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Cinquecento Roman Trattoria
Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

Cinquecento Roman Trattoria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cinquecentoboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 338-9500
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "First never mind the food ...free parking in this part of Boston is a real plus. Now for the food. Everything is well prepared and delicious. Mushroom soup for my wife tuna tartare for me. Both absolutely delicious. Main course of lamb chops also delicious. Now for the ambience... A very tastefully done interior. We sat at the booth next to the bar and it didn't have that I'm in the sports bar feel that so many have. A very intimate Italian Tratoria feel"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good to see a place where they actually have some real Roman dishes, have to go back for the Cacio e Pepe!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I'll start with the positives. Ambience, A+. Waitstaff, A++. Friendly, attentive, knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Food, good. Decent, solid, you're not going to get a bad meal here. Ingredients are quality and fresh. Presentation, also A+. Here's where the negative comes in. There's something missing in the food and it's hard to put my finger on it, but I want to say that it's that homemade, Grandma's in the kitchen overseeing the cooking, kind of thing. There's something inauthentic about it....like a theme restaurant. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but not overall outstanding. I feel that with so many authentic little trattorias so close by in and around the North End, this one falls a little short."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "As group of friends we had the worst evening ever celebrating a young couple who married that same day. Service was inattentive , and poorly managed. Food was way overrated and expensive for the microscopic portions served , especially if tables wants to share between guests. The waiter after I asked to do something special for our friends dessert , told us he wasn't sure what to do and I was really upset he couldn't even bring a dessert with a candle on it or something festive. Over all the place was loud , we felt it was very highly priced and way overrated and poor service. I would not be returning unless they renew the menu and hire a better staff with less attitude toward the client."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Since we only had two nights in Boston, I spent almost an hour looking at reviews for Italian restaurants. Cinquecento's menu stood out as innovative and authentic. I wasn't wrong. We had a fabulous meal, redolent of our time in Italy. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Every time I go yo this place it never disappoints .....the food and service are amazing!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I can't say enough good things about Cinquecento. We had a group of 9 people but had two late comers that arrived over an hour late. Instead of being frustrated with us, the staff were incredibly patient and kind to us. I couldn't tell you how grateful I was for their superior customer service in such a stressful situation. The value for the meal was impeccable. I highly recommend. Great proximity to SOWA and ample access to public parking. How can you not love it?"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The service was definitely NOT the best. Food was great. Cool atmosphere but our server was extremely slow and not the least bit apologetic. Had he at least acknowledged that he forgot about us or was in the weeds that would have been totally fine by us, but the fact that he avoided it...not cool."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My new favorite place for brunch. Try the eggs with mushrooms and salsa verde. Loved the Kale salad as well. Great coffee, great service!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Cinquecento has a good selection of choices for brunch. Blueberry French toast was delicious. Also, if you have someone on a restricted diet there are a number of options from the menu that can work for them. Service was very good even on a busy Sunday afternoon."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a memorable dinner here some time ago and decided to come for brunch. Our group's choices ranged from pasta dishes (bolognese and carbonara) to fried eggs with perfectly seasoned mushrooms, a fresh spinach salad, and polenta with eggs. Delicious offerings, casual trendy atmosphere, and great service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Have been a dinner guests in the past, always look forward to returning. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and a manager always finds time to stop by every table. A great, fun place to dine and drink. The menu specials are delicious, it is hard to choose with so many options."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "First trip here and can't wait to go back! Food and service were amazing!!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "What a great night! The food is amazing, our server Erin was great, the setting is attractive and comfortable. A new favorite. We dined indoors, but great outdoor patio! Between the four of us we had carbonara, the Veal Chop and the branzino. It was all terrific and we cleared our plates. The starters were great too, a grilled carpacci, mussels and a bruschetta. The desserts were also yummy, especially the semifredo lemon cake, yum! A must go!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great server and outstanding Bolognese. Excellent Carbonara as well."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a great dining experience there on Saturday night. Food was excellent (I'm still thinking about the rigatoni dish I ordered) and the services was great. Our waiter was extremely friendly, even just making random conversation which was a nice instead of the usual, impersonal experience with wait staff. Best part was, after a bottle of wine, an appetizer, a choice of meat from the salumi menu and 2 entrees, the bill was FAR less then what I had expected! Highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We took a friend to Cinquecento visiting from Hawaii. The food was terrific. The Rigatoni alla Norcia (Fennel Sausage, Cognac Cream, Basil, Pecorino) was outstanding. Had it before and will have it again, again, and again. Dining partner had Filetto di Vitello con Cavolo (Prosciutto Wrapped Veal Tenderloin,‏ Cabbage Fondue and Marsala) that was absolutely delicious. Great vibe in the room. Service was very good. Apparently, we had a newbie server (couldn't tell) who gave good suggestions and helped moved the meal along at a comfortable pace. We love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Love this place. Only thing that I don't like is the host tries to seat a party of 5 in a round table with a sort of banquette type seating where you can only sit in the rounded corner of the table, basically 3/4 of the table, where a quarter of the table is basically wasted. He tried seating us there and there weren't even many people nor tables occupied yet(we had reservations of course through Open Table so it's not like they were trying to accommodate us by squeezing us in(no pun intended). I had to ask to be seated elsewhere. This is the second time this has happened to us, although I didn't ask to be transferred the first time. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Found this restaurant around the neighborhood from home. It's pricey, but for the food's taste and freshness I would come again. It's the modern Italian and sense of fusion to me. I love the chef's effort especially on the sea bass."