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Cafe Nuovo

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1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903-1345 (Between Memorial Boulevard & Canal)
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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Jensen Beach, Florida
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85 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Caitriona202
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got to eat outside which was great. Appetizer sushi that we ordered was the best and if I did go back I may just get that as my entree. Dinner entrees we got were just fine (and spendy so I expected more than just fine). Short ribs weren't cooked all that well and the dish was pretty salty. The gnocchi... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was OK, service was terrible, felt like we were after-thought to server (John B), the kicker was when we got the bill we were charged $3.50 for iced tea refills and the glasses were only 8 oz (maybe 10). Completely over priced, absolutely RIDICULOUS to pay for an iced tea refill. Will not return. Suggest you save your money.

1 Thank Jay H
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our 16 day tour of New England this restaurant provided the best food although it was quite pricey. It is in a lovely location by the river and has a busy, buzzy atmosphere. We both ate locally caught fish but there were lots of other options and the food was served so attractively on unusual shaped plates and dishes.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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158 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not really a cafe, its a italian-oriented mid-range restaurant that deserves a decent rating because of the service levels. Food is ok, maybe a bit more expensive than it needs to be. But, it had a great buzz about it, guys rushing around and very attentive and flexible service. By the river, so if weather is good, book... More 

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Northwest Corner, Connecticut
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166 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, I have to say that downtown Providence is one fine place, with a wonderful indoor mall (Nordstrom, Apple, etc, etc,) within easy walking distance of several great hotels and restaurants. My wife and I chose the Cafe Nuovo based on Tripadvisor reviews, and are we glad we did! It is a most attractive restaurant with lots of glass, and... More 

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Bucks County, PA
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a great dinner in town the night before we tried Café Nuova having heard their desserts were top notch. We didn't agree. Desserts were ok to good, but main courses were over cooked and underwhelming preparations of typical dishes. Prices would have been fairly high had the food been on target. But as it was not - I would... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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38 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

went for lunch with my wife and super enjoyed the experience. beautiful location,great atmosphere ,very professional service by Nicholas. Chicken Francese and Linguini Vongole were our excelent choices,custard dessert not at par...

Thank marcio K
Westport, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Six of us visited recently for dinner & water fire & we had a wonderful evening! All 6 enjoyed our meals: rib eyes were cooked as ordered & tasty; swordfish & salmon plates were fresh & cooked perfectly & very good; lamb shank, again, cooked perfectly & delish as well as the calamari & shrimp appetizer. Wine selection is very... 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
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
Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Scenic view
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?