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Novita Bistro & Lounge

Creative, non traditional Italian food utilizing local ingredients whenever possible. Our award-winning wine list consists of 225 bottles, emphasizing Italy & California. We make handcrafted cocktails with fresh juices & infusuions. We also offer live entertainment on the weekends.
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152 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
(152 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 152 reviews
5 stars
(86)
4 stars
(51)
3 stars
(9)
2 stars
(3)
1 star
(3)
Food 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Service 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Ambiance 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • fit for foodies(60)
  • romantic(59)
  • neighborhood gem(53)
  • special occasion(47)
  • notable wine list(41)
  • good for groups(34)
Novita Bistro & Lounge Reviews List
Review 1 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/23/2016
 2007
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Review 2 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2006
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Review 3 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Great selection of pasta and the server was really good with all the items on the menu and helped in Choosing the correct dishes"
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2010
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Review 4 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/16/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2011
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Review 5 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Carlo and Kate are simply the vest

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 6 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Went for lunch on a Tuesday. It was practically empty yet it took server quite a while to take our order. In between visits she spent her time at the bar talking to two gentlemen. We constantly were trying to catch her eye for things we needed.
Food was very good. I ordered off the two course lunch menu. The eggplant rollatini was just okay. A bit on the "tough" side and included prosciutto which was not in the description. Good thing I wasn't looking for a vegetarian item. It was not the moist cheesy version of others I have had. On the other hand, the carbonara I had as my entrée was delicious. Wonderful flavor and creaminess but not overtly rich. Slightly less in quantity for a lunch entrée but would highly recommend it and order it again. The others ordered the chicken Panini. It was quite a surprise to see the quantity as the sandwiches were actually two baguettes and could've easily been split between two people. I did not try it but from what I was told, the sandwiches were delicious and the chicken moist and juicy. It was a bit of an odd balance of quantity when you have one item such as a sandwich come out large enough to feed an army but a lunch pasta entrée was slightly on the small side even for lunch.
Overall I enjoyed the lunch and would definitely return to try something for dinner. A side note, is the lack of available parking especially during the weekday. Just about every parking area surrounding the restaurant have very large signs specifically stating no parking for Novita Restaurant. I do know that Metuchen is undergoing a resurgence of growth and notice a lot of construction in the area. I hope all of this construction includes a parking deck."
Dined on 4/05/2016
 2007
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Review 7 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Novita Rocks

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 8 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Wow! I was pleasantly surprised!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"I've driven past so many times and said "we should go there"...and finally we did! Food was very good, service pleasant and professional. They were great to accommodate one guest's requirement for gluten-free meals, even bringing over a small bite on toast from the chef for each of us, yet ensuring the gluten-free diner got one as well that was gluten-free. Only one complaint: the live music was too loud."
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 9 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 10 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/19/2016
 2014
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Review 11 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/23/2016
 2012
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Review 12 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2012
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Review 13 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/25/2016
 2011
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2011
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 14 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/25/2016
 2010
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2010
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Review 15 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/19/2016
 2012
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, special occasion, notable wine list, late-night find
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Review 16 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Perfect does not begin to explain...

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Dined on 3/18/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/16/2016
 2011
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2011
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 18 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/18/2016
 2012
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2012
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Review 19 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/15/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/15/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/15/2016
 2015
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Review 20 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great Find!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Stumbled upon Novita while looking for a wine store and it turned out to be a great find! We loved the food and the service. Excellent menu with a range of choices. Highly recommended!"
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2008
Special Features: romantic, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/05/2016
 2008
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Review 22 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 3/04/2016
 2014
Dined on 3/04/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I went on a date with my boyfriend there. Food was great but the staff gave off uncomfortable vibes in the sense that we were not suppose to be there. This restaurant does seem to gear towards an older crowd (40-above). I also did not enjoy having a security camera above me pointing in my direction as I tried to enjoy my dinner. The live music was very much though but we will not be going back."
Dined on 3/04/2016
 2014
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Review 23 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2007
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 24 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Place for Lunch or Dinner

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"I've been to Novita twice now; once for lunch and once for dinner. I work in the Edison area and in my search for a restaurant I came upon Novita. The menu is varied and there are enough good choices. The craft beer menu could some expansion but the service, atmosphere and location are great."
Dined on 2/25/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 25 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/20/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/20/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/20/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 26 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Novita's Metuchen's gem

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"My family and I come here often. The service is great and wine choices plus drinks are good and well priced. The food is delicious. It is an Italian restaurant that offers other authentic spin on the food. It is not all pasta.. They offer a priced fix menu which includes many choices....The somalier is very knowledgeable about the wines and we have not been steered wrong with her suggestions."
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 27 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
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Review 28 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Vanlentines Girls Night

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"We chose your restaurant based on recommendation of a friend and mostly due to Piano Bar. We were VERY disappointed there was nonpiano player on the evening of VALENTINES DAY!! Just made no sense to us. I am aware that the piano player is there every Thursday to Saturday however to not hire one on the most romantic day of the year ? On a good note service was great and food delicious."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 29 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great food. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't decorated for Valentine's Day. Not only had it not been decorated for valentines day(even thought it was special menu just for that occasion) it was way too bright. At least the lights should have been dimmed to make it romantic. We sat in the corner and had a light right above me and to be side( outside light and one right behind me:-(. Way too bright!"
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2010
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Review 30 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

EXCELLENT

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Carlo, Kate, Alison and the team are GREAT... we are loyal patrons for lunch, dinner or just a drink to shake off the long work week, The reception is warm and inviting, food delicious and as a transplanted NY'er, a NYC feel in Metuchen!!!! Killer Negroni's"
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 31 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2010
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 32 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
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Review 34 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
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Review 35 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
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Review 36 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 37 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The service was great. The place was very nice. The food was decent."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
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Review 38 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
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"My fiance and I loved everything about Novita! As soon as we walked in, we noticed that the ambiance was romantic and the pianist added to it with some great classic rock renditions. Then we tasted the food. We opted for the Prix Fixe with the wine pairings. The homemade pasta was perfectly al dente and the sauces were seasoned so well. Allison, the sommelier, was extremely knowledgeable and attentive to our every need. The filet mignon with truffle risotto and the duck dish were some of the best we have ever eaten (and we eat a lot!). We are so excited to go back to Novita and try more of their amazing Italian dishes."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
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Review 39 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 2/06/2016
 2007
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Review 40 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Carlo, Kate and the Team do an AWESOME JOB

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 41 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great for Metuchen Area

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Went there on a Saturday night - I arrived a little early and the place was alarmingly empty.. After 7 however it became a much more vibrant atmosphere.
Clean Tables, Oscar our server was great. They had a pianist who was pretty good - I LOVE the addition of live music - shows you that the restaurant really tries to make it a pleasing environment.
We are vegetarian so Oscar was very helpful with selections that were able to be made "vegetarian friendly" Food was good and portions were generous. Overall, a really good experience and very nice people. Near us was a table with children who were not really well-behaved, but what can you do - def NOT the restaurant's fault, and the owner tried to make them comfortable as politely as he could.
We had two of the Pasta Dishes - one with Pesto, and we tried among other things the Caramel Maple Budino which was quite good.
If I were to suggest two SMALL things - one is that the website touts the vegetarian options, but the menu only has meat items that can be made vegetarian. If the restaurant created a separate vegetarian menu, it would REALLY please the vegetarians and they would keep coming back for sure -- and the restaurant can charge the same price as the meat items - I don't think vegetarians generally want special treatment, but more just a CLEAR menu.
Also, it was odd that there were servers walking around doling out one piece of bread at a time - would be much more preferable (if not slightly more expensive) to just have a basket at the table. Build the extra $ into the menu and please stop with the rotating bread people - it was nice but really awkward.
Overall, KUDOS to the restaurant - definitely a good option and I would really recommend anyone in the area that wants a nice dining experience to go - one of the better local restaurants for sure."
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 42 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

music good not to loud food very good service grea

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic
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Review 43 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/30/2016
 2000
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Review 44 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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"Excellent, authentic and unique dishes"
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
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Review 45 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Piano is nice. Food always excellent.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"After many visits with always great dinners we ordered pizzas. The were excellent, too. Wonderful Cannoli ice cream is reason enough to visit. Piano was nice, but Friday piano was too loud. Saturday piano always excellent."
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 46 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/16/2016
 2007
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Review 47 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 1/16/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2008
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2008
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Review 48 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/02/2016
 2011
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Review 49 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 50 for Novita Bistro & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Novita is Great

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"I highly recommend Novita to anyone seeking good cuisine. The service was Taylor's to our needs. I was on a first date and it allowed us plenty of time to talk without constant interruption from the wait staff. Excellent! Friendly! Great atmosphere for a romantic dinner for 2 or any other nice occasion."
Dined on 1/02/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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