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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 20/09/13 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/09/13 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Italian, Neapolitan, Campania, Tuscan, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

Absolutely can’t believe that we’d never been here before. The food is ‘proper’ Italian so when they say gnocchi, it hasn’t come out of a packet and is as light as anything. The arancini and pastas are equally as delightfully authentic and so flavoursome. We...were made to feel very welcome which went a long way to a very enjoyable eveningMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021 via mobile

I have been in Cape Town for 28 years and have been to quite a few so called Italian restaurants. Some are acceptable but most of them are mediocre and I stopped going out because I prefer the original Italian cuisine that we enjoy at...home. Today I discovered something that pleasantly surprised me at Osteria Tarantino’s. From the well composed Italian salad to the homemade tagliatelle, pappardelle and ravioli to the saltimbocca romana it felt like being in a good Italian trattoria. The arancini starter was light and delicious and we ended an excellent meal with cannoli. Thanks Enrico for sharing your passion for genuine uncomplicated Italian cuisine with Neapolitan charm and thanks to our waitron Mustafa for his friendly and professional service. Finally now I know where to go when I want to dine out.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 21 July 2021

With reduced capacity due to Covid, we were lucky enough to get a reservation here. The space is cosy and welcoming, as are the owner and his staff. It was clear that several of the diners were regular customers. The atmosphere is truly Italian, and...the food is a true and excellent representation of traditional Italian cooking. We shared a great Antipasti, followed by veal mealballs, and gnocchi alforno, both of which were of the highest standard. The panacottas were superb.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 28 June 2021

Enrico was the consummate host for our family of 5 as we dined in Osteria Tarantino. It is a small and intimate space which looks and feels just like Italy. We felt personally cared for across every step of our evening and the gnocchi was...truly amazing.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 25 June 2021

Incredible food! Try to order from the chefs table if possible, we had their smoked speck + truffle pasta and gnocchi alforno and it was incredible! The waiter’s knowledge of the menu is helpful, they recommended a delicious starter with risotto. The owner Enrico is...great to chat to and creates an authentic Italian atmosphere at Osteria Tarantino.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 24 June 2021

What a great place for pasta 😋 I can't go a day without my pasta fix ,,best Italian restaurant to date...

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 19 May 2021 via mobile

The Ambiente is poor & filthy. The tables and chairs are cheaply DIY style built/ fitted together. The food came in various, different sized, badly worn-out pans - just feels and looks unhygienic. The quality of the food was average, small portions of veal, served...with no garnish/ decoration. No attention to detail and completely overpriced. No idea how this place can get at all a 5-star rating. We definitely will not be coming back! No love, no passion - no Italian soul! If you want really good quality Italian food, visit the ‘Zibaldone’ Restaurant in Tygervalley! Hot spot for Italian FoodLovers!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 May 2021 via mobile

Third trip back to this little gem of Italian cuisine in Cape Town. This time with family of nine! Tiny restaurant! We absolutely love their food and hospitality! Owner from Italy and knows how to care care of his guests! Pastas, meats and fish all...perfecto! Wine the best! Will be back again! Reservations!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 10 April 2021 via mobile

Love the vibe, the friendly service and of course, the superb food!! Very involved and friendly owner

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 30 March 2021 via mobile

Its has been since i tested the best italian food. The restaurant is outstanding , good selection wine not forgetting the dessert hmmmm very impressive. Definitely will be back , specials thanks to the whole team.....

Date of visit: February 2021
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I phoned the restaurant for you - they say NO e-mail bookings as there's no computer at the restaurant but phone the cell or sms them on 076 505 1771 if you're in South Africa. If outside the country the number is +27 76 505... More
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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