First impressions of the new Taverna Opa in Mary Brickell Village:
Distracted, erratic service; limited menu selections (several fish entrees were not in stock early on a Saturday night); loud, pounding modern Greek music, and generally underwhelming, over-salted food made with a heavier hand. Small "meze" dishes are mostly unremarkable, and convey the impression of quantity over quality.
Befit for groups who might enjoy kitschy belly dancing, occasionally deafening music and faux Mediterranean ambience, rather than visit for the cuisine or attentive service, Taverna Opa is part of a small restaurant chain, and the formulaic approach shows here.
Taverna Opa is not unlike a themed restaurant you would find in a shopping mall, though one could likely find a more authentic Greek meal by stopping into a basic Greek diner than here. But since some in Miami likely can't distinguish quality Greek cuisine (the Miami design district's Mandolin and Egg & Dart are both far better restaurants), this place probably has a better chance of commercial success given its location in packed Mary Brickell Village.
That's the mass market for you. I had a mediocre, somewhat pricey meal here, and I'm in no rush to return.
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