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Not only is the food fantastic, and the parking free, but the staff is incredible. How many times does a hostess, who has confirmed the reservation, say how nice it it to finally me us!?"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Went here to celebrate my parents 36th anniversary. Could not have picked a more charming place. We all got the rigatoni and thought it was to die for. I wish they had sat us in the main part of the restaurant rather than in the bar area, but everything else was so stellar I''m willing to overlook that."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our server, David, was wonderful - charming and attentive."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Attractive decorations and a nice ambiance. The fresh ricotta was divine, but everything else was just okay. The spices in the octopus appetizer were somewhat overpowering, and my swordfish was swimming in a sea of pungent mustard. The service was mediocre; our server seemed irritated when I asked what Italian terms on the menu meant and took a while to refill our waters. When I asked them to call a taxi, they first told me to call my own uber before calling the cab. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Perfect choice for brunch (or any meal actually). Wide range of menu options - all in our party loved their dishes. Friendly and efficient service. And, there's parking - amazing! Have eaten here many times and will keep coming back. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was great The waiter was trying to clear he table as we were still chewing our food "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife & I returned to Boston after a 43 year absence to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. We recently visited Italy and were looking for an opportunity to relive that experience. This place hit the spot! The staff warmly greeted us, were attentive and went out of their way to treat us "special" on our special day. The food was fabulous and the decor very pleasing to the eye. The Matre d and wait staff were exceptional. The next time you're in Boston, don't miss this treat."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a wonderful first experience at Cinquecento. From the Ricotta fresca to the spicy mussel broth, to the Bolognese that my wife claimed to be the best she ever had, describing it as a reminder of how your grandmother cooked it was exceptional regional Italian food. Great wine list and our server Eric was very knowledgeable about the food and wine and brought a great dessert wine recommendation to pair with the budino that we got as well. We can't wait to come back again"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food is delightful and what a surprise each dish is. really fresh quality ingredients. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Heard a lot about this place on Phantom Gourmet. It definitely did not live up to my expectations. Took my wife here for her birthday, had an early reservation. The waiter didn't know the menu. He was overloaded with tables. The food was average, lacked flavors. I know I won't be going back."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Six for dinner. We all tried different entrees and enjoyed them all. Pasta, lamb chops, fish - very lovely presentations and everything tasted quite authentic and fresh. Salads all came out somewhat under dressed; additional dressing was requested and came to the table immediately. Extensive wine list. All Italian wines. The bartenders and waiters were very helpful translating "California" preferences to the wines on hand. Fun evening. The atmosphere was unique. Chic and cozy all at the same time. The decor re-do and the new expansive bar area makes great use of some great space."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "500 used to be my fave in south end. The food remained great but the service has gotten appealing. First drink at the bar - barmen were sort of doing us a favor by giving us drinks. Then they disappeared to watch the tv behind the bar (I am not kidding you!) so we had to wait to settle. Then similar experience at the table. Highlight of bad service there was offering a bottle of 2007 wine, the waiter brings same wine but 2006, I call him on it and I get a nochalant response - oh the 'numbers' we have on the menu are just for show and it's all the same anyway. You get the point. Left ticked off and won't be back. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We came here for Mother's Day and had an amazing waiter (a southern gentleman with great manners, very knowledgable about the menu, on his A game!) Great service makes such a difference! Food was awesome. My mother and I split the veal salad and the lemon ricotta creeps. We were perfectly full, not overly stuffed and both dishes were awesome. I would highly recommend the veal salad - the crepe were tasty but had I not been sharing the veal too I think I would not have been full enough. A must go! The Bloody Mary's were awesome too!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The answer to your first question is, yes, the hostess is upstairs (they could use a sign, as I saw at least three people ask). Enjoyed my meal very much. The carbonara is good, but on the salty side. On the other hand, the panna cotta was some of the best I've ever had. Our server was good except for one thing: the person who orders the wine should do the tasting. And just to play it safe, why not ask, "who would like to taste?" Here in 2014, you cannot make assumptions about who is paying the bill..."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed our food at Cinquecento, but the maître d' had a bad attitude. We made our reservation a number of weeks ahead of time, but when we arrived, we had to sit at a community table! Unfortunately, some of the waiters had an attitude, too. I enjoyed my eggs with mushrooms and pancetta, but my yogurt with granola and berries with mostly granola which is not my favorite. I asked for a little extra yogurt, but they charged me for it! I'm honestly not sure if we will ever go back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food as usual was delicious. Our favorite wine was unavailable and a manager talked up Sardinian wines. The server returned with a Calabrian wine and when I questioned it, I was blown off. Calabria and Sardinia are two distinct regions. The wine Calabrian wine was good though I felt that I was not given credit for intelligence."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food and a trendy but older crowd. It was really loud on a Saturday night "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I must say I am always impressed each time I come to this Cinquecento. I recently was there with some friends from Paris and they truly enjoyed the food and atmosphere. From the Octopus Salad to the Sea Bass all was tastefully appreciated."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I had gone to Rocca multiple times before, but Cinquecento has made it better. The look of the place is awesome, the food was great, drinks...wow and as for the employees...each and every person I came across (especially the waiters) were very nice and respectful. My fiancee enjoyed me bringing him there for both our first times for dinner. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We have dined at Cinquecento on numerous occasions, usually with groups of friends, and we are always very happy. Great atmosphere and food and parking is a bonus in the city."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Everything was great as usual....the service is amazing "
    Dined on 5/4/2014