Cafe Nuovo

4.8
2226 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

Support Cafe Nuovo during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Rotunda Dining

    Apr 9 - May 1, 2021

    Please join us in our new additional seating option surrounded by 30 foot windows, Italian marble, and views of Downtown Providence. (Note: This seating area is adjacent to our Main Dining Room)

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 2226 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AbrahamS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I made reservations to celebrate our anniversary. We were seated in the rotunda, which offered great nighttime views of the city. The food was amazing. We ordered the calamari and shrimp appetizer to start and it was amazing. For entrees, my girlfriend ordered the bone-in lamb shank which extremely tender and melted in your mouth. I ordered the octopus pasta; the octopus was grilled to perfection while the pappardelle was al dente in a delicious sauce. All the desserts are made in-house which made it tough to pick just one, but we ordered the apple streusel and it did not disappoint. Our server was attentive and friendly. This was one of the best meals I've had in Providence and will definitely be coming back.

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StaceyM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful evening, as usual, which is why we keep coming back! The warm oysters are the best!!! Thank you all!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never blown away here but never disappointed either. More than satisfactory.

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vipProvidenceNewbie
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was outstanding as was the duck, according to my companions. All entrees are paired with delicious sides that bring out the full flavor of the dinner.

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MeliG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Waiter Leo was very attentive, great personality

MN
MichaelN
New England
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 60th birthday and I could not have had a better experience anywhere. The food the service was perfect. I will be back thank you and your staff for a great birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, waiter was almost too hovering

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your in Providence, Cafe Nuovo is one of the finest restaurants you can visit anywhere. Food, service, and beautiful ambiance by the riverfront is top notch.
If you go, try the Crispy Sushi! Absolutely amazing and unique appetizer. Or course, their short rib entree is to die for as well. Highest recommendation possible. Just go...

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vipStevenM
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!!

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Jessica
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Nice place with a great view but food is not the best. Got the french onion soup and short rib, which had the exact same base. The meat was tender but the sauce was not good. Also ordered a mixed greens salad, that had no lettuce at all just chopped up vegetables.

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RobtB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and prompt service. Great food.

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Foodie58
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal with great service. Excellent recommendations from waitstaff. Perfect setting for family dinner.

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vipIzabelaM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Alex and Leo! Food did not disappoint.
Very good experience overall.

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MikeH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent from start to finish.... great service , great food.... couldnt ask for a better night out .... cant wait to go again

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KerriS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service from start to finish. Amazing atmosphere and the best food and drinks I have had since my last visit!!! I have tried many restaurants within a hour radius not just RI and this is probably my favorite restaurant!!

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vipGEM1
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food with very good selections. We were happy with every choice. Service although good felt chaotic at times (not sure if this is normal or a short staffed night) and our table was in a high traffic area with higher noise level. This is not your quiet romantic setting. If that is what you are looking for, you need to request a quiet table in the back or outside when the weather warms.

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Eric
New England
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service. I had the short rib entree, so tender and flavorful. Girlfriend had the salmon and she enjoyed it. Crab cake appetizer was very tasty too. Only bummer was we were seated in the lobby of the building. Other than that it was amazing. Will definitely go back.

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gudrun
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though I had two babies with me, the service was attentive and quickly responsive. The food is excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place for dinner in providence.

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abbey320
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal. Great night to celebrete.my husbands and my birthday.

WD
vipWayneD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dining experience. A must for anyone who enjoys pleasing their palate.

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RichardE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional, service, quality, taste, ambiance. Cafe Nuovo checks all the boxes.

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vippaulf
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of the food was excellent,taste was great. The service was fantastic.

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tinar
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food is always different and delicious!

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vipStephenC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner the other night. The food and the service was exemplary.

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TimothyH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hospitality of the our waiter Antonio was amazing. We were celebrating our 5 year anniversary and he made the night so special for my wife and I. The service was on point! I love when plates are dropped at the same time by multiple people, it's just raises the level of true fine dining. Thank you for making our night so special! Oh, the shrimp cocktail with a bottle of champagne hit the spot. Followed up by a delicious crunch Brussels sprout salad with champagne vinaigrette. For the main course I had the mouth watering short rib and my wife went with the salmon. Both were excellent.

LJ
vipLJG2
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. I am pleased that Nuovo reopened as it is one of RI’s best restaurants. Looking forward to my next visit.

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mikem
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Valet was terrible, there were 1000 parking spots and they approached the car and said valet was mandatory....

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markH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cafe Nuovo is a family favorite. Food is always very good and beautifully presented.
My wife and I both place it high on our list when making recommendations to inquiries from those who are new or unfamiliar with the Providence restaurant scene. We are "picky" when an establishment is billed as fine dining and Cafe Nuovo has, over many years, consistently lived up to expectations. Food, service, ambience and wine list are all top shelf. The only reason I did not give an outstanding rating on our recent visit is, my otherwise excellent, Manhattan was served with an "ice cream parlor" faux maraschino cherry. That said, it was otherwise a great cocktail. Like I said, I'm appropriately picky when reviewing fine dining.
The ultimate positive review is that I'll be back and I'm confident that if I recommend Cafe Nuovo to a friend they will be pleased that I did.

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vipMariac
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get together to see MBA student son. My mom and I were visiting from NJ and met my son and one if his housemates.
fabulous! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celebrated my husbands birthday

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HaroldB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! The food was Devine. Im anxious to return. Waytogo🖖🏽

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always cafe nuovo is my favorite restaurant the food, service and atmosphere are always perfect

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vipWayneD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic dining experience you don't want to miss! From the ambiance, to the delectable and flavorful food, and of course the exceptional staff. A great value for what you get.

MC
MerryC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time I was able to see one of my children in months and we chose to meet at Cafe Nuovo. Everyone wore masks, people were seated far apart from one another, and the service was excellent! Loved The brussels sprouts appetizer. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and we actually took pictures of the beautiful desserts we shared. Drinks were delicious too. Can’t wait to go back, especially in the summer so we can sit outside.

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vipTonyP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
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 on February 26, 2021
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 on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Our special occasion go to place.

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vipHungry4food
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
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 on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 2226 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.