615 Channelside Drive, Suite 123, Tampa, FL 33602
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Channelside
An outpost of the concept that began in 1998 in Hollywood, Fla., Taverna Opa serves good Greek food right on the water in Channelside. It's got views, it's got belly dancing, plus napkin tossing and people yelling "Opa!" and, yes, it has got great Greek salads, eggplant dip and chicken souvlaki. A number of family-style menus ($25 per person and up to $40 per person) allow you to try a range of hot and cold meze offerings along with meat and seafood platters and planks of delicious lemon-roasted potatoes and spinach leek rice. If you're going to order a la carte, grilled octopus with olive oil, vinegar and oregano is done well, and if your appetite is mondo, the moussaka, the size of an old-school boom box, is rich with bechamel, velvety soft eggplant and ground beef.
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