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TAVERNA, Palo Alto, CA

TAVERNA

4.7
4.7
1124 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 25 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

    $125.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    TAVERNA's "Family Style" menu is required for all parties greater than 6 guests. The menu is three courses of "Family Style" dining, $125 per guest. TAVERNA also offers private dining and event spaces for up to 60 guests. To inquire about booking events or group dining, please email events@tavernarestaurant.net.
  • NYE Dec 31st 2022

    $150.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Taverna New Year's Eve Dinner - Guests will be enjoying a 4-course "Family" style menu at $150 Per Guest and a Credit Card will be required to secure the reservation. To view our menu, please visit our website @ http://tavernarestaurant.net/
  • LUNCH LARGE PARTIES FAMILY STYLE MENU

    $65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    TAVERNA's "Family Style" LUNCH menu is required for all parties greater than 6 guests. The menu is three courses of "Family Style" dining, $65 per guest. TAVERNA also offers private dining and event spaces for up to 60 guests. To inquire about booking events or group dining, please email events@tavernarestaurant.net.

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What 1,124 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Greek

  • Peninsula

    Best Ambiance

  • Peninsula

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were looking for a Greek restaurant in Palo Alto and stumbled upon Taverna from Yelp reviews. Hands down the best dining experience we have had for 2022. Service was impeccable, food was outstanding and ambiance was as perfect!
  2. j

    jenp

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and fun atmosphere! The food is also incredible! I love the veggie dishes!
  3. L

    Leslea

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable, dinner was tasty, outside dining (at our request) was fine (and warm) under the heaters.
  4. HR

    HakimReza

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Probably one of the more under attended restaurants in Palo Alto. After several recent visits, we are impressed by the quality of the food, the thoughtful care in its handling and preparation. Presentation is pleasing without being showey. Service has been attentive and not obsequious. Our pets are graciously accommodated thanks to a very substantial outdoor venue. Don't expect a huge menu of gyros, kebabs or Village Salad. Do expect tradionally based cuisine respectful of season and ingredients. The single suggestion I would make is to offer Mavrodaphne of Patra by the glass with dessert. καλή όρεξη
  5. VA

    VicA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were fantastic and the food was very authentic. I felt like I was in Plaka!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    I will make it short and sweet From the hostess stand to the bill very poor experience Food good. service sucked. Too much attitude! menu needs to be expanded snooty vibe Waiter screwed up 2 of the 5 things. Of course did not write it down We said something to the manager and he could care less. Save your money. Go somewhere else
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We orders the Salmon roe as an appetizer and it was way too creamy for me. Taverna is always good but I feel the menu has become a bit stale and I would like to see something new and upcoming there. Otherwise we like Taverna.
  8. RH

    RobinH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, the food was just delicious and the service was wonderful. I think I just found my new favorite restaurant.
  9. KH

    KathyH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Dinner and cocktails were good. Service staff was Uber attentive. Made our guest feel special. Worth another visit.
  10. SP

    StephenP

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner.
  11. k

    katharina

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Very pricy but good food. Service was overbearing, made it hard to have a conversation because we got interrupted by them so much
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar food and service
  13. RS

    RajS

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Friendly wait staff, excellent food as always. My companion had the lamb (Arnaki) which is reliably delicious if a little pricey. I had the Moussaka from the evening menu which was fabulous - the hefty béchamel sauce rich meat and potatoes really work for a crisp November day.
  14. SS

    SamS

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch. Food was delicious and unique. Service was great. Lovely location in Palo Alto
  15. e

    eispy30

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's been a long time since I enjoyed such a wonderful dining experience as we did at Taverna. It's an expensive dinner but we were happy to splurge for such a fun evening. Two friends and I were celebrating one of our birthdays which I had noted in the reservation. They sat us at a table that was fine but there was a draft from the open door. I asked if there was another table available and they graciously moved us to another table. All the waitstaff were friendly and efficient. We appreciated our server not being overbearing with suggestions of what to order and didn't rush us. Food was fantastic - Tzatziki and Melitzanosalat appetizers were perfect, the Maroulosalat was beautiful and so fresh! Entrees of Lamb Chops, Moussaka and Grilled Prawns were delicious. Finished off with a shared dessert of Bougats along with more wine - Opa!
  16. GG

