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Taverna Agora - 42 Reviews - 6101 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC - Late Night Dining Reviews - Phone (919) 881-8333

Taverna Agora

6101 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 881-8333
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I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! This is one of my favorite family and date night restaurants. The staff is cheerful and funny. They make you feel comfortable. The food is terrific! And ...


Atmosphere was fun and inviting. The food was decent, not amazing but decent, but the prices were insane for what you got. The lamb was not cooked well. Will not go back unless I ...

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/18/2012

FOOD IS GREAT! I recommend! more

mixed reviews ""I understand!"" 10/8/2012

We have revisited this place so I have chosen to add to my previous review. Pros: Strong Menu, Authentic Flavors Cons: Service Horrid, Extremely Hot inside more

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! This is one of my 6/6/2012

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! This is one of my favorite family and date night restaurants. The staff is cheerful and funny. They make you feel comfortable. The food is terrific! And there's plenty leftover to take home in a to-go bag. They did such a great job re-decorating this place you'd NEVER KNOW it was once a Miami Subs fast food shop. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! more

pretty good.... 6/21/2011

The first two times i came here, the food was so-so. This most recent time, I ordered the Grilled Pork Chop(Hirini Brizola), and it was excellent! The ambiance and staff are always very great. more

one of my favorite restaurants 5/14/2011

Absolutely have a wonderful experience everytime we go here. We have had birthday parties there as well as just grabbing a family dinner and the food, owners, waitstaff and entire experience ALWAYS exceed my expectations! Love this place! more

Ridiculously overpriced for what you get 4/15/2011

Atmosphere was fun and inviting. The food was decent, not amazing but decent, but the prices were insane for what you got. The lamb was not cooked well. Will not go back unless I become very rich tho, dinner was $75 plus tip for what would have been a $30 bill in a small Greek place back home. more

Disappointment 2/25/2011

Disappointment, best describes our first dining experience at Taverna Agora where it seems like the term ?customer is always right does not apply.? The decor is quaint and welcoming the hostess/manager is far from that. more

Great Food, 11/30/2010

From the initial greeting,it's exciting to be at Taverna. The rustic atmosphere lends itself to comfort and fun. Our server introduced herself as Gina. Though our server was a bit gruff and rough around the edges, it was not enough to spoil our evening. We always have had great service, so this one time was excusable. The food was great. Salad dressing so tasty and the dipping oil for the bread amazing. Our entrees were delicious with colorful presentation.. We usually indulge in a dessert, but we opted out mainly because we were full, but also for the need for silence. Gina was too aggressive.We will be back with the caveat of choosing our server (or which one not to have). Such a friendly atmosphere and the best Greek food in the region. In these days of mega businesses, we forget how wonderful and friendly ""non-chain"" restaurants can be. more

Favorite restaurant 9/11/2010

Three years ago, this place was where my wife and I had our first date. We loved it. Since then, we have celebrated Valentine's, anniversaries, stolen nights away from the children, and many other happy occasions at Taverna's. The food is incredible, and the atmosphere is always wonderful. Sometimes, it can be a bit too loud or festive on belly dancing nights, but even on such nights, there is plenty of time for intimate conversation over a great glass of wine and candlelight. The staff has been great, and I have never had a bad experience there nor has any of the many people I have recommended to Taverna. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant. more

Awesome Event 6/16/2010

I too have read the previous reviews and find them hard to believe as well especially since My wife and I were there as well. We had a delightful evening that night with no problems. Let me tell you about my experience with the event. We arrived amd were seated in an outside area that had obviously been prepared for us. Upon seating we were immediately greated by our waiter and the woman doing the wine tasting. This was no ordinary event they brought out tons of great appetizers and spent time with every group of people describing the wines and even helping us pronounce them properly. All of this was only $25. I for one found it to be a great value and will gladly go again to their next event. I found the manager to be gracious and delightful in is demeanor and enjoyed the entire evening. Pros: wonderful food and great people Cons: I live too far away more

Fantastic Restaurant Overall! 6/7/2010

First of all, I would just like to say that I am extremely surprised by the amount of negative comments about this restaurant. Everyone I know that has dined at this restaurant has nothing but wonderful things to say, and I couldn't agree more. Upon entering the restaurant, the atmosphere captivates you - vines winding on a trellis and decorated with twinkle lights create the perfect mood for a romantic night out, or even a lovely evening with family and/or friends. The bar is a beautiful area, showing off their assortment of wines, and the wine barrels hanging from above offer a traditional look of an actual Greek tavern. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Greece before, and I can say that Taverna Agora does a fantastic job at capturing the feel of Greece. The patio outside is my absolute favorite part of the restaurant. Vines covered with twinkle lights wind up and down the outer-edge of the patio and make you feel like you are dining in a mediterranean paradise. Weather-permitting, the patio is definitely the way to go! Next, the food is phenomenal! You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu - I have been many times and have tried a variety of things on the menu, and I am never not satisfied. If there is ever a whole fish on special, it is a must! I have tried 2 of the whole fish that Taverna has had on special, and they have been simply fantastic...I feel almost as if I am sitting by the waters edge in Greece and feasting on a whole fish caught right in the ocean beside me and just freshly cooked. As far as red meat goes, I recommend the Lamb Shank! The servers present a desert tray after the entrees, enticing their guests with sweets by allowing them to view their desert (which is definitely better than simply reading it on a menu!!) Overall, this is one of the best restaurants in Raleigh! The food is made-to-perfection, the service is fantastic, and the atmosphere is beautiful! If you are looking for a night out with your significant other, friends, and/or family, Taverna Agora is definitely the place to go!! Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Service more

Great Start / Bad Finish 6/3/2010

We went for the wine tasting event on Wednesday evening and had a wonderful time in the beginning. Food/wine/service was great. When it came time to get our check there was a mix up. Mistakes happen and that was fine. However, after waiting for over an hour for the waiter and manager to straighten things out, we were all a little put out. The waiter apologized but the manager was rude and didn't even offer an apology...nothing...he did not speak to a single patron. Never again. Pros: Good food Cons: Very poor management, bad customer service more

Great Start, Horrible End 6/2/2010

When my family decided to go to the Food and Wine tasting event, I was very excited to go. I had never been to this restaurant before and although it's a bit of a drive (Garner to NW Glenwood), I was willing to give it a try. The couple that were responsible for serving the wine were great. They were knowledgeable and very friendly. We were offered four selections. Heavy appetizers were served as part of the event. All of the food was excellent and we were able to sample close to ten different apps, some that are not on the regular menu. Desert was not included, so we decided to order some. Here's where the evening plummeted. We waited an unusually long time for the deserts and an even longer time after for the checks (no explanation or apology for the wait). When the checks finally came, the waiter explained that one of them was wrong and he was going to go to back and correct the error. After what seemed like an eternity, we decided to just go inside and wait (we were pushing the 3 hour mark by this point). We tried to go ahead and take care of the correct tickets at the bar, but the bartender was far more interested in watching the Stanley Cup Finals game than helping us and was rather rude in turning us away because ""he could not close other staffs tickets"". We then stood by the register for a good bit while the manager and our server argued over the bills. Apparently, everyone that had come for the tasting ended up on one ticket and they were having trouble splitting the checks. We were finally allowed to pay and leave. I think had the manager simply acknowledged our existence while we stood and waited, I would have been a lot less upset. I wasn't after any sort of freebies, although an offer for a least a glass of water would have been nice. In the end we received no discount and no apology (except from our waiter). In fact, after the staff gave up trying to correct the error and just started over, the manager disappeared into the back of the restaurant. I must say that when the evening started I was excited to go back and try another Wine Tasting event. Sadly, I cannot stomach going to a restaurant where patrons are forced to resort to begging to pay the check. After my 3.5 hour fiasco, I will not be returning. Pros: Good Food & Atmosphere, Kind of Nice Waitstaff Cons: Management is TERRIBLE more

Good Food, Terrible Service 6/2/2010

Our party of 5 went for the wine & food tasting. Food & wine was very good and the outdoor seating was perfect. It went downhill fast from there. Once the tasting was over we ordered dessert, 2 glasses of wine & some took almost 30 minutes for it to arrive (no apology)..once finished we requested our check...another 30 minute wait, when the checks arrive they were incorrect, mixed up with two other tables of guests seated close by. The waiter said he would fix them and bring them back out. Yet another 30 minutes goes by and we finally just get up and go inside to pay. The manager & waiter are still trying to figure out what went took another 15 minutes before we could pay. Manger was obviously mad at the waiter and yet never gave us any sort of apology or even acknowledged our lengthy wait. One should never be kept waiting to pay...the way the situation was handled was very unprofessional...the manager needs to be replaced. After reading other reviews, I can't recommend your going to dine here. I just wish I had read the other reviews before we went. Pros: Food & WIne were fine, outside seating is nice Cons: Slow wait staff & rude manager more


The restaurant itself is beautiful, but the moment you step in the door you know it's all for show. We werekept waiting at the door for at least 15minutes while the restaurant was nearly empty. When the hostess finally arrived at the door, she did not even apologize for keeping us waiting so long. Pros: Beautiful Building-nice flowers Cons: VERY RUDE MANAGER/OWNER more

Save your $$$ , Poor service, Mediocre Food, No belly dancers, and 2 fat r0@(hes 8/19/2008

We had 7pm reservations & when we arrived, TA was nearly empty except for 2 large parties. The ambiance was pleasant, but things quickly went downhill. Our harried, & inexperienced waiter couldn't talk wines(Mainly Greek vintners) took our drink orders, and delivered 2 beers in bottle, no glasses. We asked for glasses, and later a 2nd beer, again no fresh glass. Both bottles were carried with his hands OVER the openings, one (luckily) was still uncapped. Waiter did not take empty bottles off the table until we literally handed them to him. Pros: Food is reasonably good Cons: Poorly trained staff, terrible service, complaints handled poorly by management more

Greek place to dine and enjoy 6/26/2008

The fish was incredibly tasty. Outdoor dining is in a superb setting. The owner(?) greeted us at the door, provided samples of several of his favorite wines. A very pleasant experience at this place. Looking forward to going back. more

Good food - Fun atmosphere - Friendly Staff 5/28/2008

I think this is one of the best places to get Greek food. The menu is authentic with great weekend specials. The staff does a wonderful job and is always friendly and the bartender pours one hell-of-a drink! The outside patio is very romantic and relaxing with lots of flowers and intament lighting. Saturdays is ""Greek Night"" with music and a belly dancer to keep you entertained. more

Garbage. 5/9/2008

Clearly the people who wrote past reviews on Tavera Agora know nothing about greek food. Eating there reminds me of eating form the garbage can behind Greek Feista. The service and atmosphere was fine. Trust me, I know greek food, and Agora clearly does not. Save your money. more

Romantic, great service, delicious food 11/11/2007

Very romantic atmosphere. Great service. Varied menu and everything was beautifully presented and delicious tasting. No kids too! more
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  • The Scene
    The first sharp sound of shattering glass draws startled glances from diners--until a jubilant bartender shouts ""opa!"" and breaks yet another dish behind the bar. It's all...

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    Mon. - Thu., Sun. 5pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 11pm
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