Taranta

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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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BB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & wonderful food

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Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and a great meal!! Service was excellent as was the food. My daughter and I split the Caprese Chicken and my son had the pork chop. All was outstanding!!

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New England
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place in the North End!

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PS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables for 2 too small; menu needs more ítalo-peruvian dishes. Food was great and service was outstanding ! Thanks

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New England
186 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem at the city-end of Hanover Street. We have tried many menu items. All excellent. And the mussels are AMAZING. The broth is an excellent excuse to eat more of the excellent bread.

Excellent service, too. Maris makes a mean Pisco Sour!

So glad we live nearby!

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RW
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening! Our waiter was great and very knowledgable about the menu. There were 7 of us and we all had something different. Every meal was fantastic and unique. The apps and desserts were great too. On the pricer side compared to some other places in the north end but well worth it!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good restaurant, nice people, good food, wine was bad!

Taranta
Responded on June 1, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! Sorry that you did not like the wine. Hopefully next time we can recommend a pairing that you will love. We are always willing to help with wine selection and appreciate your feedback!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious as usual. The baked fusilli and trout dishes were both excellent, perfect to split with your date if you can’t decide between pasta or a dinner entree. Surprisingly large portions for such a nice restaurant. Service was excellent and the tiramisu we had for my girlfriends birthday was way better than any birthday cake I could make. Will definitely be back.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mussels were great
Antipasto was good
Meatballs were ok

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Amazing service!

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a reservation for 8:15 but didn’t get sat until 9 :15.

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LF
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Mussels, pork chop, crab meat salad was all delicious. Food was very good. We were a party of 8 and it took a long time for our meals to come out. Otherwise all was great.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was chewy and tasteless....bread was stale and tasteless served with plain olive oil/ Service was good and people friendly. I guess i would give it a so so rating. I had mushroom pasta with a little truffle oil served with long, thick chewy noodles and the mushrooms were chewy and tasted stale... wine was good but a very small cheap pour as well.

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service, presentation and food where terrific. Enjoyed the experience.

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PL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner menu. Great wait staff. Highly recommended!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the pappardelle con fungi (definitely recommend their fresh cut pasta), an Italian-Peruvian fish special from the Amazon (deliciously cooked but lightly seasoned) and the meridionale appetizer.

With the exception of the appetizer, I was quite impressed with the food. The appetizer is not itemized but rather listed as a spread of southern Italian delights - in reality it’s the deli meats, cheese, and vegetables (like artichokes and asparagus) that you could find in any Italian mother or nonna’s kitchen and is not specific to southern Italy in any way shape or form, so if you are Italian I do not recommend ordering it. However my non-Italian dining partner was impressed.

The service was attentive and not at all crowded on a Wednesday night. Just be careful of Sox games if driving or taking a ride share.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was great. The menu is an interesting mix of Peruvian and Italian food with mostly peruvian. The antipasto was a hit as well as the macadamia encrusted salmon and the lobster ravioli with shrimp on top. The general pasta with red sauce was ok. We also had a peruvian appetizer of a cold mashed potato cake with crabmeat and avocado. Too much potato. And needed more seasoning. They don't have a full bar. I would come back.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and cooked perfectly! Everyone loved what they ordered: shrimp appetizer, salads, trout, salmon, chicken parmesan and pappardelle with truffle oil and mushrooms. The service was friendly and attentive. There was a large and lively group seated next to us, so the place was noisy until they left. They do pack a lot of tables into a small space, but we got used to it after a short while. They have two floors of seating so be sure to request the ground floor if stairs are challenging. I can't wait to go back to have more of everything!!!

Taranta
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your dining experience, and we hope to see you again soon!

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MH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here tonight from NY to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday with 6 of our friends and so glad we did.

Everything was outstanding, each dish was so different and did I mention delicious. The oooohhhs and ahhhhs were non stop.
Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a unique place.
Thank you!

Taranta
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you for your review, and for traveling so far to join us for dinner! We are so happy you enjoyed everything!

