Trattoria Emilia

4.7
559 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Trattoria Emilia is an authentic Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal produce and fresh pasta. Head chefs Francesco Rota and Luca Flammia hail from Modena in Emilia Romagna.

At Trattoria Emilia we seasonally change the menu and source a large majority of our produce from regional Victoria, our meat is organic and sustainably grown in Tasmania and Victoria and we import some of the best Italian DOC products. Some dishes that are not to be missed are our Tortelloni Emiliani and the crowd favourite salumi misti with gnocco fritto and tigelle served with mortadella mousse.

Rustic, yet refined, Trattoria Emilia boasts fantastic ambience, attentive and professional service whilst all the while remaining a great casual dining spot perfect for a quick lunch, a long relaxing dinner with friends and has always been a romantic date spot.

Experiences

  • Dinner: Chef's choice, 5 courses for 90$

    A$90.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Instead of the 80$ menu, you can let the experienced hands of our head chefs guide you through a 5-course degustation menu. You will be starting with a selection of antipasti inspired by Emilia's tradition, followed by homemade pasta and locally sourced meats, finishing your meal with either dessert or cheese. All dinner reservations will be allocated a 2 hour seating time. By booking a table with us, you confirm all diners attending are fully vaccinated (double dose) and will be providing evidence on arrival. See the services Australia website to obtain your proof of vaccination. It is your responsibility to inform all guests attending with you of this requirement.
  • Dinner: choose from our menu 3 courses for $80.

    A$80.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    $80 per person For dinner bookings we will be offering a compulsory $80 three-course menu, with your choice of entree, main and dessert. A la carte available at lunch or early dinner (5/5,30pm), please contact the restaurant for bookings. All dinner reservations will be allocated a 2 hour seating time. Please note that we will be opening in line with the state regulations and the mandates of the Chief Health Officer. By booking a table with us, you confirm all diners attending are fully vaccinated (double dose) and will be providing evidence on arrival. See the services Australia website to obtain your proof of vaccination. It is your responsibility to inform all guests attending with you of this requirement.
  • A la carte: Wednesday night and lunches

    Multiple dates available

    Only on Wednesday night and for lunch on Thursday and Friday, you can enjoy our a la carte menu. Order as much as you like, great selection of antipasti, homemade pasta, locally sourced meat, and fish and desserts for every taste. Please note that we will be opening in line with the state regulations and the mandates of the Chief Health Officer. By booking a table with us, you confirm all diners attending are fully vaccinated (double dose) and will be providing evidence on arrival. See the services Australia website to obtain your proof of vaccination. It is your responsibility to inform all guests attending with you of this requirement.
  • A la Carte

    Multiple dates available

    Only on Wednesday and for lunch on Thursday and Friday, you can enjoy our a la carte menu. Order as much as you like, great selection of antipasti, homemade pasta, locally sourced meat, and fish and desserts for every taste. Please note that we will be opening in line with the state regulations and the mandates of the Chief Health Officer. By booking a table with us, you confirm all diners attending are fully vaccinated (double dose) and will be providing evidence on arrival. See the services Australia website to obtain your proof of vaccination. It is your responsibility to inform all guests attending with you of this requirement.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
What 559 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner was great don’t miss this place good food great service

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Renata
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This hidden little gem is up there with my fave Italian restaurants. Food is always beautiful, and the service excellent.

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KathyIR
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a lunch quiet Christmas lunch. The waitress was attentive. Understandably it was during Covid times so odd things happening all around us. LOL. But I would defo recommend this place.
I'd like to emphasise the building. This is one of those old Melbourne institutions, located within a blue stone facade with vintage steel frame windows and fluted glass pane. High ceiling and exposed services. A wine cabinet showing all the classy wine collections. The ambience is spot on! Crisp white linen, just a good setup for a classy company lunch or impress a date.

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OliverW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such lovely ambience, professional and friendly service with personality. Would recommend to friends without hesitation!

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ArjunP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Painfully average food. At that price point I would go somewhere else.

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PithB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Italian restaurant! Serves up delicious rustic dishes with modern twist! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 5 course chefs special meal and it was totally amazing!!! We were given food we would not normally have ordered and loved it. The ambience was lovely and the wait staff were also amazing. It was so good to spend the evening here enjoying good food, wine and company! We will be back!

