Cafe Nuovo

4.8
2302 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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Experiences

  • Dinner in the Main Dining Room

    Multiple dates available

    Please join us in our casually elegant Main Dining Room with views of the Providence skyline. ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, WE OFFER TWO SEATING AREAS INDOORS: ROTUNDA OR MAIN DINING ROOM. OPTIONS PRESENTED DURING BOOKING REFLECT WHAT IS AVAILABLE. IF YOUR PREFERENCE ISN'T LISTED, PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER TIME.
  • Dinner in the Rotunda

    Multiple dates available

    Please join us in our Rotunda surrounded by 30 foot windows, Italian Marble, and views of Downtown Providence. (Note: This seating area is adjacent to our Main Dining Room) ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, WE OFFER TWO SEATING AREAS INDOORS: ROTUNDA OR MAIN DINING ROOM. OPTIONS PRESENTED DURING BOOKING REFLECT WHAT IS AVAILABLE. IF YOUR PREFERENCE ISN'T LISTED, PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER TIME.

Offers

  • ROTUNDA SEATING NOW AVAILABLE!

    Multiple dates available

    Please join us in our new additional seating option surrounded by 30 foot windows and Italian marble. Select HIGH TOP to snag a spot in this unique experience at Cafe Nuovo!

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
What 2302 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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victoriaz
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server robert was great! and the food was so amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High school graduation

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LeahH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a 15 months of not eating inside of a restaurant, this was our first experience. We had planned to eat outside but since it was a very hot day, we asked to change to the inside. We sat in a nice quiet area.
The service was superb. The food presentation was fabulous. We all liked our food choices.
I would highly recommend Cafe Nuovo... it is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tricia N was our server and she was perfect! Food, as always was excellent! Great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Cafe Nuovo! Was there to celebrate my daughter’s graduation from RISD and it did NOT disappoint! It’s always been our favorite restaurant when visiting my daughter every year! Excellent food, great service, and love watching the gondolas on the canal while eating!

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vipThomasS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary
Spectacular

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PraveenM
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, friendly service. Good recommendations.

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LynnM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely delicious. Will be back to sit outside next time.

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vipRickC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and service. From the initial host to the bussing of the tables, the operation is top quality.

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DianeV
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting ,easy parking, staff was wonderful and very attentive to all our requests, food was cooked to perfection , complimentary dessert for our anniversary was unexpected and delicious ! Memorable , affordable
And delicious. We ll definitely be back!

JB
JoselynnB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, atmosphere is amazing, and staff is always attentive.

CW
vipCWright
New England
66 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Service was a bit off, but there was a wedding. The food was very good and the wine list very reasonably pricedd

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vipJazmin
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The rotunda was absolutely beautiful.

The food was presented beautifully and was amazing!

Our server Leo was friendly and very attentive!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto’s service is always exemplary 😊

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vipNicoleC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredible! Espresso martini was perfect. Service was excellent. Outdoor seating has great views. Highly recommend!

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MarcP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple review: Outstanding service, incredible food and a beautiful setting watching gondola's go by us on the river. Could be my all time favorite restaurant as the service and food are always consistently amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s no place like Cafe Nuovo For celebrating important family milestones. We’ve been celebrating my daughter’s birthday there since she was 12. Vince, Brian and Kim Continued the tradition of delivering exemplary service making my daughter feel like a princess as she does every year when we come there for her birthday. The kitchen staff prepared tremendous appetizers and a lovely main course. The desserts were amazing and the wine and drinks rounded out another 5 star night at Nuovo!

Thanks my family appreciates the hard work you do so well.

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vipLoriR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are lucky enough to live across the street from this wonderful restaurant. The food and service was excellent. We had an outdoor reservation but because of the wind it wasn’t available. They were able to find us a table by the window to watch the gondolas go by.
Always delicious and too notch service. Keep up the good work!!

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JackS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner with great service from Abby. Every dish was excellent and the eggplant pizza appetizer was also outstanding. Thank you.

