Taranta

4.5
2149 reviews
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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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New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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R
Chicago
5 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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E
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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H
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious spin on traditional Italian food, with Peruvian accents. Attentive service, nice wine list, lots of dishes for everyone's preferences.

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service -- a bit drafty on first floor

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Atmosphere is romantic if not a little on the loud size when the upstairs dining room was full.

Food was excellent, started with meatballs. Nice spicy, garlicky sauce.

Wife had the lobster rav, I had the tagletelle special with HUGE chunks of lobster, scallops, and mussels. Both excellent.

Enjoyed that with a bottle of a Super Tuscan.

Overall, 5 stars. Great job

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I have had two very different experiences at Taranta. The first time I went there, things were good. Which accounts for why I was happy to return. This last time, I was quite disappointed. Hopefully, this review will help people with dietary restrictions. Based on my first visit and a look at the menu, I thought I was going to have enough dairy-free and gluten-free options to have a satisfying meal. The truth is that almost all of their vegetables and ALL of their sauces are cooked with butter. Unlike other restaurants, they cannot make a vegetable or a sauce on the spot without butter. I didn't completely explore their pasta sauces, but the ones that I asked about had butter in them, as well. This left me with a $39 filet mignon on a SMALL bed of escarole. I eat much less than I used to. I'm usually too full when I leave a restaurant. I left hungry planning which supermarket to visit to satiate my stomach. Side note - you know it's a bad sign when multiple staff insist that there are eggs in their food and they do not understand that dairy products are made from milk.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had looked at their regular menu and were really impressed with the Italian/Peruvian blend, and so decided to go here on Valentine's Day.

I... wouldn't recommend going on a holiday to Taranta. The tasting menu was lackluster, the food was only alright and too heavily salted (extremely disappointing given the price of the pre-fixe menu, and was proportionally more expensive than going on a regular night and ordering roughly the same food), and not nearly as interesting or unique as what's on the regular menu.

We'd like to go back and give the normal menu a try, but definitely recommend giving it a pass on holiday nights.

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I expected more of the food quality, nothing was bad, but also nothing was great about their menu.

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a unique spot in the North End. Clever, hearty dishes that marry Peruvian and Italian cuisine. Personable staff, cozy environment, and great value for the money.

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e
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best mussels ever. The combination of Peruvian and Italian elements are outstanding. Especially love the coffee crusted beef.

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

We had a lovely anniversary dinner! Memorable!

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F
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always. Loved the fried calzone appetizers and lobster ravioli! My wife got the yuca gnocchi. Lamb ragu was killer!

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D
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We made 7:00 pm reservations for a Friday evening dinner and we were greeted and seated immediately. The food was superior from the appetizer plate for 2, to the amazingly delicious cheese cake and cappuccino dessert & coffee. I had the double pork chop which was enough for 4, perfectly prepared and wonderful. (Both for dinner Friday AND lunch Saturday!) My wife enjoyed her hand cut pappardelle pasta in a Puccini mushroom sauce. Also easily enough for at least 2 and amazingly good. Still not sure which of us had the better dinner. If there were any negatives, they were the noise level was loud and the main first floor dining room was cold with a constant bluster of ice cold air every time the door opened. They hung a curtain to attempt to block the wind and cold but still permeated through the dining room. Bottom line, the pluses far outweighed the negatives as our reason for going was to enjoy excellent cuisine and they excelled in their endeavor.
Dr. J 2/1/19

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New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

such a delicious mix of peruvian and italian food, good specials, and pretty great wine list!

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A
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Paiche Amazone (fish) was fantastic. Portions were just right. There were only 2 other groups eating so we could hear each other talk and service was prompt. We will go again

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EP
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice option for the North End. Creative dishes including a Peruvian touch. Italian dishes gnocchi and seafood ravioli were excellent. Didn’t order the Pork Chop but it looked enticing on another table. We will return again especially because the menu changes often.

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DS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The salmon was outstanding! the service amaizing!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The octopus appetizer was delicious!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been visiting Taranta since 2007 when I first moved to Boston. Every meal is just as delicious as the last! Thank you!

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Have usually been quite pleased with the dining here. This time my salad was so salty as to be completely inedible and my mushroom pasta dish was somewhat bland (as if the first course had too much and the second too little). My spouse's meal was good so I'm not sure what happened to mine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Our waiter was amazing. We celebrated New Year evening. Great table on the 2nd floor next to the window. Great food.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, good wine selection and superb service. A bit noisy due to loud group next to us.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fun server; quaint and close space in the north end; the mussels are like French onion soup meets the sea and it’s amazing; all dishes were full of taste and well plated.

I brought my in laws for a total party of 5. It’s a tight squeeze once it gets busy, but worth it.

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KV
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Peruvian food, with delicious typical ingredients and authentic recipes, in a very friendly atmosphere! Recommended bij my friend Pilar Martinez Woodman - thanks!

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EO
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pricey but the food was outstanding. Really glad we went and will go again. Paiche de amazon, lamb shank, salmon, and the special ravioli were all super tasty and unique. Really liked the decor and ambiance, busy but not noisy and I do not like noisy restaurants- this was very pleasant experience all around.

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GP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, we went to celebrate a birthday and we were at awwe with everything the food & service was amazing. I have many food allergies which it’s always a concern when going to restaurant but our server went over the top and was super accommodating. Dessert amazing. We truly had an amazing experience an can’t wait to go back.

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KT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Taranta is a lovely restrauant. Great atmosphere and food. A bit pricey but worth it.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

It was extremely noisy and we felt the appetizer and both meals were very salty. However great wine selection, and service was very very good! Menu was great as well just wish the food hadn’t been so salty!

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