Ancient Greece gifted Western civilization with both the original Olympic games and the original rock musical, Grease. Experience Greek culture in its culinary form with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Greek cuisine and drinks from Taverna Opa, located in West Palm Beach.
Amid an attractive ambience, Taverna Opa serves up dishes from a Greek-inspired menu (click for lunch and dinner), allowing customers to curtail their Corinthian cravings. Coronate the evening with a selection of hot or cold meze, or small plates, like the spanakopita ($6), spinach baked in a cloak of phyllo and accented with feta and leeks, or the keftedes ($7), a spherical marriage of ground beef and tomato ordained by a sprinkling of fresh herbs. For entrees, Taverna Opa offers contemporary favorites like filet mignon kebobs ($19), as well as Hellenic favorites like lavrake ($29), Mediterranean whitefish grilled over a wood fire, and the souvlaki platter ($14), chicken, pork, filet medallions, or Pegasus flank served on pita bread with tomatoes, tzatziki sauce, and Opa fries.
Taverna Opa's wood-fire grill and open kitchen add warmth while walls of Grecian white ornamented with lights of limpid Mediterranean blue establish an exotic flourish. Throughout the evening, belly dancers shake to traditional tunes while sporadically tossing white paper napkins into the air, giving patrons the choice of making snow-paper angels on the floor or dancing on tabletops to the night's conclusion.
- The servers participate in Greek "Zorba" dancing, to a variety of Greek traditional songs, and they also toss copious amounts of white paper napkins, into the air, throughout the evening. Several belly dancers, dressed in traditional garb, entertain patrons during dinner. – Skylar Ross, Simply the Best
- Authentic Greek delicacies such as dolmades (stuffed grape leaves with herbs and rice) to pastitsio (Greek lasagna) all made with the freshest ingredients, is an adventure for your taste buds. – Lisa Rinaldi-Kohl, Examiner.com
The blue-and-white banquettes, bright-white drapery, and faux shuttered windows fall right in line with Taverna Opa’s Greek theme, but it is the food, cocktails, and entertainment that really bring the eatery to life. At the restaurant, rated good to very good across the board by Zagat, smoky aromas waft from a wood-fire grill and swirl through the air as servers cart around dishes of lamb chops, gyros, and traditional Greek meze that earned accolades from Gayot.
Greek tunes and live DJ beats keep the atmosphere festive, as do dancing staffers who break out into a Zorba dance throughout the night. A belly dancer also weaves between tables, mesmerizing diners with her abdominal precision and occasionally tossing napkins to alert management that someone fell happily asleep in their moussaka.