Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark

4.6
184 reviews
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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 184 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
18 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!!!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keep going back. Fantastic place, great food, excellent pizza

JF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taverna is a regular spot I bring my coworkers that visit from out of town. One of the few nice restaurants near my office to choose from. We are always well fed and we LOVE coming on Wednesday nights for meatloaf.

JS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taverna is consistently excellent and one of our go-to spots.

BM
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding server - the best at this restaurant

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great staff, cool vibes!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased with the staff and food.

OT
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and really nice people made this a great experience. Ask for Demetrious as a server - he was knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. The calamari appetizer was perfect and the rigatoni with sausage was an entree I'd absolutely order again!

SS
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Made a res and were there on time, but we had to wait 15 min for a table, which made it tight to get to our theater show on time. But food was all very good.

BC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of Newark’s best restaurants. Always consistent. The menu is creative and well-executed. Service is friendly and professional. Great ambiance.

LD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistent, excellent service, like all Platinum Group restaurants. Extensive menu with good specials and good beer list. Very tasty bread and olive oil-tomato dip. Always enjoy. Mildly loud, but not a major issue.

DP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious. Service fantastic. Went on off hours so a bit quiet but fine by us.

ST
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, my wife had pasta and I had pizza. Started off with a cheese and meat tray and ended with and awsome dessert.

HT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, excellent food. I had the chicken ravioli. They were delicious.

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