Everything was pretty average. The salmon and fettuccine tasted under seasoned. The salmon was cooked perfectly, just needed more seasoning.
The tuna tartare was very good. Someone else in our party got the beef tenderloin, and he reported that was excellent. However, everything I tasted was average (other than the very good tuna).
Portions were just right.
Drinks were excellent!
Love this bistro. It is tight quarters, private conversations are a little tough, but having a wonderful meal, receiving professional service and enjoying a fun evening makes Novio's a 5 star for me. Highly recommend.
Excellent, fresh, original menu items. Be sure to try the chowder. Small, intimate setting but not formal or stuffy. Servers are knowledgeable. Bartender makes a great cocktail. Best restaurant in town! Highly recommend.
Great meal at a wonderful location. Had business associates from out of town. They were all blown away by the food and the overall restaurant experience. It’s great to have a place like this in Bangor!
Has become one of Maine best restaurants! If your from out of town, like we are, it is well worth the trip.
Wait staff was wonderful! Food was amazing! I can't wait to go back.
Deceptively simple menu with many wonderful choices. Our food came piping hot from the kitchen. The service at the bar was friendly & attentive. I tried out two whiskies unknown to me. We had an intimate dining experience & felt right at home. This is a sweet little place, that’s never disappointed us.
Fried calamari salad was delicious, very interesting blend of flavor and aromas. Fun, interesting cocktail menu. Beef tenderloin was prepared “sous vide “ then seared, tender and delicious!
Everytime we go, we are always pleased with the menu changes and the new flavors brought on by the creativity of the Chef/staff. The overall staff's knowledge of the menu is also nice and genuine. It's good that they enjoy the food and sharing discussion with us as well when we can't decide on so many great dishes.
I found it particularly interesting that despite not being GF or vegetarian, that these items are so well done that they stand on their own and not some option or modification that needs to be made. They are excellent dishes period.
Fantastic food. Great service. Fun cocktails.
Exceptionally delicious and unique food; easily the finest dining experience of my life. I mean, I've dined in the Congressional dining hall in Wash., D.C. and never eaten like this.
The food was completely original and obviously created by culinary genius. I feel the prices were well out of the range of "normal" people, coffee being $8 and desserts the same. Dinner for two was over $100 and we were eating the median priced items.
Very intimate surrounds, very pleasant atmosphere, gracious wait staff.
Never, in a million years, would I have thought this existed in Bangor, Maine!
We can't afford to eat there again, but it was a terrific once-out experience for retired people.
Very attentive staff. Menu offers ever changing and fresh choices. Clever cocktails.
Always a great experience with personal service, great atmosphere and awesome food.
Food quality and presentation were top notch. Staff and management were friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was very pleasant. Will definitely consider a return visit. Reservation recommended as it is a relatively small venue ; we were there early when it was quiet (5:30) but it picked up quickly. Despite the growing crowd, noise level was good.
An absolutely amazing evening. Had the lamb lollipops and winter spaghetti. Both were presented well and tasted perfectly. Recently returned from a college reunion out west and this small restaurant could compete in a large city with established chefs easily. Well done fo everyone, I look forward to returning.
Best drinks in Bangor! Food and service are always fantastic, and we love the ambiance.
Simply outstanding EVERY time! On this night, the Tuna Tartare and the Calmari salad appetizers stole the show! The service is always outstanding and we wish we could dine here every night.
Novio’s is always outstanding! They have a great atmosphere with soft background music and very attentive staff (even the owner). The creative cocktails are a nice touch, and as always the food is great!
Once again, the original approach to food and drink did not disappoint. It's always a pleasure to dine here.
Another FABULOUS meal at Novio’s! We went to eat some delicious bolognese before the new menu comes out! Looking forward to trying some new, delicious food over the next few weeks!! I love that this restaurant changes their menu often! Best restaurant in Bangor!
We had the best dinner and the best seat in the house....the window seat. We started off with The cocktail of the Moment and the lobster chowder and sweet potato bisque. Unbelievable!! All three of us had the lobster risotto, the flavors were amazing. We will definitely be back!
Good atmosphere and good service. Felt a bit rushed as restaurant emptied out early.
After dining at another restaurant on the OpenTable platform in Bangor we decided to try Novio’s. So thankful we found this amazing place. They had a great selection of scotch and the bartender was very knowledgeable, I told her what I drink at home and she recommended two that I had never had. Both were excellent. We will be back with friends.
My husband and I each ordered a vegan entree so we could share (I am vegan, he is not). Both meals were wonderful and made with tofu, lentils, and nuts. Real thought went into the meals; they were not cheap, placeholder vegan meals on the menu.
They were both so good we couldn’t decide which we liked better and so decided we have to go back before the menu changes.
Amazing food and service, as always.
Excellent food, staff, and company! Definitely check Novios Bistro for ANY occasion.
We have been there twice, both times were great! We will be back!
Ideal place for a date or special occasion. When you are here it doesn’t feel like you’re in Bangor. Great place, great food, would highly recommend!
What a great experience. Started with the local oysters and had the blackened tofu vegan option. Was an absolutely amazing dinner and experience. We will be back. Go
Fantastic dining. Quaint and romantic. Food was absolutely delicious and unique.
We went to Novio's restaurant for our anniversary with my husband, the food was excellent, the service very good. very romantic. We loved it. We recommend this place
Enjoyed a nice meal. Had an 8:30 pm reservation. Felt rushed to order and was told the kitchen closed at 9. Food was good. Would have given food 5 stars but, ordered the scallops and risotto the scallops were cooked perfectly however the risotto was neither creamy nor flavorful.
So on a winter night my wife and I ate at Novio's for the second time, and we weren't disappointed. She had an eggplant appetizer that she demolished, and I had a surprisingly light but full flavored onion soup. She chose scallops for her entree, and I had the "Bistro Burger"-- both were wonderful, but I'd rate the scallops a little higher! The service, including the recommendations on wine and a Japanese whiskey, was top shelf.
The anniversary menu options were a nice price and the selections were delicious!
We made reservations for four people. They did not tell us that the place the four of us would be sitting was at the bar.This was certainly not ideal. If we had a real table we would have been totally happy with the night.
We love Novio's and have never ever been disappointed. This was their 3rd anniversary dinner, a special 2 course meal with some great choices for appetizers and entrees. Great food, great service, great atmosphere...definitely one of our favorite spots in Bangor.
Novio’s does not disappoint, and once again, had the best Birthday meal EVER! Their special $20.19 2 course menu was FABULOUS! Even though they are offering this wonderful menu to celebrate being in business for 3 years, the food from the menu was FABULOUS! I had lamb chops that I would have happily paid over $30.00 for! They were THAT good! The tuna tartare appetizer was fabulous as well! My husband had the lobster chowder and the shrimp...delicious! Can’t wait to go back on Tuesday!!
Highly recommend the lobster chowder! Look forward to returning.
The quality of the food and drinks is among the best - if not, at times, the best - in the city. And we have some terrific joints in this town! Dustin keeps upping the creativity and flavor game, and we're loving it.
Another great evening out at Novio’s!