Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark

4.8
352 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 352 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipnormS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Service was excellent. All around a very good experience

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painter216
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While were staying in Newark for a few days we decided to experience a restaurant in the heart of this University town. It was easy to make a reservation via Open Table. Public parking lot directly behind the restaurant is your best choice because street parking is limited. The hostess seated us immediately and our waiter came over promptly for drink orders. We dawdled too long over the menu, so our shared appetizer came out with the entrees instead of before. The two house made pasta entrees we ordered were both excellent. Rigatoni with sausage in a rustic red sauce was very enjoyable and the hand cut fettuccine a la' Carbonara with prosciutto and peas was wonderful. The chef accommodated me by substituting the fettuccine for me instead of spaghetti. Our waiter was very friendly and gave us excellent service. If we are ever in Newark again, we will definitely dine here again. The pizza be served at other tables looked delicious!

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Lmg302
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It looks small from the outside so did not realize that the restaurant had so many tables. Very nice ambiance and great waiter. The appetizers and main entrees were delicious. We split two desserts between the 3 of us. Death by Chocoate and Tiramisu were wonderful. Will definitely go back.

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vipTwo2eat
Atlantic City
57 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, very tasty. The server was efficient and helpful. We would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service during a visit to UD. Highly recommend. Inside has great ambiance.

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ThomasS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience (as always)!!! Service was excellent!

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AlexisP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner.

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DeMichael
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! (As always) our usual server (Tyler) was off that evening but Danielle took very good care of us.
She was fantastic and fun to chat with.
Food was on point (it always is)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere great service great food

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PamM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the roasted pepper appetizer and the carbonara!

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CarlosO
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great overall, but waiter appeared too spread out to look at each table needs.

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Lacute
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service , my husband and I love to eat dinner a little pricey but is all worth it

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vipJAT57
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent service as always! You can't go wrong at Taverna!

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KateT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch there while visiting my daughter at college. Menu had lots of options and a nice wine selection…

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BenP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality is always exceptional. Love the pizza, mac & cheese, bread and pasta dishes. The service is always great too.

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FranciscoS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pizza, very good food and great service by Gabrielle

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vipJerseymm
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Easter dinner with family

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CharleneO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Easter lunch at Taverna. Many options available. All wonderful choices. Food was delicious and service was great. Eager to go back and try their pizza!

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vipJengibb
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal for my son’s birthday while visiting him at UD. Food , service and atmosphere were all great. Would definitely recommend.

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vipAmyL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Taverna. It’s been a go to spot for us ever since they opened. Food, bread, wine, dessert, ambiance, service...all great!

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TerryD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent delicious food - some new items on the menu this time. Friendly and professional service. One of our favorites!!

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Tracey
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Service was great! Ambiance very nice! We didn't feel like we were on Main Street.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and atmosphere!

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vipSteveB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

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vipEmilyS
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice meal outside, good service and food was very tasty. The meatball appetizer was the favorite thing we had. would return!

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vipIlanaG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love the vibe and decor. Very nice staff. Great food

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wordsmith
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed our Saturday night dinner at Taverna, Newark. I had the rigatoni with sausage, my husband had the chicken parm. Both entrees were delicious. We shared a caesar salad which was a perfect portion for each of us. All staff we encountered were friendly, our food was served in a timely way without feeling rushed. Any time we have visited Taverna, we have always had a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Too Limited menu

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was so attentive and professional

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DeMichael
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. The food, thanks to the chef, Krista, even with our slight alterations is always on point. We always request our favorite server Tyler, who knows what we like and always takes great care of us.
The hostess Gianna couldn’t be any sweeter.
It’s our go to spot

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vipRPS3
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We started with calamari, nicely prepared and presented, then my wife had the Spicy Grilled Shrimp and I had the Chicken Taverna. Both entree dishes were quite good.

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CourtneyL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the food and service. Will definitely go back again and recommend to others!

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vipSandraJ
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s a great choice for casual atmosphere and great fresh food. Food has so much FLAVOR - everything we had was wonderful! Prepared and cooked perfectly. Outstanding gracious service by Pryia and and an excellent manager Michael. We went back the next day for brunch - it was that enjoyable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter, Tyler was friendly and went over all of our questions.

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vipShari
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very flavorful dining, friendly service, a little different menu selections, very welcome, and comfortable, really pleasant dining room decor! Thanks for the good experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with neighbors who thoroughly enjoyed their first visit toTaverna. Service is great. Gold Star for expediency to our server Demetrius. Food is plentiful and priced right. We've made a reservation to return to Taverna again on Thursday. Keep up the great work.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing service

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Pumpkin
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

There were not a lot of vegetarian options. It was a little pricey.
Food was tasty but not memorable.
Also, most of the seating was closer than 6 feet apart.

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KeepSmiling52
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We loved the chicken Marsala from the restaurant week menu! So good!

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CathyD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good meal and service in a covid-safe atmosphere.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark using the Order Online button. Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 444-4334.

Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark is rated 4.8 stars by 352 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.