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#119 of 1,201 Restaurants in Leeds
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Mediterranean, Greek
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the tavernaki bistro after seeing good reviews about bottomless brunch. My boyfriend booked through their website - going into ‘bottomless brunch’ and selecting the date. We were told if we didn’t turn up it would be £40 fee. When we arrived we were...told they don’t do bottomless brunch on a Saturday, only on certain days. So of course, we were disappointed. We mentioned the fact that the website has allowed us to book the bottomless brunch for a saturday and how this had happened? The waiter/server didn’t seem to understand what we were saying and just once again, a little rudely, said ‘we don’t do bottomless brunch on Saturdays’. We decided to stay for food as it was now 2pm. We ordered drinks. I was looking forward to a cocktail so chose the mojito. It was £9 so I expected something nice. When it arrived it looked like pond water. It tasted of the water that you get when your ice cubes had melted with a hint of lemon. Not a mojito by any standards. I wondered if I was being picky so asked my friends to taste too. All of them said it wasn’t very nice and did not taste of anything alcoholic. I decided to ask for another drink. I wasn’t necessarily expecting my money back however I walked over to the waiter at the bar (same man as before) and said ‘could I have a different drink please, this one doesn’t taste very nice.’ He looked confused and said what is it? I said it’s a mojito but it tastes like water with lemon. He said well I can get you another drink but you will have to pay for that one. I didn’t really know what to say to that apart from ok. I then said this tasted like it didn’t have any alcohol in it. He said it had two shots. I disagreed. I went to give it him back and he said to put it back on my table (as I was still going to pay for it) and he would get me the beer I wanted. He brought the beer over a few minutes later. I have no complaints about the food. It was lovely. Expected not great after the drink but it was very tasty. When we paid we had a different server who was more polite and helpful. The drink was still on the table and myself and my friend decided to mention it once more (we really thought £9 cocktails should be better than that!). This server said they do the cocktails like they would in Greece. I said that’s fair however this one tastes as though there’s no alcohol in it, just water (possibly tonic) and lemon. He then said that if we had had the Prosecco one we would have taken this back as that one is very strong! We laughed and said this one is the opposite! He looked at the drink as though to agree as it did not look appealing. I asked for him to try some when he had the chance and he said he would, and that he would also inform his manger. Food great. Cocktails and service - BAD. Picture of the cocktail below. Also - glass had tide marks around it - again - maybe for a cheap cocktail but for this price? No thanks!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Superb food, brilliant staff and a great vibe in the restaurant. Our booking was early Eve but by the time we left the e place was full and a great atmosphere

