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Novita Bistro & Lounge

4.4
292 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (11)
  • Good for Birthdays (8)
  • Live Music (7)
Creative, non traditional Italian food utilizing local ingredients whenever possible. Our award-winning wine list consists of 225 bottles, emphasizing Italy & California. We make handcrafted cocktails with fresh juices & infusuions. We also offer live entertainment on the weekends.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation

Lunch:

Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(732) 549-5306
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph Catalano
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Private party facilities
We specialize in private functions of every kind. We offer a private wine room which can accoomodate up to 30 persons & can accomodate up to 150 people total. Our catering menu is available on our website.
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Private party contact
Carlo Badalamenti: (732) 549-5306
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Catering
Off premise catering available for take out & delivery. For more information, please call.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pearl Street
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Parking details
There is parking available in the municipal lot directly across from our location, as well as on the street. The meters are free after 6pm Monday through Saturday and all day on Sundays. Stickered parking is free all day on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Public transit
Metuchen train station is a few minutes' walk from us.
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Entertainment
Live entertainment every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night. Please call to confirm entertainment schedule.
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Special events & promotions
Flora Springs Wine Dinner - Thursday, January 19
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 292 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Consistently excellent food with great wine pairings. Live music to dine by on the weekends. Service is always the best. Great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food nice music

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FineDiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was friendly, efficient but not rushed. Hanger steak was tender and cooked to perfection. Salmon also done exceptionally well. We split an appetizer - eggplant rollatini - which was tasty and served on two plates. Live music in the bar area, but not overwhelming in the dining area.

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MEK76 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Filet was raw in the middle after ordering medium. The other courses were very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Best italian restaurant in Metuchen and the whole area. Wonderful, freshly made pastas and salads.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Besides parking, it is always a great experience, mainly because the staff is gracious and attentive.

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vipBeth (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Unfortunately a lot of problems with the food, but owner was wonderful and fixed everything. He couldn’t have been nicer to us.

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vhsgi68 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Friendly and nice but Not accommodating manager/owner.

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Carol (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Nice atmosphere - small servings and pricey for average Italian food. Would go back only for bar / music

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Enjoyable dinner. The meatball appetizer was great, the pastas are fresh and delicious. I especailly loved the Caramel Maple budino- it was the star of the meal. We'll return for sure.

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Great selection of appetizers and pastas to share. Incredible wine list to pair with your food choices. Friendly and attentive service that never makes you feel rushed.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful restaurant with excellent food and service!! Looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

What a fantastic meal all four of us had at Novita! From appetizers to desserts we were all so thrilled with the quality and taste! Two of us tried the Porchetta Wednesday menu and it was truly wonderful and you can't beat the price. And to top it off our server Oscar was so fabulous.
His suggestions for wine and menu were right on point and he was so attentive. We all are truly
in love with Novita and would recommend to all.

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vipparttimecoaster (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Good food coupled with excellent service add up to a great dining choice for lunch or dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

Great lunch spot, and the food is superb. Have to make it for dinner soon!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

Food was good, the service was not so good! The waiter took out drink order, and than when it came to the bar it remained on the bar till we almost has to get it ourselves. The waiter was not very attentive, and the wait staff seemed as thought they may have been new,, however the waiter should really be more attentive to his guest.. Drinks were pricey, but food ok, cauliflower soap was tasteless, we returned it.. through a bus staff, the waiter no where to be seen

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent as always we have never been disappointed

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 7, 2017

Tasteless food and a wierd decor that is attempting to be fine dining.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

Expensive and the food is not so greatExpensive and the food is not so great
Expensive and the food is not so great
Expensive and the food is not so great
Expensive and the food is not so greatExpensive and the food is not so great
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Expensive and the food is not so great

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becks (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

The food was wonderful and Oscar was extremely professional!

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