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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

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (23)
Special Occasion (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Cozy (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (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)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

I enjoy coming here for dinner prior to a play at the Hipp. The food is reasonable priced and very good. The service was a little less than attentive but overall I enjoyed my dinner.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Amazing food... romantic atmosphere... incredible service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Outstanding Value, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Amelia's is located behind The Hippodrome Theatre. Best place to have dinner before or after the theatre. Food is always served quickly, always hot, and always delicious. Service is great.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 21, 2017

My guest had a wonderful time dinning at Amelia's. The ambiance was great. The head chef played a happy birthday song for guests with his saxophone. He did an amazing job! He also came by our table to chat with us at the end to learn more about us and how experience dining.

The calamari was not as good as our waitress said. She kind of set the bar really high and it was very disappointing to say the least. Yes it's crispy, but it was very bland - no seasoning on it. The mozzarella and prosciutto was so delicious! So much flavor. The roasted mushrooms were also amazing. The chicken parm was also good, not the best I've had. But it was tasty. My guest loved her grouper.

Overall, great dinning experience. Our waitress, Alex B., was extremely attentive to all our needs and very friendly. Would certainly recommend.

Parking directions and instructions was the only thing I would improve upon. Because it is very confusing if you are not from the area.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Great for lunch as well as dinner. Good for conversations.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 18, 2017

This is a small neighborhood spot close to UF. The good was homemade, delicious and served in large portions. The dirty martini was perfect. Our waiter Joe was friendly and knowledgeable. Make a reservation, we watched at least five parties get turned away at the door! Great place

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Our friends from North were visiting us and we couldn't think of better restaurant to go to celebrate our reunion. The food was delicious and the service and atmosphere were excellent.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Came here for the first time on Saturday for my daughter's birthday since it got great reviews and is close to the University. Excellent service. All food, beginning to end: Bread very good and fresh plus offered butter and or oil, Portabella app delicious. Dinners: Salmon special, Surf & turf Special and Lobster Ravioli Special All cooked perfectly, delicious and nothing left on the plate...Complimentary Flan for Daughters Birthday very good, as well. Thank you for a lovely evening. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 17, 2017

The service was great and the food very good...will definitely return when we are back in town!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Lobster Ravioli and NY strip were phenomenal. Would not mind coming back and repeating the same entrees.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 11, 2017

For the 3rd year in a row we celebrated our anniversary at Amelia's. This place is consistently excellent - way ahead of the other places we visit in Gainesville. Chef Andy's food is amazing - freshly prepared, top quality, at fair prices. Our server was also excellent - prompt but not intrusive. We really need to start eating here more often, rather than once a year!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Food and service excellent; however, actual meal prices were about 20% higher than those displayed on their online menu.

Tags: Casual
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We always eat at Amelias when visiting our daughter in Gainesville. It is always a delicious meal and a wonderful experience. Chef Andy is very friendly and welcoming.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 24, 2017

A great place to celebrate a birthday. The service was oustanding; the food was amazing and the ambience was perfect. When noting that it was my wife's birthday, Andy, (the owner and chef) came out and played "Happy Birthday" on his saxaphone. Nice touch!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Amelia's has always exceeded my expectations. The chef/ owner is awesome- very outgoing and friendly. His food is the reason why, this is my favorite restaurant in town. The staff are all polite, very friendly, and well trained. They have always given honest advice on ordering. Atmosphere is nice. Quaint, but not stuffy. People are enjoying their meals and socializing. Dress is generally business casual, however, I have seem everything from blue jeans to suits and ties.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 17, 2017

The chef greeted us at the door and noted the seating preference I had expressed in making the reservation. Menu options had lots of flexibility and choices. Food was very good and wait staff was EXCELLENT and friendly without making you feel the need to entertain them.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Outstanding Value, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Loved it. Food was awesome. Will definitely be going to dine again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Authentic, Outstanding Value
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 21, 2016

A casual "family and friends" dining atmosphere has been created here by chef-owner Andy Fass. He not only supervises the kitchen, but also hosts the dining room, greets and remembers guests, plays saxophone for birthdays and very special occasions, and could perhaps even give a bit of legal advice since he is in fact a graduate of the Levin College of Law. But his forte is relaxed and unassuming fine dining that he and his staff offer in a manner that can make anyone feel right at home. Pasta and sauces, of course, are very good. The seafood dishes, however, can be sublime. Salmon, grouper, and shrimp entrees recently received highest marks from those gathered around our table. Wine list pretty good. Caesar salad fine. As with any dining establishment, there are excellent and not so good days, but the good ones here are reliably frequent and the best ones are really superb and keep bringing us back again.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 15, 2016

The veal was tender and juicy; and though covered in plenty of tomato and cheese the crust remained crispy and crunchy throughout the meal. I was planning on taking home leftovers, but ate all of it at the restaurant. Both bar and food service were quick and friendly and the house Old Fashioned was delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 6, 2016

The food and the service absolutely amazing. Can't wait to go back for dinner. Our table ordered the chicken Parmesan and eggplant Parmesan and both were cooked to perfection. The bread served with her meals was seasoned and very very good. Can't wait to go back

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 3, 2016

We have been eating at Amelia's for several years after the Hippodrome Theatre shows. Very convenient to the theatre. Food and service are excellent. Amelia's has the best marsala sauce anywhere!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Lovely place to have a delicious dinner, great service, worth the price

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2016

In town on business and wanted a good Italian meal. This was within walking distance to our rental home. I made reservations for my co worker and I. We arrived early only to find 4 occupied tables. It was like a ghost town inside. Based upon "reservations recommended" I thought it would be busier.