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nickg
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a genuine Italian experience. take the chef's selection and try dishes in smaller portions you may not have tried all different and none disappointing. exceptional international wine list and interested, knowledgeable staff.

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William
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and charming service. Emilia shows owner-operated restaurants are the best. I will be back

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Bryan
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service as always. Emilia's is a gem!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was nice, everything was really good!

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PeterI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu & ambiance! Matteo looked after us as always!

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TanyaV
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Trattoria Emilia. Food was delicious, great service & the 5 course degustation was great value for the quality of the dishes.
Will definately be back again soon!

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FionaA
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Beautiful dining with friends or a romantic night out.

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Paul
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Our previous visits were all excellent, but this one was very disappointing. The food was bland and mediocre, the service slow (there was a very large group, presumably a Christmas party, which probably contributed to this), and then another group of merry-makers in the bar more or less screaming at each other, which made it difficult to carry on any kind of conversation.

Hopefully this was just a one-off bad evening. We might try again after the holidays....

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rodw
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply loved everything about this restaurant. Good for couple or groups.
Atmosphere akin to a European restaurant and food was outstanding.
I have a new favourite place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food and wine are very good but the hospitality is very rude. Restaurant advertising sign not clearly visible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new favourite! Great food, great wine, great service and great atmosphere! 10/10

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YokoG
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good and quick service

Staff were very intuitive and catered to your requests with patience and thoughtfulness.

Food was excellent quality !

Would definitely come back again!

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CateK
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful beautiful food, everyone’s dietary requirements were cared for without any fuss. Lovely and professional service, great place to catch up with friends or family.

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LoreenJ
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Tortellini was superb, as always. So glad this restaurant survived the lockdowns. Always a special place to go when we're in Melbourne

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vipRachelB
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta in Melbourne!

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NickiB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bravo. A delicious meal. The tortellini was amazing.

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trattoria Emilia is always a great dining experience.

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AngelikaM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was good, entree was a tasty and generous cold platter however I opted for a vegetarian option after so much meat and it did not live up to expectations and the annanas desert was disappointing. My daughter faired a little better with her choices but on the whole was underwhelmed. It was a shame to be forced into a 3course meal.
I have been before but probably not again if a three course menu is the only option.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and always a pleasure

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and ambience! reminds me of europe. a very intimate setting lovely for a friend outing or even a romantic dinner. I will definitely be back for the prosciutto mortadella tortelloni, that was honestly mind blowing.

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JemmaT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. Was totally catered to, had meals shared between us and was allowed to change courses. Will definitely be back!!!

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AliE
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, very generous and definitely will be coming back!

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Paul
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once through the door of Trattoria Emilia you are transported to another time and place. The perfect food, wine and warmth of your hosts will have you coming back again, and again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless experience every time. Feels like a slice of Roma in a Melbourne back street. Can't beat it.

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TaylahL
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always amazing! I will keep on going back

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AnthonyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Incredibly generous and authentic.

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Alvin
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went in blind and Ricardo recommended me an amazing wine to go with my chef's selection 5 course meal.

Absolutely worth it. I will be returning with or without friends.

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Paul
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, service and ambience. A gem in CBD dining.

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FrankC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended... will be going again, and again.

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vipNancyG
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly amazing, the fresh bread at the start, the service, and most importantly the food! The food was so delicious, i could have ordered another main. Wine selection was great. Overall, service was so good and very nice waiters. Will make this my new place to go - great spot for business lunches.

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EmilV
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Federica en eccellente cameriera. Plin e un piatto superiore. Limoncello e grappa ottimi, forse la porzione potrebbe essere piu grande.

Trattoria Emilia e uno dei miglliori ristorantai italiani in Melbourne.

Emil e Payricia

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EricE
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We very much enjoy Trattoria Emilia for the beautiful food without a pretentious attitude.
We look very much to returning as often as possible. Best of luck in these difficult times.

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GillianS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time visit to Emilia. Great New York Italian restaurant style vibe. Ordered salt cod croquettes. Pleasant but found the sauce a little "claggy". Pulpo was small but nice however I was hoping for that real char-grilled blackened Octopus style and it wasn't that. Loved the special pasta of Tortollini with black truffle and ricotta. Yummo! wine was superb. Overall very enjoyable dining experience. Will be back.

FAQs

Trattoria Emilia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9670 7214.

Trattoria Emilia is rated 4.7 stars by 559 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.