Cafe Nuovo

4.7
1616 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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RB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Decor is a little "old money" feel.

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B
New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Nuovo is always impressive. I love the layout of the dining room along the windows. the bar is intimate, with excellent cocktails. service is always up to par, and the food is incredible. My wife's birthday, our anniversary, or just "Tuesday", we love to pop in, but i do always try to make reservations!

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Cafe Nuovo...the food is consistently fantastic, the views of the canals of Providence are amazing and the waitstaff is the best in the city! From beginning to end, this restaurant is 5 stars...

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K
New England
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Lovely table. Fantastic new appetizer which was very imaginative.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week, dinner with industry friends

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DM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good treat for us to come here!!

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TC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant for the creative menu, excellent service and fabulous location!!!

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Café Nuovo is a favorite spot. The parking is easy with valet service, the food is spectacular and the space manages to be both elegant and warm and inviting. We have never been disappointed in the food or the service any time we have ever dined there.

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night for our anniversary. Food was amazing, they got us a great table and had a nice anniversary touch on our dessert. Would recommend for anyone looking for a nice night out. Can only imagine how great it would be in the summer along the river.

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MG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The quality of the food didn’t meet our expectation for this restaurant. The complimentary birthday dessert was a huge disappointment. I would rather be charged for a nice dessert, instead of the embarrassing freebie. We won’t be returning soon!

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G
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food but disappointed that it was all rather cold!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall a good experience but some hiccups along the way. One of the servers wasn’t well versed on the dinner and alcohol menu. She was nice but needed to verify questions.

We also had a table of young adults ages 18-22 in our party but just sitting behind us. They staff wasn’t overly attentive to them at first until I asked another if the servers to provide them with menus, get drinks etc. however over all a good night

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I had a reservation on New Year’s Eve at 6:15pm. Food and service was excellent. Price a little pricey but expected. One disappointment.. I expected a romantic table for 2 by a window. We were seated in the area to the right if the bar against a back wall. The tables in front of the window were all for parties of 6 and a little louder than we hoped for. We will definitely try again and maybe we’ll get a better seat. Maria and Joe Sousa

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dining experience was excellent. It is why Cafe Nuovo continues to be our favorite restaurant.

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p
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent time celebrating our daughter's 31st birthday. For reasons beyond the scope of this review, it was necessary for us to book a very early reservation. Due to this, we were the first party in the restaurant and there wasn't much energy in the room. Later on, the atmosphere became more vibrant. Both the food and the service were exceptional. However, the overall presentation was a little more reserved than we prefer. Make no mistake, this is a very fine, high end, dining establishment and the business model is appropriate to that goal. It's just that we like to not only have fun with each other, but also with the staff and that proved to be a bit of a challenge. It was a little like trying to get a Buckingham Palace guard to crack a smile. Still, it was a very good experience.

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SD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for dinner food was fantastic and drinks very good can easily recommend this place worth your time if you are in Providence

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PN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food and service were excellent!

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MT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Food was excellent. Lots of choices.

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K
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went to dinner at Cafe Nuovo on Christmas Eve so we expected it to be hectic and it was. The food was delicious and the place was festive. We were seated fairly quickly, albeit 10 minutes after our reservation, but from there the level of service got spotty. There was a large party next to us that was seated about the same time, which may have impacted the service. It definitely impacted the space we had, i.e. it was very cramped. I think they tried to squeeze too many tables into the relatively small restaurant. Although it took a very long time for our entrees to be served, the only really negative thing was the price of cocktails. They were more like NYC prices than what I'd expect (or have experienced) in Providence RI.

Overall, a wonderful experience (even if a bit pricey)!!!

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K
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. And, the restaurant’s bar staff professionals are outstanding.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve. Restaurant was packed but everything was excellent. Service quick, not rushed, 8 people in our party and not one person complained that their dinner wasn’t up to their expectations. This is our 6th Xmas eve dinner there and always awesome.

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G
New England
32 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dining experience from beginning to end. Food, service, wines.. you name it — absolute perfection.

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Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For years now Cafe Nuova has been one of the best and most consistent restaurants in Providence. We were greeted immediately and seated as we had requested. Our waiter, Gary, was excellent. His service and recommendations were perfect.

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JO
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love, by far my #1 favorite restaurant. My husband and I try to make it here for every special occasion we can!

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n
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect.

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PF
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enchanting evening! Outstanding food and service. Extraordinary attention to every detail made this a wonderful experience for us and our guests! Can’t wait to return.

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BM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding cuisine, impeccable service, inviting ambiance. A Providence favorite. Enjoy!

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

il locale bellissimo, il cibo ottimo accoglienza impeccabile

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LE
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For years, we have liked Nuovo. My criticisms this time is that there are very few vegetarian options for the entrees. And for gluten free, there is a pasta. I asked if they could use that for any of the pasta entrees and I was told no that it is only for a plain tomato sauce. In the past, the desserts were much better than this time. They were just ok..not outstanding. They use to look amazing and taste better.

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AJ
New England
38 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Nuovo is always great. Love the seasonal menu and the wine list. Always makes a great impression with our customers and vendors. Great special occasion place with the family too. Can’t go wrong booking here.

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LT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Prices are on the high side. Great for special occasions. Nicely decorated at Christmas.

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m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect meal! Absolutely fabulous:) We will be back.

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Dinner on 12/15. One star due to the restaurant being tastefully decorated for the holidays. We also had a nice table for 6. Can't speak for our guests because they do not typically complain about a meal someone else is treating them to. My husband ordered his favorite escargots appetizer which was not served piping hot. I had a salad. It was fine. We each ordered the sirloin steak with two sides. Our steaks arrived very dry as though they had been sitting under heat lamps and were more of a medium rare than rare as ordered. The server never provided us with steak knives so after a brief struggle we had to chased him and wait. He did bring them though we should not have had to ask. The mashed potatoes were tepid as well as the creamed spinach. We sent the potatoes back and received two that were piping hot. One of our guests ordered the swordfish. The server referred to it as salmon the whole evening. He even asked if she wanted her leftover salmon boxed? Our waiter served drinks to the men at the table first and our entrees were delivered to the wrong people at the table altogether. We spent close to $500 dollars that night. The evening did not come close to living up to our expectations. Could have been and should have been so much better.

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m
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the premiere place to dine while in Providence and never disappoints. I have been here once before years ago and returned and it is spectacular. The location is in the heart of downtown on the canal/water and is not a large restaurant but is one of the best. The menu offers all sorts of selections and we dined with kids and the staff was welcoming and accommodating. The food is delightful and I ordered the rack of lamb which was magnificent. We also tried the filet mignon and even the pizza was excellent. Wine list hit the spot and the whole experience is top notch. Prices are what you would expect for fine dining and parking is adjacent and reasonable as well. One of the better places to dine in Providence!

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OT
New England
28 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff was amazing, food is very good and all of us had a great time! Cafe Nuovo is a staple in Providence!

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TL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall good dining experience, Valet damaged my car

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing as always. However, I was disappointed in the service for the first time ever.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There were a bunch of lawyers having a Christmas party in the function room, total downer, LOL

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j
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great restaurant with perfect setting ,service and food quality.

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s
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Pricey.

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