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.
Hours of Operation:
11:00AM - 3:00PM Lunch
5:00PM - 10:00PM Dinner
11:00AM - 3:00PM Lunch
5:00PM - 11:00pm Dinner
10:00AM - 3:00PM Brunch & Lunch
5:00PM - 11:00PM Dinner
10:00AM - 3:00PM Brunch & Lunch
5:00PM - 10:00PM Dinner
$30 and under
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Banquet, 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
I went with my boyfriend to celebrate hi ...
I went with my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday. Tables for 2 are small and the place is a bit crowded but the experience was still good.
Our server was very attentive and was so nice by describing the plates and helping us choose a good wine pairing.
The food is so delicious. I loved the grilled baby octopus. For entrees we had the scallops and the salmon. Everything was exquisite, very well presented and with good combination of flavor a and ingredients.
We will definitely be back soon!
We love the food and the service at Tave ...
We love the food and the service at Taverna. Everything is done with thought and attentiveness, and the atmosphere just adds to the experience. Would recommend it for anything from casual dinner to special occasion!
Good spot. One of my favorites in Jax, e ...
Good spot. One of my favorites in Jax, especially as I am not from Jax. One thing the restaurant could use is a bit more humility. If the meal isn't quite right, as it wasn't for me, then the staff should do their best to make it right, or else at least comp the price. Neither was offered to me. The best restaurants always strive hard to make the best dishes, and solicit feedback in various ways. That all said, I'd certainly return to this place, as it's in my top 20 surely for Jax.
Booked thru open table and was on time f ...
Booked thru open table and was on time for our 6:30 reservations with a confirmation the day before but they said we were a "no show". Our particular seats were terrible in the back on the far right hand side at the back door against the window and the sun was terrible. It was blinding and not very flattering. I know it is hard to compete with the quality and quantity of all the good Italian restaurants in Houston but Italian food does not have to be that expensive. The food cost is very low. Wait til you see your bill.
We all loved our dinners, kicked off by ...
We all loved our dinners, kicked off by a happy hour at the bar with Andrew mixing the best Manhattan! Every pasta dish I've tried at Taverna is amazing - so flavorful and creative, and beautifully presented. The scallops are reliably delicious every visit. The pizza is inventive with crispy crust and and gooey toppings. The wait staff is always friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and specials. I love this place!
This is one of my absolute favorite rest ...
This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Jacksonville. The food is always exceptional. The drinks are awesome. Service is always a treat. They are fun and knowledgeable about the menu. Taverna has the best scallops in Jacksonville. I have been to many restaurants to try the scallops and nobody can beat Taverna. Great place to go for brunch or for a girls get together or just to get a scallops fix!!
This was my first time at this restauran ...
This was my first time at this restaurant. Lovely atmosphere, can get a bit noisy. Waiter was attentive and manager came by twice to ask how we were doing and if everything was satisfactory. I had the tomato, feta and watermelon salad which was absolutely amazing. My guest had a steak that was a sizeable portion. She took part of it home. My ravioli with ratatouille was flavorful. But maybe a bit too much sauce for my liking.
One of my favorite restaurants in Jackso ...
One of my favorite restaurants in Jacksonville. I had the salmon and my husband had steak. He thoroughly enjoyed his dish as did I. We would easily drive across town to dine at Taverna but fortunately for us, we can walk from our home! We are never disappointed.
We were in Jacksonville for a weekend to ...
We were in Jacksonville for a weekend to celebrate my birthday. We chose Taverna as a restaurant to dine in the day of the occasion. Google told us they serve European cuisine, which turned out to be true. However, it was not your original French or Italian place. The menu has a variety of dishes, which were mostly Mediterranean. The prices were slightly higher than desired for the food offered. But the portions were relatively big, so I guess their was a fair value for money. The service was average though: neither outstanding, nor poor. The
Overall, our experience was very good.
The experience was better than most at T ...
The experience was better than most at Taverna. The food and service were great. At first we sat in the private dining room but the volume level of people talking was very loud for a date. We relocated to the upper level table area and it was better but still fairly loud. The chef made a special dish for my vegan and gluten free girlfriend and we appreciated the effort.
My husband and I have been to Taverna se ...
