Tartufo Restaurant
Tartufo Restaurant

Tartufo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tartuforestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6172448833x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9.00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Conveniently located on the Green line, D line, Newton Center stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tartufo Restaurant
Tartufo Restaurant is an award-winning Italian restaurant featuring authentic, unique, Abruzzese cuisine conveniently located in Newton Centre, MA. We specialize in chef-prepared Italian dishes-homemade to order-with all natural ingredients.
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Tartufo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (36)special occasion (33)romantic (19)notable wine list (18)good for groups (16)hot spot (10)great for lunch (8)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Need more help!
    lisam
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After reading very positive reviews about this restaurant in the heart of Newton, we booked a 7:30 reservation for a party of 8. We were seated promptly but waited very long to place our order. Once the waiter took our order we then had another very long wait for our appetizers and again an even longer wait for our entrees. Meanwhile, we completely emptied the bread basket- never having been offered a refill, at the very least!! I am always hesitant to write negative reviews but it is worth noting that they are severely understaffed!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We took guests with us on a Friday evening and found the restaurant packed and the noise level very high. The rating choices for this survey did not accommodate a review indicating loud noise level. We found the food, wine and service very good, but will only visit the restaurant a second time during the week when we hopefully will find the noise level low enough to hear the waiter explaining the 'specials' and have some genial conversation with each other.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • dissappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The waitstaff was friendly and kept our water glasses full, which was quite a chore, since it took one hour (literally 60 minutes) for our food to come out. My biggest issue was that the waiter that took our order didn't come over once to explain why the food was taking so long, or even ask if we wanted additional drinks. I would have expected a little more from a restaurant in which our bill came to $150.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for real Italian food.
    bob0314
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Good food, friendly atmosphere; perfect for a casual Italian dinner without requiring a trip to the North end.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • STown46
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Warm, friendly dining experience. We were seated promptly. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful; specials, including prices, were presented without prompting. Food wise: Based on our party's experience, I would not recommend the bruschetta, or the lemon sole (portion was small and bland). However, the Caesar salad was excellent, and the homemade pasta was outstanding, as was the chicken piccata.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good except...
    treetop
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything was very good: the water was attentive, the food was delivered quickly and presented beautifully; however the creamer was served in the individual disposable cups and it seems like a little unimportant detail, but compared to how wonderful everything else was, the creamer seemed very informal and cheap. But I give everything else an A!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The tables are very close together. It was so loud that the waiter almost got several of our orders wrong because he couldn't hear us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Meal in Years
    mgrizVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Dined here last Friday with my fiance and had a wonderful time. Everything from the staff to the food to the level of attention was perfect. Had to wait 10-15 min even with a reservation but I can see why people stay longer - once I sat down I didn't want to leave either! Caprese salad was the best I've had, mozzarella tasted day-made fresh, so soft and luxurious. Shrimp and scallop risotto was unbelievable, scratched an itch I didn't even know I had. My fiance had the minestrone soup and bolognese pasta and raved about both. Double cannoli's to end, how can you go wrong? After having one of the most satisfying meals in years, I have officially added Tartufo to the short list of restaurants I truly trust.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining42
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went here for a birthday dinner, everything was amazing! Dishes are all cooked to order so be prepared to take your time. The caprese salad and Cesar are both must try's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great all-around
    jafbug
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Love this place! Beautiful tables, clean, and welcoming. Pappardelle de Tartufo is to die for! My husband loved the lobster ravioli. Wonderful salads. The cannolis were very good with a creme sauce. Wonderful service. The owners were happy and engaging. You can tell it's a place that people come back to. I just loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our meal
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our group of seven had a lovely evening at Tartufo. The pasta was particularly good as were the specials. We will look forward to returning again in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Find
    hatetocook
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We needed a restaurant close to Boston College for a family dinner. We have a group of various age groups and various tastes. Every person at the table enjoyed their meal. It is a great spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • casually elegant
    dinenut
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    food was excellently prepared especially fish which was NOT overcooked!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian
    BCMom
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This lovely restaurant has exceptional food! We enjoyed 3 of the pasta entrees as well as the Osso Buco and each was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    Steve
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have been coming here for several years now and they never disappoint. Great selections of food and wine, combined with extra special service make this a wonderful place to share an evening with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    KoreanderVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Tartufo is consistent across the board -- great food and great service. Best seating is on the first floor next to the windows. if you are in that center room on the first floor, it's very crowded and noisy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try it, you'll like it!
    EatAndTell
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Needed a restaurant near Boston College to entertain new acquaintances and was lucky to have chosen Tartufo. The food was delicious. We relied on a few recommendations by the waiter about food and wine and he was right on. Even ordered an additional dish to take home and did not have to remind him toward the end of the meal. Would return and would recommend to others. Tip: all three of us wanted to try the WOW Risotto so we split one order as an appetizer. The waiter brought it separated on three dishes. Yummy and nicely served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are never disappointed. .
    SNOOKIEVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We love Tartufos restaurant the food is soooo good!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a spectacular find in suburbia
    GreatCuisinePassion
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This restaurant, Tartufo, is the real deal and it is in Newton Centre, of all places. Not terribly large, they do take reservations. From the moment you enter Tartufo the staff tends to your every need but in subtle and relaxed ways. Our waiters were both Italians - polite, humorous, and careful to make sure my friend and I were pleased with our drinks and our meals. And were we ever. The baguette, just for starters, was the best I've ever had anywhere. The gorgeous flute of Brachetto d'Aqui, a cranberry sparkling wine was divine. Shrimp scampi out of this world, as was the Veal Piccata. Finished with the Limoncello Marscarpone sponge cake with a raspberry Creme Anglaise sauce and coffee. It was sensational and such a find. Excellence!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Tartufo😊
    Shoshy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had an excellent dinner experience. Warm hospitality, pleasant and warm atmosphere and excellent food and service. Not too expensive. Overall we had a great time in this restaurant. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, expensive, Italian dinner,
    outdining
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Of the 7 diners at our table, 4 would rate their meals as excellent, 1 was good, and 2 rated their dinners as average at best. The bartender did not prepare the drinks as specified, and the waiter had to be reminded 3 times for a diet soda order. The tiramisu was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YumMee
    YumMee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've eaten here before and have had better food/service. We came at 830 P on Saturday night.One dish was great, lobster ravioli. For an appetizer we split that and the amount and taste were excellent. Our entrees were not what we expected. The veal piccata which I ordered should have been more tender. I did not want the potato and requested another vegetable. Although the waiter said I could have spinach, he forgot it. Later, when we asked about it, he apologized and got some. My companion's dish was grilled seafood in extra virgin olive oil. It came mainly with calamari. Think it would have been better with few more shrimp and scallops and a few less calamari. This was either an off night or a trend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OnlyTheBest
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Tartufo is our go-to choice when we visit family in the Newton area, so we've dined there many times. The food is consistently good, but this last time it was outstanding! The staff was attentive without smothering us, there was just the right amount of humor and sophistication , and they were knowledgable. Over all, an authentic Italian dining experience. If you can't manage a quick dinner trip to Italy, go to Tartufo instead - you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic evening out
    Icarewhereishop
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Lovely ambience, charming waiter and host, delicious captures salad/lamb sausage and bread!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    KittyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ate here on mother's day and it was terrific. This time we were seated upstairs near a very loud group with 2 babies that had no concern for anyone around them. Took very long time for our dinner to be served, and then they forgot to bring side dish we ordered. Waiter was nearby chatting with other diners and we had to get his attention about side dish which we received after our entree was finished, and then again when we needed the check. Very surprised that the side dish was not removed from our check as a courtesy or even a free glass of wine offered.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    100PJVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This Newton Center restaurant is fabulous. We sat at the bar for dinner and the food and service were top shelf.
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  • Overprice and mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Sorry but this is just an expensive version of an Olive Garden.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Tartufo is superb - a food-equivalent of North End Italian restaurants. The service is top-notch - old-world attention to detail. The only downside is the noise. Try to sit by the windows and it is less problematic. Definitely one of our go-to restaurants when we want superb Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went there to celebrate a graduation, so we were there before the dinner crowd and ordered off the lunch menu. The food was wonderful, portion sizes decent. Service was attentive but not hovering. We had the place to ourselves so the noise wasn't a problem for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre Food, Slow Service
    CHARLIE
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice setting, but slow service and food is average at best. We waited 45 minutes before our apps even arrived. Bruschetta was served on hard cracker like slices of bread, and was ice cold, like the whole plate came right out of the fridge. Eggplant rollatini was OK, but was bland and needed a heavy dose of salt. Lobster ravioli and gnocchi entrees came about 30 minutes after we finished our appetizer (at this point the restaurant was empty) and were similarly disappointing, with little flavor. The lobster ravioli had little actual lobster and was mostly filled with what appeared to be canned crab meat. The best part of the meal was the wine and bread basket. For $130 dollars I wish we had gone somewhere else!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Keri
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Unfortunately I was disappointed. Kitchen was backed-up, had minimal attention from the waiter, waited 10-15 minutes for our drinks, and when I got my food, my meal was literally 2 pieces of chicken with no pasta or anything. It was $21 and I wish our waiter let us know. I would've ordered a side of pasta but didn't want to wait another hour for it to come out. It was also too loud in there, where I couldn't hear the other people at the table speaking. Definitely not my best dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always love it at Tartufos.
    SNOOKIEVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food, great service. Cannot beat it. Best in Newton!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long term relationship
    JefffromBoston
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service has been consistently good over the years as has the food. Now a special place for our family. Downstairs much better ambiance than upstairs, but can hold larger parties better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As others have noted, the food is outstanding, and the atmosphere and service are excellent. I agree, though, that the prices are rather high for a restaurant of this sort. Otherwise, no complaints. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, everyone finished their meal. the food was very good, we were squished near a column and it was difficult to get out without bumping into the table next to us but that was the only problem. we will go again just not at that table....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For great food & better service...
    Newtonfoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have been to Tartufo several times and it never fails to deliver. The food is outstanding! The servers are attentive (our water and wine glasses were never empty) and so focused on the customers. It is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing menu, good food
    jims
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Tartufo is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with an outstanding menu. This was our second visit and everyone at our table labored to decide how many courses and what to try. By the time we got through the salads, appetizers and pastas, we didn't have room for an entree, but of course there's always room for a dessert to share. The food is wonderful, although not very nuanced. The beef carpaccio and a lobster salad were a bit overpowered with lemon. The risotto had a strong lobster sauce flavor - it was good, but also lacked subtlety. These are small points - overall the cuisine at Tartufo is excellent and we will continue to visit when in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask for prices on specials
    KitKat
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    When our server presented us with the daily specials he did not disclose prices. I know that we could have asked, but didn't. So we had a very unpleasant surprise when the check arrived; the specials were almost double the regular menu prices AND the special wasn't exceptionally good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food and service were excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant. There were 4 of us and we have Chicken and Fish and food was hot and very tasty. Restaurant is a little noisy but worth eating there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening with my wife
    WestRoxers
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Easy reservation made. We sat in a perfect quiet corner of restaurant. Salads were delicious and not too large. Chicken parmesean was cooked to perfection. Not too heavy on sauce or amount of pasta. My wife had seafood risotto which is her favorite dish. Dessert was delicious and easily shared between both of us. It was a perfect end to our Saturday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.