Cafe Nuovo

4.8
2172 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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ROTUNDA SEATING NOW AVAILABLE!

Starting Nov 13, 2020 · Fri - Sat 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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
What 2172 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After having an amazing experience here for my birthday in June my boyfriend and i just had to go back for our 5 year anniversary. We got the tomato soup again, which is pretty much the best soup we’ve ever had. Or waiter Brian was attentive and incredibly friendly. The special was a ginger soy steak dish which i loved and my boyfriend got the boneless short rib which was so tender he didn’t even need a knife. We split the pot of mousse which is an incredibly beautiful and flavorful dessert.

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vipJuditeS
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for the wife

BG
vipBentleyGTCSpeed
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive menu, great chef, outstanding service. Wonderful river view.

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vipDerekV
New England
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a great experience

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KimH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, the food and their service were all excellent. It was a great dining experience. We will absolutely go back.

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CathyA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat outside under heater. Very safe, great cocktails, professional service. Food was delicious, would have liked the portions to be a little bigger but overall, cant wait to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Seated near the bar (no patrons due to COVID) noise level louder than expected. Service was professional however slow in between servings. The filet risotto seasoning was not balancing heavy pepper at times that didn’t work well with the truffle and the risotto was under cook. Hard to tell the Chef’s intentions. The Veal Chop was overly complicated and to sweet a dish that over powered the main ingredient, the Veal. The polenta was spectacular but onions were not charred. We will try Cafe Nuovo in the future. Overall the restaurant was a good experience for the first time.

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ArondaK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're so glad we dined outside here. They did a great job with social distancing the tables by using 3-sided tents with heaters. We were very comfortable and the food and service were just amazing! thanks so much for getting it so right during this chaotic time!! We really appreciated it!

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vipNakisha
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and amazing as always. My waiter was really nice, I don’t remember his name. But I hope I have him every time I come here. If I could spend money to eat here every week I would. And a special shout out to the people cheffing it up in the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a 5 star experience all around!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place, delicious food, excellent service and perfect for that special date night, girls gathering or special occasion. Highly recommend!

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PaulC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was very attentive and added a sweet touch to our dessert to honor our anniversary. The ioldfashion bourbon cocktail was delicious and the duck and scallop entree's were presented well and absolutely scrumptious.

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vipJohn
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time!

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Dianne
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT WASS A LOVELY DAY FOR OUTSIDE DINING. GOOD FOOD TOO!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

11/09/2020 we love Cafe Nuovo. It’s always a terrific experience. The staff is very accommodating and the food is exceptional. The Brussel Sprout Salad was spot on. Please keep up the great work.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a beautiful day to be outside and the location of Cafe Nuovo is perfect. Lunch menu is great. Both plates were lovely to look at and to eat.

KM
KevinM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time eating here. Was very nice, valet right out in front no downtown heavy traffic hustle. Ambiance was good. Service was great and waiter was very attentive.

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vipFrederickO
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Temp was high 50's but it was very comfortable outside with heaters running. Wonderful experience as always.

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SusieQ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and I love this restaurant. The only odd part was the extremely small amount of vegetables that came with my friend's steak. It was lucky we had ordered salads otherwise he essentially would only have had meat on his 'composed plate' with 2 brussel spouts

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible! Top notch! The waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly - made some excellent recommendations on wine to pair with our food. The food was delicious and extremely well prepared. The hosts were warm and very friendly and even offered patrons brand new blankets to keep warm for outdoor dining (we were allowed to take these blankets home with us). The ambiance both indoors and out is classy and beautiful. An amazing and memorable experience! Highly recommend!

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vipNakisha
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

I always have an amazing time when I come here. The food is breathtaking.

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vipLindaC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very windy the night we were there and so colder than it might have been in a more protected setting. Still, it was lovely although it was annoying having to constantly keep the table cloth edges down.

The food itself was superb—all enjoyed what they ordered.

JT
JoyousTwosome
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of care was taken to prepare our food. Delicious and beautifully prepared on the plates. My wife and I ordered different deserts, but we shared some bites to see which one we liked best. Both we "over the top" awesome! Our waiter was very experienced with the food options too. He checked with the chef to make sure our needs were met. Outstanding experience as we celebrated our anniversary!

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nancyg
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my sister there for her birthday. She was blown away by the fabulous food.We agreed that it was worth the drive just for the martinis and she lives in CT. We will definitely be back.

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vipMonicaO
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Cafe Nuovo with my beau from Wellesley. I wanted to introduce him to one of my favorite places in Providence. Cafe Nuovo did not disappoint. He was duly impressed with both the service and the food. Looks like we’ll be coming back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Will definitely go back to try other dishes

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vipChloe
New England
57 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went at 4 PM on Halloween and dined outdoors on the patio. The temp was in the 40’s but it was very pleasant and had several outdoor heaters. The food as usual was top notch. They are always very accommodating in helping me make gluten free selections. Our waiter, James was delightful and makes a great cappuccino with lots of foam. Very enjoyable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best around for upscale dining and top notch drinks. One of our favorites. 👍

JJ
vipJohnJ
New England
76 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

PK
vipPackyK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service and the heat and terrace coverings made outdoor dining cozy, scenic and comfortable! Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

SM
StaceyM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal with social distancing inside!

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Anniversary
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went at an off hour so the kitchen could accommodate my food allergies, and they did a SUPERB job with my dinner. Our waiter was very conscientious and the whole staff was following protocols.

TC
TomC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a business meeting and we were given space , unrushed, our waiter was always attentive and not seen when we were holding discussions. The ambiance was great and both partners were seated where they could enjoy the river view. The overall result was great!

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Farah
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I reserved a table for my birthday for 2. First they put us in awkward place and then outside all the way to the end. It was awfully windy and chilly so we asked them to move us in side which they did which felt like we made a mistake. We had to wait for 30mins to get out table cleaned after we finished. They were serving everyone around us with too much detail and care. The environment made us feel like it was mainly due to the racial reasons. I never this comfortable anywhere else. It was indeed the most disappointing experience I ever had and I was embarrassed to my friend as it was special dinner for you.

JR
JReyes
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were first sat in the middle of the restaurant which was pretty uncomfortable with traffic and the door opening however once we told our waitress she moved us as soon as she could. Most everyone had mask on besides one employee working in the back with the food which made us a little uncomfortable. The salmon was great. We also had oysters which were really good. My daughter got chicken fingers which were really dry and hard but the fries were freshly made. I had a cocktail with bourbon and apple cider which was really good. Our waitress was very down to earth and awsome. She made my boyfriends birthday dinner fun and special.

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vip401travels
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We went for drinks only and had a nice table on the river. The service was very slow but that may have been because we were only there for drinks and did not order food. The place seemed lovely and the food looked good. Will have to go back for dinner another time.

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viplovetodine
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Nuovo has gone out of their way to provide a safe environment during COVID. The food is delicious, the staff are great, and the ambiance is perfect. What a delightful place to sit outside by the heat lamps, and enjoy the evening.

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Tjfoodie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We made a reservation for 4pm, they very beginning of dinner service, so as to avoid the crowds. It was clear they sat us before they were ready for service. There was no table cloth or place settings until after we sat down and the server seemed a little unprepared. He was very nice but did not tell us the specials. We later heard him tell other guests the specials. Then food was good but not mind-blowing but they give you bread and oil and are very attentive. They have disposable menus and staff were all wearing masks and gloves. We sat outside by the river and it was nice to be near the water and watch gondolas pass by. I will return to try more of their cuisine.

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jessica
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Cafe Nuovo! Incredibly waiter, delicious food and romantic atmosphere.

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 2172 OpenTable diners.

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.