise which makes it unbearable at times. if you find a table outside, then it is great!

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TH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service. Table too small and noise level very high. Food good but somewhat over priced. Same for desserts. But staff very attentive and caring and efficient.

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OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good every time!

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KM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Worth driving from the beach to enjoy!

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f
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff and ambience!

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DB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy hour is a great value. The homemade ravioli are spectacular. To mitigate the noise level request a booth.

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B
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, waiter friendly and patient ...food didn’t disappoint

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D
Jacksonville
25 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to Taverna for certain things; this time their smoked chicken and root vegetables. The service is friendly and efficient and consistent so no matter your server you will not notice a difference in quality. My husband had hanger steak which he has ordered frequently. I also love the ambiance of this beautiful old building; this is such s great break from a week of kitchen chores at home!

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JB
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Risotto is a must side. The orecchiette (add the scallops) was divine. Service was just right and the wine was reasonably priced. Taverna is always at one of the top places to dine in Jacksonville

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PL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taverna is great food, terrific atmosphere and exceptional service. Give it a go!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Emily was the best! Food drink and atmosphere is top notch!

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WP
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Food was excellent and service was even better.

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OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad experience at Taverna! The food is always perfect- atmosphere alive and comfortable- service impeccable. The staff make me feel like I’m someone special! It’s my perfect night out- I love it.

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O
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good but I thought there would be a bigger menu selection. Especially if Spanish items.

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h
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite a nice lunch menu! Wonderful soup and grilled cheese sandwich.
Excellent staff.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Exceptional service and wine.

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TA
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. We tries several small plates and each was as good as the other. I can't wait to go back!

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T
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our experience this time was far superior to our last visit. The food is always delicious. We will be back again soon.

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MC
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taverna is one of my go-to restaurants. It is consistently good and has the best brunch menu around. Staff is always friendly and accommodating. Can't beat it!

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef special veal chop was absolutely fantastic. The wine list presents many good options at a good price

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C
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delish. Server was Dakota who was great!

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RK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. A wonderful dining experience. We will be back again.

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c
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Had another yummy lunch outside at Taverna yesterday !

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t
Jacksonville
55 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Taverna is one of our long-time favorites. It is the only Italian restaurant worth visiting in this metro area. The food is consistently excellent, with seasonal choices, and enticing entrees. Particular incentives to dine here are the options for small plates or full entrees or make up your own charcuterie platter....so you can eat big or small with ease. The wine list is excellent as well. Prices are in line with the quality and quantity. Reservations are a good idea, especially in the evening. Outdoor dining is available too, although right next to the sidewalk. We take our out-of-town guests here, and heartily recommend visiting this fine restaurant.

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FA
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luncheon pasta special was the best meal I have had in a long time

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