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Amelia's Italian Cuisine

4.7
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1026 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Gainesville's Finest Italian Cuisine for over 30 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. Please wear a face covering if entering the restaurant. Please bring a device to scan our QR code menu or view it now at menu.ameliasgainesville.com

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1026 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and so was the whole experience!

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KathieR
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelia's NEVER disappoints, my husband and I always enjoy our evening. Thank you!

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KerriB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were there Sept 5 for a birthday celebration. The chef was wonderful came to our table to make sure everything was ok and even played happy birthday on his saxophone! Covered with a mask of course! Food was delicious and so was the tiramisu! Highly recommend!

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CynthiaD
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only interesting thing that was different, was my date couldn't find the restaurant. Dinner was delicious and ambience was wonderful!

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vipBuck
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were amazing!! We ordered bruschetta as an appetizer followed by the clams and linguine with white sauce and the chicken inverno. The menu was impressive with something for everyone. Chef Andy the owner/chef spoke individually to each table ensuring the meals and experience was perfect. This is the perfect restaurant for a date, family dinner or special event. If you are celebrating a birthday you are in for a treat. I can’t wait to go back.

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KellyC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelia's serves a diverse menu of Italian favorites and other delicious offerings.
The restaurant is quiet and classy. They have indoor and patio seating. The restaurant is clean and they are very observant of pandemic cleanliness orders.

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Nadessa
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to go for our Anniversary. It has just the right touch of elegance & ambience for a special occasion. The chef always walks around to welcome & greet his patrons. Plus the food & service have always been outstanding. Another wonderful Anniversary dinner & evening in the books!

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MarkR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Once again, the service was very good.
And as always, the food was absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend Amelia’s for anyone looking for a wonderful dinner. This is one of Gainesville’s best, if not the best restaurant for many miles around.

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didenis
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very dated small restaurant. Old carpet flooring, old bathrooms. Definitely is in need of a huge refurb to get with the times.
Food was ok, nothing special. Our service was good, the served was attentive.

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vipbonappetit
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal for my wife and I at Amelia's. The food was great and the service is always friendly and attentive. You can't go wrong eating here for any occasion.

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BradleyO
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Food and service are both above and beyond expectations!!

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vipbonappetit
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding dining experience at the best Italian restaurant in Gainesville.

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GeorgeB
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always wonderful

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vipWarrenS
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food with Italian flavor

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JuliaW
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and wonderful food! The staff made celebrating our anniversary very special! What a romantic place to have a delicious meal!

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vipbonappetit
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dining experience at a quaint little Italian gem in Gainesville.

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vipLynn
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant is unusually located behind the Hippodone. The food was above average Italian red sauce. The service was outstanding.

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Doug
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for one night. Tough to find with GPS ,but definitely worth it! The food was outstanding and the service was great! Definitely looking forward to going back.

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GeorgeB
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always wonderful

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angelar
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Some if the best Italian food I’ve had. The spinach and artichoke dip was some of the best I’ve had. The surf and turf was delicious and the meat was very tasty and tender. The Kids loved the lobster Mac and cheese.

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vipMamaDuck
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

yummy food, excellent service- we sat outside for dinner, nice ambiance and fans to help cool things down!

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GraniteShephard
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I shared an appetizer, and had an entree and salad apiece. The appetizer was the Bruschetta. It was simple, elegant and tasted wonderful. We supplemented it with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. My wife had the Veal Parmesan. The veal was juicy and tender, and with a nice light but crunchy crust. I had the Veal Rollatini. The veal there was likewise quite tender and juicy, and the marsala wine sauce was very tasty, not overly salted (as is the problem frequently in other resturants) with sliced mushrooms having just the right amount of firmness. The salads were good, better than most, and were augmented with a slight drizzle of basamic reduction. The entrees were served with a side of pasta; both of us had Angel Hair pasta with the marinara sauce.
There was nothing about the meal that was in any way lacking, and overall it was delicious; it is very easy, in my recent experience, to go to a restaurant and find "acceptable", whereas it is the signficant exception to find "delicious." This was the significant exception; this was delicious. We'll definitely be back.

