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“Greek Tapas - a great idea!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taverna Blu

Taverna Blu
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Ranked #1,329 of 4,615 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $5 - $22
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
San Diego, California
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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Greek Tapas - a great idea!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Everything is fresh at Taverna Blu! The menu contains small plates and great variety of Greek classics. The calamari is delicious - cut thick and not over-cooked. The Greens in Lemon Sauce is simple but you crave them long after. Try the Green Eggs & Gyros: cuts of lamb on toasted bread, topped with a sunnyside egg and a drizzle of pesto. This place is great for a full meal or for sampling snacks.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SeeSleepEat
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
744 reviews
432 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,379 helpful votes
“Good but not great food... But good service and trendy spot..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

I came here the other night for dinner with my wife after watching a movie around the corner at that great luxury Cinema they have upstairs. We live not too far away from here so we're always over at this Del Mar Heights shopping area.

We've seen this place packed before. I think it gets a regular crowd that comes here. Our friend/neighbor told us she gets take out food here once in a while.

I thought the food was good. Not great but good and the service was friendly. We ordered some hummus and the pita bread that came with it wasn't warm or fresh but when we asked for some more bread they DID bring out some piping hot fresh delicious bread.

My lamb and beef Gyro sandwich dish was good with the french fries. I'd definitely go back again.

Not the best Greek out there but not the worst either.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank saintba
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San Diego, California
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99 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Greek Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

Having been to Greece this is a middling try at the food for Del Mar tastes. We enjoyed what we ate, Have been there several times when it opened, but found it a bit pricey for what it was. This is a place to eat, talk loudly to be heard, and fight the parking issues of the shopping center. We have tried to go back but got frustrated trying to find a parking space. We know other places that are outside the CV area that have equal or better food and no parking problem.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hoofmark
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San Diego, California
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225 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Terrific chicken and salmon dishes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

We took our friends here because our first experience at this restaurant was so good--the gyros plate had been delicious. We were delighted this time around as well. Both house-special chicken dishes were excellent and our friend praised the salmon dish he ordered. Another friend enjoyed the vegetarian dish, saying the carrots, squash, and broccolli were cooked just right and had real flavor. All of us were impressed with the lemon rice that came with the meat dishes. The atmosphere is pleasant inside where we ate on our first visit. We ate outside on the glass enclosed patio tonight. The metal chairs outside were a bit cold on this chilly night despite the overhead heaters. Also, the car lights from nearby traffic might be distracting for some. Dine inside if tables are available. The restaurant filled up both times we were there. Next time, we will try the lamb kabob plate that we saw at a nearby table.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lindymiles
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Santa Rosa, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Incredible !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

Being a foodie, it is tough to be impressed, but Taverna Blu is phenominal! It has fabulous food, attentive yet personable service, an incredible design and energetic vibe. It does have a so-cal feel mixed with a european flair. If we lived down here it would be a weekly place to visit. The food is clean in ingredients and flavor. True, authentic and flavorful. There are some twists that tickle the taste buds. You are lucky if you live here. This is a "must experience" restaurant and fun. TB's focus on small plates is a way to taste and share alot of "Large" flavor.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Debiben
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