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Cafe Nuovo

4.7
4.7
2659 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (401) 421-2525

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Providence

  • Cross street

    Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal

  • Parking details

    Lunch: reduced rate with validated ticket or nearby street parking; Dinner: Valet at the front door

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,659 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Rhode Island

    Contemporary American

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  1. C

    Cutter0104

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful scallops, outstanding cocktail, great wine on a beautiful evening by the river
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was divine, waiter extremely attentive, snd atmosphere was delightful!
  3. KM

    KarenM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful new place to eat in Providence along the river.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time food was great as well as ambiance and our waiter was excellent especially with the allergies in our party
  5. DD

    DeniseD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We ate outside. Beautiful night. Fabulous waiter! He could not have been any more professional or attentive. I did not get his name, wish I had, he was terrific. Knew the menu well, made suggestions, just made the dining experience perfect. We loved our dinners, the Caesar salads were a bit wilted but otherwise all was delicious.
  6. KR

    KevinR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food with great service. Distinctly unique dining
  7. RR

    RobertR

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good meal, not wow! Service was excellent!!!
  8. AB

    AnnmarieB

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chilean sea bass was outstanding!! the flavor was delicious.. salmon tatare was not good.. halibut was fantastic. the presentation and vegetables were done beautifully.. absolutely great service.. one of my Top restaurants..
  9. CC

    CarlosC

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. Our server catered to our needs in a professional and friendly manner. They surprised us with a dessert with candle since it was our 10th year anniversary. Very pleased with this experience at Cafe Buick. Kudos to the manager who was very attentive. Lastly, the food was exquisite! Highly recommend this restaurant! Thank you.
  10. BP

    BeckiP

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and our waiters took very good care of us.
  11. L

    Lcat

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely amazing meal to celebrate our son’s 21st birthday. We all ordered something different and each dish was beyond delicious. Don’t miss the cauliflower appetizer or the salmon main. The duck was also a crowd favorite. I need another occasion so I can try the crispy sushi! Oh, and save room for dessert!!!
  12. PP

    PatriciaP

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Our experience was extremely poor. We were seated at 8:30 pm and our food did not arrive at our table until after 10 pm. In the meantime we were lied to by at least 2 separate servers who said our dinner were almost ready and would be coming in only a few minutes. Finally a manager approached our table and accosted us as if we were at fault. He practically yelled that our food was being plated now and what more did we want from him I will never go back to that establishment. Their lack of customer consideration from a very respected restaurant ruined a beautiful night.
  13. LV

    LouiseV

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our evening at Cafe Nuovo! Sitting out by the river was beautiful. Our meal was fabulous & our waiter was great! I would highly recommend it!
  14. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food here is amazing. Everything tasted so fresh
  15. AC

    AvaC

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite Providence restaurant. Always spend our anniversary here. Food and service are outstanding. Highly recommend!!
  16. F

    Foodie58

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Cafe Nuovo and are never disappointed by our visits. It is elegantly casual and just right whether an intimate dinner with friends or a celebration. From pasta to duck the agility and nuance of the chef is in fully evident-- tasty, comforting food with a lovely use of seasonal vegetables and seafood. Desserts are yummy and the wine list is great-- a real treasure in Providence; both cozy and sophisticated.
  17. U

    Unhappyd

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    I’m not sure why our food wasn’t good….and it also didn’t look good. The shrimp and calamari appetizer had no shrimp in it. The calamari was undercooked. The salmon tartare, was not as pictured, and didn’t taste fresh. We ordered nothing else, as the service was very slow, and we had low expectations for the rest of the meal.
  18. A

    Annonymous

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food prep, presentation and ambience. Professional and welcoming service
  19. JD

    JuliaD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food! Highly recommended.
  20. SR

    SamR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had the Chilean Atlantic Bass and the Duck. Both were excellent! We also really enjoyed the dessert: Pot of Mousse! Our waiter was efficient, but not friendly.
  21. JT

