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Nuvolari's Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.nuvolaris.com
  • Phone: (985) 626-5619
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Custom catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Red room can accommodate up to 52 people. Tea room can accommodate up to 25 people. Main dining area available for private daytime dining events that can accommodate 85 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Wallace Simmons (985) 626-5619
  • Entertainment: Music on Wednesday nights from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jefferson
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available surrounding the restaurant and in the rear of the restaurant.
A word from Nuvolari's
In January of 1982 after establishing Jacmel Inn, a fine dining restaurant, and Brady’s Grill and Bar in Hammond, Hoot Owl owners Paul Murphy and Rick Colucci along with Mandeville native Wallace Simmons took over the lease of the former Prieto Dry Goods store on Girod street in Mandeville. Paul, Rick and Wallace completely remodeled the interior on their own with a vision to bring a classical New York style dining room to the quiet North Shore town. The extensive remodeling was an example of keeping the unique New Orleans style structure outside intact while creating a rich restaurant experience inside.

Upon entering the foyer of Nuvolari's, you can tell that a unique restaurant lies before you. Rich hues of wood and soft lighting create an aura of sophistication that relaxes patrons and prepares them for a wonderful dining experience.

This one of a kind architecture, consistently superb cuisine and wonderful staff make Nuvolari's a true dining experience!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole
Diner Reviews
  • "Food is very good, but everytime I have dinner at Nuvolari's, they always are out of at least one menu item. One evening they were out of one entree item and 2 dessert items."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We found out about Nuvolaris when discussing local restaurants with a couple we met on a cruise. They had their daughters rehearsal dinner there and loved it. We are now big fans and will surely be back soon. Lots of personal attention from either the owner or manager. And Lydia was a great and super knowledgeable server!! Great food with great atmosphere. 5 stars!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I took my son here for his birthday. We had a lovely meal and we could enjoy conversation without hearing others. A very nice evening."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Nuvolari's has long been our go-to place for the best fish on the north shore. This particular evening the menu featured an unusual offering - pan roasted Cortina, a fish that can be found off the Pacific coast of Central and South America. The waiter's strong recommendation made us both try it - we often choose different dishes in order to share and sample. Unfortunately, the choice wasn't the best. What was a preparation including just enough seasoning to highlight the fish had morphed in this case into a salty and spicy concoction in which the flavor of the fish was lost, and the fish itself was over done. Maybe the chef has changed, so dramatic (and disappointing) is the difference. We hope the old style preparation will soon return..."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "At Nuvolaris the food was great and so was the ambiance. The staff make you feel special as well."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Nuvolari's has never disappointed me and Saturday night was not a an exception. The food is great, the atmosphere charming and the wait staff is friendly. Unfortunately, my lady friend and I ate too much to enjoy their delightful tiramisu. Oh well, there is always the next time!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Nuvalori is in my old neighborhood, its a special place in my hometown, service is great and I've never had a bad meal there. We love going there , and enjoying a special meal. Thank you for everything."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was really good for the price, however. When we walked in we were not greated. We had to walk up several steps further in order for one of the hostess to accommodate us. The very first words out of mouth were "do you have a reservation"? We did (I called it in right around noon). Besides the waitress who really didn't seem to care about anything but probably what kinda too she was getting, the overall service was horrible. Honestly, I'm gonna give it another chance since friends have said some good things. Bit they better have a new hostise that's a little more friendly and waitress that aren't snobs."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. The deserts we had we ok but not great. I highly recommend the fish specials."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "If you want to treat that special somone to a fabulous dinner and romantic experience, Nuvolari's is the place."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food and service were outstanding as always. This is easily one of the best restaurants on the Northshore."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "One of my favoite restaurants on the North Shore. Food and service are excellent and consistant. Their grilled fish is one of my favorites. Atmosphere is relaxed and inviting without distracting background noise. We dine here several times a month with friends and catch up with each others lives. My wife has Celiac Disease and can't eat gluten. They have always been able to accommodate her with excellent choices and have modified their menu when possible."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went in for the 20 dollar special but got the pan-roasted fish instead...it was delicious and worth the extra bucks! Drank the house wine and it was quite nice."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food is consistently delicious, with fresh local seafood available, as well as Italian fare. The grouper was pan-seared, fresh, and delicious, and beautifully plated. Appetizer of fried oysters Brie was very good. Attentive staff, as always with Nuvolari's. Great ambience and good bar. Dining at Nuvolari's has always been a lovely experience for me, and continues to be. A neighborhood restaurant, just a couple of blocks from the lakefront. I feel the value is exceeded only by the quality of food and service, and I have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food was very good with great presentation. The grouper was very fresh and tasted wonderful. I prefer the ceasers salad to the tomato basil soup. We did not try any appetizers this time, but have had them in the past and they were great. We really enjoyed the carrot cake for desert. We are looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Since moving to Covington in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina, my husband and I were looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate our anniversary which is in June. We chose Nuvolari's and have been going there every year since for our anniversary! We love the food, the service, and the ambience. Our favorite dessert is DBC (Death by Chocolate) and our favorite after dinner drink is Café Nuvolari!