Nova Kitchen & Bar

4.2
271 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Here at Nova we combine the elegance and mastery of Asian mixology and cuisine combined with the creativity and showmanship of those in America. We combine unique flavor profiles by gathering inspiration not only from old classics but will reimagine them by drawing inspiration from unique flavors, scents and sights in Asian culture. Our central theme being the 5-element theory we will be able to create a unique one of a kind experience dazzling our guest not only with amazing tasting cocktails and world class cuisine but visually we will blow you away utilizing our inspiration from Fire, Water, Earth, Wood and Metal to make special event that you will never forget Nova is an innovative exciting dining experience that draws its inspiration from the 5-Element theory. Highly regarded in Asian culture the belief that Fire, Water, Earth, Wood and Metal provide the blueprint that diagrams how nature interacts with all of our surroundings.
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LeeD
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was wonderful, especially out waitress Chelsi. She was so kind and helpful.

The drinks took a little too much time to arrive, and starters as well.
But the total vibe was very good 👍🏼 😁

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KAYLAT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Very nice restaurant and bar in Garden Grove area. The foods was terrible bad. We order yellowtail jalapeño, ceviche, Dan Dan noodle, ribeye steak, Japanese pepper and all came out no taste at all. The service was slow and ok

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LeonF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and environment are top notch! Couldn't recommend more!

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vipBrianna
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, food and service. This was my first time dining here, but I’ll definitely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice presentation, food was great

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PennyS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

It’s alright. Food is ok. drinks are whatever. Will I recommend it? No. We are not going back either.

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Ksikes
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. So clean and nice. No matter what direction we looked . Always something nice to look at. They had nice music playing . The food was delicious and even looked amazing . Drinks were always fun and yummy. We will be back for more dates .

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vipgreat2dine
Los Angeles
93 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All great but for brunch time quite a lot of loud bumper music. But that’s the crowd they’re after. Enjoyed anyway from outside seating on patio. I guess we’re just old farts!! Haha. Food great!

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Angelicad
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was unbelievably slow. The food is mediocre at best for its price.

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vipElenaS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was ok except the chicken on the rise & shine menu,we will be back and will try the rest of the brunch menu and we will also try there diner menu

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Service was okay. Food was not hot when it came out. We ordered the hawk and it should have come out hot.

We ordered a brunch of plates to shared. They forgot 2 bring out 2 of the orders. We only remembered 1 of the dish and they comp us and brought out much later. By the time we got home, I realized they didn’t bring out the chili oil wontons. So we paid for a dish but didn’t get it.

I like the cocktails. It would have been nice to get our cocktails before the food come out.

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vipOscar
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and drinks are delicious! Ambiance is modern and hip with lots of open space.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Spike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The following were delicious:
Chili oil wonton, spicy tuna crispy rice, brussel sprouts, dandan noodle, fish collar, double hamachi

The 5 element dumplings was disappointing. nothing spectacular about them.

We had mahalo for dessert which is their version of the Filipino halo halo. It was good but not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!

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vipyelenai
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Worst service I’ve ever had.

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JeffL
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food here is pretty average. The the best or the worst that I had.

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VirginaS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

If you enjoy sushi or fresh fish - do not come here. Tasted like tuna fish from a can in every roll. You know you are in trouble when the edamame is the best thing you had to eat. Dan Dan noodle were basic and nothing special, pork belly was flavorless. And while we totally understand how challenging staffing is in restaurants right now, this was ridiculous - we received 4 plates of food at different times BEFORE our first cocktail, which was disgustingly sweet. Save your money and go to to your local sushi place. THIS IS Not it.

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Leif
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nova was the best restaurant environment of the vacation! Clean, excellent food and service! Our waiter was amazing. Definitely a great time for our group. Thank you for making our vacation in the area end on a high note.
We will be back again soon.

JT
JenT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food and drink are mediocre at best for the price. The only thing stands out is the service. People who serves our table is very nice and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of my favorites. I tell everyone about this place because it is delicious and for the ambiance. It is a great place for celebrations and date nights.
The customer service is amazing, they are very attentive and helpful. The food and drinks are delicious and their plating is on point. My favorite foods are the chili oil wontons and Dan Dan noodles and for drinks I always get the hibiscus zest. I always keep coming back for more!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

90 dollars steak was not really good. Had 0 taste. Good thing is that the restaurant didn’t charge me once I brought it to their attention.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food came out really late with random orders. Steak came first, then appetizers 30 min later, then sushi another 30 min later.

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RicardoL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Wasn’t the best not good service not good food and service as overall bad

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance of this place was very well done, our server was amazing, the only thing that held me back from 5 stars was that one of our items was taken by another server to a different table. Our server handled the situation kindly, offered a free drink & apologized which felt satisfactory & wasn't a big deal.

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JenseJaye
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shared plates were generous, drinks were good, wait staff attentive and filled soda frequently. All staff wore masks and gloves which I really appreciated.

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DiegoM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a family dinner. Lots of options for food. The bone marrow n NY steak is a MUST try & of course the yellow tails. Lots of options for sake n beverages. The atmosphere is unique.

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vipAndy21
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always come here! Love love love the food. I don’t have to go to Vegas anymore!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

food was okay but over priced, service was okay, waiting for food was long. overall i am not dying to go back there.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it I will come back

JH
JonH
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible! Had a reservation at 645 for party of 4 .Was not seated until 750. 15 mins until waiter came by. Took drink order and we ordered 4 sushi rolls. didn’t see again for 15 mins. No drinks only water cups. No water yet… drinks come 10 mins later. After a total of an hour at the table sushi order had not been put in apparently. We left. Obviously short staffed but this was ridiculous.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was incredible slow coming out

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Food was good but the service was very slow. Our server would disappear and drinks took forever to be served.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very busy (service was a bit slow the Thursday night I went but we weren’t in a hurry) but great Asian fusion food and amazing drinks! My favorites were the Dan Dan Noodles and cocktails.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Seemed short staffed. Took long for the server to greet us after having been seated (came 15 minutes later). Initial order of drinks as well as water took a long time to come as well and we were seated on the outdoor patio and it was a little warm. Server however was great and food and ambiance was great. Service was just a little off this time around.

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vipMichaelZ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were there, unfortunately, when there was an event with many rude people. However the food was very good. The service despite the shenanigans was excellent.

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RogerK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance of the restaurant is unique to say the least but I loved every bit of it. I didn’t expect the food to be as good as it was but everything exceeded our expectations. My friend and I shared the Brussels sprouts, braised pork belly & double hamachi roll and it was the perfect amount of food for 2. We both agreed that this is a spot that we’d come back to.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance, friendly employees and amazing drinks!

KA
KimberlyA
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The serving for the ceviche is way to small for $15. Doesnt taste like ceviche and looks like only one person can it. Not recommend

FAQs

Nova Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 696-0888.

Nova Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 271 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.