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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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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (26)
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Neighborhood Gem (20)
Romantic (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Cozy (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Casual (10)
Fun (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Business Meals (8)
People Watching (8)
Scenic View (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Spicy (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Organic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Just awesome. Very delicious and healthy food

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Whenever a friend is in town to visit Boston for the first time, I always take them to Taranta and eat the Paiche. The chef, Jose Duarte, has such great recipes that the flavor is always perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Having decided to visit Boston during one of the city's busiest weekends, we felt fortunate to get a reservation--the North End was mobbed. We were greeted cheerfully and seated immediately. Service was attentive and responsive throughout (our request to turn the music down was immediately accommodated). We were initially intrigued by the restaurant's claim to offer Peruvian/Italian fusion and were not disappointed. Both the trout and the paiche (a firm-fleshed, mild-flavored Amazonian game fish) were creatively prepared and delicious. The risotto accompanying the paiche was outstanding. If we lived in Boston, we would make Taranta a regular habit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always a little noisy but the food makes up for the noise.
Everything we tried was outstanding. The cheesecake with the very complex Peruvian sauce was amazing, and I would not usually order cheesecake. We come here every time we visit Boston.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food, good sized portions, pretty pricey though. Most of the meat entrees were $30+. Good atmosphere, they weren't packed on a Saturday night but it seemed about 2/3 full for a 6:15 rezzy

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was a last minute holiday booking for 6 on opentable and we were able to get early time slot. Our server was great, view out the second floor was lovely seeing custom house lit up. The menu was creative due to Peruvian influence Loved it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fun, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had the muscle appetizer and the salmon. Both of which were excellent

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Some of the most interesting food you will have in the North End. The service was excellent.

Tags: Organic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants, it is Peruvian-Italian fusion. As someone else mentioned, the pork chop is absolutely delicious.

The service is phenomenal, and the Peruvian cocktails are really cool as well, something you won't get at the other Italian restaurants.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Service and food were mediocre

Also I received an automated message from open table saying that I missed my reservation; this was an error as we did attend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

One of the most well thought menu's in Boston. Superb food with a latin flare on Italian.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent, authentic food in a nice atmosphere. Everything on the menu we had was excellent and fresh. When we walked in, all the food smells were magnificent!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Taranta is a fun place for a meal. The food was good, not great, and the execution of the dishes generally came up a bit short of how they sounded on the menu. The prices are fair, the service was very good and the ambiance is inviting. The music is loud and the lights are a bit low -- so it's hard to have an easy conversation at the table.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Fantastic service and food, with the only complaint being that it is tight seating.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Pros:
The food at Taranta is great.

Cons:
The size of a two person table will barely fit your meal and drink.

This con is more related to OpenTable. While booking I indicated both by selecting from a drop down and by writing a note in the provided box that this was our wedding anniversary and if the restaurant could do anything to help celebrate we'd appreciate it. At the restaurant, they didn't even mention it to us. No happy anniversary, nothing. I wondered why would anyone book a special occasion through OpenTable if they don't communicate it with the restaurant, or the restaurant just ignores it. Won't use OpenTable again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

No doubt the baby octopus starter is one of the best things I have eaten in the North End. I love Taranta so much because it is unique among the innumerable Italian restaurants in the area. If you want something unique with hints of familiar flavors, go here. You wont regret it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2017

For decades, our favorite restaurant in the North End, on the left at the entrance to Hanover Street. The fusion of Italian with Peruvian dishes is highly successful. Great attention is paid to all aspects of each dish. Chef seasons foods well, and cooks to perfection. Friendly, seasoned maître d' as well as friendly attentive waitress. Nice wines.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Taste, presentation and atmosphere was excellent. Absolutely will return!

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Absolutely delicious food! Every dish is authentically Peruvian and/or Italian, and ingredients are fresh, preparation perfect. Fun people watching spot at the entrance to Northend (Little Italy). Service was warm and friendly. No liquor served other than a few specialty cocktails, but wine options are good.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Taranta is in the neighborhood, and we stop by occasionally, always for the mussels. Absolutely the BEST!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Creative, delicious

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

I went with my wife and two of her friends to Taranta for dinner. The food was top notch and very flavorful. Highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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