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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

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Special Occasion (24)
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Creative Cuisine (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Casual (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Hot Spot (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Cozy (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Authentic (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Business Meals (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (8)
People Watching (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Healthy (7)
Romantic (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tapas (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Organic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined 6 days ago

Squid appetizer was good as was my wife's ragu and pasta. I ordered the short ribs which despite being about the most expensive item on the menu ($30) was dried out, cold and tasteless so I boxed it to give to a dog. I told the waiter but he did not say anything.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I had dinner at Taverna before the theater. The bottle of French Rose we ordered for $24 was a good value and nicely complimented our fish dinners (tile fish special and mussels/clams in butter broth). We both started the evening with the Caldo Gallega soup and ended with decaf lattes, the only glitch of the evening. The lattes were not hot and had to be redone. My husband enjoyed the milk chocolate gelato and dark chocolate sorbet for dessert. Overall, a very good experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Great find in JAX....highly recommended

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food5
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined 7 days ago

Taverna is one of our regular favorites. On Friday, we had Nora as our server for this first time, she was outstanding and plan to request her on future visits!!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Been many times for both lunch & dinner. Always good quality ingredients & taste. Nice outdoor eating area on a beautiful day.Plenty of options for lunch & dinner. Great location.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was great, the service was wonderful and the setting delightful.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always enjoy Taverna. Delicious food and a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Creative, fresh ingredients; daily specials and local favorites. My butternut squash soup was delicious

Tags: Local Ingredients
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food4
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were early for our reservation and were seated right away, the waiter, Guiseppe, was knowledgable and efficient. The food was great and the noise level was comfortable for our conversation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great restaurant. Food send service are amazing.Great wine list. Good neighborhood find. Food is always consistent

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Pasta was not cooked correctly. I had a large lump of pasta in my bowl of fettuccine.
Portions were smaller than other high end dining spots.
Our waiters were
excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The pasta dishes were terrific. We'd order the same in a heart beat. Loved it! The space was quite noisy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Every thing is wonderful. Could not ask for better experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I love the consistency at Taverna. The service is great when they are busy and when they are not so busy. I’ve been getting risotto with seafood on top for a long time. I am stuck on it. The risotto is fresh as is the seafood. The vibe is fun and energetic, I love it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Lots of variety and portion sizes to meet everyone’s desires. All delivered with care and attention. Our favorite Jacksonville restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The blackened shrimp added onto the spinach salad was delicious! Highly recommend.

The butternut squash soup was ok, but not my favorite. I expected more savory with a hint of sweet and it came out more sweet than I was expecting.

Overall really good dining experience.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We have been to Taverna only a few times because it is a bit of a drive from where we live, but it is always worth it. The wait staff is attentive, helpful and friendly. The food is delicious. Highly recommended

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was a great brunch spot prior to a Jags game. Pleasantly surprised and will definitely return.

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I love the vibe at Taverna. The servers seem to enjoy their jobs and the other guests always seem to be having a great time. Taverna knows the meaning of farm to table and they also have gluten free options. Right now I'm stuck on their risotto with grilled shrimp and scallops. Yumm!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This was a business meeting for five. Everybody enjoyed themselves. I really enjoyed it because it says it's an Italian restaurant and it is upscale in my opinion.

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vip
 (Savannah)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Consistently delivers a great experience. Not your average lunch fare, a San Marco gem.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Taverna is one of our favorites and it is easy to see why it was voted Bold City's Best. This dinner was to celebrate my wife's birthday and they started us with a complimentary champagne toast. I like the fact that the menu is not overwhelming. They change it frequently while keeping some of our favorites.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Fantastic flavors, outstanding service, warm ambience, convenient location.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Jacksonville metro area. The food is consistently good and the well-trained staff provides great service. The menu has plenty of variety and most entrees are gluten free or gluten-friendly. There is an extensive wine list with an emphasis on Italian and French wines.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Versatile Menu; Good Food; Great Service; Well Utilized Space; Upbeat Atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Love Taverna. Service is good and food is fabulous. My favorite dish right now ? Risotto with shrimp and scallops; delicious and gluten free. The vibe here is energetic and fun and they know the meaning of farm to table.

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Taverna never disappoints. The scallop entree with mushroom risotto was perfect. The barrata app is so delicious as well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Went for brunch with family today
Ordered the lemon ricotta pancakes that supposedly come with berries whipped cream and of course maple syrup. I had one (1) blueberry and one strawberry that had be cut into pieces on top of the pancakes
How pitiful is all I can say.

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

We had a truly excellent evening, food service, and drinks were excellent!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great Service, the steak and ravioli were absolutely delicious !! Highly recommended !!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 26, 2017

My wife and I dined at Taverna on 8/26/17. Service was excellent. We enjoyed a nice bottle of Prosecco from the wine list. The calamari appetizer was flavorful and cooked to perfection. My wife especially enjoyed the scallops with risotto as her entree. We will definitely return!

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Always love the ambiance and food, and it's a great area for late night after.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Cheese plate great. Wine special good. Dinner just okay. Fish boring and definitely not worth 31+ dollars. Was expecting more after all the great reviews.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Taverna is great the service is always excellent and the food is above-average I would definitely recommend

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Delightful evening! Amazing flavors, knowledgeable staff, nice wine pairing. Chef Special snapper very tasty and menu short rib amazing! We'll be back!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food was outstanding. Staff was friendly and service was quick. Will be going back for sure!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

First night of vacation in the Jacksonville area on a multi city visit to Florida. Just happened to see an advertisement for Taverna on TV and decided to go. We were not disappointed, food was very good. Our server Erika was attentive and not over bearing. Will most certainly visit again next time in that area.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We were at Taverna twice in one week, once business and once pleasure. The food is phenomenal. Service lacked a bit on the second visit, perhaps because it was a Saturday. Generally speaking, this is our favorite restaurant in Jax for food, cocktails, and desserts. The pork chop special and banana bread pudding special were the best of the night.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent service, low noise level and great food. Loved the brunch options offered and mixed drinks.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Organic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was excellent. So was the service. I loved the beet salad and the risotto appetizer was yummy too. My husband said his orchietti pasta was delish. Clams and muscles were good. A bit too many smoked onions on top though.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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