My husband and I have been to Taverna several times and it never disappointed. The food had always been fresh and delicious. However, we were less than impressed on this last visit. It seems that management changed and the restaurant has suffered.
Taverna has a beautiful bar. So how is it they only has 2 beer selections? I ordered a mixed drink and it came in a juice-size glass that was filled with ice. For a restaurant known for it's bar, and for the price, this was disappointing.
The service was lackluster. No one came to check on us during dinner. My husband ordered the seafood stew and was pleased, although he said it was a bit salty. I ordered the beet salad. Having gotten it on prior occasions, I thought I knew what to expect. What I always enjoyed about this salad was the marcona almonds and fresh beets. Instead, I got canned beets and no almonds.
We ordered a side of broccolini that was so salty it was inedible. The manager came to our table to apologize for the salty broccolini....then charged us for them.
Taverna just fell off of our favorites list.
My dinner was very good but my husband w ...
My dinner was very good but my husband was disappointed in his. The server did not tell him that they had run out of clams in the seafood stew and there was no crabmeat as described. The manager explained that there is just a little crab in the stew but it was not even noticeable. We think this is poor. The manager gave us a dessert to make up for it, but my husband would have rather had the dish as described. Also, our waitress was affected but did bring us what we asked for promptly.
Great meal choices for vegetarians. Ser ...
Great meal choices for vegetarians. Server was great. Wonderful experience. Only complaint - air conditioning blows strongly on many places in the restaurant. Must bring a wrap and something to cover neck because get blown on. Know where to request table but still sometimes a problem. Would certainly go back soon and recommend to others.
Must get the scallops next time
My date and I had a 9pm reservation on a Friday evening. We were seated immediately, but the restaurant seemed fairly quiet at that time anyway.
We began our meal with the charcuterie board based on the waiter's recommendation. Depending on how many items you get, it can be fairly filling. We ended up doing 3 meats and 2 cheeses, and it was so good. Between the two of us we ate just about every morsel, but still had room for our entrees. It helped that we took our time and paced everything out.
I ended up doing the ribeye special for that evening, and my date ordered the scallops and risotto. I am a big red meat fan, and my steak was prepared just as I had ordered. I thoroughly enjoyed meal, but I have to say that my date's scallops were out of this world. They had a beautiful golden sear on each side with the center being perfectly done and so tender. Unlike many scallops I've eaten, these scallops had no sign of the typical ocean grit that scallops tend to have. I was quite pleased when my date asked me to help her finish her scallops. And the risotto was tender and creamy and had great flavor. The risotto was a perfect complement to the scallops.
This was my second time at Taverna and definitely will not be my last. I need to get an order of those scallops all for myself.
We went to Taverna for brunch on Saturday (party of 14) and dinner on Monday (party of 6). I had only been to Taverna for brunch a few times before. This time was excellent. It's hard to please 14 people with their individual requests and have the food come out at the same time still hot but they did it. I don't know why we don't go more often. We will now. Dinner was also excellent. It was Memorial Day and the place was hopping. Everyone truly enjoyed their meals and again, they catered to our individual requests. Taverna is our go to restaurant when we want to have a very good meal. They are very consistent. The wait staff is very attentive. We love it!
Not worth the money
First of all - way overpriced for what it offers. The food was alright, really nothing special. Drinks were not amazing. We asked if the bartender could make a specific drink, were told yes, but got something completely different. It seems like this place pretends to be a higher level of restaurant than it really is. The impression I got from the crowd - "I don't really know what high quality food/drinks/service is, but if it's expensive it must be good so I will go there and pretend like it's a great place." Last note about the service - bad. Our waitress acted strange, didn't know which plates go where, would pick stuff off the table then return and put it back, and she was gone for really long periods of time while the restaurant was pretty much empty. Disappointed with absolutely everything and will not be returning.
Taverna is one of my favorite places to ...
Taverna is one of my favorite places to enjoy a meal with my people. The staff is very professional. They have the "customer is always right" attitude which every restaurant should maintain. The manager, Liam, is so welcoming and makes sure to stop by every table and ask how the mea was. If a diner happy, he makes sure to make it right. I can honestly say never had a bad experience at Taverna.
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