Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark

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$30 and under
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Italian
With the opening of Taverna, Platinum Dining Group brings to life its highly anticipated version of the “neighborhood gathering place.” Rustic and simple in conception but well crafted and high minded in execution, Taverna brings to Newark a casual sophistication that sees reclaimed wood and exposed brick on the wall. Polished marble rest atop the overstretched bar which boasts eighteen draft beers and the state’s first ever “tapped wine” system. A seemingly humble menu is carefully considered with homemade pastas, coal-fired pizzas, and daily “features” that will bring a smile to the most discerning grandmother’s face.

**A NOTE FROM THE RESTAURANT**
Reservations are not required. We welcome walk-ins.
Please contact us directly at 302-444-4334 , if desired reservation time is unavailable or a party size is larger than 5.
What 197 People Are Saying
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RR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great! Server was very attentive and knowledgeable

R
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In a town with many above average restaurants, Taverna Rustic Italian continues to stand out. In spite of the disruption being caused by the roadwork just outside, it is quiet and almost secluded inside. The food is delicious, the service is a step above the ordinary, and the entire experience is enjoyable. Every person in the restaurant that the diner interacts with is pleasant, knowledgable, and enjoyable to talk to. It is our favorite restaurant in Newark.

RC
Richmond
111 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nicely prepared traditional Italian. Good wine selection at reasonable prices. Informal dining with very professional service.

BM
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food great service Kyle provides a great experience

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for sons birthday. Great food and service.

p
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have recommended it to extended family and they are also fans. It's always been a great experience and we will of course be back. The food is always fresh, with a combination of classic and innovative dishes. Thank you for such a consistently enjoyable experience.

RF
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Taverna for my wife’s Birthday and did not regret it. Food was outstanding and the ambience was great. We will certainly go back again. Kids loved it as well!

LD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their potato gnocchi will melt in your mouth!!! Service was exceptional!!!

HK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This restaurant used to have phenomenal food, but the quality has really deteriorated. There seems to be a difference in the amount of detail that goes into the quality of the food. For example, we had a bowl of soup and the pasta in it was inedible and undercooked. I will not be going back for a long time as it is not worth the cost.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alway great. Our favorite local restaurant.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me were celebrating our daughters 21st birthday and had Tyler as our server. He was awesome!!

AN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and we loved the relaxed atmosphere. Service was also prompt and friendly.

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for not succumbing to the current trend in restaurant management where they fill their places with a din of fake, highly amplified ambient noise. I've been to so many restaurants who have this obnoxious practice and I could barely have a conversation with my table mates. I don't know what sort of experience they think they are providing to their diners with with this, but I think it's dreadful. In the worst cases, I've left feeling like I'd spent an hour on the business end of a jet engine.

BB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Meal! Everything thing was spot on from the service to the food. The Chicken Gnocchi soup was one of the best soups I ever had...we were tempted to get a quart to go. The grilled artichokes over arugula was very flavorful. The bread and oil dip were great. Our entrees of the Taverna Chicken and d\spinach and ricotta agnolotti were equally cooked to perfection. We look forward to a return visit.

Z
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an exceptional meal in a fun setting! Our waiter was engaging and very attentive. Thank you, all, for an excellent evening out.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From our family walking in to being seated in our experience met our expectations. Our server, exceeded expectations with great detail to food items and recommendations. Much appreciation to the attentive staff including chef’s/cooks completing our requests

SD
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening! Sat on time, waiter knowledgeable and helpful! Just the right attention to the table! Food as expected, great! We will return!

TV
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for my son’s first birthday. They were very accommodating. The food was awesome and I’m a super picky ItAlian so trust me, it didn’t disappoint!

MD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick our server was wonderful! Super attentive and kind. Food was delicious as always!

JP
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Wouldn't go back. Way over-priced for the experience.

JH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the food was very good. We had an assortment of apps that included excellent calamari, flatbread, and grilled artichokes. Entries were all good. Our Server was informative, engaging and very personable. Wish I could call him out by name, sorry.

SQ
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a very good experience. Food is delicious and the wait staff is always friendly and accommodating

DY
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious meal! Will definitely visit again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, delicious food!

WE
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food just marginal. No fresh pasta . Ambience was very nice . Salads were very good. Felt dinner was overpriced for quality of the food.

SB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic dinner. We have been here several times and it is consistent with good food and good service.

CD
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wine- as always. One of our favorite Italian restaurants

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Pizza in Newark, great service and pasta dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Service was excellent as well. One of my favorite restaurants!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food!

BM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Nice meal, but extremely noisy. Hard to hear the person directly across the table from me.

K
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good Italuan food. That said, go for lunch or an early dinner. Don't sit near the bar. By 6:30pm, noise level makes conversation difficult, even on a weeknight. Might be quieter during university breaks and summer vacation.

MB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy my visits to Taverna. Warm, casual atmosphere, fresh flavorful dishes, and attentive staff.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The service started out well but then we didn’t see our waiter again until we got up to leave. The pizzas did not have much flavor and one came out burned. Compared to other brick oven pizzas these were average. The price was excessively high. The manager was attentive and the ambience was nice.

S
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fresh. I’m hooked on their calamari. Service was perfect , quiet on this occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing every time. But, seems as though portions seem to be getting smaller. Anyways, great service and even better food!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, really nice atmosphere.

r
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fabulous. I had the Thursday special chicken parmigiana and loved it. My daughter had pizza and it was excellent. Luckily we saved room for the warm chocolate cake fir dessert-so worth it!!!!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is great! The food, the service and ambiance.
Try the chocolate cake, you won’t be disappointed!!!

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