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TAVERNA, Palo Alto, CA

TAVERNA

4.7
4.7
1085 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
For centuries, a taverna has been a neighborhood gathering place where friends can meet to eat, drink and enjoy life. Taverna co-founders Thanasis Pashalidis and Hakan Bala were raised with a shared ethical compass, which the Greeks call "philotimo" or "love of honor". Family and friends are their ingredients of life, and they believe that nutrition, happiness and health are all directly correlated. Both partners have been culturally influenced by the remedies of the old world and incorporate them into the lifestyle of Taverna. Both have an "ethos" that drives them and inspires others to live fully, which they consider the flavor of life's success. They understand that life is to be enjoyed and that time is of the essence. They are aware that every day is a gift.

Taverna has been created to make people happy and feel alive.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 120 times today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 304-3840

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nikos Moulinos

  • Private party facilities

    Taverna Restaurant offers private and large party dining for up to 50 guests in our private event room. Taverna’s event room is ideal for corporate events, birthdays, weddings, and special occasions. Choose between one our three family style menus.

  • Private party contact

    Thanasis Pashalidis or Hakan Bala: (650) 304-3840

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    Homer Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • LARGE PARTIES FAMILY STYLE MENUS

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    TAVERNA offers private and group dining for up to 60 guests. Family style menus are offered for all parties greater than 6 guests. TAVERNA offers three “family style” menus to choose from at $55 (lunch only) menu, $75 menu, $95 menu, and $125 menu per guest (please click on the bold pricing to view each menu). Exclusive buyouts are available with food and beverage minimums of $1,000 for lunch and $3,500 for dinner (Sunday thru Thursday) and $6,000 for dinner (Friday and Saturday). For larger events, TAVERNA can host a total of up to 110 guests in a buyout of both dining rooms. To inquire about booking events or group dining, please email events@tavernarestaurant.net.

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Greek

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We love supporting local businesses. The waiters really don’t want to work. They are all standing around and drinking wine all the time. Knocked over my bag since they had to run back to their wine glasses. TIROKAFTERI had no peppers or spice in it. Was an orange lump made with carrots? The steak was rare, not medium rare. No one bothered to check if the food was right. The garlic in the steamed fish was raw. The baklava was yucky. The eggplant spread was not made fresh, was refrigerated I guess. The pita was not warm or tasty, gross. There was a large party in the same room and randomly loud party style music was played with no warning. At $500+ tab for 4 people this is not the experience we signed up for. We had to ask for serving utensils all the time. Do not recommend.
  2. ND

    NathalieD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was delicious, we loved the ambience. Great service, plan on going back!
  3. m

    missella

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    We used to love this place, but service is just horrible. Food takes forever and it’s so hard to get a waiter’s attention. It’s unfortunate because the restaurant is beautiful
  4. TP

    TiffanyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We love Taverna! Thanks for another great experience!
  5. KB

    KarenB

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Having just been to Greece, we wanted Greek food again. This was delicious - the saganaki was yummy and the village salad as well. The moussaka was a little heavy and not as fine as we had in Greece. In Santorini they did not add potatoes.. I say that knowing each island and Provence has its own “take” on it. I enjoyed the wait staff. We were on a tiny table for 4 (much like Greece.) next time I would not eat on the side of the restaurant.
  6. FB

    FrancoisB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great dinner with outstanding wine and super professional service in a real Greek environment
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and wine btg in addition to the service were excellent. My best experience here to date! Owner checked in a few times as well. Enjoy their outdoor seating.
  8. j

    jenp

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SO much fun! Best service, food and atmosphere! Gorgeous place with great vibe!
  9. JG

    JenniferG

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, authentically Greek cuisine and friendly, sweet service! Love, love, love!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight!
  11. CP

    CindyP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meal and service I have had in a long time. Highly recommend Taverna!
  12. GC

    GregC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great host, interesting, tasty food
  13. E

    Eric

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff. Saganaki was fun and delicious. Zucchini cakes were another highlight
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Decent service, mediocre bland food, high prices
  15. M

    Mlabistro

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The food was quite good but the prices were over the top. Greek food is by and large a humble cuisine and not difficult to make so prices should be reasonable. Second, the music was frenetic and too loud. I prefer traditional ethic Greek music which allows a person to eat in a relaxed way instead of rushing and getting an upset stomach.
  16. FD

