Amelia's Italian Cuisine
Amelia's Italian Cuisine

Amelia's Italian Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ameliasgainesville.com/
  • Phone: (352) 373-1919
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:45pm

    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

    Hours May Vary -- Please make a reservation to ensure availability!

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Andy Fass
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Depending on availability, our Tuscan Rose Room can accommodate your party of up to 45 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Andy Fass 352-373-1919
  • Entertainment: Wednesday Nights: Live Jazz with Gary Swanson Duo! 6-9pm
  • Special Events: We do not accept reservations through OpenTable for New Years Eve, Valentine's Day, or UF Graduations. Please call us directly at 352-373-1919 for these special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Place and E. 1st Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking available in the Sun Center East Parking lot (East lot is near Alter-Ego Fitness accessable off 2nd place); Free validation at 2nd Avenue parking garage! Bring your parking ticket please!
A word from Amelia's Italian Cuisine
Gainesville's Finest Italian Cuisine for over 20 years! Located downtown in the Sun Center (Behind the Hippodrome). New (September 2007) Chef/Owner Andy Fass brings Amelia's back to its roots with top quality food, service, and ambiance. Nightly food and drink specials to complement the extensive Northern Italian cuisine menu selections. View our menu online at www.ameliasgainesville.com
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Amelia's Italian Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)romantic (32)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (20)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (13)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great Food @ Good Price
    GNVDiner
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The food is awesome, the prices are fair - not overly priced. A little too noisy for our liking and we did have to wait quite a bit for our drinks and food but we weren't in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They served my husband the
    Janet
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    They served my husband the wrong dish, and told him sorry, but the only difference was the vegetables in the dish. That was not the case at all. He ordered veal pizziola which is a light garlicky tomato sauce and mushrooms, and he got heavy tomato sauce with artichokes and other veggies. They took the dish back to the kitchen and brought the same dish back minus the veggies and artichokes. We should have refused to pay because my husband did not eat the dish. My meal was so-so. It was veal rollatini and there was nothing much rolled in it. Couldn't even taste any cheese. It cost us $ 92.00 with the tip and it was terrible. Would not go back and not recommend.
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  • Very Good Overall
    TMoneyVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We really enjoy Amelia's. It was crowded and the food was a little slow. This is our 4th visit and slow service had not occurred in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post game meal
    BillyBob
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Table was ready when we got there. We were treated nicely. Meal was nicely presented and portion was large.Salad was good and fresh. Taste was average; pasta noodles looked and tasted like grocery store, boxed products; un-inspired. Reasonable prices for up-scale restaurant; excellent beer prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took a group of 7 to dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Took a group of 7 to dinner and it was GREAT. Everyone ordered a different dish and everyone was happy. Three had to carry food home. What Andy can do with fresh grouper is just amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The food was excellent. The service was extremely slow. It was noticible that our table for 2 was just not getting served in line with others. When our food arrived it was excellent. As this was our first time perhaps we just hit a bad evening for service. The restaurant was about 75% full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The environment is homey and the food is excellent. The chef/owner adds his friendly welcome.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy, but very pleasant!
    eatwell
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    A large group was being served in the back room and the front room was full, but wait staff was very attentive, food was just as good as ever and conversation at the table was easy - no loud voices needed. T'was a pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Find
    tia1000
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    This was the second time we have eaten at Amelia's. The food is outstanding and the prices are reasonable. Come to find out the owner Andy will come out of the kitchen and play a song for you at special occasions (ie birthdays, anniversary etc) I found this out to late. It was my birthday and I fill I missed something remarkable . Next time we are in town and it is a special occasion I will take advantage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local find!
    HippDiner
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We are season ticket holders to The Hippodrome Theatre. Amelia's is located behind the theatre so we can walk there for dinner. There are many local restaurants in the area but we always dine at Amelia's. The food is delicious and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Evening
    Foodie
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Treated my husband to a birthday dinner...and when I advised staff that this was my intention, the CHEF came out and played "Happy Birthday" on his saxophone at our table! What a special and unexpected treat...especially on top of the excellent cuisine! VERY memorable! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a pleasure.
    jeffthebuilder
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Truly wonderful food, and an attentive, helpful staff. This is by far the best Italian dining experience in town. The chef makes rounds to ensure diner satisfaction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience! Chef came
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great experience! Chef came out and introduce him self friendly Food was excellent service was excellent thanks Shannon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem but hard to find!
    Foodie4ever
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Since we are out of towers, Amelia's was tricky but worth the effort to find. The main courses were solid-the veal Marsala was good but my chicken with eggplant, Parmesan and Tomato was terrific! The salads that came with it were above average and the cannoli a nice ending. The chef and owner was omnipresent and could not have been nicer as was our waitress. We would return happily!,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Very accommodating and friendly! Food was good. Great spot for celebrating a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lasting Anniversary Memory
    madforitalian
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    For my first visit to this established area restaurant, I chose to make online dinner reservations for our anniversary. The notable customer service began even before my wife and I sat at our table, as the staff was quite helpful over the phone with advice and directions for parking on what turned out to be a rather rainy evening. The ambience was comfortably intimate, the staff appropriately attentive and accommodating--including the Chef and proprietor, who made a point of personally greeting the customers. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her shrimp and pasta selection, and I found yet another option to add to my list of preferred chicken marsala offerings (a personal favorite dish, and one by which I like to benchmark Italian fare).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food!
    Judy
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The food was incredible from appetizer through entrees. Our group had four different entrees and all were absolutely delicious. The proximity to the Hippodrome and festive downtown atmosphere was key. I'd definitely recommend this to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food ,freshly prepared
    Figment
