Had dinner at Papas' Taverna with my husband and in-laws tonight. (On their website and on their staff's T-shirts, it's spelled "Papas' Taverna", but on their restaurant sign it reads "Papa's Taverna").
Papas' Taverna opens at 7pm (winter hours). We arrived at 7:30pm to find the downstairs nearly full, so we had to sit near the back underneath the gazebo. There is a $15 minimum charge per person downstairs because of the live music and belly dancers.
The "live music" did not show up... the band supposedly got stuck in traffic. It was a while before anyone came to our table.
The drinks were all right. I was a bit disappointed with my iced tea as I'd read online reviews raving about it and it was merely okay. Watery and mildly spiced. My husband ordered one of the Greek beers and found it so-so.
The bread was stone-cold... I don't like it when restaurants do that, but usually it's forgivable.
Service was reaaaallllly slow. Maybe it was because we were seated in a corner, but we felt neglected most of the evening.
My moussaka was hearty, though a bit too salty for my liking. The vegetables were well-done. The dolmas tasted just like the kind they sell in cans at my husband's workplace. The orzo was yummy (you can't really mess up orzo, can you?). The salad... we could make better ones at home.
My husband and the in-laws ordered some kind of combination plate, and they seemed to have liked their dinners. No one raved about their food though.
There were three belly dancers. They put on a good show that lasted around 20 minutes. There was an invitation for the restaurant-goers to dance, and a group of people went up, but there was no live music, no DJs, so... yeah. Maybe it's more fun on other evenings.
Overall, it was a disappointing experience. Should've picked another restaurant for my birthday celebration because we felt we should've enjoyed ourselves at a place like this, but did not.
5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma, CA 94954