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Cafe Nuovo

1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903
401-421-2525
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Ranked #2 of 730 restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $80
Cuisines: American, Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: 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
Boston
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's a really nice place , water fire and outside seating is wonderful , the only issue I would say was my server seamed he didn't appreciate my friends kind of race here , everyone here looked like they don't appreciate anything other than white, Italian

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had a Saturday dinner here with friends. We were given a nice outside table that is riverside. I am sure it would be a great place during the water fires. The short ribs were excellent as was my wife's tuna. We saved room for desert and the ice cream options were plentiful as was the chocolate banana bread pudding.... More

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I went to Cafe Nuovo for my 30th birthday and it was one of the best meals I have ever had. Crab cakes are awesome. Riesling was remarkable. Moved onto the Cesar which subjectively was too much like anchovies for me, but some people would love it. Then I had the swordfish with lobster cream corn and asparagus. Lights out.... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Went to Café Nuovo for a date night in Providence. We called ahead to request a table outside on the water and champagne - everything was ready for us when we got there! I will say first we had trouble deciding what to order as there were a lot of things we wanted to try. We started with two oysters... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Ordered it Rare, came out Medium. For $42 I don't expect Dry and Flavorless Rib Eye. Service was very good. Ambiance is quite pleasant.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Beautiful setting, great service, and amazing food! I had the steak, my husband had the risotto. Loved it.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Decided on Cafe Nuovo based on the great TA reviews. The food did not disappoint! However, a few things didn't settle well with us. Trying to enter the restaurant was difficult as the lobby to the financial building they're located in was closed for a sweet sixteen party. We then tried to enter through the locked patio doors, however we... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My husband and I went to Cafe Nuovo after reading the advice on TripAdvisor. The restaurant was nicely decorated and we were seated by the window with a view of the canal (it didn't hurt that it was a beautiful night). The wine list was good and the cocktails were made well. We started with the tomato soup with the... More

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dartmouth,ma
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed the food here. We both had the sirloin tips and it was fabulous! Our pizza appetizer was also fantastic! The drinks were great! We both agree that we will be back as soon as we can. It's an awesome place with a great wait staff as well. Everyone was extremely polite. Can't wait to... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Stumbled upon this place by chance. Wanted to go on the gondola ride so we asked if we could have a drink and wait on the tables along the canal. The moment we walked in, the host was so nice and pleasant and let us come in, order a drink and relax as we waited for our ride time. We... More

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