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About Cinquecento Roman Trattoria
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.
Boston, MA 02118
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
between Waltham and East Berkley Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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.
Cinquecento Roman Trattoria Ratings and Reviews
The food is excellent, the ambience really great, and two pro tips - FREE parking! And you can order half portions of the pasta. The service, however, was lackluster and the waiter took forever.. plus, when he gave us change, he gave it in large bills and never came back, forcing us to tip much more than we had planned - but we need to leave eventually. That felt kind of shady.
Fantastic experience. The for was outstanding and there is a reasonably priced and very high end wine list. The waiter was knowledgable and efficient. The food was superb with an extensive menu of familiar Italian items along with nuanced specials and appetizers. The room was packed and rather noisy which is a major issue and would strongly recommend reservations.
Second time here... They got us to a great table with short notice so that was much appreciated! The food was good, just a touch salty for my taste, but still pretty good. The tiramisu was EXCELLENT though, maybe the best I've ever had?! The service was outstanding though, our waiter was so friendly and hit the sweet spot of being attentive but not overbearing. We definitely will be coming back!
My wife and I were in town to celebrate our 45th anniversary. When I booked my reservation, I made note of the occasion. When we arrived, I mentioned to our server Phil of the occasion to which he replied, "I know". We started with complementary glasses of Proseco. After our starter, Phil brought us a special bite made by the chef for the occasion. We had two visits by the manager Jamie, who was so pleasant and welcoming. Our food was delicious, my wife had the chicken and I had the squid pasta with clams. As we left, we received another special gift from Jamie and Phil. The restaurant has been open for many years but there was no lessening in the quality of the service and food. Everything was great! Some reviews complained about the noise level, but we found the level to be consistent with any busy city restaurant, what you would call a "buzz". Thank you Jamie and Phil for making our special event very special.
My son lives nearby so we tried Cinquecento for the first time about a year ago and have been back several times since. The food is terrific, the menu changes seasonally and there are always delicious options. FREE parking right next to the restaurant is a wonderful bonus! This time we had Santiago as a server and he was fantastic: just the right amount of attention, very knowledgeable about the menu and a very nice guy. We will be back!
We were a group of 8 having dinner after an event on nearby Harrison Avenue. Cinquecento Roman Trattoria was packed with people having a good time, including a a group of ladies in the bar boisterously celebrating a birthday. The noise level was very high. The restaurant was very busy, and though we arrived promptly for our reservation we had to wait almost 20 minutes for our table. Luckily our table was in a back corner upstairs, where we could hear each other once we were seated. The waiter was very attentive, and handled our drink and meal orders with efficiency and attention. I ordered the Rigatoni with Italian Sausage with Fennel. It was absolutely delicious, the rigatoni al dente, the sauce very flavorful. I ate every piece, and I would order it again. Our table of 8 was served all at the same time, from big trays, which I really admired - old style service. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and small carafe of Montepulciano . The food is worth the visit, the service is top notch. Don't go if you don't like loud restaurant.
I have been to restaurants in the Aquitaine group many of times and this was the poorest experience that I have had at any restaurant in Boston in the past 4 years:
- Food: Do not get the Bolognese, not only is it $27 a plate but it was all pasta and no meat substance.
- Service: When we politely provided feedback that the Bolognese was not up to standards our server advised that he would remove it from the bill. Two minutes later a manager slyly came over and asked us how our service was to which we said it was fine since we already reported our issue to our server. When the bill came, the charges were still on it and at that point a third person at the restaurant came over and began interviewing us for the reasons why we didn't like the bolognese. After she removed it from the bill and we gave our credit card, our server was so upset that it was removed that he deliberately threw our credit card outside and a manager happened to find it outside by the door and only returned it to us when we went to the bar to look for it.
- Overall I will never attend this restaurant location and do not recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun family meal. My family of 8 was at this dinner and instead of having a relaxing and fun dinner to remember, we will always associate this restaurant with this horrible experience. My advice to this restaurant is that "the customer always comes first" and that they should be training all staff in accordance to this to ensure these types of situations are avoided in the future.
The food is very authentic and very good; but the portions are small...not what you expect from Italian. The atmosphere is OK...the place is not sure what it wants to be...a warehouse/loft? a Romanesque theme? a family-style Italian setting?
Great time. Friendly service, though a bit slow. We weren't in any rush, so was ok.
Negroni was disappointing, especially considering the place is decorated in Campari bottles.
Food was solid, though my fra diavolo had no heat.
I'd go back given the entire package of food, atmosphere, etc..
We were there for a family dinner. The food was great! Cocktails could have been a little better! You need bleu cheese stuffed olives for dirty martinis. The only thing we didn't like was the very loud music. It would be great for late night partying, but for dinner, it shouldn't be so loud, it was distracting.
The fried artichokes to start were a tasty and unusual treat. A few were high in the roughage area and required some significant chewing to get down, but they were so tasty and different they were gone in a few minutes with people picking up every one of the loose leaves.
The Tri-Color house salad and the kale with honey lemon dressing were both fresh and flavorful.
For dinner, my Sunday special, the house version of braciole was delightful. Fork tender beef in a full-bodied tomato-based sauce with plenty of ziti. It's like my mother would make if she were a gifted Italian chef. At the other side of the table, the Gnocchi came in a zesty sauce accented by lemon and olives. The only let down was the spaghetti with crab which turned out to be okay, but not as tasty as it seemed it should be. Compared to the oohs and aahs coming from the other plates the third in our party felt a little left out. We tasted, sympathized and shared our dishes (but not too much).
The other let down was the service. It was not bumbling, horrible, but for a restaurant of this caliber it was very rough around the edges. Even though it was not overly busy we found ourselves on several occasions futilely trying to catch the eye of a server. When things did arrive, they appeared out of nowhere with no explanation or table presentation. This was particularly surprising when both our salads and entrees arrived on the same tray. The kitchen runner who brought them to the table was clearly not trained to present them and saw no reason to explain why we went from sitting and waiting to getting both simultaneously. Which do you eat first, the hot stuff while it's still hot or the delicious salad that you were expecting up front?
It was all the more notable because we had just eaten a week earlier at the sibling restaurant up the street where we had remarked at what a wonderful job they did romancing the food. Not so much here.
Food was decent but the service was horrible. We waited over 45 minutes for our table and that was with a reservation! The waiter never asked us for our drink order and we had to request water repeatedly. He did not stop by our table to check on our meals until we were almost finished. Also, I noted on my reservation that it was a special occasion, someone's birthday… And it was never acknowledged. Why bother informing them if they're not going to do anything about it?
The atmosphere was cool and it was nice to have free parking, but after this experience, I would not return nor will I recommend it to anyone else.
Have been to Cinquecento several times and have been very pleased with the quality of the food and service. I went today to celebrate my birthday and my partner and I waited over 40 minutes for our food. My partner ordered the Brodetto and was so disappointed to see the small amount of fish that was on his plate. Our server was very busy with several larger tables and, rightfully so, seemed very stressed. To be fair she did not charge us for the fish but my partner left dinner hungry. Definitely felt like we were overlooked because we were a smaller party. This was not a good night for Cinquecento and us.
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