    JenniferT

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brian (bartender) was fantastic! Recommended a wonderful wine and was very aware of everyone at all times.
  22. JG

    JohnnyG

    New England

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We celebrated our anniversary here! It was during a heat wave so we could experience the out door seating. (Nobody’s fault, just nature) The food and service was so good! We like to celebrate our anniversary at Cafe Nuovo.
  23. g

    gerryk

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was PERFECT for my birthday celebration! Waiter Leo was AWESOME LOVE Cafe Nuevo
  24. G

    Goodeats12

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious food, comfortable setting inside or on patio.
  25. J

    Jazmin

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gary was amazing, very attentive and friendly. The food was great
  26. k

    kristines

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely divine! The view, location and artwork are terrific, along with the service, but the food….wow. I think the three of us had the best meals we’ve had in a long time and were all humming. Would go back on a heartbeat!!!
  27. RL

    RolandL

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place!
  28. k

    karabeth

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    I’ve been coming to this restaurant for years now and always had a good meal and experience up until now. The atmosphere changed along with the clientele. The menu was also different and did not include A la carte options anymore. On top of everything the worst part was we waited an hour and a half for our dinner, which was so bad that we couldn’t eat it and told the waiter that it was way too salty. We ordered salmon and one of the veal pasta specials, which barely had any veal in it. They didn’t even end up comping the two dishes that we complained about which were way over priced for what we were served. I was convinced that it changed ownership that’s how much change I saw. I understand Covid effected many businesses and service but this was not excusable. I warn everyone that it is no longer the up scale restaurant with gourmet food.
  29. j

    jeremy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Very much enjoyed our dinner but I feel like it’s a little overpriced. Great service, our waiter Robert was outstanding!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. The service was exceptional
  31. DC

    DianeC

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The dining experience last evening was a positive one. We were seated at a lovely, relatively private window table, which I had requested when making reservation. Our two waiters were pleasant enough without being overly attentive. We both were looking forward to having the “Dover Sole”, only to find out it was not being offered….needless to say, we were both disappointed. We got over it and came up with another selection. All was good and cooked to satisfaction. Will definitely return, soon.
  32. PF

    PammyF

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere. The beets were undercooked and the Brussels sprouts inedible. Wait staff was professional but the food wasn’t up to standard for a nice expensive restaurant.
  33. s

    susan

    Las Vegas

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Disappointed with the selection and unimaginative dishes
  34. KY

    KunlinY

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience from food to service! Highly recommend the sushi starter, lamp cake, and the double mousse dessert, I couldn’t help order a second exactly same mousse dessert even after we’ve paid the bill! The service is great, waitress gave good recommendations and vibe is top, try to book the table along the river if not too hot outside!
  35. JB

    JayB

    Charlotte

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The venue was nice but inside was corporate feeling given it’s in a corporate office tower. The outdoor seating along the river is amazing. The menu had an extensive # of entrees and nightly specials. Everything we had was very tasty and came to the table quickly. The rack of lamb was delicious. The specials that night (halibut and scallops) weee amazing as well. Friendly staff. A bit pricey but worth it. Would definitely go back!
  36. FS

    FrankS

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was delicious and the waiter was excellent.
  37. EH

    EricH

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great spot on the river. Busy for a week night. Food was delicious!
  38. JB

    JulieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All 11 people in the party loved everything they ordered. Very nice upscale experience!
  39. F

    Forbsie

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crispy tuna roll app was incredible! Short ribs, a pasta special with scallops and shrimp was excellent… very attentive service!
  40. AB

    AnastasiosB

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all the way around

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Cafe Nuovo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 421-2525.

Cafe Nuovo is rated 4.7 stars by 2659 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Nuovo does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Cafe Nuovo

One Citizens Plaza, Providence, RI 02903

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal

  • Neighborhood

    Providence

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Lunch: reduced rate with validated ticket or nearby street parking; Dinner: Valet at the front door

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (401) 421-2525

  • 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

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