Taverna

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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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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service was great. Could have used a refill on drinks but overall is was great. The noise was the only thing that was bothersome, definitely too loud for an intimate date night. Overall amazing since the food was superb! Get the scallops!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn't sure at first what to think about this place, but I was very impressed. Wine selection was great, Sicily seafood stew was amazing. Parking can be difficult, but I will definitely return.

w
Jacksonville
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I have been to your restaurant probably 15 times for dinner and last night the service was pretty rough.
She couldn’t get us out of there fast enough, not engaged at all and I was really disappointed.
First time with this type of non-service at your restaurant

h
Jacksonville
27 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, we enjoyed our meal at Taverna. We hadn't been there in a while but the food is still great. All 3 of us ordered the ravioli and were very pleased.

AC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. delicious food and great wine selection

LK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My second visit to Taverna and did not disappoint!! Food, service and ambiance make this an exceptional restaurant for this area. Thank you for a great night out Taverna!!!

LR
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great birthday meal, as always!

LF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops were great...service and ambiance excellent...parking may be a challenge, but we lucked out and got a space right in front of the door..

t
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server hunter was amazing. The kitchen had 2-3 great specials to offer in addition to the wonderful, regular menu. Taverna is a jacksonville staple that provides excellent food, beverage and service every time. Great spot for occasions and weekly dinner dates alike!

SP
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night out with my wife at Taverna. Outstanding staff and the food was amazing. Going back soon!

JP
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. Noise level in the back room a bit too loud since its a smaller area. Had the Soppressata pizza and wife had the Portobello Confit as her Veg Option. Food on point as usual

CH
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taverna is one of my favorite spots in Jacksonville and my go to! Such great food, drinks, and a lovely ambience!

TJ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great little date night! The atmosphere was a bit boisterous and fun. The food was delicious, there were many allergy friendly options. We're always wary Italian because my spouse is sensitive to dairy and gluten. No problem here! Everything came quickly and our server was very personable.

G
Savannah
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife is on s whole30 diet so her requests were a lot as far as food prep went. The waiter was great and made it all worked. She was very happy with the meal.

OT
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taverna never disappoints with their amazing service and incredible food!

BL
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, service good, environment is noisy.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was tremendous! The chef had an amazing ability to take flavors which, by themselves, might be "good", but when combined become beyond delicious! He/she has a true talent for pairing flavors to make a dining experience beyond description. The decor was extremely trendy but still appealing to my "older" dining group. Our only problem was the noise. Fortunately, the noise was beyond the owners' control, so they cannot be held accountable: the music was played in the background at a very respectful and comforting level. It was the clientele who were loud. It could be that it was still "happy hour" so I can't say it would be that loud if you were wanting a more subdued or romantic atmosphere, on a date or something. But at 6 p.m. it was beyond just noisy and we had difficulty holding a conversation with just the three of us. Still--despite the noise--we all agreed that had we had more time to visit longer in Jacksonville, we would definitely be going back. Unfortunately we had to leave the next day.

I highly recommend this restaurant to those with taste buds which demand adventure and satisfaction. They (and you) will not be disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great!

EM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I was celebrating a special event and informed then ahead of time. They seemed genuinely excited for us. They asked my daughter and husband's names. This led me to believe they were going to highlight their wedding day.
When we got there, the server asked me to verify the event. No one acknowledged my daughter or her husband by name. Which is fine, but do not ask ahead of time if it is not going to matter.
The server did bring us champagne to toast the couple, which was nice.
Ar the end of the meal we all ordered desserts but then they brought a complimentary dessert. It went to waste because we all ate the desserts we ordered.
It would have been nice to see some tupe of personalized dessert with words and their names written on the plate in chocolate sauce.
We always like the food and we will return. But I was surpised that they did not showcase my daughter and new husband as I felt they should havee or led me to believe.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful brunch for my mom’s birthday. Quick, warm service and tasty food. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

IR
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, ambiance, and service. Great cocktails and wine list too. At the top of our list for best restaurants in Jacksonville. its a neighborhood gen where diners are saying hi to each other across the tables, combined with a destination for dates and special occasions. HIGHLY recommended. The food was all innovative and familiar too, creative but not fussy.

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had rissoto, truffle fries and the fungi pizza..all wonderful, asked for pizza well done and it came out perfect It was a tad loud but there seemed to be more families w kids than normal

GM
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It gets better every time we go.

GK
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted excellent and real nice portions too. The restaurant decor is really cool, modern and at the same time nice ambiance. Our server Logan was wonderful. Smiling, attentive but not exaggerating in asking too many times how everything was.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I enjoyed our Sicilian Seafood Stew. It was outstanding as well as the drinks. We were on vacation, but we will eat here again when we come back to Jacksonville.

JB
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my two daughters out for dinner. They had never eaten at Taverna so it was a pleasure for me to introduce them to such a fine restaurant. The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. The food was outstanding! We had the shrimp appetizer that we ordered extra bread in order to soak up all the goodness in the bowl. My only complaint was the bench was so soft and low that the table was too high and the chair was uncomfortable, too.

SP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The waiter Brad did a great job and I enjoy supporting local restaurants.

D
Jacksonville
34 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for lunch or dinner! Wait staff are all so friendly, very accomodating without the pressure or rush! Fabulous Chef serving food that is incredible with something for everyone's palette! Flavor and temperature perfect! A must on your dining out list for any occasion! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

NS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently delicious!

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got a bottle of red wine and 3 apps that we all split including the charcuterie board that was AMAZING.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, knowledgeable wait staff, and courteous hostess. Will definitely be back, thank you!

JM
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed. We love Taverna and eat here often, unfortunately today was not a good day for them. There appeared to be some issue in the kitchen. We were initially served food that was not ours. When we did get our meals they were not correct - and we simply ordered from the menu. There was nothing special about the order. We noticed that other tables seemed to have similar issues. The manager was very apologetic and did remove the meal we didn’t eat from the bill - but it was simply not the service or experience that we are used to at Taverna.

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taverna does not disappoint! Went to Taverna this past Saturday with a friend for a bit of a ladies night out. We arrived a few minutes before our 7:30 PM reservation, but they were able to seat us immediately. The seating area is quite open so it can get a bit noisy, but overall it has a great ambiance.

Our waiter, Tyler, was very knowledgeable. He worked within our tastes and recommended the perfect wine! He also provided valuable input on cheese selections and food. He frequently came by to fill our water glasses and make sure everything was going well. He even answered our questions about the insanely delicious truffle honey. He made our experience that much better. Thank you to Tyler.

Overall, we enjoyed this trip to Taverna and look forward to going back soon!

DJ
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good time Taverna, the service, food, excellent!!!

H
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

After dining at Taverna 5 times this is my first review. There are better options in the San Marco area to consider. Upfront - the food is good (with the exception of the short rib - which I found dry). However, the price is exceedingly overpriced. My dissatisfaction though is more to due with the service staffs hospitality then anything else. Service comes across as rushed and loud.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and cool place. So awesome

D
Jacksonville
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like Traverna for its home cooking and the fact that these tried and true recipes are consistent. I had risotto with grilled scallops and shrimp on top. This combo is tough to beat. There’s something special about this risotto. I think it’s the puréed fresh green peas. I do have a gluten issue and this place accommodates it easily.

W
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Appetizers great! Served Romaine lettuce for a Classic Wedge Salad (should be Iceberg Letuce)

OT
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best charcuterie in Jacksonville. Also, best house Cabernet.

JF
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truffle fries are great.
I had halibut entree,fish was very fresh.

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