Excellent food, excellent service , great atmosphere.
Mothers Day Brunch was lovely. The food choices were enough to please all 4 of us. And the food presentation was beautiful. More importantly the food was delicious. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Prices a bit high and that is the only thing that would prevent us from coming more often. But this was perfect for a special occasion
I hardly ever leave reviews, let alone bad ones. I went to this restaurant 3 times over the last 2 years -- just to keep giving them the benefit of doubt. Each and every time: slow inattentive service with attitude, mediocre [at best] food, and random issues such as waves of mothball-like smell coming through the air shafts (acknowledged by waitstaff but no action/effort to correct or explain). My first time there, we had a reservation, the entire restaurant was empty and the host staff still insisted on sitting us by the door. It's a shame since the ambiance on par with Manhattan upscale dining -- beautiful space -- but I'm absolutely done with this place. Would not recommend it, at all!
Wonderful evening for long delicious dinner. Great cocktail (Bitter French) and loved mushroom carpaccio salad and grilled octopus main. My husband enjoyed the soup and fish special immensely.
We all had underwhelming pasta dishes. The service was friendly but inexperienced and inattentive. I brought folks from work and was a little embarrassed.
Wonderful lunch before a matinee at the Shubert Theater
My favorite place to eat and to celebrate in New Haven!
Good food, elegant without being stuffy. Cocktail service a bit slow. Waitress made good wine recommendations. Nice that restaurant provides for free parking in nearby parking garage. Beware of scheduling reservations during Shubert Theatre AND Music Hall performances; garage can fill up quickly.
Limited but select and well-prepared menu, refined atmosphere.
The bar at Roia is my favorite for a relaxing, inspired dinner with a friend! The food is always full of tasty surprises!
The food was amazing as always, however, our service was majorly lacking. My service last time was superb. Hopefully it was a one time mishap.
The chef at Roia never fails to disappoint, and his team offers wonderful service, as well (an important- but all-too-often neglected detail). We are fortunate to have several top-tier restaurants in New Haven, but Roia is one that I return to often, most notably when I have friends or colleagues. Of Special Note:
- The specials are almost always impressive.
- The bartender is fantastic (again, not always the case in restaurants)
- Good place to bring guests.
I received excellent service and delectable food with outstanding presentation delivered by personable, considerate staff. I will definitely return!
Delicious food and very attentive staff. Super convenient to eat before a show at the Shubert.
A lovely evening at a jewel of a selection. We adored every moment. Thank you so very much.
I chose Roia because of previous good meals there, and also because my guest of honor was vegetarian, and I was pleased to see that Roia's menu offered sophisticated veg. choices that didn't look like afterthoughts, as can sometimes be the case. Then it turned out that most of my other guests were also vegetarian! Well, hooray, everyone found good food to eat. Me, I'm a carnivore, and I enjoyed my steak dish, and another guest enjoyed his salmon. We ordered the cheese sampler platter and a few other appetizers to share and everything was delicious. The servers were all very attentive and helpful. The restaurant is lively and therefore a bit noisy, and that is difficult for me as I have trouble hearing with lots of ambient noise. But this is an elegant and historic venue, the food was great, and I would def. arrange a dinner there again.
Nice restaurant with decent food which was presented nicely. The waitress was great but service was slow. Overall, a great place to eat.
Chef outdid him/herself! Waitress was superb!
ROIA is always excellent. The food is delicious, complex, and beautiful. The staff are helpful, considerate and very knowledgeable. The pricing is reasonable given the sophistication of the food. The space is absolutely gorgeous.
Parking: ease of parking, 4-5 lots if you cannot find a spot on the street...though valet would be a nice touch.
Ambiance: quite with light music in the background, very easy to have a conversation without hearing issues.
Decor: dated to poor...walked in and was expecting much more based off the website...clearly the photos are from more than a few years ago
Staff were friendly, if you get a chance ask for Natalie's section, her attention to your satisfaction is above and beyond.
