The Mediterranean Sea shaped some of the world's most ancient civilizations, which gathered by its shores to dive for the delicious kebabs and moussaka growing beneath its crystal waves. Transport yourself to this legendary culinary coast with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $24 worth of fine Mediterranean cuisine from Taverna Bistro, located in downtown Sunnyvale.
Taverna Bistro specializes in organic versions of traditional Mediterranean dishes and serves only humanely raised meat from Niman Ranch. Diners can chose from a large menu featuring manti, homemade Turkish beef ravioli with butter sauce and garlic yogurt ($15), or meat moussaka, a tasty mixture of minced lamb and veggies lounging on a bed of rice and served with a Béchamel sauce ($13, $11 for vegetarian moussaka). Entrees include stuffed cabbage leaves ($12), whole white bass ($17), and organic lamb shank ($18). Burger and kebab fans alike can rest easy knowing their beef was raised without gluten, antibiotics, or hormones—a humane practice that heightens flavor, despite dashing many young heifers' dreams of playing professional ball. Fortunately, Taverna's humane treatment does not extend to its vegetarian options, which give eggplants the unrelenting mincing they deserve.
Taverna's dining room is a dark, romantic blend of traditional Turkish décor and modern accents, with open fire pits, ornate Ottoman lamps, and long velvet curtains. A comfortable outdoor patio features open fire pits, making it easy to enjoy drinks outdoors beyond the summer months. Although not included in this Groupon, Taverna features hookah smoking and an extensive cigar list, making it an ideal first date spot for talking caterpillars and oil tycoons.