Nina

4.0
697 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Nina, located in a vintage 1800’s storefront in downtown Middletown, has become one of Orange County’s most beloved restaurants. With cozy brick walls and burnished tin ceiling the sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere is reminiscent of New York City's Soho. Chef Franz’s innovative international cuisine has received accolades from customers and critics alike. Nina is listed in Zagat Surveys Top US Restaurants 2009 Survey, and has received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2007 & 2008. Nina has also received the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award. Dine at Nina and enjoy award winning cuisine, fabulous wines and spirits and friendly unpretentious service, in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere.
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PA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately they had a gnat problem and they were getting into our drinks and food had to keep waving g rhem away

H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing. Salads drowned in dressing. Rack of lamb was good, everything else not worth the money

A
Mobile
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food good place to hang out with freinds calm and peaceful would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal

q
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nina is such a chill, laid back restaurant. Awesome staff! Brunch is amazing! The potatoes were definitely my favorite. The chorizo omelet was amazing! Very warm, welcoming atmosphere. Definitely stopping in again next time I visit Middletown!

ET
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first visit to Nina and will not be my last. Menu was great, food was hot, tasty and served quickly. Wait staff was there when needed for refills of beverages and questions. Loved it.

AN
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Live guitarist was way too loud

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

After reading a few reviews and visiting their website, I was optimistic that the experience and food at Nina's would be worth the money. After the brunch my wife and i were extremely displeased with this restaurant. To begin, the menu for Mother's Day was the exact same menu offered for Valentines Day, two different holidays, same menu? My wife had the frittata which by reading the description she thought it would be appetizing, far from it! The frittata was cold and potatoes greasy. I had the salad with salmon which was drenched with balsamic vinegarette, the salmon was overcooked. The bread we had was a mix of muffins and Italian, both cold and appeared to be store bought-terrible! This restaurant definitely needs work, maybe the cooks were too busy but the bottom line is for a $29.99 brunch per person my wife and I expected a much better experience. To close, we definitely will not be back

c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the BEST French toast ever!!! I know I'll be back!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Extremely happy with my meal. Food was to die for.

B
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved having dinner here with a dear friend! It was a delicious meal with very good service!

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for Easter brunch and it was very empty which surprised us. Although it was that empty they tried to sit us at a table flushed to a radiator and we asked to move, he host said he had to see if he could move us. Mind you there was only two tables filled in that room and it was 123o and they closed at 2pm. Luckily, they did change us which we were happy about. The restaurant had a nice vibe with nice decor. Easy parking too.

We had a very attentive server who provided us great service. The food was good. We will go back again and try possibly their dinner menu.

c
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant was closed when we got there, they took the reservation, their phone had a recording saying they were open the hours we booked! Must be closed down or should be if not.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Freezing in the restaurant which the waiter admitted when we asked him to turn up the heat. He said he couldn’t it’s controlled by the landlord and the waiter said he was cold also. C’mon guys. This is a fairly pricy place for this area, figure something out so your guests are comfortable. And you don’t need to blast the car music in the dining room. The food is very good but if I had that experience again I would not go back.

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance in downtown Middletown, NY. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items.
Ask about the playing cards stuck to the ceiling!

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday.

IW
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the food and the decor at Nina's Alex was a wonderful waiter and attentive. 2 things that could be corrected. Noise level does get a little high but could just be acoustics there and can't be improved. I and my guests felt lighting was extremely low. That could definitely be changed. Otherwise, meal was excellent - had clam appetizer which was really good and lamb chops were excellent.

FC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent
Great service
God value
Would definitely recommend
Was seated almost immediately and didn’t have to wait long to be served

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

The food was excellent and Alexander gave us great service. My only issue was that they had my reservation but did not mark it down, leaving me to wonder if I’m getting charged a cancellation fee

TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Have been eating here since it first opened.
Never had a negative experience till now.
Food was good, however, service needed some tweaking. No bread plates on the table. Received a teaspoon for my soup. Music on Valentines Day was terrible & too loud. Will try again when it’s not a holiday.

K
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

My husband and I were the only people there on a Sunday evening. They had no bread no desserts and everything we ate was underwhelming. What kind of restaurant has no desserts!!! They said they ran out of both from the night before. They clearly didn’t care about providing the following days customers with a good meal. Won’t go back.

