Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark

4.8
424 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 424 People Are Saying
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Noise · Moderate
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DaveS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. Attentive service. Highly recommend.

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joeg
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Taverna many times but this past visit was the best. Our server, Molly, was terrific and the food tasted like heaven. I can't wait to return!

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KBMc
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic service was top-notch! Large portions with leftovers for the next day.

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DelawareDame
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here. Had our first date here a year ago. Came back this year several times and had the same great service and food quality.

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TheresaA
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely amazing. The wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The decor and ambience is superb!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service

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John
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Consistent quality, service and offerings

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Daphne
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I love going to taverna. We have never had a bad experience here, they really are exceptional in their execution of both food and service! It’s delicious, great quality and an enjoyable atmosphere.

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AmyF
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Molly was a great server. I had the veal parm sandwich special. It was terrible. Just enough meat for about 1/2 of the roll. Incredibly dry and the meat was very tough. The buddino, which I love, tasted like it had been sitting for days. It was grainy and watery. Not my best experience here.

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vipYemar
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little disappointed with the hostess but our server Mia and the manager went out of their way to make us happy. Great food and drinks.

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FrankM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We had reservations for the evening of UD Move-in day and the restaurant was extremely busy, but they did a great job of keeping things moving. The noise level was quite high as a result of the large crowd and it was difficult to hear each other, but other than that I would recommend it highly. Just not on UD move-in day!

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louisek
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for dinner and it was excellent....Hope you reopen for Sunday brunch again....Highly recommend this wonderful place

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KateT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here every time we drop off or visit our daughter at UD. Great atmosphere, service and the food is always top notch!

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KaraP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty place. Great food! Friendly staff! We’ll definitely be back!!

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MauraD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch yesterday during UDel drop off for our freshman. The restaurant was very inviting, with a great selection of food and drink. The staff was attentive and professional. Our food was absolutely delicious. I had the Chicken Milanese salad - so good! My son had the pizza and loved it. My husband has the spicy shrimp. We all oved our dishes. We will be back!

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vipBobC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This outdoor setting is really nice, the best on Main Street, particularly on al fresco Wednesdays. But the one item that really tops things off is when Khari Hayden is playing his sax across the street in front of Walgreens. His music is great for dining. Not so loud ( like the group playing last night at Gelato’s) so that dinner conversation is not impeded. But just the right volume so that you can clearly hear the great music.

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Phil
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good location (although no dedicated parking lot). Pleasant casual atmosphere. Chairs could be more comfortable (not a fan of hardwood chairs with no cushion). Food was good overall. The grilled artichoke appetizer was excellent. The beef brasato was not as expected and received mixed reviews as the combination with the risotto in the same plate made it feel more like pooridge. I liked it but my wife wasn't thrilled about it. Our son had the baked rigatoni and meatballs and thought it was very good. Desserts (tiramisu and lemon sorbet) were good as well. Overall a nice experience on a Saturday evening. I appreciated that our table was safely distanced from others.

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ChristinaD
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. As usual. Love this place !!! The homemade gnocchi are wonderful.

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vipBobC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jule took great care of our late evening dinner. We never felt rushed at all,, even though we were the last customers to leave that night. Great food & ambiance too.

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Local
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good, service and location.

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vipYemar
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks, lovely server and support staff. Taverna rarely disappoints!

JD
JoshD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn't busy and everything was delicious.

Server was very attentive.

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vipBobC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
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 on 28 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, quiet establishment with good selection of food and drinks

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vipEmilyS
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
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 on 27 July 2021
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 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 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
18 reviews
Dined on 21 July 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 18 July 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
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our waiter Joey was very attentive.

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LanceE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipFamilynight
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable atmosphere. Attentive staff. Good food.

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GiGi
1 review
Dined on 11 July 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
7 reviews
Dined on 10 July 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 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBobC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 7 July 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.

JT
JudyT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting Italian. Calamari fabulous as all dishes

JW
JamesW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 3 July 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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You can order delivery directly from Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark using the Order Online button. Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 444-4334.

Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark is rated 4.8 stars by 424 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 bookings at the moment.