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Cafe Nuovo

4.7
4.7
2619 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (401) 421-2525

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Providence

  • Cross street

    Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal

  • Parking details

    Lunch: reduced rate with validated ticket or nearby street parking; Dinner: Valet at the front door

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Rhode Island

    Contemporary American

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  1. AB

    AnastasiosB

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all the way around
  2. KC

    KC19

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went there for my boyfriends birthday. We had a lovely night! We got drinks, appetizers (escargot and the cauliflower), our meals (sole and stuffed rigatoni), desserts (crème brûlée and the chocolate cheesecake), and cappuccinos! Everything was amazing and our waitress was very attentive. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and would go back again.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant and staff. The food was amazing :) The crispy sushi appetizer was probably my favorite dish of the night. Great place for a special occasion.
  4. B

    Beef

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Appetizers were very good 3 out of the 4 entrees were off the mark. Overall disappointing
  5. RP

    RussellP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We were able to get outdoor seating by the river as requested -- the ambiance was perfect, and it was a great way to show off the city to guests from Australia and Canada. The service was friendly and efficient, and the meal very satisfying. My guests had the salmon and filet mignon, which they both praised; I had the seafood cioppino, which was delicious, though served more as a pasta dish than as a soup as I'd anticipated. The lobster bisque appetizer was a standout -- darker and more lustrous than the usual creamy stuff, it was richly flavorful. I didn't have a dessert but enjoyed one of the wide selection of ports. The only slightly disappointing note was that, although priced on the high side, the wine pours were small; they looked to be scarcely five ounces but perhaps it was just the large glasses. I'd certainly recommend Cafe Nuovo highly!
  6. SR

    ShawnR

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect. Best restaurant in Providence! Ambiance, Presentation, taste. From drinks, apps, entry’s and desserts. They have set the Standard!
  7. PJ

    PederJ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent! We had Trish for our server and she was just a very caring and attentive server to us! On top of her game! Would definitely ask for her when we return! Thank You Trish for making Margery’s birthday special!
  8. J

    Jake

    New England

    51 reviews

    2.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Prices are high, service is lacking, slow, food is ok (but might have to be sent back, re-fired). We paid $60 for a lobster special, it came out cold, had to be refired, was basically penne pasta, a few mushrooms, two claws (out of the shell), and a tail in-shell that was sliced down the middle. NOT worth $60! The bone-in ribeye special was ordered Medium, it came Medium-Well, with two sides...for $90! Huh, a 20oz steak for that price was highway robbery. lol. We were so disappointed. Didn't even have them refire that dish, just took it home. We will not order any special from this place again and will have them get everything right or take it off the bill. A horrible experience.
  9. CD

    ChristineD

    New England

    278 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    278 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A stunning evening at Nuovo is no surprise but it is always a joy. From being seated al fresco at a lovely table covered in white linen and being served by so many wonderfully attentive waitstaff, especially Leo, we enjoyed every single moment of our dining experience. The bread basket is always filled with a variety of very fresh breads which we truly love paired with our bibb salads. I adored my lemon risotto with a side of broccoli and my husband, as always, was thrilled with his scrumptious swordfish entree along with sweet potato fries and spinach. And, finally, of course, the pot of mousse dessert put the sweetest finishing touch on a very perfect evening.
  10. GE

    GEM1

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sat outside for waterfire...what a treat! Perfect night! Great service as always. Only reason for 4 stars is the short ribs were extremely salty (and I like salt). My seabass was excellent as was the salmon and lamb! All n all a perfect night!
  11. S

    Sita

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    To Die For! Everything was perfectly cooked, and amazing flavors. We already made reservations for September. Go, you will not be disappointed.
  12. GP

    GregoryP

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my daughter out to Dinner to celebrate her acceptance into college . All was great and a special treat to us both. The chef and owner know what they are doing
  13. LS

    LaurenS

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite for a reason! Food never disappoints! Exceptional presentation and quality. The Chilean sea bass was delicious.
  14. DE

    DENNISR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible place
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, outstanding food and accomodated a special request appetizer
  16. SB

    SubhroB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The caesar salad that we ordered smelled of seafood and the grilled chicken served with it was very dry. We just could not eat the salad. And when we informed them about it, even though we received apologies, there was no offer made to either replace it or not charge for it. The rest if the food was good, but the issue with the salad and the subsequent response was very disappointing.
  17. EO

    EOEO

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food, good service
  18. CK

    ChrisK

    Houston

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well prepared food. Oysters and littlenecks very fresh. Duck perfectly cooked rare; lamb shank fall off the bone tender. Lively atmosphere. Very attentive and friendly wait staff who were knowledgeable about the menu.
  19. H

