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Taranta, Boston, MA

Taranta

4.3
4.3
2008 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Distinguished Chef Jose Duarte delights with a very unique and unusual marriage between Italian Cuisine and Peruvian Cuisine. We are located in the North End and we offer validated parking at the parcel 7 garage. Taranta is a Sustainable and Eco-Friendly 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. Taranta is the ideal location for a corporate function, as private function rooms and corporate teambuilding cooking classes are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Peruvian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 720-0052
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jose Duarte
  • Catering
    None
  • Private party facilities
    Pass through the hustle and bustle of the North End, into the intimate private dining room on the top floor of the restaurant. Enjoy a romantic, warm setting without being disturbed by the lively atmosphere on the main floors. Menus can be customized to accommodate each party’s specific needs.Private dining rooms are available on a minimum guaranteed guest attendance, minimum food and beverage revenue, or room fee.
  • Private party contact
    Jose Duarte: (617) 720-0052
  • Neighborhood
    North End
  • Cross street
    Cross
  • Parking details
    Validated at Haymarket garage on the corner of Congress St and Sudbury St
  • Public transit
    Haymarket or Government Center T Stop on the Green line or Orange line
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,008 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 1.2Value

NoiseModerate

2,011 Reviews
  1. RHR14

    New York City

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner at Taranta. Inventive Italian/Peruvian menu, friendly service, and cozy North End setting.

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  2. Sponge

    Greater Boston

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Pork Chop EVER! Fantastic meatball appetizers. Excellent bottle of red wine - Caliterra from Chile (Cab blend). Will be back for sure!

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  3. HikerRD

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good overall. The pasta was fabulous, the Amazon paiche a nice change. Our waiter forgot to place the order for one of our appetizers which was regrettable, with no apology. Dessert, cannoli were fresh but bland.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent with custom flavors that were served perfectly.

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  5. ChrisP

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Causa de Cangrejo is well beyond great, the Coccio di Pesce e Legumi suffered only by comparison, it would normally be considered superior. Pappardelle con Funghi Porchini was rich and smoky. Paiche Amazone cannot be beat. And, finally, the cicha morada glaze makes the Mini Cheesecake an experience not-to-be-missed. The non-food details here are also worth mentioning, the excellent eclectic music, the attentive and informative (but not intrusive or cloying) service, the comfortable space, all add up to a “must go” experience.

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  6. KimW

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was wonderful, from the pisco sour to the special of the day. Thank you so much! I came from Minneapolis and this more than exceeded my expectations.

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  7. TMM20

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time with even better food! Highly recommend starting with Pisco Sours and Causa. The Fusilli Avellinesi was AMAZING and was a very generous portion!

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  8. JonS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very impressive place. We walked around the North End afterwards and it seems that Taranta feels the most intimate out of all the other places we seemed. Food and service were excellent.

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  9. FrantzS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Took my wife there for Valentine's Day and it was a nice atmosphere. Good crowd and service. I enjoyed the plate I ordered but my wife not so much. The food was a bit spicy for her (she has no tolerance for spicy foods) and the salmon she ordered was dry and didn't seem fresh. Otherwise the night would have been great but obviously the evening was a bit tarnished.

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  10. Ryan

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The worst service I've had in a while. Went for Valentine's day which was a prix fixe menu. Took 20 minutes for our server to greet us after we were seated, took our order and never asked if we wanted to order drinks, water glasses stayed empty throughout the whole meal. Dropped the check before we even finished our deserts. Service was not representative of $110 per plate meal and food was ok.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I went for Valentine’s Day dinner. The set menu was amazing and although it was a little pricey, it was some of the best Italian food I’ve had in Boston.

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  12. peterV

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, beautiful ambiance, great location, super staff

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  13. AliG

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I've dined at Taranta before and its been a North End favorite but we weren't impressed with the food this time, unfortunately. The bread was cold- not even room temperature but COLD. The arugula served on the salad special was not proportional to the few beets and small round of goat cheese that accompanied it. I also remembered the lobster ravioli being better, as its something I've ordered in the past. Risotto with the salmon entree was very undercooked- crunchy rather than the expected creamy that should be characteristic of risotto. Hopefully it was just an off night! The server was lovely and tiramisu dessert was exceptional.

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  14. Dannyboy

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 3rd time at Taranta, and as before we enjoyed a delicious dinner and had excellent service. Their fusion of Italian and Peruvian cuisine is uniquely tasty. To start we had pisco sours, which were yummy and refreshing. For entrees one of us had the grilled paiche, a sweet and meaty fish; one of us had the double-cut pork chops, a delectable and satisfying dish; and the third had the gnocchi, also a scrumptious pasta dish. We will certainly be back to enjoy more.

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  15. LisaM

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Taranta has a cozy and friendly atmosphere. The owner is great and provided excellent service. This is the real deal for great Italian. Delicious handmade pasta, inventive fish dishes, excellent wine recommendations. The food was upscale and delicious but not pretentious or fussy. Wines are all biodynamic and the food is sustainably sourced. Thoughtful presentation and a lovey meal. Highly recommend this sweet little spot.

