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Mediterranean, European, Greek
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 3 May 2022

I was SO disappointed. The shared platter, which says serves 4, seemed to have been downscaled for 3. The moussaka was tiny, like a starter portion. The service was beyond poor !!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 15 April 2022 via mobile

Nice place to come for lunch, sitting outside is lovely as you can watch the boats go by and it’s very nice, the food is a little outdated but served nicely, we have the calamari and Greek salad to start,we had a gyro and kingklip...for mains and it was nice, the Greek potatoes were nice , we had some nice wines and the service was efficient.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 28 February 2022 via mobile

Went here for lunch,such a nice setting on the water, food was ok nothing special,service was very slow as if the servers were running around trying to take care of all the guests, classic case of to many customers not enough staff, we had a...nice time and met friends and really enjoyed the wine on water weekend.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 20 January 2022

We have been going to the Taverna for a long time especially my fiancé and his family. The food is amazing, the view and majority of the staff! But today we had experienced a very unpleasant situation with one of the male waiters. The restaurant...was very quiet and many seats and tables available, as my fiancé, his friend and myself got taken to a table we asked if we could sit down by the grass table and we were told that we must sit up at the top because he basically didn’t want to serve us because it was too far. We asked if we must book or pay more and both offers were declined by this man and we got taken to another table which we were not happy with. My fiancé decided to have one drink and leave even though we wanted to go for lunch but he was not enjoying the attitude of the waiter. Keeping in mind that we came the day before for date night and we had AMAZING service by the lady waitresses (11/10) Anyway I asked him to cancel my water and he said he forgot about it anyway.. I just feel like if a waiter puts in that bit of extra effort, we would reward them even more for their generosity and effort. Overall the restaurant is amazing and the food is incredibly amazing. I just hope that management could deal with this as we will always come back but would not ask for that gentlemen as a waiter again.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Melina T, Owner at Big Time Taverna, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2022

Apologies for that Hope to see you again soon to make up for it

Reviewed 19 January 2022 via mobile

Great Greek food. My husband had the kingklip and I had the moussaka. Waiting time was a a bit long (about an hour after we ordered), but really enjoyed the food.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 10 January 2022

It is the only restaurant we frequent while on holiday in St Francis Bay. Melina has taken over the reins after the untimely and incredibly sad death of Peri, and she is doing such a fantastic job. Dean and Nikita also made our experience during...the holiday unforgettable. The food is still top class, tasty and cooked to perfection, and I have never had a bad meal there. It also makes a big difference to be able to get to a restaurant by boat. There were also a number of promotions on while dining at Big Time, such as the Tanqueray gin promotion. The wine list is still superb, and it's like a home away from home for our family.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 1 November 2021 via mobile

Went to Big Time with friends from out of town. We had kids with us who didn’t eat seafood so waitress offered them chicken strips and chips. When the bill arrived we were charged R150 per portion for the kids meals. Apparently because each portion...was 2 organic chicken breasts yet was more like a small handful of very dry and tasteless tit bits. Also check your drinks bill as drinks are randomly added to bill. We also asked to see a cocktail menu and they said they didn’t have any mixer and cordials fo make cocktails. Could be such a lovely place but hate feeling ripped off and embarrassed in front of guests so would give it a skip!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 23 October 2021 via mobile

We had an interesting evening yesterday. The food, except for the steaks was good and tasty. The service from kitchen to table left us rather speechless. Our orders for starters and mains were taken. Then the mains started coming out together with some of the...starters. Mains were send back as we wanted our starters first. We were told it was our fault because we ordered the mains same time as starters. Crazy hey! Then when some starters still did not arrive, I offered to go help in the kitchen. That got a bit of action and suddenly starter arrived (about an hour after some had finished their mains). Then we asked to wait about 19 minutes before our mains were been re-brought out and were told we interfering with the kitchen timing as mains ready now. Not rushing back there with a table of 10 again. Pity as food besides the overcooked steak was goodMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 11 April 2021

We were on our honeymoon and first time to St Francis, got the feeling that if you are not a local here you are not considered too important. We had heard good reviews of this place but were turned away quite rudely. Not sure I...would want to go back. For any outsiders to the area I would advise to book way in advance to avoid disappointment.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 3 April 2021 via mobile

The setting was beautiful. The price for food absolutely overpriced. Definitely not value for money. To Pay R200 for a bowl of noodles with 6 mini pieces of meat is definitely not value. Neither is paying R460 for a platter supposed to serve 4 but...is actually only enough for 1. You can go to other locales for far less but better size mealsMore

Date of visit: March 2021
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Big Time Taverna is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5