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About Café Trastevere

Café Trastevere is on Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando, just about a block from all the shopping and heavy traffic on Colonial Drive. Café Trastevere is a quiet oasis and one that evokes a wonderfully cozy, intimate environment. With a glass of wine in front of you and the smell of freshly cooked pasta rising up from the kitchen, this is a place to go when you want a dining atmosphere that's quiet, romantic and intimate.

825 North Magnolia Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Granada Court

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 839-0235

Website:
http://www.cafetrastevere.com/

Executive Chef:
Philippe Meiffret

Additional:
Banquet, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room

Café Trastevere Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (233)
Romantic (212)
Great for Outdoor Dining (169)
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Special Occasion (139)
Fit for Foodies (104)
Good for Groups (58)
Notable Wine List (54)
Kid-friendly (32)
Hot Spot (24)
Late-night Find (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Authentic (14)
Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Casual (11)
Scenic View (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Outstanding Value (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2014

Excellent food! Gracious owner and wonderful little place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 3, 2014

This place is a treasure in orlando . Absolutely unique, you will never find another place like this . The food is great, delicious red sauce, meat and fish always cooked to perfection . Wether you are on business or want to impress a date you ll never disappoint . We usually get the special and the grouper fish which both are to die for . We are from New York and it is the only place in orlando that keep us down here when we want Italian . Best Italian in central Florida !!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 27, 2014

both my wife's entrée and mine were served cold and my fish dish was poorly prepared.

Tags: Romantic
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food2
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 26, 2014

Went on a Friday night and thought we may need a reservation but this place was empty at 6pm. One other couple with us in the dining room. The decor reminded me of a 70's mafia film I guess it fits for an Italian restaurant? Anyway the service was great as there weren't many people to wait on. The food was average Italian similar to what you could whip up at home. No extra flair to set it apart from any other place. Had the calamari app which was good I did like the marinara sauce that came with it. I would probably not return.

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food3
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Wonderful food. Antipasto, seafood zuppo, homemade tiramisu = yum!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 12, 2014

The service was very good and friendly, the food was good (antipasto appetizer particularly) and the prices acceptable. Two things that were not good was the doors were open so we sat outside where it was actually cooler. Also someone was outside banging for a very long time very close to the patio where we were sitting. Overall I'd recommend this place for Italian food. I do enjoy it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 9, 2014

Great little downtown restaurant with wonderful, freshly prepared Italian food and a nicely matched wine list. Here for first time and thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. Even without the Groupon the pricing was reasonable and selection excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 5, 2014

This is a neighborhood staple! You will not be disappointed with the experience. The food is always fresh and prepared to the way you like it. Whatever the special is, get it! We have never had a bad mean here. The antipasto is always a delicious starter and fresh mix. The veal you can cut with a fork.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2014

Had a lovely dinner in this quant old house. I came here several years ago with friends when I was visiting Orlando. This time, visited with my husband and stepson. The soup, pasta, appetizers and the tiramisu was fabulous, and the service was friendly and prompt without being obtrusive. Nice to see a neighborhood cafe doing so well. Will visit again when we are in Orlando.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 6, 2014

The food or service were very good. However, the area our group was placed, was upstairs and the AC had not been turned on prior to our arrival.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 2, 2014

We waited a very, very, very long time due to a large party upstairs.
The food was great.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on July 28, 2014

Services was slow.... To the point that after I finished eating it took over 15' for someone to show up.
Was sitting outside but it was weekday around 10pm and I was the only customer in the restaurant.
Oh when I arrived had to wait around 5' for someone to show up!
Food was very good and so the setting.

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food4
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 26, 2014

I love italian food and I love this place. I really like the cozy atmosphere. The staff was very friendly. The food fantastic. I will definitely go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2014

This restaurant was a few minutes walk away from the hotel we were staying in and was discovered by accident. Loved all the food excellent carbonara. The clam appetizer was delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 21, 2014

The food was decent but the restaurant was a little warm despite a wall unit. Two of the employees, I believe the owner and possibly a relative, bickered openly for most of the night. The service was confusing because we didn't know exactly who our server was. It was an overall uncomfortable feeling knowing the staff was unhappy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 21, 2014

Arrived after making a reservation a few weeks before the reservation date and when I arrived, they had no idea we were coming. It was a very warm day and the restaurant was really hot. A small window AC unit could not keep up with the temperature of the room. They also seemed to be understaffed as the service was a little slow. We were there for an hour before we had our food but there were other large parties ahead of us.

Maybe on a less crowded cooler night, it would have been great but it was less than the star experience it was touted to be.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 12, 2014

Found this place through a Groupon offer. It's off the beaten path, and the place is not that big. But the food was excellent and so was the server. She was attentive and knew the menu and offered suggestions. We were visiting from Ohio and wanted to go somewhere that was not a chain. So, this met all of our requirements. It was worth the 20 min dirve. I give a strong recommendation for this establishment

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 7, 2014

The food is good and we consider this restaurant a quality establishment. We were surprised they use powdered instead of graded. The veal was good and we go back I would order it again. The waiter did recommend the veal.. we were there for our 28th. I made the reservation and mentioned it on the reservation. When we arrived it wasn't even mentioned by the restaurant. People like to feel a little special on special occasions. We were immediately seated because there were open tables. They do provide good service and quality food.

