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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (44)
Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (32)
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Authentic (31)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Romantic (21)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Business Meals (17)
Cozy (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Casual (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fun (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Healthy (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Our experience at Tartufo was great. Great service, authentic italian dining, and worth it. We went early before the crowds and were well taken care of. Would highly recommend! We'll be returning - sorry it took us so long to fine this local dining gem!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Perfectly delightful evening . Sat upstairs which was quieter than down . Service prompt but not at all pushy . Fish special was excellent as was osso bucco. Lemon sherbet was also excellent..similar to Trader Joe’s . Really a nice neighborhood gem..

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A wonderful, lively place with sweet managers, great server staff, and brilliant chefs. They made possible a great mini-reunion of four high school friends now in our seventies. The straciatella soup is divine, as is the lobster risotto, and the tuna tartare.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

What a sweet little restaurant in Newton Center. Would be great for a date. Menu looked great. It was hard to choose. Sadly. I was not wildly impressed with the cod special that I chose. It was cooked beautifully, but lacked any great flavor. Same with the spaghetti and sautéed spinach-that’s exactly what it was-very little flavor. I will go back, though and try the lobster ravioli!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my third (and last) time at Tartufo. We were again seated in the upstairs, which is very unremarkable compared to the cozy downstairs. The soup special (pumkin and potato) was okay...but a bit watery. I ordered the house special pasta dish, which had a mushroom and truffle sauce. The button mushrooms were too thick and the whole thing seemed more like a mushroom stroganoff. Very disappointing. My husband had the veal, which he said was just "okay."

Although the first time I visited, I was very happy with the food, the same could not be said about my second visit. I decided to try it one more time because of the proximity to our house, but was disappointed. I will not go again....there are too many other restaurants that have more tasty offerings.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was very disappointing.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had a great meal, service was impeccable. In a world of fusion restaurants etc.. it is great to see traditional can still be cool.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious! Not my first visit but was my family’s and enjoyed by all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Tartufo this week. The ambiance was lovely, the food was fantastic, the presentation was delightful, the server and owner/greeter could not have been nicer, and the bill was very reasonable. This is a North End-level meal and experience in the suburbs and I recommend it highly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Crowded and noisy. Poor seats near kitchen. Very slow service. Food good.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Tartufo is a favorite restaurant of mine. The food is absolutely delicious, priced right, service is excellent and it’s a friendly and energetic atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was good.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Seating is very bunch together and restaurant is dimly lit and noisy. Food was just ok, not worth the prices.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I took some BC students here for dinner. They were thrilled to have a home cooked, authentic Italian meal. We enjoyed our dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My friends and I had a lovely meal at Tartufo. The food was excellent; the ambiance charming and the wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. We will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The hostess was wonderful, she seated us right away. The waiter seemed distracted and it felt like he was rushing us. When we told him we were not ready to order dessert yet, he came over two minutes later, not noticing that one of our party was not at the table. We declined dessert and decided to leave. The food was excellent and the other servers were polite and attentive. The noise was loud due to a party in the room, but there was space between the tables and we were able to hear each other’s conversation. Overall, it was an ok evening.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent service, always delicious food, a regular favorite for scrumptious Italian.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food and service - I would give more stars if I could - exceeds my expectations and I’m looking forward to going again soon!!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We often fall in with friends for dependably delicious food in an upbeat and welcoming setting.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was good but service less so! Server had to visit our table three times as he couldn't remember what we ordered as he hadn't written it down. They then brought out one wrong dish. Staff although there were plenty of them weren't particularly friendly and we payed the check and walked out with no one saying a word. Wouldn't return although would consider a takeout.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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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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 (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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