Orta Restaurant
Orta Restaurant

Orta Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ortarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7818268883x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Brett Williams
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Book a private event in our Grotto. A private dining room with a full bar that comfortably seats 40. Perfect for all small gatherings, the grotto is an intimate and cozy space with a private entrance located at the rear of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Cara Williams 7818268883x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rt 139
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Guests may park anywhere in the rear of the building or in limited spaces in the front.
A word from Orta Restaurant
Named from a lake in the Piedmont region of Italy, Orta is a modern Italian restaurant located at the intersections of 139 and 53 in Pembroke. We apply Italian culinary philosophy to locally sourced product. Please join us in our dining room that features an open kitchen with a newly constructed pizza oven, or swing by the bar and try our wonderful libations, wines, and craft beer selection. We also offer a private function room that can roughly seat forty people, call or visit our website for details. We are open 7 nights a week.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Orta Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (78)fit for foodies (70)special occasion (52)romantic (39)good for groups (31)notable wine list (27)vibrant bar scene (24)hot spot (18)kid-friendly (18)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was great. Service was timely. Special antipasto was out of this world! Drunken Mushroom pizza is to die for. We had a fabulous time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the first greeting to the last bite, Orta is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    RobinDVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My 3 friends a I gathered here for good conversation and a delicious meal. The matinis were great before dinner. I can highly recommend the sole, the salmon, and the swordfish dinners. We were all pleased with the taste and the presentation of our food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GMD47VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was our second time here and we were disappointed. The caprese salad was excellent, the chicken stuffed with provolone and prosuitto was dry and the mini cheese cake desert was dry and pasty. It will be awhile before we head back for a third try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was cold and over cooked
    Duende
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The salmon and spaghetti squash were overcooked. The beef spare rib was overly fatty and arrived cold. The homemade gnocchi was also cold and overcooked. Our apple crisp dessert was dominated by dough, little or no apples and almost burnt on the bottom. Disappointing. The fried eggplant appetizer was the only good part of the meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top notch restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our daughter had been there and could not wait to have her parents come and enjoy it with the whole family. There were plenty of choices on the extensive menu that allowed every one to make a perfect choice for themselves. The food was as good as it gets! Wish it were on Cape Cod but since our family is close to Orta, we will be back as often as we can. The owner/hostess was especially friendly and made us feel welcome both as we came and went. I was very impressed with this restaurant in all phases as Bellichek says!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Meredith
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a great meal -- I had pizza, my husband and one of the other couple with us had short ribs, and the fourth person had a rib eye special and none of us were disappointed. I order pizza everywhere and this was delicious; crust was yummy (although disappointingly burnt on the bottom), light toppings, delicious sauce. There was a mix up in that my husband was promised the sword fish special but they ended up being out (Hello? It was 6:30...how do you run out of your special by 6:30?). Also the other man in our party was brought the wrong meal. They did give us a free dessert but it was small and their choice not ours. But all in all they did a nice job making up for it and they let us linger over dinner for two hours which was nice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Braciole
    Sadlocal
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Sat us near the open front door, despite a nearly empty restaurant. The waiter was pleasant. Lobster risotto cake appetizer was good, but one was overcooked. Pumpkin ravioli with scallops was delicious, but Chicken Braciole was tender on the first bite but chewy and inedible for the rest of the entrée. Risotto base was good, but too much of it. Pricey for a poor entrée.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • House wine
    Dg8153
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    10 bucks for a small glass of house merlo way too much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Orta always offers great food. I would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed---no hurry to return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went to Orta's on a Tuesday night. Even though we had reservations, we waited 30 minutes to be seated. The staff was obviously not expecting such a busy night as to how frazzled they seemed. We ordered the filet mignon and pork tenderloin dishes. They were cooked to perfection, but extremely salty. We will not be in a hurry to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Used living social coupon, but did not matter love the food and the bar bill exceeded the food total....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • soooo good!
    mom4Macs
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had the pumpkin ravioli and scallops, it was amazing!!! The sauce was not creamy and not too sweet which is how unfortunately too many restaurants make pumpkin ravioli and ruin the dish. Orta made this dish PERFECTLY! Savored every bite...can't stop thinking about when i can go back to have it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was Expecting More
    none
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our recent visit was probably the 7th or 8th time we have been to Orta. I asked to reserve a high top table but I guess I was not descriptive enough because although we did get a high top, it was in the bar area. I really dislike eating there because people keep coming in and they wind up standing 10 inches from your table. The noise level is high. It is just difficult to enjoy a meal in that sort of setting. I also was expecting more from my meal. I had the ziti with broccolli and chicken. The sauce barely had much of a flavor to it and although the menu said grilled chicken, none of the pieces I had seemed to have been grilled....moreso par boiled. My wife's meal was excellent. The service was superb. Avoid the bar area.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was delicious! Only thing was that it was hot sitting near the brick oven...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing changes
    TimC
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As regulars to Orta we have become intimately familiar with the menu, wine list, wait staff, etc. We have always felt comfortable there whether it be for a night cap at the bar, dinner on date night, dinner with the whole family or special occasions. Orta has recently made several changes; most notably taking some of the old standbys off the wine and dinner menu while raising prices which has negatively impacted our experience at Orta. The food quality is still good, the staff is still very courteous but we are finding the price point is becoming hard to justify given the overall experience. Small/personal margarita pizza $15, chicken pasta dish $24. We are less inclined to return given the last couple visits which is unfortunate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Servers were polite, knowledgeable, and fast. We had a delicious meal. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can the Canned Muzak
    nphRN
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very good food however overshadowed by the Muzak, beat could still be heard and felt in spite of loud background voices of diners. If you are looking for a relaxing dining experience this is not it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good here!