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IR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The four of us were recommended to eat at this restaurant for dinner and we were not disappointed.
The service was excellent (our waiter was from Venezuela). The food was delicious and plenty of it. Overall, a wonderful experience.
I would highly rate this place.

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PF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding! We had a nice table upstairs where the noise level was low; we were able to enjoy our table conversations. The flavors of the food were authentic (perfectly seasoned). We were very pleased and satisfied with our entire experience! Nowadays, when going out to eat can be pricey, it's important to know your experience will be top notch.

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b
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience enhanced by the wait staff. Food and drink was second to none. Our go to spot in Boston.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff and customer service was outstanding. There was an issue with one time and they apologized profusely and did everything they could to rectify the problem. The lobster ravioli was amazing.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great pre-game meal prior to the Bruin's game. Our waiter was aware of our timeframe and kept us on task with ordering. The food was delicious. A little loud in the ground level room.

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JO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I ordered a salmon entree. First, the kitchen did not prepare my order. Then the salmon was way over-cooked. It was so dry, I ate little of it. The waiter did not check on us frequently enough. When I explained the issue and said I did not want a replacement, there was not an offer to take it off the bill. Instead, I was asked how to make up for it. I asked for cannoli, which is cheaper than the entree. I asked the waiter to explain the problem to the kitchen. Who know if he did. I will not eat there again.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Taranta, and we loved it! Our waiter was fantastic, the food came out at a perfect, relaxed, pace. And, most importantly, everything was delicious! We’ll definitely be back again soon.

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Will definitely be back. Want to try so many things on the menu. Yum!

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice reservation process and very accommodating to my request to have a window seat. Great food and excellent service. Ambiance is very elegant and quite.
Strongly recommend it for business or special occasion.

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New England
64 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The “special” fish entree was a fish from the Amazon I believe served with rabe and couscous. The home made ravioli was also outstanding. Well worth the trip.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not what it used to be

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JP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable dinner with very knowledgeable service.

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DW
New England
141 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

WE enjoyed out meal, after requesting to sit upstairs. Nice, reasonable Savignon Blanc, though not from New Zealand. Enjoyed the salad, mussels were outstanding, and meatballs were good. Best entrees were the mixed fish dish and the pappardelle with mushrooms. Chicken was very good as was Paiche. Too full for dessert. Sometimes it was hard to find out waiter, though he was sweet when he was around.

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IP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great tasting comfort food prepared to perfection with tantalizing accents.

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New England
26 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were very lucky to find a restaurant in the north end that could accommodate 8 people with short notice. The food was good not great. Service was good not great. Price was high for good food and good service.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

I made reservations, and despite the restaurant being 1/2 empty, we were seated upstairs next to a large table of very loud people. The waiter was very nice, but he was the only waiter on the floor, so getting some attention was impossible. When we finaly were served, the food was very good. The prices were very high compared to other similar restaurants in the North End. 3 stars overall.

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, wonderful food. Small place, quiet. Exactly what a restaurant should be!

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Jose Duarte create an spectacular Aji de gallina Raviolis Brilliant, serve with aji de gallina sause and walnuts, a quarter of boil egg and olive as a garnish.
Also we had the new dish in the menu that got my attention two days ago very interesting conbination, Again Chef Jose Duarte and his brilliant interpretation of creative combination of one of the oldest corn in the world knows as cancha with tomatoes and other peruvian and Italian favors here is the: Pollo Parmigiana Peruviano
Cancha corn breaded all natural chicken breast topped with a panca pomodoro sauce and huacatay mozzarella, served with artisan fusilli pasta!!!!
Of course few Cuzquenas Beers and Pisco Sour! Chardonay wine for appetizer we had Calzoncini Fritti great starters
A trio of mini calzoni stuffed with leeks and mozzarella, beef tenderloin and baccala.
Fantastic dinner!!!

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place with a lovely concept of having Italian food with a Peruvian twist, friendly staff and good vibes.
I recommend this place

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yummy and fresh! Different twist in the typical north end Italian restaurant

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the lobster ravioli and it was delicious! Definitely will go back!

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