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“Best of the Best Hands down!!!”
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Ranked #28 of 2,001 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $32
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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.
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“Best of the Best Hands down!!!”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

I have dined at some of the best restaurants in the US from NY city to San Fran and I have to say that Taverna ranks with the best. I have dined here at least twice a month since they opened and I have to say that they put Jacksonville on the culinary map for a place that respects the food and who offer dishes that are both creative and simple in preparation but over the top in flavor and quality. Its says a lot that using the finest ingredients from meats to olive oils to fish and freshly made pasta put Taverna at the top of the dining scene in Jacksonville. The new menu with paella with pasta was delicious. The hanger steak, pasta carbonara, and the Fungi Pizza are first class. The wine list and service round out the total experience. They put a lot of attention on the list and I have found some great offerings only found here. The service is top notch and the team of Sam and Kiley, Rachel and Brian and the entire wait staff make it a real pleasure to dine with them. It has been 5 years and it only gets better on each visit from food to service to total experience.

Must eats: Fungi Pizza, Baked Chicken, ORECCHIETTE(when offered) Steak special(when offered), and the Paella with pasta.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Sandy B
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great pizza, excellent wine”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

Stopped in for a quick lunch after landing in Jacksonville. Seated myself at the bar and was helped immediately by the bartender, Mary. When I asked if the particular wine I wanted had been recently opened I was offered a taste. It was a very good Spanish Tempranillo. I ordered a pizza and it was an excellent example of Neapolitan style pizzas. I asked the bartender to send my compliments to the chef. I wish I were staying in the area longer so I could sample more of Taverna's interesting menu.

Visited May 2014
Thank Larry S
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Arlington, Virginia
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173 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Cookie boxes!”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

Taverna is located in a busy little neighborhood with several restaurants to choose from. The margarita pizza I had was well-prepared, with fresh basil and an even fresher tomato sauce. The chef offers a box of cookies on the desert menu - a lovely finish to my meal!

Visited May 2014
Thank Qlever
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St. Johns, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Maybe it's become too good.”
Reviewed April 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have always loved Taverna for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Great food and wine selections. Service is normally responsive to time of day. This time (6:30pm on Monday) it took almost 3 hours to get through a pretty simple dinner for 3 people. Food still great. Maybe just a short staff on Mondays??

Visited April 2014
Thank JNMEnterprises
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Went for lunch, had the brunch!”
Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised to have the option for brunch even if well after 1 pm. Poached eggs and fresh coffee flavorfully filled that breakfast hankering that I had. Friendly staff, historic building, and cutlery with heft. Will be back again when in San Marco!

Thank walkabout56
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