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About Taranta

Distinguished Chef Jose Duarte delights with a very unique and unusual marriage between Italian Cuisine and Peruvian Cuisine. Taranta is the ideal location for a corporate function, private function rooms are available, and also corporate teambuilding cooking classes. We are located in the North End and we offer validated parking at the parcel 7 garage. Taranta is a Green 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.

210 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Peruvian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Sunday; 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Cross

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 720-0052

Website:
http://www.tarantarist.com/

Catering:
None

Parking Details:
Validated at Parcel 7 garage on Congress Street

Public Transit:
Haymarket or Government Center T Stop on the Green line or Orange line

Executive Chef:
Jose Duarte

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Taranta offers private cooking classes for groups of 15 or more, and culinary adventures to Peru. Check our website for more information!

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Taranta Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

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4.4

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4.4

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4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (26)
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Cozy (14)
Casual (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
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Healthy (7)
People Watching (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
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Notable Wine List (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful, creative dishes in Boston's North End. Taranta isn't your typical red sauce Italian place. We've dined there several times and always enjoyed the food and service. It's a bit pricey, but worth it for special celebrations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Went to this restaurant twice in a week as my son had looked up the reviews and cuisine. Enjoyed the food immensely, from the homemade tagliatelle with pomodoro sauce to the lamb shank, fabulous. Great atmosphere, small, quiet and private. We missed meeting the Chef who wasn't on site when we were there. He has a well-deserved reputation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Made a reservation for New Years Eve dinner. Food and service were exceptional! They might have crammed a couple too many tables in, though. That said, for an extremely busy night, out party was very impressed with the quality of the food as well as the service. It was our first time to Taranta, and I honestly don’t know how we hadn’t heard of, or been to this place. We will go back!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Love this place. We moved away from Boston 3.5 years ago but were back for the Holidays and made it a point to visit it again!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Taranta is always a go-to for me, no matter the occasion. The staff is wonderful and the food never disappoints. Salut!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had dinner with friends at Taranta before a show at the Improv Asylum. I had to change the reservation from 3 to 8! They accommodated us with a beautiful table on the second floor. The menu has something for everyone and I had trouble deciding what to order. I will just have to go back! Our server was pleasant and professional. The food was served piping hot which in this weather was most welcome! People have lots of choices in the North End, but I would put this place on your list! Happy New Year!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very interesting spin on Italian food! We all had interesting plates! Experimental and modest but really lovely! Great Christmas Eve dinner!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

delicious unique food in a beautiful exposed-brick atmosphere. The Amazon fish and the beef tenderloin truly delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Overall/ very good. Tasty food and good service. We enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We've been to Taranta a number of times and have never been disappointed. Our meal on this visit was as expected - outstanding in every respect. Service was professional, conscientious and attentive. We're already planning our next visit to experience different offerings on Tranta's interesting menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We ate at Taranta with friends who were in visiting from out of town. We were seated right away, and our waiter was kind enough to suggest we put our food orders in all at once because the kitchen was so busy.

Pros:
-The mussels appetizer was worth it.
-Unique, well-executed dishes. The Italian-Peruvian fusion is a nice change of pace from other North End fare.
-The wine list is good.

Cons
-The chicken was a little overcooked and dry.
-They were out of several of the wines on the list.
-The tables were packed very close together.

