Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark

4.8
315 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.
What 315 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with neighbors who thoroughly enjoyed their first visit toTaverna. Service is great. Gold Star for expediency to our server Demetrius. Food is plentiful and priced right. We've made a reservation to return to Taverna again on Thursday. Keep up the great work.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing service

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Pumpkin
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

There were not a lot of vegetarian options. It was a little pricey.
Food was tasty but not memorable.
Also, most of the seating was closer than 6 feet apart.

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KeepSmiling52
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We loved the chicken Marsala from the restaurant week menu! So good!

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CathyD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good meal and service in a covid-safe atmosphere.

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Debby30
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fresh, homemade authentic Italian food. NOT an "Olive Garden" type of experience. Smaller menu, fun cocktails, and open rustic atmosphere.

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TinaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, cozy ambience and great service! Always a hit!

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great food, service and quality. Quiet in the back dining area.

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vipMschin
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was very friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back.

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vipCherylC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great choice if you are visiting your child at UD!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome rustic Italian on Main St. Spicy shrimp, chicken dishes, and pizza were all great! They even handled some special requests with ease. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. We will be back soon!

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MarkD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had their chicken wing special appetizer--very good. Had Calamarata Pasta...chicken, spinach, blush cream sauce with shell pasta--also very good.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
92 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We shared a great Ceasar Salad. Excellent Carbonera and Malacaba (sp?). I enjoyed a glass of the Tuscan Blend wine. But skip their bread and oil - never tastes fresh and it's really boring!

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KatieE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Taverna needs to expand their menu!! It’s extremely expensive and way to light on their options! I brought my family for a true Italian experience and there was hardly anything. It’s time you get back to some of your old menu!! Covid is here awhile, let’s go. And the prices, wow! Way over priced!

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KevinK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food, helpful staff and good value!

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TerryD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - always delicious meals served by wonderful staff

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The manager always comes over for that extra attention

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viptbon303
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, always has been. Carbonara awesome!

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DeMichael
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends visiting from out of state -
Our server Tyler was fantastic (as always)

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JasonW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time, and we loved it! The food was perfect, the service outstanding, and we felt comfortable inside! We will definitely be back!

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was great. The cheesecake could be the best I’ve ever had!!

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Newarkdiners
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good. Waiter was great. Tables were spaced out so we felt safe.
Manager Jamie stopped at our table. She was lovely.

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Keyona
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere was great. Id absolutely recommend this restaurant!!!

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vipDine42
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual dinner was very good. Spicy shrimp could have been spicier.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve!

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vipKarenB
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Warm and inviting !

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vipFran
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great dinners. We had enough for leftovers.we shared the artichoke and arugula appetizer. I ordered the lemon chicken w capers on linguini. My husband had the red pasta and sausage dish. Very quiet Sunday evening. Menu shorter than usual...but appropriate for the COVID times. All staff wearing masks and keeping distance from guests. Nice to not have to cook dinner for sure!

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Chris
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick, the bartender was very personable and gave great food recommendations. Thanks

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TerryD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was excellent. And they have done an amazing job to provide a clean and safe dining experience.

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent appetizers and entrees. Attentive, knowledgeable service that wasn’t afraid to give us opinions.

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vipNina
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's our favorite restaurant! all of the Platinum Dining locations are amazing. Great service, excellent food and always feel like we're "home".

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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GeorgeR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food was amazing. First time my wife and I have visited this place and we would definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our waitress was rude and her service was poor. Often feeling like we were bothering her when asking for necessary things like a knife in order to cut meat.

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ChrisH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding along with the service. This was our first time & we will definitely return. Great service also.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taverna has some of the best calamari that I have ever eaten. My fiancé and I get calamari at every restaurant we go to if it is available on the menu and the calamari at this restaurant blew everyone else out of the water. Not only were the sauces they pair the calamari with excellent but the calamari itself was so flavorful. If you are a wine drinker but are horrible at pairings like myself. I would strongly recommend asking them what they recommend because they recommended this red Italian blend that paired really well with my pasta and my fiancé’s pizza. Overall this place was amazing and my fiancé and I have found our new favorite Italian spot.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food and waitress were great! Beer I believe was old and got food sickness that night from it.

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PamelaN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been disappointed! Drinks were great and the food came out piping hot! Our server, Evan, was attentive but not pushy! Highly recommend!

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JuliS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went in for dinner on a Thursday evening. We were able to make our reservation on OpenTable quickly and easily. Our server was prompt and very pleasant. She repeated back to us everything we ordered, so there were no mistakes. We were checked on as needed by our server and the manager. We were given fresh silverware, plates and napkins with each course we ordered! We went heavy on the appetizers because we couldn't narrow down from the great choices. We got the veal meatballs, whipped sweet ricotta, truffle garlic bread and the fried calamari. I would go back every week and order the same thing! We shared the special for the evening, which was a, fried, I think, chicken leg with a roasted red pepper sauce, sweet potato cornbread and sautéed spinach. Perfect size to share after four appetizers. Lastly, we shared the cheesecake with the amarena cherries. Everything was so delicious and the night was just perfect!

FAQs

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

Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark is rated 4.8 stars by 315 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.