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Amelia's Italian Cuisine, Gainesville, FL

Amelia's Italian Cuisine

4.4
4.4
1165 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

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Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (352) 373-1919

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Gainesville

  • Cross street

    Behind the Hippodrome Theatre!

  • Parking details

    Free parking available in the Sun Center East Parking lot (East lot is near Alter-Ego Fitness accessable off 2nd place)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

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What 1,165 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TB

    TroyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Parking was a hassle with their new electronic system, but this was not the fault of the restaurant, but the fault of the property owners. Just clunky. Service was slow, which I am more tolerant of when you at least have your water or beverage and maybe bread while waiting to have your dinner order taken. Waited about 15 minutes before someone checked to see if we have been helped yet. Wine list was mediocre and server didn't present correctly, not showing the bottle for verification, offering a taste first. Caesar salad seemed like it came out of a bag, nothing special. Entree was good, but not enough for all the other hassles. I wouldn't not go if someone invited me back, but I probably won't make the effort to go back on my own.

  2. C

    Catalina

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Totally not worth the hype or the money… The food was not worth the high costs. I had the lobster ravioli and it was awful. The raviolis themselves were not cooked enough and the filling was overly-puréed to the point where it just ran out every time I cut one in half. The sauce flavors were not good either, especially with the pine nuts and too much spinach. The server was not attentive at all and our food took way too long with us being the first and only ones in there for at least 45 minutes. Lastly, the bathroom did not seem like one you would find in a high-end restaurant. They had refilled the soap bottle with water and the trash can was disgusting and beyond filthy. We will not be back.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Tables were close together. We were seated quickly before our reservation but service was extremely slow and inattentive.

  4. WN

    WilliamN

    Nashville

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our food was great, we sat outside and the evening was wonderful, as was our server Marie, she made our experience unforgettable. This was our first time at Amelia’s but we will be back!

  5. GM

    GennM

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We celebrated Mother’s Day here this year. It was our first time visiting after reading many reviews online. The food was delicious! We all enjoyed it very much. While the kitchen was backed up the waiter was on-point and kept us in the loop as much as possible. It was loud only because there were many large groups there and tables are close together so everyone felt the need to try to speak over everyone else. Once the largest party left, the noise level decreased exponentially. The entire experience was really lovely. I cannot say enough about the food!!!! From appetizers to dessert, we weren’t left bored or hungry. Will definitely be dining here again.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous, Delicious and a wonderful dining experience that we continue to love. Among the many wonderful items on their menu I thoroughly enjoyed the surf and turf, spinach and artichoke dip, and the tiramisu!

  7. W

    Weebtrash

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Seemed short staffed on the day that I went, but food was great regardless.

  8. j

    jasonk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    best: inverno chicken, raspberry bomb, all pasta dishes...in that order.

  9. NT

    NancyT

    West Palm Beach

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated our daughters 20th Birthday. Service was fabulous and the food was fabulous. They never disappoint. Looking forward to our next visit

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    It was a leisurely dinner. The food was outstanding. We never felt rushed which was nice since we were visiting with out of town friends. Our server Marie was personal and efficient. A lovely experience.

  11. RW

    RobW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and delicious food with a romantic atmosphere.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent! Our waitress, Marie, was wonderful. She was attentive, checked on us frequently and her input on menu selections was great. We even took desserts to go! We look forward to future visits!

  13. BC

    BobC

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Great food. Airconditioning was so cold it was almost uncomfortable. Nice music but way too loud.

  14. RA

    ReviewAFew

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great time. Marie was excellent as a waitress but more importantly, as a pastry chef. Her panna cotta was worth coming back for.

  15. HM

    HeatherM

    Naples

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another amazing meal at Amelias! The staff outdid itself shorthanded and the chef delivered delicious meals! So thankful this Gainesville gem is continuing to thrive amongst such heartache. We will always support Amelias!!!!

  16. DF

    DennisF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time to Amelia's was 2019 while traveling to Sarasota area. We had to stop this year to revisit because we enjoyed the first time so much. Drew, our waiter, was again our server of the evening. He caught us up on what has been going on with the restaurant due to Covid and the death of Andy. Apparently, nothing had changed. The food, the service, the whole atmosphere is exactly as we had remembered. It is definitely an evening everyone will enjoy and return to many times. A+++++ Dennis Forest Mableton, GA 4/21/2022

  17. D

    Duffy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Everything was very good, the only downside was the parking at Sun Center - it was confusing. Folks at Amelia’s’s weren’t able to tell us how it worked. All else “very good “

  18. ES

    ErnieS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was excellent. My veal marsala came freshly cooked and hot but plate was cold so my marsala wine sauce which is thin cooled quickly. My guest had veal sorentino, again excellent, on a warmed plate - we touched each others plates lol. My favorite restaurant in Gainesville by far. Go, you won't be disappointed!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    Let me begin with, the food was as fantastic as usual. There seemed to be a totally new wait staff and our waitress was terrible.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress was absolutely amazing and the food was delicious! Will definitely come back when in town!

