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Taranta Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tarantarist.com
  • Phone: (617) 720-0052
  • 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 (617) 720-0052
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service were both great. The only reason I didn't give it all 5 stars is that they kept throwing empty bottles into the recycling causing a loud crash. It was very jarring. It happened nearly a dozen times during dinner. If you are not on the ground floor, this may not be an issue. This is a great North End restaurant if you have someone in your party that is not interested in pasta. There are many great options for carnivores as well. We had the yucca gnocchi, the salmon, and the double cut pork chop. All delicious."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I went to Taranta on Saturday night with my husband & his family to celebrate his 50th birthday. We had a great server, Maris, & the atmosphere was wonderful. We sat at the long table near the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the main street. We ordered two bottles of wine, cocktails, starters, meals, & dessert. Everything was fabulous. To start, I ordered the misto salad; I think it was the best salad I've ever had! For my meal, I got the paparadelle with truffle oil & mushrooms; it was amazing! The pasta was perfect! For dessert I got limoncello sorbet; it was delicious. My husband got the cassava root gnocchi with lamb ragu; he loved it! Chef Jose Duarte chatted with us & asked about our meals. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The restaurant was just fine. Nothing wowed us. Nothing thrilled us. The setting was lovely, but it was noisy upstairs----not intimate like they had said. The brick walls were a nice touch. The waiter forgot to put our order in,so the wait was long. He compensated us with a free bottle of wine. My father---whose birthday we were celebrating---had to return his food because it was too cold (after waiting an inordinate time for it).It was fine but not necessarily the spot that I wanted to have to celebrate a birthday."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Came out in a group of 11 college students for a friend's birthday and had a great time. The food was delicious and the service was great. Splitting a check 10 ways is never easy but it was done right, which was another great aspect."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I don't know whether or not the restaurant was short of staff but our server was gone for long periods of time. The appetizer for one of our party arrived 10 minutes after the others. We all felt that the service didn't match the quality of the food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a larger group - 10 people - and some of our friends arrived later than expected. The waitstaff at Taranta were very attentive and never made us feel rushed at all. The food was amazing - so many great options - and no one was disappointed. The lobster & crab ravioli and the whole baked trout were big hits at the table. We had plans of having our desserts elsewhere, since we were in the North End, but once we sampled some of the desserts at Taranta, were so glad we changed our minds. The tiramasu and the hazelnut mousse were amazing. Overall such a great night out and can't wait to go back and try something new!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The staff was welcoming and accommodating. Varieties in your five categories had great diversity. It was definitely easy to find something that appeared appetizing. We enjoyed our two entrees, the salmon and the chicken. They were prepared to a tee. Overall, a fine evening dining at Taranta's."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "When there on Valentine's Day, and the experience was good, they were about 15-30 minutes behind on reservations though. Most likely they overbooked trying to maximize on the evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a really nice dinner here with a small party. I loved the charming split level atmosphere. I recommend the cocktails!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I came here for restaurant week, so I was able to enjoy an appetizer, main course and dessert for $38. The food was incredible. Everything was delicious. I usually find Italian food to be a smidgen too salty, but this was perfectly seasoned. The meat was incredibly tender and melted in my mouth. On a normal night, you will pay a fairly large amount for this level of deliciousness. For me, that would cause this restaurant to be a "special occasions only" type of place. Restaurant week allowed me to enjoy Taranta without destroying my wallet, which I very much appreciated."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The food had great presentation and a very nice marriage of flavoring. The staff extremely friendly and attentive! The place was clean and the ambiance perfect. I would definitely recommend it and would definitely like to dine there again."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Nice place in the heart of the North End. Food was disappointing and did not live up to reviews. Pork chop was very sweet, as were the mussels. Service was nothing special."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I had dined at Taranta once before and was excited to find out they were doing restaurant week Unfortunately, I don't think they were prepared for it. One waiter for 2 floors! He was friendly and courteous But overwhelmed with the number of tables. Food was wonderful and it's the reason I went back restaurant was ver cold so That didn't help the dining experience any."