Magical Dining Month is one of my favorite times of the year. I get to try out a bunch of different restaurants that I haven’t tried before. One of the restaurants that I have wanted to try for a while is Taverna Opa. It is frequently recommended as a great restaurant to go to and a fun place to take the kids.
I finally got a chance to visit Taverna Opa last weekend with the kids and I enjoyed the entertainment and the food.
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About Taverna Opa
I traveled to Greece years ago and visited many small tavernas on the Greek Islands. Taverna Opa takes me back to some of the restaurants that I ate in there. I loved the dark wood interior, the flowers coming from the ceiling, the dark blue shutters and the faux balcony inside the restaurant.
As this is a Greek restaurant, the menu includes lots of Greek favorites such as spanakopita, keftedes (Greek meatballs), grape leaves, moussaka and more. That said, if you are going with friends and family that are not into Greek food, there are still options for them as well. They have chicken wings, lamb burgers, filet mignon and more. I would still try to get them to try something small; who knows, they might be a convert.
What We Ate
Since we went to Taverna Opa due to the Magical Dining Month promotion, we mainly stuck to the Magical Dining menu. We had two Magical Dining meals and then ordered a lemon and rice soup for my daughter, which she devoured (must mean she liked it), and lamb ribs for my son. From the Magical Dining menu, we had two orders of Horiatiki (which is cheese flambeed in brandy with some lemon on top). They light the cheese on fire at your table right in front of you. The kids eyes lit up as well when they saw this. The cheese was also quite tasty. It comes served with warm pita bread.
We followed up the cheese with a whole branzino for me, because I have wanted to try branzino for a while and figured why not tonight, and a filet mignon for my daughter because she is obsessed with steak. So here is where I have to give a shout out to Taverna Opa for making delicious vegetables. Anyone can make a good steak, but my daughter ate all of her green beans. I mean all! I am not certain how they were made, but I know they were in a tomato sauce of some kind.
For dessert, we had loukomades (Greek donuts) that were covered in honey and walnuts. They are made fresh and come out nice and warm. The kids absolutely adored them.
While my kids did eat from the adult menu, Taverna Opa does have a kids menu with Greek meatballs, lamb sliders, chicken tenders and mac-n-cheese.
Taverna Opa has live belly dancing every night. Their two dinner seatings are around the time of the shows, so that everyone is able to see the dancer during their dining time. Years ago, I used to belly dance, so it was fun to watch the dancer and remember way back when.
The belly dancer made the rounds to tables with kids taking pictures with all of them. She stopped at our table for pictures and even gave my daughter a mini dance lesson. I may be biased, but I think the kid has got some moves!.
Good to Note
If you have never had Greek food before, please note that flavoring is mild. You are not going to get heavy spice like you would in maybe Asian, Caribbean or Latin American foods. Doesn’t mean it’s not good, just the flavor is not as strong.
Tables inside are situated very close together.
If you prefer to eat outside at restaurants right now, Taverna Opa has a fairly large patio with full service. It is covered, so the sun isn’t beating down on you. However, if you really want to see the belly dancer, she doesn’t spend as much time out on the patio as she does indoors.
Taverna Opa is located at the Pointe Orlando (9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819). If you want to make an evening of it with the kids there are fun family entertainment options at The Pointe Orlando. If you have younger kids, take them to Monkey Joe’s for some fun bouncing fun. If you have older kids, visit Main Event for arcade and bowling fun.
Disclosure: I was provided with vouchers for dinner by Visit Orlando in order to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own.