S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my go to place!!
Never a disappointment.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Was there for New Years Eve. The service was horrible. Waited 15 minutes after seating just for the waitress to come & give us a menu. There was 45 minutes between soup & main course which had already gotten cold. We couldn't ask our waitress what was taking so long because she seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth. Our only consolation was that everyone else seemed to be treated just as shabbily. The table next to us had their main course delivered about a minute after their appetizer was served.
We USED to frequent this establishment quite often, but the last couple of times it's been quite an aggravating experience. If you're going to charge top notch prices you should have top notch service.

h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This wonderful restaurant was recommended to me a few years ago. Each occasion I have eaten here, with either friends or family, I have not been disappointed. Menu staples are excellent, the specials are delightful, the drinks & wine list are fantastic, and the service is attentive but with space to breathe. I am glad to have found Nina's & continue to wish them every success!

FF
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my Goddaughter (15 years old) for brunch to Nina’s on a Sunday afternoon. We had a really nice time. She had the cornflake crusted French toast and I ordered the Mexican burrito. Both dishes were delicious and plentiful! We both took home doggie bags.

The decor is cozy and welcoming. I love the brick walls in the dining area and the bar/lounge set-up as you enter the venue. Bartender and waitstaff were very friendly. I was surprised that the restaurant was nearly empty on a Sunday afternoon. I would definitely go back again and maybe check them out for dinner on another day in the week.

RR
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had to be one of the best meals we have had in quite some time. The fried calamari appetizer was cooked to perfection. The filet just melted in my mouth and the short ribs were juicy and succulent. I am still thinking about what an amazing meal it was days later. Can’t wait to go back.

NK
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely birthday brunch there with a group of seven. Food was exceptional, as was the service. I have already recommended it to friends and will definitely be returning.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Have been going thee for at least 2-3 times a year with excellent results.

This time the food was truly terrible.

G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was extremely attentive and apologetic when food was late however honestly we were unaware

DC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

As we walked in, the ambiance looked great. As I sat it was a little tight and then everything went to the floor from there. The menu was outdated and even though the menu sounded good the food was poorly executed. They use frozen bread to start of with, the appetizers were okay, but the entrees were horrible. I got the salmon with spinach risotto and it tasted very salty and the appearance looked like grits. Horrible experience and never going back.

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a special evening with a special friend. This was our 3rd time here.
Food was excellent, service was wonderful. and it was a great evening.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great staff with amazing service. I would recommend to friends and family.

n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite spot in town! Always delicious! You won't be disappointed.

AK
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

We opted for this restaurant for a small gathering with out-of-town friends. We chose Nina because we had been given a recommendation, and it was rated highly on Trip Advisor and Yelp. Unfortunately, we must have caught them on a bad night. They were understaffed and service was very slow. We started at the bar, but found the bartender inexperienced; our drinks were not as good as they should have been. Our waiter was friendly, but had continual excuses for slow service and menu items that were “frozen solid” or otherwise unavailable. On a positive note, the food was terrific, even though it took a long time to get to us. In the end, we came away embarassed by our choice and will not be going back.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very luck to have found this place! What a great dining experience! the food was excellent as was the atmosphere and the service. You can't lose with a dinner here. I was weekending it in the area and found this restaurant by way of several search engines. I'm glad I did! The area seems to be lacking in the "nice restaurant" area so to find this was like finding a golden ticket. My date asked if they could change one of the menu choices to accommodate her tastes and they were very happy to do so. I could go into what we ordered at length but it seemed every thing we ordered from apps to entrees to wine all just melted in out mouths. Great experience!! Thanks NINA!!

JB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time for our rehearsal dinner for our wedding. They were very accommodating for our large crowd, and the food was absolutely delicious. The handcrafted seasonal cocktails they had were out of this world. We definitely will be visiting again!

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nina was very good & worth the drive since I live in NJ & went there for a 1st date. Other than it being a bit on the "Pricey" side I believed it to be a great night out!!! ;-)

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Used to be our go to for special occasions, last 2 visits were less than stellar. Out of all Malbec wines, had no tuna or shrimp to offer. Both of us had 36 dollar filets prepared differently. The normal menu filet had parmesan crust which used to be phenomenal, now it's an average steak with a pile of cheese half melted. Also, kitchen staff was loud and one genteleman was preparing food in a tank top. On a whole it's still a nice restaurant but for a special night out and to pay close to 200 dollars with tip for average food, premade off premise desserts, and questionable kitchen prep policies? We will take our money elsewhere.

PS
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were very, very good! I don't know why people wrote that the service was bad. The waiter and waitress were VERY attentive and personable.

EM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our party of 4 loved Nina. Food was outstanding, service attentive without overdoing it. Only problem was temperature of the room. There is just one A/C unit in the wall and a few ceiling fans. As the night went on the heat level rose. That's why overall rating very good and not excellent.
Otherwise this is a great place.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service...all of us enjoyed our food...nice and quiet Sunday brunch

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