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.
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JuliS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went in for dinner on a Thursday evening. We were able to make our reservation on OpenTable quickly and easily. Our server was prompt and very pleasant. She repeated back to us everything we ordered, so there were no mistakes. We were checked on as needed by our server and the manager. We were given fresh silverware, plates and napkins with each course we ordered! We went heavy on the appetizers because we couldn't narrow down from the great choices. We got the veal meatballs, whipped sweet ricotta, truffle garlic bread and the fried calamari. I would go back every week and order the same thing! We shared the special for the evening, which was a, fried, I think, chicken leg with a roasted red pepper sauce, sweet potato cornbread and sautéed spinach. Perfect size to share after four appetizers. Lastly, we shared the cheesecake with the amarena cherries. Everything was so delicious and the night was just perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was hot and great!!!

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BillT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and waiter were both fantastic. Great place to go for our 29th anniversary.

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Pupcm
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent! He was knowledgeable about the menu, he made us feel welcomed but didn't overwhelm us with too many stops by the table. We sat outside during the Wednesday night Main Street event and the ambiance was great. I hope the weather and the City of Newark allows for these events well into Fall!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will be back!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taverna is consistently good. They have great teamwork, pleasant service and delicious food

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vipSueS
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lots of interesting pasta dishes. The parmesan garlic fries were a hit, as were the desserts, especially Tira Misu.

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SteveK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good service, delicious food, and the drinks were spot on!

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AlexiaPdM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Sad to see that there was hardly anyone in the restaurant on a Friday night.

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MeredithM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Tyler was very attentive without being annoying. The calamari was excellent, as always. My garlic fries were a tad over done. Other than that, wonderful experience.

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vipFergieking
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure- staff, service and food.

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vipfoodie
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered the crispy meatball pizza, adding sausage and pepperoni to it. Expect a relatively expensive pizza, for the small size you get, but it had very good flavors. It's a thin crust, but somewhat chewy, as we prefer it. You get bread with brushetta/oil, which was okay. My vodka gimlet on the rocks was expensive, but it did taste very good, so I wasn't disappointed. Hubby specifically asked if they had sweet iced tea, and our waiter said they did; he wound up being served unsweetened iced tea with sugar packets. And the iced tea was very light, like they used one tea bag for the whole day's batch. He would have asked for a to-go cup of iced tea, but it was really terrible iced tea. I like the rustic atmosphere of the place.

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Yazz
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I would have given a higher rating if there was more of a variety on the menu. Not only are the choices limited, but there isn't anything special to them. I am someone who goes out to eat a lot, but also cooks a lot. I feel like I could prepare 1/2 the dishes at home for much less of a cost. The service is always fantastic & the homemade sauce that comes with the bread is my favorite!

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DoriC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice dining experience with Demetrius as our waiter:)! He was very attentive and the food was delicious:)!

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vipDineOutTravelAbout
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good artichoke salad and mozzarella flatbread. Spaghetti with crushed tomatoes and basil was very good. Outdoor dining.

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Luked
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went on a Monday night and it was great. Nice eating out but inside they did a
great job. Food was also above even what I have had in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jamie and her team did a wonderful job - food was outstanding and service was caring and attentive - well done Nick!

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AlexanderH
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent, as was the food. Drinks were good, and I will certainly go again.

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GaryH
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed a great meal (not to mention leftovers the day) and Rachel, our sever, was terrific: knowledgable, efficient, and very personable!!6

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MorganM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Would highly recommend. Staff was friendly and efficient

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DoriC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and Nick was a very prompt and friendly server. I really enjoyed the salmon salad and the bread was fantastic too.
Also, I appreciate the face that we could sit outside due to COVID. It made the dining experience much more relaxing.

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vipDandU
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food!

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BiancaL
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend going with a group of people and ordering everything on the menu! Food was amazing, the vibe was super chill, I totally recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food

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JeffM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was very nice, social distancing perfect felt safe there. Would definitely recommmend

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FrankC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

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foodies
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Taverna. It's our favorite reataurant in Newark. The food is always delicious. I had the chicken parmesan with spaghetti...too much to finish in 1 sitting. My husband had the Taverna chicken and substituted spaghetti for capellini. We both had Ceasar salad with homemade croutons...the best. And you have to try the garlic bread. Service was attentive and spot on. We loved sitting outside. A definite 5 star experience.

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labgirl
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were very accommodating when we asked for a different table.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and drinks. Our server was attentive and highly recommend going there.

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Heather89
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! It was perfect for our date night!

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Ziffle
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, great service. Same server we had at our last visit four months ago. She was very attentive and personable. The food is very tasty.
One of our go-to places for date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Taverna was great, food quality amazing as always, and as safe as can be. The restaurant washes the plastic menu and has you scan a QR code to stay safe and contactless. They spread everyone out and had plastic hanging. All staff members were wearing masks. A very nice quaint, quiet lunch on Main Street.

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Bobby
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We know a lot of the restaurant owners in DE and we want to support them all but we can’t do it all at once. Starting tonight with one our neighbors in Newark.

Taverna Rustic Italian, awesome job tonight!! Our server, Patrick was fantastic! Food was delicious

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vipFergieking
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant constantly delivers exceptional service and food. They make special accommodations when you need something switched and are always pleasant. They will confirm your reservation numerous times but most likely it is because the word is out that this restaurant is excellent. They never disappoint us. I had on this trip, the taverna chicken dish which was very similar to a chicken françese. My husband had the salmon dinner. They brought out fresh rustic bread and a wonderful tomato-based olive oil dip. Thank you to this restaurant for delivering consistent quality and service.

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VeronicaC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great place in Newark, one of my favorites on Main Street.

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vipGBOhio
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit in the month of February. This time I came for brunch with friends. The service was excellent and every thing we ordered was delicious and Instagram worthy. It took a lot of time to decide what to order as everything sounded wonderful. I settled on the sausage skillet. The poached eggs were perfect. The fennel sausage, potatoes and peppers were a delightful accompaniment. It was a huge portion so brought a third home to my hungry family! And the Bellini bar and Bloody Mary bar was the icing on the cake!! Stuffed blue cheese olives and bacon...need I say more.

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vipAmyB
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taverna is our favorite Newark restaurant and never disappoints. Their executive chef is fantastic and always very creative with their menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our daughter’s birthday, and without being asked, our server added a candle to her dessert. It really made her feel special!

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IrisZ
Munich
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Best Italian food place in Newark. Typical original Italian cuisine. My favorite place

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vipBrendaY
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent serve!!! Loved the food and atmosphere for a party of 5 to celebrate daughter's 22nd birthday!

FAQs

Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 444-4334.

Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark is rated 4.7 stars by 276 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.