Amelia's Trattoria

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$30 and under
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Italian
Delio Susi, in anticipation of his restaurant’s tenth anniversary, refined both his restaurant’s menu as well as its interior design, to great success. Losing none of his Abruzzi roots, the food is clean but clearly Italian, and a little rustic. The warm and inviting room makes the same statement. Drawing on his architectural background, Susi plays with simple organic materials, like square slate tiles and tabletops, and brown leather tufted banquettes. The use of brick plus copper fixtures contribute to the Italian country/casual feel that serves food and wine to match. Wooden floors and European style open windows for the summer add to this ambiance. And red lamps that hang in bright contrast with the earthy tones during the day, shed a sexy flattering nighttime glow. Amelia’s Trattoria offers a personal and authentic dining experience using top local ingredients infused with the heart of its Italian chef.

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Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice staff and food was great

J
New England
53 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An under rated gem near Kendal Square. Service is great people are friendly and attentive food is very good.

l
New England
45 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi was amazing. Good salads and friendly atmosphere.

k
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderfully intimate neighborhood restaurant, with exceptional food, fantastic service, and lovely ambiance, in the middle of the MIT/biotech cluster in Cambridge. We shared the octopus and the arugula salad with Gorgonzola and pears as appetizers. I had the roasted eggplant with pasta as a main dish. All dishes were outstanding. The cocktail offerings were also great; including a white negroni (made with gin, Suze and Lillet), which was excellent.

SS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved this restaurant. Everything was well prepared and the service was excellent. I will return.

K
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, very very good!

KL
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quiet birthday for a friend. Intimate and delicious. The brick pressed chicken was incredible.

PK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent as always!

IC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A really rare example of Italian food in Boston (not US Italian, real Italian)

DM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Amelia's Trattoria in Cambridge, MA. They consistently provide delicious food and excellent service. The restaurant itself is quaint; perfect for a client meal or a romantic dinner. I can always count on them for a wonderful meal and experience for my guests. If you haven't tried this restaurant yet, you really should.
On this recent occasion, I felt bad because we took the table for quite a long time, but our waiter never showed anything but patience and kindness. My client loved it! Thank you so much to the waitstaff that evening (apologies as I do not remember their names).

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the pappardelle and the service was excellent.

r
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We go to Amelia's a lot we think it is the best restaurant in Cambridge, They have never disappointed us.

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointed overall although some dishes for party of 6 were good. Ingredients on half the dishes were not as on menu. This happened on Octopus, and on spaghetti vongole. Spaghetti was sobo noodles. We were not even informed of change before food was delivered. Gnocchi special undergood. Will not return.
Also wine marked up 4X retail prices

DH
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - food, service, and wine list / great with nut allergies as well - nothing could have been any better

BF
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A terrific meal... delicious... never disappoints... and especially nice with the outdoor seating. Nice bar and wine list too! The salmon and seafood dishes are fantastic!

p
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there early in their dinner service and it was excellent! wait staff was attentive but let us enjoy our dinner in a great environment.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The waiter was dry and not the greatest at checking in. We had specifically said that one of our guests cannot have onions. After some time we all received our meal excerpt for one who said they did not want onions in there dish. The waiter proceeded to say that they cooked her food with onions and if that was “okay”. Obviously it was not so she received half of what she originally ordered had to wait for another meal to be given to her. Will probably not be going back for the price we payed.

LM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent foor and service. Will return for sure. They have a 'sister' restaurant nearby with different menu: Sulmona, also worth a visit. Main Street, Cambridge

j
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Some coworkers and I went for lunch to say farewell to one that is leaving. I put this in the open table reservation but it wasnt mentioned (which was fine but why bother asking?). The food was very good, though a bit greasy. Overall though, the restaurant was very loud and the service was very slow. There was some confusion about whether there was gluten free pasta available (which the online menu indicates they have but when we arrived that part of the menu was gone) and one of our party has celiac disease, so this is not just a dietary preference. I would go back to give them another try but was not super impressed with the service and how long it took to order and then get our food.

R
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. Dinner is always excellent. They happily split our spinach salad and dessert, recommended complementary wines. Dishes expertly cooked. Excellent menu options to look forward to, served at the next table... I had the home-made spinach and ricotta cannelloni and my husband had the exceptional veal. Servings are good size not overflowing. Pricing is what you expect for Cambridge.

m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this place never let's me down. love to take out of town guests here as I know they will love it!

t
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great little intimate spot. Service was excellent. Food could have been a bit more tasty but I like more intense flavor than most. Lovely place.

MA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We arrived for a luncheon for our co worker who is expecting soon. Everything was delicious, however one of the reasons we picked your restaurant was because on your website, you advertise that you have gluten free pasta, (one of our co workers has a gluten allergy), however when we sat down we noticed it wasn't advertised on the menu. We were then told that gluten free pasta was no longer offered. I suggest in that case you take it off your website. Then, everyone but one of our co workers was served a Coke, because apparently, the Coke ran out? It wasn't explained if it was temporarily unavailable, but it was disappointing because everyone else that ordered coke got theirs except for one person. Lastly, and this may be a political statement, but a Michael Jackson playlist was playing the whole time we were eating lunch. I not only thought this was in bad taste, but it was also an odd choice I thought for an Italian restaurant. overall though, the food was great and the waitstaff were very sweet and attentive.

CM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food and service were good, but it was witnessing the waiter assist an elderly gentleman get out of his seat and then following up to see if his wife needed help getting him in the car that made my night! What a beautiful gesture!

VV
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we loved Amelia's. It was a nice intimate environment. We didn't feel rushed and could linger over our delicious Italian meal with family.

K
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good!

HO
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amelia’s was superb, as always. The sea bass and clams special was especially good, and the caponata starter is not to be missed.
My only quibble was that service was so-so. There was only one server and she was stretched thin. I don’t recall this being an issue on prior visits. But even so, we will keep coming back for both the food and the cozy ambience.

LS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. The service was efficient but not very warm. It was a little drafty by the window.

JB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal for my husband’s birthday. Everyone was lovely. We will be back for our next celebration.

LR
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice dinner for our Anniversary with extra attention from our server. Food was excellent. Love that this is a small, intimate restaurant.

EE
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent Kendall Square option ... would recommend checking it out.

KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and came out quickly. Very friendly, attentive staff. Will be going again in the future.

d
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Super over priced for average at best Italian food. The service was good, but was very disappointed overall in our experience sadly.

SS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place, small, intimate, reasonably quiet. Excellent service, very good food, decent wine selection, and they offer Peak Organic beer! Family owned restaurant and it shows in the level of pride they show in serving their clients. Steve

DS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

HE
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The vongole pasta was way too salty. I think they didn't properly prepare the clams. Also found a piece of hair in the seafood stew.

CM
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening. Same owner as Nearby Sulmona, much more intimate as the space is much smaller. The Pasta Norma was quite robust. Recommend.

RT
Omaha
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint little restaurant with great food.

BF
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food,,, terrific service,,, nice atmosphere... perfect place for a date night!

RD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Its website says it is handicap accessible and that is true for there is a fine ramp leading up from Portland Street into the restaurant. Further, the staff went out of their way to accommodate me in my small power wheelchair and putting me at an appropriate table. However, the restrooms are DOWNSTAIRS.

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