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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (35)
Special Occasion (33)
Good for a Date (25)
See All
Authentic (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Romantic (17)
Cozy (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Business Meals (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Casual (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Sort by
S
615 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Food was great, wait staff was awkward at times.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Wonderful experience. Food excellent. Gets noisy with full restaurant. Great seafood selections.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent! 👏

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great place, highly recommending!
Food is upscale, service also.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2017

A great spot for Abruzzen fare. I do really love this place!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Had a delicious cocktail and a yummy meal complete with desert. You can always count on good food and service here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very authentic Italian restaurant. Greeted warmly upon entering and always seated promptly. Even was able to speak (broken) Italian to our waiter, who was appreciative of my attempt (lived in Italy 25 yrs ago). We had a good laugh...Serving staff are always very busy with their tables, so you need to keep on them to fill your water, take your order, etc. But the food delights. Listen to the specials, as they are always fantastic. Grilled seafood was excellent. Bollanese will not disappoint if you're looking for a good dish that will fill you up. Appetizers are big - you could split them if you want (try the Calamari). And we love the windows that allow you to look out to the street. You're not in Sorento, but it's still pretty special.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We have been going here for years and find it to be dependable and enjoyable. We enjoyed a variety of dishes, all of which were very good. It's a little on the old school side but very well done (not a red sauce joint). The atmosphere here is nice, though it can get a bit loud. The service was friendly but not as professional as the quality of the food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service2
value2

 
·Dined on August 18, 2017

Amazingly authentic, great food and wine! We had a great date :)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 17, 2017

My absolutely most favorite restaurant! Haven't found a restaurant even close in comparison.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent selection of apps, main meals and dessert. Great portions and reasonable prices. The food was phenomenal.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Really enjoyed our visit. The food was excellent and the service was friendly and accommodating. The only drawbacks were that the noise level made conversation difficult and they had a surprisingly uninspired beer list.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
·Dined on August 8, 2017

It is always an outstanding and authentic Italian meal. The wine list is equally amazing!

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Tartufo is a guaranteed delicious meal. We enjoyed our dining experience and will return!

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We came here to celebrate our anniversary, based on the outstanding OpenTable reviews. We had a very nice meal, starting with meatballs and bruschetta, followed by orichiette and lemon sole. The food was good, and portion sizes were appropriate (not too big, not too small). We did struggle with ordering as there were so many options to choose from that sounded interesting! Service was attentive as well. The food was priced a little higher than I would have expected for the quality (good but not great).

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on August 5, 2017

This was a return visit. We come once per yea during our vacation from Connecticut to the Boston area. My family and I are always warmly greeted. We ordered different meals and everyone enjoyed their entrée--- fish, chicken and pasta. The food is excellent. Although the place is very busy, we never feel rushed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Very good food and service. Clean, nicely decorated, cheerful atmosphere. Staff very friendly and helpful. A bit noisy for us.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great casual yet upscale environment. Amazing food! Now a regular restaurant for me.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Absolutely the best Italian restaurant in the Newton area!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We have been to Tartufo many times. I love Carbonara or Bolangase. My husband had the fish special. All delicious.
I recommend the wine on the table. It is great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

It was a great scenery, quiet and intimate, exceptional food, and fairly priced! Def going back!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Fabulous food. The Owner is the Executive Chef. Care and attention to every detail

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was definitely good, but the experience was not as nice as we've had in the past. We were placed upstairs which isn't as nice as the main dining room downstairs. There is a large television the wall that was on. The TV was distracting and detracted from the ambiance. When we asked that it be turned off, the waiter Bob ("Roberto" as he calls himself) said that people were watching it. It wasn't worth arguing with him, but no one was watching it, since the other 2 tables up there were large birthday parties and and definitely not watching TV.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service3
value3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fabulous staff and delicious food. Always friendly and accommodates food allergies.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Tartufo is a favorite "go to" restaurant for us. Dante and his staff provide magnificent cuisine along with European-style service. I ordered the Lamb Ragu, which was a special for the evening, and it was outstanding. Antonio, our favorite water, was in Italy. But we were very well served by the staff.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Incredibly slow service. Waited about 20 minutes before our drink order was taken. Waiter forgot to put in appetizers as well. However, our meals were excellent.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service1
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The food was excellent but the whole experience had to be downgraded because the service was exceedingly slow and the noise level almost unbearable. And this was on a weekday night! We were there at 7:00 and it only quieted down about 2 hours later. Wait staff were very busy changing linens and setting up the whole time. It was very crowded, so the food must be drawing people in.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service2
value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Food was excellent. Service lack personality in a big way. Very stuffy and did not speak.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service2

 
 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2017

The food is very good and consistent (several visits)
the service is lacking. lack of attentiveness and completely ignored my special request which was made in the app and not that big

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Nothing special going on here. Except for the very good bread, the food was ok but not impressive and doesn't justify the price-level. Service was competent but not polished. There are better Italian (and other) restaurants in the area at comparable or lower price-points. Disappointed since friends recommended it.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value2

vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The bottle of wine and one entree were served as incorrect table choices. The waitperson appeared to be preoccupied with other than listening to our menu requests.
This reataurant is one of the noisiests in Boston, and unnecessarily so. It contains no sound absorbing surfaces, only hard , exposed floors, and bare walls and windows.

Tags: Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service1
value3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Having just returned from Italy, the menu at Tartufo seemed very authentic. It lived up to my expectations. The service was excellent, the food was fresh, well prepared and presented, and very reminiscent of Italy. The wine selection by the glass was great - we found several small vineyards we had tasted while on our trip. In fact, when my wife selected a white wine we had enjoyed on the Amalfi Coast the owner of the restaurant asked us if we were from Naples as this is a little-known but wonderful wine. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant - it was our first time there and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Food and staff authentic Italian, attentive service, warm and inviting dining room and, tablecloths! How pleasantly old school.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Saturday was my first visit and will not be my last. The food was authentic Italian, at least the kind I like. The pasta with rapini was outstanding as was the veal scalopini. Both were seasoned beautifully with real depth of flavor. And neither were overwhelming with garlic as some restaurants are inclined to do. Only disappointment was the grilled octopus. While perfectly cooked it was underseasoned. Overall, dinner was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

My guests found the loud discussion by waitstaff and management annoying and disruptive of the otherwise lovely ambiance. Service was atypically slow. Food was excellent as usual.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Wanted to try somewhere different and very happy we chose this restaurant. Service was excellent and gave us some great options. Good wine selection and the food was excellent. Has free valet parking as well.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Our previous experience dining here was wonderful, this time, the place was relatively empty yet the gentleman taking our order (which essentially consisted of 3 salads with either chicken or shrimp) could not get the orders straight, they came out incorrectly, just a bad day I guess .... I'd be nervous to think how things would have gone if the restaurant was actually busy

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service1
value3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Wow what a find in Newton Centre! Two of my long time friends,who work in the area, had never been and when I saw solid reviews on OT I decided to book. So glad I did, from the great vibe when you walk in to the incredible food (all 3 of us got the seafood pasta special in vodka sauce and I wanted to lick the plate), great wine list, and super service. I'm sure the locals know this first hand, but what a treat for 3 guys from outside the area. However, as Arnold would say "we'll be back"

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Great fun at Tartufo - waiters were awesome - food was delicious and cooked to order - perfect for an evening out - highly recommend

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Waiter forgot the Caesar salad my husband ordered and we constantly had to ask for water.

Tags: Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service2
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.