Amelia's Trattoria
Amelia's Trattoria

Amelia's Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ameliastrattoria.com/
  • Phone: (617) 868-7600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Sarturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Delio Susi, Jr.
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We offer full catering service customized to your event. Please contact Rebecca at ameliascambridge@gmail.com with any questions.
  • Private Party Facilities: At Amelia’s our staff will help you make the most of your special event. We work with you personally to attend to every detail of your dining experience, from customizing your menu to choosing floral arrangements for decorations. We can comfortably accommodate 40 people for dinner or 50 people for a stand up cocktail reception. Whether it is a graduation, baby shower, corporate event or anniversary, our dining room is intimate, cozy and flexible for any type of occasion. For more information or to speak to the chef about a customized menu please call the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Portland
  • Public Transit: Ten minute walk from Kendall T-stop (Red line)and Central Square.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street metered parking available directly in front of Amelia's on Portland St. Draper Lab parking garage is located across the street.
A word from Amelia's Trattoria
Delio Susi, in anticipation of his restaurant’s tenth anniversary, refined both his restaurant’s menu as well as its interior design, to great success. Losing none of his Abruzzi roots, the food is clean but clearly Italian, and a little rustic. The warm and inviting room makes the same statement. Drawing on his architectural background, Susi plays with simple organic materials, like square slate tiles and tabletops, and brown leather tufted banquettes. The use of brick plus copper fixtures contribute to the Italian country/casual feel that serves food and wine to match. Wooden floors and European style open windows for the summer add to this ambiance. And red lamps that hang in bright contrast with the earthy tones during the day, shed a sexy flattering nighttime glow. Amelia’s Trattoria offers a personal and authentic dining experience using top local ingredients infused with the heart of its Italian chef.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Amelia's Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (95)fit for foodies (73)special occasion (30)romantic (25)notable wine list (14)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (11)great for lunch (10)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • hungry mamma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Never been here before, as it always seemed full. Now I know why: the food is wonderful (truffle season!), but I think what put it down on my 'go back to' list was the staff: it's not a place to go to if you're in a hurry, but if you want to get to know the very congenial chef/owner, or the young guy who met us at the door and checked in with us throughout the night, or if you like feeling welcomed into someone's home, this is a great spot for that. It felt like we were transported to a small restaurant in Tuscany. Lovely night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening out, not pretentious
    Readbridge
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Enjoyed dinner out, just the two of us. Amelia's is especially good for 1-4 people, the tables are close, but the sound is well managed. We split the excellent spinach salad, would have been too much for one. The ravioli choices were enticing: venison or lobster. The venison ravioli was very good, the salmon dinner excellent! House glass of chianti much better than average. Good selection of desserts, not everything was heavy or ice cream.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A surprising gem
    TuesdayDiner
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    As a result of recommendations on Open Table, I booked a table for a Tuesday evening. It was delicious! The food offered on the menu sounded wonderful, but the 5 specials of the evening were over the top. We had a lovely meal. And when we said that we wanted to share everything, they were more than accommodating by splitting the salad before they brought it to the table and by bringing extra plates when that would make sharing easier. The wait staff could not have been nicer. We had a great meal and would certainly recommend it and go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful surprise
    Momo
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    After living in Cambridge for many years, I was surprised not to have even heard of Amelia's, which has been around for a long time. The three friends I went there with all knew of it but hadn't eaten there. We were all very happy with the experience: the warm casual ambience, the thoughtful service, and the delicious food. This place is definitely on my go-to list from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lucky people
    SlipperyslopeVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Anyone who lives or works within walking distance of this place is very fortunate. I would highly recommend the veal saltimboca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kendal Sq Area Gem
    Pvblue
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We've been back at least 3 times and we always leave so happy. The food is delicious, the portions generous, the wine list offers variety and service is friendly and competent. We thoroughly enjoyed the arugula and Cesar salads, the mussels were perfect, and the pappardelle with truffle burro was amazing, the Zuppa di pesce also a perfect combination if seafood in a tasty, delicately spiced broth. A great meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abs
    outforlunch
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Lovely small cozy local spot with delicious food. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent but staff overwhelmed
    CherVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Arrived early for reservation and staff was overwhelmed by line at door. Once we decided to sit at bar we were quickly served. Butternut squash gnocchi was amazing as well as eggplant appetizer. Limited wine list but excellent choices. I overall experience great and we'll certainly come again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Succes has ruined them
    JacquiVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I have been going to Amelia's for about 15 years. The food was consistently wonderful, and we always marveled at how they could keep their doors open, as the place was always half empty on Saturday night. We figured they must do a lot of daytime business with the working crowd in Kendall Square. Since then, they have redecorated, and become more upscale with their marketing, and I'm glad for the success they've achieved, judging from how hard it's become to get a reservation. But we showed up with a reservation recently and were asked to wait for our table for what would have been at least a half hour. Not good. We left after 20 minutes. They offered us cocktails on the house, very nice, but I'd prefer good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Amelia's has a great ambiance, relaxed with good wine, good food, great atmosphere. Authentic Authentic rustic Italian with fresh ingredients, what's not to love. To top it off, we did dinner and a movie and got 2 tickets to Kendall Cinema as a deal with our dinner. Very relaxing and enjoyable night. We definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic Italian at it's finest.
    winendineVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our first time to this bustling neighborhood trattoria will definitely not be our last. The polenta with roasted mushrooms and crispy sage was sublime, the lobster ravioli substantial and coated in a rich tomato cream sauce with a delicate bite. Salmon was artfully presented atop a fresh melange of vegetables. The restaurant is small and very cozy and fills up fast. We enjoyed every minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence despite late seating
    MITParent
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our reservation was for 7pm and did not get seated till 8. Since we had limited time that evening my blood pressure was high. Once seated the staff alleviated my frustration immediately with acknowledgement, apology and free appetizers. throughout the evening the attention to detail was excellent and attention was made to compensate with our time needs without feeling rushed. The food was second to none with a variety of dishes to appeal to the range of tastes within our group.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming and Cozy, Great Cuisine
    LuvDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Such a lovely place; small and intimate, cozy and warm; the most wonderfully friendly and capable staff; and exquisite entrees, especially the homemade pasta dishes. A truly special experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went twice...
    mongrels
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We were in town from Seattle for the Head of the Charles. We stumbled upon this place one night and it was so delicious...we went back the next day. Everything we ordered was great, the staff was fun and engaging, the owner had a big personality and was there and involved. It wasn't just a meal, but also a good experience. One waiter offered to buy our pear tart if we didn't like it...of course, we liked it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good neighborhood Italian
    BainesVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Pretty good for a neighborhood American Italian restaurant. Worth a return visit, although the wine list could be improved.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely as always
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Love Amelia's. The food is very good and the service is always extremely friendly and efficient. The staff is wonderful and it's always a pleasure to dine there. It's tiny and it's charming and we feel lucky to have such a nice place in Cambridge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • intimate & welcoming
    MrMoorayVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Just a short walk from the Marriott in Cambridge, this is a great find. Fairly small, but I've never had trouble getting seated (at least on weeknights). Service is friendly, though not perfect (my half-bottle of Chianti Classico arrived as a nice Cabernet, menu descriptions don't go much beyond what you can read). Food is delicious. I recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    Lovestocook212
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great neighborhood spot. Not one bad item on the menu. You could make an entire meal from the starters. Well chosen wines by the glass list. Very relaxed dining experience. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This place could be so much more if the service was better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic favorite
    TooTiredToCookAtHome
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We have dined here 2-3 times per month for the past year and find favorites on both the specials and regular menu. Good inventive cocktails and selection of wines. The preparations are often relatively simple but very good ingredients and combinations, with a range of meat and veggie options to suit anyone (the beet salad and mussels are both wonderful, the salmon and chicken are standby favorites and for those who like ravioli they always have something inventive; the current short rib pasta is excellent). I am a carnivore but a big fan of vegetables and they always have something interesting. Service is attentive and you can eat at the bar. It is small and intimate. We eat out ~5 nights a week and this is a standing favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So cute
    mwnjoy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Loved this place. The food was excellent -- we ordered off of the specials. Fantastic service and you really feel special in a small place with such attention to detail. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly neighborhood spot
    DomiVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We arrived around 10 pm Friday night. That was no problem getting a table. Very friendly waiter. The food is food and portions very generous. The wine was very good and reasonably priced. I recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    Dave
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been to Cambridge many times, but missed this gem somehow. That is now remedied. We will try to get a reservation each time we are in the area. We were stuck 45 min. in traffic, yet they held our table. Though a little cramped, the neighboring tables' occupants were all extremely friendly. Amelia's is small, but that translates into spectacular attention to all your needs. The food was terrific from the unique spread for the delicious bread, to the calamari appetizer (that came with risotto), to the most novel Bolognese on fusilli with short ribs and a blush sauce. My wife's Chioppino, spicy and delicious. Overall Spectacular! The staff, chef and owner were all friendly and very welcoming. Do not miss this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amelia's is a great find
    karinamVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    After years of driving past Amelia's on the way to Kendall Square cinema we decided to finally give it a try and ended up kicking ourselves for all those wasted opportunities. What a great place! The cocktails were delicious, the food fabulous (great veal saltimbocca, mussels, fall salad, pannacotta) the wine well priced and delicious and the service delightful. This is going to be the go-to place from now on! Pity it took us so long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will DEFINITELY be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    LOVED everything about Amelia's and can't wait to go back! Food was delicious, excellent customer service and very romantic :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lynzbee
