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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

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (45)
Good for a Date (44)
Special Occasion (42)
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Good for Anniversaries (38)
Waterfront (35)
Romantic (33)
Scenic View (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Business Meals (26)
Good for Groups (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Worth the Drive (19)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Cozy (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Seasonal (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fun (10)
People Watching (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Casual (7)
Healthy (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was good but had to stand for 45 minutes and wait for our table even though we had a reservation.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent as always Dimitri was in the kitchen cooking some great specials

Tags: Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Good food, service and a nice setting.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

I had the special which included a very tiny lobster tail and ravioli that were hard. The server was very pleasant and attentive but when I told her I didn't hadn't really enjoyed the meal she just apologized and didn't offer to tell the manger.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

My fiancé and I had a fabulous dining experience a year ago when we got engaged here on Valentines Day. I decided to celebrate again and was so glad I did. The device was wonderful and the food amazing.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing service and food. Very romantic setting. Would definitely recommend to others

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Romantic, Waterfront, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food. Not as quirky as most Providence restaurants- kind of fancy.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First time at restaurant so we found it unusual location going into a commercial office building entrance; nice ambience once you are in restaurant. For entree, I had the beef short ribs - wish it was smaller chunks versus 2 large chunks; still liked that it came apart easily; wish it was more ‘saucy’. My husband had the duck special - he loved it; though he thought the red cabbage purée sauce was too sweet. We had the lettuce wrap and crab cakes for starters - delicious!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic birthday dinner!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We have come to love this restaurant. The food is excellent and the service we have always had is impeccable!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

outstanding for our family dinner prior to a show at PPAC

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent meal great waiter wonderful vibe beautiful ambiance exquisite plates loved the view of kitchen through the glass!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent food and service. I enjoyed our night out here.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We have been here numerous times, however this time we were disappointed.
My meal was cold when I received it, sent it back and it was still cold when I received
it the second time. My wife diner had to be sent back , which I must said that the server did not want to serve it because of the size of the portion. The dessert was not very creative and the presentation was not up to prior visits. It must of been a bad night, with all my negative feedback, I would probably try Cafe Nuovo again

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a party of 10 for a retirement/birthday party. From Shawn who welcomed us to Tricia who took care of us it was a terrific and memorable evening
People came in from Ct and Boston for this special evening
Everyone enjoyed it and are looking to our next return.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was fantastic - from the service, ambience, cocktails, wine selection and most importantly, the food. Presentation was beautiful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Absolutely excellent meal. Food was delicious and service was spot on. Dat on time drinks served quickly and made perfectly. Great wine list as well

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great pre theater dinner!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great experience but wish they were a little more attentive to a gluten allergy.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Delicious dinner served in a stylish setting overlooking the gondola basin. We visited in winter, and we are looking forward to returning during the summer.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Gary our server was amazing, recommendations were spot on and service was on target! One of our favorite places to have a great date night!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Presentation of our food choices was wonderful and innovative. While are food was good, I wouldn't say it was exceptional and as most upscale restaurants in Providence, it was on the pricey side. My friend and I each had 2 glasses of wine (their cheapest), with one of us ordering a soup and entree, while I ordered a caesar salad and grilled pizza. We shared a dessert and had coffee. The bill with tip included came to $180. I'd not recommend this restaurant to everyone because of it's eclectic menu combinations and its' price. Its location during
Waterfire would be perfect.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Late Christmas celebration with my nephew and niece.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The wife ans I have never been disappointed with this Venu

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 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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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 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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vip
 (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 22, 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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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 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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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 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 20, 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 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 16, 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 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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