Amelia's Italian Cuisine

4.8
804 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Gainesville's Finest Italian Cuisine for over 20 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. View our menu online at www.ameliasgainesville.com
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:45pm

Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Hours May Vary -- Please make a reservation to ensure availability!

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Phone number
(352) 373-1919
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andy Fass
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Private party facilities
Depending on availability, our Tuscan Rose Room can accommodate your party of up to 45 people.
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Private party contact
Andy Fass: (352) 373-1919
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd Place and E. 1st Street
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Parking details
Free parking available in the Sun Center East Parking lot (East lot is near Alter-Ego Fitness accessable off 2nd place); Free validation at 2nd Avenue parking garage! Bring your parking ticket please!
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Entertainment
Wednesday Nights: Live Jazz with Gary Swanson Duo! 6-9pm
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Special events & promotions
We do not accept reservations through OpenTable for New Years Eve, Valentine's Day, or UF Graduations. Please call us directly at 352-373-1919 for these special events.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Service was fast and efficient. Waiters knew their stuff inside out. After the meal, the chef came outside to ask how everything was. Perfect for a nice family event or a romantic dinner with great food.

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D
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, service and conversation with chef/owner.

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TC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem! The best Italian food in Gainesville FL! A go-to for Date Night, special occassions and dinner with friends. Always great food and service.

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j
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Chef Andy is excellent compare his food to Rao,s I’ll malinoJust a great food experience would recommend to everyone John Rouba

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HD
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Amelia's for several years. Every entree we have tasted over the years has been delicious. The service is always great and the food is always served hot and quickly. We are treated like family when we dine there.

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A
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet restaurant with great food and service. Parking was a bit confusing. Now that we figured that out I’m sure we’ll be going back the next time we visit our kids at UF.

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DW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant. The best homemade Italian in town. Skip all the faux Italian chain restaurants and find this little gem downtown.

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PL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time there, and we will definitely be back. This was some of the best Italian food we have ever had. The veal was outstanding. Worth every penny. Can't wait to go back!

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S
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed here. Personal service with a smile, excellent food that is fresh and made on site. Specials that are always on point with consistent menu items to count on as your favorites like the Veal Scaloppini Zingera. So yummy and will satisfy your pallet and your tummy.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is delicious!! The food is so yummy! It is my favorite place in the town

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JA
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Nothing special. Food was borderline terrible. The service was great but I wouldn't go back.

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AK
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really authentic quality Italian Cuisine with friendly professional service. A must for visitors to and residents of Gainesville.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food. My favorite place in Gainesville.

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t
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent staff. Can’t wait to return!

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food!

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GG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent quality, great service, food was tasty, server knowledgeable, highly recommend you try this out

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have not been to Amelia’s in several years. We were delighted to find excellent food and nice but quirky service. The Portabella mushroom appetizer and the grouper are in an egg batter with tomato sauce over spinach was simply outstanding and generous in size. The wine choices cover a wide range of tastes and price points. The chef came out several times to talk to customers, always a nice touch. We highly recommend a dinner here.

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K
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelia’s is our favorite restaurant. Excellent food and service. Andy is an amazing chef who personally comes out to greet his guests and make them feel welcome. Staff are friendly and accommodating. It’s the best!

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FC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelia's is our FAVORITE anniversary restaurant. We had the lobster ravioli, and it was delicious. Compliments to the chef! We were greeted and presented with celebratory glasses of prosecco (wonderful touch!)

It was a wonderful evening. We will be back for sure!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was great

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EB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great menu and wonderful service. Appetizers were ok -- I had the fried calamari and my husband had the prosciutto and melon, but our entrees were fabulous! I had a salmon special and my husband the grouper special. Yum! Cesar salad and house salad were both excellent as well. Go hungry because the portions are generous! Would definitely go back.

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DB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wine i thought was overpriced. Bread, caesar dressing, portabello mushrooms, side dishes were exceptional. NY strip steak was very tender, great quality but was undercooked.

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KS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, attentive waiter, great place to dine in Gainesville. We will be back!

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SR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd visit. Everything thing was consistently Excellent. Not always a given at Florida Restaurants. The appetizers were enjoyed by all. Our friends were impressed with the selection on the menu along with the specials. We were there to celebrate our friends 75th Birthday. She was thrilled when the desserts were brought out and Her's had a candle in it along with Chef Andy playing Happy Birthday on his Saxophone!! A perfect evening!!!
We'll be back!!

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TS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice location for dinner and special occasions. We went during the dinner rush, so it gets a little loud. I recommend going during off-peak hours for the best ambiance. Other than that, a very romantic evening.

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S
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious; the chef came out to say hello and ask about how we liked the food. Delightful place.

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife's birthday, and the food was wonderful— authentic Italian. At the end of the meal, Owner and Chef, Andy, came out a played Happy Birthday for my wife on his saxophone! The place has a sophisticated, yet casual feel to it. The wait staff is very professional and friendly. We love this place for special meals.

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was superb, the service was flawless, one of the best meals I have enjoyed in quite some time.

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TO
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 47th anniversary, cozy, quiet, romantic. Service was excellent, food was awesome. Highly recommend. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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DR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is inviting, nice ambiance, quiet enough to talk to table. We were able to visit leisurely, service was excellent and the server was attentive. One of our party ordered an entree with olives by mistake, they hate olives. The server was really accommodating, provided another more suitable entree within 5 minutes. It was a birthday celebration, the owner came by with a sax, played happy birthday, very nice! Really good service, food, value.... I highly recommend!

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b
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Consistently excellent. Doubled with another couple. We were all impressed with the food. Excellent wait staff. Chef and owner makes the rounds and talks to you about the experience which is a nice touch. Location and decor is dated and you are close to other patrons but once food comes you don’t care.

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M
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was outstanding. It's a little hard to find, but worth the effort.

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P
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Parking is a pain, especially for the handicapped. No easy access for someone with limited ambulation. However food and service were excellent. Owner and chef very welcoming and involved to make sure we were happy throughout, which we were. Recommend dining on a week night in order to ensure parking availability.

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Andy is awesome. Can't wait to go back. Thank you

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W
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal at Amelia's. Andy put some excellent dishes on the table. Lobster ravioli in a soft marinara sauce, a beautiful grouper dish and of course the fine appetizers of calamari and the portabello mushrooms. Notable also was the wine list with fine wines at very reasonable prices: the best value wine list in Gainesville.

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LC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and chose Amelias for dinner. The meal was superb! We both ordered fish diners and both were prepared perfectly. Our server Jessica was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The ambiance was lovely and romantic. Could not gave had a better experience!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience

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HD
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelia's has an extensive menu, delicious food, and great service. We dine there every time we are in Gainesville. Located directly behind the Hippodrome Theater, Amelia's is within walking distance from the theater and you don't have to move your car. Andy, the owner/chef, always comes out of the kitchen to greet his guests and will play the saxophone for special occasions.

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G
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was excellent. I would like a wider variety of wines by the glass. That is my only recommendation. I arrived early and had the restaurant to myself. The amount of attention I received was perfect.

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CK
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or an outing with a loved one or friends. The atmosphere is comfortable situated in an area that is rather quaint.

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