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About Cafe Nuovo

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

One Citizens Plaza
Providence, RI 02903
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 421-2525

Website:
http://www.cafenuovo.com/

Parking Details:
Lunch: reduced rate with validated ticket or nearby street parking; Dinner: Valet at the front door

Executive Chef:
Brian O'Donnell

Private Party Facilities:
Rotunda available for weddings and banquets. Restaurant available Sundays for private functions and private luncheons on Saturdays. Platfom available for smaller business dinner meetings. Please call for capacity.

Private Party Contact:
Dimitri: (401) 421-2525

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Nuovo Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (45)
Special Occasion (43)
Good for a Date (42)
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Waterfront (41)
Romantic (40)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Business Meals (33)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Scenic View (33)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Worth the Drive (24)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Notable Wine List (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Authentic (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Fun (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Seasonal (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Healthy (11)
People Watching (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Cozy (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Casual (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding menu and execution of fine cuisine. Very attentive but unobtrusive service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was slow, seemed like they were understaffed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I had the swordfish grill with polenta and spinach as my sides. The Swordfish was grilled to perfection and the polenta was the best I've ever had. The spinach was great too. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed their meals as well as the service. Our waiter, also a sommelier, was able to recommend a wonderful wine to accompany dinner. Sean is always awesome.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My daughter and son both ordered the gnocchi and they came our very over cooked and mushy. The server was good but the food was bad.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent. The Cafe Nuovo experience is always terrific.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Outstanding and consistent! Cafe Nuovo never disappoints with outstanding service coupled with an always inventive menu. Favorite restaurant in Providence.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

SUPERB food, genuinely attentive service, and a GREAT location! We enjoyed a lunch on Monday with a view of the river. We both had specials and an excellent bottle of wine. Keith was a pleasure as a server -- he knew the menu and had pro-level table manners (even with our 5-star expectations!)

Thanks!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great view of Water Fire on window tables. Food service was quick.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best restaurant around til this day! Always my go to spot and it amazes me more and more every time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The ambiance, the food and the service were impeccable.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic! What a great way to celebrate our friends' first anniversary!

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Healthy, People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Vegan, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This place is working hard to maintain their level of excellence. The food is still great as is the outstanding service. Had one of the best veal chops I have had in quite a while and the polenta was spot on. My wife’s tenderloin tips over risotto was prepared perfectly. Solid apps as well. Need to work on the dessert selection and add some tarts or soufflés of some sort to elevate a bit. Wonderful wait staff. Will go again.

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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on November 2, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Providence.-great food and excellent service.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

As always....phenomenal , service was exceptional and good perfect

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Never a bad meal and service is impeccable.
One of our favorites

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

My husband and I had dinner on Saturday night for our Anniversary, our server was fantastic and the food was delicious!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I took my mom for her 60th birthday and we had the best time! Food, service and drinks were impeccable!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was excellent and our waiter was the best. Truly an enjoyable evening. Highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was excellent. The service was very good. My only disappointment was that despite the fact that we were celebrating two birthdays and two anniversaries the restaurant did not comp a single dessert. Most restaurants of this caliber know enough that it would have made great business sense to do so. Other than that, a very good experience.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent food and service. Found the prices very reasonable. Took advantage of the valet parking. We called ahead to request a quiet table (a pet peeve of my wife) so the 4 of us could easily talk - and they accommodated us when we arrived - turns out neither the restaurant nor the bar were noisy anyways. Definitely go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our party of six had a fabulous dinner. The menu offerings were plentiful and everyone found delicious dishes that met their various dietary needs. The seasonal offerings were very festive and creatively presented. We will definitely be coming back and hope to catch a river fire evening as the restaurant has a beautiful water view.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always creative specials, regular menu reliable, seasonal and delicious. Superb service, pretty room, valet parking. A fine place to go, and to take visitors to Providence.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Awesome experience except they were lacking a drink menu bc they re in the process of changing from summer drinks to winter drinks. In a restaurant if this caliber that should never happen. Food was delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fun, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very decent place for lunch, nice light dishes.
Service was impeccable.
The place was quiet on a Tuesday lunchtime so lacked a bit of ambiance, and the salad we had for lunch was a bit basic. The crispy sushi starter is excellent.
Good wine list.
Meal for 3 with wine was ~$ 150

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I got pizza with shrimp and sauce Beshamél , it was delicious, heathy .. !!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Healthy, Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was exemplary. Many could learn from this restaurant. The personal attention to detail and delivery was exceptional.

Yes, the food and wine list worthy of Wine Spectator!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our experience was delightful and memorable. We had hoped for a window table overlooking the Waterfire lighting but due to the chilly weather, all the outside table customers were driven inside! No matter - the food was exquisite, creative and delicious. The waiter was attentive and made excellent recommendations. The herbed chicken was moist and flavorful; the shrimp snd scallops over spaghetti squash was delectable; sundae dessert just decadent enough! Cafe Nuovo definitely will be on our future Waterfire must do list!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Awesome as usual

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

I really enjoyed the unique preparation of the butternut squash and the scallops were outstanding. The waiter was personable and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was perfect for business conversation. The dessert was delicious and artistic. Presentation was inspiring. Excellent experience for my out of town customer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

It just cannot be more wonderful for excellent food, perfect ambiance, and superb service!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, People Watching, Romantic, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Healthy, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Showed up early to get outdoor seat and got indoor seat only reason I'd come here was view of water and didn't get that

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Seated at the outside railing of Cafe Nuovo during Waterfire is one of the best experiences we've enjoyed in Providence. The food is good. Prices are way too high. Service was top notch. Most enjoyable.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent restaurant !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

My husband and I had a delightful lunch with our son on the terrace here. The soups were superb and the Bolognese was delicious. I also had a Boston Bibb lettuce which was dressed perfectly (not too much). A true delight!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

My wife and I love to dress up for dinner, was nice to see most where dressed ..

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Meals are a bit on the pricey side, as I would rather not shell out $20 - $30.00 for a lunch meal, but...
I also don't mind on occasion a special lunch as outside dining at this location is worth extra money and the food and service are tops!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

This is my husband and I second dinner at Cafe Nuovo. We came back to celebrate our anniversary. Dinner and service were excellent! Thank you Corey and Cafe Nuovo! We will be back with friend.
Krasi and Pat

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a reservation but still waited 15 minutes for a table, which, we were displeased at the location (tucked in a corner facing a wall/"punishment table"). The host had no problem moving us to a more desirable table. The food was delicious and service was perfect.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Cafe Nuovo was near perfect. Great cocktails, extensive, reasonably priced wines, big menu with so many great choices in small and full plates. Excellent, attentive service. Lovely-looking , spacious room

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We are never disappointed after an evening at Cafe Nuovo. Food and service were terrific.
Sue T.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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