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The servers make a real effort to provide attentive and pleasant service, and the food does not disappoint. My second time dining at Taranta, and the food was just as consistently delicious this time as last. Each course was original and tasty."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner. Many choices, great ambiance, super service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant for our daughter's 30 birthday dinner. We chose it because it was "green" and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of both the service and food. We did go there on a slow night, not sure how it would be on a busy night. Very nice, pricey but great for a special dinner."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The flavor combinations developed in this combination of Peruvian and Italian cuisine are sensational. I had the pan roasted mussels and the pork. Both servings were generous and I was disappointed not to finish it all!! My only wish is that they open a companion restaurant in Melbourne Australia, where I am sure they would do extremely well."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We took our 16 & 14 year olds who are not picky eaters, but the menu was limited. We were looking forward to traditional Italian fare. However, there was no garlic bread, fried calamari, etc. which my husband and I were fine without but the kids were looking forward to it. They did not have spaghetti/linguini on the menu but they did have a fuselli and lasagna-type noodle which the kids liked. I had the special salad; was very good but when I askled for grilled chicken for it, they couldn't accomodate, instead gave me a piece of the 'specials' chicken which was stuffed with mozzarella and spinach and they charged full chicken special price for it. Service was good and atmosphere was nice but we will not be back for the limited menu options."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service was very attentive. A great night I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "wonderful attentive service delicious food, great wine"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Had dinner here with my husband and at first we were unsure whether our choice was the right one, but after tasting the food all worries were put aside. The food here is fantastic! The sauces were to die for! We both had the lobster and crab ravioli and we could not get enough. The staff was attentive but a bit slow. We waited a bit between courses which is always disappointing but the food, once served, made up for the wait."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The atmosphere was excellent, lighting was nice for a Valentine's Day date. Unfortunately, some elegant, but very drafty windows on the second floor, where we were seated, permitted quite a wintry breeze to infiltrate the dining room. Brr. Service was pleasant, not overbearing. $7 for bottled water. My date's beef tenderloin was the night's victory, owing to a decent chocolate/chile sauce, but her potatoes au gratin were under-seasoned, as was my paiche (fish) and risotto (think it was risotto). Great saffron sauce and seasoned spinach greens, but the dish did not come together. The culinary elements meant to be 'fused' were not so, and not worth the fixed price we paid."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for valentine's day and was not impressed. The place itself looked great, but for a $70 pre-fixe menu, the food was not up to par and the service was questionable. We had the wrong food delivered to us twice because apparently they split up their larger tables into two-tops and did not figure out an adequate way of re-numbering the new tables so that food runners got the food to the correct table. We were given plenty of space and time to enjoy the evening, and the ambience was quite nice. However, the server seemed aloof at the table and, again, the food (except for the steak skewers, which were incredible) was unexciting. I might go back on a different night (i.e. not valentine's day), but probably will not."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The privacy per floor is quite enjoyable, food was exquisite and the lighting was magical."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As ridiculous as it may sound, he salads were one of my favorite dishes here! I have neverhad a salad that was dressed as well as this one. Perfection! The main course was a chicken with crispy polenta and roasted tomato. Stunning! I would recommend this restaurant to couples and friends looking for a unique experience and some of the best food in the North End!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Came here for a our V-Day dinner. Food was Amazing, service was solid and ambience was great. I had beef tenderloin, cooked perfect, she had a pasta dish with spicy sausage which was also amazing. Great wine selection as well. I suggest for a nice night out or special occasion. Price was typical for location and venue."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Taranta was a great find for a special occasion. The dishes were delicious, especially the scallop appetizer and paiche amazonia entree; the service was friendly, helpful, and attentive; and the atmosphere was very relaxed and romantic. We would definitely return for more."