Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante

4.3
849 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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joeVig
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect spot for dining Al Fresco!
Cocktails, calamari, wine and pasta exceptional. Casual friendly atmosphere was much appreciated, we socialized with tables around us, so much fun. A great date night for this old married couple!

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PeterT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

With the return to Providence for a nice weekend, I looked forward to visiting Constantino's once again. The good : Food was great as expected.

The bad: With the increase in outdoor dining the number of tables has risen.
My table half a block away was a small folding table. when seated it had two salt shakers no pepper no silverware or napkins and no QR code placard to access the menu.

The waiter was nice but so frantic throughout. We never got the calamari we ordered. Drinks arrived after the main entrees.

It was a mad house and that took from the experience.

The hostess was overwhelmed which took away from the experience from the start.

I still consider it to be one of the best places in Providence. I will try again next time I am in town.

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FrancesK
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great and service outstanding

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Joan
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! Dining at this restaurant is like going to Italy. Sit outside, people watch and enjoy the fountain while you dine on Italian specialties like caprese with prosciutto or arancini. Delicious Marsala and piccata. Authentic Neapolitan pizza. You can’t get better on Federal Hill. A must when visiting Providence, RI!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great family dinner!

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vipJillianP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Very slow service.. for sub par food.

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Fancie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The band was fantastic, great date night. they were extremely unstaffed. My drink order was wrong. service ended up arrival at 630, food arrived at 8:00. But the food was fantastic. small but delicious. Willing to try again on a non busy night

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AnneBi
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

All great!

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Bones
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dining alfresco at this venue is something we try to do every summer. It's a fun atmosphere! Service was a little slow and some of the food was lukewarm by the time it came to the table. Our waitress was pleasant.

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vippattyp
New England
31 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was PERFECT!! There were 4 of us out for lunch. We made a reservation 2 hours prior to our 3pm reservation. We were happy to see the water fountain back and the live music too. Yay!! The hostess was a little grumpster, but we were seated and enjoyed music, a little dancing and 4 great meals. One pumpkin ravioli, 2 pork Ragu, I’m not sure of the third. The wait staff were all super friendly despite how busy they were. Everything was delivered promptly and by pleasant folks!
We can’t wait to come back!!

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vipDavy
New England
57 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was great enjoyed eating on the plaza would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great dining experience!

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Victory1967
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delizioso !!!

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breakfast
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

appetizer was not very warm and we were asked to move table after siting with drinks for someone that wanted that table.. but dinner was good!

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ca1233
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waited 30 minutes to get served… they gave us a dirty table

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing Italian experience. The food was superb as was the service. There is currently construction in the area but they offer valet parking. The outdoor area is just delightful by the water fountain. Definitely a must, I don’t know how they don’t get 5 stars all the time. I left and kept raving about this place. Will most definitely be returning in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Live music was way too loud and the service was slow. Food was excellent as always. Service may have been slow due to the holiday weekend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful night on the piazza ! I was afraid it might be too busy or crowded for Friday but it was delightful ! The service was excellent. The music was great , food terrific and servers couldn’t have been nicer! It was nice to be back there after so long!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fayetteville
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed sitting outdoors and enjoying a meal by the Fountain.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner was very nice food and s service were great sitting outside in the courtyard was nice well enjoyed evening

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Zookpr57
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

If you are going, be technically savvy for starters. The valet is by text message and the menu can only be obtained by using your cell phone to scan the QR (bar) code. No hard copy menus :( . Bar code menu is very difficult to read. :(

Service was adequate, and as with other places these days, they seemed to be short-staffed. The wait staff would zip by to drop off or clear the table so swiftly it was difficult to ask a question about the menu.

The food was very good as usual which is what it is all about.

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vipBeverlyR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

46th Anniversary Dinner. Best place to celebrate.

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vipGEM1
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We chose this restaurant not for the quality of the food but for the outdoor seating/music and atmosphere. We wanted the "little italy" dinner experience in the square. The food (mainly classic italian dishes) is good but not exceptional. I find the pasta too heavy/dense in most dishes. Service was very good. Music is loud so if you want to have dinner conversation choose seats on the other side of the fountain.

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garryw
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

service was very slow because it appeared that they didn't have enough waiters

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AriM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we showed up at the restaurant on a Saturday night with reservations we were asked to wait on line for a few minutes and I was getting irritated but we were seated quickly and we could
Not have been happier. The food and drinks were great with nice size portions and very reasonably priced. There was also live entertainment which everyone enjoyed. It was the highlight of our time spent in Providence.

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Case
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Too loud, waiter was attentive, bus boys were more attentive.

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GlenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great day for outdoor dining and the pizza, spritz and salads were a great combo. service was great and the music was fun. a good afternoon in Providence

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JackD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Venda was fantastic!!our waiter was awesome, his name is Sebastian.
The atmosphere was inviting.
If your debating on weather to go or not do not hesitate you will not be disappointed

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vipEileenK
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service
Superior meal
Very nice evening
Great to dine on the plaza

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LisaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I love it here. Last night the wait staff was overwhelmed and not attentive. I understand that it is hard to find help so maybe you should limit your patrons so as to allow a more pleasurable dining experience. You have a great location and amazing food but when you have to ask four times for salt or water, it creates a poor dining experience. We waited forever for a salad and when it came it was warm - clearly indicating that it was left in the service window for too long. Confirming that was the fact that the entrees came five minutes after the salad. Very disappointed.

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vipKristenG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Restroom and inside dirty and messy. Lots of trash anxiety dishes and food around and on floor

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my daughter for an early birthday dinner. Our waiter Vinny was excellent! He was very attentive, kept checking on us and made great food & drink suggestions. Live music enhanced the Italian atmosphere.

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vipAlwaysOrderTheSpecial
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Been there a few times and it’s always been great. This time the food was great but the service was really poor. We were seated quickly but it took a while for the waiter to come over. After he did, he brought 4 small plates for the 4 of us (no silverware, no menu or QR code stand). After 10 mins he came over with olive oil and filled one of the plates, but never brought another plate for our 4th diner. 10 mins later he brought bread and took drink orders and we had to ask for silverware/napkins. FYI, 2 of the napkin/silverware rolls had 2 forks…the other 2 had one fork. After the drinks arrived he took our orders. Food came out relatively quickly and was very tasty. However the waiter never once checked up on us until we were all done. He missed an opportunity to sell us another round of drinks. I asked for a bill and gave him my credit card because it would have been another 20 minutes waiting for the bill. After leaving we walked around for about 30 minutes and when we went by the restaurant again our table was not cleared yet. Aside from the food, Constantino’s missed the mark. Will try again soon. Maybe this was a one-off.

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GuySmiley
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Highly recommended! Beautiful ambiance and great food

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Jules
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We wanted a good restaurant with outdoor seating due to covid-19 concerns. A friend recommended Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante. Our server was very pleasant and accommodating. Happy to know that your restaurant can still attract good help these days. Our only comment would be the issue of parking. Perhaps it was doubly difficult due to the construction. But, honestly, the pre-pay machines would not readily noticeable, especially for out of town visitors. And, the one way streets made it even more challenging. I highly advise you to warn and help your customers think through parking when reservations are made.

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Dissatisfied
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed. The hotels was rude. Not sure why they do not use printed menus. Trying to readi their menu on a small phone screen was impossible. We chose to leave before the evening could get any worse.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and wine selection. Nice and lively outdoor area. Pleasant staff.

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vipTimG
New England
95 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very special outdoor dining experience... you feel like you’re in Rome on a beautiful night! Add in the Stictly Sinatra band, some great Italian food & some open air cocktails & what’s not to love! We’ve enjoyed the experience multiple times & look forward to the next time!

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JuliaM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

You go here for the ambiance. The food is good but the music next to the fountain on the weekends puts this place on the top

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vipTina
New England
70 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining at Constantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante. The food is incredible! We love sitting outside people watching and listening to Lady D and Ronnie Sands. Can't wait for our next visit!

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 4.3 stars by 849 OpenTable diners.

Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.costantinosristorante.com/gift-cards.

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.