Novara

4.7
1866 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.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1866 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was fantastic! The chicken wings and focaccia bread were delicious! All entrees were excellent! The atmosphere was dynamic with the dining patrons cheering for Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the Big screen.

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Melissa81
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. The rosemary chicken wings are a must if you like wings! I had seafood while my husband kept it simple with a burger. Server was personable, efficient, and gave great recommendations. I look forward to visiting again soon. Also,
If you have a sweet tooth, try the Tiramisu.

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HelgaD
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their food as it was flavorful and great portion size. The drinks and ambience were lovely and everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly! Can never go wrong with drinks or dinner at Novara!

Novara
Responded a day ago

Dear Helga, Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again soon at Novara and Abby Park!

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vipMaryAnn
New England
55 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had made an error on my online reservation and the management was so accommodating doing their best to get us a table on a very busy night. I love this spot it is bright and open the cocktails are amazing and the food is so delicious, the servers and bartenders are friendly and thorough. I recommend the Bolognese it is better than any I've had in the North End and equal to or better than Alba restaurant (another local restaurant). Highly recommend Novara for lunch with girlfriends or date night. Check out their website for entertainment. PS the to go cocktails are also great -

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vipWendy
New England
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always awesome. Service was great. Packed!!

Novara
Responded a day ago

HI Wendy, Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again soon at Novara and Abby Park!

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vipMelissaP
New England
96 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love the atmosphere, busy night with happy people. Started out with cauliflower- the sauce was delicious and the Mediterranean platter which was good but small amount of each item and a lot of bread. Main course 2 guests got the pork which they loved and nice portion, chicken parm was also large and good mine was the scallops with lobster risotto… small scallops but the risotto was delicious. Desserts no complaints! Would def dine here again

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

We do come often I ordered the special the halibut it was overcooked and dry and overprice at $36 dollars. I was very disappointing you should’ve asked for my money back

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OliviaM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We had a reservation for 8:15 and didn’t sit until almost 9. No one apologized or asked if we wanted a drink while we were waiting. I love the food and the atmosphere but was disappointed with the wait time even though we had a reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Definitely didn’t complete this reservation. Arrived early for my 8:15 reservation and told by hostess it will be a few minutes.. sure no problem. At 8:45 we were still standing waiting to be seated, along with people who had been waiting longer than us. No word from hostesses or management to anyone. Ended up leaving without ever getting seated. Glad we dodged that bullet.

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Briana
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and active dining room. Never disappointed.

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ClaireM
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

No problems and very nice ambience. The only negative was a filet mignon was ordered medium rare and received a bad piece of beef cooked medium. For the price it should be a decent steak.

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BellaEvan
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The scallop risotto plate was delicious. Waitress was nice and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their fig pizza is the best around! The braised short rib dish was phenomenal.

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EllenF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Novara! My friends and I come almost once a week. We eat outside all year The restaurant has done an amazing job with the outdoor decor and the heating lanterns. Jason (the manager) is friendly, polite and very accommodating! If you haven’t been there yet you need to go. The bar area inside is awesome! Thanks Novara!

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Barbara
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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Scarlett
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it is my go to place I highly recommend it to all my friends

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the evening was great! I’ll be back again!

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sweet potato arancini was delicious! Drinks were good. Service was excellent.

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vipKiswaz
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my sister here for a nice dinner . Novaro never disappoints me . It was her first time there and she loved it . She had chicken parm which was amazing and I had the yummy steak and lobster . It was delicious.

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vipTaniaD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here about once a month. Consistently excellent!

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LeslieC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, atmosphere, and wait staff were amazing! Will definitely be returning!

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B777
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I had the scallops for dinner. These were topped with some type of aoili which was unpleasant; scallops were not seared well; lobster risotto was extremely salty. My sister had a pork scallopine which was delicious.

I had never had a bad meal at Novara until last night (:

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Julie
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, and the server was nice and attentive.

CE
vipCassandraE
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was alright, server was super nice and attentive. Very busy and tables were a little close. I wouldn't rush back

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MarilynB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious, can’t wait to go back

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vipLZEET
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The scallop risotto dish was amazing. The oysters didnt seem very fresh The shrimp cocktail was great my friend loved her seafood scampi and our drinks were on point (strawberry marg with sugar rim and tuscan lemon drink)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience was incredible. The food was unbelievable and the best part was our waitress Sam. She was extremely personable and overall super kind and made our experience the best it could be. We recommend this restaurant for any occasion!

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vipMaryWhittaker
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great safe New Years celebration! Best staff ever. Love Patrick, Kenny, Eric and Jen ❤️

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Spizzer
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always outstanding; the menu is just large enough to have something for everyone, and you can go here as a special occasion or on a budget, and be satisfied either way. It's one of our favorite date night spots.

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vipDisappointed
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I have eaten at Novara several times and it has always been excellent. However, the seafood scampi last evening was very disappointing. The scallops and shrimp were underdone and is was far too bland and watery.

MR
MarieRed
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to dine.
The waitstaff is always amazing on beat and with great honest recommendations on their favorites and what’s is popular to those that are regulars.
The food is ALWAYS fresh hot and displayed immaculately. The open kitchen is always a sight to watch as fresh plates are pushed out and the aromas that follow are mouth watering.
The massive tv has something interesting playing be-it a movie a show I love the atmosphere clean open & welcoming by the staff.

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MariaR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect! Service, food, and atmosphere!

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MaddLibb
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location and setup. Parking lots nearby.
Huge TVs at the bar.
Outdoor seating available (in winter too).

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious, so overall we were very pleased! Appetizer came out immediately, but the entrees were significantly delayed. That was the only hiccup in an otherwise lovely dining experience. We plan on going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent dinner at Novara! We had reservations and were seated immediately. The restaurant was busy and the extensive bar was full. Our server was friendly, attentive, and helpful. We ordered the pan seared scallops, eggplant parmesan, and the chicken Marsala—all were well-prepared and delicious!
I would highly recommend Novara as a restaurant for regular dining and special occasions. There’s a variety of dishes, and the menu items are moderately priced, with a few dishes on the high end. It’s a real treat to dine at Novara. The ambiance, decor, food and service were all wonderful, and I can’t wait until we go back again!

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maribethc
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like this place. Good food nice atmosphere great service.

CM
CMEC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came out surprisingly quickly, and was delicious. Would recommend the bolognese.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal my family and I have had in months. Sam was amazing!! She took such great care of us and gave awesome recommendations. I’ll be asking for her again next time we dine in. Food and drinks were too notch. I’ll be returning soon!

DB
vipDanB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants, food is always exceptional as well as the service.
Used to be a hidden gem, but now everyone knows about it so reservations are key.

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LouRou
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Pretty cool restaurant. Great bar scene. Great beer selection and the cocktail list is solid. Would recommend.

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 4.7 stars by 1866 OpenTable diners.

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.