Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante

4.4
631 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
An authentic Italian dining experience, an award-winning wine list, and excellent service - that is what Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante is well known for in Providence, Rhode Island, and beyond. This Italian wine bar and restaurant is located on DePasquale Plaza in the heart of historic Federal Hill - the Little Italy section of the capital city.
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was horrible no attempt made to wait on us at all. It was a cold night repeatedly asked about turning the heater on. Told us heater was out of gas. Yet empty tables nearby had heaters burning away. Never brought out utensils or napkins till prompted. We ran out of water between appetizers asked for more non was ever brought.
The one bright spot was the food.

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HeatherS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & experience! Would definitely recommend!

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Fran
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food lacked flavor and portion sizes were small.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The location and ambience is top in the area however they seem to be short staffed my family got their dinner 10 minutes before I did . waiting was not an option we were dining al fresco and it was getting cold fast. Server did apologize for the delay in Mistake but could’ve offered at least a dessert. The meal I had was veal
Piccata it was super super lemony very salty also the veal was coated in flour and that was kind of lumpy it was chewy. I ate not even a quarter of my dish they asked if I wanted to wrap it up I said no they should’ve noticed that I did not like it. The service is really lacking. Our water glasses has dirty lip stains on it they did not look properly cleaned .. We did get a pizza for appetizer and that was pretty good my daughter daughter got the pumpkin ravioli and loved it and my husband ordered the pasta with broccoli Rabbe and sausage he said it was good.. Please keep in mind my reviews are super picky because we are a family that cooks at home and are In the Italian restaurant industry. We are Italian and picky born in Italy raised in ny..

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KJR23
New England
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall a great night. Outside seating, servers were covering a lot of ground between both kitchens. One appetizer was a bit oily but the meal was great and never disappoints.

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vipPaulZ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent outdoor dining, with attentive waiters and great food, weather permitting.

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MBF125
New England
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor dining by the fountain creates the ambiance needed to forget that you have not traveled abroad for a long time. Service was personal and helpful. As an early lunch on a partly sunny day, it was wonderful to eat crispy calamari, enjoy glasses of wine, and other appetizers that are reasonably priced and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Waitress could have been more attentive

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SEANB
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Was our 8th year wedding anniversary
Outdoor seating near the beautiful waterfall in the square was perfect....
The espresso martini and Pinot were both good ($23) for the pair.....reasonable
Eggplant appetizer was very tasty!!
Mushroom arancini was enjoyable.....
The chicken saltimbocca should be skipped— bland and without taste.....
The 2 servers were nice and friendly.... Slow for the amount of people that they were helping, but the ambiance and my company helped..... (about hour and a half for lunch)....
In my reservation, I asked that if anything could be done for my bride on this visit, it would be appreciated.....
Nothing happened which was disappointing....
We got cannolis to go and the waitress said to me privately that if I got them to go, she would’ve written on the plate=
Very disappointing-

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vipKathleenR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

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EricC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The most iconic restaurant on Providence's famed Atwells Ave., and deserving of its fine reputation. The food is outstanding, and the prices reasonable. Some of the staff are young and seem to be inexperienced, so we had some small problems with the host and busboys, but our waiter was gracious and helpful, smoothing everything out. Due to it's popularity, reservations are a must, and the ambiance tends to be a bit exuberant, but if you know this going in, you will have an overall enjoyable experience, and some really fine dining. Recommended: Pollo Saltambucca, Lobster Ravioli, and for dessert the Cannoli platter.

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LilyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am vegan and gluten free, and the staff made me a new meal to suit my needs! Super appreciative of all restaurants that do this, so props to them.

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ChristinaG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food lots of outdoor dining, unmatchable location, great live Italian music!

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SiaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great experience specially in this time ..
Tables were neatly spaced to 6ft.. food was amazingly delicious specially the calamari and pizza. The drink choices are really good.. Intresting cocktail to give a try as well.
Love the experience.

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vipfoodie
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible experience! Arrived on time for a 6:45 reservation and at 8:15 still did not have even a slice of bread! Meals arrived piece-meal and we finally left at 10:15, totally frustrated and disappointed

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LisaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went during the Italian Heritage weekend. It was very busy but fun. Our waiter wanted to serve our bottle of wine in plastic cups. When we declined , he was able to find small drinking glasses instead. That was so nice of him

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vipk2p1965
New England
152 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Went on a Saturday night, not realizing Atwells Ave was blocked off for a festival. Finally found a parking spot and made it to the restaurant. Seated promptly. Ordered drinks which came quickly. Ordered dinner which the waiter did not write down which always impresses me except he came back twice to confirm our order and then when it can was not exactly as we asked for. I had a $25 open table coupon which the waiter said he did not know how to take off. Said he would go ask and came back 10 minutes later with the same bill without the $25 off. Did not get the 100 points for the reservation because I was using the $25 off and ended up getting neither. Over we like it here and will be back, just maybe got an off waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great outdoor meal on the Square.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal on the piazza. Felt like we were in Europe!

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Marc
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Initially we were sat at a dirty table which is very concerning w/ Covid-19. When we notified the staff they seemed annoyed then sat us in the back near a dumpster. Ordered steak well done and was asked by waiter if "my mother couldn't cook growing up", the steak inevitably came bloody. Very disappointing as we love the place...but it was a horrible experience this particular time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Slow service and the food wasn’t good at all :(

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LauraT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. Chilly outside even with heat lamps

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vipLisaW
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Had a reservation for 630.. got promptly sat. Unfortunately, we waited 11 minutes to get greeted by waitstaff. We asked hostess to move us to a table next to a heater.. she said she couldn't.. (plenty of 4 tops open but dirty). When the waiter finally arrived he stated no one informed him he had a table. He however did make up for it... his service was great...
Now... during our dinner a Panhandler came up to our table and was hustling us to give him money!!!! He was going table to table asking guests for money in a very rude and demanding manor.. This is outrageous and unacceptable. I felt bad for our waiter because he told us this is a nightly occurrence and nothing has been done to stop them from bothering your diners... I have been a frequent diner and I will be back.. I just hope I have a better experience...

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CarolAnne
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and our meals were amazing!

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience1

It was way too cold and not enough heat lamps for the tables in the street.

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vipAndrewP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have been there a few times but this was the worst experience we had. The waiter was thought he had taken our order so he was surprised when he didn't. We had to get his attention every time we needed him. Drinks were empty..etc
The food took forever this time. Not sure why since it was just as busy as other times. Pizza was good as usual, but my chicken with not good. Was very unhappy with this visit. We may just stick to the Deli. Too bad because we eat out weekly and enjoy the Hill.

Also noticed that the tables were not being sanatized just wiped by staff. Not good.

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vipSteve
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

it was good. The rice balls were awesome. everything else, just good.

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JimV
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go there I try something different. This time it was the cavatti rabe and sausage....It was excellent !!!!

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MBF125
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The ability to eat outdoors in the picturesque setting of Constantino's was very special. All COVID-19 requirements were met and tables were spaced appropriately. Food, service, and ambiance made one feel as if one had traveled to Rome, Italy.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Outdoor seating was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. Everything was great from the valet parking to the kid that cleaned the tables. Those guys are awesome...!

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Foogirl
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The food is always good the main problem was sitting right near the band it was so loud we couldn’t even hear each other think way too loud

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EileenM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Loved the food
I think for the money being spent; the waiter could have been more friendly.
He provided good service; but I certainly don't think he was warm and friendly.

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DavidS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the helpful servers, the atmosphere all make the dining experience special.

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wphiii
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always! It's always been our go to place before and during this time. Great outdoor seating, excellent food and incredible service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience4

The waitress was absolutely horrible. Threw the silverware at us. Threw the cannolis at us. They were also out of bread. Waited so long for our wine. It was horrible. So disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had asked to be seated near a heater as it was cool Saturday night. They accommodated us and we really enjoyed our dinner. Service was great and the atmosphere was wonderful

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Emily
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining is amazing especially right next to the water fountain. Its a very relaxing environment and the food & service were amazing.

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vipJessM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Best broccoli rabe around. Our kiddo got pizza and it’s always just right. The outdoor area is amazing with the space between the tables. We had gone less frequently in summers past because it was not awesome being so smushed among the tables. This year we have gone almost weekly.

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BrianF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante to a friend

FAQs

Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 528-1100.

Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante is rated 4.4 stars by 631 OpenTable diners.

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.