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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KW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here many times. This restaurant never disappoints.
Leo was terrific. It was very busy but the staff was prepared, we never felt like we were waiting. Highly recommend.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to cafe Nuovo. Our server was John B. Outstanding waiter!!!! Literally the best and kindest waiters we have ever had. The food is impeccable and all the entire staff if professional and so friendly. This is the best restaurant we have been at and we will
Continue to go for all of our special occasions.

NS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for a date night! Excellent service. Thank you.

SG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an outstanding meal Risotto with crab and other seafood. Not enough wine (a business lunch).

KP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, fabulous night out with work colleagues. Attentive service and valet parking !

DG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was very attentive..food was absolutely delicious..drinks a little expensive...but overall very good.

B
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always...service was superb.

EA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed at Cafe Nuovo. Food is excellent, staff is excellent. a pure dining experience and this was lunch!!

HA
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought clients here for a business dinner. We had very attentive service. The menu is quiet varied which is great when you are not sure what everyone might like. Seafood, pasta, steak are some of the very nice offerings. I had the stuffed rigatoni which was delicious. I followed that up with a dessert that was decadent. All the desserts are made in house which is great. Wine and beers lists were also very nice. Great atmosphere. Would be a great place for a date, family dinner or business.

L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Nuovo is always special. No matter how many times you dine there, everything is perfect!

O
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant I’ve been to, in a long time. The server was a superstar! Very friendly, polite, professional and knowledgeable.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Salmon burger was disappointing

J
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were just great. I use hearing aids and the reflected noise was bothersome even though the place was not fully occupied.

RI
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Corey, was fantastic! Would recommend him highly!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High Class Dining ...Great Food Great Service. Perfect for a Romantic meal

MT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Also surprised us with a. And me and dessert for our Anniversary.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I were in Providence for the weekend and found Cafe Nuovo online. The experience was everything and more than we could ask for of the evening. The staff was accommodating, the food was spectacular and the ambiance was romantic. We had drinks at the bar ahead of time and then once our table with the view opened up we were given expert service by Corey and the staff. The host, Chris, was superb and we will be back the next time we are in town. Amazing!!!! If you’re looking for a special occasion restaurant to treat yourself or loved ones...do not miss this place!

PS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Difficult to find. My date, who I met there, had trouble also. Once settled the evening was lovely. The food was excellent.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special place to entertain clients or have a meal with a very special person. Highly recommend Cafe Nuovo. Prices are fair and the food is current without being too trendy. Appropriate sized portions, delicious breads and olive oils. Service was impeccable - wait staff would appear out of nowhere and remove plates and provide clean flatware with nary a sound. Can't wait to go there again!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our 52 anniversary and Leo and staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. There were surprises in every dish. Delicious combinations and unusual veggies and cheeses and pastas paired together. Very delightful evening. We’ll surely go back again. View of the canal and water fire is spectacular.

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We arrived a bit before our reserved time and we were seated promptly. The waiter was at our table immediately. The ambiance is loud, the table are close together so if you are looking for a romantic evening I would not suggest this restaurant. However, we were having a family dinner so it was fine that the noise level was intense.
We started with the Prince Edward Island oysters, the only part of the meal that I felt was just okay. I was disappointed that they did not have local oysters offered. We also had the crunchy tuna as well as the lettuce wraps, both were delicious.
For main courses I had the composed tuna plate. It was one of the best meals that I have had this year. Simply outstanding. My husband had the duck, which he raved about. My son decided to have the Colorado Pork Chops with a side of broccoli and carrots. He felt that his meal was good, but that the pork chops were on the overcooked side.
For dessert we had the sorbet. We also shared a bottle of wine. I must mention that the wine list is extensive.
I would not hesitate to dine here again or recommend it for a special evening of dining.