    Kim1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is a little expensive but its worth it. I got the pizza, which is always cooked to order and my husband got the raviolis and they were delicious. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • grammysue11
    grammysue11
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved it as always!! Orta never disappoints, great food, service and atmosphere!! Favorite restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • requested a better seating location
    bdaddy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My compaint is with the matradee and our seats! Arrived on time and the place was pretty empty. The matradee showed us to our seats right be the main entrance. I requested if it would be Ok to move and his said NO, all the others seats are reserved. Well that would have been fine but sitting be the main entrance I could hear everything as people arrived and none of them had reservation By the time we finished dinner, thete were serveral seats available. I would never go back a nd would no recommend Orta to anyone!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • used to love it
    susan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The tables are packed together and our table was for two and a long table so we would have to talk loudly to hear each other. When we asked to be moved the manager made it like it was a huge inconvenience . We were moved to the bar area which is even more crowded than the dinning room. Our service in the dinning room was not good. They brought menus 2 wine menus and one dinning menu. No one came for a drink order for a good 10 minutes. Meanwhile the table next to us, sat after us, had bread and water and was about to order drinks. The entree was delicious and very pricey!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shelley
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was great. Jessica gave excellent service. Orta is our favorite date night spot. Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Exceptional service. Great food. Love the staff and wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food South of Boston
    JohnC
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A nearby gem. This is the third time we have dined at Orta and each experience was outstanding. This restaurant equals any Boston quality dining without the drive and traffic. The food was outstanding, the wait staff was helpful, courteous and timed delivery of the three courses perfectly. I highly recommend Orta. The atmosphere is vibrant without being noisy, We were seated upon arrival without a wait. Our table was as requested in our Open Table reservation" a table in a quiet area" and that;s exactly where we were seated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal, great service!
    TobyMax
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The entire dining experience was wonderful. Braised short ribs were well seasoned and tender. The lamb special was cooked to perfection. Servers were very attentive and didn't rush the meal. Highly recommended for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent dining
    deluxebury
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Absolutely the best appetizer menu great pizza,desserts, beers
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christine1529
    Christine1529
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Fabulous. The food was outstanding, the service was excellent and the overall dining experience was truly terrific. I would highly recommend Orta to anyone. It's a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    Eleanore
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always great service and wonderful food. Chef is creative and presentation of meals lovely. We dine here often and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lulu46
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    wonderful food great service ate in bar area and it was very relaxing and the noise level was low
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience.
    Yvie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Although we had a reservation we had trouble getting a decent table that wasn't next to the front door we finally settled in the bar the food was fine overall very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably great
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We eat here every couple of months. The food is always good, but the service sets them apart. This is not some local dive with inexperienced kids waiting tables. The service is always professional and friendly. I have to note that they have lobster bisque on the menu now and it is REAL bisque unlike so many local places that put lobster in clam chowder instead of clams and call it lobster bisque. Bisque and chowder are not the same thing but Orta has one of the few local chefs that seems to know that.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    BScap
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We arrived at Orta to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was 7pm on a Tuesday night and the place was packed. Even though we had a dinner reservation thru Open Table we were seated at a high top in the no man's land between the bar and the dining room with a view of the bathroom and the staff registers. A high top table is not the most comfortable seating and to make matter worse our table was not level. I mentioned to the hostess that I thought we would have been seated at a regular table since we had a reservation, but she did not offer to move us. The service we received was fine, but unfortunately the food was not. We had an excellent appetizer: beef carpaccio, but the sauces on both entrees were over-salted and a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A family favorite
    moandfamily
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Has been a family favorite. A little pricy but meals that are usually creative, definitely not the run of the mill. They were busy but not crazy and this was good as we had at least one disappointing experience in the past. I still think the wait was a little long but not excessive. My chicken special was good stuffed chicken special, came with potatoes but no veggie) my husband lived grid seated tuna and we ask thought my daughters fig pizza was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE BEST!!!!
    beantownbaby
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Brett is a rock star in the kitchen!! Phenomenal menu, perfect execution, and overall awesome experience! We loved everything we ordered and can not wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Orta never disappoints!
    Kimbir
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Orta is a hidden gem. I've been here for date night with my husband, meeting friends for drinks or as a family - especially great when the kids can make their own pizza! They have a good variety of options on the menu and the food is always fresh and excellent. The staff is always great about understanding my family's food allergies. Fantastic atmosphere as well! My favorite spot for dining on the South Shore.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GMD47VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Pizza was excellent! Nice thin crust cooked to perfection in a stone oven. Short ribs were tasty with delicious light gnocchi . The caprese salad was very tasty. Only downside was the place seems a little run down and one of the new waiters almost dumped a charcuterie tray on some unsuspecting customer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • selling my second groupon
    Joanne
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I dined at Orta on Sunday evening with a friend. I was very disappointed in the food and moreover the chef allowing the food to leave the kitchen as such. We ordered the arancini appetizer. I have had them everywhere from the North end of Boston to restaurants in So Boston and these were terrible. Overcooked to the point of burnt and very small. They are supposed to be very moist, not crispy and dry. We both ordered the chicken bracciola with risotto. The menu said it had a mustard cream sauce. You'd think the sauce would be drizzled on top of the chicken not a cup or more of it put down into the dish and then the risotto on top of that! All I tasted when I tried the risotto was mustard. Chicken was terribly dry, I did not eat.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Add it to the rotation
    DonaldKDonald
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great creative & flavorful Italian food, including real brick-oven pizza. Appetizers are tremendous (try the lobster cake). We are adding this to our rotation on the South Shore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Orta Review
    food21
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. It was my anniversary and they made us feel so special with a private table with flowers and brought us champagne and a dessert on the house. Everything about the experience was perfect and I am so glad I booked my reservation at this restaurant. The food was great, the service was great. They went above and beyond my expectations. A truely great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.