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“Simply Wonderful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taverna

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Ranked #22 of 1,982 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$32
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Atlantic Boulevard
Description: Taverna specializes in seasonal European cuisine heavily influenced by Italy and Spain using the freshed local ingredients.Our wine selection mirrors this philosphy with a focus on terroir driven wines from Spain and Italy and an emphasis on quality.
Florida
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Simply Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

First, in the spirit of full disclosure, I was lucky enough to attend a cooking demonstration given by Chef Efron a week prior to this dinner visit, which was a very enjoyable and entertaining evening. If anyone tells you that a Caesar salad is “just a salad” remind them it is really all about the dressing, and Chef Sam’s is very good. Also, his Florida sweet corn risotto is wonderful, especially with the sweet corn puree (OMG). It is what prompted me to suggest we have dinner there on this evening. However, I did not mention to our server I had attended the demonstration so there was no special treatment.
This visit was on a Saturday, we arrived slightly early before dinner service began, so we started with a cheese and charcuterie plate which is always beautifully presented and a glass of wine, never disappointed with this.
For dinner, we chose one of the specials (14oz rib-eye) and the house made Pappardelle. The steak was cooked to perfection, the balsamic glaze was just the right touch and fingerling potatoes were delicious. The house made pasta was very good, just the right amount of sauce, basil and parmesan, Yum.
Save room for desert, they never disappoint. The apple dumplings were marvelous and of course the cookie plate is always the perfect touch to enjoy with a cup of coffee or espresso at the end of the meal.
This is truly a terrific place to have a lite snack, full meal, drinks and desert. You cannot miss here, and we’ll be back again very soon and often.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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North Palm Beach, Florida
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272 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A decent lunch - service not very friendly”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013 via mobile

We stopped at Tavera to meet some friends for lunch. As we were waiting the server didn't seem that engaged to take care of us. It was almost like we were inconveniencing her. The meal was fine but not what we had hoped for as we were told it was an excellent restaurant. No real need to return. We're sure there are man other good options in the area.

Visited April 2013
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Amelia Island, Florida
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic brunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stopped in on Sunday and had a fantastic brunch. Started with a mimosa (traditional) and some banana bread which was perfect. I had the poached eggs dish and it was not only delicious but the perfect portion size. My husband had the omelet and really enjoyed that as well. The service was great and we will most definitely come back next time we're in the San Marco area.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jacksonville, Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good food but Same old menu since they've opened”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

This place has good food but the regular diners don't go back as often now because they just don't change their menus.

Visited March 2013
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Jacksonville
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“SO Worthwhile”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

Taverna is located within a couple of miles of our house so we go there fairly often. Also of note, they have a lovely outside seating area that is dog friendly - they even bring you a bowl of water for your doggie dining companion. The service here is excellent. The staff know the menu, the wine list and what looks especially good that night. They are happy to provide an opinion when asked. The menu isn't particularly long, and I often will get 2 appetizers, or an appetizer and salad for my dinner, which is just about the right amount of food. They also have a (and I cannot spell this to save my soul) charcuterie (meats and cheese) platter where you choose the cheeses and/or meats that you want to try. This comes beautifully presented, and if you aren't familiar with any of the choices your server will be happy to offer suggestions. They do not have salt and pepper on the tables, but they will be happy to provide them when asked.

They have a nice bar area where I have seen people eating. The only problem with this area is that it is located right next to a row of tables. When a group of people comes in looking to have a few drinks and conversation, those table nearby can be fairly loud.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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