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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for a Date (26)
Special Occasion (24)
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Authentic (21)
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Romantic (19)
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Good for Birthdays (17)
Cozy (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Business Meals (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Casual (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We have dined at Amelia's for over 20 years and have found it to be one of the nicest restaurants in Gainesville. Although numerous Italian restaurants have opened in town, Amelia's has remained best on our list. On our most recent visit, however, it appeared that the consistency of of the menu has slipped somewhat. The bread was slightly burned, the soup over spiced, and the entree heavily salted--not what we expected of Amelia's. We will try again to see if things improve, but it is possible that Francesca's has moved to the tops spot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

The Ambiance of the restaurant was very dated. Carpet on floor helped with noise but was many years passed needing to be replaced! Service was personable and great . They had delicious gluten free bread, but the rest of the meal was a huge

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant. The chef and owner Andy is amazing. His recipes are fantastic. I had the veal chop special with asparagus and mashed potatoes and it was delicious. The sauce was rich and tasty and the veal was juicy and tender. The perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always a great meal and great service! Favorite every time we are in town

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Absolute best food and service anywhere in Gainesville area and beyond. Very homey feel and very welcoming. Amazing place

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Had a great meal and excellent service prior to hitting a show at the Hipp!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Chef Andy is a talented and inovated master of favor. He carefully plans all aspects of your dining experience. He makes you feel like he prepares your dinner service just for you. We are repeat customers and he makes us feel like friends who come over to his house for a great meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful service from Donald and a fabulous meal.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

We had a wonderful time at Amelia's Italian Cuisine. It was a great evening of food, wine and great friends! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The top quality of Amelia’s is the food. Service was slow, but it didn’t bother our group of 6 since we were deep in conversation. Great location downtown.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We go here on occasion when in Gainesville. Always an enjoyable evening. The owner/chef is very attentive with the crowd and interacts with everyone. His attentiveness is shown in the ingredients and preparation of the meal, which is always of good portion, fresh, hot and delicious! We will be back! Well done Amelia's.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service was very slow. Waiter did not seem knowledgeable. Waiter neglected to bring the side of pasta that the menu indicated came with each entree. Bottom of manicotti shells were rubbery, however the filling was tasty. I’ve had better Italian. The house Pinot noir was average.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We went there for my lovely girlfriend's 20th birthday as we had been there before, and loved it, and we weren't disappointed. This is a fantastic place and we will definitely be coming back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My family and I enjoyed Amelia’s. The ambiance was really nice, but the service was a little slow. The food, however was authentic and delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was a busy Fri night so the service was a little slow but the food was delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amelia’s never disappoints. The food is delicious, the service is personal and always very friendly, the atmosphere is cozy and conducive to conversation. We love going there!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for a New Year's Eve dinner. We normally order wine or mixed drinks, but then I saw the "MOËT IMPÉRIAL" champaign on the menu, and had to order a bottle (we love Moet but had not tried the Imperial before). It was the best champaign I ever tasted, and I like it better than Dom Perignon.

For the dinner, I ordered the Scaloppine Francese, which was outstanding. My wife ordered a Lobster dish that was a New Year's Eve special, and she loved it.

I would definitely go back to this restaurant!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Awesome place! We always enjoy our experience here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Amelia's is our favorite restaurant - bar none! It's our go-to restaurant for special occasions. We go for our anniversary - every year since moving to Gainesville in 2005, pre or post attendance at The Hipp, and whenever we have family or friends in from out of town. Chef Andy does a spectacular job with the menu and the overall atmosphere and ambience. The Grouper I had last week was the best I have ever had while my wife had her "every time we go" lobster ravioli. Thanks. See you in 2018!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent meal, attentive and friendly service, comfortable ambiance. Their house salad dressing is simple but perfectly balanced to bring out the taste of the vegetables. All of the grouper dishes looked terrific, but I chose the one with a butter sauce and capers. It was scrumptious. The chef came out to see how we were enjoying the meal. The wait staff was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amelia’s was better than we expected. Chef Andy came out and asked if we had questions and made fabulous recommendations. We all had different food and the huge portions were great for sharing. Be sure to save room for the desserts. Each one was fantastic. Can’t wait to come back

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fun, Healthy
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Second time in this nice restaurant
Service was excelente, food outstanding,
Thank you we had a great time.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The owner/head chef was awesome. Made his rounds through the single dining room a few times throughout the night, including once to perform happy birthday on his saxophone! Service and selection were great, and with the exception of one particularly loud guest at a nearby table, it was a very quiet and comfortable atmosphere

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Outstanding food, service, & ambiance! Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food, great service. Highly recommended.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were late for our dinner reservation due to traffic. Andy, the owner/chef, quickly prepared our food, and Drew, our server, provided excellent service. We were able to make it to the theater on time and well fed!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A great restaurant. Excellent food and attentive service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Commendations: Mushroom appetizer was excellent. My wife's veal dish was one of the best that she has ever had. Two chicken dishes were generous in amount and quite tasty. Waitress was informative, accommodating, and attentive without being invasive. Another waitstaff member aided kindly with a photograph with the newlyweds in our party. A thumbs up for the restaurant's support of public television.

Only Concerns: The salmon dish was sizable, but not as delicious as desired, per our daughter. We mentioned to the owner that there were newlyweds at the table, which we thought would generate something like a candle in a cupcake or something akin to that. Nothing materialized.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were passing through Gainesville on a Sunday night, and searched out Amelia's via Open Table. This was quite possibly THE best Italian restaurant at which I've dined stateside. I had simple dishes - minestrone soup, a salad, and chicken marsala. The pasta was superb. We ordered a Brunello di Montalcino that was fantastic for the price point. The service was spectacular. The only downside is that I probably won't be passing through Gainesville anytime in the near future so I can go to this restaurant again. It is a true gem!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was fast and friendly and the food was delicious as usual, but this time, we were seated directly next to several other tables. I feel like the seating could’ve been separated a little more so it wouldn’t have been so noisy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service. Great food. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with our Gators.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·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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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 10, 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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 (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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 (Orlando)·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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (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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