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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
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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

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Taverna Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Special Occasion (29)
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Pre/post Theatre (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Casual (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Romantic (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Fun (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Authentic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Cozy (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Great for Brunch (8)
People Watching (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Healthy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vegan (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful neighborhood gem of a restaurant. Clean delicious inventive food with lots of flavor. Very nice friendly staff and super accommodating. They really aim to please. Would highly recommend for all sorts of occasions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Traveled in to Jacksonville for first time; this place was the best meal we had while in town. Wish we had found it sooner.

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food5
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Always have great food and drinks! The wait staff is personable, knowledgeable and professional.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Sausage homemade in taverna hash?

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed our meal at Taverna. The food was interesting, and each of the four meals was well prepared. We were rather amused that my husband’s vodka and tonic came with a one dollar up charge for “ the small batch tonic.” It wasn’t the extra money, it was the lack of warning that a simple vodka tonic came with an extra charge that surprised us. Our server was attentive, but not too attentive. Each person in our party found the pew like booths difficult to get in and out of. The low seats, lack of space and the angle between seat and table required the skills of a contortionist. We will ask for a table the next time.
Highlights were the ability to order a variety of cheeses and meats for a platter, and the small plates menu. Overall it was a nice evening, and we will go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 6 days ago

It was very noisy in the building. The food was sub-par for what I paid.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and drinks were great! Was a little bummed at first that my husband and I were seated by a large party but as the night went on the busier they got so the noise level didn’t really matter. The food and drinks made me forget about the party anyways. The service was awesome as well! Definitely would like to go back :))

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

As always, Taverna shines through! Ryan, our server was fantastic! A lot of personal service and friendly demeanor... I love that we can walk to this great neighborhood restaurant..

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Taverna is one of my favorite restaurants. I can go there often and not worry about having to order the same thing as the menu is seasonal and they always have great specials. My husband and I had the fish special (black Grouper) which was so tasty. Every bite was eaten and I practically licked the plate! The wait staff is very attentive and the manager always comes around asking if all is good. Well it was more than just good. It was excellent!!! The wine list is very good as well with many reasonable selections.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The service, food, and overall sense of warmth surround you making it difficult to leave. The food is impeccable, and the music was surreal! Cannot wait to eat there again!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent service and great entree recommendation from our server. Wonderful salads, sandwiches and pizzas. They're kid friendly too and helpful.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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food4
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and great service, can’t wait to go back very soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding food and service but expensive.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

excellent food and service - can't wait to return. located in a very nice area of jacksonville

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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food4
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Best Scallop Dish in Jacksonville comes with Congaree and Penn middlin risotto, mushroom, peas, truffle. Divine!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 6, 2018

GreT food and service

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Had a great time at Taverna. Great atmosphere, service, and food.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great menu and delicious food. Service was great!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Absolutely wonderful meal! Great service! Can’t believe it took us this long to find this restaurant. We’ll be back soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent!! Food, Service & Atmosphere was excellent.. would definitely recommend.

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Staff was friendly and helpful, food was great, fun night with my husband!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

All in all my husband and I enjoyed our night. The ambiance of the restaurant is very romantic and cozy. We ordered drinks, appetizers (the burrata was my favorite) and entrees. My husband ordered the soppresetta pizza which was amazing and would be worth returning for again and again. I only give the restaurant 4 stars for service. Our waiter was nice but never introduced them selves or mentioned any specials. I figure a restaurant of this caliber would have better trained wait staff.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

very nice lunch selections that you won't see elsewhere. Very good quality of the food and nice atmosphere

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food, drinks and service. Great location

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and the staff was very attentive to potential dietary issues.

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Taverna is my favorite restaurant in Jacksonville! The food is always delicious and great service as well!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I give Taverna a B+, mainly because of the food, which was very good. They would have gotten an A except that I found their mode of operation to be too tech. All of the staff were wired. Really? How about the old fashioned method of communication. I hate it when I'm out with friends and they pull out their phones. Rude. Now the restaurants have gotten into it. I would not call this authentic Italian. The food came out fast - too fast. We had not finished our appetizer when the mains arrived. No time to enjoy the food. Perhaps that is the reason for the wires? Also, I'm a right bank (Avondale) person. Eating on the left bank (San Marco) entails a trip across the bridge. It is a different atmosphere. My favs in Riverside do not need to worry about me deserting them. They still have more bang for the buck. But heck, that is what exploration is all about, right Columbus?

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Good food & excellent service

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Never disappoints!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was excellent, really enjoyed the appetizer along with my main dish. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Our server was attentive, and explained any questions we had about certain dishes.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent spinach salad with grilled shrimp; fresh and excellent taste; waitress was very attentive and informative. Very good place for lunch!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The food is always fantastic and the servers are wonderful at helping you decide if you cannot decide.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 12, 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
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 (Chicago)·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
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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 6, 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.

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food3
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 (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
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 2, 2018

In town to visit family and stumbled upon a hidden gem in the San Marcos neighborhood. Great service and food! We had the salmon sandwich and scallops.

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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