Cinquecento Roman Trattoria
Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cinquecentoboston.com/
  • Phone: 6173389500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Justin Winters
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Waltham and East Berkley Streets
  • Public Transit: Take The Silver Line on Washington Street to the East Berkley Street stop. Walk one block south then take a right on Harisson Avenue. We are on the right at 500 Harisson Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Cinquecento provides free parking for all restaurant guests at the parking lot adjacent to our restaurant. Please look for the 500 Harisson Ave sign as you pass our awnings heading east on Harisson avenue.
A word from Cinquecento Roman Trattoria
Cinquecento Roman Trattoria is a comfortable, energetic and inviting restaurant reminiscent of the neighborhood trattorias found in Rome. A spot that is perfect for a spontaneous night out, a special occasion or as your go-to spot for dinner and brunch. A perfect meeting place for all, as we offer complimentary parking in our adjacent lot. Located in the South End of Boston, Cinquecento offers a menu steeped in the Roman tradition of simplicity custom and comfort. We offer an extensive all Italian wine list, award winning cocktails, a secluded out door patio and a private dinning room. Enjoy Roman and Italian inspired cuisine described as "true to the Roman Style, simple dishes perfectly done" all served in a dining room like no other in Boston.
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Cinquecento Roman Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)neighborhood gem (83)great for outdoor dining (65)special occasion (63)good for groups (63)hot spot (56)romantic (54)vibrant bar scene (39)notable wine list (38)great for brunch (34)late-night find (16)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Pretty good, nothing special
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Had a fine dinner here, everything was fine, but nothing memorable. Had the chicken which was pretty dry, the boy had a sausage pasta dish which he thought was ok, the drinks were the highlight, but when I got the second one it came out with different ingredients! Kind of strange. Service was pleasant but slow and forgot bread, no biggie. Will be back I'm sure, love that they have their own parking lot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good from beginning to end
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food, great service. Good buzz but not overpowering. The skillet chicken was simple but delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow New Favorite Added !!
    RickVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had never heard of it, went there totally random. Loved it. Instantly added as a new favorite on OpenTable App!! Food was great, and while it can be a bit loud, it has this cozy casual neighborhood feel to it. Service was great, and everyone who was eating there seemed to enjoy themselves. Free parking (lot) is a great plus as well. Will absolutely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great place!! It is a good restaurant if you are looking for a more casual dinner. It was a little louder then expected but I wasn't bother by it. The fried artichokes were great. My parents were not thrilled about their fish dishes; however, the mushroom pasta I had was amazing. The desserts were extremely notable. The salted caramel gelato was the best I have ever tasted in my life and the panna cotta was also great and I am usually not a panna cotta fan. Also, the ambiance was warm and cozy which is always a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mac
    Mccc
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great experience...from beginning to end. I had to change the reservation three times and everyone was so accommodating. One of our guests uses a wheelchair and it could not have been easier with the help of staff. Pasta was so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Nice local restaurant with outdoor dining and free parking
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding all around
    MANJA
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    From start to finish everything was great. We started out with three different apps. which we all shared, outstanding. We then had three separate meals. We had the Vongole, couldn't be better. Just needed a bigger dish. Lol. Then we got the Cabbanara and the Bogolenese. Let's just say that the plate did not need to get washed. Just fantastic. We only got two deserts one of which was the almond special, warmed with peaches, oh my god..... Our server was great, I believe his name was Henery.. Great job. All in all, I will be back with other guests and probably many more time after that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    MOmoVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Cinquecento has a great menu with an excellent selection of authentic Italian dishes, without much Americanization. The artichoke (carciofi alla giudia) and kale salad starters are both excellent, plus the wonderful selection of Italian cheeses and dried meats. You won't go wrong with the steak or sea bass mains. As for the ambiance, I love the dark lighting and towers of Campari and Aperol bottles adding an orange glow to the room. The large dining area makes it a great space for large groups, but the layout of the room also creates a cozy feel for romantic dining. The service is friendly and attentive. All in, a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance a plus
    nolagal
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We all enjoyed the meal and the decor is lovely. However, two of us ordered a veal chop special which arrived and was barely warm. It had a delicious sauce and good flavors but clearly had been sitting for a while. Waitstaff was nice and attentive. Person delivering the meals threw them down at us with a scowl on her face, not very appealing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love but ask questions
    JLee
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Love this place, but wasn't ready for the sweetness in the gnocchi - with hints of cinnamon and sugar. Not what I was expecting. The rigatoni, however, was great as usual. And they have a lovely wine list. We had the Rosso Montalcino (I think, or Rosso Montepulciano). Yum.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    boatslip7
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had 5 people in our party. Drinks were great but food was average. I ordered the mushroom pasta and it had 4 sliced mushrooms!! It tasted like buttered noodles. Certainly not worth the money.Our waiter was very attentive and polite. I would not go back to this restaurant again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    VegasVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    No complaints here. Dined at the bar. Thoroughly enjoyed grilled calamari and gnocchi and of course the martinis.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meals here -- Tuscan Kale Salad plus Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, Burrata, Pistachio, and Fig Salad plus Mediterranean Sea Bass -- and the excellent coffee and tea. Up front, the fresh bead with dipping oil was better than most, while on the back end, the cannoli with chocolate chips and nuts were very good but not quite as great as the rest of the dinner. Still, with excellent throughout and the noise level on a Monday night moderate (we can't vouch for other times but imagine it can get loud here), this was a great place for a special occasion meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kid-friendly brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I've been to Cinquecento for date night dinner, but we tried it out for brunch this weekend with our 2-year old and friends with an infant. It couldn't have gone more smoothly. The restaurant was very accommodating, service was just as good as when we are without kids and the food was delicious. Get the basket of pastries/bread - SO good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nicely done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The veal Milanese was quite good, and the appetizer of salamis and cheese was excellent. The fried artichoke appetizer was very good, although it included too much of the tough part of the leaves. The carbonara was tasty, but the pasta was overcooked and the sauce was a little too heavy and slightly cloying. The noise level is too much for this diner and waitstaff came by to inquire about removing plates too often (three in a row within about 2 minutes).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ROME IS NEAR HOME--GO
    LivingInFrance
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The restaurant is stunning. The noise level is on the high side, especially around the bar area, but there is no trouble having a conversation at the table. Cocktails were perfect. Service was very good. Lots of good choices for wines by the glass. And the food was delicious! I was with two other people and we all tasted each others food, so I tried 3 appetizers--tomato soup, fried artichokes, and my choice, the octopus salad. They were all perfectly cooked and seasoned. Two of us then had pasta--I had the gnocchi with lamb ragu which was heavenly. The others had ravioli and lamb chops--which were absolutely yummy. For dessert, we shared three scoops of sorbet, all full flavored and bright, especially the limoncello.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service ever
    JBProvincetown
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food at Cinquecento is reliably good. It is a little rich for me, but the quality and selection are excellent. What distinguished this experience was a really pleasant and knowledgeable waitress. She was outstanding! In fact the staff seemed to work very well together in general. My party of 4 was delighted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Good food and great service ...some of the food was delivered room temp
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B-day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Wonderful meal for group of 10, celebrating a special birthday. 4 branzinos, all delicious. The other 6 meals were all loved as well. Much less noisy than the previous times eating indoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal of the Year
    SteveDel248
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I eat at restaurants very frequently (yes, for this category, I can say i am in the top 1%). Cinquecento had some delectable appetizers (antipasti) including the fried baby artichokes and octopus. However, it was the Swordfish entree that stole the show. It was by far the best piece of swordfish i had ever had. Perfectly season and accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    IlovespicyfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've been here a few times and came recently for a special occasion. The food was outstanding but the service was only ok. I requested a nice table and was sat in a cramped busy walkway that looked like it was one of the least desired tables in the place. No matter, I know how it can be on a busy night at a restaurant. We sat, knew what we wanted, ordered. Our server was friendly and likable, no issues there, he was good. Food is outstanding, the chef there Knows what he is doing. Little touches were missing, for instance our water was empty for most of the night. Service didn't appear to work well as a team. Again, it's difficult in a restaurant, so it didn't really bother me. Would come again and again for the food, it's amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outdoor brunch
    mwallace
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great place for a relaxing outdoor brunch! Some interesting twists on basic brunch regulars, and good brunch drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • foodie1025VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service and dinner was great. Good energetic noise level. The only bad thinwas our table was right next to the server's area where they serve bread. We saw a server drop a slice of bread, pick it up and place it inside a bread container. Another server who didn't see that, added more bread and served it to a table. The ONLY negative thing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sgibby
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had good food and great service. A bit noisy for me. We made a Sunday brunch reservation and was told there was free parking next to the building, but they failed to tell us that there was a farmer's market in the lot on Sunday. We got a spot in the lot, but the other members of our party had to park at the "Gaslight" restaurant. Not a big deal, but the traffic was a mess. It would have been helpful to know in advance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiter was new, and it showed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was very enjoyable. Waiter was a nice kid. Claimed to be "new." If so, he needed more training. Very limited knowledge of the menu. Inattentive to wine and bread service. Was unsure about the specials, and availability of the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic Roman style
    LizBostonVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Industrial chic with a lovely outdoor patio and the large, cheap parking lot next door make this my South End go to restaurant for my friends with cars. Check out the hostess' shoes. Food is wonderful, the bolognese sauce was the finest I've ever had (including Italy) and the salmon was perfection with black quinoa. My only regret is that the amazing kale salad seems to have fallen off the menu and I'm craving it still.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    SandraSVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    08/28/2014 We had a wonderful dinner! Oysters, kale salad, and rigatoni all norcina. Wow! Our server was Eric. He was great! W'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Boston. It happened to be Restaurant Week and the dishes we got were superb. As always, the service was a highlight. We got a spot on the patio outside and it was very nice. Can't wait to find an excuse to get back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian!
