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Cafe Nuovo
Cafe Nuovo

Cafe Nuovo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafenuovo.com
  • Phone: (401) 421-2525
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian O'Donnell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Rotunda available for weddings and banquets. Restaurant available Sundays for private functions and private luncheons on Saturdays. Platfom available for smaller business dinner meetings. Please call for capacity.
  • Private Party Contact: Dimitri (401) 421-2525

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Lunch: reduced rate with validated ticket or nearby street parking; Dinner: Valet at the front door
A word from Cafe Nuovo
Casually elegant Cafe Nuovo, at the Gondola Landing on Providence's famed Riverwalk, has been hailed by the New York Times and singled out by the Providence Journal as "RI's contribution to world class dining." The scenic waterside setting is matched only by the "fresh, seasonal flavor of Cafe Nuovo's contemporary American cuisine and heavenly dessert creations." Through glass curtain walls or while dining al fresco on the piazza, patrons enjoy attentive service and commanding city views while the river and gondolas roll by. Free valet parking evenings. **Sunday Open for Waterfire, Graduations, some Holidays or private functionsContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Very good restaurant, service and location. Outside dining was beautiful too look at the water."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Loved our evening. We were celebrating three events. It was a great evening"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Dimitri and his staff consistantly have this place humming. The menu has a little something for everybody and the specials vary with every trip - always something interesting to enjoy. Don't skip the deserts. A must stop in Providence."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • " My second visit was also wonderful. The food, entertainment, service, ambience all created another memorable visit!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We needed to make one appearence at Providence Restaurant Week and chose Cafe Nuovo. All 5 in our party were very satisfied with all 5 stasrtes and entrees being very good to great. It was a nice night and sitting outside would have been nice, but we were fine where we were near the kitchen."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This describes the style of this very traditional restaurant, as well as the food and the general tone of the place. The waitstaff was helpful but too eager to refill water glasses and rushed the service. Food lacked seasoning and imagination."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food was excellent! Went there for restaurant week. We had a 3 course meal.....I had the watermelon and arugula salad, the stuffed sole, and sorbet and fruit. Everything was delicious. Our waiter was excellent. Service was timely. Very, very good experience."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food is always great at Cafe Nuovo. We had a great server with good suggestions for our dinner selections. It is in a corporate building so the atmosphere feels cold. But we like going when we are passing through Providence for a good meal."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The cafe ambience even on a rainy sultry summer day was wonderful. Despite it being restaurant week in providence, the portions were very generous and artfully arranged as usual. . Sole on sticky rice with a beet reduction was splendid as well as sirloin tips. A watermelon arugula and feta salad was a refreshing lead in. Cheesecake and chocolate desserts were fine if unremarkable. All in all a great place to meet and eat!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great food, great service!! I would definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant for lunch and everything was perfect from start to finish. There is parking right out front. Both outdoors and indoors are beautiful. I decided on outside because it was so beautiful right on the river facing the gondolas. My friend was late, but I never felt uncomfortable waiting. The waiter was patient and accommodating and even helped me give her directions over the phone. When she finally arrived, we ordered and the food was so many good choices. The waiter helped me decide on a Bibb lettuce salad with grilled chicken. So good. My friend had a bowl of crab and mussel chowder. Delicious. They didn't mind that we sat there for three hours. It was so beautiful and elegant, yet very warm and welcoming."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Always consistent in quality of food. I have never been disappointed. Nice ambiance too."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fine dining by the canal with the full moon and a great glass of wine...what more could you ask for."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was very good. Not as memorable as in the past, but still very good. Service is attentive but not overbearing. Best tomato soup I have had! The other dishes were new to me but the soup I have had before and it did not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food, fantastic ambience on the terrace and superior service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had a wonderful outside table along the river which set the mood for a great dinner. The service was impeccable and the food was top notch. Especially the warm oysters. Overall it was a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Another wonderful dining experience at one of my favorite Providence restaurants."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The restaurant did not seem very busy even though it was restaurant week but the service was very slow. I ordered seafood salad and Lemon Sole both were just OK. I can cook better. Neither came with lemon wedges that I seem to have problems getting with my seafood in RI. I asked for them twice and by the time they arrived my food was barely warm. I may eat there again but only because it was nice sitting outside with a view of the river and my fiends food looked better than mine. Also, it is in a convenient location although a bit hard to find. I will not order seafood."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Restaurant Week - Real entree's on the selected menu. Not just a pasta dishes to be participating in Restaurant Week. Service is always outstanding! Beautiful night for outdoor dining as well."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was above average and the service was outstanding. The restaurant week menu was a great value as normal prices at the restaurant are quite high (especially considering the abundance of options in that area of Providence). Menu had a atypical vegetarian options which allowed one member of our party to have a more exciting meal than is regularly available to her when dining out. Would return during restaurant week."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great food and service, the best escargot, dessert was served with a candle and Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on the plate"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Cafe Nuovo makes Providence proud! The food is beyond belief, the setting gorgeous and the staff at the top of their game."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Cafe Nuovo was a fabulous dining experience. The staff, food, presentation, wine list and ambience make for a feast for the senses! We enjoyed our evening from the moment we walked through the door until we were warmly wished a good evening. This is a. Use for anyone who is looking for a superb meal."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We celebrated my Mother-in-Law's 75th Birthday. There were 12 of us. The food was excellent and overall experience was perfect. Sit outside to see Waterfire up close and personal. We go into Boston regularly for great food but will def be coming here more often. One of the best we've tried in RI. Thanks!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Watching the gondolas go by eating great food drinking great wine what could be bad on a beautiful summer night? Great service too!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Two bottles of wine, vrab cakes 3 ways, mussel and scallop chowder, then entrees; scallops with risotto and a special of the day, turkey on focaccia. Everything was just wonderful. Beautiful day to dine al fresco, unhurried by your fabulous waitstaff, right on the river. Perfect way for two sisters to catch up. We were there for almost three hours. It was perfect."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Cafe Nuovo remains consistently excellent in quality of food, presentation, and service. It is always a pleasure to dine there."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place is Outstanding!! My favorite place to eat in Prov.!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is my second time to Cafe Nuovo. Dinner is consistently good.On a nice evening or for water fire outdoor dinning overlooking the Providence river . Make reservations early for nights of waterfire."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was delicious but a little bit on the salty side. The unfortunate part to the evening was the extremely slow service. There was a private party being catered and it appeared that all the staff and food was going there first. Our first course came quickly with bread and olives half way through but then it was another hour before our meal came and only once did the wait staff return to ask if we wanted another cocktail. No comment or apology in between regarding the major delay. Disappointing."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was amazing, but the service was very, very bad. We went over graduation weekend, which probably explains this. There was a huge party, and they served the party first, completely ignoring their guests. We were seated 45 minutes past our reservation time. That said, I would definitely go back on a less busy weekend!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Highly recommend. Superb food, excellent wait staff."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time because we were with friends and were not rushed. However the food was mediocre (except the Moroccan Stew, which was excellent), and the room was so noisy we had difficulty hearing each other. Great service. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My husband and I were in town for our 20th college reunion and my mother's 45th reunion. We asked local friends for a recommendation and this was on the list. It was important for us to eat early. We took our tween daughters. We had a lovely meal and received very good service. The view of the river was nice. The adults in the group especially enjoyed the meal and experience. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Sean has always greeted me and my party with a great smile. He runs a great restaurant and the staff are excellent. Great place for lunch or a special event."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meals tremendously and were very impressed with their flexibility and understanding. First class treatment!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Impeccable wait staff, memorable food! Thanks for making our dinner there for our daughters graduation such a special occasion!!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Very good menu, food, service and ambiance. Excellent location."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I met some business associates here and it was a great choice. Before dinner drinks at the bar were great, they have Single Barrel Jack Daniels! Dinner was great all the way around and the staff folks were terrific. I'll definitely be back for both business and pleasure."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Our server, John, made the evening extraordinary. He was attentive, without being overbearing. He was knowledgeable and clever. He was resourceful and charming. It was a windy evening, and John made sure that everything stayed in place. The food was exceptional and worth the price. Likewise, our wines were splendid. Aces all around. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014