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“Taking it up a notch”
Review of NOVEL Restaurant

NOVEL Restaurant
Ranked #23 of 173 Restaurants in Williamsville
Price range: $19 - $56
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Main
Description: Novel Restaurant is an upscale restaurant featuring fresh seafood, steaks, house made pasta, breads, & desserts. Novel Restaurant also features a private event room which can accommodate upwards of 60 people. We are also happy to to provide any full service catering needs.
Reviewed September 30, 2018

For years, my wife and I had gone to Amaretto Bistro after seeing a movie at a nearby theater. Then Amaretto closed for renovations for several months. Well, the restaurant has reopened, and is much larger, swankier, and tastier than ever. Amaretto was always a classy small Italian restaurant with a limited but very good and consistent menu. It was quiet, adult-oriented (no TV above the bar), even romantic. Reinvented as NOVEL, the restaurant is now twice the size, having taken over an adjacent defunct business storefront. It has a banquet room, dining separate from the bar (which now has a smallish TV above it), and it is no longer as quiet because so many people have discovered how GOOD the food is! Some of the old favorites are still on the menu, but a touch of class has been added to the offerings, especially the appetizers and small plates such as oysters, octopus, crudo, foie gras, calamari, and duck confit. My wife and I shared the grilled octopus with a walnut goat cheese salad, and a baked swordfish with risotto and asparagus entree. Our dining companion settled for the baked salmon with beluga lentils. Everything was delicious. And we were happy to see that the restaurant had retained its custom of providing an amuse bouche at the start, a basket of bread and semolina chips, and a small after-dinner chocolate truffle. Service was a little slower than usual, probably because there was a wedding dinner going on in the back room, but leisurely was fine with us. The wine list, curiously, had hardly changed, so we ordered our old favorites. Nothing too extraordinary, but some decent choices. Delighted to see this restaurant back in business and apparently making it.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Had dinner here with 2 friends and we were less than impressed. Two of us had been to amaretto and had enjoyed it very much. Novel has been enlarged and redone but the food and service has suffered. We ordered a bottle of wine for 2 of us and my other friend ordered a cocktail. Her drink came after a while but our wine wasn’t brought over until after the waitress took our order. She messed up my friend’s dinner order and acted annoyed when it was pointed out to her. I ordered the beet and bacon salad and was very disappointed. The spinach in the salad was wilted and the beets were very thin slices that tasted like they came out of a jar. Definitely would not return.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

Novel is an expanded version of the Old Amaretto. The expansion/renovation did not include the menu. We have visited many times under the Amaretto label and were pleased. Now the effort looks as if it went into the bar and dining space expansion and decor. A seasonally varied menu would be great for those who visit frequently. Our dishes - scallops and seafood pasta - were tasty and well prepared, but we have seen before. No specials to add variety. Adequate service and new booths are comfortable. My wife thinks Novel makes the best Manhattan in WNY. Parking into lot behind. Volume level allows conversation

Date of visit: September 2018
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Thank tom2831
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

For a menu with prices this high you better deliver 8 meals 5 appetizer 7 desserts not one worth an A. A medium rare steak came decidedly well, linguine with clams was clearly not fresh bivalves- home made ice cream had little flavor and the horror of ice crystals. Cannot recommend

Date of visit: August 2018
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Thank toastboy1
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Reviewed February 13, 2018 via mobile

Usually an excellent choice but today was terrible. The server was somewhat rude. Paid $19 for the fois grad appetizer that was less than the size and width of a quarter but according to the server “it is 2 ounces”. The evening special bronzino was cooked perfectly but the accompanying butternut squash was burnt beyond recognition. The server told us it was the chili powder! They did bring us some unbury squash but the entire evening was disappointing at best

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank My3andme
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