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“Delicious Authentic Greek Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Greek Taverna

The Greek Taverna
5755 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233
941-922-8140
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Ranked #48 of 822 restaurants in Sarasota
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Delicious Authentic Greek Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Went here on reccomendation of Trip Advisor (4 people) We were not dissapointed. This is a family run place with all smiles. George the owner recognized we had not been to mhis place before and raved about his food before we ordered. He was right. The lamb shank was huge and delicious and the special fresh fish with a greek topping was out of site. Don't forget the warm rice pudding and a long chat with George

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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USA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Little Greek Jewel in Sarasota”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

My wife and her mother and aunt (both Greek immigrants) stopped into this small family run place. We were not disappointed; all the appetizers and entrees we had were excellent. Service was good as well and George, the owner, went out of his way to ensure that his guests were being well taken care of. To top it off the prices are very reasonable.

Give this place a try!! We will definitely be going back.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Food was good, many Greeks were eating here tonight!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

First, let me mention the photo in the ad - unless they have corrected it - is NOT the photo of the front of the restaurant. And unfortunately, my photo, for some crazy tech reason, does not show the lit up name on the sign, but it is there - The Greek Taverna - Mediterranean Cuisine.
And in a strip center, so you will have to look for it, but you should!
And why some of these restaurants don't seem to have a webpage is hard to understand.
OK, we step in. Not an overly decorated place, however, it is clean and tables are set.
Greeted warmly, and at 6pm on a Saturday night in mid-January, there are plenty of tables and booths available. But the place fills up by the time we leave, and surprisingly - well, maybe not surprisingly - there are quite a number of Greek families who come in. I guess they know something about the food!
The waitress was quick to bring us our menus and ask if we would like a drink - wine or beer. We selected a Greek red wine and then had our chance to look the menu over.
Very typical fare and very complete selection of Greek dishes. Briefly described to make it easy for the novice Greek visitor.
The wine arrives along with some bread and butter.
I always get the lemon-chicken soup - Avgolemono - and this was very tasty, with small chunks of chicken. I always want more of this. The soup comes with the meal.
Main course - a chicken shish kabob. I usually get lamb, which was available along with beef, but in any case, picked a good one, because the chicken was cooked and seasoned just right, and the vegetables - tomato, onion, green pepper - were not over cooked, so still had a bit of fresh crunch.
My wife's meal included a Greek salad - which was fresh lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, olives, and feta cheese. And a nice portion.
For her main course - pastichio - which is like a Greek lasagna with ground beef. Again, a good portion and delicious.
Accompanying the food was George - the owner - who stopped by our table many times to check on our satisfaction with the meals and to thank us again and again for coming to the restaurant.
Pretty good food. Prompt service. Reasonable prices - average for the appetizer and main course was about $14. Friendly. Worth an evening. Just wish we had taken the time to sample the Greek desserts. Always a shame to miss those, but next time - and there will be a next time - for sure!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Surprisingly Authentic and Delicious Greek food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Having traveled to Greece three times in the last ten years (four for my wife) and living in Boston (fairly small Greek community) we have been in search of good authentic Greek cuisine for a long time and with little luck. We were shocked to find what we were looking for nested in a plaza among a nail salon, an adult store and other random shops. My wife (vegetarian) and I are well traveled and take our quest for finding authentic cuisine (not just Greek) seriously. Tonight a group of four of us dined at The Greek Taverna and I must say it exceeded our expectations by far. My wife had the stuffed tomatoes/peppers dish and bean soup and I had the owner's special dish of the night - the octopus pasta and lemon rice soup. We also shared a Country Greek salad (all the good stuff you will find in a Greek salad but without unnecessary lettuce). The food was extremely authentic, delicious and fresh. We all enjoyed how the chef (owner's wife) uses just the right level of spices which we do not often find in other Greek restaurants in US. The menu was very extensive with all of the items you will find in Greece (this is NOT just another pizza/gyro joint calling itself an authentic Greek cuisine). We dinned on a Thursday and it was a slow night. The owner (George) spent a lot of time sitting down with us and recommended a lot of delicious dishes, wine and desserts. His daughter was our waitress and was also very nice and attentive. If you are looking for a casual and authentic Greek family restaurant with delicious food you cannot go wrong with this place. If they would only move it out of a plaza to a bigger and more touristy/pedestrian place, this would be one of the top restaurants in Sarasota, but then it probably won't have the same warm feel.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Food, music, and service were all excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I had the beef-based moussaka with eggplant, potato, and zucchini accompanied by retsina. For the soup course I ordered lentil soup, which had a little spice and heat to it. All were delicious. Owner George was very friendly and hospitable as though we were guests in his house. His daughter Vanessa waited on the tables and was knowledgeable about all the dishes and also very efficient as well as being warm and friendly. I will definitely go back, since I need to try the lamb shank and the galaktoboureko, my favorite Greek dessert. It's a baklava-type dessert, less sweet, with a custardy filling and lemon-orange topping, no nuts. Actually, based on what I tasted tonight, one wouldn't do wrong eating one's way through the whole menu.

A recording of upbeat Greek dance music was pleasant to listen to on their quality sound system. The sound level was loud enough so that one could hear the nuances of the music but also quiet enough that one could speak with others.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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