Villa Nova
Villa Nova
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Villa Nova

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.villanovarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9496427880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Located overlooking beautiful Newport Harbor, our Waterfront Dining Room is available for up to 125 guests.Perfect for weddings & rehearsals, birthdays & anniversaries and corporate events. Out professional staff will handle all of the details so you can enjoy your special event and your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Susan Emmett 8883538543
  • Entertainment: Our piano bar starts every night at 8pm with a variety of talented local musicians. Sundays & Mondays are there is traditional piano bar classics, Tuesdays join Kerry Chester for a Surf & Rockin' good time. Wednesday nights, Larry Taugher brings his silky voice to hits from the 70s. David Alcantar performs Thursdays featuring a Journey tribute. Paco Falcone & Rick Sherman perform on the weekends taking your requests and perennial favorites.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 55 & PCH
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Service $3 per vehicle; complimentary valet from 5pm-6pm on weekdays. $5 per vehicle during the month of December. Complimentary Guest Boat Docking.
A word from Villa Nova
Our beautiful waterfront restaurant offers traditional Italian Cuisine, an award winning wine list and professional service all in a romantic ambiance. Enjoy homemade pasta, veal specialties, fresh seafood & steaks. After dinner, stop by the piano bar for live entertainment starting every night at 8pm. Private party rooms are available for 10-120 guests. Specials include Twilight Dining served until 6pm, Happy Hour daily from 5pm-7pm and all night every Monday. Tuesdays is 50% off every bottle of wine on our Main Wine List. Villa Nova offers all guests valet parking and complimentary guest boat docking. Reservations are recommended.
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Villa Nova reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Great food, great atmosphere,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Great food, great atmosphere, great view. End of an era for a venerable institution. Gonna miss ya Villa Nova.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So sad that Villa Nova is
    newportmom
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    So sad that Villa Nova is closing - I've been coming to this restaurant for so many years and celebrated so many special occasions here! Best of luck to all the staff - you are all amazing and we all thank you for so many great years :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last Hoorah
    OCPD44
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    This will be our last trip to, what has to be, our all-time favorite restaurant in Orange County. Our family has dined here for 4 generations. Unfortunately, they are closing the doors and calling it quits. Our last evening was memorable and heartbreaking at the same time. Anyone who has ever dined at Villa Nova knows what I mean. Impeccable service is only outdone by the great food produced by their chef and kitchen staff. We will miss every one of them and savor the memories.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorite restaurants.
    Terrie
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    One of our favorite restaurants. So sad it's closing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great dinner with
    xxxx
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    We had a great dinner with excellent service for a reasonable amount of money.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and the ambiance
    manninghbVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    The food and the ambiance are fantastic here! So sorry they are closing next week...they will be missed!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Sad it's closing. Love everything about this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were married at Villa Nova
    TZandMEHB
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    We were married at Villa Nova 14 years ago and will miss being able to go back to visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place to dine, too
    SteveOC
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Wonderful place to dine, too bad they are closing for good in a week.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been coming here since
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    I have been coming here since the late 60's when Villa Nova first moved here with my parents. It's sad to see them closing after such a long time. It will be Missed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    sorry they went out of business they were AAA+ everything was just great here hopw the owners will reopen somewhere close
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Tuesday wine nights.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    Love the Tuesday wine nights. A perfect match for a great pasta e fagioli, salad and chocolate souffle. Yum!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had been there many times,
    Andie
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    We had been there many times, and had received a $20 certificate for our anniversary. The restaurant is closing end of the month, It was very crowded, We had a drink in the bar,we finally got our table 20 minutes after our reservation time.I felt that because we had the $20 certificate, our waiter became arrogant and condescending. Its like he just forgot about us. To be honest the food was not as good as I remembered, We asked for bread to have while waiting as he just brought our glass of wine, and he threw a package of breadsticks on table, then did bring bread. He of course forgot to take the 20 off the bill, and we were suppose to get a special desert he also forgot, then brought us a slab of Ice cream with a candle, and said on me!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our evening very much!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Enjoyed our evening very much! Sorry to hear the restaurant will be closing at the end of this month!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The conundrum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Villa Nova is one of those restaurants you want to keep to yourself, and yet, whenever someone comes to visit, it's a must show! What a conundrum! Well, with an excellent bottle of wine and the waterfront view, given enough time, I'll figure it out!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We came here for our anniversary.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We came here for our anniversary. Our waiter Michael was wonderful. He is one of the main reasons we come to Villa Nova. We are sorry to hear it was sold and will become a different eating establishment. This is a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Villa Nova but it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We love Villa Nova but it was the worst service we have ever had there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only 1 thing? Not bad!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Everything was wonderful except for one thing. There is a musty,moldy smell in the hotel and rooms and when I got home I couldn't get the smell out of my clothes or suitcase no matter how much I washed them. The people are awesome, the food was o.k., I couldn't get use to the taste of the meat but that was just me. Would I go again? YES, we had a ball!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant - delicious
    Maureen
