The restaurant itself is adorable.
The restaurant itself is adorable. It was a rainy night, so eating outside wasn't an option, but their patio seating looks like the perfect place to dine on a nice night.
The food was great. I ordered the eggplant rollatini di melenzane as an appetizer. It was the perfect blend of eggplant, cheese, and marinara sauce. The fettucini alfredo was good as well. The chocolate mousse cake was absolutely amazing. If you like chocolate, you'll love that cake.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was delicious it was
Food was delicious it was fresh and tasty. The service was great, helpful and nice. Table arrangement was a little tight but that wasnt a big issue.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and exceptional service
Authentic Italian cuisine of the highest quality; exceptional, attentive and unobstrusive service. When our server heard my wife and I were speaking French, he addressed us in French for he rest of our stay. There is service and there is great service, as this was!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Awesome place if you wanna
Awesome place if you wanna take your girl somewhere special. I would definitely recommend it and the food was awesome.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service. My
Great food and service. My only minor complaint lies with the jazz music that was playing; annoying in my opinion. Something a little softer might make the environment more relaxing.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We walked in to find live music, candles, fancy tablecloths and an overall romantic atmosphere.
This place is a great find. Perfect for dates or a fancy dinner party.
Generous portions. Delicious food. Relatively inexpensive for the ambiance.
Very friendly staff came to check on us.
Chef plays the saxophone!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent! Service
Food was excellent! Service was excellent! Nice atmosphere! Highly recommend!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
New to Gainesville- found Amelia's on Google. Nice atmosphere. Great wine list. Delicious food. Donald, our server, let us enjoy our food at a leisurely pace, and made the evening fun.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Location, Great Food
We are subscribers to the Hippodrome Theatre. We live over an hour south of Gainesville. Each time we see a play at The Hipp, we eat at Amelia's Restaurant. We can walk to the restaurant from the theatre and parking is convenient. We have beeen eating at Amelia's for several years and wouldn't go any place else. The food is outstanding and the service is excellent. The owner/chef, Andy, always comes around the room to speak to the guests. It is the perfect place for any occasion.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dining experience!
Amelia's is a great restaurant! The food was great and the service was very friendly. The chef/owner himself came out to say hello. Highly recommend!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Fine Meal
Was greeted by owner/chef Andy as we entered. We haven't been in over a year because we do not get to Gainesville as often as we would like. As always Andy made my wife's favorite dish, Chicken Posa Posa. This is a special not always on the menu but Andy is very happy to make it upon request. This dish is in a cream sauce with mushrooms and a delicate spice. Ask for it if you like a rich sauce. I had Veal Parmigiana which was excellent. The veal was very tender. Service was excellent. Another wonderful meal.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Gainesville
Grouper was perfect, lobster ravioli the best I've ever had. Food, cocktails, wine list, atmosphere, waitstaff are all superb. Andy Fass makes each guest feel special.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am from Naples Florida and have eaten at some really good fancy resturaunts. Amelia's by far is one of the best meals I have ever ate. I most definitely recommend and can't wait to eat there again. Owner and cook is a straight up guy
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful dining exerience
Although Amelia's was difficult to find, it was well worth the trouble. Chef Andy greeted us and answered our questions about the menu. We were well cared for by our waitress, but not smothering. Chef Andy also came to our table twice during our meal. The lunch menu was diverse and well priced for the class of restaurant. Our meals were very good. The were reminiscent of the food I ate while stationed in Italy.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visiting Gainesville, I was initially disappointed not to see more Open Table restaurants to choose from. Amealia's menu sold me. Absolutely grand choice! Could've left happy after just the yummy bread and gorgeous Crostini appetizer. Had to restrain my fella from licking the bowl of spinach and artichoke cream sauce! Just sorry we didn't have room to try a dessert to top off the evening! Kudos to the chef. We look forward to returning.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went on a recent Saturday night, first time in many, many years. Everything was quite good. Service was sharp, atmosphere was a bit lively and the food was very good. We had ziti, chicken marsala, ceasar salad and a nice appetizer. Fine way to finish the evening after catching a play next door. Would definitely come back.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute date night place
Visited Gainesville for the weekend, revisiting after being away for so long after graduation. Easy to get reservations on a Saturday afternoon for that evening. Small, cute place with nice ambiance in downtown. Food was great and service was excellent. They made sure to get us out on time so we could make it to a show at the Hippodrome. Would recommend to a friend!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome food. The server was very nice and was always there when we needed her. Definitely would recommend. Can get by with $40 for two people but could easily spend much more
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Spot
I LOVE LOVE this place! This is the first time that I've ever eaten at this place and I am thankful to my dentist (Dr Althsuler) for recommending it to me. The food is cooked to order (not microwaved) and it is simply fabulous! I enjoyed the ravioli w/ cream sauce, nuts...Um, um, good! The lunch menu is inexpensive as everything is under $10. The cost does not reflect the great food.To get such great tasting food at such a low price makes this place even better! By the way, it was nice that the chef and owner came to our table to introduce himself.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & Great service
Both the server and chef/owner took great care in explaining menu items, offering suggestions, and bringing food and drinks in a timely fashion. All food that should be hot came out hot. Food was of excellent quality. I had a filet mignon that was cooked exactly to a medium rare, as ordered. I highly recommend eating here and will definitely go back!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful inimate dining experience
Amelia's is a gem - great food, great service, great ambience. Chef Andy sets the tone with his friendliness and accessabilty, his culinary skill (the veal dishes AND the desserts are great!), and his musical expertise (he came out and played "Happy Birthday" on his saxophone to a guest the evening we were there:) It was refreshing to sit down to a quiet dinner with white tablecloths, romantic lighting, attentive servers, and delicious food. Also, this was a refreshing break from the trend of many restaurants in town to have "live" (i.e., loud) rooms with the chatter of diners reverberating and invading every diner's space; Amelia's is a quiet and cozy place to dine. Well done, Chef Andy!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Andy is a Charmer
Not only did Chef Andy prepare an amazing meal for our party of 5 but played happy birthday table side on his sax for not only our birthday girl but for at least 3 other tables during the evening. Will look to come back next time on Wednesday evening when Chef Andy's band is in residence at the restaurant.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and location
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.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Place!
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.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing and the service was exceptional.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
All the food is excellent. I particularly like the fresh fish. The grouper is wonderful!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Food
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.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy food, good service, and a great time overall.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was wonderful, staff friendly and helpful.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hard to find but worth it.
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.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amelia's anniv dinner
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.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amelia's: Always fun and delicious!
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!!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service
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.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
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.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Local Italian Food
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.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM