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Novio's

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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.

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the chef’s selection menu. Amazing preparation and balance between courses. Perfect wine pairing. I certainly hope they continue with that menu option moving forward. You can feel the passion and expertise with every course served.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first in restaurant dining in 8 months and it was well worth it! Four course dinner was outstanding....great choices for each course. Clearly the best restaurant in Bangor.

MM
MatthewM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!! We came last week and loved it so much we came back for the same menu. Didn’t think it could get better, but it DID!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Great cocktails and perfect pace. Second time there and the seasonal menu doesn’t disappoint. I’m a plant-based eater and the 4 course meal was yummy and innovative.

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KristenS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Dustin is very talented - the filet was prefectly cooked, wine pairing was spot on, drinks were delightful. They definitely aim to please!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic presentation. Great food.

MM
MatthewM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most amazing experiences ever dining out in Bangor. The French menu tonight was beyond anything that we imagined. Wine pairing was perfect...but the best part was the service. Thank you novios for such a special night.

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Lynnnn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to dine in, food portion was generous and deliciously cooked. I loved my scallops (main)! And the dessert was great as well!

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vipAndres
Denver
55 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my wife’s birthday and had a really pleasant dinner experience. The server was very friendly and nice. The food was phenomenal and the restaurant was very welcoming. They even put a birthday candle on her dessert!

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vipRTBJr
New England
57 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Amazing food, spirits,and staff. A MUST for dining in Bangor.

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DONALDL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had dinner there two days ago. I had the lobster bisque, marinated tomato salad, tenderloin, beignet dessert. All were excellent. My wife had the oysters, house salad, tenderloin and a puff pastry. We agreed the tenderloin was the best we had ever had. Amazing. The only thing not perfect was the oysters. One of the three was perfect and one was over cooked and the third was ok. But all in all a great dinner.

One little improvement could be having dinner plates warm. The food was right from the kitchen to the table but the food cooled a little because the plates were cool. Because a it was so good, we wanted to eat slowly and enjoy it. This is not a negative but a minor suggested upgrade. I suppose they have a reason for not serving bread but this was called a French Dinner and it seems hard to think of a French meal without good bread.

This is, in our opinion based on a long life here, that this is the best place in town now.

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CharlesS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I anticipated my visit to an indoor dining experience since I made a reservation. Nothing disappointed. I was pleased and impressed by the precautions Novio’s had taken to make my dining experience comfortable and safe. My dinner companion and I truly enjoyed the Four-Course French Dinner and wine pairings (after all, it was the first in-restaurant dining experience!). Inspired ingredients and flavors. I am already looking forward to my next visit. Lucky for me, Novio’s is a destination dining experience for me; not just down the street.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable as usual. Food is Amazing. Drinks are the best around. Owner is there to talk to customers. Can’t say enough positive things about Novio’s! Fantastic!

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AngieL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the four course French dining meal- it was the best food I’ve ever had!

MF
MaineFoodie
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very intimate and wonderful experience, will be on the list to come back again!

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Jefferyb
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb 4 course French dinner. Service quick efficient but discrete allowing us to eat our meal. food as usual excellent. I love this restaurant.

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Mandy
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazingly intimate dining experience. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was delicious and plated in extraordinary fashion. Overall, we had a wonderful experience here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
32 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best. Food. In. Bangor. Ever.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute perfect evening. After several failed attempts to dine at other Bangor Fine Dining restaurants we made a reservation to try Novio. We were so pleased to see the social distancing and cleanliness practices being followed. There was plenty of room between tables and while attentive the staff don’t crowd our table or each other ensuring a safe distance while being perfect in their service. We will be sure to frequent the bistro to ensure those that are protecting our community are still in the community when we are on the other side of this worldwide pandemic. Thank you.

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Jefferyb
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novios has excellent food, amazing service and great ambience! It was the first time we had dined in since being quarantined and was every bit as wonderful a dining experience as we had prior to the pandemic! People need to go and see for themselves. They won’t be disappointed! Jeff and Polly Bowers

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AlisonS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal - we've always enjoyed dinner at Novio's but they are now even better than ever. Dustin is working magic in the kitchen and Bob and crew are doing a great job with the drinks, atmosphere and service. Highly recommended!!

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CarsonC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service, worth every penny and then some. Best drinks in town by far.

