Cafe Nuovo

4.8
2207 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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Offers

  • ROTUNDA SEATING NOW AVAILABLE!

    Multiple dates available

    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 2207 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TonyP
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious start to finish. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The manager Sean, came over to speak with us, very nice touch. Couldn't have had a better date night.

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EvanF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing. Best in RI by a long shot. Everything about our experience from start to finish was perfect!

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Gregorys
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Our special occasion go to place.

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vipHungry4food
New England
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cafe Nuovo has been very consistent in the food quality & creative dishes. The chef has done an excellent job on the preparation of the food dishes without adding a lot of salt the dishes have many flavors without an overpowering spice or added ingredient, allowing you to enjoy the taste of the dish that you ordered. Prices are a little higher then many restaurants but worth it. We have been very pleased over the years & will continue to dine at Cafe Nuovo as we hope the head chef remains at the helm.

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krm2020
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crispy tuna is a must! Food and cocktails were fantastic! Excellent service! TY!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience and the server was wonderful. The food was amazing and we loved the restaurant week menu.

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KevinG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I make reservations at least three tines a year and travel down from Boston, Ma . Everything has always been perfect from valet parking, coat service to a very well organized dinner menu and choicea of non alcohol and alcohol. 5 Stars
Kevin/Kim
Boston, Ma

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vipkendra
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Rhode Island!

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Irene
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as Always!!! Have been going there for almost 12 years!

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a family of 5. Kids are school age. Parking was easy. Seated on time. Food and service were excellent. Felt safe. More than adequate space in a beautiful rotunda. A very pleasant experience.

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WayneD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal, as always. The flavors and presentation are just awesome. The service is exceptional as well. You can't go wrong here!

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Libby
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was presented beautifully and overall delicious. Complimentary valet is a nice touch and the location is relatively easy to find.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The food was excellent as always. But the service was horrendous. We were rushed from start to finish. Our waiter was rude and pushy. I understand that with covid there are time restrictions, but when other table that were seated prior to us arriving are allowed to enjoy their meals without being pushed out the door it’s is aggravating. The server brought our check over prior to the desert even being brought out. I have experienced better service at Ruby Tuesday’s. I expected better from cafe nuovo having been there on several occasions. But I will not be going back anytime soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DiMitri and staff are amazing and so glad to be back! Everything was outstanding! What a lovely Valentines Dinner we had!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My significant other and I went for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Neither of us had dined at Cafe Nuovo before but we will certainly be back! The food was delicious down to the last bite. The service was on point and the ambiance was elegant yet pleasant. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here are top notch. Everything we had was amazing.

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LisaT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was good, waitress was exceptional, we were seated in the lobby of the building because of Covid. Music at first was very loud but they turned it down when asked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
84 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner on the Saturday night of Valentine’s Day Weekend. Everything about our experience was exceptional. Our server was spectacular. The perfect balance of warmth and friendliness with professionalism. We would request her in the future. Food was over the top awesome. The food is always great here, yet this was really remarkable. Tuna over crispy rice appetizer was so flavorful and the apples were a perfect complement. Our entrees were Dover Sole, Duck and Salmon. Each of us thought our entrees were phenomenal and among the best preparations we have had. Glad you reopened, Cafe Nuovo!!

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vipCarla
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

First let me start with Our server was amazing but of course I can’t remember her name. The overall ambiance and service were great and they even offered a complimentary Prosecco. As for the food, though it was mostly tasty, I don’t think it’s worth the money ($35 for farfalle and a couple shrimp?) what really ruined it for me was that my typical favorite dessert anywhere -chocolate bread pudding- was horrible. Bland, lackluster and not worth the calories. Not sure we will be quick to be back

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SusanB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent as usual. Our go to restaurant for a nice night out.

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JosephR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice all around - staff, service, food and ambience! Will definitely be returning.

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vipGolfer
New England
37 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another phenomenal dinner at Nuevo!! What can I say? If you never experienced the great food and er

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ThomasL
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was everything we wanted and more. Food was incredible.

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FrankS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great! Would highly recommend this place!

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StaceyM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my 65th birthday at Cafe Nuevo and I choose it because of the amazing food and beautiful atmosphere! We have never not enjoyed this restaurant!

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RonaldM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back loved it
Food everything was great, it’s been a while since we dined out and glad we chose cafe nuovo!

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vipEpcot
New England
54 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful meal! Glad they are back open during this difficult time! Food, service, and staff were just awesome! Highly recommend....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic service! Great ambiance

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vipJoeB
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see you guys back open. Didn’t miss a beat. Food was very good, nice wine list to match. Nice job!!

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vipMichelleV
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Warm and welcoming. Will definitely go back!!

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WayneD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit, but certainly not my last. Cafe Nuova has overnight become one of my favorite restaurants in Providence. The service was impeccable and was only surpassed by the flavor of the food. The price was very reasonable for the portions they serve. It was the best I've tasted.

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VincentP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely enjoyed every moment of our dining experience. Food wonderful! Wait staff incredible! We even decided to come back for Valentine’s Day!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh always a fine time at Cafe Nuovo! We were on the patio with heaters on a very chilly night and just had fun. Drinks and appys: lettuce wraps, raw bar and pizza. Yum. Look forward to a happy outcome from the Covid shutdown and send all the staff best wishes.

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vipPackyK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CN is like an oasis in the COVID storm continuing to serve excellent seasonal specials in its socially-distanced seating and amazing patio. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
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
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for the wife

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vipBentleyGTCSpeed
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDerekV
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
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!!

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 2207 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.