Taverna Opa @ Pointe Orlando

Located on the second floor of the ever evolving Pointe Orlando complex on International Drive, Taverna Opa is serving a feast for your senses along with a healthy dose of “OPA’s!” for locals and tourists alike. Owner Vasilis Coumbaros says it best, “Every day is a celebration, and the Greek culture teaches you to be energetic, friendly, and to love life”. This attitude is the reason for his restaurants success and we’re sure you will agree.

Dominated by the large lit tree in the center of the dining area, Taverna Opa has every occasion covered. The spacious interior leaves plenty of room for small and large groups, with additional seating on the patio and at the bar area. The nightly celebration starts around 7pm with belly dancing and a DJ, so make sure you’ve got a table inside if you want to enjoy the show. If you’re really in the spirit of things, I highly recommend that you join in on the table dancing and line dancing. It’s a party after all!

Starting things off with some specialty cocktails from the bar, we were also presented with a mortar and pestle filled with chickpeas and other ingredients. This complimentary, do it yourself hummus was delicious. We followed up with a few must try starters including the Spanakopita and Saganaki. The Spanakopita is a delicious spinach and feta chesses mixture, wrapped in crispy phyllo dough. The Saganaki is the best way to get into the spirit. The pan fried Vlahotiri cheese is presented table side, doused with Brandy, and lit a blaze. When you see that flame rise, it’s your first chance to scream “OPA”!

Moving onto the entrees, you’ve got several seafood and meat offerings, but in my humble opinion it’s all about the lamb. Marinated for 36 hours in their custom blend of herbs and garlic, the wood fired lamb chops were fantastic served with lemon potatoes and Yiayia (grandmas) vegetables.

Taverna Opa is home to some of the most entertaining dining in Orlando. This is not just a Greek restaurant; it’s an entertaining and boisterous Greek experience. Come for the traditional food and drinks, and stay for the entertainment. Have some kebobs then hop up on the table and toss a wad of napkins. Eat, drink, dance, and enjoy the atmosphere of this Orlando treasure.