Amelia's Italian Cuisine

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866 reviews
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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. View our menu online at www.ameliasgainesville.com
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday at Amelia’s. It was a little difficult to locate it in the courtyard. The food was excellent, the staff were helpful and friendly.

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SR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 4th visit. Food was Excellent!! Not many Restaurants in Florida are that consistent. Looking forward to another visit later this year!! Great Job by the Staff and Chef Andy!!

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1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I little hard to find, but so very well worth the effort. The food is so amazing, we drove two and one-half hours to eat there again!

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was nice, but nothing spectacular. Location is excellent if you’re staying downtown.

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HD
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelia's is a great place to celebrate an anniversary especially because you will each receive a complimentary glass of champagne! The food is always served hot and delicious. The service is excellent. Best restaurant in Gainesville!

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g
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to this wonderful restaurant. Our food was delicious and our server, Donald was great. We will come again.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Amelia's for years. It never disappoints. Veal Francese was perfect - as was the lobter ravioli and the grouper. Desserts are fantastic as well. My favorite italian restaurant in Gainesville.

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MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and great service. We have been going to Amelia's for a number of years and have enjoyed it each and every time. Favorites are the calamari, eggplant rollotini, eggplant parmesan and several veal dishes. The bread and salad served with the meals are wonderful too. We came from NJ where great Italian food is everywhere and here in Gainesville Amelia's fits that bill for us. Our last visit we had a birthday in our party and Chef Andy came out and played the saxophone for us. Tons of fun.

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1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Great, fresh food and stellar service.

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M
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place to eat in Gainesville. I had a grouper special and it was simply amazing. Very generous portion. The bread was surperb. This will be my “go to” date night place.

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WM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent time. Food is fantastic and the service is very attentive.

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Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a very relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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SE
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We adore Amelia's! Andy is a wonderful chef and entertainer with his occasional serenade with his sax for a birthday. We've been coming here for 20+ years. Romantic and quiet, the perfect place for a Valentines date night.

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FD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Owner was a cool guy with the coolest pants! Hahaha!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a nice dinner for two early on a Tuesday. The restaurant is not easy to find as parking is behind an office building with the same address. No signs visible from the parking lot, so we had to call to get walking directions! Wine bottles were 1/2 price on Tues.! We had veal dishes with salad and house vinegarette dressing. Salad was crisp and fresh with a variety of ingredients. The veal was very tender with scratch made sauce and pasta. Very nice flavor combinations! Service was attentive with no rushing. Prices were very modest for the quality of the food, most meals were $19 - $25. The chef and owner Andy visited our table to check on our meal, very nice and not found today in any corp. dining experience. Overall, we enjoyed our visit and meal and plan to return. The only negative comment was the entrance was through a patio which was not in use (too cold!) but it had empty tables stacked and scattered around, not a good first impression.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting St. Augustine and drove to Gainesville for one purpose only. To once again ignite the palate with outstanding Italian cuisine. Better than I remembered, better than I could cook, better anything we are able to get at home in North Carolina. WE WILL RETURN.

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WR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finding this restaurant in Gainesville was pure luck. We liked it so much this will be our third visit.

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OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

White tablecloths and cloth napkins with excellent food and service.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We spend a great deal of time in Italy yearly and do miss the friendly Tuscan family style Trattoria.
This was our first visit to Amelia's and I think we may have found a Gainesville treasure.
Thank you, Andy ad Drew!

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HD
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Amelia's for several years and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. The servers know what we like and anticipate our needs. The food is always served fresh and hot.

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious meal at Amelia's after a Hippodrome play. Two of our party had evening specials, which were both great. The service was quick and professional. The Caesar salad was perfect. I love that they offer anchovies with the salad. I had the flan, which was wonderful. I will return and definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal. The fish was superb. I had grouper, my husband had salmon. Both were perfect. Only negative, the salad dressing had too much vinegar.

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FJ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ameilia's is just great. A steady, always good place. All dishes are really well prepared. Service always on spot. Owner/chef is always around. When we walked in and he heard name, he know exactly where we were sitting/ requested quiet wall table.

