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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (41)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Waterfront (30)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Romantic (29)
Scenic View (28)
Business Meals (26)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Groups (22)
Worth the Drive (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Seasonal (12)
Fun (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (9)
Healthy (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Casual (7)
People Watching (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Authentic (6)
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Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
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Paleo Friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
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Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Waiter was amazing, food was great. It was my first time there. Will definitely be going back.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The wife ans I have never been disappointed with this Venu

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was great and the food was delightful! Only qualm is my food arrived warm not hot and was a bit bland (lump crab dish).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I have been to Cafe Nuovo many times before and have had pretty good experiences. This year, I had a reservation for 8:30 on a Christmas Eve and was seated closer to 9:00 pm. I was with a party of 10 people and I noticed some other large parties in the restaurant. The food was pretty good as always, but unfortunately the service missed the mark. From the moment we sat down (for a nice holiday meal) we felt as though we were a burden to our two (or) three waiters/waitresses. We were told we had to order our dinner upon sitting down because all of the "good dishes" were "running out." The waiters were extremely cold and unpleasant throughout the entire meal. Even though the food was good, the service absolutely ruined the experience for us. When spending around 1,000 on a meal you would think the waiters would crack a smile and say Merry Christmas upon leaving but instead we were left with dirty looks as they rushed us out. Cafe Nuovo has always been a Christmas Eve tradition, but after this experience, we will change our plans for next year. It doesn't matter how good the food is because Service is 80% of the equation.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve at a restaurant doesn’t sound very family oriented but our special night with my husband and sons was perfect from the table selection to the pot of mousse dessert. We were greated immediately by the Manager (Dimitri) and then seated at a beautiful holiday themed table .Service was so efficient and yet we never felt hurried. Both sons had the veal involtini (recommended by our wonderful waiter Keith) and not a drop was left on the plates! Boneless beef short ribs for my husband were gone in the twinkling of an eye and my special Cod dish was a Christmas delight. Just a lovely night in every way.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always a great time there amazing food & service I highly reccomend!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This place is a gem right in the heart of downtown Providence

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

One of our all time favorite restaurants once again did not disappoint us

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We were a party of four. Wonderful evening,, from the very personal greeting at the door, to an attentive server to a most delicious dinner with life long friends. Always special!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

