Novio's

4.7
243 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Bistro, Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
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Phone number
(207) 945-5600
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dustin Cyr @Chef_Dustin_Cry
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North High Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available on both sides of Hammond Street, along Court Street and on North High Street.
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Special events & promotions
Novio's hosts paired dining events on a monthly basis. We collaborate with local craft breweries, distilleries, wine and food vendors, and other local businesses.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 243 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clearly the top restaurant in the Bangor area. Novio's would stand up to fine restaurants in any part of the country. The atmosphere is cozy. The owner is very attentive to the clients. The oysters are outstanding and often available. Soup's final step is prepared at the table. The meats are excellent. The vegetables are largely grown locally in their greenhouse. Wine list is good, and the Scotch list is excellent. We have never had anything but an excellent meal all the times that we have gone.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful host (the owner, Bob) and wait staff. Our party of three ordered a bottle of wine and three main courses, the parmesan-crusted pork chop (huge - the biggest I've ever seen), the ginger-sesame scallops with cauliflower rice and baby bok choy, and the fettucine du jour, which was listed as gluten-free on the menu but tasted just like regular pasta to my non-gluten sensitive dining partner. Everything was very tasty and beautifully arranged on the plates, although the portions (with the exception of the pork chop) were definitely on the small side. We were also surprised (and yes, disappointed) not to get any complimentary bread as we were waiting for our meals to be cooked. But except for that, we had a very enjoyable evening eating great food in a very comfortable space. Although Novio's dining room is small, there is enough space around the seats and tables to ensure that we didn't feel crowded or unable to enjoy our private conversation. Overall, this come-as-you-are bistro is a great addition to the Bangor dining scene, and I will return! (But maybe not on a completely empty stomach.)

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TG
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

how fortunate we are to have such a nice restaurant in bangor, maine

i give it a 5 star rating !!!!!

this was my 5th time at novio's

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Bob and Annie for helping Betty and I get to Fiddlehead's in time to get to the theatre when your power was out. We very much appreciate your effort. We did so want to show Betty's brother and his wife the pleasure of Novio's and will try again after the power comes back.
greg and betty jamison

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LZ
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. In fact, the pork chop was delicious and enormous! Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Novio’s a few times now and I can’t believe the consistency I have experienced. The menu changes but it’s always difficult to make a decision and we are never disappointed. The bar produces amazing drinks and they are always working on something new that they are excited to share. I really do love this place.

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful dinner. Perfect weekend spot to go with friends.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another perfect night at Novio’s Bistro. Food, service, cocktails. Nailed it.

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New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, this Bangor treasure did not disappoint. Always greeted with a smile, the interesting and tasty specialty cocktails are priced to sell. The lobster chowder with a Beschemel sauce was superb, the tuna tartare appetizer refreshing and delightful. The seared scallops were perfectly cooked and accompanied by a delicious risotto, the Parmesan crusted pork T-bone cook to perfection. We did not save room for dessert but trust they are worth saving for. The modern and chic atmosphere and artisanal presentation are the cherry on the convection at this not to be missed culinary spot. I love this place!

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WT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was expertly prepared and the appetizers were delicious. The reason for the 3-star on the food was that my main course (pork chop) was terribly under seasoned. A pinch of salt would have elevated this review to a 4-star. I would absolutely go back and try it again because everything else was outstanding and perhaps the seasoning was a one time oversight.

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy atmosphere and the food was phenomenal. Cocktails were very interesting and so delicious!

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quaint , with limited seating, this is a nice relaxing atmosphere. The menu is interesting, though the portions are small and a bit on the high end pricewise. Service is good, and the cocktails quite interesting.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!! This is the second time I’ve been to this restaurant since moving to Maine this summer, and once again, the food is superb!

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. You can tell that the owner puts his heart and soul into this place. The chef is top-notch and uses only the freshest ingredients...many grown from their very own greenhouse!!

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M
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always!!! The cocktails and food were 5 star. The staff took great care of us and are eager to please. The best restaurant overall in Bangor!

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Novio's has become my favorite restaurant in Maine, and is THE PLACE i go for special occasions, date night, entertaining visitors from out of town, or even a business engagement. Whatever the occasion, the food is always superb, but most of all, the atmosphere and the attitude of the owners, chef, and staff is the highlight for me. They are beyond wonderful, bend over backwards to accommodate, and bring such joy to every occasion. They were made to be doing what they are doing. The food is absolutely outstanding, and the presentation is beautiful. But, again, it is the warmth and hospitality of the owners and chef that make Novio's an absolute jewel in our Crown City.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for a rare date night with my wife and couldn’t have been more surprised with this hidden gem in my own community. Walk in the door to a warm environment with exposed foundation and brick. Greeted with a smile and eye contact and immediately sat at our table. Service was prompt and attentive without being aggressive or in our face. Food was amazing. Fresh and presented with to showcase each meal. My wife had to take pictures before I was allowed to devour my meal. I can’t wait to go back for another portion of the chowder and lasagna.

