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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
  • "Another wonderful dining experience at one of my favorite Providence restaurants."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Took out of town company to dinner there, wanted to show them the river walk and a bit of Providence. While it did have good ratings, I did not anticipate how perfect it would be in every way. The food the service the setting. I had the lamb shank served over Orzo, but not just any orzo it was baked with a delicious San marzano tomato sauce I am still thinking about."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Two out of town friends and I enjoyed a fabulous meal with very attentive, but not overbearing service recently. An unusually warm early May evening allowed us to enjoy eating outdoors. My friends were very impressed and you can be sure that all of us will return….soon!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "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
  • "We took our mother there on Mother's Day for an early dinner. It was our first time there. Our waiter, Ken, was hilarious and attentive, and made my mother feel special. The food was great and the desserts were beautiful. Great time!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Cafe Nuovo hosted our group celebrating the conclusion of a year of service with each other. From beginning to end the experience at Cafe Nuovo was exceptional and first rate! From manner with which our party was greeted at the door, to the table we were escorted to, to course after course of wonderfully prepared starters and entrees, the staff at Cafe Nuovo knows how to treat its patrons in the highest degree. Their care and hospitality of our group made certain that experienced a memorable and highly enjoyable dining and culinary event that was a fitting exclamation point on our year together. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "haven't been to cafe nuovo in a few years. had always been a good restaurant. tuna entree was bland, bibb salad good, drinks just ok. everything just ok - will not go back - there are too many restaurants in the city to settle for just ok"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This place is a great find! Hidden in the bottom of a bank building with excellent food, phenomenal staff and beautiful dining area. From the moment we walked in until the moment we left they were amazing. Informative, tentative without being annoying, accommodating to special requests. All around the experience was fantastic! "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Best restaurant I've been to in a while! Chef and waiter were so accommodating of my allergies - even modified some dishes for me. Highlights were the escargot and the duck breast pappardelle. Both amazing! Will absolutely make the trek to Providence just for this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Really nice place, central location, great staff, 10 of 10, thats not even talking about the food. The food was top of the hill. Even liked the slight attitude from the bartender, verry French. This was for my wife on her birthday, really made he day! Highly recommended. PS, try the choc pot dessert. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "this was our fourth time to this restaurant in the last two years. The service and food and atmosphere makes this spot one of our favorites."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Monday night, group of 11 celebrating a special occasion. We received a private room by the window, right next to the canal. The staff was extremely attentive and professional, and guided us to some delicious specials including a melt-in-your-mouth bursts with prosciutto appetizer and a swordfish with a rhubarb glaze for dinner. Other notable dishes included a juicy and tender duck breast, a seared tuna, and a baked salmon. The private room was separated enough to allow for normal conversation, even though it was a big table. And, as finishing touch, the valet had our cars ready and waiting as we were leaving the restaurant. We would definitely go back the next time we are in town. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Our 4th visit from Massachusetts.......... Food was overall very good. Appeertizer (Eggplant) was average compared to Siena......... Service excellent"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were in Providence for a cycling race and picked Cafe Nuovo for a family dinner Saturday night. We could not have been happier. Excellent food all around. Great recommendations from our waiter who also got one of the biggest % tips I leave!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed utilizing the valet. Excellent reception at the door. Service from their waitstaff was knowledgeable, professional and i wanted for nothing. wine was ordered with dinner and they appeared regularly to maintain our glasses without request. warm towels with lemon were presented after our shellfish course. we enjoyed the taste and presentation of their plates right through to atmosphere and decor. The manager on duty came by personally to insure we enjoyed our dining experience. Ive been many times and am always excited to see menu changes, and taste my way through their small plates and entrees. Excellent spot to recommend. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Very nice riverfront setting for a long lunch with old friends. Service was exceptional. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Very professional service. Food was up to expectations but wines by the glass were not as inspired as the menu. Went midweek when it was quiet and our table was private, though the room layout is such that u could see how it could be noisier. Ambience was more "upscale business" than unique--seems like a place where people would take their clients out for dinner than a romantic spot. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "N I always have a perfect experience so this time it was a little off. The staff seemed unhappy. We sat at the bar because our table was not ready waited for service there for first and second drink. Reservation was at 7. At 7:20 we were given a table in the main dining area. Very loud for me. I wear hearing aids. I need quiet. Our server was nice but didn't really speak to us. When we left no one at door and we got our own coats. Just didn't feel as special as when we usually go. What happened to the other maitre d? "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This reservation was for my husbands birthday. I asked for a quiet table with a view because of his birthday. We were seated at exactly that!! The food was fantastic and the desserts were gorgeous! Never been before, very subtle location, we never even knew it was there. The wine was nice and the staff was very attentive. Would definitely go back and will tell everyone I know to go there. Don't mind spending $$$ if I enjoy the food/ atmosphere. This one is a keeper!!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We met one of our partners from out of town and the 3 of us had dinner at Cafe Nuovo Wednesday evening. Without going into lots of detail, everything from the appetizers, entrees, wine, and deserts were all wonderful. Last but not least was our waiter, he couldn't have been better. As always it was a great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/16/2014