About Tartufo Restaurant

Tartufo Restaurant is an award-winning Italian restaurant featuring authentic, unique, Abruzzese cuisine conveniently located in Newton Centre, MA. We specialize in chef-prepared Italian dishes-homemade to order-with all natural ingredients.

22 Union St
Newton Center, MA 02459
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9.00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 244-8833

Website:
http://tartuforestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Conveniently located on the Green line, D line, Newton Center stop

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room

Tartufo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Special Occasion (35)
Good for a Date (26)
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Authentic (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Bar Seating (17)
Romantic (17)
Cozy (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Business Meals (12)
Casual (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food at a fair price. Neighborhood gen!

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Disappointed in the truffle pasta, it said fresh shaved black truffles which in fact were Roland canned black truffles. The calamari appetizer was over cooked

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Superb! A symphony for the taste buds! Authentic Italian cuisine in Newton. High quality.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is a lovely, cozy place with excellent food. Great date or anniversary spot. The bar looks warm and comfy too. Highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was very good and wait staff is very friendly and helpful!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Based on the reviews, we chose this restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised that the reviews were accurate... food was quite good as was the service.
We certainly would recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The first thing that stood out was the small size of the space. The restaurant became very loud even with only few two tops and small groups dining. However, the restaurant is still remarkably classic, and richly Italian. The big windows and Romanesque façade behind the bar wash the setting with a warm old-world feel. Still, with the location being in Newton Center, the patronage are dressed "smart casual", and are vividly contemporary. The wait staff are welcoming, and a woman who I believe to be the owner even stopped by our table to ask how everything was. The wine selection was abundant and reasonably priced. The cocktails looked cute, but emphatically near to the original classic drinks they mimic. The food was authentic with hints of American influence. Our balsamico salad was fresh and lovely. The lobster ravioli was a safe choice, I'll admit, but one that I would never regret. The lobster cream sauce is caloric but the kind of indulgence that seems to shake off the guilt of enjoying it. It seemed like everyone working there stopped to say "thank you, goodnight!" as my guest and I left.

Tartufo is an excellent choice for couples looking for a romantic evening, or even friends catching up over some apps and wine. The prices definitely made my guest think twice, but the generous portions and exceptional service made every penny worth it. Thank you for a great evening!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Charming restaurant in Newton Centre. Good food, good ambiance, and good parking!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Tartufo never fails to impress!! The food is a 10 and the service matches the food!! More authentic food than the North End!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I try to make it to Tartufo whenever I'm in the Boston area. The food is excellent; the service, great; and the prices, quite reasonable for the quality of dining. Every single visit.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our meals were delicious. One of us has the stuffed veal chop which was cave-man like and wonderful. The other had the tagliatelle carbonara, which was delicious
Tip: try the strawberry mojito. Very refreshing and delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had an outstanding dining experience at Tartufo on a recent Saturday night. We had an early reservation and were greeted warmly and the waiter was very informative and helpful. The food was the best we have had in a while. I had the home made raviolis and my companion had the veal piccata. Both were delicious. The it was busy but relatively quiet. We would definitely go back there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent owner came over and sang happy day and gave us a beautiful delicious bday plate

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fortunately we were seated on the second floor which is quiet. The first floor is extremely loud. The first waiter had a bad attitude but the second one was really helpful and friendly. They forgot our beers initially. Overall the food was good but a little over-priced.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent food and service.

Regular menu is very good and they always have a few interesting specials as well.

Worth the trip.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our party of 6 had an excellent experience. Each enjoyed their meal, service was attentive. Overall we had several seafood dishes and each was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Second time dining here with my family.
Excellent Caesar salad and Bruschetta to start, all entries are tasty.
Warm and flexible hosts.
We will continue to visit each time we are there for a BC event.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Most of us really enjoyed dinner. My husband ordered a special, which was very dry and expensive He brought it home for the dog

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This is a neighborhood gem. The freshest ingredients. The nicest staff makes this our go to special place. Oh!!! did I mention the best tasting food around. NO heavy sauces, beautiful presentation and great taste. A winner. Don't forget to make a reservation though. Others know this is a must dine local fare.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always such a pleasure. Wait staff is incredible- food is beyond amazing- lighting is warm and welcoming. Everyone raved about their time last evening. VERY much worth the money in every way. Keep up the great work!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was fine... the tuna tartar and tiramisu were very good. Other food was fine.

