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1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903
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Ranked #2 of 732 Restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $80
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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
  • Italian first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My friends, Sister and had dinner here for my 40th Birthday in November. The atmosphere is beautiful and we were able to sit by the window to watch the fire water, which was very cool. Dinner was fantastic and service was good. I would love to go back there again. Could be very romantic!! :)

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Boston, MA
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My husband and I had eaten here before and were very happy. We decided to visit again with friends on the last Waterfire of the year. If anything, it was better than our first visit. The food was wonderful, amazing, however, the most standout thing about this evening was our amazing server. I asked for her name and wrote it... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

The cuisine is AMAZING, out of this world. Gourmet without pretension. If we could eat there everyday we would. Fresh, tasty, excellent choices & presentation. My fiancé had the lamb and I had scallops. Our favorite restaurant in RI without a doubt. Elegant decor, excellent service. Try the bananas foster dessert - the chocolate is very high quality.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
360 reviews 360 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
471 helpful votes 471 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We've been coming to Cafe Nuovo since the first night it opened. After several management changes, it is back to its old high standards. Outstanding service. Enjoy the riverfront location. Easy parking. Fine wine list. Terrific service. But the food is the star -- wonderful stuff. The special "deconstructed" salad was unbelievable -- a range of root vegetables plus pear... More 

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Rhode Island
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We were looking for a place to celebrate our anniversary and our friend's anniversary. We live in RI and have our favorites in Providence, but our friends aren't big on seafood so we were trying to find a restaurant that had something for everyone. I haven't been to Cafe Nuovo for years. I have no idea why. It was perfect.... More 

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warwick , ri
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Went to Cafe Nuovo for our anniversary dinner on a water fire night. The place was very crowded. We got there early and was able to have a cocktail in the bar area. I ordered a espresso martini and my wife had a vodka martini. To our surprise the drinks came out in to different size glasses. On our second... More 

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Franklin, Ma
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We had a nice evening. The food was excellent from beginning to end. The atmosphere is fine and as expected at this price point. The service was fine as well, nothing spectacular, but no complaints. Reasonably priced for the level of cuisine.

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Melbourne, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Lovely restaurant, beautiful atmosphere. The food was delicious, we had creamy tomato soup and steak tartare for starters - both super tasty, I would go back just for the soup it was that good. Prior to starters we were provided with mixed olives and bread - beautiful quality. For main (entree) we had the short rib and corn tortelloni -... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Valet parking, great atmosphere and awesome food!! Ask for John Belfi to be your Waiter. This place is one of our top restaurants to go to, and we eat out a lot!!!

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Providence, Rhode Island
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

with its atmosphere poised above the glowing braziers of Waterfire, Cafe Nuovo manages to combine dazzling presentation with entrees that span from duck pappadelle to roasted chicken. There are dishes for the adventurous palates as well as mainstream. With both, you are supplied an eclectic combination of sides, good sized portions and tantalizing display.Desserts are house made and spectacular.Entrees for... 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 0 - 80
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean

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