D
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great night..Food and service were excellent..Left a bigger tip than normal..I had Lamb chops and my wife had Duck..really good.. Had escargots also..Nice job..went to the Vince Gill concert after..great night

g
New England
40 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant for 6 years! Took 2 1/2 hours to drive from Boston- missed our reservation by an hour! Sean could not have been more understanding and accommodating! We had a show to catch and 1 less hour to dine! Our servers were most accommodating, pleasant and understanding. The food NEVER disappoints - it’s an absolute gem! The octopus was tender and flavorful. We shared an impressive swordfish special made for two that was absolutely delicious with a beautiful red sauce packed with flavors of fennel. Had a wonderful experience even with the rush and major delay. Thank you for helping us pull our evening together! We will be back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for first time before a concert and was very impressed with everything. Food and service were right on and can't wait to go back!

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was excellent! Cacio e pepe was fantastic!

A
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for our 7th anniversary and we were floored by the prices. The food was absolutely delicious and the chef made us feel special with the Happy Anniversary written on our dessert plate. Our waitress waa extremely wonderful and kept checking in on us. This experience is something we'll forever treasure. They made our anniversary lunch something to remember. We'll return very soon.

EA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely amazing. Went there for mine and my fiance's anniversary. She had the swordfish and says it was grilled perfectly and one of the best she's had. I had the beef tenderloin and it was fantastic. Our server whose name escapes me sadly surprised us (as we hadn't mentioned it was our anniversary) with a sorbet with Happy Anniversary written on the plate/tray.

i
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got held up in traffic and they were very patient. The food was delicious, the presentation artistic, and the service attentive without being intrusive. The chocolate mousse is memorable.

LD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! The manager was wonderful and gave us a gorgeous table. It was our 32 Anniversary! The Cheesecake said Happy 32 Anniversary! Can’t wait to go back.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Perfect location right on the water. The duck was phenomenal but the short rib was just average. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. I found it to be a little overpriced.

r
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I have had in ages. Great staff. Great location and ambience. Must go. Super fresh seafood. Loved it.

NR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place for a night out in providence. Amazing food helpful staff and beautiful location.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Anniversary Dinner. When I made the reservation via opentable I asked to be seated by the window for our Anniversary. They had our table waiting by the window and also wrote happy anniversary on our desert plate. Very pleased that they actually listened to what I wrote.

J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, from appetizers to dessert. They even brought over a dessert that said Happy Anniversary, as requested. All of our food was phenomenal, as it always is. Thank you to the staff for an amazing night!

Y
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Are on terrace. Terrific service. Delicious food. I would go there anytime. Lunch was wonderful.

c
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the service is outstanding.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular experience. The food and service were superb.

CK
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We were there the night of a wedding rehearsal so it was frenetic and our table was right by the wait staff route. The food was fine although pricey for what it was. We chose it for gluten free options. It’s located inside a corporate building and the outside, another reason I chose it, was closed as it had rained. There was no water fire show either which was disappointing. I would say that if you’re looking for an over priced restaurant to hold a corporate event or take out of town guests you’re in the right place. For a couple it wasn’t as peaceful and romantic as we needed and we felt a little neglected by our waitress who was part of the large event service. Perhaps another night we would have experienced something entirely different. The Cobb salad was delicious but I quibble with chefs who lay all the ingredients on a plate to look pretty but don’t take into account that the customer has to then prepare their own salad to create mouthful size pieces. I want a salad not a cooking lesson and cutting up all the lettuce, apple, Gorgonzola wedge was frustrating even if it tasted nice. The crab seafood risotto was tasty but would have benefited from a little more risotto and a slightly creamier texture. The chocolate “signature” dessert was beautiful but the sugar work was too crunchy (Humidity I guess) and the chocolate itself didn’t have a rich taste. Think Hershey’s vs a nice European chocolate. Value for money so so.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Cafe Nuovo on my 2nd Anniversary and I was married at Cafe Nuovo. Service was perfect as usual and it was nice that the manager Shawn remembered us and acknowledged our Anniversary. Everything was perfect!

E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

overpriced and not worth the money but still a decent restaurant