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Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
11:00 PM
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Taverna

4.7
1224 reviews
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$30 and under
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European
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Italian
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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
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Phone number
(904) 398-3005
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sam Efron
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Atlantic Boulevard
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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
What 1224 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Everything was good, just not great! Eating dinner at Taverna seemed to once be more special a few years ago, the menu seems a bit stale to me and the service just isn’t quite as good as it once was.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Good food. great service..from scallop entree to specialty pizza, Taverna had something to please everyone

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We had a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

So glad we finally got the opportunity to try this restaurant. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. Great locale and lovely decor.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had a wonderful meal at Taverna and the service was absolutely fantastic from the minute we walked in the door! They seated us early, did not rush us during dinner and the short rib dish was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Food , service and value was wonderful. It was loud where we sat inside.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

first time here. Very impressed. Staff knows what they are doing. Great recommendations and wine pairing by Server. Had older folks with us and staff was very considerate and kind to them. We went mid-week, so probably not so crowded and didn't experience the "crowd effect"/lack of attention that was included in some other comments. We loved the location, atmosphere and fun fusion cooking eclectic tapas. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food and service consistently good!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We told them we had theatre tickets and they were really on top of everything. Great menu; great value, especially early bird. Good wine selections

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Outstanding food and service. A San Marco treasure.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our party of 3 was seated at a prime outdoor table with Hunter as our server, as we requested. We enjoyed happy hour drinks and wine and split the shrimp, garlic, and chili appetizer. Our entrees were the house made ravioli and the hanger steak. All food and drink were delicious. All three of us had decaf cappuccinos for dessert -- one of the best I have had anywhere. Hunter provided expert service throughout. Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Love the food, and the bartenders are always great., my salmon was perfectly cooked

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Miloude was a terrific server and the food was great.

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Nice place. Friendly staff. Just WAY too loud! When I read reviews, it was considered romantic. I would go to hang out with friends but NOT on a date. After listening to the patrons scream at each for 5 minutes we left

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Haf breakfast hash on Easter Sunday. My friend had poached eggs with prosciutto. Tasty!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We enjoyed another yummy Easter brunch with a lovely server named Amani.... efficient, sweet and service with a smile!! We asked for more time to enjoy our apps and drinks before putting our brunch order in and she gladly accommodated us!! Our favorite at Taverna, Liam, was in the back and he took the time to make sure he said hello via our server. Great customer service!! Liam, along with Amani, made sure we had our usual fabulous meal and dining experience at Taverna.....we will always come back again and again!!!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter brunch. My 3 egg omelet was nothing to write home about but the salad it came with was outstanding. My daughter got 2 eggs, lemon pancakes, and 2 strips of bacon - it all looked good and was plenty for her. My mimosa was delicious, the Ramos Fizz wasn't my thing, and the martini was "ok." Our server was great and the rest of the staff was friendly and vibrant. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Farm to table is my favorite dining style and the main reason I often choose Traverna. I love the ambiance and the food has a homemade presentation. The house made risotto with shrimp and scallops is my favorite right now.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always quality food and good service. Mainly have gone for brunch but recently enjoyed dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Taverna is one of our favorite places to dine in town! It is consistently good - from food to service to atmosphere and perfect for date night. We had an early dinner before walking down the street to the movie theater. You can use the movie stubs to return to Taverna for a buy one get one dessert or cocktail afterwards. Great neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Awesome! As always..

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Dinner was great and service was very good. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I came for my birthday dinner on 3/26, Bradly I believe was our server and he was the best. I’d totally come back just to have him again. Plus the food was absolutely amazing, it’ll be a goal to try everything on the menu

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Outstanding overall. Matt or server exceeded our expectations!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

As always... fantastic!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent food, staff and atmosphere. One of my favorite places. We take all of our out of town guests here.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

You could tell the Food was prepared by a real chef. All the ingredients melded together rather than overpowering each other. Definitely a Great experience.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great lunch and delicious fungi pizza!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

This has become one of our favorite restaurants when we are in the downtown JAX area. Been there four of five times and every meal (lunch or supper) has been superb. Service is always efficient and the menu and food preparation are outstanding. Parking can be a challenge with so many restaurants in the area but even that worked smoothly this time for lunch. Definitely go back again when we are in the area.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Service, ambiance, food, price, wine, menu choices were all highly satisfactory. We shall make it a point to return more frequently even if Taverna is not on a regular route around Jacksonville.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Pleasant staff, great service, delicious food, affordable prices.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience celebrating a special occasion, Thank you, Taverna.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was excellent. Server was terrific. My only complaint would be the tables. I am short and had to sit on the edge of my seat to reach the table.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Never disappoints! Good, service, atmosphere are consistently amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

First time at Taverna. Excellent food and atmosphere. Good wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This restaurant was close to our riverside hotel, and highly recommend, so we decided to go for a late afternoon lunch. It was not crowded when we got there, so we were immediately seated. Outstanding service. The pasta and salad were delicious. Good choice. Left a package under our table when we left to catch our Uber out front. Our waiter found it, immediately brought it to the hostess, and she ran outside to catch us just as we were leaving. So impressed!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

I have to admit, this was a first date and the first time I have been to Taverna. My date has life threatening allergies (but she’s super cute), so when we sat down, our server was nice enough to listen to my date’s needs and went to the chef to discuss options. The special of the night was a wonderful tile fish with a Mediterranean type of sauce. Fortunately, it was in my date’s criteria for survivability and absolutely delicious. I was so impressed with the meal and the service. I wish I could remember my serve’s name. She was excellent! Drinks were refilled quickly and she was very good at her recommendations for dessert. Both of us loved it and I have a feeling we will be back soon. Thank you, Taverna. It was a great first date.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food, fantastic service. Super place! Each dinner was delicious. The fig & cheese appetizer is out of this world! Our server was absolutely wonderful!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We have visited here many times and always enjoy our meal. This visit we ordered a few things we did not enjoy at all and our server didnt say anything about us not eating it. Usually a server would question why something was ordered, not eaten and not taken home, but she didnt even ask how it was or why it wasnt eaten. We also had to hunt her down a few times and correct our order where she said she didnt hear me order something. We also felt rushed this time and we usually dont at all.
Not a normal visit, we usually enjoy everything including the service.
What we love here..... the charcuterie and cheeses, obviously, the truffle fries and the hanger steak is soooo good! We will be back, but hope the server we had was just having a bad day.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is my “go to” restaurant when I have company in town and just a great go to anytime!! Love the vibe and the food is outstanding.

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