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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

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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 (25)
Special Occasion (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
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Neighborhood Gem (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Casual (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Business Meals (12)
Cozy (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Authentic (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Romantic (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Fun (9)
Happy Hour (8)
People Watching (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tapas (5)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

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
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 3 days ago

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
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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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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
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 (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
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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!

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food5
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 (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!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Small portions

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I enjoyed my date night and dinner with my husband at Taverna. The food was delicious and great service

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

First time and we had an outstanding meal. Went for brunch and we will definitely be going back for a dinner date night

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful food, ambience, and service. The consistency and quality of experience here is second-to-none!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great Italian food. Excellent atmosphere. Waiter was excellent. My wife is vegetarian, I'm not. We both had excellent meals. Up-scale but not fussy. Fun.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great find in JAX....highly recommended

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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food4
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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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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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food5
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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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food3
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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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