Efron Family to Introduce Taverna Oceana in Early 2023

Efron Family to Introduce Taverna Oceana in Early 2023

Taverna Oceana is a raw bar and seafood-focused restaurant adjacent to Taverna’s existing location

Chef Sam and Kiley Efron, the husband-and-wife team behind Taverna, will open Taverna Oceana in early 2023. The new raw bar and seafood-focused concept will be conveniently located next door to their existing concept located in San Marco Square.

Taverna Oceana’s dining room will offer a more intimate experience than Taverna, perfect for happy hours, date nights, or evenings with friends. This new concept will offer approximately 78 seats, including a robust private dining space serving as the main focal point upon entering the space. There will also be an exposed Oyster and Champagne bar, with seating in front of the shucking station for guests to enjoy a live show. This buildout will allow the Taverna team to have a larger prep kitchen and enhance their existing catering capabilities for both in-house and offsite events.

To bring Taverna Oceana to life, the Efrons will work with Jacksonville-based architecture, interior, and design firm, Design Cooperative (DCOOP). The design will be an extension of Taverna and the spaces will be connected via an open passageway between concepts. Taverna Oceana will incorporate ambient lighting and rustic finishes to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere with inspired elements such as custom hand-painted oyster shells and modern  decorative lighting fixtures throughout. 

At Taverna Oceana, you can expect the same consistency and quality that you have come to know and love with Taverna. The thoughtfully designed menu will bring patrons the freshest seasonal seafood from our oceans. Offerings will include a variety of fresh fish and shellfish, as well as plenty of items for non-seafood lovers. While designing the menu, Chef Sam and his team have been inspired by Asian, Latin, Mediterranean and American regional flavors. The menu will surprise and delight while offering a few familiar favorites.

Upon opening, Taverna Oceana will offer lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday brunch, and daily happy hour. Private dining and special events will remain key service offerings for both restaurant concepts.

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