5688 Lakeville Rd, Petaluma, CA 94954
06/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We were in Petaluma for business, and a local resident recommended Papa's Taverna. The Hostess told us that it was under new ownership. She offered us sparkling clean quiet dining upstairs, or Greek music and casual seating down stairs. We went down and enjoyed ourselves very much.
I had the Best Cioppino I've had in years, and my wife had the special which was an incredibly tender flavorful Lamb Shank. Excellent. Next time we are in town we will go back.
I love good Greek food and have been a fan of Papa's Taverna for many years.
Papa's recently came under new ownership and all changes I've seen have been fantastic.The new owners, Glynnis and Ted, and their managment staff are very visible. available, helpful and friendly. They seem to treat everyone like invited guests that they are genuinely delighted to see! The food prepared by the new chef, Yoirgos Kolybaskos is outstanding. Everything from the greek horitaki salad, to the authentic greek entrees, and the irrestible desserts(i.e. baklava, bugatsa, even creme brule) is homemade, using all fresh ingredients, and presented like works of art, served by pleasant wait staff. Linen tablecloths and napkins, matching silverware, and the blue decor have improved the ambience considerably. The location, right on the Petaluma River, is still one of Papa's most unique features. Upstairs dining in the River Room is pleasant and intimate The sunsets over the river are incredible. Downstairs, The Music Room, with dance floor and full old fashioned bar, still features live Greek music and dancing, and professional belly dancers on weekends, and the same great food. Newly added is a Friday Night Happy Hour from 4:30-8PM with $2 draft beer, $5 appetizers, and hot local bands that really rock, playing music you can actually dance to. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who loves a great time, Greek food, or is looking for a unique experience right here in the Sonoma County, with views and prices to please everyone.
11/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have this huge craving for Greek food ever since I went to the Greek (can't remember the name of it and cannot find my receipt) restaurant in Queens, NY. IT WAS THE BEST EVER! I was able to find semi good Greek restaurants in Seattle and then I moved to the North Bay area and so far I can't find squat. I found this place to be too busy to seat me in a timely manor and take my order, or refill my ice tea and the poor people sitting across from us they got up to leave before the waitress acknowledged them. Their food was sub-par and they didn't even know what Avgalemeno soup was. The only thing I had that was remotely authentic was the Greek salad...big whoop I can make that. I also noticed they didn't have any authentic Greek deserts...what they did have was listed on a white board an it was Carrot Cake, Cheese Cake and whatever else they probably bought from a local bakery. I was so disappointed - REALLY DISSAPOINTED in the entire thing...not to mention how much I paid for what I consider nothing.