Cafe Nuovo

4.8
2355 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.

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 2355 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Nuovo is one of Providence’s and Rhode Island’s best restaurants. The food and service are impeccable, with daily specials that are absolutely delicious. Today’s was a very unique and fantastic swordfish special. On top of that , Cafe Nuovo has a extremely professional and engaging wait staff. The service never fails, and if you need a wine recommendation, just ask. You won’t be disappointed.
So if your in RI, go there.
If your not, still go there. It’s worth the drive.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Creative and well curated menu; best chowder I’ve tasted!

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ChristineR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal or service. Looking forward to my next visit.

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Kittyjoe
New England
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening, ambiance, great staff and great food!

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KevinR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining a must if there is nice weather. Right on the riverside

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed a great night! The only reason for my 4 stars on the food was the mango on my salmon was a bit sweet for my taste. The food truly was delicious and cooked perfectly otherwise. We had a great server and attentive staff. It was a great night for a birthday dinner. Thank you.

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vipChrisF
New England
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversaries dinner. Always love the crispy sushi. Along with the Chilean sea bass. Service was great.

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vipTimothyR
New England
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding! The menu is terrific. There is something for everyone!

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HonestTastings
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and recommendations from waiter. Lamb shank with orzo was delicious choice for two of our group. Calimari app excellent. A little pricey but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, our server, Amanda, was excellent, and our outdoor seating was picturesque.

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AvaC
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Providence restaurant. Food is delicious and the service is the best

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement celebration!

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Kristie
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!! Excellent service, food and ambiance!

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vipAndreaR
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been here in so many years what a lovely experience we had between the staff and the food and drinks ! Went for my friends bday and they were excellent!

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vipLizzytex
New England
50 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had in Rhode Island. I had the Daily special which was swordfish and it was amazing. The other three people in my party had the short ribs which they also loved. We sat outside on the water and it was perfect.

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I had the Veal Rigatoni on a recommendation. The veal was almost a pured, very mushy..very oily...pasta was overdone... I should have sent it back but didn't...I was very disappointed and I was looking forward to being there after a long time away, and two very special birthdays...:(

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harry4
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with good company

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vipFranco
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Especially during Covid, this restaurant has the best outdoor seating. The menu offers something for everybody and if needed they will accommodate you with special requests. I highly recommend Cafe Nuovo.

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vipKirky
San Diego
118 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We arrived and the restaurant was more interested in getting set up for Dinner, We were there for a special early dinner. Very we customers. Food was just average

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KarenS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food that is beautifully presented and excellent service in a beautiful setting. In nice weather ask for an outdoor table.
My favorite place to celebrate a special occasion.

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cmmwh
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a business dinner, the food was outstanding, much better than before the pandemic. Service etc. was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was awesome! She made the whole dining experience amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

I got very sick from something I ate there

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Leo and our other server who’s name escapes me gave us the absolute dining experience of a life time! The service was impeccable. The view of the city from outside was incredible. SIT OUTSIDE!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was fine, not great. Service was very good, and I appreciated the ease of making a reservation for a large family group on Open Table.

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SteveD
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner highly recommended

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Toni
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I attended with my girlfriends that I haven't seen in ages and everything was wonderful. We had outside seating and it was raining very lightly when we arrived. We still wanted to sit outside so the waiter made sure our table was covered and the chairs were dry. We took all our time to order, eat and enjoy each others company. There is nothing better than sitting outside at Cafe Nuovo!!!!!

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DoreenC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, food and ambiance makes this the absolute Best restaurant in Providence!

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DianeC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are never disappointed.
Dimitri's mother's recipe for the Lamb Shank, it outstanding.
We will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was

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SeanC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful table overlooking the river and the city. Respectful but attentive service. Creative, fabulous food.

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LisaE
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter had a lovely manner, but service was very slow. My husband enjoyed his lamb shank. The scallop special was very salty. We sat outside and ambience was lovely,

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Goodeats12
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside with views of the river. Table was ready at reservation time, service attentive and pleasant. Food was excellent. Reasonable choices on menu in this sometimes limited menu Covid era. Only noise was from an occasional passing police or ambulance vehicle and some adjacent conversations.

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vipDRRZ
New England
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new Scallop and Mussel chowder redefines Umami.

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Healthnut
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the ambience, the service, and the food. We ate inside as it was raining outside, but the river view was very nice and we would eat outside if the weather was nicer. Our table had the ciopino, the veal, the lamb, and the salmon, and all were delicious. They decorated the dessert for a birthday with chocolate and a candle and the presentation was very classy and special. We look forward to eating there again

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious from start to finish! Everything we had was perfect and the staff were just the right amount of attentive. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely dinner. Service was impeccable. Dinner was delicious as were the drinks. Loved sitting by the water and watching the gondolas float by

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cafe Nuovo for our anniversary and it was fantastic. Food was excellent and the service was great. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is just spectacular and peaceful. Very professional employees and service was super. Food was amazing! Will deff visit again

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ColleenM
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beautiful atmosphere and view. Lamb and short rib were wonderful. The cioppino was so-so. Appetizers were very small compared to dinner portions. Our server was not on her game. She took away our wine glasses before we finished our bottle of wine. She was not friendly or attentive.

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 2355 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.