Novara

4.7
1804 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 1804 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my absolute favorite restaurant. The food, drinks and service are always exceptional. The atmosphere really makes it.

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Goodstuff20
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. The outside patio is well lit and heated. Great night.

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Kelly
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive and friendly. Food was great! Espresso martini was delicious!

TG
TheresaG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good!! Service , food and atmosphere!

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Britt
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Not too loud considering how big/how many people were there. Food was really good-we got the Mediterranean plate, sweet potato arancini, chicken park, and the fig pizza. Good drinks. Service was attentive but clearly very busy. Will definitely be back!

DG
DebbieG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Novaro. The food is always so good. The service was excellent and you can’t beat the price.

SM
SarahM
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, very pretty presentation, and the staff so friendly. And the atmosphere… loved it!

EM
EddM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender, Server & Hosts were all extremely friendly. Service was great! Food was delicious. Thank you for a great night!

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vipmaureenw
New England
55 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Appetizer was so so. Entrees excellent service very good great wine selection

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EstefanyG
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
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!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason . Jen, and Vance were extremely accommodating as always. Great dining and entertainment experience .

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance. Food was delicious. Would recommend to a friend.

MM
vipMelM
New England
81 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.

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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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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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 👇👇👇👇!

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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.

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 1804 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.