MC
MaeganC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I made a reservation for our anniversary. Unlucky enough the night we were set to come in for dinner there was an issue with the water main and we were informed the restaurant wouldn't be open that night for service. Novios went above and beyond by calling another nice restaurant in the area and checking for availability for us. They also gave us a choice to reschedule for the following night with the first round of drinks on them. We decided to stick with Novios and were not let down. I had requested flowers on the table as a surprise and the most beautiful selection had been made. Plus they also threw that in free of charge due to the inconveinience as well. We left after a four course two hour meal satisfied and feeling so grateful for the hospitality we received. The meal was fenominal and all the dishes were so well balanced and pleasing to the eye. Thank you again for a wonderful night to remember!! We will be returning customers for the foreseeable future!!! I highly recommend you get in to Novios for a unique and caring dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everything was pretty average. The salmon and fettuccine tasted under seasoned. The salmon was cooked perfectly, just needed more seasoning.

The tuna tartare was very good. Someone else in our party got the beef tenderloin, and he reported that was excellent. However, everything I tasted was average (other than the very good tuna).

Portions were just right.

Drinks were excellent!

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RichardS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this bistro. It is tight quarters, private conversations are a little tough, but having a wonderful meal, receiving professional service and enjoying a fun evening makes Novio's a 5 star for me. Highly recommend.

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Bookish
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fresh, original menu items. Be sure to try the chowder. Small, intimate setting but not formal or stuffy. Servers are knowledgeable. Bartender makes a great cocktail. Best restaurant in town! Highly recommend.

MP
MichaelP
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at a wonderful location. Had business associates from out of town. They were all blown away by the food and the overall restaurant experience. It’s great to have a place like this in Bangor!

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vipCarlosQ
New England
39 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has become one of Maine best restaurants! If your from out of town, like we are, it is well worth the trip.

MH
MartyH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was wonderful! Food was amazing! I can't wait to go back.

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WALTERT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deceptively simple menu with many wonderful choices. Our food came piping hot from the kitchen. The service at the bar was friendly & attentive. I tried out two whiskies unknown to me. We had an intimate dining experience & felt right at home. This is a sweet little place, that’s never disappointed us.

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FranM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fried calamari salad was delicious, very interesting blend of flavor and aromas. Fun, interesting cocktail menu. Beef tenderloin was prepared “sous vide “ then seared, tender and delicious!

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AnthonyS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime we go, we are always pleased with the menu changes and the new flavors brought on by the creativity of the Chef/staff. The overall staff's knowledge of the menu is also nice and genuine. It's good that they enjoy the food and sharing discussion with us as well when we can't decide on so many great dishes.

I found it particularly interesting that despite not being GF or vegetarian, that these items are so well done that they stand on their own and not some option or modification that needs to be made. They are excellent dishes period.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great service. Fun cocktails.

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PRR5406
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally delicious and unique food; easily the finest dining experience of my life. I mean, I've dined in the Congressional dining hall in Wash., D.C. and never eaten like this.
The food was completely original and obviously created by culinary genius. I feel the prices were well out of the range of "normal" people, coffee being $8 and desserts the same. Dinner for two was over $100 and we were eating the median priced items.
Very intimate surrounds, very pleasant atmosphere, gracious wait staff.
Never, in a million years, would I have thought this existed in Bangor, Maine!
We can't afford to eat there again, but it was a terrific once-out experience for retired people.

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Localcolorart
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff. Menu offers ever changing and fresh choices. Clever cocktails.

TC
TonyC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with personal service, great atmosphere and awesome food.

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Jeff
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality and presentation were top notch. Staff and management were friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was very pleasant. Will definitely consider a return visit. Reservation recommended as it is a relatively small venue ; we were there early when it was quiet (5:30) but it picked up quickly. Despite the growing crowd, noise level was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely amazing evening. Had the lamb lollipops and winter spaghetti. Both were presented well and tasted perfectly. Recently returned from a college reunion out west and this small restaurant could compete in a large city with established chefs easily. Well done fo everyone, I look forward to returning.

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SharonK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best drinks in Bangor! Food and service are always fantastic, and we love the ambiance.

MD
MichelleD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding EVERY time! On this night, the Tuna Tartare and the Calmari salad appetizers stole the show! The service is always outstanding and we wish we could dine here every night.

FAQs

Novio's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 945-5600.

Novio's is rated 4.9 stars by 495 OpenTable diners.

Novio's does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/XTFMHE4E3G9R5/order.

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.

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