Greeted and sat. The male server didn't ask us what we wanted to drink for nearly 10 minutes. Ordered pasta fagioli which was ok at best. Entree was manicotti. Again ok at best. Asked for more bread which was forgotten.

I eat at plenty of restaurants since I travel. In my opinion Olive Garden would have been a better choice based upon price to value. I won't eat here again even if I lived in the area.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Our first time to Amelia's and we enjoyed it very much. Nice ambience,, with good advice on wine and food choices from our waiter. Good pricing, and a welcome break from the chains. Food was cooked perfectly with nice attention to detail.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2016

The atmosphere is always nice. In additional to traditional Italian dishes, they always have fresh grouper or snapper which I like. The Martini's are outstanding and their wine list is reasonably priced for good wine. If you want more expensive wine it is available. One Tuesday night all bottles of wine are 50% off. The owner/chef always comes out and greets us. We are in town for business but the remembers where we are from even though we do not get in town except every two to three months. In addition, the owner has another talent. He play a sax for special occasions, like birthdays. Wish they would open a place in Pensacola but then again, you cannot split up the owner/chef and that would mean it would not be the same.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Terrible!!!! Save your money! We should have already known when we were seated up against a (dirty) wall, that things were just going to be awful. The place was not busy and yet they sat us up against a wall. The only wine by the glass is house. The house merlot was like vinegar and we ended up with the house chianti, which was like a watered down version of a cheap chianti. We ordered the special crostini with artichokes to start. We were served what appeared to be a bowl of soup with artichokes. Not what we were expecting (thought the crostini would have been individual with cheese and artichoke on top and finished under broiler). It was tasty,but difficult to eat because of the runny consistency. Escarole soup was bland and had only tiny chopped escarole pieces. Disappointing. The Caesar salads were very lemony and room temp. Mediocre. Now for the horror! The shrimp and linguine was inedible! The shrimp were so over cooked, tough and flavorless. My guess is that they were left over shrimp cocktail that were recooked for the dish. Had the server bothered to return to the table and ask how our meals were, I would have asked her to tell the chef to eat it as punishment for serving seafood even a starving cat wouldn't eat! The chicken Parmesan was scary looking. Giant clumps of unidentifiable deep fried globs with a heap of chunky tomatoes. It was painful to look at. Like a child had made it. Normally, the chicken breasts are pounded (or at least uniform in size), lightly breaded, lightly pan fried or baked and served with marinara and cheese. This looked like mangled meat chunks with fingers, or branches, DEEP FRIED IN A FRYER, in old, nasty oil. The presentation was also horrid. Thrown on a plate and served with a small bowl of penne (with same chunky tomato sauce) that would be something to expect from a cafeteria. The Parmesan cheese was the equivalent of Kraft. Please, save yourselves, save your money. This is a terrible restaurant. Shame on them!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Great place to dine. We went to Gainesville for a UF football game and found this great find. The wine list was amazing and the food delis!!! I would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 4, 2016

The service and cleanliness were impeccable. It's the second time we have eaten there and the food is "just ok" for the price. The only other suggestion I would make is to dim the lights throughout the restaurant. It was very bright for what I think should be a nice, romantic type of dining experience. All the light really took away from the ambiance. Again, the service was great! The food was not bad, but the dishes we ordered were nothing to write home about for spending as much we did to eat there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2016

I can't wait to go back to Gainesville to eat here again! Everything was wonderful...from the bread to the Pasta, Fish, Shrimp, and Lasagna. Save room for desserts...they are awesome as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 18, 2016

Very relaxed atmosphere. Attentive personalized service. Awesome grouper and lionfish dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 18, 2016

Always outstanding, this restaurant is one of the best in Gainesville. The food is delicious and the ambiance is pleasant every time we visit. No other restaurant in Gainesville quite compares!

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 13, 2016

A special thank you to Andy Fass Owner and Chef Extraordinaire for preparing an outstanding meal consisting of Prociutto Wrapped Lionfish and Zucchini Fites, an amazing Lobster Fra Diablo with linguine and Pasta Carbonara. Brilliantly done! If you haven't had dinner at Amelia's you are truly missing out!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Excellent food in a quiet, friendly atmosphere. We've eaten here a few times in the last month and the food and service have been exceptional. We went there last night for my wife's birthday and were treated to a complimentary dessert accompanied by a saxophone solo by Chef Andy. Amelia's is our new favorite restaurant!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2016

We were rushed out of our dinner as I guess we showed up half hour before they were to close. They even turned away a table of 4. With this economy I would have kept the kitchen open and served the group as I guarantee they will not come back. I won't

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Our 2nd time there. My freshman gator loved it and the chef came out to play his saxophone. What a treat. GreAt service

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Amelia's was a great find. Declicious food and outstanding service. Highly recommend the Eggplant Parmesan, chicken piccata and seafood pasta dishes. Can't wait to return!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2016

The food was very good but the service was excellent. We were running late and had tickets for a show that started at 8. We arrived at 7 and had explained our situation and the waiter was excellent. He did everything possible to make sure we were in and out on time, actually with 10 minutes to spare.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 21, 2016

This was a perfectly quiet place for a business meal. I will definitely come back. I doubt I would have known about it if it wasn't for OpenTable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 16, 2016

My husband and I went there for our 18th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time. The food was amazing! Definitely highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Great food and atmosphere and very reasonable priced.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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