3131 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA | Directions 9266333.621058 -117.926660
Mon - Sat, 5pm - 1am; Sun, 4pm - 1am
Reasonable, Romantic, Great Vibe, Great Fun! – I just moved from the east coast to Newport Beach and I am very impressed with Villa Nova. The whole crew is attentative, friendly, and on top of your order. The one bartender John provided me with a wealth of knowledge about the area and places to go. The management team is very friendly and listen to your needs.
I recommend this place to a few types of people:
a great first date spot for anyone mature in their mid 20's and up.
a great late night spot (9pm-12am) for a drink or two at the bar (always people hanging out here).
a great spot for a few friends to get a table, bottles of wine, and enjoy the water/boat views.
a terrific spot if you like live entertainment (jazz, sax, keyboard, piano, singing)
romantic, hip, upscale spot good for a single good for a date and good for friends.
what i like best is that the food is VERY reasonable relative to the rest of newport beach and the staff is attentative to your needs. also there is a very large selection of wines and entree choices. Plus valet parking is free with a small tip to the valet.
Go out and enjoy this gem!
This Newport Beach landmark serves up top-notch Italian and stunning views of the Pacific. – In Short
Villa Nova has been a fixture on the SoCal dining scene for more than 70 years. First located on the Sunset Strip, where Joe DiMaggio brought Marilyn Monroe on a blind date, it relocated in the '60s to its current oceanfront home--and its views of Newport Pier can't be beat. Enjoy fresh pasta and Italian favorites w hile surrounded by Old World charm--the restaurant walls are painted with lovely scenes of Italian villages.
BEST Late Night Fare/Cocktail Lounge – Imagine oversized booths facing the twinkling lights of newport harbor with waiters dressed in tuxedos, a musician in the cocktail lounge and several affordable entree choices--this is an EXCELLENT choice for a date after a movie or show.
The food is not impressive. Good, but not impressive. Portions are average, seasonings are a bit bland, menu is unoriginal. However, I find it impossible not to love those attentive waiters, the twinkling lights and the oversized booths!
Classic & Fun Place – We always have a great time at Villa Nova. The wine list is fantastic and the service and food are great. The piano bar is the best in town. We enjoy the people watching and taking friends there who have never gone before. We also went there once on a friend's boat, it was cool to pull into the docks and go for dinner.
WORST ITALIAN FOOD EVER!!! – Was the most overpriced BAD Italian food ever. It's sad when even the specials are bad. I ordered the Veal Parmigiana with a side of spaghetti. Both came cold. The marinara sauce was tasteless. My boyfriend ordered lamb chops, which came rare, even though he had ordered medium. We sent it back and it came back a minute later only slightly less rare. Even with the nice view, it was hard to have a romantic dinner with the place being extremely crowded and noisy. Very disappointed.
An old stand by – Always a pleasurable dining experience. Oustanding wine list amd excellent service is par for the course. Valet parking can be a little ardous due to the P.C.H. location, yet typically it's worth the wait. Waterfront tables are in high demand and as such cannot always be had (even with reservations placed well in advance). A warm atmosphere, a fine bar and an overall enjoyable experience for ones money. A romantic setting so leave the little ones at home...
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