Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

4.5
1097 reviews
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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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Toronto
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and it was a good as I remember.
This will be my go to place when I’m up in Boston.

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KG
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in Boston! The service is always fantastic as is the food!

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was outstanding - I always sort the same dish but our lovely bar server recommended the lobster linguine special - it was great!

The staff is always very friendly and helpful - the manager came by to make sure we were happy and actually helped us pick out a table for next visit with out of town guests we happene to mention to her earlier in the evening. Excellent experience as always!

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BC
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hubby and I went to celebrate Valentine’s day and each had a cocktail, a pasta dish, a side dish and dessert for 88 dollars. A bit pricey but nothing unexpected for Boston and VERY much worth it. My husband’s pasta (the sausage rigatoni) is one of the most flavorful pasta dishes we’ve had in Boston (North End included) and our cocktails were both incredible. The service was prompt and accurate. We were immediately seated at our reservation time and had our waters refilled before we could even pick up the bottle ourselves. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The food was bland, the service was bad & I had to send a drink back. Need I say more? Disappointing as it is a beautiful restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time - loved it!

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cinquecento has a great ambience, service, and good prices. Definitely recommend the Fennel Sausage Rigatoni. You just can’t go wrong with this restaurant.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation but had to wait about 15 minutes for our table, it was Valentine’s Day and super busy so it wasn’t a problem at all. Our waitress was very kind, upbeat, and attentive but not overbearing. Despite it being a busy night, the service was quick and our drinks came out almost immediately.

We ordered the Prosciutto di parma, Spaghetti con polpo all’amatriciana, Tagliatelle alla bolognese, and Rosa picante (cocktail). I thought my partners spaghetti was the better dish but he thought my bolognese was better so you can’t go wrong with either of these choices. Overall we both enjoyed the night and I’ll definitely be adding this restaurant to my list of places to eat.

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish an amazing dining experience. The greeting as we entered was welcoming. The 2 beers we had at the bar fairly priced. Our table by the window was romantic. The service was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was delicious. I proposed to my now fiancé this night and we were congratulated with complimentary glasses of Prosecco from the General Manager. A wonderful night in a fantastic restaurant.

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent wait service

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A
New England
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The food is excellent and the staff treats all the guests exceptionally well. Our waiter Willy was wonderful - attentive, thoughtful, engaging and knowledgeable. Thank you for a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner!

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SH
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine list! Willy was our server and was fantastic!

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JL
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cinquecento Roman Trattoria is a great place to dine -- for special occasions or just night out on the town. The space is absolutely stunning, the service is top-notch, and the food is always delicious and innovative.

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SM
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were warmly welcomed and escorted to our table - a wonderful setting for a mini-reunion! Our server was fantastic & the food was yummy - thank you!

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CS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time visiting and still one of favorites in Boston. Everything was fabulous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement dinner for colleague

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DL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fennel sausage pasta was good!

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SM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This place is so cool inside and the service was great, but our food unfortunately came cold and without everything it was supposed to have. It also got even colder as we sat waiting for the side to come—wish they could have taken it back to heat as we waited

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! Wait staff was accommodating and energetic!

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

My favorite Italian place in Boston! Really cool location and decor. Great Drink Menu as well

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

our waiter was amazing. he did an amazing job. the food also was very good but quite expensive. it was worth the price and absolutely italian!!

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C
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My 3 friends and I went to CinquCento for a birthday celebration. It was super crowded and a lot of tables with very large parties - tight seating and loud. Three of us ordered the saltimboca and it was very good and creative. My dinner arrived cold (there's was luke warm) so i sent mine back . . .by the time my dinner arrived back, my friends were finished. We still enjoyed our dinner and time together but I was disappointed with the noise, crowd and my cold dinner .

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always.....truly one of my favorite restaurants in Boston.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good and service were great....
Music too loud to conduct conversation...

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Dinner was lovely.. We arrived late, but they were very gracious. Food was solid - some of it better than other dishes, staff were great, and we were able to have a relaxed dinner.. We dine their often - always satisfied

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

Warm trendy restaurant with a very welcoming staff and great menu. This time I had wi e but I will plan ahead next time by choosing one of the specialty cocktails to enjoy. We were ina booth, perfect for date night.

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PV
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We got seated in the Bart which was over the top loud. Had to ask 3 times to turn down the Latin music. They did then kept turning it back up. I hate to be that annoying couple but it was horrible. All the food was very good though I must say. Service was little slow but the people are all nice.

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1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, although rather expensive. Service was excellent and the restaurant was easily accessible and we paid $10 for parking in the adjacent lot. It was very loud inside.

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f
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Family dinner out. Ordered the veal chop. Extremely disappointed. It was the last meal served to the table. I had no utensils and had to find a waiter to get some. The chop was quite thin and the polenta it was served on was cold. Not cool, but cold. For $38 It was shameful.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Stuffed into a table next to an isle, people kept bumping into us throughout the meal. Service was decent enough, but the food was terrible. Dry carbonara, and an absolutely flavorless Salmon. Time to find a new Chef.

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Honestly love this place but they had a private party and were unable to serve the private party downstairs and the dining room upstairs simultaneously. We ordered apps and entrees together, took 35 minutes to get our appetizers which were cold, It took about an hour to get our entrees some were very hot some were cold. Maybe the worst service I’ve ever gotten at a restaurant.

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H
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

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AD
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing fresh pasta dishes and cool atmosphere. The wine list is limited in comparison to other Italian restaurants, but they have a good selection if you're not picky!

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r
New England
40 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner With our son

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

Everything was great! Excellent service and food was awesome. Would highly recommend for brunch or dinnner!

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

Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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S
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had to wait a bit for my table, but the Maitre d’ was charming and kept us aware of the progress in our wait.

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r
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent food. Wait staff was far far overworked, but not unfriendly although clearly frazzled. No one ever checked with us if we wanted drinks refilled (that must be a particularly costly omission for a restaurant), or how our food was, or if we needed bread or water refills (we got bread after flagging down miscellaneous staff twice), or even said they hoped we enjoyed the evening after we finally got the bill. Took a long time to get waited on, and took a long time to get food after we ordered. Very friendly table-clearer tried to take my dish when I finished even though the rest of the party was still eating. That at least was an amicable exchange as we gently explained the proper etiquette to her.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Awful experience.

It took one hour to get our main courses and we had to send them all back. The steak was overcooked, the salmon was under cooked and skirt steak was cold. Even thought waiter was nice and tried his best, he was clearly overwhelmed. The manger was not pleasant and after 2 hours we could not wait to get out of there.

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JP
New England
44 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, good pricing

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