Novara

4.8
1313 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Support Novara during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1313 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HannahB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect place to go on a lowkey Saturday night! 10/10 would go again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my two friends for the first time and they loved it as much as I did. Food is always amazing. Big fan of all that Mark Morris does to accommodate us but didn’t see him. Big thanks to our servers Kristi and Bonnie who went above and beyond to take care of us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The steak we had was covered in sauce when asked to have it on the side. Then we we sent it back it was red in the middle and supposed to be well done. It was clear they were rushing to get it back to our table but of course we would rather our food cooked the correct way than have it faster. The bartenders were great and took a round of drinks off but we were not happy paying $35 for the steak that he didn’t enjoy. Loved the ambiance and the vegan pasta bowl!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Novara is great - one of my favorite restaurants.

LK
LauraK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience-amazing food and outstanding bar staff!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server (I believe her name was Amanda) was amazing!

MA
vipMaryAnn
New England
54 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - our waitress was so nice she didn’t rush us we had my Mom out for her 80th birthday- everything was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. The Brussels and cauliflower, sweet potato arancini, and chicken parm meatballs were to die for. Also the best chicken broccoli ziti I’ve ever had.

DL
DomL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fantastic service and the food was delicious! If you have a group I recommend requesting the private dining room. This room was cozy and private. We had a great experience!

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vipCheryl
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience on the South shore! They killed it during Covid! No one has done it better.

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Winhythepooh
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's my second time here. The atmosphere and décor was very nice. We had a three hour lunch and the waiter was so kind and allow us to stay that long.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great separated space for covid-19 dining. Amazing food great ambiance and very friendly professional staff.

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Megm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, drinks were amazing, love the atmosphere

OT
OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and drinks as well as atmosphere !

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Novara
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS ENJOY MY VISIT TO NOVARA, FOOD IS OUTSTANDING AND THE SERVICE IS GREAT, SOCIAL DISTANCE IS PERFECTED HERE. VERY SAFE.

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DavidD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Love the atmosphere here, and great service. One issue is now twice in a row I have made a reservation, and still had to wait 20 mins (after my reservation time) to be seated, which kind of defeats the purpose of a reservation. Other than that, this is a great place for a night out.

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vipcmdywrtr
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had a great time- our server was fabulous- but nothing disappoints more than when a steak ordered medium rare comes out well done. Everything after that is awkward and detracts from the overall experience. That’s the first thing I remember from that meal.

MW
MaryWhittaker
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding date! Food...service...atmosphere so enjoyable. Definitely our favorite spot.

JF
vipJohnF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did an incredible job on setting up the restaurant to make you feel safe. They still have outdoor seating with heat lamps. The food and service is impeccable. Great for all occasions.

KQ
vipKathleenQ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch to celebrate the New Year with my mother. The staff was incredible, so friendly, professional and very engaging. The food was amazing as well!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good vibeee!

PB
PaulaB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went some family who have never been there and we had a great time! Love it there thanks for the great everything!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

RJ
ReneeJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First dinner at Novara. Nice looking place, love the movie theater decor. It was a busy night for them and it showed. Lots going on as we first walked in, the host was on the phone and he was irritated, no one seemed to acknowledge us right away, no smiles, no welcomes. Our server seemed cold. We ordered a shared caesar salad and they came out as individual side salads, that's ok, they were fine. Eggplant parm and chicken marsala were both pretty good.
Tables were set apart and everyone was wearing masks. Given it was New Year's Eve, My family & I agree that we will give this place another shot.

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Teach2cook
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve is always a challenge, but we had a great meal at Novara's. We had gone to witness a wedding in Quincy and then headed over to eat. We were an hour earlier than our reservation called for and they sat us immediately. The location of the table was perfect and they kept to Covid restrictions. Service was excellent and the food outstanding considering the rush of New Years Eve. I highly recommend this venue for a great night out.

MA
MaryAnnC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was very crowded. Felt a little uncomfortable with the CoVID regulations . The restaurant was a full capacity. Was under the impression that restaurants were supposed to have limited seating? If not for the Covid thing , it was ok. Apps took a long time and were just ok. My dinner was good. But not sure that I would rush back .

LM
LynneM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novara never disappoints us! Great food and service and happy we can eat outdoors!

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vipsliver
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and great service. Covid table distancing and partitions made it feel safe. Wish they’d put their awesome ahi tuna appetizer back on the menu...

CA
CarolA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and excellently prepared. The service was thorough, but not intrusive. The interior is beautifully designed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very nice to still be able to eat out on the patio. Sitting next to the fire pit and having the heat lamps around, kept us very warm. And the playlist is fantastic.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

These guys have their outdoor winter dining experience, necessitated by the pandemic, down to a science. Love this place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service. Taking all the correct covid protocols.

J
vipJoanne
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. I dined with 2 friends and although my dinner was the only one that did not come out hot, they remedied it quickly. Tastefully decorated for the holidays. Lively crowd. Overall a great evening.

JD
JaimeD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and it was great! We were looking for a restaurant that we wouldn't look out of place getting dressed up and it didn't disappoint. Food was amazing, service was top notch, and the vibe was perfect! Can't wait to go back again!

KQ
vipKathleenQ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been there several times since restaurants were allowed to reopen. They go above and beyond in making the dining experience safe yet thoroughly enjoyable and as “normal” as it can be under the current circumstances. The ambience, food, and staff are exceptional!

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vipPjgaffmore
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely accommodating for our request to be seated outside.

LD
vipLocalDiner
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I am occasional diner at Novara. My wife enjoyed her haddock dinner and was very pleased with it, even with the slight fishy smell. I ordered a pepperoni pizza and it was very basic in flavor. My son ordered a chicken sandwich that seemed to be pretty good. The restaurant seemed to be taking all the precautions (masks and partitions in place), but it was busy in there on a Saturday.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a reservation so got seated right away. Restaurants was nicely decorated for the holidays, beautiful atmosphere! Service was impeccable, food was absolutely delicious! Highly recommend a visit!

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Jessi
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Table was ready right when we got there!

You’re doing a good job with managing amongst the chaos of the pandemic. Thank you for saving date nights and for your service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decorated beautifully for the holidays they played Home Alone on their super large screen which was so fun. All COVID protocols were being followed and the food is always amazing. Service was great even though they were super busy. Been here 3 times and it’s consistently great.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Novara using the Order Online button. Novara also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Novara also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 696-8400.

Novara is rated 4.8 stars by 1313 OpenTable diners.

Novara does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/807/novara-restaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.