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The Nova Cafe

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312 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715-4750
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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129 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate here twice on our vacation. We told the host we preferred a booth, and he made special effort to secure us one. We also appreciated his friendly disposition and enthusiasm for his job. Our waiter wasn't quite as friendly the first day, but there was a full crowd there, and perhaps he was tired. The second day, our... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Long wait for a very different menu. If you are wanting basic bacon and eggs then the price may be too high for you. If you want something different and funky, then this is the place. They offer free coffee to all while you wait which was really cool. Our servers and all the staff were great. I would give... More 

Thank cater3cook
Bozeman, Montana
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nova is a busy place, so get there early. Great food every time. Very friendly atmosphere and very good service. Down town parking can be a hassle sometimes, but there is a parking garage near by.

Thank kissyjand
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The place was packed & we had to wait for a table but it was definitely worth it. They even had a vegan menu. Besides the regular breakfast choices they had some unusual items. Everything was served hot & was delicious.

Thank travellight7
Nova312, Public Relations Manager at The Nova Cafe, responded to this review

It's so great to hear that your meal was worth the wait! We try hard to accommodate all food preference and allergies so everyone can eat here. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! More 

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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes we had to wait five minutes for a table--so worth it!! The atmosphere, art and organic food so worth it. I got organic co-op sourdough french toast, potatoes and soy hot chocolate with hazelnut (no whip). Best breakfast Ive had in years. I was full half way through but oh- man everything tasted so amazing!! Eat here- get a... More 

Thank Elizabeth A
Nova312, Public Relations Manager at The Nova Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much - we are delighted that you had a great time at the Nova Cafe! Best breakfast you've had in years is high praise and we appreciate it! More 

Westerham, United Kingdom
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223 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a no-frills diner/cafe. Be prepared to wait to be seated; It is exceptionally popular. To be honest it felt chaotic. Noise levels were uncomfortable. Once seated service was adequate; the menu choice was good and our lunches were okay. Overall we felt it it was over-rated.

Thank AlisonandColin
Nova312, Public Relations Manager at The Nova Cafe, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience. The wait and the noise are unfortunate side effects of being so busy, especially in the summer months. It's something we're always working to improve and we appreciate the feedback. More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came for a great breakfast here and weren't disappointed. Fabulous pancakes, waffles, and specialty sausage made locally. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating. Very homey atmosphere with a lot of locals. And inexpensive to boot!

Thank Elaine F
Nova312, Public Relations Manager at The Nova Cafe, responded to this review

That is so great to hear! Sounds like you had exactly the experience we hope every single diner has. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review, we really appreciate it! More 

Parnu, Estonia
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good food, prices little higher than average. Its good but did not really understand what's all that fuss about. Waiting time was around 40 mins pretty much all the time. There are plenty of cool brekkie places around which have same quality food.

Thank Meriliis S
Nova312, Public Relations Manager at The Nova Cafe, responded to this review

Glad to hear you had a good breakfast, despite the wait. Thanks for taking the time leave a review! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great breakfast spot for family and kids. Get there early. Great locally made sausage. Easy walk from most parts of downtown.

Thank hmill
Nova312, Public Relations Manager at The Nova Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! You're absolutely right - the earlier the better to reduce wait time. And we're glad you liked the sausage - it's one of our favorites. More 

Bozeman, Montana
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We read about Nova as one of the best places for breakfast and it was. No doubt a place to hit when you are in town. everything hit the spot. This is really a no brainier.

Thank regraider50
Nova312, Public Relations Manager at The Nova Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad to hear that your meal didn't disappoint! And we appreciate your taking the time to leave a review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $12
American, Cafe, Gluten Free
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 312 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715-4750
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Bozeman
  • Phone Number: 406-587-3973
The Nova Cafe, located in the heart of historic downtown Bozeman, Montana, is locally owned and serves up the best breakfast in town!! Our unique and delicious breakfast and lunch menu is offered daily. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m and lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.The Nova Cafe desires to enrich the lives of its guests, employees and community. We strive to be an integral part of our community by supporting local artists, farmers, producers and other local businesses.The Nova Cafe also offers a children's menu and gluten-free-baked goods. A changing exhibit of artwork by local artists is featured in the restaurant.Come join us at The Nova Cafe for The Most Important Meal of the Day! LOCAL FOOD LOCAL ART LOCAL'S CHOICE!!!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?