Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante

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518 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
An authentic Italian dining experience, an award-winning wine list, and excellent service - that is what Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante is well known for in Providence, Rhode Island, and beyond. This Italian wine bar and restaurant is located on DePasquale Plaza in the heart of historic Federal Hill - the Little Italy section of the capital city.

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RichardM
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for years, and enjoy it more each time.
Venda is consistent both in food and service, absolutely one of the
best restaurants on Federal Hill and Providence !!

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MollyL
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic Italian food in a beautiful location!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food wasn’t piping hot, disappointed overall

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our experience here was terrible.
Other than the man working at the valet and the buser upstairs, every staff member we met seemed too annoyed or uninterested in being there let alone serving us dinner. Our server checked in to take our order and after that we never saw him again. We requested to move to a smaller available table away from 2 very large and noisy groups, which no one ever acknowledged. After receiving our food no one checked in to see if the orders were correct or if we needed anything else. The upstairs dining area was dirty and a total mess. Napkins and food everywhere, uncleared tables, etc. Not only would I never return to this place but I would tell people to steer clear if they have any hope of an enjoyable dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exceptional service.

LL
vipLoriL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Has to ask for silverware,salt & pepper as well as the coffee was not close to hot. The waitstaff runners kept bringing food to the wrong tables. Everyone Seemed very disorganized and confused.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Never recived our reservation from Open Table. Sat in a bar area near a door that was constantly open on a 25 degree night, very cold while eating dinner. Food took a while but was very good.

In summary. Food was very good, dining experience was not very good.

NL
vipNicL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and it was delicious! The Lobster Ravioli was the most delicious I have ever tasted.. I was blown away with how good the food was. We had calamari to start which was good and the bread was great, the bolognese and lobster ravioli were delicious. We drank delicious wine and limoncello and finished off the meal with delectable tiramisu. Overall the entire meal was fantastic and we'll be back for sure.

JM
JosephM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a great value

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Hannah
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was incredible. I had the lobster ravioli and my boyfriend had the sirloin and they were both cooked to perfection. The service was not very good. Not sure if it was that my boyfriend and I are a younger couple, but our server read everyone else the specials and not us. He kind of just rushed us along, even though it was NYE and we were trying to have a nice, slow dinner. Would go back again for the food, but wouldn't expect much of the service.

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Lisa
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best rigatoni and sauce! Management and wait staff were so nice and knowledgeable. The real deal if your looking for authentic Italian!

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RaymondS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience1

The veal was like shoe leather and the noise was overwhelming. The maitre-d didn't do anything to tone it down out of respect for the other guests. Not going back.

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vipLucy
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious meal !

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful meal and great service.

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Leen
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were all disappointed by one meal being served so far ahead of the other 3 meals. By the time the other 3 were served, the first was just about done with his meal. It made it a very awkward situation.

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NicholasL
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The main courses were good and the service was attentive and friendly. Unfortunately, the tables tipped back and forth and we ended up having to make the fixes ourselves with some odd bits of cardboard. One would have thought that the restaurant would have carried wedges for this.

The Tiramisu was a big disappointment. Completely bland and small.

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AmyC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was amazing!! Food was excellent! Service was also great including the valet parking. We will definitely be returning

BM
BarbaraM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Contantino's!!! My daughters favorite pic when we come visit her at Providence College

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Food delicious, service spectacular and ambience great!

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FARRELL
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was terrible! Pasta was sticky and gummy and lukewarm. One pasta dish tasted more like Asian noodles rather than Italian.

I will not go back there again and I am glad none of my party got sick!!!

Wait staff was decent but hostess was distant/cold and only interested in flirting with the wait staff.

BW
BobW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food was great service was good, restaurant was over booked, we had a 8:00 reservation and were seated at 8:25. Host apologized several times but never offered a drink while we waited.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience1

They over booked and placed us, along with other parties, in the over flowing seating thats located in the butcher shop across the street.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I made reservations at Costantino’s Venda Bar & Ristorante after having their cheese raviolis and meatballs at the Federal Hill Columbus Day Festival. This year was my first time going to the Festival, and the cheese raviolis and meatballs were so delicious I went back the next day and had them again. I made reservations with the intention of having the same delicious cheese raviolis and meatballs a third time. I ordered the cheese raviolis with marinara sauce and had to ask my server whether they had meatballs or not because they weren’t listed anywhere on the menu. Much to my delight our server informed me that they do have meatballs so I ordered two to go with my cheese raviolis. When my meal came it looked different than the meal I had eaten at the Festival but more importantly it tasted completely different. The cheese raviolis were just as delicious but the marinara sauce was not smooth like it was at the Festival. It was chunky and had a bitter taste which essentially ruined the cheese raviolis since they were doused in it. The meatballs were disappointing as well. They were tough and dry. Overall, the meal was a very big disappointment. I would have never known that the two meals were prepared by the same restaurant because the meal I had at the Festival knocked it out of the park, and the meal I had a few weeks later was a waste of $80. I will not be back.

