Cafe Nuovo

4.7
1667 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was amazing! From our gracious host to our server Leo’s exceptional, professional and perfectly friendly attention. The cocktails were nice, not great. The food was wholly unimpressive. The selection was limited and overpriced for the quality.

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CD
New England
199 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary of meeting 56 years ago and if it were not for that, we would not have a wedding anniversary of 48 years to also celebrate. Cafe Nuovo was the perfect venue to celebrate with tremendous food and service. We split the Bibb salad which was extraordinary and totally enjoyed the olives and the bread basket. My husband loves their swordfish with extra garlic and butter sauce, and I rely on my zucchini and eggplant appetizer which is a delicious meal for me!! Great night as always there!

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SO
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, food and service ! I would go again.

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KB
New England
35 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had dinner at Cafe Nuovo Saturday March 9th. Everything from the table to the drinks to the food was wonderful. The waiter asked us if we would like to see a dessert menu. It took almost 30 minutes before we saw him again. Obviously we didn't have dessert or an after dinner drink. We do really like Cafe Nuovo so this one experience won't keep us from going back in the future!

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SC
New England
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food!
I will definitely go back!

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a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good! Especially the lamb shank/orzo...like my mothers recipe!

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NR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, food, and a great experience. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an upscale, modern restaurant.

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SP
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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m
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food as always was fabulous. Unfortunately service was not up to par. Transferred to table with drinks from bar. It took forever for menus to arrive. Had to ask for bread just to hold us over. Then we rushed through our meals once food arrived because by then we were so hungry. I love this place but was disappointed on this occasion.

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C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places t fine. Greeted st the door. Fantastic service. Wonderful food. Parking.

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OT
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fabulous again. Great food and great service. Never disappoints.

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LP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The menu is very limited. It was clear that the food was not made to order. Within 5 minutes of placing our order the food arrived. My husband’s meal was cold and lackluster. My dish was the size of a small appetizer, certainly not dinner sized even for small composed dishes. Overpriced and overrated. Best part of the meal was our server. We were very disappointed and will not return.

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H
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, the preparation of the duck dinner that I chose was well appointed with the different choices of vegetables & sauces that combined to make a delicious dish. Our waiter Gary narrowed down my choices & I was very pleased with his suggestion. The atmosphere & table that we enjoyed our anniversary dinner was perfect. Cafe Nuovo has been a consistent restaurant of creativity & quality making for a wonderful dining experience.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made for a wonderful night out. Dinner at Cafe Nuovo then a show at PPAC. Beautiful location on the river. Restaurant was very quiet on a Wednesday in February. We sat near the window with a nice view. The food and service were tremendous. Server was very attentive without overdoing it. Swordfish was cooked perfectly and the cioppino included some of the largest shrimp I've seen in a long time. We enjoyed ourselves thouroughly and would not hesitate to go back for a special occasion.

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SD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has delicious food, a great ambiance and excellent service. Run don't walk to enjoy this place.

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BB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A snowy day in Providence having a holiday lunch. Leo, our server, was a real server with nice presence and manners. Oysters and clams on half shell prepared properly( which is rare lately). Nice 1/2 bottle of cab sauv as wasn't overwhelmed with by the glass choices. Luncheon of seared scallops on risotto and salmon with brussels sprouts: both perfectly cooked and the best part was that the food was hot! Nice view, setting, linens, easy parking, quiet due to weather. Lovely!

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k
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. We both have food allergies that were accommodated. The strip steak and the swordfish off the grill were both fantastic, and the broccoli was the best that we have ever had. We will be back!

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CR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant, the food is always fantastic. Quiet and great service. It is an upscale restaurant and priced accordingly.

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W
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out
We had great food and excellent service

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PB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our Anniversary and the dessert plate was decorated with Happy Anniversary wishes . The food was outstanding as usual .

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MG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The atmosphere was fine. The noise level good. The food was terrific though a bit on the pricey side. The drinks were small. They are seriously in need of slight larger martini glasses.

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TD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Celebrating a birthday, have been here before, the escargot keeps us coming back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been a million times, I’ll go a million more.
Hands down , The best in RI. Service and food are always outstanding!

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Over priced off course..but the food is worth it.l

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s

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BA
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Typically we have stellar experiences here. This time was not as great.

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YF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

15th Valentine’s Day in a row and each time just as good if not better!! Best resistant in the state hands down!

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment my husband and I walked in, we felt special. The service was outstanding, food was soooooooooo delicious and plentiful. The level of service and the view of the city were just amazing. And, the food was served promptly on a very busy Valentine's night.

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RW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, consistently great! What's more to be said?

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Cafe Nuovo. I was quite impressed. The service was exceptional; the food was fabulous. We were there to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Being that we are both retired, we opted for an afternoon dining experience to eliminate the usual hustle and bustle of “holiday dining”. We achieved our goal of fine dining and eliminating crowds. The only negative was they were setting up for the evening crowd and it did get quite noisy. The room filled with employees moving tables and chairs preparing for the Valentine evening festivities.

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p
New England
35 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine, sophisticated service; creative menu; tempting specials; delicious food.

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SD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Providence. We love it-the location, the food, the atmosphere

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! It was our mother's 80th birthday and couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate. Our server was wonderful!!!!! You even allowed us to bring our mother's favorite cake with no hesitation. I cannot wait to come back. Really, thank you for making it special for our mother and making it so stress free for us. See you again! Josephine Doherty

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location and pleasant place to eat. The service was great and staggered the courses so we could socialize and have a wonderful unrushed time.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant with excellent food, wine and service

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LM
New England
34 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getting together with friends is always fun but to enjoy a meal at Cafe Nuovo brings it to another level.
Always outstanding food options and service.
Thank You!

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HL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The brussel sprout salad with Salmon. .. memorable.

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G
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Although the bartender was great it took a long time for the food. She apologized and said it was on her and then charged us!

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Nuovo does not disappoint. Its consistently welcoming, the food and service are great and always a great experience.

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