Novara

4.8
1585 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 1585 people are saying
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4.7
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDebraKayM
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience! The service by Amelia was impeccable. Our dinner and cocktails were amazing. We sat at our favorite table for 2 next to an open window. The ambiance is perfect for a great date night out. We highly recommend Novara. And we will definitely return, over and over again! Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great meal and service with our two young kids! Age 5 and 3

CC
ChristineC
New England
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience all around!
Atmosphere is very cool and modern.
We ate on the patio as they were able to accommodate our request. Meals were delicious! So many great choices.
We will be back! Thanks for a great night.

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Deirdre
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and the food is amazing. Our server was awesome!

AR
AngelinaR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Novara is Always a fav of ours. Recommend to others

LA
LaurenA
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it there.
Always a wonderful experience, excellent food and drinks!

JC
JeanC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. She was very attentive without being overbearing. The food was excellent as well.
Overall a great night

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vipDeanna
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Jenn our waitress was awesome! Loved the open sliders to the cute patio and they still have some dividers up, so I felt socially distant from the table beside us :)

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Barbara
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch on the patio was just wonderful! The food was good, the service was excellent and the ambience lovely.

SM
vipSteveM
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best experience tonight. I eat at many restaurants and Novara never fails. Recently I had a negative experience at a restaurant and their preparation of my "Filet" and I held onto my anger for longer than I should have. This was my first steak since then and my filet at Novara was exquisite. Kristi, our server was beyond awesome. I am very critical of my food experience, but more so the service and Kristi navigated her tables like Captain Kirk navigated the Starship Enterprise. She was swift, attentive and more than efficient. My family and I have been here many times and we thoroughly enjoy ourselves everytime. It was date night for my wife and I and Novara was the foreplay for a great rest of the night. Thank you Novara and an extra special thank you to Kristi and the chef👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

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David
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner there... Delicious food, awesome drinks and good service. Excellent desserts too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I eat here often. Food was good, but it has been better. Waiter was slow to check on us, but I think she didn’t want to disturb conversation.

I will still recommend and come back

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Iffy
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

it was a very nice evening, good food, good wine and good friends, great combination.

DD
vipDiningDuo
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at this restaurant. From the ambiance to the service to the food & the cocktails, this restaurant is outstanding! Everything was exceptional. The restaurant was beautiful & meticulous. The portions were generous, so we were excited to take some food home & savior our experience a little longer. Our server was fun, professional & entertaining. One of our new favorite places! Can’t wait to go back.

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Drjohn02186
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthdays for my wife snd daughter. Food is reliably delicious, appeals to the eye and pallet, food served hot with waitstaff who are friendly, attentive, snd unintrusive. all in all, an excellent value.

MK
vipMonicaK
New England
76 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and awesome staff!! Simply the best!!

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vipdwn713
New England
56 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance and service were outstanding. We were seated on the patio. It was a perfect summer night. The lighting, umbrella tables, comfortable seats made this location wonderful. We really enjoyed the sweet potato arancini, it was a hit with our whole group. All our meals were good. We all had one thing about each of our meals that we didn't care for. My friend thought the pork dish was a little bland despite looking amazing. She asked for some lemon wedges/juice to zing it up. My husband got the short ribs and was disappointed with the corn polenta. I had the prime sirloin and was a little disappointed with the sauce. The lemon cake was delicious for dessert. The beer drinkers were impressed with the beer list. Novara is a good suburban restaurant. A few improvements and it would be great. Also, the parking is a little tough, so plan to leave enough time.

SM
SandyM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance was all excellent! Will definitely return

JO
JOSER
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pizza was delicious. It did remember me Italy taste.

Rest of dish were correct

Staff correct

I’ll definitely come back to enjoy their food

TP
ToniP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere was really great.
Next time would like to try a patio.

JA
JimA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

SM
SweetM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The Tuna Poke appetizer and Pappardelle Bolognese were fantastic!

LL
vipLeslieL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and food outstanding as always!

DM
DebM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hate to give the restaurant a glowing review because then even more people will go and I'll never get a short dated reservation! But I can't help it!!! Everything was top notch! You'll regret it of you don't try Navaro. :-)

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DhruvS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food preparation was good. Liked the outdoor patio seating. Service was good. Cocktails weren’t too strong on alcohol but rather watery. Overall nice place. I will visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The patio seating is really nice - there are outdoor heaters in case it is chilly. The menu selection was great - there is something for everyone. Overall, the food was pretty good. The oysters and focaccia were awesome. Loved the pizza. The cod was also great. Only negative was the vegan pasta - probs wouldn’t order it again. Otherwise will be returning soon would recommend

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vipellenp
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novara is always great. It's one of my family's favorites.

TO
vipTaraO
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was good, but service was terrible. The waitress would ask one person if they wanted a refill, then run off before anyone else could request one. It was one member of our party's birthday so they brought him out a dessert but then did not offer anyone else a dessert until about 20 minutes later.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was prompt and courteous. I dined there twice in one week!

CS
vipCaryS
New England
77 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Novara is consistent in both positives and negatives.

What we love:

--Really lovely outside patio
--Great ambience
--Consistently creative, fresh, and delicious food
--Quirky, interesting servers.

What we find annoying nearly every time:

--Disorganized, inconsistently attentive reception staff
--Long wait time from seating to taking orders
--No bread for the table and the focaccia order takes as long as the apps and meals--meaning drinking alcohol on an empty stomach or not drinking alcohol
--Slow service over all/overloaded servers when there are larger parties.

We really like Novara, and love sharing it with friends and family, particularly the outside patio. And we always warn them that the reception and service lag times are the weak links, which are worth overlooking because of the pluses, but are still disappointing.

KB
vipKathleenB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere with delicious food.

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gilda
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novara never disappoints. Great apps, entrees and libations, always served up with a smile. Atmosphere is exceptional inside and out.

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Marc
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to have Novara back after COVID. The service was quite good in spite of them being a bit short staffed (like everyone). Food was excellent and the ambiance was perfect for a nice get together with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

KC
KathyC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The meals and drinks were nice. The service was less than expected. The server was a bit abrupt at times. They had entertainment but it was far too loud to enable dinner conversation. Lastly, we made reservations for patio seating and were told by the hostess that they don't honor requests all the time. What??

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I love the food selection, ambiance, and the location. However, my waitress Maggie made this experience a nightmare. Things got so bad that I went to the bar to see if I could order a drink as she appeared interested and was inattentive. The manager helped the situation. I would definately return in hopes that the service is better.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Our server, Deirdre, was amazing. Novara is the not so hidden gem of Milton.

CJ
vipCJKET
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time!

JO
JOYCEC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience1

we had two seniors citizens, two adults one is recovering from cancer and two children 2 and 5 and we were put at a table in the sun, we spoke to the women manger and she said she could not split table for 8 and those tables stayed open the whole time we were there
We come to that restaurant many time and have had a few functions we will think twice about coming again

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful at Novara. The atmosphere is great, excellent food and wonderful service. We always enjoy taking out family members and out-of-state visitors.

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 1585 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.