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Experience Unique Food and Entertainment at Taverna Opa Orlando

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Eat Greek at Taverna Opa!

There are thousands of visitors that flock to the Orlando area each day looking for a unique and exciting experience – something that is completely different from their day to day activities. The search the outlet malls, attractions and beaches trying to find that unforgettable time, but little do they know that the truly memorable place can be found at Taverna Opa.

When you first enter Taverna Opa, you will feel as though you have been transported into a Greek patio café. The open kitchen, bistro tables and warm, earthy tones, in addition to the illuminated tree that sits in the center of the eating area provides a distinct Mediterranean environment. There are a few dozen tables present, as well as bar seating and even an outdoor patio; this leaves just enough space for the servers to navigate from table to table.

After you are seated, a photographer will visit your table to take your groups picture. This can later be purchased as a keychain for $10 or a 5 x 7 photo for $20.

If you visit early in the evening, the music that will be present will be unobtrusive and mellow, perfect for a table conversation. However, at 7 p.m. the party truly begins. The music will quicken into an ethnic rhythm and the belly-dancers will take the floor. The servers also participate by making it rain an explosion of paper napkins, which adds to the festivities. As the entertainment is taking place, you can let loose with your own Elios wine, which is served in a tumbler rather than a wine glass due to the tendency of Greeks to smash dining ware when celebrating.

The party can begin early for some, with happy hour that takes place between 3 and 6 p.m., when guests can purchase two for one drinks, appetizers for three and four dollars each and cocktail pitches at half price. Visitors are encouraged to dance along and the belly dancers may even provide some free lessons!

While the festivities are in full swing, you can try some traditional Greek food such as the chunky, house made hummus and fresh pita or the creamy and cool tzatziki. There are all tops of traditional Greek fare that can be tried – giving you an authentic taste of this delicious cuisine.

If you are ready to take a break from your dinner, you can participate in Zorba dancing. This is extremely easy to pick up and if you wish to participate simply link hands with other guests and dance around the dining room, this is the ideal way to work up your appetite for the main course.

After enjoying your main course, you can have a traditional Greek dessert or enjoy a cup of Greek coffee. However, be warned that it is not for everyone, as this coffee has an intense flavor due to the beans being boiled three different times. The grounds settle at the base of the cup and it is said that the grounds can actually tell the future.

Taverna Opa is located on International Drive in the second story of the Pointe Orlando and open from 12 p.m. to 2 am.

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