    Happy

    Denver

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good food served elegantly. We had a terrific server. Wine list pricey--a lot of markup. Everything on the more expensive side. But we enjoyed our meal. We sat in the smaller dining room by the bar area and it was very nice. Not so loud as the main part of the restaurant.
  20. DR

    DavidnRick

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Nuovo is a perfect 10 on the three most important features of dining: Ambiance, Food, and Service. Our waiter was Leo, and he was absolutely exceptional. From the temperature of the filet down to the cocktail requests, Leo made sure everything was exactly the way we wanted it. Friendly, personal, professional. Excellent service. The restaurant is beautiful inside and in a picturesque spot along the riverfront. The host was welcoming and the food was perfect. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience, frankly. Highly recommended.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice, as always.
  22. AO

    AndiO

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Cafe Nuevo has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Providence and we have not been there since the start of COVID in 2020. We were very excited to celebrate my daughters birthday. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed in the quality of the food. The appetizers were very good, but the meals were not. Additionally, our glasses of wine arrived at the end of our meal. The steak tips in my Cesar salad were very over cooked. The desserts were certainly good - but not exceptional. Overall, I was very sad and do not plan to go again........
  23. j

    jamie

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Nuovo is one of the best restaurants in the region. The menu is innovative and it is obvious that the kitchen takes much time and care on the food, including the specials. We had a large party and had excellent service. One of our favorites!
  24. EM

    EricaM

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Cafe Nuovo to celebrate a graduation. The wait staff was fantastic and the food was delicious and generous portions. We had the lamb shank, a halibut special, and the margarita pizza. Everything was perfectly cooked. We sat outside along the river and the atmosphere was beautiful.
  25. 1

    1888

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good was outstanding Service was prompt, attentive
  26. NS

    NicoleS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    My husband had a salad with filet tips. 4 one inch pieces that looked more like beef jerky, 1 anchovy and lettuce. Not worth $34. Service wasn't the usual either.
  27. RH

    RoeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service were excellent. Such a great way to end our trip to Providence. Great ambience and reasonably priced for such a nice restaurant. We loved the cauliflower appetizer. The Roast chicken and halibut special were delectable!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was very attentive, Food was delicious and served hot. Atmosphere was conducive to table conversation and feeling that this was a special occasion. It was a most enjoyable experience.
  29. PA

    PaulA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurant in Rhode Island. Food is delicious and presented well. Staff members are friendly.
  30. LO

    LORIP

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely time and great food just a bit pricey, but nice for a special occasion!
  31. J

    Jonathan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service! A wonderful night
  32. DE

    DeeE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nuovo is our go to restaurant for special occasions. Beautifully decorated, attentive and personable staff, love Sean the host, gorgeous setting on the water. We always have a wonderful time.
  33. RA

    RAM55

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the Matre'd to the bar staff to the waitstaff the service was excellent and totally enjoyable! And of course, the food was impeccable!
  34. DW

    DelindaW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Outstanding waiter. Plus wonderful out door seating.
  35. RV

    RVFIII

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing as usual, the service and food is always GREAT!!
  36. GJ

    GudrunJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decided to take a road trip for my birthday and wanted to show my other half how pretty the water in Providence can be. Chose this restaurant based on the amazing Google reciews. Everything was perfect. Shawn, the general manager was wonderful. Roxanne, our waitress, took amazing care of us. The food was outstanding. The chef was superb and actually cared what we thought of the food. It was truly a wonderful experience. Thank you to all who made my birthday SO special.
  37. TE

    TrevorE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice dining experience. Staff amazing. Views were delightful.
  38. P

    Provfoodlover

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Way too pensive for mediocre food. Service ok but not great. The waiter did a good job up front and then after coming by once disappeared forever. We sat outside near the river which was nice. Wine priced appropriately. But really go somewhere else.
  39. DR

    DRRZ

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was simply EXCEPTIONAL. His preparation and delivery was truly artistic and as always the food quality was equally matched. My Yellowfin tuna was a special and the presentation and ingredients suggested it should be a mainstay on the menu. Thank you for another extraordinary dining experience.
  40. BG

    BentleyGTCSpeed

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, the escargot is fantastic, and the setting and ambiance are outstanding.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Cafe Nuovo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 421-2525.

Cafe Nuovo is rated 4.7 stars by 2619 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Nuovo does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Cafe Nuovo

One Citizens Plaza Providence, RI 02903

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal

  • Neighborhood

    Providence

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Lunch: reduced rate with validated ticket or nearby street parking; Dinner: Valet at the front door

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (401) 421-2525

  • 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

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