Our issue was with the fact that the waiter rushed us to order drinks and then dinner. We were visiting with a friend and felt pushed to order. There was an error in the bill that was quickly resolved. The manager inquired at the table as to whether there was a problem with the bill and we assured him it was resolved.

On the way out I asked to speak to the manager. I told him the bill problem was not an issue. I explained, however, that we felt we had been rushed. He said that they counted on 2 hrs for a dinner. I pointed out that as we spoke it was 2 hrs from our reservation and added that it has been my experience that managers/owners wanted to be told when there was an issue. He then told me that he has had the restaurant for 14 years. And I responded that that was fine and apparently he did not want our feedback. We went out the front door and while we were saying goodbye to our friend, the owner came out and asked that I wait for just a minute to speak to him further. When he did not return in five minutes, we left.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This is my first time to Tartufo and selected it based on reviews. I read the food was very good and decided it was a good place to celebrate my (Italian) father's 75th birthday with family (party of 7).

They had our table ready on time. The entire place was very loud. Some sound deadening material on the walls and ceiling would do wonders. Our waiter was pleasant, but didn't go out of his way to make things accommodating. We had to repeatedly ask for our water glasses to be filled throughout the evening, one of our meals was late (5 minutes after the rest were served), and never offered us coffee during dessert.

The food quality was pretty good, but the prices for both food and drink are a way on the high side. It's Italian. Pasta is cheap, even home made pasta.

To finish things off, they tacked on a "gratuity" of over 20% ($60 on a bill of $291). Pretty absurd for any restaurant, never mind one in Newton.

This was an underwhelming experience and will not be returning.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The pappardelle melted in my mouth, and the lemon sorbet was perfectly crafted.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food and service! It is becoming a favorite place to eat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our third visit to Tartufo and we were dissappointed. The waiter took a very long time to tell us the specials and then take our order and was quite rude. One of the meals was not even close to what was ordered although it was replaced pretty quickly with the correct order. The risotto was bland, a gummy consistency not as described on the menu. The scallop appetizer was in a weirdly sweet sauce. The best thing we ordered was the tuna tartare which was very good. It was very loud and difficult to have conversation.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very disappointed that when presenting the evenings specials,Lamb chops and Branzino along with special salad with lobster. We ordered the specials only to be surprised at the sticker shock when we got the bill. We have gone to the restaurant on many occasions and this ruined our experience as all the specials were very over priced given the price point of the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

We were disappointed . We made reservations five hours prior and ended up waiting 20 minutes at the bar for our table, while other guests, that arrived after us were seated. The food was mediocre, however the service was excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great food, consistent, enjoyable atmosphere; local gem

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent Bolognese and usual wonderful service. Great atmosphere. Best for lunch in my opinion.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

We chose Tartufo based on the reviews and it did not disappoint. A bit noisy, but filled with happy diners. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

A great go to place for terrific food in a warm and lively atmosphere with incredibly nice wait staff.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were a party of 6 seated upstairs for a family get together. Maybe it was because there had been a big BC football game that day, but the place was extremely loud - we were practically shouting to be heard. Cocktail was overly sweet. Service was erratic. Food was pretty good. Nothing special. I found the overall experience mediocre. I would not recommend it.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

It was ok. Nothing fantastic but nice to be able to walk to it. It's a pretty setting and we had a great bottle of wine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I have dined here for the handmade pasta. Alas this time the pasta was a little over cooked.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

one of our favorites, it's always good, consistently lovely unrushed service and just a delightful experience from the moment you are seated. and the food is always delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

While we like the location and the service of the restaurant, our food experience has been mixed. Some nights it comes piping hot off the stove with a fresh Italian experience. Other nights like our last one, service was good but the food was good and warm - but not fantastic. Seating is usually available upstairs but the price you pay is it feels just a little bit dated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Excellent service and great food!!!Real italian food, our waiter gave us the best recommendation for wine, by the way it was awesome, friendly staff and excellent prices.
It was my first time and would gladly come back to try the rest of the menu

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2017

As usual the meal was delicious. One of us had a chicken dish, the other a veal. Beautifully cooked, presented and a delight

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

I have eaten at Tartufo many times with my family, and we consider it one of the best restaurants around. The Italian food is authentic and delicious. The service is excellent. It's a go to place for a great dinner that leaves everyone feeling good. It's not cheap, but it is also much better than a lot of restaurants that cost more. Nice intimate atmosphere as well. A bit of Italy in Newton Center.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Food was great, wait staff was awkward at times.

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