ROIA

4.7
614 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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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 of this architectural gem has 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 the perfect choice for any dining occasion.

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vipGeorgeY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu keeps up their previous standards of excellence.

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vipCTdiner
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal. Time was tight because of performance tickets but they made it happen. I really like this restaurant- it's consistently very good.

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vipDinnerDiner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch in New Haven! The Prix Fixe lunch has incredible options and all delicious. We shared appetizers and all were outstanding. Friendly service and warm atmosphere. LOVE YOU, ROIA!

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AlissaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was an amazing date night restaurant. We went on a Sunday and were sat in the bar area. The bartender was a great server and made an amazing cocktail. Loved his recommendations on getting two pastas and a main to share. Would absolutely go back.

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Jacki
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Atmosphere was awesome! Food was delicious!!! Innovative and different! Small plates are definitely SMALL - but entree size was generous. Service was very slow but it was very very busy and I think they were a little overwhelmed. Would definitely go back for sure!

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ROBERTH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was delicious. The chef came over to us and chatted for a few minutes. Well worth the trip for the food and personal attention.

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LaryB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef/owner Avi Szapiro's mastery of cooking and hospitality is the key to this restaurant in a city that can sometimes seem impersonal. Every time we go, we find innovation, warmth, excellent food and attentive service, and, if we are lucky, we get an Avi sighting, as he is always so pleasant to talk to.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and me celebrated our first saint valentines as a married couple here... and boy did this place did not disappoint! The food and service were excellent A+. The quality of the food was outstanding. The Staff was very attentive. A little in the expensive side but we had a great experience. Will be coming back definitely!

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KristenA
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was all delicious (I was happy to have a great vegan option), the service was very friendly and attentive, and the ambience was just right for a nice dinner with my fiancé.

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vipSarahM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food and drinks are always very good here, however the service is lacking. In our past two visits, it has taken an exceptionally long time to get our food. Also, there isn't bread service available (which I recall their being in the past). I asked for bread since we were waiting a long time for our appetizers and my son was getting hungry. They proceeded to bring out 2 pieces of grilled bread for our table of 4. We also were ready to order dessert, but after being there for almost 2 hours and waiting another 10 minutes for our server to come back and take our order, we decided against it and walked around the corner for ice cream.
Overall, I always enjoy our meal here, but it's never first on my list because of the service.

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vipKenM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Another great experience at Roia.

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vipHKP1
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite spot for a nice dinner in New Haven.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roia never disappoints. The food, the service and the ambiance are spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I’ve had in years! Options for all types of eaters.

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vipJeff
Philadelphia
131 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, sublime food. Marvelous work in the kitchen!

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CaitlinC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food, gorgeous building. When we were first seated we felt a little forgotten. It took at least 10 minutes before anyone stopped to introduce themselves, fill our water glasses, or take our drink orders. But they more than made up for it after that. The hostess that seated us came back to take our drink orders and when she overheard that we were celebrating 2 birthdays, she brought us a round of prosecco on the house. From that point forward the attention to detail and the attentiveness of every staff member we encountered was outstanding. We left very satisfied and feeling well taken care of.

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Kathy
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The main course was too salty for me , gnocchi with beef ragu sauce, apps were great

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Love4Food
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Roia for my anniversary dinner and I have to say the food, service and expectations were all met. The food was amazing, I actually ate every bit of it my meal (plate cleaned). And if anyone knows me, knows I never finish my food. Ned was great. He gave awesome suggestions if your indecisive like myself. Thank you all for our wonderful experience. You have been added to the favorites list. See you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Went for NYE and there was live jazz a delicious price fix menu and impeccable service!

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PhilZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My third time enjoying Roia. It's better each time. can't wait to go again.

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StevenF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant; great meal; great service. Looking forward to returning.

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JimT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Simply the best. Always. Love this place. From the food to the service to the architectural detail. Everything is always superb

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RobertH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, completely enjoy dining at Roia. Shared appetizers -- Brussels sprouts, cheese, and charcuterie -- were great and more filling than expected. All four of us enjoyed our main courses, most especially the roast chicken and the fig-filled ravioli.

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BobG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, inventive menu, excellent service and ambience.

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TanyaB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual everything was amazing. Avi made sure everything was to the best quality service as well as the taste if the food. I'm very excited to coming back new years eve.

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SaraC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a great dinner and at a great price considering the location and quality. Perfect location for a meal before a show at the Shubert.

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vipJRine
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Roia is very good! The room is very cool/hip/etc... The food is excellent. The service was a little inconsistent throughout the meal, but, nothing that was disruptive. The food: Salumi and cheese platters were excellent. Cocktail menu had some good selections and 3 of the 4 of us got drinks off that menu and enjoyed them. The Hemingway was the favorite. Wine list is very good. We ate 2 pastas and they were amazing (ravioli and tagliatelle) and 2 salmons. it was a fun night and we will be back.

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KerriP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Restaurant is beautiful, and the food was excellent. Waitstaff was inattentive but greeters handling seating did try to fill in service gaps. Overall, very good and couldn't be more convenient for the Shubert.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Possibly because our visit was the Saturday of the Harvard Yale football game and ROIA was full, our service could have been better

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal. The food was innovative, fresh, and delicious. Service was prompt, friendly, and incredibly accommodating. We will definitely be back!

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ag77
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

I was looking forward to dinner at Roia having seen the reviews and photos online. I was disappointed to be seated in a lackluster first floor area that was very different from the photos. On this particular night the second floor was reserved for a private party. I would have appreciated being told that when I made my reservation. The food was very good. Service was okay. A little slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been to Roia many times . Food is always excellent . I noticed they added a number of new items to the menu and I think this is a good improvement as the menu was a little short prior to the additions . We tried 2 of the new items , the Brussel sprout appetizer as well as the parpadelle bolognese , both were excellent .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic and the service is impeccable!

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PatD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service was very good. The bread was out of the world.and the food was delicious! Portions of pasta on small side - so good wanted more. Short rib gnocchi perfect yum.

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vipJacqueline
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is spectacular. It is original and delicious and imaginative. The service is delightful. One of the best restaurants in the state.

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SuzanneB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was wonderful. We had the cheese plate and chicken liver pate. The pate was oily but the cheese plate was good. The bartender needs to learn how to make a dirty martini! I’m not quite sure what we were served but they weren’t dirty martinis. They were sweet. lol

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite go to place for dinner

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Suzette
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

ROÌA is an absolutely beautiful restaurant. Jesse, our server was excellent. The food was delicious and inventive.

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vipSecond
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything, was excellent. The food was great. The service, was top notch. I look forward to dining here again, in the future.

JC
JillC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite restaurant in New Haven. Every single time I’ve come, the food has been exceptional. The carpaccio de funghi is a dish I always look forward to! It has the perfect combination of acid and salt and deliciousness! And I couldn’t even go into the details of all the entrees I’ve had that have been incredible because there are too many things to say. And the drinks are always perfectly balanced and refreshing. The wait staff is completely welcoming and make you feel at home in Roia’s gorgeous space. I can say nothing bad about Roia. I will be repeatedly coming back!

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