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 days ago

Me and my partner were really looking forward to dining at Tavernaki as we loved the look of the restaurant and saw some good reviews. However the whole dining experience really didn’t live up to expectation. Upon arrival we were seated in a little booth...away from the other guests inside what was the kitchen/ bar & staff area (The kitchen, bar & clearing bins were literally 6ft away from our seat). The booth just seemed out of place and quite random with it being the only seat within this area of the restaurant. At first we tried to be optimistic and thought it was quite cosy with it being our own small booth away from the loud main restaurant area, however we were unfortunately wrong as the evening progressed. The area was really busy and noisy as all the staff congregated by the pass of the kitchen and the bar (which was right near our table). Paired with the noise of the clearing of plates, bottles been thrown into the bottle bin plus the loud communication amongst the staff was really off putting and unpleasant whilst trying to enjoy a nice evening. I felt really uneasy and like I couldn’t string a sentence together and enjoy a meal with my partner as there was so much going on & noise- not relaxing and enjoyable at all. I’d really recommend asking to sit in the main area of the restaurant or ask to be moved if you’re seated in the booth. I believe this area isn’t fit for paying customers. The food and cocktails were okay, however I thought it was overpriced for what we received. The halloumi was very simple- lightly grilled- no sauce or side. I had the Peppers which were okay however the rice was a little stodgy and the general taste was just bland. The cocktails were disappointing too as they came in warm glasses with no ice and again not much flavour. I feel the price wasn’t a true reflection of the food, cocktails and experience. The evening in general wasn’t enjoyable when considering everything with all the noise, seating and general service as well as the standard of the food. Therefore we won’t be returning to Tavernaki, as I left feeling frustrated, ripped off, dissatisfied and disappointed with our experience. I don’t normally like writing reviews however if we were asked on the night how everything was, whether w enjoyed our meal etc I probably would have mentioned something there and then but we weren’t. In addition as the days have passed I’ve felt more frustrated about our experience and feel like it would be beneficial for your business to leave this review.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As a Greek Cypriot, I was appalled at the so called ‘moussaka’, lacking any form of tomatoes. No flavour to the food at all, lacked the heartiness behind true Greek cuisine. Can only imagine the good reviews come from people who haven’t tried Greek food...before. In desperate need of redoing, it’s not good enough.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked Tavernaki as a good place to catch up with my daughter and sister for lunch. It was empty on arrival of our 1pm Sunday booking. We shared starters. The haloumi, loukaniko sausage and the tzatzik. All were lovely. My only criticism would be...that they are very small portions for the price. Not cheap at £8 and £6 for the tzatziki. For main we had souvlaki, 2 Chicken and 1 pork. Again they were lovely but quite dear I felt at £16 which I guess is a reflection of Leeds prices. We shared a bottle of rose, reasonably priced at £21.95 and my daughter had an Aphrodite’s kiss cocktail. This was way too strong and again somewhat overpriced at £9. We had a lovely time but the restaurant was virtually empty. I think it’s quite overpriced and would benefit from some offers or specials to get more people in. I also think the atmosphere would be better perhaps on an evening. The bill came to £111 with the service charged added which is quite dear for a lunch for 3. Leeds has so many good places but not many Greek places so if it’s your thing, then definitely give it a try.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Top notch food Sides were all tasty especially the chips . Deserts are a must , don’t leave without 1 Beer was good and the shots even better Lovely surroundings, so very Greek Very friendly and attentive staff Elliot the chef went above & beyond...to make us feel very welcomeMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the pleasure to try Tavernaki's new Bottomless Dinner. Greek food is my favourite and I tried Haloumi Soulvaki dish with some Tzatziki. It was beautifully prepared with a good balance of Halloumi, salad, fried vegetables and gorgeous fries seasoned to perfection. I also tried...a cocktail Aphrodite's Kiss which did not survive long as it was too yummy! However, I was not thirsty for long as I thought I will also try some prosecco and some vodka with Cranberry. Overall, I thought it was such a goood value for money as it all costs only £30. Definitely recommend and will be back for more Haloumi Souvlaki action!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 12, 2021

Had a great time here Friday night... popped in on the off-chance they had a table for two available, and was soooo impressed with the service and the food. Our waiter, Aris, was the only one working all the tables, and he did a brilliant...job throughout... I was spoilt for choice and could have easily ordered 75% of the menu if we'd had the time and money. And they have Keo beer, which kinda sealed the deal for me. Great venue. Great food.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 28, 2021 via mobile

The best meal we had in Leeds. Wonderful food, super nice place, friendly staff and the energy of the restaurant is just perfect. More than I recommend, it is mandatory to know and taste the food and wine.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 16, 2021 via mobile

We visited Tavernaki after getting married around the corner at the Civic Hall and they went out of their way to make our experience special - fancy seat covers on our table and a complimentary glass of prosecco for all our guests on arrival were...very much appreciated. They even sorted out a makeshift vase of water for my wife's bouquet. Food and drink was excellent and we really enjoyed our post-wedding celebrations. Thank you so much, Kevin and Hannah :-)More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Response from 757kerry | Reviewed this property |
Hi I wouldn't bother going here with your friend
September 5, 2015|
Response from Tavernaki_Management | Property representative |
Can you please give me your contact number so the I can get in contact with you as I am the mamager and not aware for any of these - I have also mentioned the review on the staff meeting and none took any reaponsibility. We... More
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Tavernaki Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5