Raleigh >Taverna Agora
mixed reviews "I understand!".
We have revisited this place so I have chosen to add to my previous review.
It has been awhile since we have eaten at Taverna Agora. I have to say I'm very glad that we gave them another shot. The food was spot on just like before. The difference this time was the entire staff was stellar.
I write a ton of reviews and this one is tough. The place has a great feel to it(aside from the heat). The food full of flavor. But the most important part of a night out will ALWAYS be service. I witnessed multiple people just standing there waiting to be sat. None of them were even spoke to. This was our first time to Taverna and we almost walked out at the host station. The woman whom FINALLY sat us had to be related to the owners or something if not one of them. She didn't appear to have a welcoming bone in her body. The most important thing I've learned from previous years in the reastaurant biz is that the most important person in the restaurant is the host/hostess. They provide the first impression and in most cases the last. The lack of care seemed to be passed on to the service staff. If the hostess is an owner(friend of,or family) Please pass the torch and hope that revitalizes the rest of the staff.
It will be a place we revisit. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! This is one of my favorite family and date night restaurants. The staff is cheerful and funny. They make you feel comfortable. The food is terrific! And there's plenty leftover to take home in a to-go bag. They did such a great job re-decorating this place you'd NEVER KNOW it was once a Miami Subs fast food shop. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
The first two times i came here, the food was so-so. This most recent time, I ordered the Grilled Pork Chop(Hirini Brizola), and it was excellent!
The ambiance and staff are always very great.
one of my favorite restaurants. Absolutely have a wonderful experience everytime we go here. We have had birthday parties there as well as just grabbing a family dinner and the food, owners, waitstaff and entire experience ALWAYS exceed my expectations! Love this place!
Ridiculously overpriced for what you get. Atmosphere was fun and inviting. The food was decent, not amazing but decent, but the prices were insane for what you got. The lamb was not cooked well. Will not go back unless I become very rich tho, dinner was $75 plus tip for what would have been a $30 bill in a small Greek place back home.
Disappointment, best describes our first dining experience at Taverna Agora where it seems like the term “customer is always right does not apply.” The decor is quaint and welcoming the hostess/manager is far from that.
Our server was not properly trained neither about Greek cuisine nor customer service, seemed to be in a rush.
We started with an appetizer of Pikilia Agora which consisted of three samplers with pita bread, the tzatziki had too much dill, melitzanosalata was runny and very green the tirokafteri lacked flavor. Unless one needs a sodium boost without flavor, stay away from this sampler. When I complained to the manager, she said “I have tasted it; I don’t know what you mean.”
For the main course I ordered the Mousaka, which was refrigerator cold on the inside needless to say at this point I had lost my appetite. My daughter ordered the Pastitcio which she said was good.
Unfortunately the only excitement we felt was our ride from Cary to Raleigh with the anticipation of having authentic Greek food. Next time I want Greek food, I will go to the food court at the local mall where I know that the food and the service is better. Instead of the attitude I will actually get a smile.
Great Food,. From the initial greeting,it's exciting to be at Taverna. The rustic atmosphere lends itself to comfort and fun. Our server introduced herself as Gina. Though our server was a bit gruff and rough around the edges, it was not enough to spoil our evening. We always have had great service, so this one time was excusable. The food was great. Salad dressing so tasty and the dipping oil for the bread amazing. Our entrees were delicious with colorful presentation.. We usually indulge in a dessert, but we opted out mainly because we were full, but also for the need for silence. Gina was too aggressive.We will be back with the caveat of choosing our server (or which one not to have). Such a friendly atmosphere and the best Greek food in the region. In these days of mega businesses, we forget how wonderful and friendly "non-chain" restaurants can be.
Favorite restaurant. Three years ago, this place was where my wife and I had our first date. We loved it. Since then, we have celebrated Valentine's, anniversaries, stolen nights away from the children, and many other happy occasions at Taverna's. The food is incredible, and the atmosphere is always wonderful. Sometimes, it can be a bit too loud or festive on belly dancing nights, but even on such nights, there is plenty of time for intimate conversation over a great glass of wine and candlelight. The staff has been great, and I have never had a bad experience there nor has any of the many people I have recommended to Taverna. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant.
Awesome Event. I too have read the previous reviews and find them hard to believe as well especially since My wife and I were there as well. We had a delightful evening that night with no problems. Let me tell you about my experience with the event. We arrived amd were seated in an outside area that had obviously been prepared for us. Upon seating we were immediately greated by our waiter and the woman doing the wine tasting. This was no ordinary event they brought out tons of great appetizers and spent time with every group of people describing the wines and even helping us pronounce them properly. All of this was only $25. I for one found it to be a great value and will gladly go again to their next event. I found the manager to be gracious and delightful in is demeanor and enjoyed the entire evening.
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