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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
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 ambiance here is lovely and the service is always great, but I've had two disappointing meals in a row, and I'm not super demanding or picky of restaurants. Yesterday, we paid $18 for some polenta (which I think was actually grits) with two plain fried eggs and then a skewer with 5 little shrimp that weren't well seasoned or even really throughly grilled. It was so underwhelming and almost not enough food.
My two friends and I came for one of our birthdays last night. The decor and style is a little industrial but modern as well, and nice and spacious. The host and waitresses were very friendly and attentive. We started with cocktails, carpaccio and ricotta Fresca, all were amazing. Do yourself a favor and get the bolognese!!! Perfect portion! If we weren't going out in Boston after I would have gotten one to take home for later it was that good. We followed that with the chocolate budino, and I can't even describe how delicious that was. I literally cannot wait to return here.
Loved this from the moment we walked in! It was a Saturday night and a bit crowded as we walked up the stairs but 2 incredibly helpful hosts greeted us. They showed us to 2 bar seats where the bartender said hello and took an order within seconds. That is how the entire night went. Service was perfect, attentive but not all over you. Atmosphere was hip and comfortable, the food was fantastic, and the noise level energetic but we could carry on a full conversation. There were just 2 of us, so we ended up eating at the bar (recommended by the host) as I think the tables for 2 aren't all that private. Tables for 4 or more look much more inviting. We will definitely be back!
I have eaten brunch and dinner there numerous times and yesterday all 8 of us were extremely disappointed with the server who seemed out of it and rushing us. He didn't come back to refill our drinks and coffee. We all had brunch - some of us complained that the salad was way to salty, some ordered an omelette with cheese and there was no cheese! One other person got their dish and it was lukewarm. My husband got an egg dish with the home fries option and there was only 3 slices of home fries where everyone else got on average 6-7 slices of home fries. I realize we should have mentioned something yesterday, but Im letting you know now. It appears as if the restaurant is going down hill which is sad because it used to be one of my favs.
Nice and very friendly wait staff. Restaurant looked fantastic aesthetically, and the wait staff were very attentive and delivered our appetizers and entrees with great time spacing despite having a full house. Food was a bit pricey, portions are just a tad small, but was delicious. All in all, very good food, just pricey. Great spot for an anniversary or birthday.
Wonderful food - we had a salumi platter that was generous, the octopus was incredible and hard to beat. Also enjoyed the gnocchi con coniglio and the lamb. The noise level was more than I expected, but okay. Would definitely return for the quality of the food.
The seating area on the far end of the bar is much too crowded too enjoy the type of dining experience for which one makes a reservation. It may be perfectly suited to diners that walk in and choose to dine rather than wait. However, the rowdy bar patrons made conversation with my wife challenging and the space limitations left the server unable to navigate the tables readily. While I thoroughly enjoyed the food I almost don't want to visit again out of fear that we'll get squeezed into a corner again.
Food was great overall. Bolognese was a touch overcooked but salumi board was spot on! Server was unprofessional and too comfortable and lacked personality via the menu (read all specials via a notebook) should have specials memorized for your level of service. Ambiance was very quiet but we were one of only a few tables in house and I found it odd that with an empty restaurant they sat us in a corner and then put a table right next to us very close. Not sure why they can't utilize the entire space but it disrupted the potential for a better atmosphere. Most likely utilizing less servers and didn't think to split up their sections. Water service was meek at best. Bathrooms were filthy dirty which again is odd because it was a slow night. Think we just caught the typical slow night in a store with lack of focus the food will make me return but not rushing back.
Great drinks and great food. We tried a few appetizers and all were amazing, especially the fried artichokes and mussels, which had just the right amount of spice. All the pastas were cooked perfectly. Also love the fact that they have free validated parking at the lot next door, so it's a great place for friends to meet up from all over town.
I have enjoyed Cinquecento multiple times in the past and therefore planned an outing with my work group there. Unfortunately due to traffic and unforeseen circumstances, different parts of our group came in at different times AFTER the reservation. However, the staff were great and had pre-set an area of the bar for us so we didn't waste a table waiting (my request). They were completely courteous about our discourtesy of not getting there on time. The service was prompt, the cocktails were amazing and we all had a great night. I would recommend for brunch or dinner and for special events or just a casual night out! Thank you for a great night! Bryan
Awesome experience from start to finish.
Host was very friendly and accommodating allowing us to be seated a little early.
Make a reservation the place is hopping!
Our server was awesome full menu knowledge had great wine pairing suggestions.
Very different cocktail menu a must check out.
Dinner - hands down get the braised boar pasta dish!
Can't wait to go back!
Despite having a reservation booked over a month in advance, we were asked if we didn't mind sitting at the bar instead of a table. When we said we preferred a table, the host was visibly displeased and reluctantly sat us. Other than this uncomfortable start to the evening, the experience was fabulous. The food and drinks were to die for and our waitress was kind and attentive.
I booked the table a month in advance. While many people were seated at spacious tables we were crammed into a cafeteria style table. There was a space heater behind my boyfriend which made it very hot. Our waitress seemed annoyed we were there. We waited 15 minutes for our first round of drinks, and needed to ask her if we could have bread--even though I have been here several times and this is standard. It seemed like there were more people working there than dining there--yet everyone seemed angry and it felt impossible to get anyone's attention. The food, however, was excellent. Both the appetizer and the main course were perfect 10s, and the dessert was great. Also, the runner brining is out meal and bussing our table was quick and friendly.
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