Novio's

4.7
229 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Bistro
Novio’s is an inspired bistro offering a small and selective menu that includes items that are representative of the education, training, travels and experiences of our team.  We feature meats & seafood and produce from local farms, fisherman and other purveyors. a majority of our vegetables are harvested daily from our 1500 square foot four season greenhouse that our staff maintains and farms. The menu offers vegetarian and gluten free options, beautiful soups and salads, and fresh pasta. Novio’s offers a full service bar that showcases an elegant yet approachable wine list, craft beers, and signature cocktails and an extensive scotch & bourbon list. Items on the menu change often as our team becomes inspired by the stories of experiences had by our guests.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Bistro, Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
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Phone number
(207) 945-5600
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dustin Cyr @Chef_Dustin_Cry
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North High Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available on both sides of Hammond Street, along Court Street and on North High Street.
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Special events & promotions
Novio's hosts paired dining events on a monthly basis. We collaborate with local craft breweries, distilleries, wine and food vendors, and other local businesses.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 229 People Are Saying
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DD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Novio's has become my favorite restaurant in Maine, and is THE PLACE i go for special occasions, date night, entertaining visitors from out of town, or even a business engagement. Whatever the occasion, the food is always superb, but most of all, the atmosphere and the attitude of the owners, chef, and staff is the highlight for me. They are beyond wonderful, bend over backwards to accommodate, and bring such joy to every occasion. They were made to be doing what they are doing. The food is absolutely outstanding, and the presentation is beautiful. But, again, it is the warmth and hospitality of the owners and chef that make Novio's an absolute jewel in our Crown City.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for a rare date night with my wife and couldn’t have been more surprised with this hidden gem in my own community. Walk in the door to a warm environment with exposed foundation and brick. Greeted with a smile and eye contact and immediately sat at our table. Service was prompt and attentive without being aggressive or in our face. Food was amazing. Fresh and presented with to showcase each meal. My wife had to take pictures before I was allowed to devour my meal. I can’t wait to go back for another portion of the chowder and lasagna.

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KC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Novio’s was excellent! My wife and I eat a vegan diet as much as we can and we always enjoy a special dinner out at Novio restaurant. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is upscale but pretentious and yes, there’s usually at least one vegan option on the menu.

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VM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great atmosphere! Love the allergy friendly menu and exceptional spirits selection!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner from start to finish...ambiance was very comfortable and was quiet enough to enjoy conversation...will definitely be back

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DB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Novio's is fabulous! One of the few places I can safely avoid allergens.

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OT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the top 3 highlights in Bangor, Maine! The perfect old-fashioned in a modern setting kicked off a scrumptious meal. A chowder unrivaled with butter fresh lobster, the best Scallops I’ve ever had with a perfect risotto and a staff and ambiance that couldn’t be better.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first “date night” since our wedding. Heading to a concert, the service was quick and delightful. The ambience was quiet, quaint, and queer-friendly. We were treated as respectfully as every other couple there! Both having severe gluten allergies, we were not afraid of contamination in the kitchen or at the table! The menu was accommodating and had many GF options to choose from beginning with appetizers and ending with dessert! We will make this choice for date night and anniversaries in the future!

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WC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with the wife. Owner and staff made for a great and relaxed evening.

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MF
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food & swervice! Definitely will go back!!! Yummo

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visit to Novio’s, and we brought a client in for dinner. It was another amazing experience. We were seated in a perfect location for our group to have business conversation, and the customer service was prompt and attentive while also allowing us to converse. Everyone started with the lobster chowder, which is out of this world delicious! Dinner was the pork tenderloin which was also outstanding. All around, Novio’s is fantastic. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in close to closing for a cocktail and quick bite and was blown away by the experience. Staff was friendly and accommodating to my guests dietary restrictions and the whiskey list kept us entertained for our whole stay. Chowder was amazing and the filet could not have been cooked or presented better. Thank you so much for being so great from beginning to end.

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TH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance! Love, LOve, LOVE that they use some local produce grown right there! The more local, the better! Thank you! Will certainly make a repeat visit!

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Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The meal started out well with tbe lobster soup but went down from there. The pork chip entree had no flavor and was very fatty. When asked about the meal we gave our comments and were offered something else but by then my appetite was gone. Interestingly, 2 other people beside us had the same entree and one woman ate hers and the guy beside us ate half. He commented to his dining partner how bad it was, looked at us and we nodded in agreement.
I understand sometimes meals may not turn out as intended for a chef however the restaurant should have offered a refund or even a free dessert but nothing. Poor food and worse...poor customer service in my opinion. I will not return.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful date night at Novio’s! First time visit, and the whole experience was perfect! We started with the chowder which was out of this world and had the pork chop for an entree which was cooked perfectly and was really flavorful. We made our way through the cocktail list and finished with a delicious dessert. Can’t stop raving to friends. I love everything about this restaurant!

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D
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The service was almost nonexistent, dirty dishes and glasses remained on the table throughout the meal. Waitress never returned to ask if more beverages were needed. Food was incredibly salty. The pork dish was a plate with a huge piece of meat in the center of the plate. The pork was tough, difficult to cut, even with a sharp knife, unappetizing to look at. Very disappointing. Will never recommend to others again.

