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 $13, you get $30 worth of Greek cuisine and drinks at Taverna Opa in West Palm Beach.
Taverna Opa curtails diners' Corinthian cravings with a menu of Mediterranean-influenced morsels. Coronate the evening with a selection of hot or cold small plates, such as keftedes, a spherical marriage of ground beef and tomato consecrated by a sprinkling of fresh herbs ($7). For your main course, slurp meat moisture from juicy filet-mignon kebabs ($19) or munch traditional lavraki, a Mediterranean whitefish grilled over a wood fire made from splinters of the Trojan Horse ($29).
Taverna Opa's white-washed walls and pale-blue shutters bring to mind a Greek-island cottage, and a wood-fire grill and open kitchen imbue the dining room with warmth. Every evening, belly dancers shake to traditional tunes while sporadically tossing white napkins into the air, giving patrons the choice of making snow-paper angels on the floor or dancing on tabletops until the night's conclusion.
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.
Downtown West Palm Beach
700 S Rosemary Ave.
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401