Dress code: is poor, table across from us were wearing adidas sweatpants and sweatshirt.
Food: flavorful though presentation is weak and does not look appealing. The menu is very limited, though a small menu is not always a bad thing but I expected more since it was a referral from another restaurant owner.
Have been to Roia many times over the years. The menu is always interesting and the service is excellent. It is not a bargain, but fairly priced given its excellent within the excellent New Haven restaurant scene.
Memorable food, especially the mushroom carpaccio with truffle oil and the grilled octopus. Gracious service. Roia is a charming location for a family gathering.
Food was decent but overpriced, and the service was very slow. It took over an hour to get our entrees. I left hungry, which is not how you want to feel after you just paid $70+ (individually) for a meal
We had dinner at Roia’s pre-theatre. Great service, great food, and great value. We’ll be back!
Beautiful space, very good and prettily presented food. Somewhat distracted service in a booth in the busy bar room; next time I would ask for a table in the main dining room, though that can also be noisy.
Food is delicious and well presented. Environment is lovely. They were able to accomodate our kids with an off-menu pasta request, amd the chef took them into the kitchen for a tour!
Great date night location. Friendly staff, small but excellent menu. Great atmosphere.
ROIA seems to be an undiscovered gem. Great service. Beautifully plated delicious food. Just about every characteristic of a Michelin rated restaurant except perhaps cocktails that could use some tweaking. No idea why ROIA isn't a bigger hit, particularly in light of the paucity of excellent restaurants in the area.
We enjoyed our meals and the service was terrific, too. The wait for our food was a bit long, but the food was worth waiting for. We will definitely dine at ROIA again.
Roia, as always was a delight. A nice selection of dishes beautifully prepared, we look forward to the next visit.
Visited ROIA for Lunch as my Fiancée and I were considering them as a venue for our Wedding Reception.
We’re glad we went!
We thoroughly enjoyed Roia. We went there for brunch prior to attending the Schubert Theatre. The service was friendly and helpful without feeling rushed or overbearing. And, the food was delicious! We started with the pastry basket — loved the scone! I had the omelet du jour, which was a delectable combination of eggs, Parmesan and prosciutto. My companion chose the eggs Benedict and wanted the eggs to be really runny. They were perfection! We shared two yummy desserts.
This is the perfect New Haven spot for any occasion, but particularly attractive prior to the theatre, which is right next door!
Great food. Decent service. Would go again.
The food was oddly uneven. The bread was great, as was my companion’s entree - the mushroom tagliatelle. My entree, a lobster with pasta and a brown sauce, was also good.
However, my supposedly roasted beets showed absolutely no evidence of being roasted. My companion’s butternut squash bisque was underseasoned.
The worst was the charred broccoli. It had absolutely no flavor.
Not going back!
All food was great except for the desserts, which were very disappointing. Everything else was great!
We needed to be in and out within an hour to get to the squash championships and they made that happen. The burger and steak frites were terrific as were the brut rose bubbles.
ROIA is one of the top restaurants in CT. It is inventive, delicious, and the chef is in a different league from the surrounding restaurants. I eat out all the time, and the place is gorgeous - not good. Gorgeous.
It does not really tell you what they have - the bar is amazing. The food, the bread the service. The wine options are good, the experience is top notch.
It is always a treat to have dinner at Roia. Chef Avi and his staff are so warm and welcoming, the restaurant has been beautifully renovated, wonderful wines to choose from, and a very thoughtful menu to select from. We recently dined here and enjoyed a very special birthday celebration. Brunch is also creative and delicious. Enjoy!
Roia's food is always amazing. The service was great. We had some of the best wine we ever had. Roia never disappoints.
The space (in what was the grand dining room of the Taft Hotel) and ambiance are wonderful. Among the first courses, I am a big fan of the apple crudo—it may seem strange to order sliced apples in a restaurant, but the presentation is beautiful and the flavor (the thyme!) are first rate. Another plus: At least at lunch time, ROIA is very quiet.