Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante

4.4
698 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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markl
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time there ! Everything was better than good, from the food and service to the ambiance. I would/will recommend.

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Jeff
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Disappointed. Food was cold upon coming to table. Angel hair pasta was stuck together. Waiter had no personality at all, as to service. Veal piccata as to lemon and capers was cold as well. Just not good all around.

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vipStevenJ
New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was so nice to emerge from Covid hibernation and enjoy al fresco dining on a beautiful evening. The drinks were wonderful, the service was superb and the food was great. It was nice to have live music but it was too loud to be able to enjoy conversation at the table.

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KerryE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food,friendly service and beautiful atmosphere 💗💗💗

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ElizaT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The place was packed and table of loud drunk women were behind us. Took a long time to get a drink. The food was "meh". Don't think I'll eat the leftovers. By the time our wine came we had finished eating. There are far better Italian restaurants on Federal Hill.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mother’s Day

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RobP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The bus boy said he was going to bring bread to the table, he never did. He spilled water on my wife and didn't even apologize.
It was cool out and the heaters were on but they moved all the heaters away from the customers because it was close to closing.

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NickyM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at Costantino's for Mother's Day lunch; the staff was totally prepared for the inevitable crowd and did a great job. Food was delicious and came out at a good clip; our server was attentive and friendly. The noise from the street is unavoidable, unfortunately (unless the city decided to, say, ban motorcycles from passing through during dining hours but that's hard to imagine) - but if you go in knowing that's a factor, it's easy enough to let it go. It was a good experience overall!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was terrible. We felt rushed even-though there were not busy at all. Upstairs restrooms we gross.
Food was good though…..

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Graduation

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Cheryl
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Costantino’s is always our go-to place. The service is great; Katie was our server and didn’t disappoint. She had a great sense of humor and recommended the best wine. She didn’t rush us at all and we were able to relax outside and enjoy the great weather.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner at Costantino’s celebrating our daughter’s college graduation. Fantastic food and service! Thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Quality food, service was outstanding.

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JimP
New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service outside in the Square! Eggplant appetizer was exceptional!

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vipDanielH
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A nice choice on a Spring evening. We chose to dine indoors and the start of th evening was a little off, but they quickly recovered. We all have to be patient with service as the restaurant industry get's back on its feet. Entrees were perfect , wine list acceptable. Give them a try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Literally the worst service I’ve EVER had. We were completely ignored, items forgotten, I even asked the server to come back in two minutes for our dessert order... she never did. After 10 minutes we finally flagged her down and asked for the bill. I think you guys have great food and such a great space to dine outside but after our experience today I doubt we will be back.

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Alexis
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I think they are understaffed and seem to have more seating than the restaurant can handle. I was seated on the sidewalk directly next to the valet station so there was always a crowd of people practically right at my table. Drinks took 40 mins to receive. Food took an hour and a half and when we received it it was warm, not hot. Definitely wouldn’t return.

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KathyG2007
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

We booked a 6:15 pm reservation for a birthday celebration We had an outdoor reservation. It was around 60 degrees but we figured they would have heaters throughout the area. We were not seated until close to 6:30 PM and did not have a waiter greet us until 6:45 PM. It was very cold and the hostess if she could turn the heaters on but she told us to ask our waiter (which we heard her tell several parties as the night went on).Our waiter told us that most of the heaters were broken in a windstorm several nights earlier. He took our drink order and said he would return soon with bread and our drinks but we didn’t get bread until after 7 PM or drinks until close to 7:15 PM. We ordered one app which came relatively quickly after we ordered but did not receive our dinner until about 8:45 PM. It was freezing cold , service was extra slow and no one, other than our server, ever addressed our concerns. Will not return again. VERY disappointed.

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JeffreyC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

2nd time at this restaurant. Both times long waits for food & drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent!

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vipMonicaO
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was cold and wasn't very tasty. Outdoor seating is fabulous with a beautiful fountain and plenty of space for Covid outdoor dining.

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vipKylesprof
New England
42 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a nice lunch here. The homemade pasta is the way to go. Salad was fresh. Professional server. Can’t wait to go back and sit outside!

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NicolasK
New England
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

the food was amazing, authentic Italian. the outdoor seating is charming. the server was nice but they are definitely shorthanded.

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Allie21
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I wanted to love it. Location is great and lots of outdoor seating and super cute area, but food service was spotty. One meal came and the next about 10 min later. Server was nice; seems to be a kitchen issue they should fix. Also he helped with heaters when it got colder. Street noise in the area is unfortunate with bikes drifting etc.

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vipAllieWeid
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood and this place has been on our list for some time. After bringing some friends for a double date, my only complaint is that we didn’t have dinner/drinks here sooner! Everything was excellent. We had apps, entrees and tried some cocktails. We can’t wait to come back and try the rest of the menu.

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SusanT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always spectacular. Have eaten here twice in past two weeks. Always better when weather permits to eat outdoors.

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vipRichardM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

two outdoor heaters were out and apparently, there weren't any replacement propane tanks; we were served red wine and a martini in a cognac glass; service was very slow; they served us bread oil in an upside down coffee saucer.

Overall not a pleasant experience. I will not recommend to others at this time.

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MichaelP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it time after time

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always impeccable- great service, amazing outdoor dining in beautiful weather!

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MBF125
New England
40 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Outdoor seating at Constantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante is a wonderful city experience and makes one feel you are transported to Italy. Service was great, street noise was moderate, and during these Covid times, all safety protocols were followed. Great calamari appetizer was shared and was excellent. The veal marsala and eggplant rolatini were okay but not as special as the calamari.

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helenbarry
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

We had a party of 4. 1st entree came out. 2 pizzas arrived 10 minutes later and 1 pizza 5 minutes after that. Person served first ate before all others were served. Otherwise the food was good. Servers not too personable.

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vipLouB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Waitress was very busy so some questions and follow up was a bit slow

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Lori
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food. The calamari is always great. Outside seating is great and with heaters.

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Michael
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

As usual the food and service was outstanding. Our one issue was we reserved an outside table because the weather was nice on Saturday. When I made the reservation we were told they had patio heaters because as the sun goes down it get cooler out. When we needed the heater most of the heaters did not has propane and did not work. It became too cold out to finish our dinner and had to take it home. They should have spare propane bottles if they are going to offer outside dinning.

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Jojo
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome as always. The only issue was that it was a bit chilly out and most of the gas tanks were empty for the heaters. The waiter worked with us and two other tables around us to check quite a few tanks out for all of us, but no luck. They were all empty. We will wait til the warmer weather to come back.

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vipTbr62
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We were happy to sit outside and eat supper on a warm march day.
The food was good.

The tables are chipped and many of the outdoor heating units were out of propane.

the entire square where the tables were set up looked run down. Overhead lights were not turned on. Competing music from different restaurants created chaotic and loud ambience.
There was litter flying around outside by the tables - no efforts made to pick anything up that we saw.

The service was surprisingly disorganized and disinterested and slow.
Even the hostess in front of the restaurant was not visible - busy chatting with her friends in the street. We had to circle twice throughout the plaza to locate where to check in.

These inconveniences above would be not as annoying during nice weather, if the fountain and overhead lights were on, etc. but none of that was true.
Venda Ravioli is a famous place and they don't seem to care much about the ambience for their diners...at least that was the feeling we go. Will not be going back any time soon.

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Visitor
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I requested a custom dish, and it was made to perfection! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Venda!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The tic tok girls at the fountain get a lowly 1 star. Lose some wait fatties.

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 698 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.