Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark
**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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
spinach, roasted tomato, mozzarella, goat cheese, chili oil
pickled chiles, tomato jam, lemon aioli
kennett square mushrooms, sweet marsala wine
Wonderful meal, drinks and service
We enjoyed a delicious Saturday afternoon lunch at Taverna. The waitstaff was very attentive, but not overly so. I cannot say enough about how delicious the meal was. I had grilled shrimp, which was perfect, and because I am watching my carbs, it was suggested I get more vegetables. That was perfect for me. This is a gem of a restaurant and I look forward to returning soon!
Outstanding food. Attentive service. Highly recommend.
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!
Food was fantastic service was top-notch! Large portions with leftovers for the next day.
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.
The food is absolutely amazing. The wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The decor and ambience is superb!
Good food, great service
Love this place. Consistent quality, service and offerings
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.
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.
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.
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!
First time for dinner and it was excellent....Hope you reopen for Sunday brunch again....Highly recommend this wonderful place
We go here every time we drop off or visit our daughter at UD. Great atmosphere, service and the food is always top notch!
Pretty place. Great food! Friendly staff! We’ll definitely be back!!
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!
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.
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.
Awesome. As usual. Love this place !!! The homemade gnocchi are wonderful.
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.
Excellent good, service and location.
Great food and drinks, lovely server and support staff. Taverna rarely disappoints!
Wasn't busy and everything was delicious.
Server was very attentive.
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”.
Clean, quiet establishment with good selection of food and drinks
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.
The food was great. Homemade pasta was delicious. The service and atmosphere were exceptional. Will definitely be back to try other dishes.
Great food and service. Nice timing of order to table.
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.
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.
Service was outstanding and food was delicious😋. Tiramisu was amazing. Cesar salad dressing was great!
Our waiter Joey was very attentive.
First time there. Service, Food and Drinks were excellent. Will definetly go back.
Comfortable atmosphere. Attentive staff. Good food.
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.
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.
Very good as usual. I’ve been addicted to their fried mozzarella lately.
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.
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Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark is rated 4.8 stars by 425 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 reservations at the moment.