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R 120 - R 320
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Italian, Neapolitan, Campania, Tuscan, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Delicious dinner by wonderful host Enrico and manager. Loved our friendly service we felt like we were in Europe in a quarter of a quaint city.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The waiter who served us, along with Enrico, the owner, were phenomenally friendly. The food was absolutely delicious, and reminded me a lot of my time travelling through rural Italy. It was extremely simple, but high in quality and abundant in taste. I personally recommend...the 4P ravioli with tomato-based sauce. Enhancing the setting, the background classical music was delightful, giving a real sense of Italy in the restaurant. The presence, taste, and style of Italy were evident in everything We visited on a Monday night and it was so good we had to come back for Lunch the next day before our flight out of Cape Town. One of the best restaurants around - cannot recommend you visit here strongly enough! Go go go.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food. Unpretentious restaurant. On a quiet street. Best pasta dishes. The owner is very kind. The service is great.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 22 January 2024

Tarantino's is arguably the best authentic Italian pasta joint in town. The pappardelle (of course handmade) carbonara was perfect. Crisp pork cheek, not chewy and not swimming in cream. My wife had a tomato-based spinach ravioli which I tasted was as great. The highlight was...the octopus and (2) prawns starter from the Chef's Table which was so tender and full of flavour. At R120 per portion, quite enough to be shared or eaten as a main.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

In the last three years, I have come to this masterclass of a restaurant well over 20 times. Every time that I have gone, myself and the people I go with are greeted by our names, asked about conversations from the previous visit and treated...like family. I have never had a bad meal, from the veal meatballs, which as Enrico knows, is my staple there, to the 4Ps Bianco and let's not forget dessert! Every bite puts a smile on my face and love in my heart. To Enrico and all the staff there, thank you for always having a table for me and for always giving me the biggest of smiles. With all the love Sheldon from LangebaanMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 January 2024

Great Italian food and good service. The Italian owner and the rest of the staff made everybody feel very welcome.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 16 January 2024

I saw Brians review from last week, which motivated me to make a quick review, as I cannot agree with him. He must have had an unlucky day. I go to Osteria Tarantino quite frequently and have always a very positiv experience. The owner Enrico...is always there and you have a real Italian hospitality. Food is always good and consistent, nice selection of wine and a perfect Espresso. It is not a fine dining place, it is an easy going Italien place with great food, nice atmosphere and friendly hospitality. Thanks Enrico and team.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 January 2024

We had the misfortune to have a meal on Thursday night the 11th of January 2024 at Osteria Tarantino in Waterkant street, Cape Town. The standard of the food was below average and the portion were small and the prices were sky high. The wine...served was the worse I have ever drank and then you pay R360 for a bottle that is undrinkable. When it came to paying, no Invoice was given, just a written note of what was served and then to my dismay an extra bottle of wine was added to this bill. Our party of four all agreed that we would never again go back to this restaurant and would strongly suggest so to all members of the public.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem for authentic Italian food! My husband and I randomly found it and were amazed by it all. The quality of the food and its ingredients was outstanding. Service was excellent. Make sure you make reservations.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2023 via mobile

Incredible hidden and small restsutant - less than 30 covers - with beautiful food indicated on the menu on the wall and explained by the owner himself . Very tasty and generous portions in a grest atmosphere : everything was spot on . An incredible...place not to be missedMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 November 2023 via mobile

What a great place to eat! Osteria Tarantino is run and owned by Enrico who is the most friendly and accommodating host you could wish for. Like many Osteria’s the menus is simple but exquisite. From beautiful pasta dishes to sumptuous mains, the whole menu...is to die for. They also have a great selection of both world and local wines and all this is offered in the setting of a delightful family atmosphere.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 16 November 2023

My visit to this restaurant left much to be desired. The owner's lack of intervention allowed unruly customers to disrupt the ambiance by shouting and mocking other tables. The atmosphere was anything but enjoyable, with no effort from the owner to maintain order. Adding to...the disappointment, the waitress provided subpar service, creating an impression that we were inconveniencing him. A regrettable dining experience marked by poor management and indifferent staff.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 16 November 2023 via mobile

I had an extremely disappointing experience at this restaurant. The owner was unhelpful and allowed other customers to disrupt the atmosphere by shouting and making fun of other tables. Shockingly, he did nothing to address the situation. Additionally, the waitress provided terrible service, making it...seem like she was doing us a favor. Overall, an unpleasant dining experience with poor management and unprofessional staff. If I could rate this 0 I certainly would!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 November 2023 via mobile

Found out about this place via Trip Advisor and so glad we did. One of those meals where we felt we would never eat another Italian like it. We had the 4RPs and the cream truffle ravioli. Book in advance as it’s a tiny place...and savour every mouthful of food. We were sad when it was over! Thank youMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 31 October 2023 via mobile

The best place I’ve dined in my time in South Africa. Authentic Italian food, lovely staff, couldn’t ask for much more!!

Date of visit: October 2023
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I don't know an email address...what about trying an sms to Enrico +27 765051771? He answered mine 😊
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Osteria Tarantino is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4