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Cafe Nuovo

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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, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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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  • 173
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  • 55
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
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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
Good food & nice water fire views

This is a great spot for eating outside and enjoying Waterfire. The food was good. Enjoyable. Tasty. Some people in our party were not that thrilled with the service, but I know it was very busy. I think you will enjoy this place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
camille234
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Natick, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Natick, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a great spot for eating outside and enjoying Waterfire. The food was good. Enjoyable. Tasty. Some people in our party were not that thrilled with the service, but I know it was very busy. I think you will enjoy this place.

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SPRINGFIELD,NJ
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

When we are in the area we always make a reservation at Café Nuova , the food and service are excellent and the ambience along the river is pleasant.

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boston, ma, usa
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152 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent restaurant, great service, fantastic plating and flavors, right on the riverwalk. Initial experience lowered my expectations a bit, including pedestrian and expensive wine list. Once things warmed up a bit, the food came out looking great and tasting great, the menu descriptions undersold and over-delivered. Not cheap, worth the money, get there early (5pm), get a window seat and... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We visit Cafe Nuovo at least once every month when we travel to Providence for work. Yes, it's pricey, but the Eggplant Parmesean appetizer is amazing, and the chocolate pot dessert is to die for! Adults, if you want to do shots, ask the bartender to make a pineapple upside down or angel food cake shot. You're welcome.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Pleasant welcoming by the owner and he was so accommodating to our needs. One turning down the air a bit. Extremely sweet man. Nolan our server came highly recommended by other family members and since this was a very special anniversary dinner , she made the night the best with her outgoing personality. The meals tasted incredible and our surprise... More 

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Bay Shore, New York
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The restaurant here is known for its name and its success is fueled by the corporate businessmen who come here. The presentation of the dishes is gorgeous but the quality and taste both failed to meet expectations. After ordering a foie gras brulee appetizer, I was surprised to find approximately ten pounds of parsley between three cherries and the foie... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Always a lovely meal in a relaxed atmosphere Attentive service and food is always great Value is good for high end restaurant as grilled entrees come with two sides ( unlike some chain steak Houses where everything is a la carte) Had lamb chops with asparagus and sweet potato fries; wife had a scallop and shrimp dish Appetizers: oysters and... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Managed to get a table on a Saturday night during the Firewater event in early August. Despite being really busy that evening, the staff were very attentive and the food was excellent. Excellent menu choices - good value on many levels.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

It was a perfect Waterfire and Dinner experience. Sean made sure that we were seated at the table of our choice, even on a very busy evening. Our waitress was great fun which added to our experience.The dinner was outstanding! It was a very special evening and we were so thrilled!

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Blackstone, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Great atmosphere. Outdoor dining over the River. Drinks were great. Food was awesome. Duck. Filet Mignon. Apps--Eggplant & Fois Graus (?). Service was a little slow, but acceptable. Will return

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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: Doing business, Scenic view, 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?