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Cafe Nuovo

1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903
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Ranked #2 of 731 Restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal
Description: 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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English first
Providence, Rhode Island
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We were there for a party and did not have to pay the bill (which is extremely lucky because it is very expensive) but it could not have been a nicer experience. Everything was superb.

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Rhode Island
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went to Cafe Nuovo for lunch. We sat outside, with the view of the river and Providence. The salmon special was delicious, the afternoon sun on the water was perfect, the waiter was knowledgeable and personable. This is one of the best restaurants in the city where we live and dine out frequently. If you are... More

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Warren, New Jersey
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

My friend and I had attended an art show in Providence and found Cafe Nuovo via a Trip Advisor search. It was a Saturday night, we didn't have reservations, and the restaurant was clearly busy. Fortunately, Cafe Nuovo has a wonderful manager, Sean Scannell, working the front desk. He accurately predicted the wait time (how did he do that?) and... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Everything was perfect from the first cocktail to dessert. The food was consistently light with deep flavors. Prepared and presented perfectly. Our server was pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive but not overbearing. The boullubaise was delicious as were the scallops. Salads and dessert were great. A wonderful place for that special evening.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is the kind of place where you take your love one on special occasions, the food is great, however the price is on the expensive side. Due to the price is outside the budget of the traveler that is on budget however if you have extra cash don't miss the opportunity to eat here.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Not a better way to celebrate an anniversary than to have a delicious dinner at Cafe Nuovo and experience Waterfire at the same time. Our grilled swordfish was the best ever, and coming from my husband who is not a fish lover, this is an extraordinary compliment. We made our reservation for 7PM several days in advance for an inside... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Good ambiance. Average food. Average pricing for a nice restaurant. Service is a little disappointing. Only one server is nice. First time (July 2014) I was very impressed, on next visit equally disappointed. No one to greet guests, took few minutes for someone to come up; took me to an isolated section with no one around, I asked him to... More

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Hong Kong, China
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We went for dinner, only three tables inside restaurant, after set down, we found that most peoples are sitting outside beside the River , all outside tables were full. Service were good. We ordered Bouillabaisse which was very good, one order of Tortelloni, not bad, One salad and one order of Angus Ribeye, steak was just ok, not as good... More

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Maryland, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Lovely restaurant with a view of the Providence river. The wait staff is attentive yet not intrusive. Knowledgeable about wine pairings. Most personable. The management responded in quite a snooty fashion when I asked if there were any way we could be seated outdoors as the reservation system stated no outside seating request could be taken through the system. I... More

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Niantic, Connecticut
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Made reservations for 7pm on a Friday night, weather turned out better than we thought so we asked to sit outside and without hesitation they sat us in a great seat next to the fence overlooking the Providence River. The gondola went back and forth on the river all evening and when it got dark, they turned on rope lights... More

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