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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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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food prompt service. On the noisy side but bearable. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went to Cafe Nuovo to celebrate my wife's birthday and had a great experience. We had a very knowledgeable waitress who didn't rush us through meal, we had a very nice and relaxing meal. Even though it was a busy Saturday night the noise level was not too bad. The food was fantastic. This is a higher end restaurant that I would recommend for a special night out."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Cafe Nuovo last night. Everything from the ambience, service, and food were outstanding. We arrived early and sat at the bar for a cocktail, and was had a delightful conversation with "Jake", who by the way also makes a perfectly delicious martini. It was a Tuesday night, and there weren't too many people there so it was a little quiet, but that helped with it being very romantic. The food is not only delicious and perfectly prepared, it is a work of art on a plate. I posted on Open Table that it was our anniversary and they appropriately gave us a beautiful table by the window, and when we ordered dessert, both plates had "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate! Bravo!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We have dined here before. Usually for special occasions. We had requested a table near the windows. When we arrived the restaurant was less than 30% full, but our request was not accommodated. Our table was at the rear of the restaurant. We ordered two salads. One was the bib and the other was the nightly special. Both were excellent. For dinner we ordered veal scaloppini and filet mignon. The veal was excellent. The filet was not cooked as requested. It took more than 10 minutes to get the plate back. I tried to wait to eat my food, but it was getting cool when the filet arrived back. We then ordered desserts. They were both excellent. The presentation was wonderfully creative."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We have been there a few times, the food is always good, the wait staff very attentive to our needs and the sommelier has tremendous pairing suggestions."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had six people and due to the time of the week there were few people there. The food is excellent but considering the number of people we could have had more attentive service. Our waitress was professional, friendly and helpful with a very good grasp of the offerings. Small children would not be appropriate but well behaved ones would."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We were working a show at the convention center and in need of a good dining experience. The waiter was awesome! Recommended a great wine and was very attentive. Appetizer was excellent. Main course was a bit rich. Yes, I would return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Everything from the menu to the service was impressive!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Cafe Nuovo is our go to spot for a special occasion. Food and service are consistently great! We love the menu, but the specials are always highly anticipated. Highly recommended!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Always have a great dinner when we are at Cafe Nuovo. Waite staff is very knowledgable and attentive. Enjoyed my evening beginning to end.."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have not been to Cafe Nuovo in quite a few years. I loved it when I was there before and was not disappointed this time either! The food was delicious, the presentation was beautiful and the staff was extremely friendly and gracious. Both my date and I enjoyed it thouroughly. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was AMAZING. I had the scallops and shrimp dish with butternut squash spaghetti. I never knew there was such a thing!! Excited to go back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Once again I had a great meal with colleagues at Café Nuovo. Their seasonal menu has a wide range of choices that are expertly prepared and served by a wait staff that is second to none. Consistently outstanding in all categories."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This was my second time at the restaurant and both have been very good. I was there with my wife and enjoyed the complete experience from oyster appetizers to after dinner drinks. We will be back again soon."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I selected this venue based on other reviews and I was not disappointed! The service was the best I have had in years. The food was thoughtful and inventive. From coat check to chef to wait staff to owner, there is not a staff more in tune to its clients than Café Nuovo. Put it on your list to visit soon and often."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Probably my fourth trip to this restaurant over the same number of years. Food and service has always been consistently good. Had two meals off the nightly specials this time and both were excellent. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I love everything about this restaurant, the only very, very, very slight issue was the overly touchy service; still better then abandonment;)"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Everyone has an extremely busy schedule these days and its hard to find the time to simply enjoy a few hours away from the grind. Cafe Nuovo offers anyone that chance to sit in a beautiful and relaxing environment that caters to you. The menu is excellent and they offer delicious specials. The staff is well verse and honestly care about your experience. Management is kind and friendly and remember well the highlights of previous visits and add that personal touch when you don't expect it. The calamari was fresh and golden brown, my filet was the perfect temp and a nice portion. This is a wonderful setting with a five star meal, it's the perfect mini vacation for all of us who live in Providence and nearby. I highly recommend a visit."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife took me out for my 40th b-day what a treat. Everything that we ordered from appetizer to dessert was excellent. This is my new favorite place!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "As always a phenomenal experience. The appetizer, salad and entree were fantastic. Dessert was good but not exceptional like the rest of the meal. Our waiter was fantastic. He was knowledgeable , attentive and had a great personality and sense of humor."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is the third time at this restaurant. The food is always excellent. The service is second to none. