NOVI Kitchen and Bar

5 reviews
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£25 and under
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Modern European
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Special Occasions
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NOVI is located in central Cambridge. The ground floor operates as a coffee house, restaurant and bar, this floor is home to our open kitchen. The 1st floor has a private dining room, which can accommodate parties of up to 36, on the 2nd floor is the Cocktail lounge. We offer table service throughout and only accept the number of customer we can seat, we accept bookings for both eating and drinking customers.

Our food has no geographical boundaries, our aim being to create a selection of dishes which work harmoniously. Skilled techniques are used to heighten already amazing produce without fuss. Sourced from the best suppliers available, many of which are small, local, artisan producers. We have a unswerving dedication to ensuring our product is thoughtful and respectful to our environment.

The menu evolves regularly as ingredients come in and out of season. Here there are no starters or mains, dishes of varying sizes brought to you as and when they are ready.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Modern European, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation
Mon to Sat: 08:00 to 11:30
Sun: 09:00 to 11:30

Mon to Fri: 12:00 to 15:00
Sat: 12:00 to 16:00
Sun: 12:00 to 18:00

Mon to Sat: 18:00 to 21:30
Sun: Closed

Mon to Thurs: 08:00 to 22:30
Fri & Sat: 08:00 to 00:30
Sun: 09:00 to 22:30
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Phone number
01223 518537
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jon Dillow
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We offer sit down diners, social dining tasting menus, and buffets. We are also happy to tailor the food and drink to your exact requirements, please call or email faye@novicambridge to discuss.
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Parking Details
There is on street pay and display parking on Regent Street and Park Terrace. Additional parking is in Queen Anne Terrace car park, Gonville Place, Cambridge, CB1 1ND.
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stops outside Downing College, Regent Street, Cambridge.
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Open kitchen
Botanical bespoke cocktails
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Special Events & Promotions
Private dining
Corporate bookings
Wedding receptions
Wine tastings
Cocktail parties
Private functions
Birthday parties
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined on 14 March 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Having booked a table for 6 for a special lunch I was surprised to find out that it was a "Vegan" lunch. When we arrived there was no menu and It took a long time to prepare salad baps with veggie sausages. I could perhaps understand vegetarian but Vegan is a step too far. I assume the butter on the baps was dairy free.

1 review
Dined on 20 September 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked a table on 20th september 2015 for 1.30.
First impression: Sparse,cheap looking decor, no atmosphere and bored staff!
The food on arrival was nicely presented but barely warm.We complained to our waiter, who apologised and gave feed back to the chef.However, the apology was insincere and no reduction was offered on our final bill.
We would most definitely not go back to Novi in Cambridge and would never recommend this restaurant to anyone!

34 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This new restaurant looked exciting and the initial impression on entering was very positive. The market is very competitive in this price range and there are many shortfalls which they need to address.

The individual components of every meal are served in ramekin dishes (tapas style) which were cold as were the plates upon which the food was then to be placed before eating. The result of this was obvious and disappointing.

A major issue occurred when a member of staff helped one of our number (who had a broken arm) empty his ramekins onto the main plate. Some of the contents missed the plate and ended up on the floor. I asked the staff member to rectify this by bringing another portion. This never appeared and no apology was forthcoming despite the item appearing on the bill.

Why didn't I chase up the staff about this shortfall? The answer was that the bar and waiting staff were far too busy chatting amongst themselves to be concerned with the customers. Topics of conversation appeared to be what they would be doing and where they would be going at the weekend as well as general gossip about friends and acquaintancies.

A great disappointment. We won't be going back.

1 review
Dined on 11 August 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The bar/restaurant itself (we never ventured upstairs to lounge bar so cannot comment) has been nicely done up- light airy and open ( love the entirely open front of the restaurant- feels like you're in a Spanish tapas bar! Also loved the polished brass menus/bar)
Cocktails although not cheap were delish, the food was the real head turner though!
All served as small plates except for handful of dishes that were a bit more substantial. Small in size but big in taste- real delicious mix of flavours that didn't disappoint- all tasted fresh and not too heavy so didn't feel that I'd over indulged like I usually do after a meal out and then not have enough room to enjoy a dessert- highly recommend the Thai fish cakes, the fillet steak and the polenta with kurly kale! For dessert we had passion fruit sorbet and the chocolate dessert with granita which was heaven in the mouth!
The service was exceptional, Matt the owner stopped to have a chat and to make sure everything was ok for us and our waitress was just the perfect amount of friendly, polite and attentive.
We will definitely be coming back!
Few more cocktails in the lounge bar next time!
The only real negative was the lack of ambience as my partner and I came on a Tuesday night and we were one of 2 sets of diners.
Some background music would have been nice and made it feel a little livelier, having said that we had a relaxed and romantic evening so thank you!

24 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We went to NOVI for a late Sunday lunch .
Ambience quite nice and friendly staff.
The menu it`s pretty basic with a limite choice.
We probably were unlucky , however what we ordered was not available and we had to settle with a second choice.
Observed some lack of attention to customers as we had to ask twice for cutlery and napkins.
This place it`s nice to go for a drink but would not recommend for lunch except if you keep your expectations low.