ROIA

4.5
544 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service , great atmosphere.

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SW
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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NY
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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!

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TM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We all had underwhelming pasta dishes. The service was friendly but inexperienced and inattentive. I brought folks from work and was a little embarrassed.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch before a matinee at the Shubert Theater

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat and to celebrate in New Haven!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Limited but select and well-prepared menu, refined atmosphere.

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CF
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar at Roia is my favorite for a relaxing, inspired dinner with a friend! The food is always full of tasty surprises!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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GH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I received excellent service and delectable food with outstanding presentation delivered by personable, considerate staff. I will definitely return!

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FB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and very attentive staff. Super convenient to eat before a show at the Shubert.

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d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening at a jewel of a selection. We adored every moment. Thank you so very much.

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RD
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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EM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice restaurant with decent food which was presented nicely. The waitress was great but service was slow. Overall, a great place to eat.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef outdid him/herself! Waitress was superb!

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VN
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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LF
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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EA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable food, especially the mushroom carpaccio with truffle oil and the grilled octopus. Gracious service. Roia is a charming location for a family gathering.

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k
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner at Roia’s pre-theatre. Great service, great food, and great value. We’ll be back!

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s
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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VV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night location. Friendly staff, small but excellent menu. Great atmosphere.

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D
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roia, as always was a delight. A nice selection of dishes beautifully prepared, we look forward to the next visit.

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SN
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited ROIA for Lunch as my Fiancée and I were considering them as a venue for our Wedding Reception.
We’re glad we went!

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GR
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Decent service. Would go again.

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BT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

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!

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AK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All food was great except for the desserts, which were very disappointing. Everything else was great!

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l
New England
41 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

Highly recommended!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roia's food is always amazing. The service was great. We had some of the best wine we ever had. Roia never disappoints.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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