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AnthonyW
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Pizza tasted good but was not hot when placed on the table. Great desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really liked the experience, our servers name was Zeus and he did an amazing job! :)
Super courteous of them to move us closer to the heaters as the night went on. also a dessert that said congratulations was
a thoughtful touch for our engagement.

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JamieS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s refreshing when an expensive dining experience is worth it. The food was very good the service was exceptional and the atmosphere is very special. Overall a wonderful night for a celebration dinner

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Longswimmer
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Cafe Nuovo has a reputation for top notch and exceptionally prepared dishes. We found it a mixed bag, really. Ten of us gathered for a birthday party dinner. The service was excellent, very attentive. But the braised beef and lamb was dry. Disappointed in potato squares served with meal. Should absolutely be homemade mashed potatoes. The triangle squares they call potatoes were cheap; awful. Report from my party:. Swordfish good, scallops on risotto were OK. Not sure I would ever go there again or re commend considering our bill for 800+ for the evening. Cannot recommend. Three stars.

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DonR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven't been to Cafe Nuovo in a few years, but now that the world is opening up,my wife & I decided to go. We had a table by the river It was beautiful & romantic. Service was outstanding, and I had the best swordfish ever. Great culinary experience.

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Hcxab
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The host allowed us to sit outside instead of inside as I reserved (granted it was a slow Monday night). Outdoor seating was nice, nothing special. With the river and city views, I guess they didn’t want to do too much. Well placed tables with ample lighting and heaters when it started to get darker and colder outside. I would say our dinner was pretty average. “The bland” and “the tasty” equaled each other out. Bib salad and calamari were very good. Raw oysters and shrimp cocktail were average. The beef carpaccio was “meh.” Duck and salmon were amazing. Lamb shank wasn’t as good as it sounded. My bottle of red wine was not poured into a decanter. Server was attentive enough. I wrote that it was a birthday celebration on the comments on OpenTable but didn’t get even a happy birthday. Guess I should’ve said something instead of just writing it then I could’ve gotten a candle. Would go again but more so for the view.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my husband’s birthday at Cafe Nuovo was perfect! Food was outstanding! Service incomparable! A great evening all around. Thank you! Cannot wait to return to Cafe Nuovo!

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foodjoy
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Very poor customer service, server seemed rude and with an attitude. Also, I have requested a cake with candle as a part of it, but they never followed the request...I would never come back to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone!

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Keith
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a delightful atmosphere. Staff was courteous and polite.

KM
KerryM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely experience from start to finish. Staff was warm and welcoming. Taylor our server was knowledgeable and personable. Excellent customer service. Food was amazing, with spectacular presentation.

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vipefromri
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

SOOO glad to be back for in-person dining. As remembered, the food, presentation and service was wonderful. Has gotten a little pricey due to the pandemic. Definitely for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was very personable and food delivery was in a timely manner.

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Bernarda
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food wasn’t great and took forever to come out, waiter was very attentive and pleasant.

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Jillian
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious - can’t wait to go back with friends!

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vipFineDine
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blend of old world European and modern adaptation

Outstanding

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vipRickC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience in terms of food, service and setting.

JD
JaneD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious dessert was exceptional service was great

BJ
BillJr
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excel!ent in every way. Simply outstanding and I highly recommend to anyone looking for that perfect night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cannot wait to go back!

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vipAnnonymous
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Nuovo: Excellent food & service. Friendly & helpful greeting. Nice indoor and outside ambience.

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Grads
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great food and good ambience. I would recommend being seated outside if it’s warm enough or by a window if possible. I have been here twice and the second time we were placed at an inner table despite having made the reservation several weeks before. But I also understand that it’s more difficult now due to the pandemic and the distancing required between tables.

Service was good, although the waiters seemed a bit unfriendly but not rude. It was a little bit breezy/chilly due to the doors opening constantly to the outside seating area (it wasn’t that warm out) so that probably didn’t help with the experience.

FAQs

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

Cafe Nuovo is rated 4.8 stars by 2302 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Nuovo does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.cafenuovo.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.