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Taranta
Taranta

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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "have always enjoyed dining at Taranta! the wine was top, food very delicious, etc."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food and service were exceptional. I had the salmon which was perfect."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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 .."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food was unbelievably good, lovely ambiance, service was good but not great. Noisy but good energy. Will definitely return for the food!!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We are from the Midwest. We both ordered seafood and both were prepared perfectly."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent and interesting menu, combination of Italian and Peruvian. Excellent wine list, exceptional service. Nice small neighborhood place."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    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! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A must try in all of boston mussels were amazing. Pork chops and fish superb "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Group of 10 and food & service was great. Would recommend highly to others"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My wife and I had reservations at another place last Sunday evening, but after reading numerous iffy reviews, we switched to Taranta. While the move was safe, it was not especially memorable. Te crab appetizer was light and flavorful; my wife's salmon was perfectly cooked and reasonably tasty (okay, I found it a bit bland); but my pappardelle with mushrooms was not good -- pasta was overcooked and leaden, stuck together at the bottom of the plate, then covered by well-cooked but underseasoned mushrooms. How does an Italian place overcook pasta? My point exactly. The staff were nice, though they seemed a little unsure of themselves, as if this were their first night. Lots of potential, but not on our short list. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Interesting to mix Peruvian and Italian fare but I did not find any contradictions in the menu. Friendly and attentive staff. Would be great for a date night especially to try some exciting Peruvian flavors."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I took my family to Boston for the Memorial Weekend. Saw the reviews for this restaurant and decided to try. All I can say is wow! The food was excellent! Our waiter Maris was a delight. I have a family of 5 and everyone enjoyed everything! My one son tried the Pesche Amazone and was sad when it was gone, he wanted more it was so good! My husband had the espresso rubbed steak and just loved it. My other son had the pork. It was a thick and delicious. I cannot say enough great things about this restaurant. You have got to try it. It is a bit pricey but well worth it!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We booked on Open Table at the last minute but this was one of the best North End restaurants we've tried! The fish was so fresh and the beef was tender and delicious. The server was efficient and friendly as was the host. We will definitely recommend to our foodie friends. Sit by the window for great people watching"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We found Taranta by accident, but have nothing but race reviews for the menu, the wine, the service, and location. We tried just about everything on the menu and it was all outstanding. Chef even made proper tweaks to accommodate for dietary concerns. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great menu mixed latin and italina. All courses were served very well. Wine selection/prices reasonable. Clean and fun scene. This restaurant typified newer generation restaurants in the north end."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a great time the service was excellent, the food was some of the best tasting and very well designed I have had since I have been here in Boston in the past year. I can not wait to get back. This experience will stay with me and my lady friend for along time, thank you."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I went here for a Mothers Day dinner with for girlfriend's mom. It was really nice and everyone enjoyed themselves. The menu was a lot different , but good, than a lot of north end restaurants. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The combination of Italian and Peruvian flavors is remarkable in this restaurant. I have eaten here about once every month or two for many years. I always start with the fusilli pasta baked in parchment paper. Never had a dish like this anywhere. And then an entree and salad. Chef-owner Jose Duarte always comes by to say hello, which adds to the experience. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Taranta has a very interesting and unique menu. Even the drink menu was special, despite the limited bar. The food and service was great. Fun location right on Hanover street, so taking a walk after dinner adds to the experience. However, like many restaurants with old brick walls, it was very loud. Hard to hear our waitress."
    Dined on 5/3/2014