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Osteria Tarantino Restaurant

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125A Waterkant Road | 2nd Floor, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This Italian osteria is a hidden gem in Cape Town: It is run by Italians, with a healthy dose of warm Italian hospitality. We enjoyed the prosciutto and stracciatella starter, followed by exquisite freshly made pasta (with a truffle sauce!). The cannoli for dessert was the appropriate way to round off the evening. The chef and staff really made us... More 

Thank 144Allie
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Fantastic homemade pasta. Traditional tiramisu. Everything was yummy. Very friendly family staff. My husband had the 4p's. Parmesan, panchetta, porcini and parpadelle pasta.

Thank Lydia D
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cosy interior, friendly and attentive service and excellent food make you forget you are actually in Cape Town. We shared the antipasti della casa (cured meats, mozzarella, gorgonzola, olives and cherry/sundried tomatoes) as a starter and then opted for the homemade pasta (tagliatelle all'amatriciana - original '4P' (tomato, minced meat, porcini mushrooms). All very fresh and tastefully presented and flavoured.... More 

Thank Kristof S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a liked, was the size of the restaurant, small and filled with a nice warm ambience. Such polite staff, who work hard and passionately. We loved our starter 'Vitello Tonnato' and the main '5 P's'. Buonissimo!

Thank Yvonne H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Arriving in CapeTown off a ship we had booked an apartment in the De Waterkant area from a 'Which? recommendation. It was spot on in every respect other than not making clear that it is half way up ( exaggeration ! ) a mountain. Being somewhat fitness devoid due to being in our 80' this was a problem. The answer... More 

Thank CodesScotland
Cape Town, South Africa
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm always amazed at how easily some diners are satisfied. I really wanted to like this charming little osteria with its buzzing ambience and chalky menus... But I couldn't. First off why does one have to ask for bread in an Italian eatery? There should be a generous basket of freshly cut ciabatta or some such on the table with... More 

Thank Michael L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Call early to make a booking because Osteria Tarantino if normally fully booked. Take your own wine if you want something special, the wine list is very limited but very reasonable. Good homely vibe full of smiles and happy diners. Menu written on blackboards with daily specials. The Burrata and tomato salad starter is awesome, as is the standard mozzarella... More 

Thank Tony D
St Albans
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small (but perfectly formed) new restaurant is family run and now boasts an alcohol licence. The menu is short (on blackboards) but it all appears delicious. Wonderful 'cigar' starter and quite frankly the best veal dish I've EVER tasted. Nearly solid Chocolate truffle with rich almond ice cream was great to share!

Thank John E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were advised by our local friends to visit this place for a nice lunch and we had a great time. Well dpne. Very pleased with the service and the food Certainly we will return and we highly recommend it.

Thank jphanerasmus
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about our experience was outstanding. The restaurant had just secured their liquor license so their wine list was limited to two bottles, a red blend and white blend. We ordered the red blend (Nativo 2009) and was given the choice to have a room temperature bottle or slightly chilled bottle - attention to detail that sets this restaurant apart... More 

Thank Richard W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125A Waterkant Road | 2nd Floor, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: 27765051771
Authentic Italian Restaurant in the Waterkant area in Cape Town, Italian Dishes made fresh on a daily bases, Secluded from the road

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?