Nevertheless, a solid staple. I'd return again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Lovely staff. Great food. Restaurant was at capacity because of the holiday season so service was a bit slot. Will definitely return and recommend to others.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Cozy atmosphere, friendly and helpful waitstaff, inventive and delicious menu choices. The wine list perfectly compliments the menu offerings. A delightful alternative to the usual heavy, traditional North End fare.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Taranta impresses no matter what I order at this restaurant. I've tried several dishes on several occasions, and each time I am delighted with the inventiveness of the dishes, which also satisfy like comfort food. I've enjoyed the pork chop, the lamb ragu with gnocchi, and most recently the stuffed chicken breast with homemade mozarella and spinach and a Peruvian olive butter over a crispy polenta. Their passionfruit cocktail with prosecco also stands in as dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Solid meal with good service, but something was missing. The pasta was thick and the sauce was a bit sloppy. Wanted this to be a cleaner experience w most interesting flavors given the Peruvian influences. Won’t go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were very excited to try Taranta for the first time on Saturday. Obviously, the reviews are quite good and the chef is a friend of a friend situation. Hence, the restaurant was recommended to us and we chose to book our holiday friendship dinner there this year. The restaurant is charming and the ambiance is nice. We booked via OpenTable 2 weeks in advance and we were able to score a 6:45 reservation which was also nice. That being said, after dinner the six of us walked out in agreement that Taranta was a "one and done" restaurant for us. First, we were seated upstairs by the window which was very cold (although the view for half of the table was very nice). The hostess agreed to move us downstairs and our waitress asked why we were moving. When we noted that it was quite chilly, she muttered under her breath that they COULD HAVE turned the heat up. Whatever. So we were reseated. The menu provided options that suited everyone and we were all excited for our meals. However, all of the meat dishes that our table ordered were less than flavorful. The presentation was beautiful, but the meals themselves were just "meh". Further, when our waitress asked if we were interested in ordering a drink prior to our meal, one of our party members asked if they had a full bar. The waitress replied that they did NOT have a full bar, and that we could only order beer or wine. On our trip to the washroom however, we found that there are indeed many options outside of beer and wine on display by the bar. My friend just wanted a Campari and soda which could have been easily accommodated. Our hopes for this restaurant and our experience were high, but we walked away disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, People Watching
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great meal and great service! My kids said it was the highlight of the weekend in Boston.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious meal - unusual Italian food with the South American influences.
Glad we went, would definitely try again if back in Boston!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

They brought the wrong entree for a member of the party. Apparently the kitchen messed up. My friend felt there just wasn’t enough of an apology and an attempt to fix the error.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Taranta never disappoints. A highly creative menu fusing Peruvian and Southeen Italian staples. You can't go wrong with anything, but everyone has to try the homemade Yucca Gnocchi with Ragu Verde at least once! A good wine selection to accompany the meal makes Taranto the perfect spot for a date or get together.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Authentic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Tried taranta for the first time on Saturday and we will definitely be back. Very unique dishes - not your typical italian cuisine. We tried, the Paiche, the Chicken and the Fusili - all were outstanding. The restaurant itself is cozy and romantic, and quiet enough so that you can hear people talk. The service was also top notch and our waiter made great recommendations.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Incredible food in a cozy, up-scale setting. Would be great for a date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Beautiful location!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Busy North End restaurant with Three floors. Initially we were seated on third floor which felt like Siberia as bathroom was in the basement. We asked to be moved and the restaurant accommodated us by seating us on second floor, which was much nicer. Great menu, primarily Italian with some Peruvian influences. Service was attentive. Wine list was acceptable with some good choices for under 50 dollars. Noisy but it was Saturday night. I would go back but probably not before exploring some other North End options.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Last weekend, I used Open Table to find an immediate reservation near my hotel, and I happened upon Taranta. My expectations were not high for a North End restaurant with available, last-minute seating on a Saturday night. Fifteen minutes later, we arrived at the restaurant and there were a few open tables, reinforcing my fears. Those fears vanished as soon as we tasted the delicious pan roasted mussels. We ordered two entrees, the lobster ravioli with shrimp and the day’s ravioli special – both were yummy. Even though we were very full, we finished the meal by sharing the lucuma tiramisu; both it and the coffee were out of this world!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I️ was striking out at every restaurant in North End so i finally hopped on OpenTable to see if any restaurants had a table to reserve for 2 in the next hour. Luckily, Taranta had an opening so i immediately booked it. The food was delicious, but it was much pricier than i anticipated (should’ve checked before booking). The service was okay. I prefer for Parmesan to be shaved into my pasta instead of scooped from a bowl, which is picky on my behalf. The waitress gave my friend a really hard time about asking for her dish without olives, and also brought out the two dishes at different times. I’d go back again, but only if i was planning on spending a bit on a meal.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I loved this restaurant. Peruvian/Italian food with sustainability DNA through and through that makes you feel good about what you are eating.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Inventive fusion of Italian and Peruvian cuisine in an energetic, but not too loud environment.
We really enjoyed all the dishes presented, but were really wowed by the pork chop. I’ve only seen a cut like this on the Flintstones. You’d better be hungry!
Don’t skip dessert, either, because their cheesecake and tiramisu were out of this world.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We love the complex flavors, the small, though not crowded atmosphere; the food is like none elsewhere! Jose is the owner and he runs a smooth operation. The staff works seamlessly together-actually enjoying what they’re doing. It feels good in here and you want to linger...
I am vegan, and the chef created a very flavorful and beautiful meal. He used an eggless pasta and sautéed wild mushrooms with a side of some spicy, Smokey sauce. I don’t typically eat my leftovers, though I savored every bite of this the next day.
The lamb shanks and fish were equally as fresh and delicious. I won’t mention any names, but someone in our party ate the fish for breakfast the next morning!
I highly recommend this restaurant for an intimate or large gathering. It’s uniquely fabulous!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Vegan, Spicy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

