Taranta
Taranta

Taranta

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tarantarist.com/
  • Phone: 6177200052
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday – Sunday; 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Jose Duarte
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering and butler style service for parties of 12 - 30 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Taranta can accommodate up to 45 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Jose Duarte 6177200052
  • Special Events: Taranta offer Culinary Adventures to Peru, check our web site for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cross
  • Public Transit: Haymarket or Government Center T Stop on the Greenline
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated at Parcel 7 garage on Congress Street
A word from Taranta
Distinguished Chef Jose Duarte delights with a very unique and unusual marriage between Italian Cuisine and Peruvian Cuisine. Taranta is the ideal location for a corporate function, private function rooms are available, and also corporate teambuilding cooking classes. We are located in the North End and we offer validated parking at the parcel 7 garage. Taranta is a Certified Green Restaurant and has received the City of Boston Green Business Award. It was also named one of the Best New Restaurants of the Decade by Zagat and the top 50 Restaurants in Boston by Boston Magazine. If you would like to learn about Taranta's Eco-friendly practique visit www.tarantagreen.com.
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Taranta reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (76)neighborhood gem (67)special occasion (65)romantic (62)good for groups (30)notable wine list (25)scenic view (18)hot spot (12)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We came upon Taranta based on a recommendation and we are good we followed up on their advice. The food was excellent. I had the double cut pork chop that was cooked perfectly. My small issues are below. -We had to ask for some bread as our server never brought any over. -They don't serve any soft drinks. - The crust on the bread once we got it was really tough. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable experience and a place that we will go back to the next time we are in town.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North End Experience
    TeeBusterVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The restaurant was very accommodating for our group of 12. The service was very professional however it took a bit long to get things going with salads and appetizers. The food was very good, ranging from fish to meat. That night there was a loud group next to us that made conversation difficult, but otherwise this was a good experience and I would recommend it for groups and would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food okay, ambience ehh
    AK87VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was unique in its fusion of flavors, but not as awesome as I expected, having had Peruvian and Italian separately in the past. as far as ambience goes, it was WAY too loud on the 2nd floor, it was hot. windows were open and members of my party were sweating. sweating + mediocre food = not worthy of a recommendation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of a kind
    jdlex
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Definitely the best Peruvian-Italian fusion place I've visited! It's a bit of a gimmick, perhaps, but a sincere one. And it works. The Italian genes dominate, with Peruvian touches mostly showing up in subtleties of the spicing and sides. The food was as carefully prepared and the wines as well chosen as anyplace I've been in the North End. Service was terrific, too. Add a Hanover-Street location, open to the sidewalk in summer and with views of the Custom Tower year-round, and you've got a fine place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Ludlowe123
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Taranto was wonderful from start to finish. From the moment we entered we were treated like very welcome guests. The foos was delicious but what really stood out was the service. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Full of character phenomenal desert
    AnitaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the ambience of this old fashioned looking venue. Super friendly owner and helpful waiter. We shared both dishes. Had the lobster ravioli, very tasty fantastic sauce and the Amazonian pesche, a wonderful texture served grilled over quinoa and white broad beans. An ugly animal, as per the picture our waiter showed us! The most fantastic desert: "Lucumasu " a Tiramisu made with lucuma. Also, a great pisco sour. Worth trying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had an amazing birthday dinner here. The service was amazing. I forget our servers name but, he was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazing dishes here. The North End is known for its great Italian eating and this place really excels at authentic Italian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing meal
    LSKoop
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was very surprised that our meals were not better. Started with the mussels, they were good. Caprese salad, tomatoes were tasteless and mushy. My entree of a white fish on top of quinoa and asparagus tips was not good. Everything but the fish was cold. Fish was bland. My husband ordered a ravioli with mushrooms ands it was fair, again not over the top. With all the competition in the North End seems like the pressure would be on to excel.
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  • not your average italian
    nosnowVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Fantastic blend of Peru and Italy made for very flavorful and tasty dinner. Large portions, friendly helpful staff,and lively but quiet enough to talk business. Look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, great food
    BostondinerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food. Nice intimate place. I like that the front opens onto the street, which is the main drag in Boston's North End. Kudos to Chef Jose Duarte for running a socially responsible business that prioritizes sustainable sourcing and environmentally sound practices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find in the North End
    JPchick
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is a sweet small restaurant, great decor, intimate feel. Our waiter could not have been nicer and was helpful with the menu. We had the PEI mussels as an appetizer and they were very tasty. Chicken ravioli were excellent as was the fish selection (paiche, a South American fish). Hazelnut mousse was also quite good for dessert. And, the coffee was what you expect in the North End, wonderful espresso. The restaurant is on Hanover St, near the Haymarket end which is great because it gets you away from the crowds that pack the middle section of Hanover St.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food, service, etc.
    Italianlady
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    have always enjoyed dining at Taranta! the wine was top, food very delicious, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Feedme
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food and service were exceptional. I had the salmon which was perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Peruvian Italian fusion
    Jmac
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a delicious dinner. The food was wonderful! Our server was great, but since there is no bartender she also had to make our cocktails so this took a while. We sat on the second floor which was pretty and had a nice view, but the air conditioning was much too cold! I would definitely go again because the food was fantastic but I'd bring a very warm sweater!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun loc to take out of town friends
    hamletVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed the service and atmosphere, but we all agreed our main dishes were too salty. Appetizers were very good, Arugula salad with beets was average.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    Jeanne
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is a great place for use to meet our niece for dinner. The grass-fed, coffee crusted filet mignon was cooked perfectly, as was the salmon. Loved the chocolate souffle. Had a wonderful view of Boston and Hanover Street. Great service. Creative menu with delicious vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peruvian and Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The ceviche was seasoned and flavored well. It melted in my mouth. We had the ravioli stuffed with Peruvian potatoes and chicken with a shallot garlic sauce. So comforting ..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not fusion enough
    Domingo17
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Very good service but a little disappointing in the food taste department. Maybe my expectations were set too high but I did not get the fusion experience (Italian Cuisine plus Peruvian) I was hoping for. Also, found it weird that the restaurant is "so green" but then the salmon was not wild caught. Great location.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • susan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was unbelievably good, lovely ambiance, service was good but not great. Noisy but good energy. Will definitely return for the food!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great mussels in the North End!
    westenderVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our last visit was over a year ago, and we decided that we wanted their amazing mussels again. To our surprise, our server, recognized us! He is a true professional, knowledgeable about both food and wine. He allowed us to taste the 'wines of the day', discussed our experience with cuttlefish in the Balkans and suggested we move to a table at the open windows when it became available. The mussels were are good as ever, with a broth that demands bread to get it all! We will not wait a year for our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northend pick
    Gwsnh
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent service vibrant northend location good menu, variety slightly limited for wine selection especially by the glass. Definitely a restaurant i would recommend to friends and i would return to myself
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was great but the service left a sour taste. We were placed on the third floor, which wouldn't have been a problem except there were two elderly individuals who had difficulty going down the four floors to the restroom and back up again. Then, the five of us were squeezed into a fourtop when there were plenty of larger tables that were not being used. I'm sure that was because the table was by the open window, which was a necessity as the top floor must have been at least 80 with no AC or ceiling fans. To add insult to injury, they served tepid room temperature water with no ice. Trying to re-create a third world ambiance? Would have been ok for a hole-in-the-wall dive, but not for the price we paid. Doubt I'll be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Taranta
    Happywoman
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were taken to the third floor--quite a hike--so not for those that are step challenged, but much quieter than the other floors. We sat by open windows so it was somewhat like dining outdoors as the windows are quite large and not screened. The menu was extensive and interesting with a few specials. Everything ordered was outstanding. One at the table had to follow a special diet and that was followed with no problem. The service was wonderful and the desserts were the whipped cream of the meal. Thoroughly enjoyed by all 8 of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    nbtreviews
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Went w/a group of 6 and every one of us found our dishes fantastic. The best mussels I have had in a long time, the peruvian Paiche was different and delicious. Pasta dishes outstanding. Waiter - outstanding. Try the passion-fruit soda.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for visitors
    Cantresist
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Both Yelp and Tripadvisor gave this place good reviews and we wholeheartedly agree A short walk from our downtown hotel to the busy North End area and we were at a small but inviting spot. Probably ordered too many yummy appetizers but couldn't resist the mussels. Fish and pasta were all excellent. Highly recommend this place.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We are from the Midwest. We both ordered seafood and both were prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good experience!
    mensan98th
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We enjoyed the food and service here; the wine list is quite limited, and we weren't especially taken by the rose we had as the first bottle. The food and service more than made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Taranta is consistently great. The food is a cool mix of Italian and peruvian and the atmosphere is great. You can enjoy a pisco sour or a good glass of wine. Love the causa, empanadas, cassava root gnocchi, fish, and if you like meat you won't be disappointed either!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NE Gem!
    HelloK
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was the second time that I dined at Taranta. Overall, both my experiences were good. The food is always different and very good. It is a mix of Peruvian/Southern Italian, so that makes the menu unique. Our waitress was excellent, very knowledgeable and attentive. We sat upstairs and had a nice table in the corner, however, after the upstairs started to fill up, it did get a little noisy. I would still highly recommend Taranta for something different, a good meal in the North End and for its great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Italian
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Excellent and interesting menu, combination of Italian and Peruvian. Excellent wine list, exceptional service. Nice small neighborhood place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience overall
    85Feel
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Pluses: - lovely food, particularly the pastas - attentive service, if not a bit rushed - Nice room Minuses - tables are pretty crowded and close together - waiters are always having to navigate delicately around things - room might be a bit small - areas a bit touristy Overall a great place
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Finlandesa
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Friendly and fast service. Food was well done and fresh, we had really good time. Even the chef took his busy time to meet us.we'll be back.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • North end Gem!
    frequenteater
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was great, and it was nice to be in the North End and not have to listen to Italian music! Everyone on the staff seemed to be equally knowledgeable about the menu. The menu was very interesting (Italian with a Peruvian twist!) and everything we had was fabulous. The portions were generous, and the salad was dressed correctly - not over dressed as a lot of places do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome for a Celebration
    texmexfoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Taranta to celebrate our anniversary, and we are very glad we did! The food was superb, our waiter was able to offer great recommendations for both our meal and the wine. Taranta's space is both chic and romantic, without feeling exclusive. Although very pricey, for a special evening it is well worth the cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and Interesting
    CTFoodies
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This Italian/Peruvian restaurant is very innovative and the food is delicious. The service was friendly and very good as well. We enjoyed our evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North End Gem
    Keveno
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Went here for our anniversary with another couple. Can't say enough. It was everything we hoped it would be. The house specialty pork is outstanding!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very satisfied
    Dieseleats
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My wife is from Peru and I love Italian food. So we thought it was a perfect fit. We ate early so it was quite. The owner said hi, he was nice. We recognized him from the TV review. Food was fresh cooked perfectly. Portions were to my liking. We will go back on another occasion.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food
    Neveragain
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    A must try in all of boston mussels were amazing. Pork chops and fish superb
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a blast
    morhoj
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Group of 10 and food & service was great. Would recommend highly to others
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate