Tarantino Restaurant
Tarantino Restaurant

Tarantino Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tarantinorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2034543188
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00PM - 2:30PM
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
    Closed Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin St
  • Public Transit: We are located directly across from the Westport Train Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Diners can park on the stree directly in front of the restaurant and in train station parking lot.
A word from Tarantino Restaurant
Tarantino pleases diners time and time again with their innovative twist on traditional Italian cuisine. As part of the Marchetti family of restaurants (Osteria Applausi in Old Greenwich and Columbus Park in Stamford), Tarantino consistently delivers quality ingredients, fabulous cuisine and gracious service.
By creatively reinventing traditional dishes, skillfully presented in a homey atmosphere, guests enjoy delicious food made with local and seasonal ingredients. The wine list offers fine selections from the world’s major regions with a special focus on Italy. Carpaccio, homemade ravioli, fish stew and osso buco are just some of the delightful choices you’ll enjoy at Tarantino.
Tarantino is a classic Italian restaurant with a devout following. In addition to a lively bar, when you dine here you'll appreciate the understated elegance, affable service and excellent food.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Tarantino Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (5)special occasion (3)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (2)romantic (2)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • yum
    MissQ1VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food is always fantastic. Few things awkward. They serves cheese preheated in bowl. Growing up in the 70 and 80s...just reminds me of the big kraft shaker so optic there. Also, they were out of the after dinner drink we ordered and brought out a substitute which we thought they said was gratis. It appeared on our bill. I was having a lovely evening with my guests leaving and so, didn't argue the bill. This is mostly due to an under staffed wait service and communications. The food is crazy good. I am mad that my mom took my doggie bag and so I missed my leftover rigatoni a la vodka! Go there for food vs white glove expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Mom
    Beauty7
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband & I took his 92 year old Mom to dinner at Tarantino & it was delightful!! Staff was very accommodating & attentive; our food selections were very good & we were pleasantly surprised as it was our first time there!! The Maître ' D also surprised us with Complimentary Homemade creamy Limonchello that was outstanding! Will definitely return & Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I liked to be there so much. I really enjoyed. Good service, good food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A taste of Italy in Westport
    TdcctVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Wonderful neighborhood restaurant serving excellent Italian cuisine. Love the pastas and they do fish very well. Great ambiance from the friendly greeting to the excellent professional service to the well prepared food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I was looking for someplace different and I was pleased to find Tarantino's. The dinners we had were perfectly cooked and nicely presented and the service was first rate. Be prepared to pay accordingly because after all; it is located in Westport.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is great but very rushed!
    Maximus
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food is good but they rush you like crazy...and there was no waiting line at all so it didn't make sense...The food came out real fast.. and they pressured u for your next course right away...so that was not fun....it was not relaxing...but food was great... It is opposite a train station but we didn't have to catch a train so do not understand what the rush was for....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent choice for lunch
    franco
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    For those who like to enjoy their companions' conversation, Tarantino was quiet at lunchtime on a Monday. We had an excellent meal, terrific service and comfortable surroundings.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic NYC style Italian
    cwheel
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This is a professionally run restaurant by an experienced restaurant family. The atmosphere is sophisticated, and the food is high end and excellent. Oysters right out of the Sound, always several fish dishes, fresh pasta dishes with the usual veal, chicken and steaks. Everything is well prepared and plated attractively. The staff are long term employees, and the entire group treats the customers like extended family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 50 reviews are from the Tarantino Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Last-minute Friday night
    Estill
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We went here at the last minute, as we couldn't get a reservation at a favorite restaurant and a friend likes it here. We had a good meal with attentive service, but the noise level was very high and will probably prevent us from going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently GREAT!
    HR100813
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We dined again at Tarantino and they function like a fine NYC small wow wow Italian restaurant. the smaller size atmosphere with top level....TOP LEVEL Service and an energetic lively fun but, not too much atmosphere is fantastic. many might think...how good can this be at the Westport Train Station......Well, this is one of the best if not the best in all of Westport and Fairfield county and beyond. The entrees are fantastic and no hint of mass production....this is a small place and the food is excellent! Do not hesitate to try this local charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LeslieB
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The dining experience at Tarentino's was superb. Our waiter was very attentive and the food was outstanding. I would highly recommend this establishment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcoming
    jewlgal
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Three generations celebrated Mother's Day dinner here. We were a big group, service was excellent with attention to needs of all ages. Food is always great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 'Oldie' but a real goodie!
    SusanM
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    There's a reason Tarantino's has been around so long and the main ones are the food and its location. A popular 'meet you after work' spot because of its location next to the Westport train station -- the main attraction for me, is its food. The friend who joined me and I have traveled extensively in Europe and Italy and we both agreed that their Veal Milanese is not to be beat! Not only is the veal extremely tender but it is lightly breaded, crispy and well presented. We also had the Branzino which was excellent. The service on this busy night (Friday) was attentive but not overly so, which suits me just fine.I would highly recommend Tarantino's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Conveniently located
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Right next to the Westport train station. We enjoyed dining here. The salads and pasta dishes were delicious, and the servers were prompt and attentive. Very good value. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fun and Delicious!
    GeeshaPatreeshaVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Tarantino's is our "go to" place for yummy food and a big fun vibe! The staff make us feel like family. Being Italian, I greatly appreciate that!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliable and delicious
    repst
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    This little gem right across from the train station has survived for years without a lot of fanfare, but the food is consistently some of the finest Italian cuisine in the area. The lighting is pleasantly low but you can read the menu, the service gracious and accommodating, and they obviously use fine purveyors - the meats and fish are first rate, the pastas mostly home-made, and they have a reasonable wine list that is well-chosen. My favorite dish is the Veal Milanese - done to perfection. An excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too noisy
    mariel
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    it was too loud to hold a conversation with all 4 at our table... you had to shout to make the person next to you heard.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Italian
    NycdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The food was average. My artichoke salad was a bunch of artichokes thrown into a bowl with a jar of olives dressed with balsamic dressing. Not appetizing. However my eggplant Parmesan was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, pleasant staff
    NYCTFoodie
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    We came here for lunch during Westport Restaurant Week. The food was excellent, and the staff was very pleasant and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Gaga
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Our waiter was very helpful. Food was served hot and was delicious. We were not rushed through our courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we loved our dinner
    rjwmsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    thanks so much....although they forgot to remember we had 2 birthdays we were celebrating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The staff is great. Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    The staff is great. Always attentive. Followed by great food. Doesn't get any better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late but great discovery
    AnaloglifeVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Have lived in area for 60 years, don't know how long Tarantinos has been around but I am surprised we didn't try until last weekend, even though knew of it. My bad! Appetizers were excellent, entres tastier than any recent other experiences, and it is now high on our list. Try the tuna tartare, and shrimp/scallops in mushrooms. Also shrimp in green and yellow pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    An Italian gem, located directly across the street from the Westport train station. Tarantino's has been consistently very good for a number of years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    BobbiR
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Wonderful dining experience....both the food and service. Will definitely return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly and Attention to Detail
    PaulNewman
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    The staff was very friendly from the moment we walked in the door. The food was excellent and we will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    We came for our anniversary, which I noted in the reservation and when I got to the table, the server brought over a complimentary glass of champagne. Following that, all of the food we ordered was amazing and the service was even better! Cannot wait to go back!!'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been to Tarantino's
    Marty
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    I have been to Tarantino's before and always enjoy the food. Because it is so popular, it is very loud and makes it difficult to speak to others at the table. I had received an email that said it was restaurant week, but when we arrived that was not the case. Was a little disappointed because the menu offering was at a reduced price, but nonetheless we enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very noisy (at least the night
    pinkbugVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Very noisy (at least the night we were there) but if you can get past the need to shout at your table mates, the food is worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience, food wonderful,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    Great experience, food wonderful, staff very friendly, great spot eventhough we haven't been there in 3 years, better than ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Express Lunch:A trip to Bountiful!
    QuadMCVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    Only visited Tarantino for coporate cocktail parties - So this was a 1st time for a formal luncheon. The host/owner was wonderfully welcoming and proceeded to provide the six of us with a brilliant Express lunch. Very generous, absolutely delicious and very economical, with no sense at all that it was an Express Meal in the sense of being rushed. We wish we could have lingered longer with the lovely wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a delicious dinner
    SusieQVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    We had a delicious dinner as usual! There were a good selection of wines by the glass. And I loved that you could get half glasses if you want just a little bit more. The night we went was very quiet-Monday night of a three day weekend. Very unusual for this restaurant but perfect for us since we had our grandchildren with us . We always enjoy our dinners at Tarantino's and this was no exception!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Veal chop was divine. Wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Veal chop was divine. Wine was yummy. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food. One warning...
    RMO14VIP
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    2nd time back and it was as good as the first. The pasta is as good as you'll find anywhere. One word of warning - this is the only restaurant I've seen that uses OpenTable, but they don't use the electronic system in the restaurant. In other words, when you are booking a reservation, they aren't reserving a table for you. So, be warned that an OpenTable reservation doesn't translate into a reservation at the restaurant, which seems a little disconnected to me (and defeats the purpose of using OT). But, when you get a table ... Your meal will be delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    RMO14VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    Outstanding experience. Best pasta I've had all year. Spoke with the owner, Frank, who was delightful. Obvious there is a lot of love and passion going into this gem of a restaurant. I will be back - as in the next 7 days - for some pasta.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    We went on a Thursday night and the bar was busy but dinning area had a handful of tables. Appetizers, dinner and dessert were all Delish!! Waiter really knew his stuff and was on top of everything!! Pricey Thursday night but worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved it
    CricketVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Loved our meal we both had specials the wines specials were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No disregard for our time,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    No disregard for our time, but food was very good. Despite having resevation, seated 40 minutes later, then another half hour for salads to arrive, another 15 minutes for main course. Neither host nor lead waiter very attentive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistently excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    consistently excellent food and the best staff around. Feels like home but with better food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    The food was very good, but the pasta was excellent. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate