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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
Closed now
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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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
Delicious Lunch

We were there early so there were lots of open tables. We sat outside by the river. The view and ambiance was lovely. Our meals came out quickly and were delicious. We definitely will be returning!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
Carlin M
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I even had to ask if perhaps the chef was on vacation! Indeed, it was the sous chef cooking ... he would do better as a janitor .. truly pathetic food. Lobster bisque was burnt and so damn salty! Meat smelled like it was turning bad - lo mein too salty, thrown together, couldn't find the seafood and it tasted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We were there early so there were lots of open tables. We sat outside by the river. The view and ambiance was lovely. Our meals came out quickly and were delicious. We definitely will be returning!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had an excellent lunch here after our gondola ride. The food was excellent and service superb. We sat outside on the patio even though it was quite windy. Definitely a treat!

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Milford, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Where do I start? This restaurant hit it out of the park on all fronts. Two of the most important things for me are service and food and our server Robert delivered on both with great service and fatastic food suggestions. I selected Cafe Nuovo on a Waterfire night and requested a table outside over looking the river. You do... More 

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The atmosphere was rich. The server treated me like royalty. My steak was juicy and just the way I requested. I was seated by the window for a lovely view. I could afford to eat here only 1x/month.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I've been to Cafe Nuovo since its opening, including one time when ex-mayor Buddy Cianci was cruising by in a police boat, looking for out-of-place things in the canal wall. The food is fine, but you don't really go to Cafe Nuovo for the food. You go for the City Expeirience. Every time I go there, I'm saddened a bit,... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Cafe Nuovo is a special event restaurant. The service is always near perfect and menu interesting and delicious. Desserts are works of art. Very good wine list. If weather permits the outside dining tables add another dimension to the experience. We have had many dinners at Nuovo all have been for special celebrations. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Service and food was great. Prices were on point with food. Sitting outside by the water you forget your in providence. Drinks were made by a mixologist not a bartender. Would choose this against any other restaurant in the vicinity

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a great restaurant. The service is top shelf- wait staff is professional, attentive and unobtrusive. The food is wonderful though portions could be a bit larger. You can't ask for a more positive atmosphere for business or personal dining.

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I went to Café Nuovo for lunch a few days ago. I've worked in Providence for 8 years and have lived in Massachusetts my entire life, and I have never been to this restaurant. It's located on the canal or river (not sure what it's called) in downtown Providence (in the Citizens building). We had an outside table and it... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Nuovo

Address: 1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903
Phone Number: 401-421-2525
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence
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
Average Prices: USD 80
Cuisine: Italian, American, Mediterranean

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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 80
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view, Doing business, Romantic

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?