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Great restaurant - delicious food, beautiful view, attentive service and nice wine list. What's not to like?! Hope this restaurant does not close, as has been announced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unfortunately just read Villa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Unfortunately just read Villa Nova has been sold and will be torn down. So sad, they are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed this place so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    We enjoyed this place so much that we had two dinners there in five days during our week stay in the area. Just plain good. They have a twilight menu with about a dozen items and selected bottles of wine at$20. If you like Italian food this is for you and there is a nice view of the bay too if you get a table in back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    I will definitely be returning to Villa Nova. This place has a history and an old school feel to it that you just can not duplicate. I recommend going on a Saturday night and make sure after dinner you stop by to enjoy the piano bar. Perfect for all ages (we r all in our 30's). The old school musician can play anything you can think of. The food was great and the prices were affordable. On top of that the view of the harbor is great as was the service. Excellent for a fist date or just hanging with some friends. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Villa Nova and are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We love Villa Nova and are sad to see it being auction off this week. We were lucky to have one last meal there. About half of our table of six were disappointed in the food. Maybe the chef and/or owners are a little lax knowing that the restaurant is about to be sold. Our waiter seemed to be overworked, but nice. I think he had too many tables. I personally have degree in Hotel Restaurant management and have run fine dining restaurants before. I stand by this review.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the atmosphere, but the
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Love the atmosphere, but the food was not any where near as good as usual. I hope it was just a one off, but we won't rush back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have enjoyed Villa Nova
    seymo
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We have enjoyed Villa Nova for years and will miss it!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something was really off on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Something was really off on our last visit. Villa Nova is our favorite restaurant but the service was erratic to say the least. Waiter not focused, stepped on my grown son's feet three times, etc.. Not up to par. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Soso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    We hv 11 people and last minute after we went fashion island for Sunday shopping, we decided to hv a nice dinner around that area. I was trying to book some of very nice restaurant that I went before but any restaurant was fully booked. So I try Vila Nova since it get a 4+ rating. I asked waiter to recommend some great food; I ordered Steak and seafood pasta. Just soso!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food ok. Service terrible.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I had a reservation for 7pm and was not seated until 8:15pm. Then after we finally were able to place our orders 30 minutes after that, they brought our entrees out before our appetizers, and then seemed surprised when I said not to serve the appetizer now. The food was ok, but it was an otherwise horrible experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I have been going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    My wife and I have been going to Villa Nova for many years for special occasions and never have had a bad time, but our last visit was not up to their standard service. We had 6:30 reservations, we were told they would have a window table (which i requested on-line when I made the reservations) in 20 minutes and they would come find us in the bar. I went back after 30 minutes and they said they couldn't find us and it would be another 15 minute wait, we were finally seated 45 minutes after our reservation time. Then the waiter we had was an older gentelman that just didn't provide the personal service we saw other waiters provide. Slow service, not very friendly...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view and food, poor service
    NicoleT
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Overall, we enjoyed our dinner at Villa Nova. The food and the view were amazing. The service, however, was lacking the special touch I would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. The waiter came by and asked if we had been there and said to let him know if we had any questions. We each decided what we wanted and placed our menus closed on the end of the table. He came to the table about 5-10 minutes after we set our menus down and asked if we were hungry or just looking around at the restaurant/view. We told him we came hungry and were ready to order. His response" Woah, you caught me off guard. No one orders that fast." The service just went downhill from there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, wonderful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Great food, wonderful service and a spectacular view. We couldn't ask for more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have never been disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    We have never been disappointed in Villa Nova over the years. Hope the new owner keeps the same quality standards
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice experience in a
    DBday
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Very nice experience in a classic old restaurant. It is now up for sale and I hope the new owner will continue the good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent as usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Food was excellent as usual! Drinks were stronger than usual - not a good thing if you're driving. Service was slower than usual and not as friendly - not sure why. This is our favorite place and the service is usually perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always love going to Villa
    xxxx
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    We always love going to Villa Nova! Please don't let it close! The food was delicious and our server was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was slow and lacaidasical.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Service was slow and lacaidasical. Waiter seemed uninterested in providing excellent service. Disappointed as this is our favorite restaurant. Oso bucco was not up to previous standard. It was dry and uneventfil should have selected something else.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Villa Nova is my favorite
    Juju
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Villa Nova is my favorite restaurant and it grieves me to hear that it is closing at the end of March. I sincerely hope a new owner will take over and keep this wonderful restaurant open AS-IS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A newly formed fan!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Outstanding! The most impressive wine list I've ever seen. Great selection but also approachable. Service was amazing. I am not from SoCal but will make sure I return whenever I get back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent restaurant ,and
    Silschu
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Excellent restaurant ,and food ,I recommend this restaurant , absolute YES.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed our first dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    We enjoyed our first dining experience at Villa Nova. The parking was a bit unique in that a valet driver parked our car two feet away from us. We could have parked it ourselves. That was a first. The restaurant itself is really nice and feels very upscale. However, the prices are very reasonable, which was great. The food itself was good, but I feel that there is better out there for a comparable price. I was drawn to the Villa Nova because of its history. I love going to places with history behind them, and this was one I had been wanting to try for a while. Overall, we had a very good experience, and we would love to return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate