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Cafe Nuovo

4.6
1410 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(401) 421-2525
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Brian O'Donnell
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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.
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Private party contact
Dimitri: (401) 421-2525
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal
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Parking details
Lunch: reduced rate with validated ticket or nearby street parking; Dinner: Valet at the front door
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1410 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great time. The veal chop was excellent! Service was also top notch.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This was our first time dining at Café Nuovo. Great experience! We were seated promptly upon arrival. The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. His recommendations were spot on - the food was delicious and ample. The restaurant is a gem even in the foody city of Providence. We highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service as usual. Always outstanding.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food and deserts are absolutely amazing. I had the tiramisu desert special and it was the most amazing treat o have ever had.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Excellent service. Good food.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Wonderful time

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Very delicious. Great caeser salad with fresh anchovies....don't see that every day. I had the lamb shank and it was spectacular.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter dinner. Food was excellent and the service was very good. One of my favorite restaurants!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good but noisy. Expensive. Was for Easter celebration. Table was good near the window.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious! The service did take a while but it was worth it

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

After all the recommendations we finally decided to take a break from our top spots for the night and we were definitely not let down by some of the best dinner selections we have had... it is too bad we had the service of an everyday pizza place. Our waiter Vin must have had a day worse than my Mondays since the only words we got from him were the nonchalant specials at the start and not even a thank you at the end. Menus were dropped on the table each time, wine list which was huge, dinner and dessert menus without a word, and walks away. Bartenders weren’t much better more interested in basketball on tv than the job we pay them to do. Nicest person was the valet! If the chef decides to work somewhere else we would like to know, but otherwise we will pass on a second visit.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very enjoyable evening with delicious food. The service was good and the restaurant has a great location.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Waited VERY VERY long for our dinners. Ridiculously long. Not an apology or check in from our waiter. I ordered a different potato when the entree arrived, he never brought it.
Seemed annoyed when we asked for anything.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a great date night meal here. It is a bit more upscale, so may be fitting for a splurge, but definitely worth the extra expense, as the food and cocktails were exceptional. The service was great as well despite prime time during a Saturday evening. In addition to the dining experience, they have valet and coat check to make it feel a bit more special.

We were seated immediately next to the bar, though there is a partition, and it was hard to tell there was activity on the other side, which made for a more private dining experience, so noise was not an issue.

Overall, a great place, worth the drive or splurge.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Corey did a great job of keeping us informed of choices (what a memory!), keeping drinks filled and making suggestions. Service was great as was the food! Loved the ambience - nice!

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The restaurant had an event that seemed to take all of its service personnel and those at the restaurant proper were forgotten. The food took some time to arrive - we had to inquire before it did arrive. Took so long that we had no time for dessert. I am familiar with this restaurant and the food when it arrived was very good but we were totally neglected. Check in advance to see if an event is taking place before making reservations.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Everything was delicious! Keith, our waiter, was very attentive to my dates tree nut allergy. Very sweet guy who laughed at our (corny) jokes! We asked for his recommendations on what to order for dessert and it did not disappointed. My date had the shrimp and scallops with spaghetti squash. I had the special, herbs de (provence i think?) polenta and pork... Oh man! All so delicious. Thanks for the great night!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Cafe Nuovo is a favorite of ours and as always, it was wonderful. Service ( by Robert), ambiance, and food were all excellent - so once again, thank you for making our evening special!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

While dinner was good we had a very bad experience regarding our wine order. From the menu ordered an expensive 2013 Cabernet. After bottle was opened we saw it was a 2015. Discussed with waiter who talked to management. Answer was same wine same price. Not cool at all and we won't be back. Wrote note to restaurant before this post. They never responded.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Dinner for 7 of us for my son's 24th birthday. The wait staff was attentive, and not intrusive. The food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Waiter was great. Food delish...you must try !

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Our welcome was warm and service excellent
Loved appts. Flavors, colors, texture great
Disappointed on side dishes. Perhaps the potatoes used for mash potatoes were frozen previously.
Funny texture Bread basket very nice and we appreciated the attentiveness and water glasses full
And appreciate the surprise dessert for the birthday
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Be back

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I didn't care for this restaurant! Tables were too close, food was average (for the price) & service was ok. Will most likely not return there

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Genuinely one of the best 2-3 restaurants in all Rhode Island! The food and service is second to none. Do yourself (and your guest) a favor and just Go!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Me and my husband went for our anniversary. Waiter service was great, all the food was delicious and their special dessert was one of the best desserts we have ever tried. I would definitely go again for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

All was great
Our waiter was somewhat absent until we asked for service

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

By far this is the best restaurant in RI and MA hands down. Don't waste your time going to Federal Hill, if you want a first class experience Café Nuovo is the only place to go. The food is wonderful every time! I have never had a bad meal or anything but an amazing dish and my husband and I are frequent customers. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the outside dining area can't be beat for Water Fire. The staff is exceptional! So much so that we decided to have our wedding here last year. They truly make the difference between a great experience to an outstanding one!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Top notch service, food and dining experience!! Will be back!!!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

My friend and I had a delightful experience at the bar waiting for our reservation. The Bartender was lovely and made us feel welcome. Our server was helpful and fun and professional. Now about the food: DEELISH!! I rarely order steak out anymore because I am always disappointed. Our steaks were cooked perfectly according to our preferences. We had the lettuce wraps as an app and it is worth the trip just for those. The wine selection was great too. I love this place. If you want excellent food and a great dining experience I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I've been going to Cafe Nuovo since it first open and I have never been disappointed by a meal there. On my most recent visit, I had the Dover Sole. It was perfectly prepared and presented. I've eaten Dover sole all over the world and Cafe Nuovo's Dover Sole was excellent. The service at Cafe Nuovo is always pleasant and the staff is most accommodating. I had a really great Manhatten before dinner that was so good I had another one with dinner and skipped the wine. My guest and I were too full to have one of the famous Cafe Nuovo desserts, which are always as beautiful as they are tasty.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Nolan, our waitress made a perfect meal even better.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Excellent as usual.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great Service, excellent food!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food was excellent!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Good food, service and a nice setting.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My filet mignon and my wife's beef tenderloin were not cooked as requested and needed to be sent back to the kitchen. It took me several minutes to flag down a server. The server asked my wife if she wanted to eat her vegetables while waiting for her filet mignon to be cooked. The he asked me if mine was okay. looked at my wife and commented "he's looking for a comp". I didn't find that funny. We must have had 3 or 4 different servers during the meal which was weird. I settled the bill and discovered it was not ours. Brought it to the servers attention. We didn't receive one apology. One of my best friends is a chef. Represented the US in Germany for the Culinary Olympics, Opened the kitchen in the Providence Westin, Chef Castle Hill Newport, Chef Carnegie Abbey said there was no excuse and couldn't believe there was no comp.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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