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We selected Nuvolari's for our anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. We started at the bar where the bartenders were friendly and attentive. Once we were seated our server quickly visited our table. The bread was hot every time it was brought. The salads and calamari were excellent. Our steaks were cooked to our liking and the Gouda gratin was very tasty. Very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Timeless and reliable...an Old Mandeville institution serving quality food with prompt service in a beautiful atmosphere. Among our favorites "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have never had a bad experience here. The food is outstanding, ambience is great and the staff is well trained and courteous. Nuvolari's has become my "go to" restaurants when entertaining out of town guests. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to take our daughter and her boyfriend out for dinner on Mother's Day. We arrived at the restaurant with reservations but we were not seated right away. We were told they were busier than they thought they would be. The appetizer was very good. I ordered the duck, which is not usually a dish I order. It was a little tough for my taste. Over all the atmosphere was good, however there was a table of very loud ladies sitting right next to us. I would visit this restaurant again and order something different. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I took my mother and father in law out to dinner here. We really enjoyed our meal at Nuvolaris. We particularly enjoyed the Calimari appetizer, the fried oyster appetizer and the Chargrilled Mahi Mahi over wild rice. Also we received Excellent and attentive service. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My husband and I eat at a lot of fine dining restaurants, but we enjoyed the food. Italian and not your usual, more homemade. Interior made me feel back in time, like I was in an old train or paddle boat. They said it had been there for 30 years. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious. My only complaint (and this is a mild one) was that my caprese salad was not served in a traditional manner. It was heirloom cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls and red onion placed on a bed of greens, tossed with a blue cheese viniagrette, with a chiffonade of basil on top. It was made more interesting by the addition of balsamic 'pearls' on the salad. However tasty, I would have preferred the traditional, simple presentation where I can taste the individual flavors. The dressing masked the freshness and sweetness of the ingredients. I missed the drizzle of olive oil. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My wife and I went to celebrate our 7th anniversary and it was wonderful. We were slightly late due to a very heavy rain storm but that didn't matter. Upon being seated the staff was very friendly and helpful. Our severer was very knowledgeable of the specials of the day and the menu items. We order the escargot and crawfish appetizer is was wonderful. I also order the tomato basil soup which was very good. For our entree my wife order the grilled mahi mahi with crabmeat and I order the paneed veal alfrado which also very good."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Nuvolari's. We always enjoy ourselves at this excellent restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I've heard mixed reviews on this place and had to go and check it out for myself. Fittingly enough, my experience was also mixed. We had reservations for 7 o'clock but were not seated until after 7:30 -- I've never had that happen in my life. But what accentuated the wait was that the restaurant staff did not act like it was anything out of the ordinary or apologize at all. All it takes is for the staff to make a little fuss over you and then you don't mind the wait so much. My father owned a restaurant so I know how things work a little bit; I finally went to the bar and asked if we could have a glass of wine on the house while we waited -- still that should've been something the hostess offered after the first ten minutes or so past 7:00."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the dishes here. The wine list was great with a nice variety. The menu offered a little something for everyone. We had the oyster appetizer with Brie and they were perfect. For our entrees we had the grouper special and the Ponchatoula strawberry salad. Both were excellent. I notice their make servers were in non-traditional attire; khakis and button downs with no apron. It just didn't appear professional. Our server also struggled with the wine presentation, which isn't a huge deal to us but may be to others. For dessert we had the creme brûlée and the tiramisu cannolis. The latter left a lot to be desired. Overall the food and service were good and we definitely plan to eat there again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My friends and I visited this restaurant on a busy Saturday night. Our table was ready 20 minutes before our reservation, which was nice considering many of us were early! The food was great, and our wine glass never seemed to remain empty very long."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great dinner at Nuvolari's tonight. Service from Andy and Katie was exemplary. Food was excellent; we had the salmon entree and the lasagna. Very nice atmosphere. While we brought our own bottle of wine, we saw Dave, the bar manager, giving top-notch attention and recommendations to nearby tables needing wine advice."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at the restaurant last night. I got the $19 nightly special....salad, glass of wine and Caneloni. The food was very good. Yhe bread is to die for and we ate Death By Chocolate dessert that was very good! We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a lot of special requests and the staff worked hard to grant them all. They were attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great food, great service, and a cozy atmosphere. Nuvolari's always delivers!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Very nice dinner. I had the pan sauteed fish, which was great, and my wife had an oyster appetizer. Very good service from Andy. Nice atmosphere. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Great food and service. The bread is the greatest with the minced garlic and olive oil. The char-grilled Drum was delicious."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our server Monica was outstanding. We had forgotten our credit card and she ran out to the parking lot to get it to us. The food was amazing and the atmosphere worthy of a 5 star restaurant."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed wonderful service,oyster apps to die for and the best Pork Chop i ever ate!! Great restaurant with great service and reasonable prices."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was the second time my husband and I dined at Nuvolari's. Both were excellent experiences and I would definitely recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food was disappointing, service was obnoxious, we were looking forward to this dinner because it was highly recommended by a friend. Maybe we just hit a bad night but we will likely not return."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Nuvolari's has never let me down, and I have been a customer since the year that they opened. They have changed over the years from a very nice Italian Restaurant into a very special gourmet restaurant with a very nice bar to have before dinner drinks with nice folks. This place is a real looker and never seemed like just another restaurant in the entire time that I have been a customer. We always have this place in mind [along with sister restaurant Jacmels in Hammond] whenever we want a very special evening. Great, great place to have a fine time dining out."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Remains a consistent place to go for good food in Mandeville, especially for well-prepared fish. The service is consistently good, and the ambiance is welcoming and on the quiet side."
    Dined on 1/18/2014