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About Amelia's Italian Cuisine

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

235 S. Main Street #107
Gainesville, FL 32601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

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!

Cross Street:
2nd Place and E. 1st Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(352) 373-1919

Website:
http://www.ameliasgainesville.com/

Entertainment:
Wednesday Nights: Live Jazz with Gary Swanson Duo! 6-9pm

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!

Executive Chef:
Andy Fass

Private Party Facilities:
Depending on availability, our Tuscan Rose Room can accommodate your party of up to 45 people.

Private Party Contact:
Andy Fass: (352) 373-1919

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

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.

Amelia's Italian Cuisine Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (23)
Special Occasion (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Good for a Date (18)
Authentic (17)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Romantic (13)
Cozy (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Three different entrees ordered, each excellent with attentive service. Good portions for hungry people. A very satisfactory dining experience in a pleasant atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing people, food, and atmosphere! I have had a great server every time I have been there and the food NEVER disapoints!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Caesar salads were so-so (dry, blah crutons and invisible cheese), but our meals certainly made up for that. Our entrées(chicken inverno) were absolutely delicious; we have never been disappointed with any entrée so we'll be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food and service!! We will be back the next time we are in town!!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was delicious. The lobster ravioli was so good. Our server Casey was on point. Can’t wait to return for another meal. Love love love.

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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food is incredible as always and the service was AWESOME! We could have talked to our waitress all night. Also, even the rosemary bread they give you before the meal is killer. My parents were in town for the weekend and they didn't want to leave.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have been eating at Amelia's for several years and we are always pleased with the food and service. Amelia's is the best restaurant in Gainesville.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Perfecto! Fresh Italian food all the time! Andy is one of the best chefs around.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fine italian dining, expert preparation, great favors, attentive and knowledgeable wait staff and personal attention by owner/chef Andy Foss to make a perfect dining experience.

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food5
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was over the top
Always great food
And Jackie was an excellent waitress

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was my first time dining at Amelia's. The staff were very kind and curtious and made some very good suggestions for wine. The food was great and very well prepared band presented. I would definitely consider dining there again in the future. The owner and chef even took the time to come out and introduce himself and make sure the customers were satisfied with everything. A very nice restaurant for some very delicious authentic Italian food.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This has been a good place to dine prior to a play at the Hipp for years. Excellent seafood dinners, and always consistant. The saxaphone is a treat for special days.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

New owner, needs time to grow, but excellent start. Owner and waitress were great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I wasn't really expecting much when I booked reservation at Amelia's. I'm from NJ and an Italian food snob to be honest. And when I arrived, saw the table clothes and traditional Italian menu choices, I wasn't optimistic. But let me tell you, looks can be deceiving. We had an outstanding meal at Amelia's. The Eggplant Parm was in fact the best I've ever tasted other than home made, and certainly in a restaurant. The sides, salads and so forth were all top notch. And maybe best of all, the service. Our server was outstanding. Made great recommendations on food selection and wine selections. He was entertaining, funny, polite, helpful and attentive. Overall, a wonderful meal and experience. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The grouper special and the grouper with olives and capers were outstanding. I highly recommend both

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Solid. Very dependable and consistently good. Pasta is cooked to perfection and sauces are delicious. Great value, plenty of food. Service is friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Thank you for the drinks and dessert for our anniversary!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food and service were fantastic! Our server recommended a grouper dish and it was spectacular. We even met the chef who simply came out to see how our food was! I highly recommended this place!!!

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Not your traditional Italian restaurant. The chef has changed traditional recipes like pesto to please what he believes his customers want. The clams in the clam sauce and linguine were a bit sandy and the sauce was tasteless. Perhaps we dined there on a off night.

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food2
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 6, 2017

The adjoining bar was being used as a makeshift office and this was visible from the dining room. Strange decor choice for a high-priced restaurant. Service was friendly but slow. Food was not bad but not worth the price tag, and it left our stomachs not feeling so great.

