Great food, great people, great environment. A very welcome addition to the Palo Alto food scene.
Stelios is masterful. Service all around is top notch. Food was superb. Wine pairing perfect. Dessert divine.
Disappointing food, poorly executed.
Really nothing to recommend this place -- we had the sesame bread with rendered lamb butter (kind of tasteless), Taramasalata (any New York Greek diner has better), Raw Fish (seemed to have been overly handled -- sliced irregularly, kind of warm, with tasteless accompaniments), greens (somehow not cooked yet overcooked, with an oily finish that was cut with vinegar but separate, not emulsified), and lamb chops (asked for rare, came out medium, and not as good as the chops from Bianchini's market). Wine was good.
Overall it was a forgettable (hopefully -- we'll see about the raw fish) experience.
And quite pricey. Makes me long for a greek diner, though.
Added below the next day:
On reflection, I feel I was too generous in my review, so I removed a star. The food was really bad. And really quite expensive.
The service was spectacular. The food varied from the usual Greek fare but the classic dishes were excellent!
Not worth the price. Quality of food and service was poor.
Favorite restaurant in Palo Alto! Amazing, fresh food with impeccable service. My go-to spot for business lunches as well as dinner dates with friends :)
It was a fantastic lunch
We decided to try something different with friends and ate recently at this great Greek taverna. Very authentic dishes and atmosphere and great service. There are some very unusual dishes, so select carefully to make sure they match your tastes. Also some very pricey options but there are plenty at more modest prices.
Great new space in Palo Alto. Service and food was wonderful. We'll be back!
My favorite restaurant! The food is wonderful and the servers are always so professional.
It was incredibly loud on a Thursday evening. The food was way overpriced and only okay. And the service was very pushy. Would not recommend.
some wine options are overpriced but the food is fresh and great.
It was a lovely experience. Great service, food came quickly , beautifully presented and delicious!
Birthday dinner!! Really great!! Will go again!
Wonderful charm and attentive wait staff without being overbearing. A real gem.
This was our second time at this neighborhood restaurant off the beaten path on Homer Ave, in Palo Alto. We love Greek food ala nearby Evvia.
All four of us enjoyed our appetizers and entrees (e.g. the fish special, the chicken, the tomato appetizer).
My concern is that for these (very high) prices, I'd expect a far more elegant experience. The feel was all very hussle-bussle. Tables were packed together, the noise level was high, and the service felt rushed and frenetic. The servers put our courses on the table, very quickly described them, and moved on to their next task. Even the saganaki, a dish meant to be served with some theatrics (with a flame) was lit near the kitchen (and not near the table) and quickly dropped off.
That's fine if they want to capture the energy and pace of a traditional Greek restaurant, but in that case, drop the prices by 50%. The fish special, albeit quite good, was $50. A mismatch.
Wonderful Mediterranean food! I would definitely come back.
The restaurant is very subtle from the outside; cute on the inside. The server we had was somewhat gruff and came across as not very happy to be working. The food was good, not great. As we are going to Greece next month, we were excited to eat Greek food in anticipation of our trip. There are other restaurants we will try next.
Bday. Loved it start to finish
The food was great and loved the selection on the menu, ambiance, and the wine selection. Our original waiter we had wasn’t experienced & after our questions we quickly were given a A+ server. Definitely recommending to as many people as I can. Total hidden gem in Palo Alto.
Extremely overpriced. Service terrible. Way better high end Greek restaurants in the Bay Area.
The dips and rilettes came with potato chips and bread biscuits that looked and tasted like they have come from the supermarket across the street days before. The service and food prepared in the kitchen were much, much better.
Amazing food, interesting wine list. Some things we loved: the super fresh salad with an almost creamy feta (didn't think that was possible), the striped bass special - crispy skin, deliciously cooked. Go for a special occasion
Went for anniversary dinner with the family. The service was really slow especially the first courses. The pita bread took the longest and I had to ask at least three times for it! (I mean It’s just pita bread). The entree course (service) was much better and I think that they had more help. For the price service needs to be commensurate. Food was great but unfortunately the service didn’t match. Bummer.
Ambiance is very nice. We really enjoyed the service. We went for a vegetarian dinner for 2: olives and feta, zucchini fritters, sesame bread, saganaki, the fasolada entree and the chocolate souffle. Food was excellent, but the grilled veggies in the fasolada had a too strong burnt taste while the beans were a bit bland. Everything else was great. Price was quite high. This is not a "value" eatery.
We tried many small plates:
melon with scallops, calamari and prawns, pork on skewers,
tzatziki with home made pita,
All these dishes were delicious! My husband enjoyed his trout entree. We were too full for dessert!
We sat in the new room now open on Emerson offering additional seating. If a party of two, asked to be seated near the window. We were seated with two other tables for two in a row. Therefore, we lacked privacy. There seems to be an abundance of tables for four.
All in all, we had a lovely meal.
Everything great but the BATHROOM is the weirdest one I’ve ever been in.
It’s a cross between someone’s grandmother and a retirement home.
Just a complete disconnect from the restaurant.
Food was tasty. High quality. Every bite was delicious. Service was great. Everyone was so attentive.
What a gem!!! One of Palo Alto's finest restaurants.
It was a lovely lunch. Food was terrific, but please turn down the music when the restaurant isn’t busy. I would go again.
As always, the fish was fantastic -- both the bass and the trout. A new appetizer sounds quirky (shellfish on a tomato ring, on a fruit ring) but was extraordinary! I love Taverna. the new expansion/addition is gorgeous!!
Everything was perfect, lamb was delicious and octopus small plate is amazing! But one thing. It was my birthday and I asked a waiter to take a photo of us. He said he will send another person But no one ever came and we couldn’t wait longer — food would have been cold, sigh. We were dining early so the restaurant was pretty empty.
I love this place. It's one of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area. Excellent food! I wish it was not so pricey :)
As always, Taverna did not disappoint! For summer they created a melon and seafood salad that was out of this world. The wagyu steak was melt in your mouth tender and the corn side dish oh so savory. If you can’t get into Evvia in Palo Alto, check out Taverna.
We very much enjoyed our dinner at Taverna. The portions are large; we shared bread and a plate of greens - both good but a little pricey for what they are. We also had zucchini fritters and lamb chops which were excellent. Great place, be prepared to spend some money ($125 including one glass wine each).
Outstanding food and service as always. Every time we bring friends here to introduce them to Taverna, they walk away very impressed. Yes, it is expensive. But it's worth every penny!!
On a lovely summer night one could have been in a European cafe. And as in Europe, wait staff did not try to turn over the tables. Food is very tasty>
great for family or team dinner, friendly staff and great food
Friends going away
Taverna has some innovative dishes but overall the menu choices were fairly unsurprising. Prices were astoundingly high ($55 for lamb chops!) We opted for the hamburger and fries -- the burger was dry and not too tasty, fries were better but this dish didn't hold up against what we get at several other restaurants. Wine list was almost bizarre in terms of pricing -- a handful of wines scattered around in $60-$80 range (still expensive) and the rest all at several hundred or more dollars per bottle (including a Vogne Romanee at $6,500)! Whose eating here -- Tim Cook, et al? Definitely doesn't fit our picture of even a high-end local restaurant deserving of repeat visits. We still like Evvia and consider it a value (at least as of our last visit some months ago) but this spin-off has spun out of bounds in terms of value.