  21. L

    Laurastuckindab

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I’m not sure I would go again. Some of the food was good, some quite bland, it took soooo long for the food to come out. The staff was nice but maybe overworked?

  22. S

    Suem

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a wonderful dining experience We will be back!

  23. PL

    PennyL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3

    The veal was cut super thin, they didn’t have the the main dish of grouper, the main reason I went. The saving grace of our experience was the outstanding dessert. The flan was the best we ever had.

  24. SI

    SortaItalian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I was worried after the passing of the OG chef (who always made every dish and every moment so special), but I found that the spark was still alive and well! The wait staff were so helpful helping us figure out free parking, and the food was just as great as it’s always been. I do miss the upper crust bread, but the white baguette was so warm and delightful (with olive oil ready on the table!). My linguine pesto is still the best I’ve had since Florence! Many have commented on a long wait, and the wait for food was long, but the food was fresh! Worth the wait! If you want quick microwave food, feel free to choose something blah like Olive Garden. This is such a wonderful family atmosphere with delicious food! And the amaretto Ice cream was an amazing way to end the night! We love supporting local restaurants. We’ll be coming back, I’m sure!

  25. A

    Alee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2

    Our waitress had a bit of an attitude the entire night, it took an hour and a half just to get bread. When I asked if she knew where I food was, our waitress Marie just stared at us and then said that we came at a busy time, making it seem like it was our fault. We had reservations from days before. I asked for a straw and it took 30 minutes to get it. We were sitting outside and the mosquitoes were so bad that we had to get the check and leave.

  26. AK

    AKkk

    Key West

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Still THE place to eat in Gainesville.

  27. JP

    JohnPaul

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Given the reviews of this restaurant, I was expecting much more and although the food was not bad at all the entire experience was disappointing due to delays and lack of communication. We waited so long for our food, side salads and starters took an hour to come and the mains an hour and twenty minutes just leaves you so frustrated as there was no communication to explain this until we kept asking. We ate on Sunday evening when the place was not packed so hard to understand but the waiting staff were far from aware of what was going on and given the delays you would think they would be trying to keep people happy as best they can but without us chasing them we would have just sat there and waited all that time. The food once it came was tasty but it is hard to judge that fairly after such a long wait. Your experince when dining out should be more than just food.

  28. JJ

    JillJ

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Overall, the food was good. The bread and food were hot. However, things I’d expect were not presented- salt and pepper on the table, we had to ask for olive oil with the bread. No Parmesan or dish for the olive oil, No fresh cheese shaved at the table for pasta dishes. Waitress seemed knowledgeable about the menu.

  29. S

    Sunny

    Western NC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4

    Extremely long wait for each course. Management unresponsive; staff was rude.

  30. TV

    TerryV

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    I wanted to love Amelia’s but the food was sooooo salty I had an upset stomach all night. And the parking situation is now horrid. So sorry not to be able to support a local restaurant.

  31. J

    Jaibien

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was excellent, as were the appetizers and desserts. The wine list was limited, but had several excellent, although pricey, options. The entrees were good but not exceptional. All in all a very enjoyable dinner.

  32. HD

    HippDiner

    Orlando

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Although we miss Chef Andy, we are pleased that the quality of food remains the same. The food is delicious, made fresh and served hot. Amelia's is the best restaurant in Gainesville.

  33. B

    Betsy

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dining experience on their beautiful patio. Food was delicious.

  34. LM

    LauraM

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Amelia’s is very hard to find. If you don’t know about it, it is unlikely you will just stumble upon it. Our server was bright, cheery, and accommodating. There was time in between courses so you could breathe, and it felt nice not to be rushed. The eggplant rollatini was our favorite. We will definitely be back!

  35. e

    eugened

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Kam our waiter was nice and helpful. Unfortunately, he mixed up my order but apologized. The food was good and we had some to take home. Tried to use gift certificate purchased through Amelia's for $100.00. The waiter said he could not make it work and I had to pay using my Credit Card. He said he would contact owner to see how to rectify the situation. Nothing heard yet but it is only one day later.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have eaten here several times for birthday dinners when we visit our son in Gainesville. Although we were incredibly saddened to hear that the original owner and chef had passed away recently, we were pleased to find that they still have the same friendly faces and that their service and food are still exceptional. We will be back for more special family moments!!

  37. WS

    WayneS

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I believe the high quality of Amelia's is being maintained. Food and drink were delicious.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Complimentary dessert for anniversary. Short handed-dinner took long so we took our dessert to go.

  39. H

    Haven

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful outdoor seating. Excellent Italian dishes. Staff was overworked, but friendly and efficient. Wine list a bit weak.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had an amazing dinner with great service. Sofia was an excellent server and was super nice!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.4 stars by 1165 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Amelia's Italian Cuisine

235 S. Main Street #107 Gainesville, FL 32601

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Behind the Hippodrome Theatre!

  • Neighborhood

    Gainesville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Free parking available in the Sun Center East Parking lot (East lot is near Alter-Ego Fitness accessable off 2nd place)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andy Fass

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (352) 373-1919

  • 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

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