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TAVERNA, Palo Alto, CA

TAVERNA

4.6
4.6
980 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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Experiences are available.
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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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What 980 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Greek

  • Peninsula

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  1. DH

    DawnH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were excellent - restaurant decor and size reminded me of a special New York City restaurant. Food portions were petite for the price.

  2. RK

    RameshK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was excellent and fresh. Cocktails were superb. The staff were very attentive and friendly.

  3. Z

    Zougue

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    I recommend the zucchini cakes, the lamb chops and the Rhys Santa Cruz Pinot Noir.

  4. A

    Augs

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first time dining here after passing by many, many times. It was a nice day so we ate outside. The food was fantastic! The service was excellent, very warm and welcoming. The greek salad was so fresh, the octopus was tender and delicious. I had a sandwich that had fries and they were sooooo good. The salad dressing is also delicious. Try it!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    The service was awful. The waiter was shaking the cocktail shaker beside our table and dropped the shaker. The shaker was broken and inside liquid and other stuff were spread on my jacket. The server did not treat seriously and never apologized. We are very disappointed and will never go back. Worst experience ever. It was even our wedding anniversary. He completely ruined our date.

  6. CM

    CassandreaM

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This was my second visit to Taverna, and it was better than my first experience. We (3 of us) were there for a birthday celebration. The Greek food was delicious and abundant. Wine and cocktails perfect. Dessert heavenly. We sat inside and were surprised at how well the noise was managed -- even with two groups of 6, one directly behind my table and another to our left. Service was a bit off, not sure why as there were many staffers at the front of house. We were there for 2+ hours -- too long for us and I imagine the restaurant as well. Yes, I would highly recommend this establishment for either indoor or outdoor dining. Neighborhood parking available.

  7. J

    Joseph

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly staff. Great service. Amazing food. Enjoyed the experience.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Good food but extremely expensive. Mother day brunch was just under $1000 for 4 people including $230 of alcohol.

  9. MS

    MatthewS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food and excellent service in a cozy, warm atmosphere. Love this place!

  10. R

    Rose

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Ordered Fish for main course and Octopus as an appetizer. Both were delicious.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    Over the top loud & unprofessional waiter. Won't be going back.

  12. JT

    JeromeT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptionnel from A to Z ! I highly recommend a visit !

  13. OT

    OutofTowner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    From the suggested wine, to the Tzatziki and Greek Fries, to the Horiatiki Salata, to the Arnaki and the steamed fish. My goodness, the flavors were off the charts mouth watering. Awesome service by all, very attentive and actually stopped to explain some of the dishes. Well done Taverna - we'll be back multiple times.

  14. M

    Megan

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The service is FANTASTIC. Truly the best. Everyone is incredibly attentive and thoughtful. The ambiance is amazing too. I loved my cocktail. We had French fries, village bread, Spanish octopus, cod roe w/potato chips, steamed whole fish, moussaka, the chicken, the chocolate mousse, and some other dessert. The village bread and Spanish octopus were fantastic. The cod roe was good, and the French fries were fine. The fish was bland, the chicken was dry and bland, and the moussaka was flavorful but overly salty. The portions were great. The chocolate mousse had a tough texture. The other dessert was good. If we hadn’t had the small plates, I would have been disappointed. We will go back but just to get the cocktails and small plates.

  15. S

    Scout

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. Love this corner gem.

  16. MG

    MauricioG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, Mustafá and Pepe are amazing at what they do. They made the experience one to remember.

  17. LA

    LizaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place. Got together with colleagues. Will come back to hold business dinners.

  18. AJ

    AnneJabba

    San Antonio

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We gave Taverna a second chance. It was like we visited a completely different restaurant than the one we ate at (and wasn’t very impressed by) 6 months ago. The service, wine recommendation, food-all VERY GOOD! Looking forward to our next visit.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lunch with my daughter

  20. GL

    GuiL

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Friendly service but uneven quality and way too expensive.

  21. SC

    SueC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Delicious food and excellent service. We will be back.

  22. GS

    GrahamS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Excellent small plates; great wine via the Coravin

  23. SF

    SarahF

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Nice place for lunch.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Arrived few minutes early. Hostess was no welcoming. Waiter who took order very unprofessional, didn’t give an effort to make us welcoming. Very snobby. Not used to multiethnic guests.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    The server was not very attentive Service was mediocre Almost as many servers as there were diners, but service not impressive at all

  26. MA

    MikeA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stergios, and his team were great! His extra ordinary service created a memorable night! Thanks!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    YUM!!! One of my favorite places in Palo Alto

  28. b

    businessdinner

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and great service ... accommodated having to delay reservation a day, then were very helpful suggesting what to order, beautifully served and all excellent .. octopus, calamari, pita, dips, lamb chops, greek fries, bougatsa and baklava all delicious.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Attentive staff, good food, and nice interior

  30. M

    Maurice

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, loved lamb chops, flaming cheese, octopus, calamari and all desserts!

  31. k

    kauainewbie

    New England

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We LOVE LOVE LOVE Taverna. It is the only restaurant I know of where the wait staff is able to function in pre-pandemic excellence: courteous, recognizing loyal customers, knowledgeable without being pushy about their menu etc. The food is amazing. There is plenty of outdoor seating if you, like us, still prefer the safety of outdoors. However the indoor dining looks enchanting. This has become our go to place to take guests because we are certain it will be a great experience.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat outdoors on a beautiful sunny day. I felt like I was in Greece. Space is charming, food is tasty and the staff/owners are welcoming.

  33. M

    Mary

    Tahoe

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Pricey. Service was very attentive. Ambiance was ok. Didn’t live up to our expectations.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    For 2 people our bill was 350. Wait staff was good Food was good.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good and experience was exquisite as always with great ambience. Somehow I always spend 50% more then I expected here - but part of that could be too much wine :-).

  36. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Taverna is the best Greek restaurant in the area. I have been there twice now and everything was wonderful both times. The service is excellent and it is the perfect special occasion restaurant.

  37. PT

    PorscheTwo

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Exceptional service and special accommodations made. Quite impressive. Nice ambiance.

  38. MB

    MurrayB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent hospitality and delicious food!!

  39. CB

    CheriB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Authentic amazingly delicious Greek cuisine prepared with care and pride, service was impeccable and attentive, ambience lovely for lunch, we chose indoors though outdoors also an option. The owner visited our table and made friendly and helpful suggestions on the menu as dishes are the real thing, not standard fare most Americans are used to. We were glad we listened to her! Five stars all around!

  40. MB

    MikeB

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5

    Great restaurant but they were very pushy trying to move us through the meal to give up the table… the place was empty and they were still rushing us

FAQs

TAVERNA is rated 4.6 stars by 980 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 1 time 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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