Taverna Rustic Italian - Newark
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.
Great place in Newark, one of my favorites on Main Street.
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.
Taverna is our favorite Newark restaurant and never disappoints. Their executive chef is fantastic and always very creative with their menu
It was our daughter’s birthday, and without being asked, our server added a candle to her dessert. It really made her feel special!
Best Italian food place in Newark. Typical original Italian cuisine. My favorite place
Excellent serve!!! Loved the food and atmosphere for a party of 5 to celebrate daughter's 22nd birthday!
Tyler takes very good care of us every time we come in.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent lunch! Great service! Cool vibe! Definitely will return!
A hidden local gem, forget all the chains and have a quality meal with great ambiance and service right on Main St., Newark DE
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.
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.
Cozy and inviting. Good food
The food was delicious - fresh and tasty. Service was great - friendly server and quick. Had never been before and will definitely go again!
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...
Taverna is one of our favorite restaurants. The food, service, and ambiance are perfect. The Lemon drink is awesome too!
As usual the service was excellent. They have the best veal Marsala.
We met friends there and enjoyed some very nice meals from the restaurant week menu!
I enjoyed it
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.
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!
Great food, great service. Always a delight to have dinner here.
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!
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.
Chicken Milanese salad was divine!
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.
New Year’s Eve and full of friendly faces!!!
The service there is always excellent! Food was great with good sized portions! Our drinks (Old Fashions, Side Cars, Manhattans) were executed perfectly, and Michael made us feel like valued guests.
There really isn't a better place to eat on main street (for a sit down restaurant), the pizzas are great and the drinks are decent. I live in the area and frequent when UD is off session as main street gets busy. It's also just expensive enough (i.e. not chipotle or mcdonalds type) that not too many students go for anything beyond drinks and you can usually find a table even on friday nights during school session.
Love the food here.
As always food and service were very good. Salmon salads, delicious.
Awesome food, good atmosphere, attentive servers. Only downside is the major road construction on Main St
There really isn't a better place to eat on Main street (for a sit-down restaurant), the pizzas are great and the drinks are decent. I live in the area and frequent when UD is off session as Main street gets busy. It's also just expensive enough (i.e. not chipotle or McDonald's type) that not too many students go for anything beyond drinks and you can usually find a table even on Friday nights during school session.
Great dinner date spot! First time at this restaurant and really enjoyed it. Food and service were top notch.
Server was great! She was very friendly and kept us informed when our food was delayed.
Repeatedly great food and service. We had the Bibb salad to start and then braciole and the baked salmon. Oh generous portions and beautifully prepared. Came with a flavorful polenta and sautéed spinach. The service is perfection and we have never been disappointed here.