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Novita Bistro & Lounge
Novita Bistro & Lounge

Novita Bistro & Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.novitanj.com
  • Phone: (732) 549-5306
  • 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: Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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 (732) 549-5306
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night. Please call to confirm entertainment schedule.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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). "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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............."
    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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Regular great live jazz makes this place a gem. Nice ambiance food and service is good. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We have dined here many times, and it is usually very good, but this was disappointing to all of us."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We go for the live jazz but also love the food and drinks. Always a nice evening!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We consider Novita an absolute standby... always good food with interesting selections."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Relaxed, comfortable evening dining with my Spouse on Valentine's Day, special Event hosted by the restaurant."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "And a good bar area for waiting or an after dinner drink."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Productive business lunch. Perfect storm of service, food and location. Home made ice cream made for great ending."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Excellent Service. Great Food. I was very satisfied with the whole experience."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "alison our waitress was awesome, being in the wine business she was helpful, and very attentive"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We have been going to Novita for years but have to say that the quality of the food and service continues to get better and better. Menu has become creative and well executed. We are definitely fans and will continue to support this neighborhood favorite of ours."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The food here is delucious! It is so well flavored, fresh, cooked properly and presented well. Particularly loved the escarole and bean soup and the cauliflower side dish special. The happy hour is very good offering half off on all martinis, not just well drinks. The experience here is totally enhanced by the live jazz. The staff is very good at accommodating seating preferences and pace for optimal enjoyment of the music, which we greatly appreciate."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Food was flavorful and creative, bread was excellent, staff was to be recommended. I would return again."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "This restaurant was absolutely delightful. The cocktail menu very unique and interesting. Food menu very interesting and different. Service was exceptional. We went on Friday night and there was a pianist playing nice songs at a background noise level. We would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "The food and atmosphere were terrific. The food was delicious from the appetizer right down to the coffee."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The service & ambiance was very good. The live music also a nice blend to the ambiance. The quality & preparation of the food missed the mark. Everything we had was under seasoned & the proteins a little tough & overcooked."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "We were looking for a restaurant to celebrate a birthday and wanted it to be somewhere near my son's new apartment. We saw Novita on Google Maps and decided to try it. The restaurant has a nice warm feel to it. The dining room is open with plenty of room between the tables. Down a few steps from the dining room is a bar with a dance floor. The night we ate there there was a singer/musician playing, which I typically don't like when dining, but at Novita they keep the volume at a level where you can hear the music, but it does not overwhelm the conversation. But the real reason to go to Novita is the food. Great dishes put together very well."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "nice for dining in Metuchen and excellent menu for lounge dining. we will return"
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "This is a very expensive fine dining restaurant with good, but not great food. It was very noisy with live music - not fit for fine dining. It was very dark and we had to read our menus by cell phone light. This could be a great place, but they cannot be everything to everybody."
    Dined on 9/7/2013