    Meaghan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I have eaten at cinque cento several times & have never been disappointed! The menu is full of authentic Italian dishes and the wine list is extensive with several options for ordering. We were back with a larger group for a birthday party & had another delicious meal with superb service!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • College send off
    Tfheflock
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    2 heading to college, 2 moving to new apts and jobs. A great place for jokes and connecting before send off . Our waiter, Dave was exceptionally great. He suggested vegetarian alternatives to meat and fish based specials and kept the meal and drinks moving at just the right pace.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    satfoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband found the restaurant on an internet search. The food was excellent. Parking was easy. Restaurant décor is modern. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional food
    Wersigobra
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Four of us went during restaurant week, and three of us got different pastas, all of which were fantastic. Everything we ordered was amazing, including the salmon tartare appetizer. The pana cotta desert was so good, I had to order another. The wine list was all Italian wine, which I sometimes shy away from but the two wines we ordered (the montepulciano and the valpolicello) were both outstanding. I would expect their other options to be very good, as well. I am picky about Italian food, and not often impressed. I felt the the cuisine was much more modern that the typical north end fare, and much more exciting. I expect to go back soon! There was a group next to us, with a couple of loud bimbo types, and I would have rather sat at a booth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tough Customer
    ToughCustomer
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Another great night at Cinquecento! Splendid pasta dish with summer corn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • holiday1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Slightly put of the way but great interior, attentive service, knowledgeable server- good wine recommendation - with tasting pour to convince us. Reasonable portions tasty dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask for Eric. Best Server in Boston
    ObatzdaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our server, Eric, was outstanding -- a true professional. He was attentive, considerate, thoughtful and provide us an all-around wonderful experience. He created a wonderful birthday dinner experience for my mother.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Nice Brunch
    newyokohamaVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great place to have outdoor brunch on a Sunday morning. Food was very tasty, drinks were delicious, service was rather slow, but given the pace of the day, not really a big issue, but I'd feel wrong giving it a better rating. Ever so slightly overpriced for what you receive, the food is still tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good roman food
    yalgino
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had a great date here. The waiters were very nice, just the right type of service. The food was superb!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    out2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Very friendly staff and nice room. Artichoke appetizer was too tough to chew, sent it back. Offered to make something else for me but I declined. They did take it off the bill. Veal Milanese was dry and arugula on top could have been a bit fresher. My veal tenderloin on fonduta was okay, flavors did not work for me. Our waiter, Scott, was very personable and efficient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service, dirty glasses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food & service were great but they champagne glasses were all filthy with leftover mimosa residue stuck to the insides. The server replaced them but the new ones were only slightly better.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • South End's best-kept secret!
    MeandMaxVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The inside foodies may know about this restaurant but being from Cleveland where we have some of the best restaurants in the Midwest, I was looking for something that would meet my expectations. Cinquecento (means 500 in Italian, which is their address) was everything and more than what I expected. It's the up-and-coming neighborhood in Boston with some other notable restaurants. The food was cooked to perfection, the service staff was knowledgeable and the feel the restaurant was eclectic and vibrant. The restaurant is staged in an old garment warehouse in the mix of elements were both elegant and industrial at the same time. This place was truly a feast for the eyes and pallet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.