Novara

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Novara rivals the quality and authenticity of Boston’s North End restaurants in a suburban setting while remaining a casual neighborhood bar and restaurant. The culinary team is led by Executive Chef Anthony DeRienzo who will incorporate elements of his Italian heritage in a menu that is appealing and approachable. Located in a heritage building whose entrance will amaze. Parking lot located behind the restaurant Church Street. Street parking also available.

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Fri - Sat 4:30PM - 5:30PM

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D
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome for a date/dinner. My server even brought me a blanket as I was cold (window side table had a draft). I had a few mezcal based drinks (not on menu, but the bartender made me anyway). The ahi tuna wontons are super delicious!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around

MC
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, great service, atmosphere is nice and it is very well designed. Really enjoyed the overall experience and would recommend to anyone. 👍🏻👍🏻

JB
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun place with movies showing and lively atmosphere. Food was tasty and service very good. Enjoyed the evening. Parking can get a little tight to find sometimes but there a number of 2 hour parking spots on the surrounding streets.

G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was the best! Menu could have a few more choices but great neighborhood spot!

DC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

As always the food was great, however the service on this visit was horrible. The waitress was slow and kept us waiting to order items on multiple occasions (drinks, food, dessert). At the end of our meal I finally went up to the hostess stand to get our check we had waited so long.

BR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novara was the perfect place for brunch on Sunday. It has a terrific buffet with a delicious bloody mary bar. The restaurant has wonderful private event spaces and rooms. I would come back for dinner and look forward to exploring the menu.

P
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant.

MH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food and service. Erin was our server and she was terrific. Food was great too. I was surprised by the three giant TVs playing the Bills game.

JF
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed lunch. It’s a slice of north end but with more space.

SB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 10 for the NEW YEARS DAY Brunch.
What a great way to celebrate the New Year than with a group of friends - great food and Mimosa's!!!

The buffet had a wonderful variety of food from Eggs Tuscany to Chicken Parmesan.
The dessert table was delicious with a variety of mini pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The Staff is ALWAYS EXCELLENT!!!!

We had a WONDERFUL DAY!

BS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I am not sure that it is fair to review a place for New Year's Day. We attended the brunch. It got steadily busier as our visit continued. The waitress was less than attentive to drink refills. The variety was good. Food was not always hot and was sitting for a while, so it may have deteriorated a little. Pizza was good. Chicken was dry. Steak was very over cooked. Eggs benedict, bacon and sausage was very good. Dessert was nice and pastries were good. I would probably try the place again under different circumstances, but I am not sure that I would return next New Years.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good value for offering. Breakfast, lunch and dessert included. Mimosa flight and Bloody Mary bar extra however at a very reasonable price

M
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner. Great food, excellent service

IB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Novara - the food, the vibe, the service are all always spot on and the gluten free bread is the best around!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a Xmas eve lunch. Was decorated beautifully. To my surprise, they had a lunch special-3 courses for $20. Delicious and so much food! Waitress was excellent and very attentive. Would definitely recommend!

BF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely family gathering to celebrate my son’s birthday-3rd year in a row for this location! Becoming a family tradition ❤️

c
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner! Bar was great pour! Attentive sever!

OT
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let me start off with my server Amanda!!
She is an absolute rockstar!!! She sold me a Seared Halibut with Citrus Mashed Potato special that was to die for!
Food - amazing!
Atmosphere - amazing!
Service - amazing!
Great job team!!!!

PW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Slow service and under whelming food. We waited and waited and the not so great food came out cold.

e
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Missing Nonna's meatballs... need to put them back on the menu...

LF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful. Very nice decor and it feels very welcoming. The food was amazing. We were told we could park in the Abby Park's parking lot so we didn't have issue looking for parking. We definitely will come back again.

KC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious ~ The drinks were yummy ~ The service was excellent! Highly recommend Novara for lunch or dinner.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice atmosphere. We were greeted warmly by the host ,bartender and wait staff. It was a Friday evening and they had entertainment which made it a bit difficult to have a conversation but the crowd clearly enjoyed it. Nice evening overall.

j
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Go there often, usually quite good. This time the scallops dish was skimpy (my wife had to eat something at home after Novara), and noise level loud (restaurant was full). My dish - vegan salad - was fine.

MA
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very pleasant experience for sure. Really appreciate that they offer gluten free alternatives ... even warm bread. The service was just right for this snowy, somewhat quiet pre-holiday night.

KM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was good. We got sat in the small room between 2 large parties with young kids. The dinning room had 10 open tables. Not sure why we couldn’t move or be sat in the main room( we did have reservations and weren’t a walk-in)

K
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the entire experience is a very enjoyable combination of good service , food and ambience.. I have never disappointed and look forward to my next visit .

RI
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond expectations!
Buffet style turkey, chicken parm and seafood options, roast beef, sides, salads and dessert options were all wonderfully seasoned and magically not overdone.
All staff moved with professional synchrony to manage the details of a large seating.
Thought the asparagus + carrots were a tad wrinkly but tasty nonetheless.
No significant complaints even from a finicky fuss budget. Will return.

B
New England
33 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always good here. There were enough varieties for the vegetarian in the group. Coffee was excellent and refills without asking. We will be back for another holiday meal. We had gone there for Easter as well.

P
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a reliable choice in Milton.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Double date, I requested a high top which they granted. That alone was awesome. Food was amazing and came out in a Timely manner. Our waitress was great. I forget her name but she was great. And the piano bar was SO fun!

KF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our table wasn't ready for about 30 minutes past our scheduled time, kind of frustrating! But everything else was great.

ML
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was amazing night celebrating my friend’s birthday! It was her first time she loved the atmosphere and the food!

MD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We had a couples night out. The place was packed which added to the atmosphere, it felt like a Friday night in the city without the traffic. The food was good, some things were really good like the pizza and some things were just OK, like the seafood scampi that could have used a little more seafood and a little more scampi, so I would say it averaged to good. The service was ok, it was a tad slow but she was nice enough. Overall, I would say, they have a nice wine list and we really loved the energy of the place so we will be back!

MM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent drinks.. excellent food and service! definitely coming back soon!

MM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love this restaurant for meeting up with friends. We sit at the bar, which is huge, and the service is always friendly and professional. We generally get apps and wine. The wine selection by the glass is great and the pour is generous.

DD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at this restaurant and we really loved it. The place was gorgeous and totally unexpected walking inside. Our waitress was very attentive and the food
Was perfect.
We will be sure to return

AA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was excellent! I can’t recall his name but he has been with the restaurant since it opened. Appetizers: Brussels sprouts were amazing and this is coming from one who avoids veggies at all costs. Wings were delicious. Seafood scampi and chicken saltimboca were spot on. Beer taps, excellent. We will be back!

CD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere here and they have several gluten free options with great gf bread.