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“Lively, fun & good food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taverna Opa

Taverna Opa
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Ranked #211 of 3,745 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Sand Lake and International Dr.
Transit: I-Trolly stop #24
Nashville, Tennessee
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lively, fun & good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

Completely touristic but fun. Food & drinks are good. Service OK. Pretty noisy.

Visited February 2012
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“Dance on the table atmosphere-opa!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

This restaurant boasts belly dancers that dance around the entire restaurant and get the customers to dance with them on their tables and chairs. The waiters throw up stacks of bar napkins that make the environment that much more entertaining, like confetti on new years eve.

The food is traditional Greek, and very well prepared. The lamb literally falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. The pitchers of sangria are worth it when with more than 2 people.

There's a picture taker that will sell you photos at the end of your meal, so get dressed up, make sure there's nothing on the table in your way, and great pictures to take home ($8 key chain or $16 for the 5x7). Way cheaper than Disney, and if you get dressed up it looks even better! Most women were dressed in dresses, sun dresses or tight going out dresses and men in slacks with either a polo or button down shirt. A family atmosphere for most, as the kids can get up on the tables and dance as well.
Only caution is that if you're looking for a quiet dinner to talk, this is not the place. It's a little loud and makes no excuses for it!

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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fun but Very, Very Loud”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

You dont go to Taverna Opa for the food, you go to have fun.

We were a group of 8 coworkers who were celebarating the end of a long exhibit at the convention center, and ended up at Taveran Opa because it was the only nearby place that still was taking reservations on Thursday afternoon for Friday night.

The place was relatively small and packed, We had to wait about 15 minutes for our table, which was fine.

The food is a combination of Greek and other Mediterranean/Middle Eastern items, and the place features belly dancers that dance on your table. As in moving your plates so that they can dance. The most important item to note is that there is DJ with a thumping play list and some seriously loud speakers.

I quickly realized that being seated in the middle of the restaurant may be great for seeing the belly dancers and general fun, but placed our group in the bulls eye of the four enormous speakers in each of the four corners of the central room. It was so loud, that I asked the hostess if she had ear plugs. I imagined that for the health of the staff who had to listen to this sonic storm 6 - 8 hours a day, they had to have ear plugs, but they didn't!!
I checked out the staff, the staff did not have ear plugs. Since the music was about as loud as a jet engine on take off, and all airport staff have hearing protection, I felt pretty bad for the staff. They all seemed fine with it.

I saw that some of the prior comments were about the service. We had no problems with the service. Our waiter, by the way, was a supreme professional, and advised us to order a sampler order that provided appetiziers, and assorted courses that were mostly pretty good. He was also excellent at keeping the party going with assorted shenanigans like tossing thousands of napkins like confetti.

While my ears buzzed for about 30 minutes afterwards, and its near impossible to have a conversation, I had a pretty good time with the decent food, and fun atmosphere.

If you can handle the thumping music, and looking for some fun on International Drive, this is your place. If you want to talk to your dinner partners, and want to eat better than average food, go else where. If you do go, don't forget the earplugs!

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fishy dancy place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

Loved the food and the atmosphere. You need to book. Try not to order starters as the hummous comes free. The chilean sea bass is fab.

Visited February 2012
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“SOOOO Much Fun ... Dancing on the tables ... OPA!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Nothing not to like ... not sure what the food tasted like -- we had so much fun dancing that I don't think I ate! LOL No, seriously ... it was great!

Visited February 2012
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