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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (24)
Special Occasion (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Good for a Date (18)
Authentic (17)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Romantic (13)
Cozy (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Business Meals (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 1, 2017

My son and wife said it was the best Italian meal ever. My 12yr old grandson said the
blueberry cheese cake was out of this world. He wants to come back soon.
The food was outstanding and so was the service.
The price was good also. Can't say anymore, this is a great restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Was a great post-theater location for dinner -- Amelia's is reminiscent of some of the great NYC Italian restaurants -- excellent food and service, but without the NYC prices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Naples)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Not being from the area it was a little tough to find. Nice, small restaurant. The were a bit busier than the expected. Initally service was slow. The NY crostini was an excellent appetizer. I had the chicken sorrentini. Nicely cooked and presented. A bit salty for my taste. My wife ordered the lobster ravioli and she was disappointed in the amount of filling. The wait staff really did their best to take care of us but you could tell they were overwhelmed. Overall not a bad experience. Just a word of caution... Be very careful where you park. There is no easily accessible handicap parking and it did become an issue.....

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Amelia's has been open in Gainesville for many years. I had lunch there when it first opened and was not impressed. Recently we met some friends there who have made the restaurant their go to place. The food was excellent (obviously not the same restaurant), the chef came out to greet us and said that he recently taken over the restaurant. Now we eat at Amelia's after the theatre and on many special occasions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great meal before a performance at the Hippodrome.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 17, 2017

First time visiting since moving here from California . Was my birthday 🎉. A bit scurried our waiter, other than that very tasty!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Four of us from Ocala dined at Amelia's before going to the Hipp. None of us had been there in quite a while. Three of us had daily specials, and one had a regular menu item. All entrees were delicious and beautifully presented. We had excellent service by Jenn, and Chef Andy checked on us several times. We were all very satisfied with our experience at Amelia's.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Remarkable experience from beginning to delightful chocolate end!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Amelia's last Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The food was excellent as usual, the service was very good, and the anniversary dessert topped off a wonderful meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Best Filet Mignon I've had in years! Great food and great service. Always enjoy eating here, especially before enjoying the theatre.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I love Amelia's especially the Eggplant Parmesan with a very yummy pasta sauce. I have never had eggplant prepared this way. It is way better than the fried eggplant most restaurants offer. Amelia's is a good place to go for special occasions, as well as, for a meal anytime.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We always love Amelia's. Great food, great service. Close to the Hippodrome theater, too.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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food5
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Always excellent! Best grouper in Gainesville! A local gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic
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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Authentic Italian food, prepared fresh to order. Delivered by a professional wait staff. I have never found anything on the menu, that I would not recommend to a friend. Very reasonable prices. Second to none.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great meal in Gainesville if you are looking for something several steps above the alternative pubs and pizza joints. Quality ingredients made fresh. (PS I only give 5 stars for Michelin and other spectacular restaurants)

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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We eat at Amelia's every time we go to The Hippodrome Theater. The restaurant is located behind the theater...no having to move the car! The food is always delicious and the service is excellent. The menu has something for everyone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I have not been to this place in about 10 years. I remember it being nice with good food. I also remember it being expensive. This was in my mid 20s, now in my mid 30s this place is even better! Keep in mind in my mid 20s Bud light was expensive and Natty Light was cheap. The food selection was Outstanding and they had a nice amount of wines. My wife had a traditional pasta dish where I had a NY Strip plate, probably the best steak I've had in some time. Back to the prices, I was borke 10 years ago. But the prices, atmosphere and food are all worth a visit. The server we had, I think her name was Emma was very nice. An App, 2 entrees, a few Carafes of wine was about $100...well worth it!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 27, 2017

This is the closest you'll get to authentic Italian food in Gainesville. The food is excellent and the staff is always friendly. I have been here a few times now and have always had a good experience. My only advice is to make a reservation- sometimes it will be unexpectedly packed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Overall, enjoyable. Only complaints are about the noise level and seating. The tables are incredibly small and people are seating very closely together, making the noise level very high

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food4
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We were visiting Gainesville and made this reservation based on other good reviews. The restaurant is unpretentious and a little hard to find from the street address but we were really glad we did. The food was delicious, the staff friendly and the wine list reasonably priced. Will definitely go back if in that area again.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on April 21, 2017

