Amelia's Italian Cuisine

4.8
1131 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 1131 people are saying
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vipSophia
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
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!

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RobertM
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was delicious. Service was great we well. Excellent place for dinner, but make sure you have a reservation.

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WAREIAM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Italian? Not in my book! Really not good. Cesar salad little to no taste. Soup was funky, never had pasta fagioli like that. Service and food was so slow an hour just to get our salads. The biggest disappointment was the 27 dollar veal parm! Seriously was hard to find the veal! Really just a big pile of breading that was soggy and fell of the little bit of veal and way to much sauce very little cheese and sauce was not good.

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RobertB
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Food thoughtfully prepared and warmly served.

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KerryA
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend this restaurant to anyone that is visiting this town and don’t know where to eat.

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KathyT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its always been a delight. It's difficult to break away from ordering our favorites though. Exceptional appetizer, Veal Rollatini, and Grouper entrees. Staff and Owner-Chef Andy are very skilled and welcoming.

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vipBobA
Orlando
31 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. The chef/owner stopped by to check on us which was a nice touch. He clearly cares about his customers. This was our first time but will not be our last. Highly recommended.

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CATED
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and resturant. The food is fresh and tasty and abundant. I wouldn't say it's flashy but good wholesome Italian food. Love the atmosphere and wait staff. I'll be back for sure.

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 4.8 stars by 1131 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.