Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark

4.8
402 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 402 people are saying
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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoshD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn't busy and everything was delicious.

Server was very attentive.

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vipBobC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great alfresco dinner at Taverna’s on Newark’s Main St Alfresco Wednesday. These events are very enjoyable with nice weather. While several restaurants do a great job with their outdoor seating ambiance, Taverna has the best, especially when sax player Khari Hayden is playing just across the street.

Special thanks to Erin, our hostess, Tyler, our server, and Ryan, a manager who always makes sure all is good.

One minor criticism is that it always seems to take longer than usual to get our drinks. A second comment applies to all the local restaurants, “please add some variety to you menus”.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, quiet establishment with good selection of food and drinks

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vipEmilyS
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappointed overall. Bread was cold and stale, it took a long time for server to come back in between courses to offer more drinks or refill water.
The cannelloni were very dry and the pizza crust was really tough and chewy.
Poor value for the high costs of eating here.

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VictoriaL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Homemade pasta was delicious. The service and atmosphere were exceptional. Will definitely be back to try other dishes.

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LisaLo
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice timing of order to table.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and impeccable service. There is a nice variety of offerings on the menus for all types of food choices. Make sure you try the oil and bread for the table! The Soups were fresh and hot. Leave room for dessert! A great experience.

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vipBobC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location on Newark’s al fresco Wednesday. Our server Evan was very attentive. And a big plus was great live music by Khari Hayden, just a few feet away.

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datenight
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and food was delicious😋. Tiramisu was amazing. Cesar salad dressing was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our waiter Joey was very attentive.

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LanceE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there. Service, Food and Drinks were excellent. Will definetly go back.

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Familynight
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable atmosphere. Attentive staff. Good food.

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GiGi
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Hostess greeted us upon entry & was personable, polite. we were seated right away. restaurant was clean, ambience was nice. server was pleasant/polite however getting our meal was extremely slow. the pasta carbonara was very greasy. the Samies were very good. we thought the price was a little high for sandwiches & alcoholic drink way too high $. Not sure if we’d dine there again. However, service time could have been an issue specific to that day. Diners should try the restaurant as their experience may be different. I was hoping for nice Italian meal but did not enjoy the pasta dish. So for me, it was disappointing.

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MargaretL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed our date night out at Taverna. The ambience and service was excellent. We enjoyed every item we ordered…drinks, appetizers and entrees. We will be back.

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Saveursaver
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good as usual. I’ve been addicted to their fried mozzarella lately.

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vipBobC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mia, our server, was really great. Ryan, a manager, also stopped by and made us feel welcome. The Ahi tuna (ordered medium) was a bit dry.

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JudyT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting Italian. Calamari fabulous as all dishes

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JamesW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food was good. Noise level a bit high but we were seated in the bar area so to be expected.

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vipYemar
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food, so great management!

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CarmenS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn in an Italian family. I know Good Italian food. Taverna's food is the best in Delaware and can compare with some of the best NYC Italian restaurants! The service is great, and their menu is fabulous ; with great pasta, fish and meat selections. Their bar is great with some creative cocktails. Not quite my mama's cooking ; but still some of the best around. Really worth a try.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and good was good. Had daily special.

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vipConcordnc
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem. I've been eating my way through PA, NJ, and DE desperately trying to find good local food especially a good pizza, and omgosh!! Finally...it was slightly charred, great toppings with flavor. We had the white chicken pizza with fresh roasted tomatoes, goat cheese and added basil. Incredible! We started with their special salad that had grilled watermelon, arugula, pancetta and goat cheese, wow! I had one of the most refreshing cocktails, the Fresca, it's my new favorite summer drink, it's with tequila, lime and grapefruit soda. I also need to say we had the most wonderful, attentive and overall pleasant servers, her name was Annie. Me and my husband can't wait to be back in Newark some day as this is a definite!!

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vipGlutenFreeJ
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I checked in and my visit was listed as a no show??? Please fix it! I paid to park in front and still have the receipts.

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ColemanB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and great service. Always consistent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Father’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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CarolynA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taverna is one of our favorite restaurants in Newark. We always bring our son and daughter-in-law to the restaurant when they visit from Washington, D.C. We also go with our daughter-in-law's parents when they are in from NYC. All of us love the food, the ambience and friendly, professional service. The menu is varied and everything that we have had so far has been excellent. We will continue to be repeat customers.

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Saveursaver
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to be back! We missed you!

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vipBobC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance were great as usual. Service for drinks is always a bit slow compared to other restaurants on Main St. Food was really late this time. Obviously something happened with our order as nearby tables seated 30 minutes later got served first. I don’t mind that it happened, but would have preferred an honest apology rather than some bs about the kitchen being busy.

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MarianneM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for lunch, food was great and service was attentive without being intrusive.

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SusanD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Everything was great until our waitress became very clumsy. My friend came out of town to visit me and I suggested this place based on reviews. We didn't finish our meals and decided to take it to go. My friend didn't even eat half of her meal and was planning on taking it home. The waitress took our plates and box them up. When she came to bring it to our table she dropped my friends polenta and shrimp brunch dish. Food fell out and salsa splattered all over the floor. She apologized and took it away. She did not deduct anything off of the check for it and did not bring a replacement of the dish that she dropped. I had never seen this happen before in any restaurant where the patrons were not offered a discount or something to compensate. My friend didn't want to make any waves, and so we just paid our bill and left. I can understand accidents happen, but she would definitely didn't try to make it right. Then to add to it, she split our checks incorrectly by putting all of my items on my friend's check and all of her items on my check. By then we had to get going because we had only a limited time left on our parking.

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Franni
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Highly recommend this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

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Holly
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food came out extremely fast which I don’t know whether that’s a good or bad thing.

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vipannh
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first visit to Taverna and will return soon with some guests. Tyler was an excellent server. We sampled many appetizers and dessert.

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DonnaA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was unique and delicious! My favorite restaurant in Delaware. The staff was very attentive, and it was an overall wonderful dining experience.

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vipFarmerFoodie
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table of 4. Every meal we ordered was delicious. We will definitely return.

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vipDeMichael
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Tyler always takes great care of us. Decided last minute to eat outside. Other than the occasional super loud car
, it was nice.

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vipYemar
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Drinks were delicious and service was great.

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donnalee
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food!!!!

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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 402 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.