Permanently Closed - Nova

4.4
353 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. New American restaurant committed to local, regional sustainable products
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner Service: Monday-Thursday/Sunday 5pm-930pm; Friday/Saturday: 5pm-1030pm

Brunch Service: Saturday/Sunday 10am-3pm

Lunch Service: Monday-Friday 1130am-230pm
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Phone number
(407) 745-4080
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Valintinus Domingo
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Cross street
Virginia Dr
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access
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4.4based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Good food! Nice atmosphere! Excellent service!

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TP
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good location and if the weather is good great to sit outside....... food is very good but a little overpriced for amount you get. all in all a good restaurant. Can be crowded and noisy on busy nights (weekend)

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration for my sister. Great food and service

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MM
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic restaurant with a beautiful atmosphere and wonderful view. Food was so delicious. I started with the shrimp and grits and ended with a enticing skirt steak. Spoil yourself and give your taste buds a treat.

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AP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We've been to Nova multiple times over the last few years and have never been disappointed. The location at Lake Ivanhoe lends itself to some nice sunset meals as long as you can ignore the occasional idiot beeping his horn at the person in front of him incessantly texting away. The food is great, always fresh, good portions but not ridiculous and usually cooked to perfection. The wine list is adequate but not overwhelming, just what you should have for a nice casual restaurant. I always look forward to my meal here. Until next time....

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t
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was excellent and knowledgeable about the bar and food menu. She kept the pace of the meal relaxed, but we still made it the to theater on time! The food delicious.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Recommended by a local. Great food..farm to table. Great hand crafted cocktails. Eat inside or outside. Great knowledgeable staff.

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JD
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, I love to go to Nova. On our way to the Blue Bamboo PAC. I opened with a Happy Hour Old Fashioned and that was a good decision. The four of us shared the Green Tomato Appetizer. Normally not what I would choose, but absolutely delicious. Our table had 2 Groupers Dinners expertly prepared and perfectly accompanied. My wife had the Scallops and was very pleased. Our Birthday Girl had Crab Cakes and a salad that she loved. Our server was very attentive and interesting to have at our table. Thanks again Nova. Can't wait to return.

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MP
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was great! A nice selection on the menu.

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J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very well prepared and the service was spot on. Went during the magical dining month and it was great!

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E
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

We were really excited to finally sit down at Nova for dinner. BUT we were so severely disappointed with the food. The flavors were way off. We tried 4 different menu items and the only thing that had a chance was the meat on the burger...just the meat.

NOTE - ambiance and service were fantastic!!

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R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service were great - would have loved some lighter options around brunch/lunch.

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OT
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was creative and each of the four in my party was more than satisfied. Speaking of creativity, the drinks were masterfully mixed with flavors I would never have thought to combine. Nova is the perfect restaurant to enjoy a great meal and conversation with friends.

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great! Food was awesome!!!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We did magical dining for my birthday. We love the Ivanhoe district anyway so Nova was perfect. I cannot remember out waitress's name but she was perfect!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tried Nova for magical dining month...the servers were nice and attentive but it was a full house so the place was very loud...it was a Saturday night and they were out of several wines...the appetizers and main dishes were spectacular but the desserts were forgettable. Overall, nice dining experience.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So my partner and I spent our anniversary in a boarded up house as Irma blew through cereal Florida, so our first night off this lovely restaurant was where we celebrated. Our initial reservation was for 8 but due to torrential downpours we called and moved the time to 9, not until we arrived did I know the restaurant closes at 930. We were greeted with courtesy and smiles nonetheless. The server was very attentive, the food was amazing! We ordered from the magical dining selection which allowed my partner to step outside of his comfort zone and he was delighted that he did so. His Maple brown sugar pork tenderloin literally melted in your mouth! My coffee rubbed steak was the perfect medium! We curteously wrapped up our evening quickly however we never felt rushed, it was apparent that the staff was preparing for closing time. I will definitely be coming back again (a bit earlier next time) and will definitely recommend to friends!

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S
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nova is intimate, elegant and tasteful! I very much enjoyed the Nova Refresher, bourbon and watermelon puree. The music was phenomenal and the attention to detail was shown through and through. From the moment I walked in, I was welcomed with smiles and introduced to Bryan, my server, who impressed me with his undivided attention.. At least it felt that way to me 😉. The dishes were succulent. I had the pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and also the ahi tuna. I will definitely visit them again. Next time, I will have the Nova old fashioned!

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing on every level. Being from NYC we know a bit about really fine dining, this was off the charts good, food was soooo fresh, service was great and the cocktails were very innovative and delicious. Will go again.

