Cafe Nuovo

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

from beginning to end, the experience was wonderful.

S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fast service. Great vibes . Waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable. My fiance and I were greated at the door and seated immediately!

m
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This was my fourth time visiting Cafe Nuovo. The first two times were spectacular; on the third visit, the food was cold, but delicious nonetheless. This past visit was a different story. My boyfriend ordered pork, which was served raw and completely inedible. I ordered swordfish with broccoli and mashed potatoes, which was extremely underwhelming. For my dish, the fish was grilled perfectly but extremely salty; the mashed potatoes were cold and tasted like they were made from a box, and the broccoli was also cold. The server noticed my boyfriend's pork was raw and brought it to the kitchen to be corrected. When the meal was returned, it was edible but some areas were still too pink. The flavor on the pork dish was underwhelming. The server was kind, and thanked us for our patience. I was surprised that the manager didn't come over to apologize for the raw pork. Overall, the food was not worth the price and we will not be returning.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The service was fine. The food was OK. We were seated in what was clearly an expansion space used for special occasions. As opposed to the comfortable and spacious seating in the dining room we were packed pretty tightly into an annex with tables and chairs that looked like they belonged in a tent at a wedding. What’s even weirder is we noticed there were four same-sex couples (including us) in the alcove and none at all on the main dining area. I suppose it might have been a coincidence but it was very obvious to us and definitely made us feel like second class citizens. Thanks but next time I’ll go somewhere that feels more inclusive.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Pretty simple reason for recommendation.

GJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extraordinary Valentine's evening with outstanding drinks, food, and service. And a great location on the River. Thank you!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food as always was phenomenal. Lemon cheesecake was excellent with the fresh raspberries. The service was ok but overall it was really great time.

CA
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service! This is one of our favorite places for date night!

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great but food came out very slow

GF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and very nice inside a great special occasion restaurant!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

r
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite go-to place in Providence, Sean and his team, consistently perform.

A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was cooked perfectly according to our specific requests; we each had 3 courses at this meal. All members/attendants of the restaurant were very attentive and friendly. We have dined here several times for over 20 years; our overall experience, as always, was outstanding.

BB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous food, service and ambiance....will be going back soon!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Nuevo is my favorite favorite restaurant only little challenge is that noise coming from the bar area can be high

RH
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband there for his birthday and had a great time. Food was excellent (crab risotto was so good!) as was the service. The view was lovely as well. Had a great time.

F
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Nuovo is for me one of the best Restaurants in Rhode Island.
The dishes taste not only fabulous but are also beautifully presented.

D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except the noise level. We were a party of 2 and had to lean across the table to talk to each other.

CD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere
Wait staff was terrific
Would definitely return and recommend

MT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience! My sister and I recently took our dad here and we were all thrilled with our dinner choices, service and all around dining experience. Leo was ten stars for a server! Kind, offered great suggestions, great personality and even had the dessert team go the extra mile for our dad's special treat! A++ Cafe Nuovo. Will absolutely dine here again!

S
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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RA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Providence because we had heard about “restaurant week” and made reservations at Cafe Nuovo, a restaurant that my wife ate at a few years ago.

First of all, they had our reservation which, in and of itself, was an excellent sign.

Our Waitress was phenomenal and the menu was exciting and reasonably priced for lunch.

The location of the restaurant, at the confluence of two canals, was especially fun.

This is one must place for a relaxing lunch and a great view.

Providence is a charming and friendly city and deserves your visit.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening out with friends- food was delicious- service was excellent

DB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Amanda and she was fantastic! The food & presentation were wonderful!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our lunch was amazing. Our Server Cally gave us wonderful recommendations, was very friendly and helpful. Our food was served promptly and the presentation beautiful. Best of all the food was delicious. The short rib Mac and Cheese was very original and delicious. The eggplant and zucchini also was cooked perfectly with a nice little crunch and perfect red sauce. Planning on going back for dinner in February.

T
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food- great service- nice atmosphere...always a favorite!

C
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We were squeezed into a small space and my steak was very salty for some reason. Haven't been to Cafe Nuovo in a long time, and was expecting it to be more. Excellent service though.

CD
New England
242 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week dinner at Cafe Nuovo was excellent. Since we had a dear friend join us, we enjoyed a bottle of Saracco Moscato d'Asti, a sweet, crisp white wine. We each began with a salad. My friend and I were crazy over the quinoa, lentil, and arugula salad. Hubby was in love with the brussel sprouts salad which I also tasted and understood his delight! The entree, Chicken Scallopine with its tasty spinach, roasted red bliss potatoes, and lemon-butter fine herbs was very much enjoyed by two of us while the third diner liked his Risotto with Tenderloin Tips with wild mushrooms, horseradish-thyme butter, and pickled mustard seeds. And then, the piece de resistance, dessert: Lemon cheesecake with berries for my friend, and for hubby and me, my favorite - the pot of mousse - a pot made of spectacular chocolate and filled with dark and white chocolate mousse, and presented with Raspberry & Mango Sauce, and Cappuccino Tartufo - so phenomenal!!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated with view of river. Jared was phenomenal. The food was fabulous!

BP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite all time restaurants!! The service is always on point, and the food is always outstanding!! Accommodating my food allergy is never an issue. Every person you interact with there is always friendly and courteous. I highly recommend Cafe Nuovo to anyone. Whether you are local or visiting this is an experience you don’t want to miss!

DD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, as always!! Roberto (server) is phenomenal, as always!! From the moment you walk through the doors you are greeted with a smile and feel special and welcomed! Great atmosphere, great menu, great food, great team of staff! See you again soon! :)

ET
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Appetizers, dessert, bread and cocktails were excellent. Entree was good but not great. We went during restaurant week, not sure if that impacted the quality of the entree (hope not, as it shouldn't). Our table was inconveniently placed and a little tight on space, which was slightly annoying but not a big deal. Overall, we liked it and would recommend.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

p
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took advantage of Providence Restaurant week. Good choices and good value. Wait staff there is always professional and the food always well prepared and tasty.

V
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great inventive food, large portions, impeccable service.

MF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was stellar. Always a great meal at Cafe Nuovo!

C
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Nuovo has always been our special occasion restaurant. This occasion was our anniversary.We were not disappointed once again. The service provided by John was second to none. Entrees were perfect.
Cafe Nuovo will continue to be our restaurant of choice!!

0
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice it was not very busy but it did as the dinner went on

KW
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter, great food, nice ambience! Always a pleasure to dine here.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful table with a beautiful view of the river, fantastic food and excellent service. The creme brûlée was the best I’ve ever had!