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LK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Overpriced.farm to table overrated.ought to have more of the farm come to the table. No bread.little veg. Dissapointing

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BJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Focus was more on presentation than taste. The pasta comes totally plain with no sauce or anything. Just a little pile of freshly made pasta. Kinda weird. Very pricey restaurant which is fine but I expect fine tasting food for what I paid.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice and food was delicious... definitely will come back someday or send people

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To sum it up in one word ...elegant , creative , unpretentious ,welcoming , delicious ..

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great date night at our favorite place in Bangor. The craft cocktails are creative and delicious, and I love the new menu items with ingredients featured from their own greenhouse! Thanks for the excellent customer service and wonderful experience! We’ll be back soon!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, super cute. Only comment would be to play some music. I prefer music to having to listen to other people talking at their tables.

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AP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great personal service. Suggested amazing cocktails to pair with dinner and perfectly with dessert! Meal was very good. Appetizer was good but very small. Overall very happy and will be back. Dessert was the best only surpassed by drinks.

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Orlando
42 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lobster chowder was amazing, main course of beef tenderloin was awesome. Service was very good.

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were passing through Bangor on our annual family vacation. We always look for places to eat and visit that will make our trips memorable and special, and through on line reviews found Novio’s. We had a delicious meal all around, an interesting and inventive menu, but not over done or fussy. The only reason for 4 stars for food is that the house gnocchi that evening were dry and chewy, but I am sure this is an aberration since everything else was fabulous.

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C
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on the road to New Brunswick for some salmon fishing and stopped in Bangor for the night. Found Novio on OT and gave it a try. They had called in advance to discuss seating, so we were greeted like long standing customers when we arrived. The restaurant in is an old mill, brick interior, few tables, nice fully stocked bar. The food was outstanding. My steak with brown sugar and peppercorn crust was perfectly cooked, my friend's lobster soup seemed to have an entire lobster worth of meat in it. We talked about it the entire trip.

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a flight delay and thus, time for dinner. We searched on line and found Novio's. The owner was very friendly, the wait staff accommodated our tight schedule and the food was creative and delicious. The ambiance is great, nice bar. We made a reservation to return for a birthday celebration. It's 70 minutes from our house- but worth it for a special meal and time.

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EF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly spectacular meal from greeting to dessert. Small intimate room with personal, attentive service. Delicious homemade pasta, perfectly cooked and presented, with locally sourced tomatos and an flavorful sauce that’s remembered for days after. Treat yourself and your special someone to a very special meal. Someone in this kitchen has magical powers.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing experience at Novio's! I love being able to try something new every time I visit since the menu changes regularly. The food is so fresh and everything is made from scratch. Also can't beat walking in and being greeted by name by the staff. If you haven't been yet, don't wait another moment!

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HF
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful choices and delicious meal! Well done!

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CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, drinks and service! A must visit when in Bangor!!!!

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F
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty fabulous food. Very very pricey, which is a surprise for Bangor!

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner !!!

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DR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening with really good food, overall, and several outstanding options. In general it is a quiet, small, restaraunt with a warm ambiance. Our waitress was attentive but not intrusive. The cocktails are well done, and the wine list is short, but with quality wines to choose from. Easy reservations via OpenTable. The outstanding dishes were the Lobster Chowder (best I've ever had) and the steak (the best our son has ever had) prepared perfectly. The raw oysters were fresh and very good with an unusual, finely chopped, mild, jalapeno salsa as an optional condiment, along with fresh lemon. My wife's fruit salad was also very good. I had a tuna dish that had cubed, seared tuna on a rice base. It was good, but I would have preferred a full piece of seared tuna, and the rice was a bit too salty. But... the lobster chowder alone made my night!!

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AS
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were stranded in Bangor due to a cancelled flight and chose Novio’s for dinner. Absolutely astoundingly wonderful. We had no idea what to expect and were impressed with absolutely everything. The place itself is lovely. Small, intimate, cozy. The owner is on premises and was very gracious. The bartender/server was amazing. The chef’s creations - we tried about six things from the menu - are five star. The selection of scotch was impressive. Can’t say enough about how enjoyable this was, such wonderful food in such a pleasant setting with no overly loud music at all - just quiet music very much in the background. HIGHLY recommend this restaurant.

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BT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were happy to see a vegan items that didn't have to be modified. And that they have at least on with every menu.

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SK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They must have the best chef and bartender in town, and it is such a lovely and personal atmosphere with the owners visiting each table.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and interesting food, as always. Our favorite place.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Novio’s bistro, from there well crafted cocktails to their beautiful farm to table menu. Not to mention the staff is very attentive and super personable!

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MB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Novio’s is a nice addition to the Bangor dining scene. I loved the decor and the seating arrangements make for many nice cozy places to dine with your date/guest(s).
Clearly they’ve put a lot of thoughtful emphasis on their bar program. Not your run of the mill offering. True farm to table theme from drinks to food menu.
Menu is small but focused. Entrees were executed perfectly. We had the tenderloin and blue fin tuna; both were delicious and cooked perfectly. Will definitely be back on my next trip back to Bangor.

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