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dining at Taranta is a treat from arrival till departure. The men and women of Taranta have a finger on the pulse of warm hospitality that is natural with narry a feeling of it being rehearsed or less than genuine. The combinations of tastes in the culinary creations are mesmerizing and the wine list is limited in all the right ways! Going "home" to Taranta I always expect to see Peruvian grandmothers emerge from the kitchen to tell me to "eat it all or no dessert"!!!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Nad and his crew were as attentive as ever.....double cut pork chop, pasta specials, beet salads, vegetarian accommodation, all delicious! Until next time.....Pete"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We booked this at the last minute based on the time we wanted to dine and Open Table reviews. What a wonderful dining experience! We were taken to the 3rd floor (before being warned that the restrooms were in basement), and initially were the only diners on this level. The service was exemplary but the food was even better! We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. The ambience was pleasant. Just a little noisy but to be expected because the proximity of the tables. Certainly looking forward to a return visit"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We have been to Taranta for dinner numerous times and always found our dinners and service excellent. However this time we were not satisfied. The antipasti was disapointing with the stuffed pepper bland and falling apart, numerous selections chewy and lacking there usual preparation and taste. Only the mushrooms and asparagus lived up to expectations. Our entree were simerely lacking. the pasta chewy and under-cooked and dry but the sauce and mushrooms were tasty. The chicken was just okay."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My husband is an excellent and creative cook who uses high quality fresh ingredients so I am often disappointed by mediocre meals at restaurants . Not so at Taranta! My salmon was outstanding- flavorful, cooked expertly, beautifully presented!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I was visiting Boston for a few days to catch up with a friend who was also in town. We've both eaten in Italy so Italian food can be hit or miss. Pretty much everything on the menu looked excellent. Both my entree and my friend's were excellent. We had the lucumisu for desert and it was amazing. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable without hovering. The food and service were definitely worth the price. I don't typically eat out at more pricey restaurants but I'd definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We were seated where we'd requested, second floor by the window, overlooking the street, a very nice view. The building is old and the exposed brick and granite is nice. The service was good, not pushy and we did not feel rushed, even as the restaurant started to fill up. The mussels and octopus were good. The lobster and crab ravioli could have had more meat and the salmon was a but dry. Overall, all six of us were happy with our choices; six adults, three apps, four entrees, two bottles of wine and five individually poured glasses totaled $425, a reasonable sum. I'd go back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Taranta is a gem among many unoriginal restaurants in the North End. The food continues to be an eclectic mix of Italian and Peruvian cuisine using very fresh produce and good cuts of meat. I particularly like the bold sauces that accompany several of their dishes. (I was there with someone who was happy to split several dishes with me). The service was attentive and friendly; our waiter didn't rush us out the door. The atmosphere is comfortable and exotic with dim lighting and an interesting mosaic tile floor. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This place definitely made up for running late on their reservation times. In all they were about 30 minutes behind before we got seated. However, as soon as we sat down the manager brought us over two glasses of complimentary prosecco and thanked us for waiting. My husband and I live in the north end and we have been to several of the popular restaurants in the area but none of them had service quite like this. We were really impressed. That and the food was just as good as the service. The mushroom parpadelle did not skimp on the mushrooms and my husband's lamb gnocci was really tasty. Go here if you want something unique and delicious."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This is a great spot if you're looking for homemade Italian food with a little bit of a twist. Food and drinks were excellent!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Superb Italo-Peruvian restaurant in the North End. The plates are generous and the price is not bad for the quality. Try the pisco-sour and the chimichurri steak. As an appetizer the antipasti is really good, especially the hot peppers stuffed with blue cheese. Drink suggestion: Pisco Sour"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Delicious food! Varied menu with many choices. Especially good were the appetizer Causa De Cangrejo with crab and peruvian potatoes.. , Fussili with sweet peppers/pancheta and the macadamia encrusted salmon(best ever). Yummy! Ambience was very nice with exposed brick walls. Would definitey go back again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014