Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark

4.8
298 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 298 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
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
50 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
1 review
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was hot and great!!!

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BillT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and waiter were both fantastic. Great place to go for our 29th anniversary.

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Pupcm
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was excellent! He was knowledgeable about the menu, he made us feel welcomed but didn't overwhelm us with too many stops by the table. We sat outside during the Wednesday night Main Street event and the ambiance was great. I hope the weather and the City of Newark allows for these events well into Fall!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will be back!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Taverna is consistently good. They have great teamwork, pleasant service and delicious food

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vipSueS
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lots of interesting pasta dishes. The parmesan garlic fries were a hit, as were the desserts, especially Tira Misu.

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SteveK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good service, delicious food, and the drinks were spot on!

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AlexiaPdM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Sad to see that there was hardly anyone in the restaurant on a Friday night.

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MeredithM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our server, Tyler was very attentive without being annoying. The calamari was excellent, as always. My garlic fries were a tad over done. Other than that, wonderful experience.

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vipFergieking
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure- staff, service and food.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We ordered the crispy meatball pizza, adding sausage and pepperoni to it. Expect a relatively expensive pizza, for the small size you get, but it had very good flavors. It's a thin crust, but somewhat chewy, as we prefer it. You get bread with brushetta/oil, which was okay. My vodka gimlet on the rocks was expensive, but it did taste very good, so I wasn't disappointed. Hubby specifically asked if they had sweet iced tea, and our waiter said they did; he wound up being served unsweetened iced tea with sugar packets. And the iced tea was very light, like they used one tea bag for the whole day's batch. He would have asked for a to-go cup of iced tea, but it was really terrible iced tea. I like the rustic atmosphere of the place.

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Yazz
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I would have given a higher rating if there was more of a variety on the menu. Not only are the choices limited, but there isn't anything special to them. I am someone who goes out to eat a lot, but also cooks a lot. I feel like I could prepare 1/2 the dishes at home for much less of a cost. The service is always fantastic & the homemade sauce that comes with the bread is my favorite!

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DoriC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really nice dining experience with Demetrius as our waiter:)! He was very attentive and the food was delicious:)!

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vipDineOutTravelAbout
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good artichoke salad and mozzarella flatbread. Spaghetti with crushed tomatoes and basil was very good. Outdoor dining.

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Luked
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We went on a Monday night and it was great. Nice eating out but inside they did a
great job. Food was also above even what I have had in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jamie and her team did a wonderful job - food was outstanding and service was caring and attentive - well done Nick!

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AlexanderH
Boise
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was excellent, as was the food. Drinks were good, and I will certainly go again.

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 298 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.