Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

4.6
1002 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cinquecento Roman Trattoria is a comfortable, energetic and inviting restaurant reminiscent of the neighborhood trattorias found in Rome. A spot that is perfect for a spontaneous night out, a special occasion or as your go-to spot for dinner and brunch. A perfect meeting place for all, as we offer complimentary parking in our adjacent lot. Located in the South End of Boston, Cinquecento offers a menu steeped in the Roman tradition of simplicity custom and comfort. We offer an extensive all Italian wine list, award winning cocktails, a secluded out door patio and a private dinning room. Enjoy Roman and Italian inspired cuisine described as "true to the Roman Style, simple dishes perfectly done" all served in a dining room like no other in Boston.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 338-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Justin Winters
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Waltham and East Berkley Streets
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Parking details
Cinquecento provides free parking for all restaurant guests at the parking lot adjacent to our restaurant. Please look for the 500 Harisson Ave sign as you pass our awnings heading east on Harisson avenue.
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Public transit
Take The Silver Line on Washington Street to the East Berkley Street stop. Walk one block south then take a right on Harisson Avenue. We are on the right at 500 Harisson Avenue.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Private Dining Room at Cinquecento is a warm and welcoming space that looks out onto one of the most pleasant outdoor dining spaces in the city. Versatile and inviting, the room comes complete with a dedicated staff, a full private bar and is audio-visually compatible for program events.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Love this place, but they were not on their game this time. Our waitress looked like she could have cared less about anything. Asked for tea- they didn’t have any. It was brunch!! There were 4 of us so we ordered 4 ricotta fritters- she didn’t bother telling us that each order came with 2 so we had too many. Then when we asked to wrap the remaining fritters they forgot to bring them back to the table until we asked and our waitress blamed it on someone else even though she had the bag with her at the computer. Very odd. Disappointed because this is one of our favorite spots, but don’t think we’ll be rushing back for brunch.

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New England
633 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very impressed with our dinner tonight. Great service, they have a lot of staff and are well trained. A watchful eye is kept on the table from management, bussers, waitstaff. Dishes cleared properly, utensils replaced when used. The private parking lot, offered complimentary, is a welcome perk of choosing to dine here... a real luxury. I hope that never changes.

Everyting we ordered... perfectly cooked, served hot, delicious. The charred beef carpaccio, veal saltimboca, pasta bolognese, roast salmon... and panna cotta for dessert.

Our waitress, Natalia, was awesome.

Love it here!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was AMAZING. I can’t recommend this place enough and will most def be coming back. Also they provide parking tickets which is INCREDIBLE

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New England
36 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Past visits have been wonderful and we especially love the patio dining. Maybe we hit a bad night because the service was poor. Two out of the 4 entrees were average. We spoke to the manager and hope that our next visit will be more enjoyable since this is usually a neighborhood favorite.

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GM
New England
139 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

This use to be one of our favorite restaurant but the food has become so so , service has declined and night manager appears indifferent. We will not be back .

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EH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really great food. The bread, burrata, and polenta were amazing. My only problem was that it smelled like paint when we walked in, but it did seem to go away. Our server was okay in the beginning, but improved as our marathon meal progressed. Nice wine list, would have liked more choices for bubbly. The bolognese sauce was a highlight as well. Definitely worth a visit!

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B
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall a nice atmosphere and friendly service. We had fettuccine with mushrooms that was very underwhelming. But others had delicious risotto and other friend had the branding that was first rate- crispy skin yet moist flesh. Our appetizers of artichokes and peach burrata were very average. The baratta did not ooze cream at all and peaches had sweet balsamic reduction that we did not care for

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Miami
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well done meal at reasonable prices. The service was stellar. The amari list was great.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cheese board flames! The octopus is 🔥! Drinks wavy

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New England
45 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cinquecento is always so good. I especially want to call out the staff. This was our 3rd time there, and as always our server was friendly and welcoming, knowledgeable, and warm. We've been helped by a different person on each of our visits, and each has been great. I wish I could remember the names of each of them to thank them personally! Then of course the food is terrific too, as are the cocktails. Very nice wine list as well, with a fine selection and reasonable prices. We've dined outside on the patio which is beautiful, but the dining room, where we sat on this last visit, is very handsome too. Just a terrific place, and we will be back!

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I was taken there for my birthday. I didn’t want to make a big deal, but the artichoke hearts were terrible. When I mentioned it, all I got was a polite “I’m sorry”. Not fun for dinner...the waiter seemed to get slammed with too many tables, too quickly. Still, would like to try their brunch.

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New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite brunch place. Go early (10AM) on a Sunday and have the place to ur self. Then visit the SOWA market next door. Menu offers the usual breakfast items and some new ones plus assorted pastries.
There’s a charming outdoor space that’s pleasant when the weather is warm enough.
Inside or out, you will be well pleased.

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BG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

lovely food, great staff! been meaning to come for a while, was not disappointed.

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JJ
New England
53 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very disappointed with food quality and portion size

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Music way too loud for a Sunday brunch. Ugh. How about some light jazz/standards?

Attention: Prix fixe menu only available until 11:00.

Chatty Cathy waitstaff a bit over the top. Did bring us all we requested however.

Pepper mill on tables? Would be nice and save waitstaff the extra trip.

Enjoyed evening dinner for two more than the brunch. Would go for that again.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful outdoor space, weather cooperate, server was attentive, food and drinks yummy.

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gorgeous outdoor patio. Unique decor. Excellent food. A treat in Boston.

