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.
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
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
Have eaten here in the past and thought ...
Have eaten here in the past and thought the food was good. However, this time I was quite disappointed. We came for a Sunday brunch. The food was not hot nor was it even tasty except for the "ricotta balls' which are always good. The "special" was an exceptionally small portion of food and was served with a crusty dry bread. I must say that the server was attentive and friendly.
great meal. Restaurant has taken care o ...
great meal. Restaurant has taken care of the noise issue so it's possible to communicate with larger groups of friends without shouting while still feeling a good deal of energy and liveliness.
Food was great, including dessert and there's enough variety to satisfy folks with a wide range of tastes and preferences. Wine list is more than adequate and service is friendly without being annoying or officious. Strongly recommend.
We had asked for a relatively quiet tabl ...
We had asked for a relatively quiet table and they went out of their way to give us a great spot. Also, the bartender and waitstaff were particularly friendly and nice. Generous sized glasses of wine and a menu varied enough for fish or pasta lovers. And the parking was free!
We've eaten here a few times, and this w ...
We've eaten here a few times, and this was the best. The food is great: the octopus was perfect and the gnocchi were soft and amazing. The ambiance is romantic but lively. Wine list is a little pricey, but there are some great wines and the staff is willing to work within our price range. Great place!
I love Cinquecento and have been many ti ...
I love Cinquecento and have been many times, but this time was a little disappointing. My friend was a vegetarian, and I asked if any of the entrees could be alerted, to which the server said no. I kindly asked him to ask the chef and the chef said try this one pasta. While everything else was great, it felt that they were not willing to get even a little creative. Kind of a bummer.
Excellent service with extensive wine li ...
Excellent service with extensive wine list and tasty food is sure to please most for any occasion. enjoyed the fried artichoke hearts, beef Carpaccio and arugula salad. Seafood (Mussels, Scallops, Lobster Risotto and Sea Bass) were done to perfection. Italian pasta dishes also were tasty and satisfying. Outstanding service definitely stood out.
The restaurant had been recommended by a ...
The restaurant had been recommended by a close friend who suggested that it was one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston with convenient (free) parking. The atmosphere was great. It was a little noisy but not so bad that we could not carry on a conversation. The food was good, not great, particularly for the prices. Perhaps we chose the wrong items on the menu, but we asked the waitress for her suggestions first.
We probably will not run back here.
But it is certainly something that you should try, as it was packed on the Saturday night that we went!
Always love coming. Love the vibe, even ...
Always love coming. Love the vibe, even if it's a bit too loud sometimes.
Having free parking in Boston is an extra bonus.
The veal chop special was amazing. So tender. Wish it was a staple there.
Can never say enough how warm and friendly the staff is.
It's a nice space with ok pasta. I had C ...
It's a nice space with ok pasta. I had Carbonara which was ok but a far cry from a Roman Trattoria. I went there for brunch so maybe it's better on a normal day but realistically either you can or cannot make a good Carbonara.
This is an ok spot for American Italian food.
Made reservation for 5. Arrived - was g ...
Made reservation for 5.
Arrived - was greeted and promptly seated.
Place is very inviting- loft vibe.
Service was terrible. Server was very nice but obviously either overwhelmed or new. Took forever to come to table to take drink/juice coffee orders. Waited forever for him to return with weak coffee and a thimble of 1/2 and 1/2 that didn't even make it around the table. Never came back with juice or prosecco which we had to ask for again 35 minutes later.
Menu is appealing with lots of nice sounding brunch options. Order took a bit longer than you'd expect, but was accurate. Only beef was everything was lukewarm.
We also had to beg for coffee/water refills.
Manager or host bald guy with glasses was 10 feet away from us and never bothered to check on us - when it was obvious server needed help. He was crouched down behind podium for an unusually long period of time on his cell phone while restaurant seemed to sink around him.
Wanted to like it, but service was very poor. Ironically server asked us to complete survey??? Again he was super nice - just either new or NOT good.
This was my second visit since the resta ...
This was my second visit since the restaurant first opened a few years back and I enjoyed it even more. Cinquecento maintains an upbeat vibe that strikes a balance between casual and upscale dining. The service was very attentive and helpful and demonstrated enthusiasm for the menu items. The wine selection and prices were spot-on and we enjoyed the prosciutto and cheese 'salumi' prior to to our main meals which were the grilled sea bass special (for me) and Pollo al Mattone (for my husband). We'll certainly be back!
