Nuvolari's

Nuvolari's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.nuvolaris.com/
  • Phone: 9856265619
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Creole
  • 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 9856265619
  • 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
Nuvolari's reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (35)neighborhood gem (30)romantic (29)fit for foodies (13)notable wine list (12)good for groups (12)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Nominal Nuvolari's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food was ok. Service was good. Nothing special. Kinda pricey. Might go again. Much better alternatives near.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2dine
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great atmosphere and food. Service was a little slow but one of the waiters called in. Definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and elegant
    Youbet
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nuvolari's did not disappoint- the pan fried fish (grouper) was fabulous, and the service was good. Prices are a bit high when you add on a couple of glasses of wine and dessert, so this will not be a frequent stop, but definitely one to remember for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MPD11111
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was fantastic as was the service. Quiet setting. Perfect experience. Thumbs up!!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming in Old Mandeville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A lovely restaurant, attentive staff, and splendid food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy dinning here
    TonyandAnn
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It's very comfortable to dine here. Quiet yet friendly wait staff. The evening we were there, there was a solo guitarist playing mellow music. The volume was just right for a quiet dinner. The music was more for the bar area than the dinning area. They offer the bargain summer meals for $19.95 which we did not partake this particular trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Once a month we get together with some friends for dinner. It was our turn to pick. We chose this restaurant given we have been there before and enjoyed the setting and dinner. But it had been a while before we had been here. Our friends, my wife and I enjoyed the food and environment. In fact one friend bragged about it to his family. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Emgee
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend!!
    Mcrich
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A birthday dinner
    Mattie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nuvolari's
    nooneVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion place
    nania38VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    At Nuvolaris the food was great and so was the ambiance. The staff make you feel special as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Great Meal!
    AbitaGuy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great resturant.
    myfave
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BigJim
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food and service were excellent. The deserts we had we ok but not great. I highly recommend the fish specials.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memories
    HopelessRomantic
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    If you want to treat that special somone to a fabulous dinner and romantic experience, Nuvolari's is the place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    James
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food and service were outstanding as always. This is easily one of the best restaurants on the Northshore.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • truthbetold
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    YummyGoodFood
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for girls' night out!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for special occasion...
    Cbrnl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Anniversary at Nuvolari's
    HarlieMom
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mande guy
    Mandguy
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worktofish
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Timeless and reliable...an Old Mandeville institution serving quality food with prompt service in a beautiful atmosphere. Among our favorites
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 241 reviews are from the Nuvolari's reviews archive.
  • Excellent Northshore Dining
    TGMRVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    Crewof4Boys
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    DinerinluvwithfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Theresa
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really enjoyed our anniversary
    finewineandfoodlover
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We really enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Nuvolari's. We always enjoy ourselves at this excellent restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow but nice
    bthayesesq
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Lindsbian
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    NOLAtj
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    Randy082054VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    Allishue
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accomodating
    Local
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We had a lot of special requests and the staff worked hard to grant them all. They were attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nuvolari's still a favorite of ours
    MCLVT81
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Great food, great service, and a cozy atmosphere. Nuvolari's always delivers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another nice dinner at Nuvolaris
    Randy082054VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate