After a two year hiatus, Taverna at The Mar Vista has officially reopened with a market driven fresh take on authentic Greek fare and a full bar, just what the neighborhood has been starving for.
Traditional favorites make up the menu inspired by co-owner Demetrios Mavromichalis’ Greek roots, including saganaki – pan fried kefalograviera cheese flamed tableside with warm pita. It pairs beautifully with the La Presa Vineyard orange wine. The Mykonos salad is a mix of herbs, arugula and shaved onions topped with Greek sheep cheese.
Stunning larger format plates include a cinnamony slow-braised lamb shank resting on a bed of toasted orzo as well as a vegan moussaka and a traditional pork gyro platter surrounded by a mini army of olives, feta, tzatziki, grilled pita and lettuce wraps.
The bar program includes a line of signature cocktails like the crisp Santorini with vodka, green grapes, St. Germain, lime juice and Greek Moschofilero wine as well as a lychee martini and seasonal margaritas like blood orange and spicy cucumber.
Starting out with counter service, the restaurant is open seven days a week including brunch on the weekends for the Mar Vista Farmers Market crowd.