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ROIA is located in the heart of downtown New Haven next to the Shubert Theater and adjacent to Yale University campus. ROIA is housed in what was originally the grand restaurant of the historic Taft Hotel built in 1912. The charm and grandeur of this architectural gem have been restored to create a setting where you can enjoy great food and great company. Featuring local and seasonal ingredients prepared in the French and Italian traditions, ROIA is an elegant choice for any dining occasion.
New Haven, CT 06510
French, Italian, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
Sunday: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
261 College St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Crown Street Parking Garage and metered street parking are available at your convenience.
Union Station and State Street Station on the Metro-North line are just blocks away
Private Party Facilities:
Housed within the historic Taft Hotel, ROÌA is an unforgettable setting for your events. Originally built in 1912, this New Haven architectural gem has hosted over 100 years of celebrations and functions. (If the walls could speak, what tales they could tell!)
Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 491-1056
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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ROIA Ratings and Reviews
Started out great with fast service and delicious appetizers but service became slower when 10 of approximately 15 tables in the entire restaurant were filled. My dinner (truffle pasta) looked very unimpressive and was a very small portion size, but did have a good flavor. Dessert was also very good but small portions again. Very overpriced for the quality, portion size, and service offered. It seemed like this restaurant tried very hard to be upscale but doesn't make the cut in reality.
We have had meals at Rioia on various occasions but this time we went for the New Year's Eve Pris Fixe. I was unhappy with the offering of appetizers so the chef prepared a special one to my taste! The course portions, while not inexpensive, were not huge, a welcome alternative to most restaurant servings.
At the end of the meal, the chef comes around to greet guests and inquire about our satisfaction with the meal.
Roia is the best! Simply the best. From the moment you walk into the door, the service is top notch by asking to take your coats, before you know it you're brought to any one of many wonderful tables with unique views of the special building you are in. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area, it's worth the trip if you are out of town or entertaining those not from the area. The menu isn't large, but each plate is well thought out, crafted and plated. Absolutely delicious!
Roia is my favorite restaurant in New Haven for a couple of reasons. One, their food is always interesting. Some restaurants have the same perfected menu all-year around, which some people find it comforting, but Roia keeps it seasonal with interesting twists. Sometimes it's a miss, but sometimes it turns out to be the best version of the dish I have ever tasted. Two, the atmosphere is super romantic with lots of dark wood, warm lights, and great drinks. It is one of the few remaining locations in downtown New Haven that still has the old charm. Three, it's fairly low-key for the quality of food. No pretense, just great food. Noise level is high during the weekend (nature of the venue), and sometimes the servers forget which table they are going to, but this will always be my go-to restaurant.
Roia is a not just a restaurant but an experience. Not only is the food outstanding but the attention to detail by the staff and the owner Avi is amazing. We look forward to many more visits and highly recommend this restaurant to anybody who appreciates great food from local suppliers . Thank you Roia!
Went for rest. week, 4 of us and limited menu so limited review. The lamb ragu w/house made pasta was a definite winner and the others loved the sea bass with brussels. The bass was delish and cooked perfectly as were the brussles. The ragu was very flavorful and if looking for comfort food you'll find it in that dish. I love sunchokes but the app did not impress, a bit too mushy with the skin still on them, maybe peeled would have been better. The calamari was a hit with the others. Poached pear in my opinion should have been poached longer and the sauce tasted like reduced heavy dry red wine. Was disappointed in the pear but the panna cotta was without a doubt a 10!!! Would definitely go back and enjoy more options off the regular menu.
I was so disappointed in this restaurant. From the pictures posted on open table and their website, I expected an elegant venue. Where were the tablecloths shown in the photos? The restaurant is very noisy. And my French toast was burnt. Certainly not the type of restaurant that I expected.
Return visit even better than the first - our waitress also guest bartender was superb- knowledgeable and a sympathetic producer of healthy herbs- we love the vegetables from the local farms and that the chef loves them so creatively- purée of cauliflower and dragon tongue beans comforted my Arctic char special that evening !
Handsome setting in downtown New Haven. Courteous service. Delicious food - especially the mushroom appetizer and chocolate pots de creme. Really the only downside is the price point: with one appetizer, the least expensive entree, and one glass of wine, my bill was almost $75. Can't do that often!
Fantastic restaurant. First of all, it's very discreet from outside, but the inside decor and architecture are worth the visit. The setting is really outstanding. The service was great as well, with the chef coming over to chat with us. Food was excellent, with reasonable portions, and the wine selection good, although on the pricey side. Would definitely visit again and highly recommend it.
Everything about this place is amazing. From the executive chef/owner to our waitress to the food, it was incredible. Roía, like The river it is named after, it’s a blend of French and Italian cuisine. The executive chef’s personal story of how he came to New Haven and opened this business is absolutely incredible. This is a must if you are in new haven. It is European style dishes, so not too large, and pricey, but a good splurge and worth it!
The food at Roia was exquisite, in taste, textures, appearance, conception. The papardelle with pistachios is a gem -- not for me enough of it though for an entree. The steak with frites was superb. The tomato salad was beautiful in appearance and every bite delicious. The ambience is lovely, high ceilings, Art Nouveau light fixtures.
Our server was friendly and listened intently. But the service was slow, long waits between our first course and our second, and a very long wait between our second and the offer of a dessert menu.
It looked as though she was the only server the early evening we were there, and it's true that when we saw her she was attentive, kind, encouraging, well informed.
Seated promptly, very amiable hostess. Server was very attentive but not at all smothering - just right. She made some very informed suggestions as well. Food was excellent. Home made fettuccine was light and al dente in a lovely lemon cream sauce made very interesting with fresh pistachios and a hint of red pepper. Companions had the seared shrimp special and the swordfish special (the fish expertly sliced so thin as to be almost transparent) - both raved about their meals.
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