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
160 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (117)great for outdoor dining (96)scenic view (93)romantic (80)fit for foodies (77)notable wine list (39)good for groups (34)great for lunch (28)neighborhood gem (25)late-night find (19)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (16)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
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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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Triple Crown Winner
    mayaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food, fantastic ambience on the terrace and superior service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Evening
    NPdiner
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Another wonderful dining experience at one of my favorite Providence restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View
    RCW37
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    MG247
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would come back
    Lauren
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Nuovo
    anniversarydinner
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great food and service, the best escargot, dessert was served with a candle and Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on the plate
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • six star experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A fine dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.