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food2
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We went for our anniversary and the staff was very friendly! Excellent service. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Vegan, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Incredible Food And Service! Owned by the Chef. And he personally greets you then asks how the meal was as you prepare to leave... Incredible Dining Experience!

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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food5
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on August 25, 2017

On our 10-star scale...

1. Caprese appetizer was excellent, just large enough for two to share, 8*.
2. M'Lady had veal francese and was served a generous portion of properly-flavored tender veal slices. 8*.
3. I ordered a veal dish off the menu, the chef rose to the challenge and came close enough to the classical preparation. More good food than I could eat, 9*.
4. Our Caesar salad was shared and about as good as I ever had, 9*.
5. The sides of penne pasta are served with a red sauce (no choice here) which is a tad bitter for my taste, 6*.
6. A variety of hot bread loaves accompanied our meal. They arrived later than they should have and were our one disappointment with Amelia's. I've been enjoying good Italian breads and rolls here and abroad for over a half-century, and just don't agree with the heavy, dense textures we encountered here, 3*.
7. Wines were good and fairly poured, but we hoped for a wider selection, 7*.
8. The tartufo dessert was o.k., 7*.
9. Lest I forget, the server mixed a righteous classic Manhattan for me, 10*.
10. Service was cheerful and efficient. Parking was free about 100 feet east.
11. Ambiance is very good with enough light to could read the menu and see our food.
12. About $130 out the door.
13. We will return. With luck, burrata will be on the menu.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on August 24, 2017

delightful evening for our group, a neighborhood GEM, will be back

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The surf and turf dinner was wonderful as well as the martini. Happy Birthday on the saxophone was the icing on the cake. Highly Recommend !

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Always great food and service! Drinks are good also! The owner is the chef and he is an
excellent chef. Our group travels to Gainesville for work and we never miss the chance to
visit Amelia's.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food. Superb service. Small gem ! A little noisy because you are close to your neighboring tables. I would have expected people to dress up nicer to come here being the place is so good. We will be back soon

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Veal is a house specialty. Extremely tender and delicious. I recommend Veal Sorrentino. Pasta dishes are also very good. Very good
Value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Frequent this restaurant for lunch and the food and service is always great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent veal - very tender. Cheesecake dessert was amazing. Wine by the Glass could be more extensive. Overall it was an excellent experience !

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Loved the food. Service was excellent. Would readily recommend to all.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Amelia's never disappoints. Food is consistently excellent. Service is always friendly.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We celebrated my wife's birthday with two other couples at Amelia's and, as always, had a wonderful time and great food. Chef Andy adds a personal touch by coming out and playing happy birthday on a saxophone. If you are looking for a quiet, quaint place to eat with wonderful food then this is your place.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The grouper was outstanding and the service was excellent. We dine there frequently and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

This visit was by far more than I had expected. The service is phenomenal and the food is even better. Highly recommend the surf and turf, it is well worth the price. Owner is very welcoming.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Food was exceptionally mediocre, food is better at Olive Garden, which is also about half the price... Service was on par with food... No explanation of menu items or specials, and the appetizer we ordered was literally a pile of flavorless mushrooms in some oil... Never going back and plan to spread the word that no one should consider spending the $80 for two people that is required...

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 20, 2017

It was amazing the best experience I have had in any restaurant I am from Miami and have been to quiet a few places but not have made me feel more welcomed than here!! If I could give 10 stars I would!!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The owner played the Sax for my dinner date and the service exceeded my expectations !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We had a great time visiting with chef and owner Andy and our server Alex. Food was delicious and wine was a bargain on a Tuesday evening. Delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 1, 2017

My son and wife said it was the best Italian meal ever. My 12yr old grandson said the
blueberry cheese cake was out of this world. He wants to come back soon.
The food was outstanding and so was the service.
The price was good also. Can't say anymore, this is a great restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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