Tartufo Restaurant
Tartufo Restaurant

Tartufo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tartuforestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (617) 244-8833
  • 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
124 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (79)fit for foodies (55)special occasion (38)romantic (27)good for groups (25)notable wine list (25)hot spot (13)great for lunch (9)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • The chicken Marsala was not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The chicken Marsala sauce was more a gravy than a Marsala sauce. Not very sophisticated. The pasta that were served were a bit dry. The dessert were great
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  • Decent but not impressive.
    JenjenVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was good especially the calamari appetizer. The pasta sauces had nice flavor but didn't knock out socks off. Service was lackluster except for the manager. He was very knowledgable about wine, made us feel very welcome, and there were a couple of issues around us that he graciously handled. One was food related and he took the entree off their bill. He totally gets the big picture in creating a great dining experience but the other staff was slow, not good about filling water, and totally spaced on part of our order. For this kind of money I expect top notch service all around.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service with a smile
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Every worker seemed genuinely happy to be there and hard working to make the meal enjoyable. Food was very good. Sat near the bar, but bar was not that busy, or better said, most bar customers were there for the food, and thus we're not very loud. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, too loud, crowded...
    RWFGWUVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a 7:45 reservation but we're not seated until 8:30. The bar area is for eating so they were not happy that we only ordered drinks while waiting for our table. However there was no where else to wait. The entrance was packed as was the small bar upstairs. Finally got seated, right next to the check in area so waiting patrons were literally hovering over two people in our party. The food is wonderful but the restaurant is very small, ridiculously loud and no room to wait. Could not even hear the waiter telling us the specials. Not sure I'd return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When in Newton ...
    TenaftertenVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Very nice atmosphere. The veal pizzaiola was perfik with a light mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. Apps were good and my dates pasta entree was worth bringing home the leftovers. Sat in the bar area by the window. A little busy but entertaining. Well worth the obligatory $125 for two restaurant status.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Discovery in our backyard
    17thOnSept21
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The positive reviews of Tartufo are spot on. We were greeted and served with warmth and courtesy. The food was imaginative, tasty, attractively presented, and served without undue delay by the attentive wait staff. The dining room was lively with many dinners, but the noise level no problem whatever. We will most definitely be eating at Tartufo again. I would give Tartufo a strong four and a half stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tartufo is "excellente" as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    A wonderful neighborhood gem that consistently delivers wonderful Italian food based on the Abruzzo region and utilizing our local seafood. All the seafood dishes are excellent, especially grilled calamari. Grilled calamari too often in other restaurants are rubbery and insipid. Never at Tartufo. Veal dishes are also well prepared and we enjoyed a wonderful eggplant rolettini as an appetizer. Dante, the owner is a wonderful host and his attention to detail shows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Average Italian Fare
    EatoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My wife and I dined here because it was one of a few places that had available reservations on a Friday night. The place was crowded and service was good but the food was just average. The risotto dish we had was bland and the cut of veal chop was not great - small and fatty. Good location and packed with people but would not highly recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Been here 3 times with co-workers and family. Never had a bad meal. Service is really good and can handle both professional and family occasions. Really outstanding italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Local Gen
    roselz
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I LOVE the restaurant. It has been around for years and years and I never went until a few months ago. Walking in the owner and staff greet me as if I was a customer they have known forever. At times the service may be a bit slow but I don't come here to eat and run! A true gem. For those gluten sensitive this is the Italian place for you with excellent glutton free pasta as an alternative. You will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kittykatz
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fabulous homemade pasta. I always love a restaurant where there are at least 10 things on the menu I want to order. Tagliatelle Tartufo was great, along with seafood risotto. Excellent choice of wines. Was too full for dessert, but next time. I understand this restaurant has been there for some time, but I was surprised at how good it was and that I'd not heard more about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    WelleselyDiner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner~ 7:30 on a Friday night for four people. The place was packed! Everyone enjoyed their apps and their entries. It was our first time eating there and we would go back!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is classic, Abruzzi cuisine, meticulously prepared, served by a knowledgable, extremely capable and friendly staff, overseen by a passionate executive chef/owner. I know this sounds bold: Tartufo is better than any Italian restaurant in Boston, much less Newton or the western suburbs. But it is true. It reminds me of an excellent Roman trattoria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local place!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This place is perfect when you want to stay close to home! Food is always good and they make great drinks! Avoid the table by the door, unless you like people on top of you. Other wise you will love the place!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    A favorite among family and friends, including Italians. A very good Abruzzi experience; food, wine, staff and ambiance. On weekend evenings, the noise level climbs but still enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newton Center Gem
    NewtonFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    A great find right in the heart of Newton Center. Great Italian classics with served up by friendly and attentive service. Great appetizers which are appropriately sized for starters -- I'd definitely recommend the Tuna Tartare and the Beef Carpaccio. Those two dishes were bursting with flavor! As for main courses, I loved the Linguini Vongole and was pleasantly surprised to find an in-shell, half lobster on my plate with the Lobster Arrabiata. The wine list offered several Italian treats from all of the usual suspect regions (Piedmont & Tuscany), but also had some special choices from Umbria & Sicily (and I've not yet been disappointed in a bottle in all of my trips for lunch / dinner). Give this place a shot - you'll love it!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner at grandmas
    AntikVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I imagine coming to grandma's for dinner would taste like this. Consistent, well practiced recipes prepared with the skilled hand. Sunday dinner time restaurant was full, so service was a bit slow, but when your waiter finally comes to the table you have his full attention. I've been coming to Tartufo for years, and I like it. Considering wealth and variety of regional Italian cuisine I would love to see more innovation on the plate. Some in party found prices too high for the lack luster meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a gem!!
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We brought our friends here on this visit, and they simply loved the whole experience! Wonderful food, wonderful service, and perfect ambiance....what more can you ask for? We look forward to our next visit. Possibly bringing more friends 8-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • won't be back
    ToughtopleaseVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Arriving at a restaurant on a Saturday night with a reservation, and having to wait at the bar for our table turns me off completely. The wait wasn't too long, fortunately. But why this place is so crowded is a mystery. The food was mediocre at best, and portions somewhat skimpy. Wine was really overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Italian Wine List
    MadChemist
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    If you are a fan of Italian wines Tartufo has great collection and a very knowledgeable and entertaining sommelier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant - bland food
    charlieVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food here is promising but falls short - In general food was bland and just about everything we ate lacked garlic, Caesar salad was good, minestrone needed to be thicker - some of it should have been pureed/reduced to concentrate flavor. It also needed garlic and tomato paste. Salmon was slightly overcooked, and the red pepper added nothing. Pasta bolognese was unusually bland for this dish which is usually full of flavor - it too needed a hefty amount of garlic, some salt and a tiny bit of hot pepper to make it pop. Shrimp appetizer was pretty good, biut it too needed garlic. Espresso was delicious. Service was excellent and atmosphere was very relaxing and comfortable.
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  • Superb
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Tartufo has become one of our favorite haunts for superb Italian fare served by old-school professional servers. (Our server for this visit was one of our favorites, Antonio.) Our party of five each had different dishes and each was thrilled...from the Veal Chops to a Lobster special to the Cod dish that I had. The calamari appetizer is grilled, not fried, and is a wonderful way to begin the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need more help!
    lisamVIP
    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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fryetc
    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
    2taste
    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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  • Great for real Italian food.
    bob0314VIP
    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
    • Food
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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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    • 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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    • 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.
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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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    • 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.