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A Living Family Tradition: Taverna Review by Jesse Bluma

A Living Family Tradition:  Taverna Review

Taverna is a warm and inviting neighborhood restaurant that offers a truly Italian experience without having to leave Texas.  Our Italian chefs strive to create the perfect menu using seasonal ingredients for their surprising entrees.  

From Italian trattorias to French bistros, the many different cuisines of the coastal Mediterranean serve as our daily inspiration.  Like many family-run establishments in Europe, our restaurants make their own pastas, gelato and desserts.  We constantly strive to craft menus that combine the creativity of contemporary cuisine with the powerful draw of classic recipes.”

California conjures up images of coastal cuisine, thus the Italian cuisine of Taverna easily finds a home here.  Various locations are also found throughout the United States, including Dallas, Texas.  It appears good service, friendly hospitality, and fresh ingredients are the recipe for success. 

The Lombardi Family Concepts group owns Taverna, 31, Toulouse, Penne Pomodoro, and Lombardi’s.  Alberto Lombardi is the patriarch of his family and was born in Italy.  Since coming to the United States he has opened many restaurants in Texas, Nevada, and California.


1.  Go for dinner, happy hour, or weekend brunch.  Ask about the weekly specials. 

2.  Taverna - Laguna is located at 222 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach, California, 92651.  Make reservations.  Peak times occur on weekends, summertime, and during special events in the city.  Arrive early to secure parking on the street, in a nearby lot, utilize a taxi, or car service.  

3.  Consider the following menu items.

California Omelet:  egg whites, mixed vegetables, avocado, and tomato sauce with a side of fruit

Tagliata Di Manzo Piedmontese:  seared Piedmontese tenderloin (tender, Italian beef) with salsa verde, asparagus, and roasted potatoes

Margherita Pizza:  tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil

Risotto Al Frutti Di Mare:  risotto with shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, and tomato confit (seasoned liquid)


Update:  Taverna in Laguna Beach has unfortunately closed.  

Hopefully the owners re-open somewhere nearby.  Taverna is part of the Lombardi Family.  

The Dallas location remains open though.

"For decades Lombardi Family Concepts has welcomed new guests and old friends from local neighborhoods and around the world in our European restaurants.  From Italian trattorias to French bistros, the many different cuisines of the coastal Mediterranean serve as our daily inspiration.  That being said, our neighborhood restaurants offer a lot more than just a delicious menu: they are a special place where customers will feel at home with friends and family."

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Taverna Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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