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GG
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sunday brunch was awesome! Good food, great service! Valet service appeared s bit hectic, but this was perhaps due to the crowd.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was just right for my lady and I. Drinks were flowing, waiter didn't miss a beat! Food was delicious!! Def will come back

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OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and drinks. Good service and great place for a special occasion.

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B
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All four of us walked into Nova for the very first time...and we all walked out that night making plans to get back soon! What a lovely environment, service was spot-on, and the food was both surprising and beautiful. The head chef put so much personality and alchemy into each beautiful dish. Grateful:)

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, but I felt like some things were a tad bland.

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B
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great new spot in the Ivanhoe district of Orlando. A recommendation from our daughter. Sunday Brunch. Served to us was a carb cake eggs benedict, egg pot pie, and the hamburger. All meals were delicious. Service was great. Bloody Mary's perfect. a little hard to hear across the table but one guest was a bit hard of hearing and we were discussing some business and he wanted to make sure he understood the concept. Will definitely return for more goodness. Also liked the valet parking.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a great meal at Nova. The servers are always knowledgeable and the food is fantastic.

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j
Orlando
31 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very consistent! Met client for lunch and she was pleased. Chef stopped by our table to check on our experience and meal.

Enjoyable!

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Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner out! Everyone from the hostess to the server were very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and that after all that is why you decide to eat out. Will come again!

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CD
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

First experience was awesome! This one was good. Bacon was over cooked and cold. Kid's menu not all too kid friendly. Grits were cold and not tasty. Wine list is solid. Service was good.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was a very satisfying time. My date, on her birthday, was extremely happy with both the food/drink menu and the atmosphere. Our waiter, Brian, was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful all night long. We would both recommend this great restaurant to all our friends and family. Thank you for such a great experience.

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AC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The appetizer was tasty (Brie and apple flatbread), but the entrees weren't good at all. I had the lobster and crab ravioli the flavors were a total miss. My husband had the salmon. He wasn't happy with the taste. None of our 4 friends commented on their entrees. That's a bad sign. We won't be back.

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l
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner at Nova with our 2 college sons and all 4 of us loved everything about it. Great menu, interesting and flavorful appetizers and entrees, terrific service. Best meal we had in Orlando.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Did the Bite30 menu on the last day:
Cheese/Cracker Plate, Fried Green Tomatoes -- Fried Chicken, Blackened Redfish -- Blackberry Basil Cobbler
No wait on a semi-last minute 7p reservation (granted it was only for 2)
Craft Cocktails - superb (Old Fashioned & Garden to Glass)
Apps - scrumptious (Fried Green Tomatoes were especially on point)
Main - good, but not remarkable
Dessert - fresh, warm & delish
Server - perfect... attentive, but not intrusive, great suggestions, very friendly
Price - a little high were it not for the Bite30 pricing, so would not be a regular go-to. More of an 'occasion' or 'date nite' option for us.

All in all a great first experience. A 'rustic-modern' yet chic open space that's warmly lit & inviting. Food & drink was solid. Will definitely return.

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t
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot with our group of friends! We were an 8 top with 2 little ones and it was perfect! Noise level is moderate to high so we never felt that we were too loud but you also don't have to scream across the table to talk. Brunch was fantastic! And the endless mimosas/bloody Mary's is definitely the way to go if you plan on having a couple. The lox and cheese was delicious and fresh. The pancakes were huge, fluffy and filling. And the fried green tomato Benedict was unique and cooked to perfection. We will be back!

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OT
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our four-some went for a Bite30 dining opportunity. Great food - the calamari was DELICIOUS! The Duck Fat Chicken was moist & tender. The Red Fish was also a winner. We finished our meals with the crème brulee, the blackberry thyme cobbler & the chocolate dessert. All of our dining options were winners.

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D
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not too impressed especially from all I'd heard about it. Did like openness and nice Chef coming to the tables; even Owner (I think) made a quick stop by. Their broom closet door (light switches, servers going in unsure what else is in there) was left open the entire time - kinda unprofessional. The appetizer was very good. The entrees (one was good; the other had some kind of mushy breading atop the veggies). Liked the bottle of cabernet wine (blowout bottle for $35). Server was very good. Prices too high.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Pork eggs Benedict
Skimpy amount of food
Bland
Very little sauce
Cheese grits had no flavor

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W
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, fresh and had wonderful flavor. The service was impeccable, from our server to the chef coming out to greet us and ask how our dining experience was. The signature craft cocktails were also a nice touch and great addition to the menu.

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t
Orlando
46 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming her now on and off for a year and consistently great food and service! Our most recent experience was with server Andrea who was incredible ! And made our dining experience fantastic ! We will be back soon.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Brunch is delicious, inside gets loud when it is crowded.

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