Cinquecento has become my 'go-to' restau ...
Cinquecento has become my 'go-to' restaurant when I eat out with friends. And this night's meal exceeded my expectations. I ordered the grilled octopus--which I always order--and it was, as always, delicious, if short on the taggiasca olives. Then I had a half-order of the fettuccine with mushrooms and truffle butter. It was worth every calorie--creamy, rich, flavorful...Perfect. My dining companion had the mushroom soup and the salmon and declared both delicious. As if this wasn't enough, thanks to our server, we ordered the Brussels Sprouts cacio e pepe. Don't miss these! And to drink we had a bottle of Vermentino from the very good list of Italian wines. I can't wait to go again...in only a few weeks.
We had heard great things about Cinquece ...
We had heard great things about Cinquecento and were excited to try it out for dinner. We had only been here for brunch which was a better experience then we had for dinner. First impression was it has a great atmosphere which I think is better for groups because it's really loud. Just a heads up if you're looking for a more quiet dining experience. We were greeted quickly and our appetizer and entree arrived quickly and then the service went down hill. It was very hot in the restaurant and at this point we wanted to leave because it was unbearably hot so we decided to order our dessert to go. The check was brought and we paid and waited a long time after for our dessert which was forgotten about. I finally had to get up and go find our server to see where our dessert was. He was apologetic and brought an additional dessert as an apology which was very nice of him. But overall the whole experience was kind of disappointing. I'm bummed because it's great that there is parking and it has a great atmosphere but the service we received for our brunch and dinner here was slow. Maybe we just had 2 bad visits but it probably won't be on our list to visit again.
Food was fantastic as usual. However, we ...
Food was fantastic as usual. However, we had 8 people, and were put in a 4-6 people table in a very tight area, not only that it was not very comfortable for us, we literally were blocking the servers bringing foods to other patrons. Two of our friends were getting married, we particularly brought them among other friends to Cinquecento for a good time, but the seating situation ended up disappoint us a little. Nonetheless, everyone still really enjoyed the foods, only wished that they would have handled the seating situation a little better.
I enjoyed the food and the ambience. Th ...
I enjoyed the food and the ambience. The service was a bit spotty, our server seemed really distracted. For example he walked by 4 times before initially asking us if we wanted a drink. A food runner dropped off the food then it was 7 minutes before he came by to ask us if we wanted pepper or anything.
My wife and I had a wonderful dinner her ...
My wife and I had a wonderful dinner here. The service from our waitress Julia was attentive and very helpful. The entrees were impeccably prepared and presented. We had two separate veal dishes and both were outstanding.
We have this as a definite return location when we revisit Boston.
We arrived at 9:50 for a 10 pm dinner re ...
We arrived at 9:50 for a 10 pm dinner reservation and sat at the bar to eat. We were told to hurry up because the kitchen closed in 5 minutes. Right after we ordered a woman sat down next to us and asked for a charcuterie plate and the bartender refused. She got up and left. I was amazed at how cold and off putting the staff were.
There was a lot of confusion when we sat ...
There was a lot of confusion when we sat down on who was waiting on us. Didn't have anyone stop at the table for about 15 minutes after we initially sat down. Once we placed our breakfast order (eggs), it took about 45+ minutes to receive when the restaurant was no where near full. Very weird experience.
Will never return. Pretty much the wors ...
Will never return. Pretty much the worst lackluster service I've ever experienced. We had to ask for bread, rarely was a drink refilled, no one ever checked with us re the food,...I could keep going, but there's not enough space to note how bad this experience was. Do yourself a favor and go elsewhere.
Food was outstanding! Servers were very ...
Food was outstanding! Servers were very accommodating. We had a new server being trained but there was another server shadowing him making sure he got everything right. They offered to split our soup appetizer (Corn soup- amazingly delish and served nice and hot) and dessert (gelatto/sorbet Salted caramel was SO GOOD!) so we could both get a taste. I would absolutely go back. Two minor critiques: Music was a little too loud for easy conversing. The mango ginger sorbet was our least favorite dish only because we couldn't really taste the ginger. Still delicious for mango sorbet though. (I'm starting to sound like a judge on a food TV show :-/ ) Great place to meet friends.
Trick was to eat alfresco, surrounded by ...
Trick was to eat alfresco, surrounded by lush green trees and tables spread apart. None of the inside high decibel cacophony. Quite romantic and country-like. Of course, when cold weather returns, it's back to the deafening noise. As a bonus, the food was very good.
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