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1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 (Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal)
401-421-2525
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Casually elegant Cafe Nuovo, at the Gondola Landing on Providence's famed...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 138
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Consistently the best of Providence

Cafe Nuovo was my first fine dining experience when I moved to Providence 25 years ago. It shines even today because they've known when to change with the times. But they also know that a winning combination of excellent service and equally excellent food never goes out of style. If you've got a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Elvis355
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Providence, RI
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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208 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
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English first
Providence, RI
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Cafe Nuovo was my first fine dining experience when I moved to Providence 25 years ago. It shines even today because they've known when to change with the times. But they also know that a winning combination of excellent service and equally excellent food never goes out of style. If you've got a great restaurant full of talented people, there's... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

All I can say is..... Awesome meal and atmosphere. Beautiful view of the river, we were there during a Waterfire and it was amazing!!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We have been here many times. they always deliver. Great service starting with the greeting from Dimitri or Sean and then carried thru by all their servers. Food is always very good and consistent. Highly recommend

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Boston
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Top-notch meal from start to finish from the outstanding wine, to the best oysters ever, to beef short rib so tender it just fell off the bone. Great location for a special occasion! Meals are pricey but worth EVERY penny. Nice location along the river, too.

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Barnstable, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We chose this restaurant after looking at the menu online; it seemed to have some excellent choices. Upon arriving there, we found the ambience to be lovely; it overlooks the Providence River. The service was excellent; the staff was attentive but not overly so. The high point was the food. There were so many intriguing selections that we ordered far... More 

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blockisland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I enjoyed dinner at Cafe Nuovo and here is why. Parking is valet and easy, restaurant has easy access being on the first floor. The staff is welcoming and competent, the service is top knotch with excellent cuisine and wine knowledge. The menu is varied and interesting and the ambience is relaxing and prestine. The menu is executed with perfection.

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Providence, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I have been going to Café Nuovo since it opened in the mid-90s. Run by Demetri that whole time, you are greeted and always remembered. One of the best places for a memorable experience on a special occasion. The wait staff is well trained and professional and attentive to your every need. The menu has many attractive choices and is... More 

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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150 reviews 150 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

You know you're going to pay a little extra when dining at a fine establishment along the river down-city, but in this case it's worth every penny! The food is excellent, as is the service. Valet parking, so you're never going to worry about finding a spot.

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Providence, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
254 reviews 254 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I took a friend for lunch at Cafe Nuovo and thisTime I was disappointed.the food was nothing special,we had appetizers and main course my friend had salmon it was just ok,I had a new kind of fish nice thick and white but it was not cooked properly very hard couldn't chew it,service needs t o be review, our server was... More 

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Mansfield, MA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Cafe Nuovo is not so "nuovo" anymore and could benefit from a dining room and restroom overhaul. With that said, the food and service are consistently excellent. Prices are reasonable and the menu is surprisingly varied for a fine dining establishment. Save room for dessert, that's where they really shine!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903
    (Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal)
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence
  • Phone Number: 401-421-2525

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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