    FamilyDiner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good. Not a lot of non-meat choices. A little overpriced.
  17. SL

    ScottL

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. Service is really excellent. Lovely ambience (on the terrace). Just really pricey...
  18. DB

    DocB

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service at Taverna was immaculate. We were celebrating a friend's birthday. We had the perfect table and great guidance on selecting options for our table and culinary needs. Ariana greeted us wonderfully. Mustafa and ALL the servers timed the drinks and food flawlessly. It was truly a magical experience for our party of 6! We can't wait to return for another evening of bliss and fun.
  19. SN

    SN1974

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely experience. Service was slow initially, but got better as the night progressed. Our server was very attentive and efficient. The food was amazing, especially the saganaki, the whole fish, and plaki.
  20. AJ

    AlokJ

    London

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A warm and wonderful experience end to end.
  21. TS

    TashaS

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really loved the music and ambiance. The service is very friendly and the menu is rich in variety - very good for groups, especially those with vegetarian friends.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!
  23. MW

    MissyW

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience all around - staff, food, drinks were all exceptional - thank you!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. It’s always my first choice in Palo Alto. Service from the Hostess, wait staff and bus people is second to None Anywhere.
  25. MW

    MichelleW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there and I can't wait to go back! Beautiful atmosphere, felt like I was in Europe. Food was amazing and the staff and servers were fabulous. Outstanding!
  26. DI

    DavidI

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good meal overall, have visited restaurant in the past and something seemed a bit off, hence why the 4 My chicken was expecting it to be hot but it's warm, so assuming they cooked too quickly vs the other plates. It was still good and ambiance and service were good
  27. AC

    AnneC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday -- great experience
  28. MA

    MeAndJ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food and beverages. Beautiful ambiance. There were four of us and we ordered several small plates including the zucchini fritters. We were not told there were only three fritters, not four. When they were brought to our table, our server said he took the liberty of adding another and we said thank you so much. To us that meant he added a fourth fritter w/o charge. However, we were charged $6 for the fourth fritter. He should have handled that differently by telling us there were only three and asked if we would like to buy another? Or simply add the fourth and don't charge the $6. Our lunch bill was $300. I'm quite taken aback that he charged us and didn't give us the option before doing so. We will go back but we will certainly stay alert to this behavior.
  29. H

    fcHolz

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service led by Antonio and team Great food (as always) Despite expanding tables during the height of the pandemic, I was pleasantly surprised to see that food continues to impress and the menu continues to evolve and stay fresh
  30. h

    hja2

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good! Will return gladly. Service was excellent and food top notch.
  31. JP

    JulieP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, creative, and special. And the service was the best I’ve ever experienced. They enhanced our dinner in such a fun and lovely way. This was an exceptional staff and made for a beautiful and memorable dinner. Wow.
  32. SK

    SusanK

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality and excellent service. A most enjoyable evening! I will go back.
  33. C

    Charles

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really nice setting with very attentive staff. Tasty food and drinks.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The music was too noisy. We couldn’t hear each other.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my new favorite restaurant for business. The staff is amazing with delicious food every time I visit.
  36. PM

    PhilipM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A PA favorite
  37. j

    jensinoz

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a beautiful Greek restaurant with authentic style and attentive staff. The food was wonderful. A great place to take a date.
  38. G

    Gerilou

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and the staff was most accommodating. We were 3 friends getting together for the first time in 18 months. We appreciated their patience with us. The salmon was excellent, especially the crispy skin!
  39. f

    foodlover

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and staff was very good although our particular waitperson was a bit distant.
  40. WG

    WilforGreatfoods

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and wine served by attentive staff in a timeless setting. For 90 minutes we were transported to the Greek Mediterranean, feasting on tender calamari, grilled octopus, smooth feta with olives, fabulous moussaka, and sautéed greens. Top notch baklava and chocolate mousse with raspberry to finish.

FAQs

TAVERNA is rated 4.7 stars by 1085 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 120 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for TAVERNA

800 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2412

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Homer Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nikos Moulinos

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 304-3840

  • Private party facilities

    Taverna Restaurant offers private and large party dining for up to 50 guests in our private event room. Taverna’s event room is ideal for corporate events, birthdays, weddings, and special occasions. Choose between one our three family style menus.

  • Private party contact

    Thanasis Pashalidis or Hakan Bala: (650) 304-3840

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