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muffin
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was very slow. I ordered Vodka sauce with Shrimp it said Jumbo shrimp and I asked the waiter/bartender if they were big and he said yes jumbo. They were medium at best. The sauce was good. Two people got the veal park and one other got chicken parm. They all said the sauce had no flavor. We asked for some Parmesan cheese and never received it. Most Italian restaurants they automatically offer it. Drink service was very slow. They sat us in the back bar area where people were standing around our table and it was very loud. The tiramisu was good.

JJ
JessJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was really excited about coming here on the recommendation of a family memeber. Generally we go to Sienna, but we wanted to switch it up for our anniversary. I had ravioli and vodka sauce (vegetarian) the ravioli was okay not what I was expecting from a place that makes their own, but the sauce was extremely bland and disappointing. My husband enjoyed the steak, but at first the shrimp was misusing and did not come out until we were finished. Service seemed slightly irritated starting with the hostess and continued to the server.

Additionally it doesn’t seem like they do anything for special occasions so there isn’t really any reason to specify if you’re celebrating. Most likely will not return and will stick with our usual spots instead.

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Bella
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The food was enjoyed by all. However, our server left much to be desired.

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harley558
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The service this time was slow to non-existent. When we were seated, they only brought us 1 menu (2 people). After about 15 minutes when no one came to our table again , I went up and retrieved one myself. When they sat us, they put us in a corner next to a very large table. Most of the time we couldn't communicate because they were so loud we had to repeat ourselves 3-4 times.

Once the waiter came, things were good, however, I think maybe they just stretched them out too far, as the waiter was like a ghost. If you didn't get everything you wanted, you won't see him again for at least 15 minutes or longer.

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RobertE
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

They had no record of my Open Table reservation. I had to wait for an available table. Crowded. Noisy, and the staff way over worked.

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jweil810
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Veal parm was excellent! Outstanding service.

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TeresaA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server Darren was excellent he answered all our questions about the menu we had and drinks. I can not drink a certain alcohol and he made sure the drink I wanted didn’t have that in it. I was really in the mood to try a certain thing on their menu and he made sure I was able to get it. I will definitely go back to this restaurant and recommend it to friends and family

RM
vipRichardM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We were seated by the bar ( we had a reservation) but the server was not all that attentive. It seemed like this was an additional responsibility for him that he was not prepared for. Also, the pizza was not hot and clearly had been sitting out before being delivered to our table. Overall, the service was marginal.

DB
vipDavidB
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a B level family restaurant. Not fun or special but good enough food.

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camjones
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing to write home about. This place came highly recommended but honestly found the food lackluster. Nothing wrong with any of it but have certainly had better Italian. Service and host desk were mediocre.

JC
vipJonC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The hostesses were not very amicable. We were asked if the table suited us. When we replayed we would prefer a table not in the middle of the room, we were told that was not going to happen since they were booked.
Our server and bus boys were kind.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two couples, outside dining with great ambiance-
Loved the hustle and bustle-
Food, drinks and service did NOT disappoint

GB
GretchenB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were thrilled to eat out of doors on a lovely evening with a charming and efficient server (Megan) where we could reminisce together about Italy ..she is Italian American and we lived in Rome for 17 years. We had hoped to be seated at Camille's or The Old Canteen, for old time's sake, but there were no reasonably timed reservations available. We were this very pleased to be seated at Constantino's. Grazie mille!

CD
vipCynthiaD
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Sent back my Bloody Mary. It was very watery and foamy on top. Rather strange- very little taste. The salads that my friends had they said were very good. My steak tips on my salad were tough. I left a couple Of pieces because I couldn’t cut with knife. Usually I love Venda but this day for me was disappointing. Server was very nice!

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Melissak
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Restaurant overall was great, however service was a little slow.

KB
vipKevinB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The. Seats the springs were coming right through only seen the waiter once a big fell from behind the painting into my wives meal no manager even came to see us place was nasty ipstairs

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vipJojo
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

When I sat down outside, my seat was soaking wet therefore my white pants were wet. We ordered the mussels as an appetizer and two entrées. It all came out at once. The mussels were cold. Ambiance was great but the food and service was mediocre.

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Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 528-1100.

Costantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante is rated 4.3 stars by 518 OpenTable diners.

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