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AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food in this place!! It is my favorite restaurant in Gainesville. My favorite the surf and turf!!

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Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Amelia’s. The staff has been there for years and Andy the owner chef is always helping with reservations in addition to cooking and greeting dinner guests. The service is always impeccable. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic. And the food is perfectly prepared. My wife always has the lobster ravioli. I love that dish as well as the grouper with clams and the chicken or veal Parmeson or Marisela. Amelia’s is our favorite.

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent our anniversary here and we’re very pleased.

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DO
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome dining
returned three times in last month
love it
very personable
will be back again

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s
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

As it was NYE they were extremely busy. We were there for 35 minutes before our waiter came to our table with water and took our drink order. After another 10 minutes we asked the hostess if she could
at least get our wine for us. Our entrees came out one hour later and everything was excellent.

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CK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been occasionally eating at Amelia's with my wife for over 20 years and am always hopeful that it will become a first rate dining place. However, they have stuck to their ways with little change, perhaps because of too little feedback and maybe too good a location. The food was okay, nothing spectacular, although on this visit the chicken picatta was not too bad. Overall the food was unimaginative and expensive for what one received. The tiramisu was similarly just adequate, okay and drowned in drizzled chocolate. The wine list was similarly unimaginative and lacked variety. There was, for example, no Malbec or other interesting wines. The service was slow, but it was New Year's Eve so perhaps that added to the slow pace. The restaurant was super noisy, it was difficult for us to carry on a decent conversation. The value for the money was very poor. I am hopeful they will make changes and bring some imagination to the menu, the decor, the wine list as it is in a great location in downtown near the Hippodrome and other interesting places in Gainesville's wondefully positive development.

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Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We come every New Year’s Eve on our way to Cape Coral. See you Next Year. Server Donald did a great job.
Louise and Alex
Lancaster Pennsylvania

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been patrons since Amelia’s opened. It has been consistently good for over 30 years. That is rare!

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l
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food prepared exceptionally. Delightful dining atmosphere. The Owner goes out of his way to make sure you are satisfied with your choices from the menu and comfortable at your table.
Drew, our waiter is professional, friendly and accommodating. He is thorough in explaining how certain dishes are prepared and is willing to ask the Chef to alter a dish to your liking. Will definitely return to this restaurant.

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AB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Gainesville, the quality and taste of the food it is incredible good!!

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KG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

a pre-christmas dinner with the kids. good wine selection plus a nice variety of Italian dishes cooked very well.

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GF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

So disappointed! We planned to have a small
Christmas lunch together, just 4 of us! We had a 12:30 reservation which was the wrong time!!! There is only one waitress at lunch. There were two large parties which had come in at 12. The restaurant was jammed. We waited for 1/2 hour to place our orders. Food came within 15 minutes. It was so so. The waitress was very professional and apologetic. She did not charge for the one glass of wine ordered and she offered free desserts. That was nice, but it simply didn’t make up for the noise, the wait and the food. This place is wonderful at night. Not for lunch!!

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a little gym. The service is excellent and the food was authentic and very good. I would recommend this spot to anyone. If you're looking for a great Italian restaurant look no further.

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GF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I am more and more impressed every time we eat here. The quality remains high. The flavor of the food and the beauty of the presentation is so pleasing. There is always a complete selection of interesting Italian dishes, and the specials are actually special. The prices are very reasonable for such high quality. I just wish I had room for dessert! And the servers are friendly and attentive. It remains one of our go to restaurants.

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BI
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food, service and ambiance. The food tastes fresh and of high quality. Online reservations are convenient and easy. Great selection of menu options and portions are generous for the price. Highly recommend!

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HD
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelia's is the best food in Gainesville! Although the outside patio may not always look nice, I assure you this restaurant has the best food and service. Andy, the owner/chef, will usually greet you during your meal because he is confident you will enjoy it.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for good food and high-end restaurant feel but at a better price. Not extensive but very good wine selection.

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