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  • Review Count
    6
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    April 14, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 21, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    3.7
 
 
westender's Reviews
 
Distinguished Chef Jose Duarte delights with a very unique and unusual marriage between Italian Cuisine and Peruvian Cuisine. Taranta is the ideal location for a corporate function, private function rooms are available, and also corporate teambuilding cooking classes. We are located in the North End and we offer validated parking at the parcel 7 garage. Taranta is a Certified Green Restaurant and has received the City of Boston Green Business Award. It was also named one of the Best New Restaurants of the Decade by Zagat and the top 50 Restaurants in Boston by Boston Magazine. If you would like to learn about Taranta's Eco-friendly practique visit www.tarantagreen.com.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great mussels in the North End!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2009
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Our last visit was over a year ago, and we decided that we wanted their amazing mussels again. To our surprise, our server, recognized us! He is a true professional, knowledgeable about both food and wine. He allowed us to taste the 'wines of the day', discussed our experience with cuttlefish in the Balkans and suggested we move to a table at the open windows when it became available. The mussels were are good as ever, with a broth that demands bread to get it all!
We will not wait a year for our next visit."
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Whaddayaget when you cross the koolest new nightspot in Boston with the biggest, best, most delicious meatballs in the Northend? Answer: Nico Ristorante. This two-floor restaurant is the brain child of noted Boston Restaurateur Nick Varano, owner of the highly-esteemed Strega Ristorante on Hanover Street. The boldly colored interior is a perfect backdrop for the exciting, superlative, classic Italian fare and innovative creations. The kitchen is under the direction and wizardry of Nico's celebrated chef Salvatore Firicano.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
A fun evening
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2009
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We came here for the second time with friends. It was a Tuesday evening, and the place was hopping. A full bar, gracious staff and a 5 man group singing 'In the Jungle' with a great falsetto set the festive mood. The food was as wonderful as our last visit, and the service was good even with every table full. We shared an amazing appetizer special of burrata, tomatoes and prosciutto de Parma, then we each had a pasta entrée. Every plate was cleaned! This an exceptional North End restaurant on the quiet end of Hanover Street."
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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Intimate Italian dining in the North End. Large open front overlooking all the action on Hanover St, the main street in the North End. Marble tables, brick walls, large Black and White photos of the family in Sicily. This is truly like taking a trip to an Italian restaurant in a little Italian village. The menu offers a combination of the styles of the Chef / Owner's family, and modern inspiration and applications. We are always striving to keep our food fresh, flavorful and true to our culinary traditions.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
A lively Saturday dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/21/2014
 2009
Dined on 6/21/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We enjoyed dinner and were fortunate to be seated by the open windows so we could watch the Hanover Street action. We had a couple of small plates - the eggplant, the meatballs and the beets - all very good. We also had salmon, good and it came with a wonderful corn risotto, and a pasta dish. It was a bit noisy, but the place was full and the street noise added to the festive atmosphere."
Dined on 6/21/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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South End Buttery is a neighborhood eat-in and take-away bakery/cafe by day and full bar/restaurant by night. The Buttery's award-winning food has a reputation for combining simple and few ingredients to create exceptional everyday food at everyday prices. The Buttery takes casual fine dining to new heights, with classic comfort food as well as dishes for the health and calorie conscious that pair beautifully with the affordable wine and beer selections. You'll feel like you're dining in your own home – but you won’t have to do the dishes!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice early dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/31/2014
 2009
Dined on 5/31/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We ate here early on a Saturday evening, before a concert. Sat upstairs for a change. The space is airier than downstairs, with its own charm. Friendly service and a visit from the Manager. The high tables are high, and it takes a bit of effort to get to the bench side, but great people-watching. We could not stop eating the amazing rosemary scones! We enjoyed the calamari, and our server provided tartar sauce for the diner who did not care for the excellent tomatillo dip. The salmon entrée was more than enough to share. We did not have time/room for dessert. Next time!"
Dined on 5/31/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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The owners of Tapeo & Solea bring a modern Spanish tapas restaurant to Kendall Square. Named and inspired after Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's hit movie, Kika, the bright interior and retro design offer a unique and eccentric way of dining on tapas and sipping on homemade sangria in a glowing environment.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Fun in Kendall Square
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/24/2014
 2009
Dined on 5/24/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This is one of many new places in Kendall Square. There are a lot of tables outside, and a large handsome interior with a substantial bar. Everyone was warm and welcoming. Fun, different menu of Spanish tapas and a good wine list. The 4 items we tried were yummy - Brazilian cheese bread, eggplant, bacon wrapped prunes stuffed with goat cheese, applewood sausage with foi gras. Portions are not large, good for each person to get a taste."
Dined on 5/24/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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At The Merchant, we make almost all our fare from scratch. Executive chef Matt Foley previously worked at both Craigie on Main in Cambridge and Sycamore in Newton. The Merchant is a big space that served for more than a century as a leather store. We've brought in high-top tables near the windows ... a 40-foot bar on one side of the room … and more formal dining spots on the opposite side. We have a semi-private dining room in back, and another dining room downstairs. For our menu, Chef Foley cures and smokes all the meat in house. Our burger is top-notch, as are other dishes like steak and eggs, sweetbread nuggets, and “rustic” desserts. The Merchant serves salads, sandwiches ($10-$12), and more for the lunch rush. And for dinner, we are a full-service brasserie (with most entrees ranging from $20-$24). The bar has 36 beers on tap, many of them locally brewed, plus a full selection of craft cocktails to serve our patrons, especially the after-work crowd.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Tried the 'new kid'
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/12/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/12/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We tried this new place on a Saturday at 5:30, early because we had 8PM tix. It was quiet when we arrived, the bar with it's 4 TVs, each showing a different sport, was active. The tables started to fill up around 6:30. Handsome solid décor, friendly staff, but still some new-kid bumps. Computer problem when we checked in, tippy table, too-friendly waiter, long wait for dessert. BUT, the food was excellent, they warmed the bread at our request, and they comped the late dessert. Nice new place in the Downtown neighborhood."
Dined on 04/12/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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