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Novita Bistro BYOB - CLOSED

1608 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1542
+1 215-545-4665
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  • Excellent22%
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  • Average22%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible34%
9 Apr 2013
3 Jan 2013
“quiet little bistro with excellent mediterranean food”
Restaurant Hours Closed
$$ - $$$
1608 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1542
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

Ventured here for a restaurant week dinner. Byob, small space. Staff were friendly and attentive. Had a salad, lamb, and creme brûlée. Salad was unremarkable. Dinner And dessert were both very nice. A very decent meal. Food was not so impressive that I would run...More

Thank Samantha R
Reviewed 3 January 2013

had dinner on a rainy night with friends, great mussels, good chicken with couscous, wife had a nice piece of fish and backlava for desert...quiet place, 6 tables, bring your own wine, lamb was delicious...

Thank animaleyedoc
Reviewed 23 May 2012

I came here with my girlfriend and 2 friends. We ordered the gnocchi and calamari for appetizers. I've never experienced anything quite as good as either of these dishes. We also ordered the Short Braised Ribs, which were quite tasty as well. The guys ordered...More

Thank grsteven89
Reviewed 17 September 2011

We were six people on a Saturday night (with reservation). The place filled up soon after we arrived, including a party of 10-12 people. The service was timely and smooth. The chicken breast in the tagine was slightly dry to my taste, but the drumstick...More

Thank redshale
Reviewed 31 May 2011

Absolutely, unequivocally the worst dining experience of my life. Seriously, everything was wrong from the start. They screwed up our reservation and, even when our party graciously agreed to come at a different time, the wait staff was rude and inattentive from the moment we...More

2  Thank eqc531
Reviewed 12 May 2011

My wife & I live in the neighborhood and wanted a last-minute BYOB one recent Saturday evening. There was no issue getting a reservation, even though the restaurant was completely full. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. We shared the balsamic calamari appetizer. My wife...More

Thank NerolF
Reviewed 6 April 2011

Have to disagree with previous 2 reviews. We live in the neighborhood and have been several times. Service is always very friendly and professional. Many really consistently very good dishes, no disasters, some hit out of park. Prices/value vary greatly by dish. The tagines (chicken...More

Thank readyabout
Reviewed 26 January 2011

Took 3 hours from sitting down to leaving, no exaggeration. Does not take credit cards, cash only. Food was OK, nothing to write home about. Waste of time.

1  Thank mmbruce10
Reviewed 31 March 2010

I recently frequented this abomination of a restaurant. The food was so-so, the portion was inadequate - and the worst part of it was the service. This place was overpriced to begin with, especially for the food served and the ONLY reason we went there...More

2  Thank kaphila
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1608 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1542
    (Between 16th & 17th)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Centre West
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-545-4665
Novita Bistro is a casual, BYOB with Mediterranean influenced dishes located at 1608 South Street in the Graduate Hospital section of Center City Philadelphia. Novita was established in 2008 by Moroccan born Hassan Zanzoul This space was recently transformed into a quaint BYOB seating up to 40 guests & featuring an open kitchen. Chef Hassan Zanzoul developed a love of Mediterranean food while he worked as a chef in Taormina, Italy from 1987 until 1996. Upon his return, Hassan received formal training in Italian & French cuisine from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. While working toward his certification, he was selected to go to Paris to complete an internship. Before moving to Philadelphia, Hassan worked as Executive Chef at Silver Spoon Cafe in Branchburg, New Jersey. Novita’s menu includes simple, traditional dishes combining fresh ingredients from local vendors with rich herbs & spices. We hope to see you soon!
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