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Celebrated a birthday dinner with a small group andit was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Fabulous
    Mike
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    SKip the menu and ask for the specials which are always special --- not that the menu isn't equally fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is my favorite Italian restuarant and honestly better than any in the North End!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite restaurant
    BostonTravelLadyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amelia's is a small, charming restaurant with superb food and a lively, comfort ble environmen. We all felt an immediate appreciation of its uplifted vibe and everyone had a great meal, including the off-menu vegetarian dish the chef was willing to whip up for one of us. We had a range of salmon, steak and pasta and all dises were exceptional. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Just love Amelia's Trattoria -- food is simply spectacular! Missed Martin but was well taken care of by Lauren (she even figured out what the special bourbon cocktail was that he made last time)! This place is always a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent dinner
    JSW58VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our dinner was excellent, the food beautifully prepared and presented. A perfect neighborhood gem. the passion fruit panna cotta was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delightful
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Another lovely evening at Amelia's. Everything about Amelia's is nice - you know that the proprietors care about your dining experience. But let me say that the service is just exquisite: everyone there is gracious, charming, and helpful. A very welcoming restaurant, and one we keep returning to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding Italian cuisine
    FMCHAPVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Usually, it's very difficult to find a restaurant that everyone in my family likes, but this restaurant is an exception. My 13-year old daughter is a vegetarian and usually has very limited choice when we go to restaurant. To see her going out of her comfort zone and tried a new food is exhilarating. I had a three-course prix fix dinner, which was a good deal. The restaurant is small, so it fills up with customers very quickly. The waitstaff was very friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went for lunch on a Friday. The restaurant is small so definitely need a reservation. It is cozy and the food and service is outstanding. I always have difficulty deciding what I want to get. The complimentary foccacia bread and oil is out of this world, I would totally pay for it (don't get any ideas Amelia's). I would definitely recommend this for any occasion, meal with co-workers or date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner at Amelia's
    WJC722VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Visiting Cambridge I picked a few restaurants by reviews in the area if my hotel. This place came highly recommended. My salad was an arugula with pear and gorgonzola. The pears were not ripe or flavorful so the salad was good not great. My main course was the lobster ravioli which was delicious with chunks of lobster on top and also inside the ravioli. A brown butter sauce to complete. Wine was also good. Nice atmosphere, but I felt the tables were too close and I was alone and heard every word of the nearby customers whether I wanted to or not. I would return the next time I visit Cambridge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden jem
    Mazy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our first choice of restaurants was booked, so we took a chance a place in the same neighborhood, and Amelia's Trattoria was great! Plus, we benefited from the "DineOut" prix-fixed menu, described as a mix of specials and house favorites. We ordered 3 different dishes for 2 courses (dessert choices were limited to sorbet and pannacotta) and 5 of 6 dishes were excellent, with gernerous portion sizes. The exception was a chicken cutlet that was breaded and fried, which surprised the diner, who expected a lighter rendition of chicken breast. Service was an interesting mix of 3 servers, all knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly - with no hovering! Although the restaurant was small and filled up by the time we finished, we never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amelia's trattoria
    claudiajuanita
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I like the atmosphere, the staff is very friendly and helpful, the wine always good temperature, the food is good, I love the Bruschetta, the Salmon, the mushroom ravioli. It is nice to watch the chefs doing their work without seeing the "whole", the bar is cute, a place to have a great night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful little place
    EatsWithFriendsVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were visiting from New Jersey and found this little bistro charming. Good fresh food, the white bean dip with the bread was fabulous, the appetizers and main dishes hit the spot. Good quantity. My mother has various food restrictions and they took care of it, no problem. Service with a smile. If you are in Cambridge, definitely worth eating here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice relaxing spot in Cambridge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Relaxed pleasant atmosphere I away from busy streets. Service was great. good was great and relatively sophisticated, although it felt a bit expensive for what we got. It was nice for our 6-person relaxed business dinner. I liked the place and will be back for similar functions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find - terrific service!
    dinnertreat
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We popped in for restaurant week and found the place to be lovely. The food was delicious, but the best part was the service. Our waiter, Jorge, was very attentive and helpful and made the meal perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.