Sorry, in advance, for the long post but Taverna Opa at Point Orlando is one of the most unique, fun dining experiences I’ve ever had. I have to share everything with our readers.
I went there last night for something “different,” and I can honestly say it was far beyond what I’d expected…or even anticipated. In fact, I didn’t really know too much about the Taverna Opa other than what a friend had told me, and a blog post I’d read a while back.
Let me start by saying the food is delicious! But I also love Greek cuisine, which is what Opa specializes in. Off of the menu, I started with “flaming cheese” (yes, you heard me right!) and then lamb kabobs; my dinner companion enjoyed beef. This was all following the complimentary, mouth-watering bread and chickpea paste. I can taste it right now….
Hopefully this’ll give you an idea of what the food was like:
Now, while the food alone is certainly worth the trip to International Drive, it’s the in-house entertainment that makes the experience so memorable. I mean, patrons dance on the tables! Yes…dance on the tables. Don’t believe me?
After a while I got a tad disgusted by the fact that people were dancing on top of the tables, but then I realized this was happening after they finished-up their meals! Really, how could you care anyway if someone’s having this much fun?
And if the dancing weren’t enough, every-now-and-then, the Opa staff would walk around the dining room throwing around napkins. I’m not fully sure I understand what cultural representation this has, but it’s festive nonetheless (although definitely not eco-friendly). It’s a bit dark and not the best quality, but I managed to capture some of the excitement on video:
I would most definitely recommend trying Taverna Opa at least once; it would be a great thing if you have friends or family in town visiting. Be aware, though, that the restaurant is VERY loud and not conducive to having conversation — honestly, by the time I was finished with my meal I was ready to leave.
There are a few things I think you should be aware of ahead of time if you plan on going to Tavera Opa:
1. There is a $25 minimum per person on the weekends. This is contrary to what their online information states. A little irritating but I was prepared to drop some money anyway. And note that this minimum does include adult beverages.
2. No reservations on the weekends after 6pm. There is a “wait” list, but I’m not really sure what the benefit of that is.
3. It’s at POINTE ORLANDO on International Drive. As Central Florida residents we all know this is a dreaded area, typically saturated with tourists who don’t really know where they’re going or what they’re doing.
* Major downfall: PARKING AT POINTE ORLANDO! It is such a mess, and everytime I go out there I remember why I go so infrequently.
9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Have fun visiting Taverna Opa, and let us hear about your experience!