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Really nice dining experience. It felt like Italy on the outdoor patio with creative lighting around. Food and drinks were great as well.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service. A bit noisy and crowded but we asked for a corner table and got it and after that it was perfect. The outside patio was gorgeous, though we ate inside. totally worth it. pasta was great and everything was fresh.

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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ended up here since there was no place for eight people in the place we wanted near by. We were pleasantly surprised. Food was nice, service great, plates a little small but well priced. Will recommend and come again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday dinner - and my second year doing it at Cinquecento. I absolutely love the food and service as well as the environment! The wine was flowing and I loved my bday dessert!

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JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Main course took forever. Meal was average. Pasta that came with special was bland, boring, cheeseless. Sunday special was simply dull and mediocre. Beef was unevenly cooked and tough. Good salads. Over all a disappointing meal.

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was scrumptious. Top notch. The service is a little slow. We didn’t order our entree until after we ate our appetizer. It seemed like the waiter forgot. I don’t mind dining at a slow pace but the menus are big and heavy and taking up space on the table. Finally we moved them to a bench and then had to call the waiter to take our order. But he was very nice.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were amazing! Hidden gem in the South End!

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for Sunday lunch and we had a great experience.
The food was delicious and they have a great wine list. Willy was our waiter and he was fabulous, super friendly and very informative. We were not disappointed!

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was both extremely attentive and pleasant. Food was delicious. Interior design and patio area are quite lovely. Prix fixe brunch menu is a good value.

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PC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our very first visit to Cinquecento during Restaurant Week/Dine Out Boston and the special promotion did exactly what it should do: introduce us to a new favorite at a lower price point for the night. We had scrolled through the various offerings by Boston restaurants, and Cinquecento’s Restaurant Week offerings stood out for their creativity.
We were also tremendously impressed with the execution — the appetizers we chose were a very flavorful corn and crab soup and a salad featuring wine roasted peaches, perfectly ripe and juicy. Likewise, the generous swordfish and bavette (flank) steaks accompanied by in season veggies were perfect for summer dining. Another side dish we ordered off the regular menu, polenta with gorgonzola, was plenty for 2 to split, although it was so creamy and appealing, it was hard to share. Dessert – a delicious lemon zucchini cake with crackle crust, and a feather light chocolate panna cotta that was the best version of this Italian pudding that I have ever had.
Service was both professional and relaxed, our waiter knowledgeable about the wine list. The free parking directly adjacent to the restaurant is a rare benefit in the South End.
Another reason to visit -the outdoor patio in it’s own courtyard, away from the street, is elegant and comfortable, surrounded by sculpture, greenery, and flower beds - an oasis in the city. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the interior takes full advantage of the building’s old brick factory architecture, with huge windows at each end of the room overlooking either the streetscape or the beautifully lit courtyard. The result is warmly rustic, a well finished space (no exposed duct work on the ceiling, etc.). I’m sure the finishing helps the acoustics - you can actually hear your dining companions speak!
We wish we’d discovered Cinquecento years ago, and are looking forward to returning very soon ...

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New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant outdoor space. Curious that server did not give us Restaurant Week menu until we asked. The RW menu was good value.

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1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this restaurant - one of my favorite spots in Boston. Service is always great, and and the food is fantastic. Highly recommend!

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New England
30 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great brunch options. Right next to SOWA market and studios.

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Miami
26 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An industrial type decor and the outside patio and entrance was charming but stairs to go into the dining area was a bit daunting especially in heels however.
The charcuterie plate was generous and their old fashion specialty cocktail was a nice start to the meal.My daughters ordered pasta dishes which were so flavorful
and my branzino was seared to perfection. The molten chocolate lava cake was the perfect ending to a fantastic meal! I highly recommend this very quaint little find.

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New England
50 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

This is a nice restaurant to look at and we thought eating in the garden looked wonderful and quiet. Unfortunately, it was a rainy night. The inside was extremely loud with several tables of shouting people. Very shrill! The pasta was delicious but other food not so good and it has a limited menu. The wine list wasn’t very interesting in the medium price range. I actually don’t plan on going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pretty good. Food is nice and service is awesome.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

It took us a long time to put in drink orders but we waited one hour to order our food because our waiter just forgot about us. By the time that we paid for our food, we had been there for almost 3 hours and in my opinion, that’s rather slow service. Yes, we were a large group and needed some time in the beginning to catch up but still, no one should have to wait one hour prior to being able to order food. The food, however, was delicious.

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JK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Great service.
As per our request, seated at a quite table.

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G
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Will be back!

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was friendly and efficient. The pasta dish was excellent; the swordfish was a bit thin and dry; in general the taste combinations were thoughtful and worked well. The ambiance was a bit noisy.We were there early and were seated in a corner, so it was not unpleasant (as I have found it to be in another restaurant with the same owners); later, or seated with other diners on all sides, I fear that we would not have enjoyed the evening nearly as much.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, nice menu, good quality ingredients are especially apparent in mushrooms, fish and salad. Good wine list. The service is ok but not as good as the food.

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New England
54 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was great and the energy and vibe was great especially on a Tuesday night!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

Service was awful. The place was not crowded and our entrees took longer an hour. Either our server or the manager lied to use about the holdup repeatedly. Even if there was a kitchen issue, after the first discussion with our server, it still took more than 30 minutes. They had every opportunity to say that our second drinks would be on the house, but they offered nothing. They ruined a nice evening.

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