My wife and I took a friend to dinner. We started with an appetizer, the sauteed portobello mushroom slices; those were fabulous. Then I had one of the specials, the Surf and Turf, which was two very small (4 oz) filets and a few large shrimp, all in a creamy blue cheese sauce. The filets were delicious, cooked just as I ordered and very tender, complemented nicely by the shrimp and sauce. My wife had Dentice (in this case, Grouper) Mugnaia, which she enjoyed immensely, and our friend had another special, Lobster Ravioli. The friend and I had the very tasty house salad, which had a light vinaigrette; my wife had the Caesar salad and said it was quite good. My wife had the Tartufo Cappucino; she had been looking forward to the coffee ice cream inside a hard chocolate shell with whipped cream on the side, and it didn't disappoint. The service was very good and at a nice pace -- leisurely enough for us to enjoy the company as well as the food but by no means slow. We had a very pleasant evening, livened up at one point by a rare -- in my experience, at least -- rendition of "Happy Birthday" on the saxophone.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Best place to eat in Gainesville. Andy always makes you feel comfort and welcome

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on April 8, 2017

we went for Mother's weekend at UFL Beta Theta Pi and it was great food. They really accomodated our party of like 16 and made it work so we could be together. Really took care of us. I will be back again. Great food and atmosphere, friendly staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Savannah)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The food, particularly the snapper, was excellent. Overall, a very enjoyable experience. My one disappointment was the wine-by-the-glass menu, which was limited and below average for a restaurant with first-class food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on April 7, 2017

The red snapper was amazing. Worth the trip all by itself. The service was prompt and helpful.
The intimate size is ideal for special occasions.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Amelia's is a special dining experience.....love it!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 4, 2017

The food was excellent and the ambience relaxing. The owner made us feel special. Because it was my husband's birthday, the owner played Happy Birthday on his saxaphone and gave us complimentary drinks and desserts. Bottles of wine are half price on Tuesdays; that was also a pleasant discovery. Service was friendly and efficient.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 2, 2017

My chicken Inverno was delicious and the service attentive but not intrusive.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Chef Andy provides excellect food and wine. A very fun restaurant .

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Tough to find but worth it. Was visiting from out of town and everything was fantastic. Chef/Owner goes out of his way to meet everyone, nice touch. Food was outstanding, prosciutto and melon appetizer, one of best for a warm night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Excellent food and service. Good place to have a conversation

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on March 25, 2017

This was my first, but definitely not my last, visit to Amelia's.
It brought back memories of the big Italian family dinners of my childhood! The food was delicious, with portions big enough for lunch today, the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming, and my friend and I could hold a conversation without having to raise our voices.
Our server was delightful, and helped to make my first Amelia's experience worthy of 5 stars.
I'll be back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Always excellent!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Dance Alive National Ballet has a standing relationship with Amelia's. Chef Andy has been a sponsor of this outstanding non-profit professional ballet company for many years, and we always look forward to dining at his beautiful and intimate restaurant, with outstanding food and ambiance. Amelia's is a gem, and the special location, in the downtown Sun Center and behind another gem, the Hippodrome Theatre, makes it a welcome site for visitors and locals alike.

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 21, 2017

It's by far hands down the best Italian food in Gainesville

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 17, 2017

The whole experience was great, from hostess to owner/chef/ sax player came to the table to play the sax for my daughter's birthday. Our waitress was so sweet and the food was GREAT.
Thank you for making it a great dinner and a memorable evening.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 12, 2017

I love Amelia's. Only get to go twice a year. Chef/owner Andy always takes the time to come by everyone's table to say Hi and make sure they are enjoying their experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Knowing we were on a time crunch, the wait staff was attentive and considerate. The food was scrumptious, the ambiance pleasant, and Andy checked in on us to be sure everything was satisfactory. Great time was had by all in our party.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 10, 2017

From the bread to the appetizers to the salad to the main course, I was very pleased with the portions and taste. The staff was friendly and did not leave you sitting, They were on top of their game . I am looking forward to going there again.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on March 8, 2017

We had an outstanding lunch for my wife's birthday. My wife was also serenaded by the head chef on saxophone as well as being given a complimentary dessert!!! The total for our lunches was 20.13 including tax. Highly recommended!!!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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