    GregoryG

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a group of 6 former co-workers from EMC meet up for a dinner reunion event at Taverna. Went with the $95/person family style menu plus Greek Wine. Everything was truly authentic - farm to table Greek food served in three multi-dish courses. Staff are all Greek and service was excellent. Highly Recommend!
  17. i

    iami

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The expensive baklava dessert was not authentic. Not the right nuts, not enough honey, not enough layers of phyllo. Taste was too nutty (walnuts?) and not sweet enough. Not sure their moussaka is authentic either.
  18. P

    Peter

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience as always. Impeccable and caring service. Delicious food. Couldn’t recommend more highly
  19. C

    Cat1

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience5
    The food was good. Service was helpful but they sneakily served us truffle appetizer without disclosing the charges and then charged $300 for that.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was not very good especially for the price
  21. AH

    AnneH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    First time here for a business lunch when Evvia was booked up two weeks out. I wasn't impressed with the food or the service for the cost. Also the waiters cleared our bread and even some of our plates before we were finished.
  22. e

    eispy30

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I've eaten at Taverna's a few times and the food is always delicious. I typically go for lunch and do a lot of shared their plates with friends. Their tzatziki is the absolute best, along with eggplant spread. The service is always professional and top notch. Lastly, the vibe of Taverna's feels special and festive - whether dining indoors or out.
  23. m

    mslovecats

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy eating at Taverna. Good for groups; order a bunch of things to share. Our favorites include the saganaki, the cod roe spread, the crispy potato wedges. The butter lettuce and brussels sprouts salad is a nice complement to any main dish. For dessert, recommend the Greek yogurt and the chocolate mousse.
  24. M

    Matt

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife, newborn and dog went on a lovely Saturday afternoon and had an amazon service and meal. Definitely will be coming back to this establishment
  25. A

    Andrea

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have brought out if town house guests on two visits for a lively and special small plate sharing dinner at Taverna and had great evenings The dining environment inside and outside is beautiful - visit each of the various unique dining spaces but especially the beautiful clean well appointed mutigender bathrooms! The wines imported from Greece are worth trying The food is perfectly prepared The staff are super friendly knowledgeable and attentive Its just like being in a lively eatery in Greece
  26. NC

    NorCalGal

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taverna is so reliable for delicious food and wonderful, friendly staff. Excellent escape!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! Service really good! I will come back ✨
  28. i

    iami

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Wow! Real, authentic moussaka!
  29. s

    suomalainen

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant and great service, will go there again👍😀
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food has moved from great to good . I have been eating here ever since the pandemic and as volumes have > the impact on quality is evident
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We tried the new brunch offerings and had a very enjoyable time. Food was great - we tried 5 dishes and shared all of them among the three of us. Service was also very good. It was a bit loud even though we were outside, perhaps just unlucky to have loud parties near us. Nice parklet with pretty decorations. Overall very good and will happily return.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It’s was my son’s 15th birthday and we asked for a candle to blow at the end. They had the courage to bring one candle one plate with 3 caramels on the side. I was embarrassed for them, it was pathetic . Very price for what you get. The service and ambience is what it’s worth for, but $25 for a small starter, it’s quite too much.
  33. HE

    HENRYC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    service great. portions small. octopus weak. taramoslata was very good. would not hurry back
  34. LH

    LoveHawaii1315

    St. Louis

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone from the hostess to the server went above and beyond! The food was amazing and the ambiance is unbeatable . Cannot wait to return
  35. A

    Amiran

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in the area! Delicious food, outstanding service and unforgettable experience. Strongly Recommend!!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebration
  37. SG

    SashaG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, octopus, wild salmon, and calamari are to die for.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    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.
  39. ND

    NathalieD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

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

    missella

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    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

FAQs

TAVERNA is rated 4.7 stars by 1124 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 25 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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