Novara

4.7
1792 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 1792 people are saying
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4.7
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4.7
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EstefanyG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I fell in love with the hospitality from the minute I walked in to the minute I walked out!! Thanks so much I’ll be in soon!

MM
vipMelM
New England
79 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Restaurant is open, beautiful and very inviting. Waitress was busy but on top of her game. Food was good but not great. Disappointed that they were out of the Prosecco we ordered. Would try again.

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Patrick
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exciting atmosphere - always a great night out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place! The food is delicious and the ambiance is amazing!

DA
DonAlex
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had the chicken parm and bolognese, which were both excellent. We will definitely return.

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Shavonne
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was nice! There were a little rowdy at the bar, but other than that I give it 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MS
MsShush
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Waiting for 1/2 hour for our table when we had reservations wasn't good. Then when we get seated the manager comes over because he thought we hopped from the bar to table. Those two things were really off-putting, However food, drink and service were great. I'd recommend not going on a Friday night because it is hard to park in that area and I think 1/2 wait is too long with a reservation.

TS
vipTiaS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Novara 3 times in the past month because it’s just so good! The food, service, drinks, ambiance are all amazing!

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vipChristina
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

good food and service. Unfortunately restaurant IS VERY LOUD and you can't have a conversation.

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Louvrelover
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with friends. There was football on all screens, but it was still fairly quiet. Chicken Parmesan, Bolognese, Chicken Piccata and Chicken and Broccoli; all very good. Great selection of wines. My only small complaint: my side Caesar salad was made with iceberg lettuce. Not the end of the world!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I brought my husband here for his birthday. I had made reservations with standard seating. We ended up on a high top. It took forever for the waiter to arrive. We ordered our appetizers which were the stuffed mushrooms and sweet potato arancini. They were good. I ordered the salmon with asparagus and mashed potato which all of it was completely bland including the sauce that consumed the top of the salmon. No salt, no pepper not a lot of flavor. My husband ordered the chicken Marsala. Cubes of chicken w pasta and again no flavor. The appetizers were actually more flavorful than the meal. He enjoyed it, I was disappointed. I’m finding it extremely hard to find a restaurant that makes me want to return. The atmosphere is nice, love the concept. But for the price of the entrees at least season them!

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vipOuttoLunch
New England
59 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside under tent. Heaters made it comfortable. Jordan was a great server! Host & hostess were very welcoming and friendly.

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Janapan
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious eggplant; loved the sweet potato arancini !
Outside seating was very fun/ upbeat

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice restaurant! The ambiance was fantastic! The food was great! Will be back again!

JN
JohnN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Novara is consistently good. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals and the service was great.

PM
PeggyM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought 5 friends for lunch and it was their first time experiencing Novara. Every one raved about the food, the ambiance and the round table we were seated at. Also we loved our server, Maggie. She was so patient and pleasant! The luncheon special was also so delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good appetizers, main course, and we even indulged for dessert. Parking always an issue but once inside it’s worth it.

CS
CarolS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved how warm outdoor seating was. Noise level a bit too loud though.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious and our server was great!

CS
CynthiaS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our waitress was at best “curt”… she didn’t smile or exchange any pleasantries through our entire visit. One of our four meals was incorrect and it took 10 minutes for the correct meal to arrive. When our server arrived with the meal it was shoved in front of my friend without one word or apology. The food was sub par at best and numerous people attempted to clear our meals before we were done eating.
We will not be returning!

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Mangia1
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Giving this three stars because our food was not hot, more luke warm. Who wants a piece of fish over semi-warm mashed potatoes or cold risotto. Everything was tasty, yet must have sat out which was very disappointing. The chocolate lava cake had a solid center. Our waitress was pleasant and apologized.

DP
DeborahP
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I returned after 2 recent excellent evenings of food and service and added a third. Food was delicious and our experience exactly what I had hoped. I will be back with more friends and soon.

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Christy
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for food all the time!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The tuna and lobster roll were dry but the scallops and scampi were great. Our server was excellent.

JD
JessicaD
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants. Everything is always perfect. Never a issue at all! The staff, atmosphere, food of course is the best!! I would always recommend Novara!!

YO
YOLANDA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT SERVICE ALL AROUND. VERY FRIENDLY HOST AND WAITRESS. VERY HAPPY WITH EXPERIENCE. TRAVELED FROM CALIFORNIA, NOVARA DID NOT DISSAPOINT.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

So...I love how the noise level,at high, on open table is considered energetic. No. The night I went with my friends, they had a piano player. I love background music. This was...NOT. He had a mic, his piano was amped up, and frankly, you could not hear yourself think. I got to Novara alot and believe me, if this guy is playing piano again, you'll never see me there. It was a disaster trying to enjoy conversation with my friends. the waitress was embarrassed, tried to move our table but couldn't. The maitre d didn't seem to care, though acknowledged folks were complaining. If people are complaining, shut it down 👇👇👇👇!

MP
vipMonamourParis
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love this restaurant. It has one of the best gluten-free menus. The Mediterranean appetizer is consistently delicious, as is the bolognese.

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Lynne
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a special occasion as my three friends and I hadn’t connected in some time. Celebrate! We take extra care in these pandemic times, so having an outside table with 4 heaters (& lap blankets!) on a beautiful November night was perfect. Finally, there were few “braving the cold,” so it was nice and quiet—or we had little “competitive noise”!

LM
LoriM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere was amazing! Highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bloody Mary’s were excellent with a large piece of shrimp. All our food - Surf n Turf, pancakes, bowl of fresh fruit of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries were excellent. Love the ambiance and service was great
Too.

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teresam
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu has lots to choose from and everything we ordered was excellent. Novara never disappoints. Plus, the atmosphere and interior are cool - a former movie theater!

VL
VeeL
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went for Sunday brunch and if you order from the brunch menu, Bloody Mary's are $5! And they are great! Olives, shrimp, bacon, celery, carrots...delish!! The brunch menu had very interesting options and the food was wonderful. Highly recommend the Mediterranean platter as a starter. It one of the best I've ever had. The restaurant is lovely, with very high ceilings and exposed brick. The distancing of tables is nice, as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was awesome, food was amazing we shared 3 apps plus dinner and all of was delish. Chicken broccoli and sweet potato arancini are to die for !

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitress, friendly and efficient. Was able to modify my sides with the halibut special. Food was delicious.

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viplmww
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit to the restaurant. Very busy Saturday night. Service was very good. Good was delicious. We ordered a scallop dish and a surf and turf dish. Everything was perfectly cooked. There is parking in the area for the restaurant but it can be a little challenging. There is a very large bar which was very busy. The restaurant was busy but they did a great job with the service etc. would recommend

JL
JillL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service were top notch! Loved all the Halloween decor. The sweet potato arancini was so delicious. Our server was so kind and on top of things in her section. Our entrees accidentally went to the wrong table, which we weren’t even aware that the time was “longer” than should be for them to come out due to having our appetizer. Still, the server said the manager wanted to give us a free dessert to make up for the extra time. That is excellent customer service, being that aware and using “damage control” to keep a smooth evening even smoother! Wish I knew our server’s name, because she was stellar. Thanks, Novara! You never disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lunch with family

MA
MaryAnnK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a fabulous birthday lunch with 6 people. Could not had been better!!

Food ( very varied& interesting menu) service exceptional by Jasaser could not have been more accommodating while being unobtrusive (difficult combination to master!).

The ambiance here is delightful not the least bit noisy especially considering such high ceilings.

You must put it on your next dining visit for sure!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason the manager is a rockstar, we had an awesome night 😎

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 1792 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.