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Cafe Nuovo

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1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903-1345 (Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal)
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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Jacksonville, Florida
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best dinners I've had in awhile. The service was impeccable and our waiter was friendly and attentive. Two of us had the rack of lamb which was amazing. After dinner we took Irish coffees outside for the Water Fire. Great night.

1 Thank Redcurl24
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100 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just because a reputable restaurant has long been entrenched in Providence’s dining scene for several years doesn’t automatically make it a fine dining destination. You see, fine dining, in this reviewer’s humble opinion, comes down to two simple factors: the quality of an establishment’s cuisine, but of equal importance, the level of service that one receives. Café Nuovo - a... More 

Thank PaulsPalate
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten dinner at the bar several times and have never been disappointed. The portions are large and well prepared. The bread and olives that were delivered to the table were delicious.

Thank Donna G
Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been dying to try Café Nuovo for quite some time and was able to get a reservation during restaurant week. Cafe Nuovo treated myself and my guests like royalty; from pushing in my chair to placing the napkin on our laps, to the way our waiter described our food- everything was top notch. I went with the short... More 

Thank rhf00die
Providence, Rhode Island
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

food was very good, a bit loud in my opinion. a romantic setting if sitting outside, less so inside. went for an anniversary dinner. waitstaff seemed a tad slow, though were responsive when summoned. first time there and the performance didnt seem to match the pre game hype.

Thank snobro1
Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always fabulous and doting service. Fabulous meals but also a great place to keep in mind to finish an evening with desserts and coffee. Desserts 3-D and fabulous. Restaurant right on Waterfire route.

Thank MJC859
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I booked this restaurant due to the good reviews. It is indeed in a wonderful location. The place is beautiful and has a pretty decor. But regarding the meal, i wouldn't go back for sure. We ordered the calamari first. Very heavy and full of oil. After that, we ordered veal, chicken and tuna. All of them were terrible. Sides... More 

1 Thank Juliana F
Manchester, New Hampshire
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to Café Nuovo several times, each one a rewarding experience. This time I went with three friends following a tour on the Providence River with La Gondola that docks directly behind the restaurant. We arrived a little early but were accommodate with outdoor seating immediately by the attentive host. The food was excellent, the setting lovely, and the... More 

1 Thank Jonathan D
Jensen Beach, Florida
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88 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two people had lunch. We sat outside on the patio which was very nice. The waiter was attentive and helpful. The food was good. Salmon dinner and pasta with littlenecks. Both lunches were fresh and very tasty. The pasta with littlenecks had a generous amount of pasta and littlenecks and had a spicy sauce.

Thank MAperson
Providence, Rhode Island
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another wonderful evening at Cafe Nuovo, with Tricia, Nick and Megan taking wonderful care of us all night. We had a retirement party with about 40-50 people and everything was wonderful. Crispy sushi appetizer, grilled pizzas and the potato lakte passed plates were wonderful. Beautiful setting by the river and Sean was by to check on us all night. Best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903-1345
    (Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal)
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence
  • Phone Number: 401-421-2525
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?