Orlando’s most popular birthday destination is celebrating a birthday of its own. This month, Taverna Opa turns 10 and has big plans for celebrating its big fat Greek birthday.
In 2007, husband-and-wife duo Vassilis and Katerina Coumbaros opened Taverna Opa at Pointe Orlando to bring international flair to International Drive. Both are first-generation Greek and the couple set out to create a restaurant that is as much a tribute to Greece’s culture as its cuisine.
Every night, guests enjoy festive napkin showers, zorba dancing and DJ entertainment, creating the perfect atmosphere for celebrations of all kinds. Since opening its doors, Taverna Opa has hosted hundreds of thousands of sweet sixteen birthdays, bachelorette parties, baptisms, graduations, wedding anniversaries and more. The restaurant has earned the reputation as the go-to party destination for locals, vacationers and conventioneers looking to cut loose with colleagues.
More Than Dancing
Although Taverna Opa is best known for its nightlife, the food keeps guests coming back for more. Nearly everything on the menu is authentic Greek cuisine, and many dishes are the Coumbaros’ own family recipes. Many ingredients are imported from Greece, from olive oil to lamb chops, providing an authentic flavor. Every week, Taverna Opa ships in fish directly from the Aegean Sea. Plus, the shelves are stocked with imported Greek libations like ouzo and mastika to keep the party going until the wee hours.
Some of Taverna Opa’s dishes that are not to be missed include traditional cold meze appetizers like Dolmades, which are grape leaves stuffed with herb-infused rice, or traditional hot meze appetizers like the Saganaki, a Vlachotiri cheese that is flamed table side with brandy. For the entree, you can’t go wrong by choosing an authentic Greek meal. Savor layers of roasted eggplant, potatoes, ground beef and a creamy Greek cheese bechamel when you order the Mousaka. Or go for the Pastitsio, a layered macaroni dish with seasoned ground beef that is topped with bechamel sauce. A selection of kebobs, with a choice of chicken, beef tenderloin, shrimp or lamb tenderloin, are served with lemon potatoes and spinach rice.
Be sure to end your meal with a classic Greek dessert. Taverna Opa’s signature dessert is Opa Ekmek, a mixture of Kantaifi shredded phyllo dough, walnuts, custard cream and whipped topping. Then there’s the Baklava with walnuts, cinnamon, cloves and honey, or a moist walnut cake infused with spiced Greek syrup that is called Karidopita. If you just can’t decide between all of these tasty treats, go for the Mini Delights. This one dessert includes of all three of these selections as well as strained Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts so you can have a bite of them all.
Getting Older Has Never Been So Fun
Some dread the thought of getting older. But Taverna Opa has never looked better. After 10 years in business, a trip to Orlando is incomplete without a visit to this culinary destination.