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  16. jdcar

    Greater Boston

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The website was VERY impressive. Great menus, travel opportunities (yes this is a restaurant), cooking classes, you name it. The promise of a fusion of Peruvian and Italian seemed promising and the menus online had the challenging tastes in my family (dairy-free pescatarian, meat eater, pasta eater) feeling like we found a great option. I was a little disappointed that the restaurant proved almost too small and quiet relative to the website presence and the food, while good, didn’t seem to align with all the options we each picked out from the online menus. I get it, menus change... but it’s disappointing when you go with one expectation level and you arrive and realize some guests will have 2 or perhaps a single dinner entree option. The restaurant was very accommodating, service was great, and the ambiance was nice. Just felt like we didn’t have the night/dinner we were all hoping for as measured by that quiet lull after the menus were handed out and the struggle people had to find an option.

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  17. DennisS

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good and different dishes

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  18. StephenA

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal served quickly as we had a Celtics game to get to. Everyone lived their dishes.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There for a birthday! The restaurant staff did an awesome job making the occasion special!

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  20. HollyS

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have never had anything but an amazing experience at Taranta. The food is delicious and I would recommend trying whatever is being offered as a special. All the servers are extremely knowledgeable and can help you make the difficult decision of which delicious meal to order. The desserts are a great size for sharing - not overly sweet - and a great variety.

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  21. Ginny

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was outstanding! A define A+

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  22. SusanS

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time! Food was amazing!! Fresh ingredients! Service was fantastic!!

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  23. Torontovisitor

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great arriversary dinner.

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  24. AdrienneC

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit pricey, but the food was delicious. Seems like they justify charging a premium solely because of the gastronomic prestige of the word Peruvian.

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  25. Pierrem

    France

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food, good wine by the glass, very friendly and efficient staff. We will be back if coming to Boston again ! Mix of Peruvian and Italian is a great hit in the plate.

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  26. Allison

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect! One of my favorite restaurants for a special meal

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  27. NickatBoston

    Greater Boston

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I eat at Taranta two times or three times a year. They are very consistent and the food (flavors, presentation, textures) is great. The paiche (a fish) is always great. I also particularly enjoy their muscles and great flavors, great for dipping bread. The staff is always super courteous and knowledgeable

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  28. BirthdayDinner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went before the Elton John concert at the Garden which was a close walk so great location. The service was pretty slow. After we ordered our food i saw a bunch of tables who sat after us get their food first. They also didn’t have soda so I wouldn’t recommend it for families.

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  29. EmmaD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Peruvian dishes, a real treat! Nice ambience and helpful waiter. Would highly recommend!

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  30. Ptownman

    Greater Boston

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Unique and delicious entrees served up in a quiet, low key cafe atmosphere. Our waiter was helpful in explaining the menu and making recommendations based upon our food preferences. Will definitely pop in here again when we are in the North end.

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  31. bringmecake

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good the service was good but in general I was not blown away.

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  32. TiredMomma3

    Greater Boston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fusion of Italian and Peruvian cuisine created a unique flavor that we truly enjoyed. The service was great too.

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  33. 802Eppolito

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The folks at Taranta were incredibly accommodating to our large party and our need for several people to pay separately. Our table ordered a range of entrees both meat and pasta and everyone was pleased with their choices. The Peruvian specialties of the crab appetizer and the gnocchi were particularly good.

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  34. KarenS

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our party of 4 dined upstairs on a Saturday night . Food was quite good, and service attentive. Noise level made conversation difficult and tables were too close to each other for comfort.

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  35. LizS

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very good. Knowledgeable wait staff and didn’t rush your experience. Food was great. Unique menu Familiar foods prepared with. Peruvian influence. Flavors were fabulous. Worth the experience

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Been to Taranta many times, never disappoints. Their cane sugar glazed double cut pork chop is amazing!

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  37. NMCCARTH

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the Peruvian twists. We tried a ravioli special that was a riff on Ahi de Gallina, which was excellent. We also had the yuka gnocchi - wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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  38. JessicaV

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious. I had the double chop pork chop and husband had the fish. Very romantic setting and had a bottle of wine while we waited on our food. Took about 30 min for food. But they tell you ahead of time when you order. Which gave us time to talk and enjoy our wine.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A but disappointed overall. Service was fine, food was fine, but nothing was exceptional. No issues, but just average. Would try somewhere else before I’d go again.

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  40. DiAnnK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great dining experience! I was a little hesitant to have a Peruvian dish but my husband and I were pleased with our dinners. And the desserts are wonderful! I urge everyone to visit Tarantas. You will love it!

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Taranta is rated 4.3 stars by 2008 OpenTable diners.

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210 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cross
  • Neighborhood
    North End
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Peruvian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Validated at Haymarket garage on the corner of Congress St and Sudbury St
  • Public transit
    Haymarket or Government Center T Stop on the Green line or Orange line
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jose Duarte
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 720-0052
  • Catering
    None
  • Private party facilities
    Pass through the hustle and bustle of the North End, into the intimate private dining room on the top floor of the restaurant. Enjoy a romantic, warm setting without being disturbed by the lively atmosphere on the main floors. Menus can be customized to accommodate each party’s specific needs.Private dining rooms are available on a minimum guaranteed guest attendance, minimum food and beverage revenue, or room fee.
  • Private party contact
    Jose Duarte: (617) 720-0052
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