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vipbonappetit
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian cuisine in Gainesville in a quiet romantic restaurant. Chef Andy personally greats each table and the staff is efficient and friendly. You won't go wrong having a wonderful dinner at Amelia's.

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MazenA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely authentic feel. The food was simply delicious. Andy the executive chief/owner was kind and personable when he came to meet us. We sat inside but would love to try the patio next time which looks great. Definitely coming back again.

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Larry
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner for two on the patio. Amelia's is practicing social distancing, and the dinner was as good or better than before.

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Heat7918
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great! This was our first time here since we’re new to Gainesville and we’ll definitely be back.

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GeorgeB
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always wonderdul!

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vipJersey
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always, great meal and excellent service. I always remember to make reservations ahead of time. Rarely do they take walk ins. Only disappointment, on the reservation I mentioned it was my birthday. Other guests were offered a free birthday dessert and in deed, the owner, Andy, played Happy Birthday to one of the guest right next to me but I wasn't even wished a Happy Birthday! So sad! However, the steamed clams, outstanding!

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amyalleyne
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best place I have ever been. The service was impeccable (Drew), the food was amazing, and the owner and chef, Andy, was incredible. Aside from planning a great menu with local items such as fish and mushrooms (which he actually brought to our table to show us the variety of mushrooms), he bussed tables, played the saxophone for birthdays, called a guest who had left their credit card, visited all tables, etc. He clearly cares a lot about his restaurant and the guests that visit. I am so mad we haven't been in the two years we have lived here now! Definitely definitely recommend.

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JackK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent food. Perfect place of dinner before the wonderful Hippodrome productions.

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vipForidian
Jacksonville
45 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual all was great!

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Italianlvr
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian place I have even eaten. Always come back.

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vipbonappetit
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was fantastic and the service excellent. Best Italian food in Gainesville.

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MikW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food. Tasty and beautiful presentation. It was my husband's birthday and Chef Andy came from the kitchen asnd played Happy birthday on the sax. How special!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. The restaurant was not real full. The service was excellent. The food was outstanding. The chef played the saxophone after dinner to the tune of happy birthday. He visited our table often. I can’t believe this is the first time we have eaten there. We will be back many times in the future.

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DavidM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice dinner, great ambiance and service. Absolutely would return

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vipJersey
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I always enjoy going to this restaurant. The service is excellent and I always feel welcomed even though I usually come here alone. There are restaurants in Gainesville that basically don't like sitting one person especially on a Saturday night. This is not the case here. Andy, the owner, comes into the restaurant periodically and talks to every guest. Where else in Gainesville does this happen? The cedar key clams are excellent here - fresh and well prepared.

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HippDiner
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't judge Amelia's from the outside! It may look a little messy on the patio but don't hesitate to come inside. The restaurant is quiet and the atmosphere is friendly. Would suggest making reservations because the restaurant is always busy. The food is delicious and the service is excellent.

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RobinK
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelia's is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, a celebration or a more casual experience for a regular. The ambiance is wonderful - beautiful and elegant. Our waitress made us feel like we were the only ones she was serving. The food was delicious from the bread to the cake we took home but didn't eat until the next day since due to the generous portions. The owner/chef visited every table to make sure was alright and we go treated to hearing him play Happy Birthday on the saxophone! We know that any time we go to Amelia's, we won't be disappointed!

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Kobe
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place for a date night. Would recommend. Reservations wouldn't really be needed on weeknights but just to be safe everyone should. A great restaurant all around ambiance good, food was great, service was great. Definitely will go back.

FAQs

Amelia's Italian Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (352) 373-1919.

Amelia's Italian Cuisine is rated 4.7 stars by 1026 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.