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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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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  • 144
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    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
A Providence Classic

The location alone is enough reason to visit, but the food is what will make this an immediate favorite. While the menus themselves (the actually, physical books) seem dated and worn, it doesn't reflect the design of dishes. From appetizers to entrees, there is a perfect blend of new age and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
Craig M
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Providence, Rhode Island
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Providence, Rhode Island
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

The location alone is enough reason to visit, but the food is what will make this an immediate favorite. While the menus themselves (the actually, physical books) seem dated and worn, it doesn't reflect the design of dishes. From appetizers to entrees, there is a perfect blend of new age and eclectic dishes for all palates. Service is always top... More 

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Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

My daughter and I recently dined at Cafe Nuovo on a recent weeknight. Our meal was outstanding and the service was superb! Ken, our waiter, was so good and personable that I hugged him when we left! I asked Ken his recommendations on 4 different options, all within the same price range. He directed me to the duck with braised... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

It has been years since we were last at cafe nuovo. We decided to try it as a special night out for our 8 year old's birthday dinner. We were very pleased with the ambiance and service. It has a fancy night out feel and the staff treated us wonderfully. Meals were solid. Bouillabaisse was jammed with seafood. Duck was... More 

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64 reviews 64 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Had a great meal right up until the experience was ruined by the rude parking attendant. The restaurant is fabulous but unfortunately they don't have their own parking during the daytime. There were plenty of parking spaces available and I had to send out a contract before leaving the lot. The parking attendant rudely pushed me out! Unless they get... More 

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Johnston, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Once again, Cafe Nuovo was spectacular. Caught a fantastic dinner after work on a Wednesday night. I had the shrimp and pasta special and my friend had the bouillabaise special and both were amazing. After dinner, we both had capuccino and a pot of mousse dessert that was divine.

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Recently visited Cafe Nuovo and overall the experience was great. The staff upon arrival warmly greeted us. We sat in the bar area which had nice view of the city and riverfront-drinks were good-staff was great. For dinner we were seated at a waterfront table. The menu was extensive-prices reasonable. Wait staff was extremely attentive. The food was was delicious... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I read the reviews on TripAdvisor and since it was close to our hotel, we thought we would give it try. Not only did it meet our expectations, it exceeded them. Great food and service all around and we will be back!

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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146 reviews 146 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We had been to this restaurant several times before and noticed, during the last visit, that some things had deteriorated, but could not put our finger on what it was. I believe we now know. We made a reservation for 10 people, as a special birthday celebration event, at 8 PM on a Saturday. Granted, Saturdays are busy, and there... More 

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Providence, RI
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

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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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
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

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