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 23, 2014

Great place for a dinner and the food was delicious. My only complaint is that the a/c was to high so it was hot inside the restaurant

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on May 10, 2014

This was our fourth time eating at this restaurant. There was nothing special about this visit. The food the service the friendliness just wasn't there this night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 9, 2014

The Cafe Trastevere reminds you of restaurants that are typical of downtown locations. It was quaint, yet the service and food was fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on May 2, 2014

Homemade Italian dishes.... awesome flavor... notable wine list... excellent service... will definately return for another amazing meal!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 28, 2014

The food was great. The patio is lovely. I have a fifty character minimum length I have to hit, which is what this last sentence is for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 7, 2014

I met an old friend for dinner at Cafe Travestere. We chose the cozy dining room, but the patio looked equally appealing. The menu had a great selection of traditional and modern Italian dishes. I chose gnocchi with four cheeses - the gnocchi were hand-made that day, with just the right mouthfeel. My friend chose veal parmigiana, which was good but not great. The wine list was impressive - I settled for the house Chianti, which was excellent. We had a seating right at opening, so when the dining room filled up toward the end of our meal, the noise level did reach moderate. Our server was excellent. In summary very good food, outstanding service, nice ambience - I would definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on April 4, 2014

I was looking for a nice restaurant downtown for a family birthday dinner. It is Lent and the dinner was to be held on a Friday, which made choices limited. I found this restaurant on Open Table and made a reservation. I was a little worried based on some of the reviews, but it was fantastic. We sat outside and the weather was perfect. The host was gracious and the food was excellent. Two guests in my party ordered the lobster ravioli and they definitely do not skimp on lobster. The penne alla vodka with salmon was also packed with salmon and very delicious. We were pleased and plan on going back again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 4, 2014

Café Trastevere is a very good Italian Restaurant with local owners that are very attentive to their guests . It has a small and intimate dining room reminiscent of the old world. It has two outside dining areas which are very nice and a large upstairs for private small to large functions. Their menu incorporates traditional Italian dishes to nightly specials. It is a don't miss. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 1, 2014

Neat location.......It was a cool night so we sat close to a heater but they were not working..................Our food was good but the other couple we were with not so pleased................The service was very slow...............Glad we went will not return

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on February 22, 2014

We have driven by this place more times that I can count, and always said we'd try it... for years. Finally, we had our opportunity. It was phenomenal! They treated us very well, and even our daughter felt like a VIP. We sat on the patio and enjoyed a great Italian wine with our perfectly seasoned meals while the owner chatted with us, and our two servers took care of every desire. We will certainly be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Although from the exterior this appears to be a unique and local venue, the overall experience was very poor. The valentine day menu, unknown when the registration was made, was preset at $50/person. The dishes are typical italian fare and over-loaded with sauce to try and disguise the bland meat/chicken/fish. Other than the soup, not much else was exciting. The inside is old and tired, and no real character. The decor is lacking and uninviting. Maybe a long time ago this was a unique dining venue, but certainly not now.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 14, 2014

I've eaten here before and the food was amazing, however I reserved for V-day and was extremely disappointed when I arrived to find the menu was limited to 1 appetizer, 5 entrees, and a couple dessert options for $50 per person. The appetizer was basically 4 pieces of bread. They were unwilling to make any of the meals my girlfriend and I enjoyed there.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 29, 2014

The inside is quite small...about 8 tables but very warm and romantic though groups of 4 to 6 could be accommodated. It was nice and quiet and great for conversation. The menu is pretty much classic Italian dishes but they are prepared nicely and worth the moderate prices...especially with such a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 24, 2014

It's hard to find a small Italian restaurant in this town with a varied menu. Great service, menu and a variety of specials made this a special occasion. Nice and romantic.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2014

Small, intimate dining room, nice atmosphere. Food was very good, we had 3 of the salads, all contained fresh ingredients, the bread served was delicious. we had 2 veal dishes, eggplant parm and chicken gorgonzola. Everything was cooked to order and served with a side of broccoli, spinach and onion, freshly prepared. Minor complaint would be that the veal in the veal piccata could have been pounded a bit thinner, but overall we enjoyed our meal and would recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 18, 2014

They have an intimate dining room with two outside dining areas as well as an upstairs that accommodates large groups. The owners are hands on and welcome you and seat you. The staff is friendly and attentive. Their entrees are very good with traditional Italian entrees as well as daily specials. We always enjoy dinner there and it is a don't miss for locals and tourists alike.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 17, 2014

went with a party of 6 and we had an interesting experience. The service was very slow, especially with us being seated upstairs. We were seated and it took about 15 minutes for us to see our waitress and an additional 15 minutes to get water and bread on the table as well as wine. We ordered apps and dinner then the wait was really on. about 25 minutes later the apps soup and salad showed up. The Soup (Crab and Corn bisque) was excellent. The calamari, was great and the salads were okay. That was about the end of the good food. 45 minutes later food that tasted like it came out of a can showed up, with the pasta floating in water. Gnocchi and sauces were store bought despite what we were told. $200 and 2 hours later we were not very happy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 16, 2014

Pasta needs to be al dente. Too overcooked for my palet. That was my only complaint. The owner told me to ask for it al dente next time.

Asked if they could reopen maybe 2 days a week for lunch.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 11, 2014

Hard to imaging Orlando downtown having a great evening dining spot.....think again! Try it...you'll be surprised!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 2, 2014

Good authentic Italian food, very personable staff and small but wonderfully intimate setting. Limited wine selections.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 19, 2013

Planned a surprise birthday dinner for a friend. Two days prior to the event, I saw some reviews online about lackluster service and long waits. I was nervous about how the night would turn out but it was too late to scramble while still keeping it a surprise. We went on a Thurs evening, they sat us on the patio (party of 8) and assured the patio heater was available if needed. The service was good, owner/mgr? checked in with us a few times and was very friendly. We each got something different and were pleasantly surprised with everything from bruschetta to complimentary tiramisu for the birthday boy. The only concern was the Peroni beer $7/ea and didn't realize that until the bill arrived. I can say the Penne alla Gorgonzola was delish!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 18, 2013

The food was awesome. Highly recommended, quiet spot. Will return next month when I'm back in Orlando.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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