Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark

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253 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food

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JeffM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was very nice, social distancing perfect felt safe there. Would definitely recommmend

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FrankC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

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foodies
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Taverna. It's our favorite reataurant in Newark. The food is always delicious. I had the chicken parmesan with spaghetti...too much to finish in 1 sitting. My husband had the Taverna chicken and substituted spaghetti for capellini. We both had Ceasar salad with homemade croutons...the best. And you have to try the garlic bread. Service was attentive and spot on. We loved sitting outside. A definite 5 star experience.

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labgirl
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were very accommodating when we asked for a different table.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and drinks. Our server was attentive and highly recommend going there.

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Heather89
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! It was perfect for our date night!

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Ziffle
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, great service. Same server we had at our last visit four months ago. She was very attentive and personable. The food is very tasty.
One of our go-to places for date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Taverna was great, food quality amazing as always, and as safe as can be. The restaurant washes the plastic menu and has you scan a QR code to stay safe and contactless. They spread everyone out and had plastic hanging. All staff members were wearing masks. A very nice quaint, quiet lunch on Main Street.

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Bobby
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We know a lot of the restaurant owners in DE and we want to support them all but we can’t do it all at once. Starting tonight with one our neighbors in Newark.

Taverna Rustic Italian, awesome job tonight!! Our server, Patrick was fantastic! Food was delicious

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vipFergieking
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant constantly delivers exceptional service and food. They make special accommodations when you need something switched and are always pleasant. They will confirm your reservation numerous times but most likely it is because the word is out that this restaurant is excellent. They never disappoint us. I had on this trip, the taverna chicken dish which was very similar to a chicken françese. My husband had the salmon dinner. They brought out fresh rustic bread and a wonderful tomato-based olive oil dip. Thank you to this restaurant for delivering consistent quality and service.

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VeronicaC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great place in Newark, one of my favorites on Main Street.

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vipGBOhio
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit in the month of February. This time I came for brunch with friends. The service was excellent and every thing we ordered was delicious and Instagram worthy. It took a lot of time to decide what to order as everything sounded wonderful. I settled on the sausage skillet. The poached eggs were perfect. The fennel sausage, potatoes and peppers were a delightful accompaniment. It was a huge portion so brought a third home to my hungry family! And the Bellini bar and Bloody Mary bar was the icing on the cake!! Stuffed blue cheese olives and bacon...need I say more.

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vipAmyB
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taverna is our favorite Newark restaurant and never disappoints. Their executive chef is fantastic and always very creative with their menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our daughter’s birthday, and without being asked, our server added a candle to her dessert. It really made her feel special!

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IrisZ
Munich
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Best Italian food place in Newark. Typical original Italian cuisine. My favorite place

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vipBrendaY
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent serve!!! Loved the food and atmosphere for a party of 5 to celebrate daughter's 22nd birthday!

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DeMichael
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic-
Tyler takes very good care of us every time we come in.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Our waitress forgot our appetizers and it was very loud in the building for a Wednesday night. Food was delicious as usual! Overall good experience.

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vipThomasL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is not an inexpensive student hangout, but the prices aren't out of line for what you get: excellent food in good-size portions. The restaurant looks small from the front, but once you get beyond the narrow bar the space broadens out to occupy what looks like the whole width of the building. It's an attractive space with a semi-open kitchen and lots of tables. We went on a Wednesday, and almost all of the tables seemed to be taken, so make reservations to be safe. Convenient parking across the street. When Newark gets done with digging up East Main access will be a whole lot easier.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place for our valentine's date. The waiter was extremely helpful, he answered a lot of my food questions. The food was delicious. They knew exactly how to cook Ahi. Something like chicken ravioli sounds simple but their's was great. I'll definitely be going back.

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vipGBOhio
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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vipTonyJeff
Baltimore
94 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch! Great service! Cool vibe! Definitely will return!

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viptetrajack
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden local gem, forget all the chains and have a quality meal with great ambiance and service right on Main St., Newark DE

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Trey
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our server sold us on both dinner specials as well as the featured appetizer for the night and we were not let down! The atmosphere in Taverna is second to none with plenty of space for every party. I would highly recommend visiting and will be sure to return.

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DebE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the starters to the salads to the entrees, we have never been disappointed by the food or service at Taverna. It has become our favorite restaurant in Newark (university vicinity). It gets crowded, even on weeknights, so reservations are a good idea.

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vipDonnie
Pittsburgh
280 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy and inviting. Good food

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CamP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious - fresh and tasty. Service was great - friendly server and quick. Had never been before and will definitely go again!

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KathyF
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite restaurant. Our waiter Patrick was one of the best ever and the food oh my goodness it was so very good. Please try the Calamari, we have been searching for good calamari since we returned from Italy and never once have we found it to be prepared correctly. WELL.... Traverna did it right...

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vipDebM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taverna is one of our favorite restaurants. The food, service, and ambiance are perfect. The Lemon drink is awesome too!

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ElaineF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the service was excellent. They have the best veal Marsala.

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vipLauraP
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We met friends there and enjoyed some very nice meals from the restaurant week menu!

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jamess
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed it

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AmyF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were delightful as usual! Not your everyday, boring Italian food. Very original dishes. Real chefs in the kitchen. Whipped ricotta is a favorite, as well as the budino.

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ChristinaD
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

taverna is one of our favorite Italian restaurants. We love to go there often
Was a little disappointed with my most recent visit, as my meal was mediocre. ( typically fantastic )
but that being said. Will return later this month- I am hoping the chef was just having an “off” night.
Would still recommend!

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GeralynK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Always a delight to have dinner here.

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whatAMYsays
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I usually have a great experience but when I ordered the Saturday special pasta with meatballs, it didn’t have meatballs! I asked the bartender and she said that the meat was ground up and mixed in with the pasta. There wasn’t much mixed in either. They should change the name of the dish. Disappointing!

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Silverfox2
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brandon_N was very accommodating and pleasant. The calamari was outstanding, our meals were well prepared and presented . Not our first time customers, although my husband uses a wheelchair now, which was accomandated.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken Milanese salad was divine!

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Kaya
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were both excellent! Our server checked on us often enough to ascertain whether we needed something, but not frequently enough to be annoying. He was knowledgeable about the menu and specials. The food was amazing! We got a pasta with chicken and marsala sauce special, spicy shrimp with orzo, and pork shank with polenta, plus calamari for app and tiramisu for dessert. Portions are really big, and we took a ton of food home. Overall, a really great experience that we’ll definitely be repeating.

FAQs

Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 444-4334.

Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark is rated 4.7 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

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