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I have had a few meals at Cafe Nuovo. We have always been very pleased with the quality of the service and exceptional food. However we where disappointed with the overall atmosphere and service on Valentines day. In general I believe they had jeopardized their reputation by giving in to pressure and over booking. This made the dining experience somewhat rushed and took away the atmosphere my wife and I loved about the Cafe. We will be back because the food is great and have never been disappointed but on a slow night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Amazing food . the crispy sushi is to die for . amazing service . I will be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Outstanding service, excellent food, very romantic, my beautiful, perfect, sweet, kind, funny, sexy, incredible date was VERY impressed."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Cafe Nuovo was a successful reservation. The service was amazing from time of arrival until we stepped into our vehicle. It was a great experience. The food was absolutely delicious. There New York steak strip was my option for dinner while my wife choose the veal. I was very very satisfied. Customer service was awesome. I would deff give Cafe Nuovo a future visit."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We go to Cafe Nuovo a few times a year, and decided to go for Valentine's Day--which landed on Friday. Every table was booked, and still the food was great. I had the tortelloni and my BF had the halibut. As always, the servers were friendly and very professional. The presenation of food is really unequaled in Prov--each dish looks like a work of art. Kudos for pulling off your usual standards even on Valentine's Day Cafe Nuovo! I can wait for spring and the patio....;-)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is incredible and the staff is very professional and knowledgeable. I would definately recommend Cafe Nuovo to friends. I love eating here."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Café Nuovo is THE place to go for a special night or just for great food with friends. Dimitri Kriticos is always paying attention to every detail of the dining experience. The service is great - the staff is not only knowledgeable about the menu selections - they know where the dishes key ingredients are sourced and when asked - they can recommend great wines to pair with anything on the menu. When looking for a great place to dine in downtown Providence - don't miss this place."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Food and service were exceptional, dining room feels a little crowded as tables are close together and the space itself seems small for the amount of tables/chairs they put in there. However the professional staff skillfully navigated around the busy dining room, everyone was very polite and friendly, the foot was artfully designed and plated and executed perfectly. Perfect place for a special occasion, Definitely a must-try restaurant in providence."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Haven't been in a while because the old menu was tired. New menu was awesome & food equally as impressive. Will surely return soon."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Everything about this place is 5 star worthy. Service, decor, view all contribute to experiece. This was our 3rd visit and just like past times food was outstanding. From the appetizer tomain course all were prepared using fresh and high quality ingredients. Everyone in my group loved their meals. My salmon was the best I have ever had. And just when we thought it could not get any better our dessert came. So artfully prepared and scrumptious. The chef. Even wrote happy birthday and inserted a candle on the side of the plate. It is the little touches like this that and the consistently great food and service that will keep us going back despite the hour drive to Prov. l"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My husband and I returned to Cafe Nuovo after 5 years. The restaurant was as wonderful as it had been many years ago. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. Our waitress, Amber, was great! Very attentive, knowledgeable, and had a great personality. I am looking forward to going back!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I went to Café Nuovo for my birthday with my friends. We wanted to get dressed up and go somewhere fancy. We had a really good time. The food was good and my mom had called to have some desserts sent over to the table. Everyone was really nice, they sang to me and brought all kinds of fancy deserts to the table. I would definitely go back. Thanks Elizabeth Bennett"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Everything from the appetizers to the desserts were well planned out, uniquely paired, and beautifully presented while staying true to familiar tastes that play delightfully with twists from the kitchen."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We went to Cafe Nuovo at the suggestion of a friend and because it was part of Providence's Restaurant Week. Everything was wonderful! The service was impeccable - our server was friendly, helpful, efficient, and very patient as we waited for one of our guests to arrive. The food was delicious, most notably the Cajun chicken soup and the sorbet and fruit dessert! I look forward to going to back in the warm weather to dine outside!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Excellent food, beautifully presented, friendly and accommodating service, pricey, but not outrageous, free valet parking -- everything a good restaurant should aspire to! I'll definitely be back, despite the fact that this restaurant is a 90 minute drive from my home! If I was looking for a complaint, it would be that the tables are a little tight, but for us it just added to the fun to compare menu choices and reviews with our fellow diners!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The lemon sole was tough and dry. Needless to say this was disappointing."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Providence! As always, it was outstanding in every way!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday with my family last Saturday evening at Cafe Nuovo. It was wonderful. Great food and our waitress Michele P was the best. I highly recommend Cafe Nuovo."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Was overall happy with the food and theme I. A very nice place for a great meal. I was a bit unhappy with the ending, we had dessert but the server never asked if we wanted coffee. It seems small but after dropping that amount of money it ended on a sour note. Asked somebody else about some coffee and they said ask the server. Besides that it is an excellent place to spend a evening with fine food and scenic views of Providence."
    Dined on 1/18/2014