Amelia's Italian Cuisine

4.7
1136 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

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
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
What 1136 people are saying
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LisaG
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go every year on our way to Florida. This place is cozy and awesome! Food, price and service is above excellent!

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vipJGB2
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a great Sturday night dinner. Awesome veal parm!

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DavidS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of the better dining experiences available in Gainesville. We ate outside, which was very pleasant. Good food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I flew down to Gainseville from Nebraska to deliver a puppy to my God-mother for Christmas. I made arrangements for an evening of dinner and a play. I made all the reservations, tickets and transportation arrangements from Nebraska. Amelia’s was recommended to me from a friend.

This wasn’t just any evening out for us. It was a celebration. My godfather died 3 years ago and it’s been hard on my godmother. My godparents use to live in North Pole Alaska. Yes, there is a real town in Alaska named North Pole. My godfather played Santa for over 30 years. My 1st memories of him was dressed up as Santa.

Well, this year my godmother decided to give away all his Santa suits. It hit her harder than she expected. So I surprised her with tickets to a live radio production play of Miracle on 34th St at the Hippodrome next door. We were celebrating the spirit if Santa.

We arrived and was greeted warmly. We were placed at a different table due to needing accommodations for a walker. We appreciated the courtesy. However, the remainder of the evening was less than satisfactory. We waited 30 minutes before any server gave us notice. A wait staff poured us some water. Then 10 minutes later our waitress shows up. We ordered and then… wait…wait….wait… I finally asked another wait staff where our waitress was. We received bread and olive oil. … wait…wait…wait then the appetizer 20 minutes later…. We didn’t receive our meal until I asked where it was… 30 minutes after that. Our reservation was 6:30p. We didn’t receive our meal until 7:40pm. We had tickets to a 8pm show.

The tables were full around us, people were being served in a timely manner. I feel we were ignored and the waitress blamed us for not telling her we had a show at 8pm. It shouldn’t take 1 1/2 hours to receive your meal, then have to rush eating only a portion of it. We couldn’t take our leftovers into the theater. Waste of money & time.

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AnneP
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. The service was incredibly good; waitress very attendant to our needs.

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FAN1224
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We enjoyed our evening. Food was a 3/5, but 5/5 dessert options!

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KaylaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Absolutely great food. I would come back here again!

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vipSophia
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner, great service with Drew. The appetizers and entrees were outstanding. (Loved the grouper!)
The staff that we encountered were very friendly and we had a great family dinner. We are big fans of Amelia’s!

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vipLarimarM
West Palm Beach
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the veal picatta and it was perfect. We were a large party and we're seated promptly and everything went smoothly. Def a nice spot to have dinner with the family.

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AlbertH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Amelia's does not offer a printed menu. Instead, the diner is expected to upload the menu to an iPad and view it on the iPad screen. We did not have an iPad, so the server loaned us hers. The display was cumbersome. After a while, I questioned a manager about the menu and settled on my choices.
The food and service were acceptable. The iPad approach to fine dining does not appeal to me. I will not go back.

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PetraJ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Server seem new, didn’t seem familiar with the different dishes.

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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to. Price was absolutely reasonable for quality. Restaurant was fairly empty when we went for our reservation but others nights has been extremely packed. Amazing food will absolutely be going back.

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JonL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It remains the best Italian restaurant in Gainesville, excellent food and wonderful staff

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alim
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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ChrystieR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We wanted to love this restaurant, but unfortunately it missed the mark. We waited 45 minutes for our appetizers and then another 45 minutes for our entrees. We asked for more bread and never received it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mother out for her 80th birthday & couldn’t have asked for better food! Definitely worth the price

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vipKatie
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelia’s is our favorite restaurant. The food is amazing and the service is stellar. Last night we had lobster ravioli and chicken Marsala and they both were delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipbonappetit
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelia's has always been a go to spot for fantastic Italian food and friendly atmosphere. The service is always top notch. A perfect restaurant for birthday or anniversary celebrations. Try the penne fungi when available. It's the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Great food great value and great service!

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Nell
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Possibly the very best Italian food we’ve had in the States. Service was prompt and extremely personable. If you desire authentic, fresh made real Italian food then you owe it to yourself to visit Amelia’s. You definitely will not be disappointed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable, nice atmosphere, best Italian in Gainesville

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RitaL
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. The crostini with spinach and artichoke dip is hard to stop eating!

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vipOutside
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the star was my server. In a time of short staffing and inexperienced or rude staff, my waitress was terrific. Attentive, knowledgeable and precise.

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vipJGB2
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a phenomenal meal at Amelia’s. The surf and turf with blue cheese sauce was amazing. My wife had the linguine bolognese and loved it. Everything was fantastic. Highly recommend!!

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FoodFan
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Same Andy favorites, friendly staff, nice ambience - so glad to see the restaurant alive and continuing to carry forward for the heart of Gainesville.

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JonT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been to Amelia's in several years. Food quality we very high. We were with friends and had an enjoyable evening. I had eggplant parm it was the best I have had in years. My wife had a salmon dish which she enjoyed very mulch.

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WilliamF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Veal wasn't real tender. Single-choice salad dressing on house was bland.

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RobertB
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Antipasto was outstanding. Service was a bit slow but warm and friendly; the new reality is restaurants are understaffed. They have good and reasonable wine options and all the food is outstanding.

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bobbyb
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went on opening night, restaurant had been closed for six weeks. Food was very good as was the service. There were a few opening night snafus, but was understandable and not a big deal. We will be back and are certain that the experience will be great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location for pre-theater dinner. Enjoyed food and staff were excellent!

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Hammer
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice local restaurant great Italian food, romantic intimate restaurant . Great food, great ambience and nice staff.

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vipCarlos1636
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was closed because of an emergency. No diners could enter.

A note was hung on the front gate to the restaurant. It expressed apologies for being closed. And it asked for understanding about what was happening to their family.

Amelia's Italian Cuisine
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you for your understanding. Our Chef and Owner passed away unexpectedly. We are working diligently to inform guests that we are currently closed and are saddened that we were not able to inform you prior to your reservation time. Please accept our apologies and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. We hope to have Chef Andy's food back in front of guests as soon as possible.

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JPSON
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent Italian food prepared per order. Inside is a nice atmosphere, good ambiance.

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MattG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience with delicious food and a tranquil atmosphere. The service is unbeatable

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Maria
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner experience.
Thanks, Amelia!

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Zach
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place for our group of doctors to connect and enjoy some time outside of the hospital.

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GaryJ
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelia's is one of the best Italian restaurants in Gainesville. The eggplant parmesan is the best I have ever had at any restaurant.

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vipccd2
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Servers are attentive and personable. Food is excellently prepared. The atmosphere is always friendly. Dishes tend toward the imaginative, particularly the seafood. For instance, the salmon dish we order frequently is made with sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and a sherry-basil sauce over spinach. Grouper is fresh and prepared in a variety of ways. We just like the place and drive from Ocala at least once a month.

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JackM
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone was friendly. The food was excellent. The service was enjoyable.

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KetoJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, fantastic dining experience in Gainsvillle!

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 1136 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.