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The Greek Taverna

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5755 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233-4105
+1 941-922-8140
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16:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 16:30 - 21:00
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Marshall
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a special place for a very nice evening and a delicious dinner! The service is impeccable and the food was full of flavor. We happened to go on a Friday evening when they had a belly dancer. The owner would come around and visit at each table and the waitresses were very personable and efficient. We are returning with... More 

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Thank Marshalljay
New York City, New York
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sarasota restaurants often fall into two categories. There's upscale downtown and then chain driven stops along the Tamiami trail. Yet there are many gems that sit in strip malls and local haunts that please the palate and embrace the warmth of a family run kitchen and extended living room. The Greek Taverna, with its quality food and warm neighborhood embrace,... More 

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Thank BroadwayBruce
Spring Hill, Florida
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178 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with a craving a nice, big Greek salad for dinner. The entree salad on the menu seemed cheap ($7.95) but what I was served wasn't even worth that much. It was identical to and only slightly bigger than the side salad that came with my husband's meal. The salad was fresh, but didn't have all the "fixins"... More 

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Thank Yessyhara
Sarasota, FL USA
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131 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The food at the Taverna is OK, but not the best Greek food even in Sarasota. The host/owner table-hops, enjoying himself while his wife the cook is slaving away in the kitchen. Some find him charming; we find it intrusive to have a stranger plop himself down at our table in the middle of our conversation and start making small... More 

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Thank Cando
Sarasota, Florida
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225 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

One would like to cheer for this restaurant, dangling at one end of a small strip mall but, unfortunately, other than the cheerful service and comfortable seating there is little we can add beyond saying this is just another place serving fresh but otherwise undistinguished Greek fare. To our taste the dishes ordered were lackluster. Melitzanosalata had no bite and... More 

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Thank kaibab1
Sarasota, Florida
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The menu doesn't stray too far from every other Greek place but the service is wonderful and the atmosphere is very pleasant. One caveat, if you order a Greek salad ask for the dressing on the side (they are very generous with the dressing). The wine list is small but served very well.

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Thank MTClarity
Mint Hill, North Carolina
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

We were vacationing in Sarasota in the off season and went here late on a weeknight, so there weren't many people in the place. The waitress was friendly and we enjoyed the flavorful food. Portions are filling. My husband had the lamb special and I had the lamb salad. We both enjoyed the lamb and felt it did not have... More 

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Windsor, Connecticut
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Great food and service. They a belly dancer there. As this was a special day. Valentine's day. The baklava for dessert was great.

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Thank guttjoyce
Sarasota
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This small restaurant is attractive, pleasantly decorated and friendly. It's located in a strip shopping center on Beneva just southeast of Clark. This was our first visit. They do a certain amount of carry out business, too, as we noticed while we had dinner. They quietly play Greek music while you dine and it was quite pleasant to hear. They... More 

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Thank Nancy C
Bellingham, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

Though it leaves much to be desired in regards to the strip mall feel from the outside, the interior was comfortable and inviting. More importantly, the food was delicious and the staff was fabulous!! The stifado was tender and well seasoned. If Greek salad is your thing, it looked delicious. However, the cup of bean soup was a great starter.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Greek
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
16:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
16:30 - 21:00
Thursday
16:30 - 21:00
Friday
16:30 - 21:00
Saturday
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5755 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233-4105
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-922-8140

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?