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Novita Bistro & Lounge

4.4
292 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Live Music
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual

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About

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
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.5
service
4.3
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3.9
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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food nice music

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Friendly and nice but Not accommodating manager/owner.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent as always we have never been disappointed

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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
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Expensive and the food is not so great

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2017

The food was wonderful and Oscar was extremely professional!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Always an enjoyable time.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Not sure if there is a dress code but it made it feel more like a pub than a upscale restaurant. Could be because there was a festival going on or not. The food was great and so was the service.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Another yummy meal at Novitas. Sausage and mussel appt is superb....bronzino always amazing....great wine list. Wonderful attentive service...and then there is George in the piano....awesom food and vibe...go right now...

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

This place is so good!!!! I eat here once a week for business lunches and come here from time to tom at night. Very very very good!!!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Great location & ambiance... soft piano music playing all night. Our table was ready on time and even gave a prompt phone call just before we walked in. Awesome experience for our Date Night.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

It was great

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

We enjoyed delicious paninis in the lounge. Very comfortable environment and a very accommodating and courteous staff. Would definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Great food, great ambiance

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

I enjoyed a business dinner here recently. The food was authentic Italian and the service was impeccable. 5 stars for everything! WELL DONE SIR.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Hands down our favorite restaurant in central NJ. Friendliest and most attentive staff I've ever encountered. Great entertainment. Especially Lou.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

It was a great lunch and great food

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Great place with live music in Saturday night , a good menu of beverages and wines .. being a vegetarian very little options however the server was able to help us customize some of the dishes but would have loved to see more veggie options for next time

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

I would have to make specific mention of the quality of the food. The restaurant claims that they make everything handmade from the bread to the cheese to the pasta. This is a claim that I could not verify with my eyes but definitely with my taste buds. WOW! Excellent quality food across the spectrum from the fish to the meatballs to the cheeses to the pasta to the bread. And what bread it is... A wonderful dining experience with great service. Delicious... we will definitely be going back soon.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Food is very good. Only reason I was upset is that OpenTable reservations are sent to the 'dining-only' side of the restaurant, which has a different menu entirely from the bar-menu. The bar-menu is delicious and has great dishes. The dinner-menu is more so fancy, expensive dishes in small portions.

I highly recommend going, but try out the bar side!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Great Birthday dinner for my husband, wonderful service and nice surprise that it was restaurant week making it a great value.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Thoughtful selection of items prepared with expertise. Swanky feel makes it worthy of an occasion but also nice for friends gathering.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2017

My wife and I have eaten here a few times and had a great experience every time until Saturday night. We took a friend from out of town and had a 6:30 reservation. The hostess sat us at a table in the "lounge" area, near the music. We told her we were having dinner then wanted to stay for the music.

The table was right by a door that the hostess kept opening, so almost all the women were wearing coats while they were eating.

Our food was good. I had the $49 four-course dinner with a main course of salmon. My wife enjoyed her bronzini. Our friend had the stuffed pork, which he thought was greasy and was made with too much olive oil.

We had cocktails and a bottle of wine and our total bill was about $260.00.

We were surprised, when at 8:35, half-way through dessert, the hostess came to the table and told us to "move on", as she had a 8:30 reservation for our table. We finished-up in about 10 minutes and left. When we were leaving we noticed many empty tables on the "restaurant" side.

Our friend and us were disappointed as we would have liked to have an after dinner drink while enjoying the music on a Saturday night. The hostess really needs some customer satisfaction training.

This Friday we will be going to Torino 2 in Metuchen instead of Novita.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Thank you, Carlo and Staff! You did it again, my friend!! BT & JT

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Overall good food and vibe with a great piano played. I was disappointed with our waitress who forgot to give me my wine (and had to be reminded)

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Food was excellent! Our waiter was awful! My husband and I sat in the dining area we usually sit in the lounge area, I have never had a problem there. The waiter was arrogant and dismisive, he was nice to the elderly couple sitting in front of us who were regulars. Even lied to us about the specials when we over heard him recite them to another table. We had to flag him down for dessert after 15 minutes. I still tipped 20% because the rest of the staff was nice and the food was good. Would never sit if he was the server ever again. It was a shame, put my dog down on Valentine's and this was our belated outing. All dressed up to be treated poorly

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