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KC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Novio’s was excellent! My wife and I eat a vegan diet as much as we can and we always enjoy a special dinner out at Novio restaurant. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is upscale but pretentious and yes, there’s usually at least one vegan option on the menu.

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VM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great atmosphere! Love the allergy friendly menu and exceptional spirits selection!

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner from start to finish...ambiance was very comfortable and was quiet enough to enjoy conversation...will definitely be back

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DB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Novio's is fabulous! One of the few places I can safely avoid allergens.

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New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the top 3 highlights in Bangor, Maine! The perfect old-fashioned in a modern setting kicked off a scrumptious meal. A chowder unrivaled with butter fresh lobster, the best Scallops I’ve ever had with a perfect risotto and a staff and ambiance that couldn’t be better.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first “date night” since our wedding. Heading to a concert, the service was quick and delightful. The ambience was quiet, quaint, and queer-friendly. We were treated as respectfully as every other couple there! Both having severe gluten allergies, we were not afraid of contamination in the kitchen or at the table! The menu was accommodating and had many GF options to choose from beginning with appetizers and ending with dessert! We will make this choice for date night and anniversaries in the future!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with the wife. Owner and staff made for a great and relaxed evening.

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MF
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food & swervice! Definitely will go back!!! Yummo

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visit to Novio’s, and we brought a client in for dinner. It was another amazing experience. We were seated in a perfect location for our group to have business conversation, and the customer service was prompt and attentive while also allowing us to converse. Everyone started with the lobster chowder, which is out of this world delicious! Dinner was the pork tenderloin which was also outstanding. All around, Novio’s is fantastic. Can’t wait to go back.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in close to closing for a cocktail and quick bite and was blown away by the experience. Staff was friendly and accommodating to my guests dietary restrictions and the whiskey list kept us entertained for our whole stay. Chowder was amazing and the filet could not have been cooked or presented better. Thank you so much for being so great from beginning to end.

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TH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance! Love, LOve, LOVE that they use some local produce grown right there! The more local, the better! Thank you! Will certainly make a repeat visit!

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Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The meal started out well with tbe lobster soup but went down from there. The pork chip entree had no flavor and was very fatty. When asked about the meal we gave our comments and were offered something else but by then my appetite was gone. Interestingly, 2 other people beside us had the same entree and one woman ate hers and the guy beside us ate half. He commented to his dining partner how bad it was, looked at us and we nodded in agreement.
I understand sometimes meals may not turn out as intended for a chef however the restaurant should have offered a refund or even a free dessert but nothing. Poor food and worse...poor customer service in my opinion. I will not return.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful date night at Novio’s! First time visit, and the whole experience was perfect! We started with the chowder which was out of this world and had the pork chop for an entree which was cooked perfectly and was really flavorful. We made our way through the cocktail list and finished with a delicious dessert. Can’t stop raving to friends. I love everything about this restaurant!

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D
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The service was almost nonexistent, dirty dishes and glasses remained on the table throughout the meal. Waitress never returned to ask if more beverages were needed. Food was incredibly salty. The pork dish was a plate with a huge piece of meat in the center of the plate. The pork was tough, difficult to cut, even with a sharp knife, unappetizing to look at. Very disappointing. Will never recommend to others again.

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LK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Overpriced.farm to table overrated.ought to have more of the farm come to the table. No bread.little veg. Dissapointing

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BJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Focus was more on presentation than taste. The pasta comes totally plain with no sauce or anything. Just a little pile of freshly made pasta. Kinda weird. Very pricey restaurant which is fine but I expect fine tasting food for what I paid.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice and food was delicious... definitely will come back someday or send people

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To sum it up in one word ...elegant , creative , unpretentious ,welcoming , delicious ..

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great date night at our favorite place in Bangor. The craft cocktails are creative and delicious, and I love the new menu items with ingredients featured from their own greenhouse! Thanks for the excellent customer service and wonderful experience! We’ll be back soon!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, super cute. Only comment would be to play some music. I prefer music to having to listen to other people talking at their tables.

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AP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great personal service. Suggested amazing cocktails to pair with dinner and perfectly with dessert! Meal was very good. Appetizer was good but very small. Overall very happy and will be back. Dessert was the best only surpassed by drinks.

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Orlando
42 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lobster chowder was amazing, main course of beef tenderloin was awesome. Service was very good.

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were passing through Bangor on our annual family vacation. We always look for places to eat and visit that will make our trips memorable and special, and through on line reviews found Novio’s. We had a delicious meal all around, an interesting and inventive menu, but not over done or fussy. The only reason for 4 stars for food is that the house gnocchi that evening were dry and chewy, but I am sure this is an aberration since everything else was fabulous.

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Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on the road to New Brunswick for some salmon fishing and stopped in Bangor for the night. Found Novio on OT and gave it a try. They had called in advance to discuss seating, so we were greeted like long standing customers when we arrived. The restaurant in is an old mill, brick interior, few tables, nice fully stocked bar. The food was outstanding. My steak with brown sugar and peppercorn crust was perfectly cooked, my friend's lobster soup seemed to have an entire lobster worth of meat in it. We talked about it the entire trip.

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