Giveaway: Northeast Florida’s Taverna = Good Eats!

by Carrie with Children with 9 comments

If your a Northeast Florida resident, then you know all about the fantastic, historic San Marco area of Jacksonville. The history, shopping and nightlife can’t be beat – and don’t even get me started on the beautiful homes there too!

The locally owned restaurant, Taverna recently completed renovations and expansion and I had the opportunity to attend a preview dinner to check out the new menu.

Taverna San Marco Appetizer

Along with some other fun folks from the blogging world, we were able to sample cocktails made with local ingredients and classic flavors – gin, scotch, etc. Before moving into the beautiful private dining area, I sampled the new chicken salad sandwich available at lunchtime – creamy, very flavorful and a great portion size.

The Caprese salad (pictured above) were tasty – you can never gone wrong with mozzarella and balsamic. Next up, lamb meatballs with housemade ricotta ravioli. I’ve had lamb a few times and liked it, but these meatballs were fantastic. Paired with the raviolis, it was a great combination. I’ll definitely be ordering this off the menu next time I go!

Taverna Collage

 One of the biggest changes to the restaurant is the updated lunch concept – diners can choose between full-service (with a server) or casual service (order at the counter) – both providing the same menu and fantastic service. I can see this quickly becoming the new hotspot for lunch dates.

Some of the items you’ll find on the lunch menu include pizzas, sandwiches like the grilled chicken pesto, the Taverna Cubana  with pulled porked and gruyere cheese and even house-made fettuccini.  I’ve got my eye on the turkey and brie sandwich topped with seasonal chutney.

Taverna Lunch Menu

I’m excited to return soon and take my husband on a well-deserved date night.  I know he’s going to love the food and the atmosphere too!

Learn more about Taverna at and follow along with the Taverna Facebook page too.  If you’re local to the Jacksonville area – I’m giving away lunch for two, worth $30.  Keep reading…

Enter to win Lunch for Two at Taverna ($30 value)

Leave a comment below telling me who you’d like to have lunch with at Taverna! (How easy is that?!)

Be sure you fill out the field with your e-mail address so I can contact you if you’re the big winner!

This giveaway ends on Friday, January 17th at Midnight EST.


**  I received attended a media night preview dinner at Taverna. I was offered this prize to giveaway to readers.  Thoughts and opinions here are my own. ** 


  • Bonnie Upright

    I’d love to treat my sweet friend Michelle Tesori to lunch at Taverna! Thanks for the contest!

  • Karen Feagins

    I want to take my friend Carrie to lunch 🙂 (Is that allowed?)

  • Shelby Tucker

    I’d love to take my husband, thanks!

  • Sergio

    I’d like to take my beautiful wife.

  • Amanda Pryor

    I’d love to go with my husband when he gets home from deployment.

  • Stacey @ Starpulp

    I’d like to take my lunch buddy Jamie!

  • Michelle Branly

    Love Taverna and proud to have this wonderful restaurant in the neighborhood! Excited about the completed renovations.

  • I just. Moved to the San Marco area and would love to treat my husband,Julio.

    Looking forward to the Taverna experience…

  • Bluzette Carline

    Taverna is one of our favorite lunch spots. Would love to see the new look and taste the new menu with our Friday lunch bunch from the office!

    I can taste the caprese from here! Yummo;)