Definition of taverna in English:



  • A small Greek restaurant or cafe.

    • ‘Visitors can expect high standards of accommodation, friendly locals, a good choice of restaurants, bars, tavernas, nightclubs and shopping.’
    • ‘Step inside the restaurant and you'll be transported to a Greek taverna, as the wonderful aroma of Mediterranean cooking fills the air.’
    • ‘14th century Byzantine ramparts radiate from here, mostly overlooked by 20th century apartments, tavernas and cafes, yet it feels more like an overgrown village.’
    • ‘Now it is a narrow, bustling thoroughfare of Greek tavernas and kebab shops.’
    • ‘A string of restaurants ranging from fine dining through to a Greek taverna and a pizza terrace dot the seafront, with its classical views out to the island of Zakynthos.’


Modern Greek, from Latin taberna (see tavern).