Amelia's Trattoria

4.5
923 reviews
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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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SS
New England
17 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

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

Wonderful food and service!

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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.

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CM
Raleigh
20 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.

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

Quaint little restaurant with great food.

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

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

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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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TT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I go here frequently for business dinners as the food is very good, service is good, and it is a great place to talk. Cozy and intimate so great for romantic dinners as well. Good wine/drink list.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliable and relaxing. Unpretentious and just really good food.

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PG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great small restaurant. They have really good Italian wines by the glass. Awesome!

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H
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelia's is our favorite restaurant. Love the food, its small size, and the friendly staff. It is great for a romantic evening, a quick bite before or after a movie at the Kendall Cinema, or a leisurely get together with friends.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I had several lobster shells in my lobster ravioli which hurt my mouth.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go often and always love it! The only difficulty is that the tables are too close to each other...very crowded.

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W
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall a nice and comfortable dining experience; worth another try. The service was a bit inattentive; slow to get drinks, and then slow to get order in; yet food service was then excellent. One of the worse caesar salads I've ever had made with "chopped romaine" so it lost any sense of crunchiness with a mediocre dressing, however the spinach and goat cheese salad was superb. The braised short rib bolognese was excellent as was the spaghetti with clams. Will go back, just not for the caesar salad.

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was really over priced, and I felt as if the food was undercooked as well. It was just overall not too much of a good experience.

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We have been there three times in the last 2 months. Love the atmosphere- small neighborhood trattoria with great food. The only complaint is they need one more waiter/bartender. The two gentlemen who work there are friendly , personable and do a great job. It just seems a little understaffed.

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N
New England
50 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All 4 of us enjoyed the evening, & our food and drinks, especially the sangria and Malbec wine which sometimes hard to find in small restaurants. Disappointed that no vegan and very few vegetarian options so could not return with my family. Would also appreciate more healthy, less caloric choices. Although a bit pricey, especially if go to Kendall Theatre movies before or afterwards which is nicely nearby, we would like to return.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Amelia's was pretty good, although they were out of the mushroom pappardelle
(my favorite and the reason I went) and the lobster ravioli that someone else I was with got was fishy. Overall, great.

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amelia's is a lovely small neighborhood restaurant. The food was phenomenal - flavorful, fresh, portion size just right. We will absolutely return, and recommend it to friends!

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f
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best little restaurant. Over the last several years I've been coming has remained consistent!! Great food, great staff, feels like you are eating in someone's house.

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p
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT RESTAURANT ,GOOD FOOD,GOOD SERVICES ,NICE AMBIENT ,I REALLY RECOMMEND IT

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Every dish was perfect. Exactly what you would expect from a small intimate restaurant.

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the staff is outstanding.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

we had the worst service. no one came to our table for quite some time. had to ask for the specials. it was just weird.

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place and wonderful food. I'll be going again!

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c
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was horrible, raviolis were hard , !

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MS
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Amelia's. It's easy to make a reservation if you can plan a bit ahead. The atmosphere is friendly and engaging. The bar at the front of the dining room is a focus and seems to work well if you don't want a table. The food is great, I love the fish stews. The wait staff is friendly and helpful.

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CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables were kind of close together, but other than that, great food and wonderful service!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night. I like small places where I can actually hear the other person talk. The service was amazing and the food was just what I needed. We had the meatball app, perfect for two. I had the bolognese, my goodness I haven't had a dish like that in so long! I recommend this restaurant 100% I can't wait to try something new next time.

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SM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding!

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JZ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

House Salad was small. No bread offered or served, Service was slow... one waiter and bartender/waiter. The best Old Fashion Bourbon and ginger I have ever had.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Th best pasta ever! My first time going here and I anticipate being back very soon.

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T
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Every time I've passed by this place at dinner time it's been completely full, so I was excited to finally make a reservation and eat here. Overall, the experience was fine but nothing extraordinary.

We got a basket of complimentary bread to begin, which came with a tasty white bean/olive oil dip-- the dip was excellent, but the bread (which appeared to be tiny slices of focaccia toasted in flavored oil) was room temperature and hard to chew. It tasted like it had been left on the counter for a while, and would've been exponentially better if it had been warm.

We ordered the octopus appetizer, the ravioli of the day-- bolognese-- and the butternut squash gnocchi. The octopus was tender and flavorful, and came with a kicky sauce/vegetable medley, but they kind of went overboard on the capers. The ravioli was tasty and nicely al dente, but honestly nothing special-- I kind of regretted ordering it, since it wasn't as interesting as some of the other options appeared to be, but that wasn't their fault. The gnocchi was probably our least favorite of the night-- it was heavily seasoned with cinnamon, which in combination with the butternut squash pieces made for an almost dessert-y dish. The texture of the gnocchi was perfectly light and fluffy, though, which was nice.

I doubt we'll come here again, honestly. The food is fine but nothing special.

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BF
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good ambiance, and good service. Great place to go before or after a movie at Kendall Square Theater.

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Lovely atmosphere. Nice people with good service.

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