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
110 reviews since June 26, 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 (74)neighborhood gem (55)romantic (50)special occasion (50)good for groups (21)notable wine list (20)scenic view (15)hot spot (7)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • nice atmosphere
    southshorefoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We took out-of-town rowing friends to Taranta and were very pleased with our choice, especially sitting at a window where we could watch the local scene pass by. Very attentive staff, lovely wine and good carbs. before the Head of the Charles. José Duarte (whom we know a bit) greeted us and gave us a glass of limoncello!
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    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the price
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    excellent food, prepared well. like the Peruvian influence. I would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a Wonderful Meal
    LCOTE123
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Two out-of-town guests and I recently had dinner at Taranta. We had appetizers and ate three different dishes served with excellent home-made pasta. We thoroughly enjoyed every bite of our dinners. The service was very good. I highly recommend Taranta; it is definitely not your red sauce restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian with Peruvian touch
    Luciaga85
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My meal wasn't that great but all of friends' was. They had good food overall, tasty and different. It seems that their main entrees are the best. E.g. Paiche
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service unique menu
    DanandJulia100414
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food was great. Attentive service. Not much in the way of ambience. Salmon entree felt a little undercooked. Need to give patron choice on salmon, like beef.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful Peruvian-Italian
    Jenn22
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a wonderful meal here. We stayed with the mussels (very flavorful) then the fish with risotto and then the lamb ragout. Finished with delicious tiramisu. Fabulous service. An amazing Italian wine. Would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very enjoyable
    DonBVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It is always great to see place that gets it. Passionate about their food and the dining experience. Peruvian food marries perfectly with Italian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was excellent and waiter very friendly but unfortunately forgot to put on appetizer in and forgot to give us 'leftover' bag. Nice twist on trad Italian although not necessarily Peruvian in the classic sense. Restrooms are three floors from one of the dining rooms. Ambiance very Italian tuscan with open windows, classic wooden chairs and small intimate tables. Ordered mussels, Pasta, Trout, Large pork chop, salads, ...all was very tasty...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly service and good food
    Caro
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We headed to Taranta for dinner while on a "girl's trip". The ambiance was great, not too noisy yet not too quiet. With its rustic charm, the dining area looked well maintained yet we felt we were in the heart of North Boston. We ordered the antipasto which was tasty and plentiful for 4. The salads arrived to quickly so we had to return them, but that was the main hiccup in the service. The wine list was extensive and diversified. Our main course (trout, ravioli and steak) were all lovely and the portions were perfect. The upstairs was quite crowded when we ended our meal and we had to have the server ask other patrons to get up so we could leave, but he obliged. We will go to Taranta again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely dinner
    swimmer
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a lovely dinner here at 8:00 on a Thursday evening. It wasn't very crowded, we sat in the upstairs dining room which has a scenic view of Boston and was wonderfully quiet. We were a group of 7 which was easily accommodated. The food was delicious and plentiful, the server was attentive, knowledgable and friendly. The shrimp appetizer special was absolutely delicious, as was the octopus appetizer. The trout for the main course was scrumptious if a bit heavy. It was one of our party's birthday, and the server brought out a festive little cake with a candle for him, which was a delightful and much appreciated gesture.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Pasta with mushrooms was great! The service and ambiance is very good. First time tried and limde it alot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting Boston
    IrinaT
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    On a business trip to Boston, I had to choose one place I can dine with my clients while in town. Taranta was good - Very Good, but failed to knock my socks off. There wasn't anything in particular....the ambiance was good, the food was a little bland and COLD, but not bad tasting, the waiter seemed knowledgeable. Overall, it was good, nearly great, but not fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the Trip
    Go2Taranta
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Several times a year my husband and I travel 3hrs to Boston (from Franconia, NH) to share a meal with family & friends. The food is exceptional, staff is awesome and our dinners are always memorable. Go Chef Duarte, you are a gift to the culinary world and the North End of Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Must-Try!
    GoAmyGo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    When we booked at Taranta, we didnt know anything about it, but were intrigued by the Peruvian-Italian concept. We were seated upstairs overlooking the hustle and bustle of Hanover Street, and greated by our charming and exceptional sever. Originally from Argentina but raised in the US, she was personally knowledgable about the cuisine offered and was clearly excited to share her culture and culinary experience with us. We started off with some unusual and delicious cocktails. Among the entree highlights were an Amazonian white fish, an spicy orecchiette pasta dish (OUTSTANDING), and a yucca gnocchi with a lamb ragu. We ended the meal with a melange of delicious desserts. Put Taranta on your must-try list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal!
    Djfarling
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The waiter was extremely friend and obliging. It's definitely one of the things going for Taranta, not to mention the food. I had the yucca gnocchi with the lamb sauce - not too spicy or overpowering. The bread was definitely a highlight as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    Cholopolitan
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The drinks and the food is absoluty amazing. I keep going back for the causa de cangrejo. It's delicious!! The desserts are also really good!! Overall this place is amazing, I don't think there is anything not worth trying!!! I was disappointed about the service we received, I wish they could have made us feel a little more wanted and not rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find in the North End
    PersnicketydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The service was great, I had the lobster and crab ravioli and it was delicious. Everyone really enjoyed their meals.
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  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Amazonian fish was wonderful and the dessert out of this world. Service was excellent. The waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service, disappointing food
    AlwaysHungry
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Peruvian Italian fusion was interesting and made for a more unique than average dinner in the North End. I had the Yucca Gnocchi with lamb ragu, which was pleasantly spicy, but not spectacular. My husband had the pork chop which was undercooked and disappointing. The service was not up to par. We ordered drinks that we didn't get and had to ask twice. Also, the waiter topped up our tap water with sparkling, so we had to ask him to dump the whole glass and start over. Overall, the concept was great, but the execution was disappointing.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    mmsully
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Taranta has it all: creative menu, beautiful space, great location (except for parking), and awesome service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • So glad to return here!
    FrankophileVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We hadn't been to Taranta, our favorite North End restaurant, for over a year, but were warmly greeted by our server, who remembered us. We were pleased to recognize many other servers from our visits here over the years, as staff retention suggests job satisfaction which results in good experiences for customers. Indeed, our dinner here was as delicious and delightful as all of our previous visits. The Peruvian influences gave our hearty and satisfying fare (a salad and chicken ravioli special, and the fusilli avellinesi al cartoccio) a welcome unusual twist. Similarly, the wine list features bottles not seen everywhere. Excellent service and the theater of Hanover St. just outside the open front windows made for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taranta: Fabulous Italian-Peruvian
    mfcfoodlover
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We chose Taranta for its location in Little Italy, and for the special Dine in Boston restaurant week. I chose a meal off the special menu and was SOOOOO pleased. Great meal; super service; great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
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    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
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    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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.