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Orta Restaurant

660 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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Named from a lake in the Piedmont region of Italy, Orta is a modern Italian restaurant located at the intersections of 139 and 53 in Pembroke. We apply Italian culinary philosophy to locally sourced product. Please join us in our dining room that features an open kitchen with a newly constructed pizza oven, or swing by the bar and try our wonderful libations, wines, and craft beer selection. We also offer a private function room that can roughly seat forty people, call or visit our website for details. We are open 7 nights a week. Please visit to see our current menus.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sun-Tues-Wed 3pm.-9:00pm, Thurs-Fri -Sat: 3pm - 10:00pm
Bar opens at 3pm Nightly
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Phone number
(781) 826-8883
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brett Williams
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Cross street
Rt 139
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Parking details
Guests may park anywhere in the rear of the building or in limited spaces in the front.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Will never return

Problem with reservation
Problem with service
Salad brought after pizza
Couldn’t get a glass of water

Good food but not worth the the trouble

Courtney (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Favorite restaurant! Love Orta, great food, drink and best service as always!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Always a great meal when you go to Orta. The entire staff there is terrific and the food was outstanding.

ErinP (New England)
2.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Gave this a two because of the food. It was a new menu I guess. We have been there before and had good meals. My pizza didn't have a lot of taste to it and after a $38 stuffed sole dish, my husband felt sick. I had to send back my apple dessert and it was my birthday. Was way overpriced for what we got. Our server was great and the ambiance is nice, but you go for the food and that was disappointing. Upset we spent so much money for a bad meal

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

As usual a good meal

PaulS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

ordered appetizer and salads prior to main course. salad and appetizer arrived together. i ordered the special, duck. waitress recommended medium rare, chef cooked to medium. there was issues with the check at the end of the meal - i was charged another guest's check. quarters were tight. we sat next to the pizza oven. table was set for 4. luckily there was only 2 of us. if we had a party of 4 it would have been too hot for half the party to sit and enjoy their meal. It appeared the strength of the restaurant was pizza from their wood fired oven. if we went back that's what we would order. I would consider Orta to be a fine dining experience.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Great night

NapaCab (Naples)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Best bolognese ever! Chicken with risotto was too big and we had to finish it the next day.
Excellent service, warm friendly staff

vipMarie (New England)
2.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

On this occasion, the service was poor. We waited 20 minutes to place our order. Although wait staff walked back and forth by our table, even after the hostess stopped to ask us if we'd been taken care of and promised to get someone, we had to literally wave down a passing waitress to get her to take our order. The restaurant was not busy and they did not appear to be short staffed so we thought there was just a mix up in table assignments... Until we had the same problem at the end of the meal and we could not get our check.
We noted that the service was a bit slow the last time we were at Orta. (We waited an extremely long time for our food then.) The servers appear to have all changed. I just hope that bad slow service is not the new Orta experience. We tend to eat in Boston a lot but this used to be our favorite local Pembroke place.

Momof4 (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

We had not been to Orta in quite some time and decided to give it another try. We were able to get a reservation for a party of 4. When we got there the hostess was flustered as it appears they were busy. She sat us and told us it might be a few minutes till a server came by. We were fine with that. The menu is good. Lots of options. Our server was friendly and attentive. Our meals were very good. Salmon, swordfish and two of the braised short ribs. Our salads were great as well. My only issue is that the entire evening took awhile. The kitchen was very slow. They did apologize for this and that was ok with us...overall food was great and again our server was great but it was a longer night than expected. I'd definetly go back.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

We have been to Orta many times, and they never fail to have fantastic food, drinks, service, and atmosphere.

Shaner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

We always enjoy going to Orta, whether it be a special occasion or simply eating out. Everyone is friendly, food is delicious and we are made to feel welcome.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

We were a party of four and it was our first visit to Orta, which was recommended by a friend who knows what we like. We ordered a variety of appetizers, salads and entrees. The mussels were very tasty as was the orecchiete and tomato sauce; however, the meatballs were not good at all. Two people ordered the dish and had the same opinion about the meatballs. They were very dense, 'tough' and the oregano flavor was overwhelming. The lobster risotto cakes were oily and the lobster flavor was not evident. The short rib flatbread was disappointing, possibly due to the amount of the gorgonzola. I would give Orta another try before I could recommend it to others.

Christine1529 (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Love Orta! Chef Williams is excellent. Every detail - a well thought out menu that is seasonal, attentive wait staff and a great bartender make Orta a wonderful place for any occasion.

vipDinerdelight (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

Went on a week night, thought it best to try during the week.
When walking in, didn't have an overall good feeling. Wasn't busy as yet, but seemed to have to wait for everything and didn't get some condiments until asking, including water. The staff seemed to be milling around the bar area beside open kitchen. Couldn't understand at all. They were actually looking out to customers but didn't react to anything.
The food presentation was unappetizing on one entree, the other wasn't good! Only a portion was eaten, waiter asked but didn't say anything when said we weren't doing well. However, when asked if we wanted to take it home, replied no, she , hostess, said she'd take it off bill. Didn't want to do that either.
Just wouldn't return...

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Always delicious! Great service, ambiance and we were treated to a dessert because it was our anniversary. Best creme brûlée ever!

Sharoni (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

I have had great food every time I come favorite drink Picante

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2017

Excellent value. Great pasta and pizza. Good options for gluten free and delicious dessert options

LN2013 (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

Love Orta! This was my first time going at 3:00. They only serve pizza and salad until 5:00, plan accordingly.

vipfoodie (New England)
1.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

A VERY disappointing evening! Have been to Orta previously and had very good food and good to very good service. This experience was the opposite. They weren't busy at all, but the service was still slow - particularly waiting for drinks from the bar. Not sure if it was the bartender or our server, but it was very slow. The entrees were equally slow coming out. There didn't seem to be a strong management presence, as a number of the waitresses spent more time talking to each other than serving tables. Food was very good still.

However, the worst part was the restaurant was about 85 degrees and 90% humidity in the inside dining area. It was an uncomfortably hot evening with high humidity, yet they had rear door wide open and we never felt any air conditioning. By the time dinner was done, it was significantly cooler outside.

Not sure we'll ever try again........