Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.05mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.81mi
  4. Distance: 0.86mi
  1. Distance: 0.05mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.81mi
  4. Distance: 0.86mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.05mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.81mi
  4. Distance: 0.86mi
  1. Distance: 0.05mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.81mi
  4. Distance: 0.86mi

About 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.

1986 San Marco Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
European, Italian

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

Cross Street:
Atlantic Boulevard

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(904) 398-3005

Website:
http://taverna.restaurant/

Executive Chef:
Sam Efron

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

Taverna Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Special Occasion (25)
See All
Creative Cuisine (24)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Casual (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Authentic (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Romantic (12)
Business Meals (12)
Fun (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Cozy (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Groups (7)
People Watching (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sort by
S
1140 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

Taverna is always excellent. The food is fresh and delicious. The servers are knowledgeable and attentive. Save room for dessert! Highly recommend for group dinner or date night.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Food and service was very good. Parties on either side were loud making it difficult for even the twenty somethings to hear!

Tags: Happy Hour
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was great & our waitress Blythe was fantastic !

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on January 7, 2018

Stopped in for dinner before a concert downtown. Waiter was fantastic and the food was exceptional. Would recommend to everyone to try it out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Omaha)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Appetizers and salad amazing. Bar and drinks amazing. Waiter and entrees slow and overdone. Table behind us got birthday surprise. I entered my birthday on Opentable and not as much as a mention from our server. Clearlt hit or miss here.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3

 
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 4, 2018

One of our favorites in the Jacksonville area. Great food and drinks!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Healthy, Business Meals, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Wonderful dinner, great wines. Only inconvenience was a strong, cold draft from the exit door.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

We came here for New Years Eve and the service was great. There was no wait and the food was delicious! Great atmosphere as well.

Only critique I have is the mushroom risotto appetizer had a surprise chunk of meat in it, which was not supposed to be in it. The table next to us also had the same thing happen. I am vegetarian and do not eat red meat, so this was very disappointing to see.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Taverna for New Years Eve and overall the experience was very nice. The salmon was well seasoned and cooked perfectly, as was the flat iron steak. I like the ambiance very much, although we sat near the door to the patio this time and got a major whoosh of cold air every time the door opened. The service was good except for not getting bread in an appropriate time. Generally a nice evening at a very good restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were seated by the entrance. No restaurant should have table before the hostess desk.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

As usual, Taverna was great! My wife and I made reservations two weeks prior for a romantic NYE dinner. We were a few minutes early and they seated us immediately! Absolutely no wait and our waitress was exceptional! I have never made reservations for NYE that were on time from the restaurant’s perspective. I will happily make future dinner plans there, as they seem to be very organized for a night that can be otherwise busy! Also, I highly recommend the short ribs!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our server, Hunter was quite personable and he made great wine suggestions! We truly enjoyed our meal!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Husband and I went for New Years Eve. I had the butter basted lobster. Good, lobster a bit too chewy. But overall it was not over the top. My husband enjoyed his fish stew. Service was very good.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Taverna is one of my favorite places to go for brunch and lunch. The food is always fresh and tasty. In addition, the staff is always friendly.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Organic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a fun and lively dinner here after the TaxSlayer Bowl. Good food, good wine and drinks in an open and hip setting. Our server was good and the food was very good. We were a lively group and I think the table next to us found us loud, but this is a good place for groups or date night.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We are from OOT visiting Jacksonville and decided to check out the San Marco area. So glad we did as we had an excellent dinner with the salmon and quinoa entree and the butternut squash raviolis with a chicken breast. Both were really tasty and nicely presented. The choc. pave desert was delicious, but such a small serving for $10.00. Cappuccino was really good too. Our server was attentive and helpful in answering our questions. Good thing we ate early as it got crowed and noisy by the time we left.

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I’ve yet to order something at Taverna I don’t like.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Wonderful Christmas dinner

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food and service wonderful as always. Too cold in the restaurant! A/C was working overtime on a moderate December evening. I shouldn’t need a winter coat inside! 😕

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
·Dined on December 24, 2017

Taverna never disappoints!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2017

the calamari was just fantastic, not over done but needed bread to eat every drop of wonderful juice!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food is just so good. It is always fun to go there even though it is a little loud.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

Simply outstanding. From the moment you enter, you're treated like a prized possession. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and service as usual. Always reliable go to when in San Marco for dining. Brunch is a special treat.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 15, 2017

My husband and I where in town and an associate recommended this restaurant we arrived early and decided to eat at the bar and we had an amazing time bartenders Brian and Brian were amazing and food out of this world

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Everything was delicious!! We started with Brussel sprouts and squash soup, both so good! All of us loved our entrees! We were able to sit outside and enjoy the square! Will be back!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Amazing food, service, and ambience. Always a wonderful mix of dishes with local, flavorful ingredients. My mother-in-law is gluten-free and my wife is vegetarian, and there’s never a shortage of tasty options to please everyone. As local San Marco residents, Taverna is always our go-to spot for a wonderful meal or special occasion. So spoiled so have such dining excellence right in our neighborhood!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Consistently great food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Our waitress accidentally dropped our tray yet never bothered to tell us until we complained to the manager about slow service. They never even offered to comp our desserts. Not a good experienced

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service1
value2

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This was our first visit to Taverna but it won't be our last. It's a little far from our home in Nocatee but since we were downtown for the evening we decided to give it a try. The food was excellent and our server was very attentive and friendly. Good menu with a nice variety of options. Definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food great service

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Taverna is one of our go to restaurants at least weekly. The service is professional and attentive.
The menu is absolutely delicious! Delicious pizzas, salads, soups, exceptional fresh fish, the roasted chicken is divine, amazing homemade pasta delicious desserts, great handcrafted cocktails and an exceptional and fairly priced wine list. I had the infrequently offered bone in veal chop, absolutely delicious. Take advantage of the New York strip, lamb, or bisteca when offered.
Highly recommended !!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Healthy, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was on point as usual and staff was very friendly. A little loud but nothing unmanageable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Another delicious meal at Taverna. Although we made a reservation, we decided to sit at the bar since there was room and we always get such great service there. Drinks were fantastic. We started with a cheese plate - love this. Then we had a pizza that we ate as an appetizer. Entrees were the two specials of the night - the Lamb Chops and the Red Snapper. Both were cooked to perfection and simply delicious.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very good food with a relaxed setting. Enjoyed their specials. Properly priced menu. Helpful and properly attentive staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Celebrating our 46th Anniversary at Taverna was wonderful The fresh housemade Ravioli were al dente and we loved the extra crunch the pepitas gave.
I had the seared red snapper and have not had crispy skin like that in a long time. Served over farro, it was a great meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is without a doubt one of my top choices for dining in Jacksonville. It is relaxed yet upscale, with good drinks and excellent fare.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Due to a last minute additional guest, we changed up our reservation to the private dining room. It was quiet enough for normal conversation. Awesome. All food was excellent. Small scallop plate was absolutely delicious, but almost too small...more like an appetizer. Excellent house Chardonnay. Everyone at the table reported that their food was really good. I’ve been to Taverna twice in the last two weeks, once for a lovely lunch on the sidewalk, and enjoyed it immensely. There’s no better place in Jacksonville than Taverna in Old San Marco on a weekend night. Lots of people on the street having fun!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always an amazing experience at Taverna- the burrata- the butternut sage soup- beet salad- yummmm and our servers are always divine- Blythe Scott- heaven!!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Small portions

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.