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Great location . The menu was extensive . Pasta was fresh well prepared, with a great source . Sweets were also individually prepared. All in all would recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amelia's Italian Cuisine---
    Adge
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    I decided to try it because I have heard that it was good. We had a great time, the food was wonderful and it was a very special evening. I would go again with my family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service are off the map
    Fred
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    A spectacular menu. Wonderful timely and friendly staff. Wonderful ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Jada
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We were warmly welcomed to Amelia's - I had made reservations online and noted that we were celebrating a birthday. The hostess and our server immediately wished my son a happy birthday! The dining room was cozy and comfortable. Everyone in our party was extremely pleased with our food choices...I had the grouper special, which was fabulous! My brother had veal and my son had a pasta dish. They raved about their choices as well. We were too full for dessert, but the chef/owner surprised my son at the end of our meal with a saxophone performance of "Happy Birthday" and a candle lit sample of tiramisu! PERFECT! We'll be back and will definitely save room for dessert next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This was the second visit for me and my girlfriend and we were not disappointed. We both had veal entrees that were fantastic, and we split a home made spinach and artichoke dip. The dip was the best either of us have ever had. Not your Applebees or Fridays type stuff but actual, real, homemade dip. I surprised my gf by taking her here for her birthday and it was a really great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT!!!!
    KarenB
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Took my family there while visiting son at UF. The entire family said it was the best meal they've had in a long time. Service was excellent. Chef/Owner came out to greet us and ask about our meal. All around great experience. Will return on next visit to Gville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    jeffthebuilder
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Warm welcome, great food choices. I think it would be very hard to make a bad choice from the menu. Full bar, Large wine list. Friendly, professional wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amelia's: Always fun and delicious!
    FavoriteFeasts
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Chef Andy is tops in our book! He creates a romantic and fun restaurant with friendly and attentive service, pleasant Italian decor, and a Sax tune for special occasions. The food is excellent. It is prepared creatively, with fresh ingredients, in traditional and delicious Italian dishes. Along with a superior wine list and irresistible deserts. We eat there with friends on a monthly basis and highly recommend it to others. Thanks Chef Andy and staff for our favorite restaurant in Gainesville!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amelia's anniv dinner
    ChuckB
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    As usual (we have eaten there for years) the food was well prepared, and there was a lot of it (that means a snack at home later). It was a very busy night, and things were a bit harried, but the evening went off without a hitch (due to good company to share the time with). I reccommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to find but worth it.
    Wayne
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Amelia's is tucked away in downtown. GPS won't get you there because it's not physically on the road of it's address. You will need to be prepared to spend a few extra minutes wandering to get there. But it's worth it. The food is very fresh and good. Service was impeccable. I would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Susan
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Everything was wonderful, staff friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Cler
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    So good! Surf and turf w/bleu cheese sauce was awesome. Good thing I had my son with to help eat it. (He still got to take some home). Each and every bite was delectable. My picky hubby ordered the salmon special and loved it. Lobster ravioli was loved by my son. Will definitely go back on our next Gainesville visit. Owner was definitely involved with insuring everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    2221
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Yummy food, good service, and a great time overall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian Food
    Nickname
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Very nice restaraunt. Best Italian food we've had so far in Gainesville. Parking was adequate as long as you get there early. Wait staff was very polite and service was excellent. Definitely will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Foridian
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    All the food is excellent. I particularly like the fresh fish. The grouper is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    FLTEXAN
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We were surprised that on a football weekend this place wasn't packed. The food and service were fantastic. Everyone in our party of five thoroughly enjoyed dinner. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list and was very helpful. One person in our party has a food allergy and she made a special trip to the kitchen to be sure that there would be no issue with the person's order. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect
    fondoffood
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We had our our two children with their significant others in town and wanted to eat downtown. We had not been here in long time, and we are so glad we came. The food was delicious, the service was personal, and professional, excellent wine and a lovely experience. We will be coming back - what a great location as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    The food was amazing and the service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    captivatoni
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    The Dentice Mugnaia (Grouper Sauteed with Olives, Capers & White Wine) was amazing. For special events, the chef/owner will come to the table with his saxophone and serenade. Overall a wonderful evening! The sauces were delicious and the portion of calamari was plenty to share. Overall, a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always superior
    Wallet
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    My husband and I have been going to Amelia's for over seven years. Chef Andy always remembers us and makes sure we feel special each and every time we go. In addition, the food is always amazing! They have everything from traditional Italian to wonderful seafood dishes and amazing desserts! If you are looking for a place to have a group dinner (business or pleasure) their back room is perfect and Chef Andy is always willing to customize your experience. Try it - you will always come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We think Amelia's is one of the best restaurants in the Ocala/Gainesville area. The food is always so much better and more interesting than other places. One of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best ever!
    Lamsem
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    I am in my 60's and have traveled extensively in my career. My guest is from Venezuela and traveled internationally as part of the US diplomatic service. Both of our meals ranks in the top of our experiences. The subtleties of the favors in our entrees were delightful! . Personalized service, including, the chef/owner visit just added to our evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and location
    HippDiner
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We are season ticket holders to the Hippodrome Theatre. Amelia's Restaurant is located next to the theatre. We travel about one hour to the Gainesville area to go to the theatre. We ALWAYS have dinner at Amelia's after the performance. We have been eating at Amelia's for years. Not only can we walk to the restaurant, but we consider Amelia's the best restaurant in Gainesville.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate