Amelia's Italian Cuisine

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$30 and under
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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
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vipJersey
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always, great meal and excellent service. I always remember to make reservations ahead of time. Rarely do they take walk ins. Only disappointment, on the reservation I mentioned it was my birthday. Other guests were offered a free birthday dessert and in deed, the owner, Andy, played Happy Birthday to one of the guest right next to me but I wasn't even wished a Happy Birthday! So sad! However, the steamed clams, outstanding!

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amyalleyne
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best place I have ever been. The service was impeccable (Drew), the food was amazing, and the owner and chef, Andy, was incredible. Aside from planning a great menu with local items such as fish and mushrooms (which he actually brought to our table to show us the variety of mushrooms), he bussed tables, played the saxophone for birthdays, called a guest who had left their credit card, visited all tables, etc. He clearly cares a lot about his restaurant and the guests that visit. I am so mad we haven't been in the two years we have lived here now! Definitely definitely recommend.

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JackK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent food. Perfect place of dinner before the wonderful Hippodrome productions.

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vipForidian
Jacksonville
45 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual all was great!

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Italianlvr
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian place I have even eaten. Always come back.

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bonappetit
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was fantastic and the service excellent. Best Italian food in Gainesville.

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MikW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food. Tasty and beautiful presentation. It was my husband's birthday and Chef Andy came from the kitchen asnd played Happy birthday on the sax. How special!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. The restaurant was not real full. The service was excellent. The food was outstanding. The chef played the saxophone after dinner to the tune of happy birthday. He visited our table often. I can’t believe this is the first time we have eaten there. We will be back many times in the future.

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DavidM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice dinner, great ambiance and service. Absolutely would return

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vipJersey
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I always enjoy going to this restaurant. The service is excellent and I always feel welcomed even though I usually come here alone. There are restaurants in Gainesville that basically don't like sitting one person especially on a Saturday night. This is not the case here. Andy, the owner, comes into the restaurant periodically and talks to every guest. Where else in Gainesville does this happen? The cedar key clams are excellent here - fresh and well prepared.

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HippDiner
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't judge Amelia's from the outside! It may look a little messy on the patio but don't hesitate to come inside. The restaurant is quiet and the atmosphere is friendly. Would suggest making reservations because the restaurant is always busy. The food is delicious and the service is excellent.

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RobinK
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelia's is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, a celebration or a more casual experience for a regular. The ambiance is wonderful - beautiful and elegant. Our waitress made us feel like we were the only ones she was serving. The food was delicious from the bread to the cake we took home but didn't eat until the next day since due to the generous portions. The owner/chef visited every table to make sure was alright and we go treated to hearing him play Happy Birthday on the saxophone! We know that any time we go to Amelia's, we won't be disappointed!

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Kobe
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place for a date night. Would recommend. Reservations wouldn't really be needed on weeknights but just to be safe everyone should. A great restaurant all around ambiance good, food was great, service was great. Definitely will go back.

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RandallW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food good, not exceptional. Service excellent. Location good but parking is problem. DO NOT park behind restaurant which is convenient, because they'll tow your car even if you pay the $5 according to sign. Gainesville Police Dept. will not back you up nor will the City. Receipt for parking not available hence a complete scam. Not a great experience!

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Debsfriend
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and great service!

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LoriH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Dinner. We were with a loud speaking couple that used foul language! The staff was very professional under the circumstances. We will not take them back again. Hopefully, our table did not offend other diners! The food was excellent as alway!

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WilliamR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was to late for a valentine reservation instead came in the night before. Dinner was excellent and have yet to be disappointed.

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SueR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, a perfect meal from start to finish. This is our "go to" place for birthdays and anniversaries and it never disappoints. Owner Chef Andy stops by the table each time, our servers have always been great, and it's a pleasure every time we dine at Amelia's. The menu has a lot of variety, and the chicken francese is so great we've both ordered it the last 2 visits. Haven't found anything that wasn't terrific, though.

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelias has the best food in town. Chef Andy uses only the best ingredients and makes every dish fresh when you order! The Tortellini Alfredo is “Heaven on a Fork!” I cannot recommend this establishment enough.

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GeorgeB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelia's is reliably wonderful!

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BobR
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Andy is by far the best italian Chef in Gainesville. His food is always outstanding and he brings new specials often. Our favorite spot to eat in Gainesville.

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Curt
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal and have excellent service. All staff members are friendly and very attentive to customers. The food is some of the best in Gainesville.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic. The eggplant parm is delicious

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MareA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian cuisine with ambiance included. Wait staff very professional and accommodating. As an added plus, we were celebrating our friend’s Birthday, and she was given a Happy Birthday saxophone serenade by the very talented chef/owner. What a wonderful surprise that was, and very much appreciated.

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vipJimG
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was classic Italian food. Excellent quality and good size portions. Our waitress Amanda was friendly and attentive. Even though the restaurant was busy and we had a party of five, our waters were always being filled.
Highly recommend Amelia's.

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JackK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Excellent food. Service was poor, but 20% tip was added to our bill automatically. Maybe the automatic tip was why the service was poor. Nonetheless, the food was excellent, and we had a great time. And we had only a 2-minute walk to the Hippodrome for two hours of laughter.

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Robert
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, food quality and taste

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vip4ColtsFans
Indiana
51 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good was excellent and the service was great. Thank you.

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Isabel18
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Don’t have the fried calamari. They are huge to much breading and a little tasteless. Everything else was amazing. Great service and the grouper was to die for.

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CM56
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Weekend with friends

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jojo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and our server was awesome!!

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docD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always fun to go here for celebrations. This time it was for a late celebration of our 50th wedding and we were treated to complimentary prosecco. Wait staff is always attentive, the two types of fresh bread and salad with house dressing are matched by the delicious entrees. I had calamari riviera and my wide had chicken piccata; both delicious. Hers came with a complimentary side of pasta with marinara. Portions were huge so we took home the extras. House wine Folonari Bardolina was OK.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good service and lovely food. Ambiance was ok, nothing special, but pleasant. We had an excellent evening and a delicious free dessert for one of our trios birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Owner played happy birthday on the saxophone

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Chad
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attended Amelia's for my wife's birthday this past weekend. Amelia's is by far our favorite Italian restaurant in Gainesville. The service was great (thanks Casey) and the food was amazing, as always. Then Chef Andy, the chef/owner of Amelia's, came out with his saxophone and played Happy Birthday for my wife. It was a great surprise! I would definitely recommended anybody craving some authentic Italian food to go to Amelia's. 12 out of 10 stars.

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HenryZ
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We've been going here for years and the place seems to be steadily declining. We do not plan to return.

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vipKalD
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was great and so were the ambience
The portions and good and it’s very authentic Italian cooking.
Looking forward to our next trip !

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NancyM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

21st Birthdays

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vipForidian
Jacksonville
46 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always wonderful

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DeniseR
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Drew, did an excellent job of detailing menu items. Per his suggestion, I had the grouper special for the evening and it was outstanding. My husband had the veal and said it was the best he ever had. They were very busy but service was fast and efficient. Will definitely visit again when we are in the area.

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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 999 OpenTable diners.

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