Novita Bistro & Lounge
Novita Bistro & Lounge

Novita Bistro & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.novitanj.com/
  • Phone: 7325495306x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00 pm

    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00 pm, late night menu until midnight


    Closed Sundays

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Italian
  • Executive Chef: John Manzo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Off premise catering available for take out & delivery. For more information, please call.
  • Private Party Facilities: We specialize in private functions of every kind. We offer a private wine room which can accoomodate up to 30 persons & can accomodate up to 150 people total. Our catering menu is available on our website.
  • Private Party Contact: Carlo Badalamenti 7325495306x
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night. Please call to confirm entertainment schedule.
  • Special Events: Guarachi Family Wine Dinner - Thursday, March 14

    Johnny Walker Tasting - Wednesday, March 27

    Ramey Cellars Wine Dinner - Thursday, May 30

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pearl Street
  • Public Transit: Metuchen train station is a few minutes' walk from us.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking available in the municipal lot directly across from our location, as well as on the street. The meters are free after 6pm Monday through Saturday and all day on Sundays. Stickered parking is free all day on Saturdays and Sundays.
A word from Novita Bistro & Lounge
Creative, non traditional Italian food utilizing local ingredients whenever possible. Our award-winning wine list consists of 225 bottles, emphasizing Italy & California. We make handcrafted cocktails with fresh juices & infusuions. We also offer live entertainment on the weekends.
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Novita Bistro & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (13)special occasion (10)romantic (10)good for groups (9)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great experience, food was very good, will go again when I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok
    ok12345
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Waitor and staff was very friendly. The place was cute and quiet with dim lighting and option for outdoor seating. Not sure if it was just our food selections but my friend and I found it to be mediocre and were not very impressed by our entrees. We were so famished we just ate without complaint though.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not for me.
    Thedime
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Limited menu, Mediocre food, mediocre service, over priced.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MENU APPEALS TO ALL TASTES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    menu is not overwhelming, which allows to concentrate on the available options that cover the whole gamut of tastes. The food is well prepared, well presented and very tasty. The service is attentive and certainly not overbearing, which allows for business conversations without undue interruptions. This is my second visit to this restaurant whilst visiting the area, hence I was not disappointed the first time and certainly not the second. There will be more opportunities to come back as there are still a lot of menu items to explore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food small portions
    Barbarastarreview
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I left satisfied. But portions are small. Too small for some perhaps
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Errrr
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I loved it, everything about the place! I enjoyed it and would go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheBigGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food and drink were very good, as they usually are.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was very good
    BIGeater
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    went on a tuesday evening, most diners were dining outside. we stayed indoors. food was very good. only complaint, intially the server who sat us could not find my opentable reservation. it was resolved after the manager stepped in. portions are small, but very tasty. scallops appetizer was a serving of two scallops. bibb salad with pears was delicious. i had the tuesday-pasta prix fixe menu...the 3 varieties of pasta i chose were excellent. my husband had the steak and he enjoyed it, it was cooked to his liking and was a decent size portion. cheesecake desert was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Night
    HealthyGirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went to Novita for a first date. The staff was friendly and the ambience was great. I had the salmon w/polenta cake. I enjoyed it. My date, who is Italian, did not enjoy his food. Calamari served with an orange-looking sauce, salad, rigatoni and a chicken dish. The date went well, though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food with Music
    JohnGVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I were at Novita for Dinner on a Saturday late evening. As always, the food was great. While the restaurant is known to be pricy for Dinners, it was "just right" for the ambience. The experience was enhanced given the music with a perfect mix with our genre of interest. We enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Place
    jmart
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Love going to Novita, it is a class place , AWESOME wine list
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wouldn't come back
    Mumsya
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We wanted to spend an evening at the quiet place with piano playing on the background there was a piano, rather mediocre performance, but after all it's not Carnegy Hall. The food was very average. The had pork night special, their signature dish described as " Slow cooked pork shoulder..." turned out to be a tiny slice of none descript chewy piece of meat very fatty accompanied by patty shaped deep fried mashed potato blob. That looked previously frozen My scallop was just ok. Service was friendly good and the choices in te bar were good, too. We did not eat Desert
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    FyllbVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The chef is great. Very creative. The pork chop is outstanding. The pasta dishes are excellent we go on Friday when there is great free music as a bonus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Home made Pasta
    StatenIslanderVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was delicious and you must try one of the homemade pasta dishes. Everything was delicious straight thru to dessert. Wait staff was attentive without being obtrusive. A nice find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The good stuff!
    sibaritaVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The use top notch ingredients, and I am happy with the portions not being huge like some restaurants. Definitely quality over quantity. I had the duck with a savory black truffle bread pudding that was amazing. I wish their support staff just looked a little happier to be there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little noisy but not bad
    Billythechef
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had dinner on a Friday night. When we arrived at 7:30 we were seated right away. The wait staff is very attentive but can be somewhat intrusive in their zeal to please. Initially we felt rushed but that slowed down as the room filled and orders went in. Overall the experience was ok. Food was good especially the caramel gelato desert! The wine suggestion by the sommelier was very good. The live music was energetic and enjoyable but the overall sound level was very high. (conversation, not the band).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 128 reviews are from the Novita Bistro & Lounge reviews archive.
  • Excellent pasta - homemade
    Andy
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Ordered 3 piece pasta sampler: the hardest part was to chose only 3 off the menu. Amazing seasoning. Paired with a nice Barbera d'Alba from an amazing wine list at reasonable prices (a Brunello for 67$ ...). Wonderful service, while sitting outside on a nice late-May evening. Worth a detour from I-95 on your way from/to NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favs.......
    fultonVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Love Love Love Novitas...............Food, wervice, wine list and vibe are outstanding. The salmon and branzino and accompanying pasta dishes and salads were better than ever on Saturday. And we do love the music of George Fitzsimmons.............
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Ambiance, Average food
    foodjazz64
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nice ambiance, very good service, good wine list, but overpriced for average quality food, though presented very well. I must also mention that the raspberry sorbet and cheesecake for dessert, housemade or not, was not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great music/jazz
    maxrocks
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Regular great live jazz makes this place a gem. Nice ambiance food and service is good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seasonal Experience
    Passion4cuisine
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We have experienced both great and forgetful nights in the past 2 years. While the service remains the constant, the food is either very good or average at best. I can best describe my desire to return, as a twice a month visit to once every 3 months. Seasonal experiences.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    delectableVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    This restaurant is great. I have been a handful of times and am always so pleased with the entire experience. Restaurant is quiet and beautiful - there are never many people here at all which is a shame because it is such a great place! The waiters are extremely knowledgeable and the food is top notch. My mouth is watering just thinking about the ricotta appetizer. They always have specials and if you check out their website they have pasta night, pork night, vegetarian night, etc. on certain nights of the week. Fantastic place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a great spot, i am in
    jmart
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Just a great spot, i am in the wine business and the wine list is well thought out and eclectic in some slections. The food is imaginative and super fresh and the service is impeccable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem off Main Street
    Fish
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    What a wonderful surprise. Was looking for a restaurant to meet friends half way. It was worth the 40 minute ride. Food was delicious. Our server Oscar was so accommodating. it proves that good service can take a wonderful dinner and make it a great experience as well. There was even a very talented singer at the bar. Overall, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have dined here many times,
    TheBigGuyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We have dined here many times, and it is usually very good, but this was disappointing to all of us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for a birthday. The food
    foodieluvs
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Went for a birthday. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. There even was a piano player that night. Overall just a great experience. I'm definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • strawberryVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We go for the live jazz but also love the food and drinks. Always a nice evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the price fixe special -
    DfromDelawareVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I had the pork price fixe special - it was outstanding and a great way to try a few different dishes - servings are generous and you will be delighted with all of the different dishes you get to try also the staff is very knowledgable in helping you choose the correct wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good the second time
    SteviebooVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We tried Novita a few weeks ago after a movie. My recollection was that the salad was fine and my duck was good with a tasty sauce. This time I ordered the Roquefort and pear salad, which was all right but the dressing was bland. The same can be said of the chicken. The sauce just had no flavor. Finally, we ordered pound cake with ice cream. I prefer Sara Lee. It just didn't come close to the first visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We consider Novita an absolute
    LAvisitor
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We consider Novita an absolute standby... always good food with interesting selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My dining experience is always wonderful when I come to this restaurant. The food is superb, the service is excellent, and the restaurant is beautiful inside. It has a very intimate feel. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Valentine's Day
    JohnGVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Relaxed, comfortable evening dining with my Spouse on Valentine's Day, special Event hosted by the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is probably the best
    Mauri
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is probably the best restaurant I have ever taken anyone out to eat at. I went there for Valentines day and it hit the mark as far as quality and ambiance. It was almost like a scene out of a romantic movie with the musician playing the piano and singing. The food was superb and the service was excellent. Although the price was a bit steep, if you are looking to impress, Novitas Bistro and Lounge is the choice you want to make.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great Atmosphere
    DebbieWVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    My colleague and I tried this spot for the first time after hearing about it. We stay in Edison and eat sometimes in Metuchen. We left here thinking that the food was great and the bar was great for people looking for some nice ambiance while out of town. The Juliard student playing the piano was nice. And, we understand they have bigger jazz Thur, Fri, Sat. We will eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although we go to this restaurant
    strawberryVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Although we go to this restaurant for the live jazz, the food is great although a bit pricey relative to the portions served. We especially enjoy the fish and vegetable dishes and soups and salads, as we're not meat eaters. Drinks are great too, they even have my favorite hard to find sazerac.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely amazing!! My fiancé
    Jderwin26VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Absolutely amazing!! My fiancé and I were so pleasantly surprised. The food was incredible, the service was attentive, and the restaurant was lovely. I had the bolognese and it was delicious. My fiancé had the salmon and he really enjoyed his dish as well. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food and Service!
    Cusefan
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    And a good bar area for waiting or an after dinner drink.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Year's Eve Dinner Party
    JohnV
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our 6-member party had a great New Year's Eve dinner at Novita. It was a prix fixe menu; but there were so many selections from the restaurant's usual menu we were all very satisfied. The servce was especially professional and attentive, even though it was a very busy dining room. We also enjoyed some special wines from the restaurant's eclectic list. We feel very welcome here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First timer...good experience.
    NicksPick
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Productive business lunch. Perfect storm of service, food and location. Home made ice cream made for great ending.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go For Their Pasta Sampling Night
    Mary
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Every Tuesday, they have a pasta sampling night with 3 courses of their pasta and dessert. It was wonderful. You get to pick any 3 pastas from their menu. It is worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet