Cafe Nuovo
Cafe Nuovo

Cafe Nuovo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafenuovo.com/
  • Phone: 4014212525
  • 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 4014212525

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 functions
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Cafe Nuovo reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (118)great for outdoor dining (109)scenic view (91)romantic (83)fit for foodies (78)notable wine list (38)good for groups (35)great for lunch (28)neighborhood gem (25)hot spot (23)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (14)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Grows with my 4 year old
    Drudaju
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very good with my 4 year old. Made him a juice cup with tupper wear. No kids menus but made him pizza and offered to make just about anything for him. Food was outstanding. Nice place to eat with group of people and bring your child if no baby sitter available.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Localisbest
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The dinner was presented beautifully. The seafood portion size was very small 2 scallops and two shrimp. I'm glad it was me a petite person who ordered it or an additional snack would have been needed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dining Experience
    CaptainBeyond
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service and food were outstanding. Everything from valet parking, reception, bar, table, and server converged to make the entire dining experience exceptional. We will be back.......soon. The menu selections were diverse, appealing to a wide variety of pallets. Because of the driving, we had wine by the glass and the house recommendations were superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service and Food
    FredVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Visited here on a Saturday night. Started our meal with a 10 inch pizza of the day - which was thin crust - imaginative mix of toppings (no tomato sauce and mozzarella) and wonderfully crisp and tasty. Both entrées - a tortoloni dish and a bouillabaisse were also great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great anniversary dinner. Beautiful view on Waterfire route. Delicious. Our server was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dinner
    LocalDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have dined several times at Cafe Nuovo and have always experienced a top-tier evening. The ambience, food and service are all top-shelf. Valet parking makes it worry-free to drive into Providence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved Cafe Nuovo!
    Punkinbits
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went to Cafe Nuovo to celebrate college graduations. We had 7:00 dinner reservations for outdoor seating. We were seated right away. Our waiter, John B., was excellent! He was attentive and always kept our wine glasses full. His suggestions for wine and food were perfect. All courses were nicely spaced out and not rushed. All meals were hot and prepared to perfection. I was not disappointed in anything at Cafe Nuovo. It might be pricey but you get what you pay for and it was worth every penny spent! I can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great
    Five0
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I normally don't do reviews but I eat out often in the most highly rated restaurants and lately I have not been satisfied with many but we truly enjoyed a wonderful evening of fine dining this past Saturday with family so I thought Café Nuovo should get the kudos they deserve. As always the service and food were tremendous. The Crispy Sushi and Oysters were fresh and delicious, Duck Parpadelle, Lamb shank and Veal chop were superb. Cocktails to desert was a 10+. The restaurant was very busy but the service staff and kitchen did not miss a beat. I noticed the Host serving food and setting up to make sure everything was just right. Everyone there treats you very respectfully. Best restaurant in Rhode Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine dining experience
    alpinegarden
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    For a large and busy restaurant, our experiences here have always been on the higher level of a small, boutique establishment. We can even carry on conversations in a normal tone of voice. The service is as attentive as in smaller places, with well-trained staff. The food has always been delicious and carefully prepared. A measure of any restaurant's capability is risotto, and Nuovo always has three on the menu - and the ones I've enjoyed have been everything a risotto should be. My last dessert was a bit of a disappointment, but that's a minor quibble... and won't keep me from returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    CNBarb14
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband took me there for a birthday dinner. We will be back soon. The atmosphere, service and food was outstanding. The location is ideal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must Try!
    TJMCC
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent food and service!! Outside dining area right along the river is very nice. Bar area a bit cramped but energetic and well stocked. I would definitely dine here again!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Café Nuovo - great experience
    DinerN1
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Recently had a wonderful dinner at Café Nuovo in Providence, RI. It is always excellent there, so when we had family from out of town visiting, we wanted it to be sure to have a exceptional dining experience and it was. Great food, great view, wonderful experience. One of the best RI restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow service
    Luv2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a 6:30 reservation during the day of the Waterfire show. The restaurant was busy and it took almost 2 hours for the food to come. We had to rush through the food to catch the rest of the show. Food was good but we could've gone somewhere else if we knew service is this slow. If you want to catch the show, beware of the slow service if you don't get an outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service...
    2dinersVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As usual the food and service were excellent, despite being packed by Water Fire and a private reception. Food service was probably a bit slower than usual, but we don't mind a leisurely meal. Wondering if the the restaurant could use some updating inside, decor seems tired and maybe a restroom renovation too? My husband and I were both in a line 6 people deep at one point :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but not on a Waterfire night
    SavvydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a nice dinner, albeit with a few issues, but contribute that due to the incredibly busy night, because it was a Waterfire night. Ironically, we came here that night BECAUSE of it, however, it backfired because the kitchen was overwhelmed. For the cost we would have liked perfection. For example, my dish came out cold and my husband's special of the evening was overdone. I'm sure that they would have offered to redo it if he had complained more about it, (he mentioned it to our lovely waitress Charlene) but as it was we had waited well over an hour for our entrees to come out. Add that time to the almost half an hour for the salad to appear. The manger Sean, was so nice and offered to quickly reheat my entree, which I took him up on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff marvelous - mgnt snooty
    DivaCarol
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was delish - the wait staff was attentive but not intrusive - the management was snooty when I asked them for a window seat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Al Fresco Spot
    BruinsRuleVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Cafe Nuovo is one of my absolute favorite warm weather restaurants in Providence. While I've never scored outdoor seating for Water Fire, it would be perfect 50-yard line seating. Even on a non-Water Fire night, the outdoor dining experience is the best. There is a Venice-like quality to the experience. Beyond the atmosphere, the food quality and service at Cafe Nuovo are always consistently very good. They have many creative options with interesting plating. They also have a wide selection of more simply grilled items for the less adventurous. Appetizers range from ocean fresh raw bar to a really good escargot and a solid duck confit pizza. Pasta dishes always have interesting twists on the traditional. Desserts are to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chet
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    great food - lovely location - not a trendy hot spot
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and service
    Craig
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have not dined at Café Nuovo in quite sometime and I must admit it has been my loss. The food is amazing! I started with the crab & avocado appetizer special. The crab was luscious and sweet, I forced myself to share. My friend ordered the sushi appetizer which we would order again & again. Our entrees and desserts were equally delicious. One cannot dine at Café Nuovo without mentioning the topnotch service. Our waitress was attentive and offered wonderful suggestions (like the sushi). I look forward to another evening at Café Nuovo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business lunch
    BusinessDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very good spot for business lunch. Service was excellent and noise level low enough that we could have good conversation. Food was fine, not the focus, but that was okay for our purpose.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Visitor2waterfire
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    With so many over-priced restaurants that promise more than they can ever deliver, it was refreshing to have a great dining experience with excellent food, very attentive service and a very relaxed atmosphere. Also the staff went out of their way to make accommodations for our children and their limited palates. Over-all great experience! Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great view and menu.
    gardenlady
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We sat outside on a beautiful night. The menu offers a great selection. We would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but worth it
    Frugalfoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Really a gem of a place. Food is excellent, and out if the ordinary. Service couldn't be better. Just a little pricey. But if it's a special occasion, well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Cafe Nuovo is simply the most consistent restaurant in the city with regard to menu, service, and quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Classy service, exceptional food, and charming canal front table- a winning combination.
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  • Culinary Excellence!
    SoSweet
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was the best service of any restaurant I have been to. Our server was so attentive, and very accommodating. The food, fresh presentation and the uniqueness of the combinations assembled was a pure culinary delight! The zucchni and eggplant tower was incredible. I would highly recommend this restuarant the next time you come to Providence. My only complaint would be there are too many tables in the restaurant, making it tough for the servers to navigate the room. The ambiance is hip, great views of the river, and a wonderful way to celebrate any special occassion! fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    Reviewer516
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Found this spot on Yelp. It was a first class experience from beginning to end. The food was simply amazing in both taste and presentation. Not cheap, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dining
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Very good restaurant, service and location. Outside dining was beautiful too look at the water.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved our evening. We were celebrating three events. It was a great evening
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always outstanding
    Stoppedin
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Excellent Experience
    Hippie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My second visit was also wonderful. The food, entertainment, service, ambience all created another memorable visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week 'Hit'
    DaveKVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit much
    Maja
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great night out
    jody
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
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  • Always good food!
    Jenny
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't disappoint
    debg
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great food, great service!! I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite
    MarciRIVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always consistent in quality of food. I have never been disappointed. Nice ambiance too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Fine dining by the canal with the full moon and a great glass of wine...what more could you ask for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.