WE love Italian, but when we read that Taranta infused Italian with Peruvian, it was a must try. The mussels, parpadon, calzone all had flavors that were delicately balanced and complimented the dish. Each was an experience that left you craving more. Great service by William.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

GREAT RESTAURANT FIVE STARS

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent Paiche

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Creative combination of Italian and Peruvian food. Tasty. Service was a bit slow. The restaurant has very poor acoustics. Brick walls amplify the sound so loud, we couldn't have a conversation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I was very excited to try Taranta and am disappointed that it was such a poor experience. I made a reservation for my family of 6 at 7:30 on a Saturday night. Drinks were ordered and delivered, and our server took our food order. An hour later he came to the table to say there had been a "problem with their system" and our order had never gotten to the kitchen.

Mistakes happen, but good service would have been a few appetizers on the house delivered immediately, and our meals jumping to the head of the line in the kitchen. Neither of these happened. After delivering the bad news our server seemed to actively avoid us, and we had to ask multiple people multiple times for more bread, as well as repeated check-ins on our meals. They finally arrived at 9... 90 minutes after being seated, while we'd hungrily watched food stream out of the kitchen all night. Our server did offer free desserts, but we were eager to leave so instead we asked that he comp our drinks.

Hopefully others have a better experience, but I will not be returning.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have been to Taranta several times and have been completely satisfied every time. The food is outstanding and the service is excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by marriage of Italian and Peruvian flavors. A wonderful menu with a selection of traditional and non-traditional offerings. We had a very special family dinner. We were seated on the third floor with an amazing view of Boston. Will definitely go back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Couldn't be more pleased with my experience at Taranta. I was in town for just a night after being on Cape Cod for a wedding. We wanted someplace nice, with good food, but not a tourist trap.

Service: perfect, friendly, timely and unobtrusive.

Atmostphere: Cozy, but not cramped, fun to watch the people going by on Hanover St, great view of the Custom House Tower. Quiet enough to have a conversation, but not too quiet that you feel you are overhearing everything your neighbor says. Dark lighting, but it fit the mood and wasn't too dark.

Drinks: The Pisco sour was delicious and the wine list was small, but filled with good wines. All/most of the wines are grown biodynamically and with sustainable environmental practices...doesn't mean much if all you want is a great drink, but it was a nice touch and the wine we had was great and went well with all of our food choices.

Food: It is a mix of Italian and Peruvian food, but with mostly an Italian flair. We started with the mussels which were absolutely fantastic. The broth was so flavorful and rich and the mussels were plump and perfectly done. We all got various pasta dishes, which were equally fresh and tasty. The Porcini mushroom pappardelle and the lobster, crab ravioli were particularly delicious. Initiatially, I didn't think the portion sizes were that large, but they are! I couldn't finish my meal.

Definitely worth the visit!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, People Watching, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service was good and the food was delicious. I would definitely return or recommend to a friend.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We ordered an appetizer, a bottle of wine, and two entrees, and everything was fantastic. I was in Boston for four nights, and this was hands-down my best meal there. The service was perfect as well. I noticed our server checking on us periodically, but he didn't hover or pester us at the table frequently at all.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Menu a bit limited. Lacks most of the standard dishes for fussy eaters.

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