ROIA

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567 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
ROIA is located in the heart of downtown New Haven next to the Shubert Theater and adjacent to Yale University campus. ROIA is housed in what was originally the grand restaurant of the historic Taft Hotel built in 1912. The charm of this architectural gem has been restored to create a setting where you can enjoy great food and great company. Featuring local and seasonal ingredients prepared in the French and Italian traditions, ROIA is the perfect choice for any dining occasion.
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Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Cauliflower soup was good but had a bitter aftertaste. I got the cavatelli, and it was honestly so salty that it was almost inedible. There were four or five mussels in the entire dish. The steak frites was good though. We were going to stay for dessert but not after the terrible pasta dish.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my sons birthday, but not much attention was paid to that. I think it was mentioned as an aside - but I was a bit disappointed that a bigger deal was not made (esp since I put it in my reservation special instructions)

SN
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and a terrific visit!

LR
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is inventive and always delicious. Predictably excellent. Brought a business colleague here for dinner and we enjoyed every bite. The cod was cooked perfectly with a crispy crust and lovely sauce. The apple buckle was a huge portion able to be shared or brought home for tomorrow.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was well executed by a well rounded chef owner. musshroom carpacio and Tarjarin pasta are a must. Chef worked the front and displayed great wine knowledge. Our party of 5 enjoyed 3 very novell wines

s
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of great places to choose from in New Haven. Roia is consistently wonderful.

OT
New York Area
254 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. The chicken liver mousse was perfect, the duck, stuffed eggplant and the sorbet. The bread is alway perfection and we made the show next door on time. We love this restaurant far superior to Union League for food and service.

c
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely building and decor. Great food and good value for Prix fixe. Unusual items especially the delicious mushroom/fennel sakad. Quiet and attentive service.

OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good, wine was excellent. The wait (with a reservation) was awful. Service was not so great. Staff were friendly, but it seemed like our waitress had way too many tables.

CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We greatly enjoyed our experience at ROIA! Service was impeccable & the food was devine!!!

TB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here! Avi prepares my dish for me just the way I love it. Favorite restaurant to come to when I am in New Haven!!

JP
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on a slow evening but the food was excellent along with the service. The old Taft hotel has magnificent ceilings with the decor of the era. The prices were very reasonable especially considering the quality of the food! It was so good from appetizers to dessert. We will return.

l
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the greeting we received upon entering to the last crumb of dessert this was an incredible experience. We had The carpaccio di fungi, the ricotta on crostini with roasted vegetables, the Arctic char, the pesto risotto. the cecio di pepe, the smoke marshmallows and the strawberry sablé each morsel was perfectly conceived and presented. We will be back but sad to know that the excellent chef and manager have to move on due to visa issues. 🙁

ER
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal as always. We have never had a bad meal at Roia, always a unique dining experience.

HK
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, ambiance, and service. I was a party of five with three young children. We all enjoyed the food and they gave my wife a special dessert to celebrate her birthday. Parking was on the street and free on Sunday. The Strawberry and merengue dessert was a hit for all. I highly recommend this restaurant. We purchased the cheese plate, salami plate, fennel salad, carpaccio al fungi, grilled avocado with chickpeas, steak, amazing pasta which my two youngest shared, and the organic burger for my 11 year old. Everyone was beyond full and extremely happy. I will return soon.

JD
Fargo
7 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A good evening. Not crowded, one noisy table nearby. Overall, a pleasant evening before the theater.

KM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic once again. Avi, the proprietor treated us with such kind hospitality. Can’t wait to go back.

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Just to expensive for the experience. Not bad place, but so many other restaurants in New Haven that are a better value.

S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pre-concert dinner, great service and recommendations from the wait staff. Apps were fantastic and steak frites were top pick. Wish we had room for dessert!

SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by an extremely competent and friendly staff. Food is interesting and delicious, with appropriate portion size and good vegetarian options.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First we did one of their cheese and wine classes in collaboration with Caseus followed by a beautiful dinner!

d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ROIA HAS NEVER FAILED TO BE ANYTHING BUT PERFECT AND WONDERFUL

TH
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great grilled octopus. Nice atmosphere for couples.

RO
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service , great atmosphere.

SW
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mothers Day Brunch was lovely. The food choices were enough to please all 4 of us. And the food presentation was beautiful. More importantly the food was delicious. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Prices a bit high and that is the only thing that would prevent us from coming more often. But this was perfect for a special occasion

NY
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I hardly ever leave reviews, let alone bad ones. I went to this restaurant 3 times over the last 2 years -- just to keep giving them the benefit of doubt. Each and every time: slow inattentive service with attitude, mediocre [at best] food, and random issues such as waves of mothball-like smell coming through the air shafts (acknowledged by waitstaff but no action/effort to correct or explain). My first time there, we had a reservation, the entire restaurant was empty and the host staff still insisted on sitting us by the door. It's a shame since the ambiance on par with Manhattan upscale dining -- beautiful space -- but I'm absolutely done with this place. Would not recommend it, at all!

TM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening for long delicious dinner. Great cocktail (Bitter French) and loved mushroom carpaccio salad and grilled octopus main. My husband enjoyed the soup and fish special immensely.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We all had underwhelming pasta dishes. The service was friendly but inexperienced and inattentive. I brought folks from work and was a little embarrassed.

m
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch before a matinee at the Shubert Theater

RS
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat and to celebrate in New Haven!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, elegant without being stuffy. Cocktail service a bit slow. Waitress made good wine recommendations. Nice that restaurant provides for free parking in nearby parking garage. Beware of scheduling reservations during Shubert Theatre AND Music Hall performances; garage can fill up quickly.

TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Limited but select and well-prepared menu, refined atmosphere.

CF
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar at Roia is my favorite for a relaxing, inspired dinner with a friend! The food is always full of tasty surprises!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing as always, however, our service was majorly lacking. My service last time was superb. Hopefully it was a one time mishap.

K
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef at Roia never fails to disappoint, and his team offers wonderful service, as well (an important- but all-too-often neglected detail). We are fortunate to have several top-tier restaurants in New Haven, but Roia is one that I return to often, most notably when I have friends or colleagues. Of Special Note:
- The specials are almost always impressive.
- The bartender is fantastic (again, not always the case in restaurants)
- Good place to bring guests.

GH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I received excellent service and delectable food with outstanding presentation delivered by personable, considerate staff. I will definitely return!

FB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and very attentive staff. Super convenient to eat before a show at the Shubert.

d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening at a jewel of a selection. We adored every moment. Thank you so very much.

RD
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I chose Roia because of previous good meals there, and also because my guest of honor was vegetarian, and I was pleased to see that Roia's menu offered sophisticated veg. choices that didn't look like afterthoughts, as can sometimes be the case. Then it turned out that most of my other guests were also vegetarian! Well, hooray, everyone found good food to eat. Me, I'm a carnivore, and I enjoyed my steak dish, and another guest enjoyed his salmon. We ordered the cheese sampler platter and a few other appetizers to share and everything was delicious. The servers were all very attentive and helpful. The restaurant is lively and therefore a bit noisy, and that is difficult for me as I have trouble hearing with lots of ambient noise. But this is an elegant and historic venue, the food was great, and I would def. arrange a dinner there again.

EM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice restaurant with decent food which was presented nicely. The waitress was great but service was slow. Overall, a great place to eat.

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