This was my second time at this restaurant. Celebrated my boyfriend’s 40th birthday. It was his first time and he loved the food, service and the elegant atmosphere. The food is absolutely delicious and out of this world. I don’t drink but I ordered white sangria and I have to say it was absolutely perfect, the way I like it. The wine in my sangria was blended so well that I enjoyed the taste of a cocktail not feeling the alcohol taste at all.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We have always looked forward to going here for dinner but this time it did not meet our expectations. The service was less then attentive and several of the meals were served cool rather than hot. Unfortunately we couldn't get that corrected because the waiter never came back to check on us until we had finished our meals. In addition, some of the selections, such as the short rib, lacked flavor and were a bit dry. All in all not the fine dining experience that we have had in the past.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Lovely night! Service was impeccable. Wine was delicious, food was on point. Valet Parking is always a great touch.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I have been to many good restaurants such as Gracie’s, Hemenway’s and Mills Tavern etc, Cafe Nuovo is supposedly as good as those one( Including foods and services) First of all, it was nice that someone opened the door for us and helped us with our coats. Then my sister almost slipped on the floor because for some reason the floor wasn’t flat. Half an hour late a lady fell on the floor in the same spot. After we seated I have to ask the waiter for a menu for drinks like maybe I should teach the waiter how to serve people? Aren’t we supposed to get a menu after we seated? Also we waited for almost 20min to be served. Seriously the restaurant isn’t short handed because I see a lot of waitresses and waiters and it was on a Wednesday night. Our water glasses were empty and have to ask for more water. Let me be honest, the foods and drinks are awesome but the services were awful, unfortunately I am one of those very picky people, I am all about services even the foods aren’t good. But for the price we were paying for the services I won’t come back again. I don’t normally complain but I am really upset about last night dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Café Nuovo is an old friend, where its stunning décor and truly professional service make it the right place for a celebratory birthday luncheon. Once seated, we were disappointed to see a lunch menu that was essentially salads and sandwiches. Not the inventive, Italian-influenced cuisine we have had there in the past. But then the attentive waiter said we could order off the dinner menu. And our two main dishes were excellent. Further, the two desserts we got were both works of sculpture art and very tasty. To be noted also is their wine list: good range, fair prices.
In sum, a very enjoyable experience, worth the money.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Overall a great experience. Our waiter Keith did a great job, attentive, but not too attentive. The food was great. I had the salad special of the day which was a Seafood Salad (Calamari, Cod and Shrimp) on a bed of Arugula with a Olive Oil/Lemon Vinaigrette with Roasted Red Peppers and Cherry Tomatoes which was great! For the entrees I had the Short Ribs (delicious) and my wife had the Risotto and Beef Tenderloin (great). We both had dessert, she had the Creme Brulee and I had the Nuovo Neapolitan (both were excellent). It was a more upscale place than many in Providence, so dress for the occasion.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were on time for the reservation and we were taken right to our table. Our waiter was very polite and provided great service. There was a large party in the dining room area and I think as a result, service took a little longer than it should. We received our dinner and it was cold as if it had been sitting before being brought to us. We explained this to our waiter and he returned it but it seems as if they just microwaved the meals. Heard great reviews about this place but not in a hurry to go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We celebrated my husband’s birthday here last night. We had a party of 12. The service was slow and wasn’t as professional as we would expect at a restaurant in this category. Our server delivered drinks to people who hadn’t ordered and forgot others. He never checked with us after meals were delivered. One guest’s meal was served cold, but she never had a chance to have it corrected. Food was good, but not not plentiful.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was outstanding. This was our office Christmas lunch and it couldn't have been better. The service was the best. It made our day.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always a pleased to dine at this providence gem. Always good good and service.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Our meals were amazing. The calamari, grilled oysters and crab cakes stood out but everything was delicious.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Selecting a restaurant for our annual office staff holiday party can be quite stressful as you want to make the best selection possible. From the service to the food and wine, Cafe Nuovo was AWESOME!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Unfortunately, parking was an issue. Lot was full (pouring rain). Garage nearby was expensive for a one-hour lunch. Will patronize only at dinner in the future when there is valet parking.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food and service was excellent!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a lovely, special date at Cafe Nuovo. Our food was delicious, the cocktails perfectly mixed and balanced, the oysters fresh and the ambiance was delightful. Looking forward to our next meal there!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Awesome as usual. From the maitre D when you walk in to the great servers. We had a party of six including an 8 year old and everything was perfect. All meals came out together and no one had a single criticism about their meal.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

As always, the food and the service were impeccable! Our server, John was attentive and friendly but not intrusive. The presentation was beautiful and the food was perfectly prepared. Bravo! We had a fabulous meal and the atmosphere was lively but not too loud. Thank you. I will be returning soon!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food quality, taste and quantity were very poor. The waiter had the stand off-ish attitude. We dined out a lot and our friend told us to give us a try. We will definitely not be going back. I am a J &W graduate and have been a manager in the hospitality field . This place needs a lot of help in a very competitive market.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

This is my absolute, most favorite restaurant around.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and service. We came for our anniversary and were definitely not disappointed. They didn't have a cocktail menu which would've been nice but all in all everything was great and we'd definitely go again.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Haven't been in a while but won't be hurrying to get back. Food was average ... nothing remarkable. My veal chop was ordered medium but served medium-well and to make it worse was served warm. Other meals were all fine but disappointing overall vs. their reputation and price.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was so perfect. Waiter was on point, very friendly and kind. And the food was hot, which was awesome. Best restaurant in ri.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Though Cafe Nuovo is a bit pricy the atmosphere and the ambience is wonderful. The food is very good and the service is always good. For a romantic special occasion Cafe Nuovo definitely fills the bill. Thank you to the staff for their friendliness and great customer service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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