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Review of Cafe Nuovo

Cafe Nuovo
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Ranked #10 of 827 Restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$80
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, View
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Sat outside on a balmy summer evening . Nice view of the water with gondoliers passing by. Excellent service, interesting specials. We shared a dozen of the most delicious oysters. The salmon with mashed potatoes and asparagus was delicious.
A great meal with a great view.

Thank Donna G
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Had a reservation for 14 people outside for Waterfire. My friend who made the reservation well in advance eats 2 or 3 times a week at this restaurant. When we all arrived she was told there was no reservation. She had reconfirmed it the day before. She was basically called a liar by the man behind the desk. He also insulted her several times over the course of the evening. We were finally given a seat inside. Several men in our group spoke with the gentlemen about his treatment of our friend. They also were treated poorly. This alone guarantees 14 people will not return here. We were finally seated over an hour and a half after our reservation time. Most main entrees
were terrible mine lamb shank over cooked scollop dishes burnt on top roast chicken sent back due to being to tough to cut or chew. The restaurant was so crowded tables jammed in noise level terrible wait staf can barely maneuver through the tables.
I must say the wait staff and valets were great. This was really terrible will never return.
To many great restaurants to go to in Providence this is not one of them.
Will not return

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Thank Sandra H
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

I have been to Cafe Nuovo numerous times and almost always have had an excellent experience. My last visit was an exception. I was with three friends, one of whom was visiting Providence and had never been to Cafe Nuovo. I wish I had chosen a different restaurant.

Everyone knows the place is a bit pricey, so I have no complaint with that. However, this last visit was a disappointment both in terms of service and in the quality of the meal. The restaurant was not overly crowded or busy, so there seemed to be no reason for the mediocre service we received. After we were seated, the waitress came by and brought water. And then we waited and waited for her return to take a drink order. After receiving drinks we ordered two appetizers, one that three of us would share, the place's famous stuffed rigatoni. When it arrived, the server (not the waitress) was kind enough to divide it into three portions. Mine was from the outside of the portion and was barely tepid. Those who had inside pieces said it was hot -- microwave perhaps? It was difficult throughout the meal to get the attention of the waitress in a place that simply wasn't overly busy. Don't what's up, but it was disappointing evening. There are so many good restaurants in Providence, so I won't rush back.

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Thank Jonathan D
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Nice place, good location, good service, good variety and tasty food. A bit pricy. you "can't go wrong" here. But everything was 'almost' great. Altogether lacked satisfaction.
Nothing stood out as outstanding, portions were a bit small.
Espresso Coffee was sub par.

I would go back, but can definitely wait

Thank adi_pundak_mintz
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

I've been to this place a few times now and it's always excellent. The service, setting, and food is great. They have a very big menu for a high-end restaurant so its good for groups because everyone will find something to eat. I also appreciate the portion sizes - you get a good amount of food in every dish! They also plate everything beautifully and the desserts are like little works of art. Highly recommended.

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Thank GaitedFan
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