About Cinquecento Roman Trattoria
Boston, MA 02118
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
I booked the table a month in advance. W ...
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.
Seating was not too comfortable position ...
Seating was not too comfortable positioned next to other two person tables in noisy room. Neighbors were clearly listening in to our ordering and conversation given their proximity and even laughed and reacted to things we said. Waiter and staff seemed new (2 said it was their first night) and did not know the menu well. No gluten free menu. Oysters were very large and could only order set of 5, not individually. No oyster accouterments were available like cocktail sauce. Fun atmosphere, just needs some work on the soft skills of the staff and the menu could use some enhancements.
Friday night outing! We made a reservati ...
Friday night outing! We made a reservation, but since they had no table ready the Host suggested (shouting, since it was so loud there, and not with any noticeable music but with voices) that we get water or coffee at the bar. What?? Did he mistake us for Mormons? We went out instead to visit a gallery, this is a great neighborhood for that. When we returned we got a very dark corner table for two and a smiling waiter with a good shouting voice. We shouted our questions and order. It was hard to focus in this environment. Our appetizer was pear on ricotta on bruschetta, which sounded ok but to me was inedible. Mushy, vinaigary. The bread served to all diners Was exquisite, but the accompanying olive oil was bland so we salted it. My dinner was sea bass, which came with a few leaves of greens and a few lovely mushrooms. The fish was deliciously tender, but its sauce was overwhelmingly salty. My husband had pasta with venison, which he said he continued eating only because he was hungry; the pasta was not al dente but undercooked. I thought a quick trip to the rest room would give me a minute of peace, but the loud, pumped in music was some form of psychotic panpipes disco, which further scrambled my senses. I don't think this is my kind of place, though from the crowd it looked very happening.
We have had dinners and brunch and reall ...
We have had dinners and brunch and really like this restaurant. On the last occasion, our service was less than expected. Twice the wrong item was brought to the table and on each instance, the server took the incorrect item back and it took some time for the correct item to be delivered. He might have left the mistaken item as I don't think it could be used, or made some adjustment to the bill. Neither happened. just seems like good practice. That being said, we would still recommend this restaurant as the food is outstanding.
Another excellent experience at our favo ...
Another excellent experience at our favorite Italian restaurant in Boston! I continue to be impressed by the consistency in Cinco's service, food, wine and ambiance. I love that we can park in the back and avoid circling the block for hours in the busy south end as well.
Most importantly, they offer half dishes, which are great if you are not completely hungry and is secretly a great way you and friends can try a bunch of different entrees. Since the last time we were there, they changed their Vongole to a squid ink linguine, which the waitress was very flexible to change to a regular linguine for me.
Cinquecento's menu is always a delight, ...
Cinquecento's menu is always a delight, so many things I want to try, but not overwhelming. Every dish I've tried is better than expected and their salumi, in particular, merits special praise. The service is excellent--better on weeknights, when they're not so packed, but solid even at busy times--and their staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
We came here for brunch before and the p ...
We came here for brunch before and the pastries were excellent and the food was well-crafted. We decided to try the blueberry french toast and it was one of the best I ever had. The ricotta added a nice touch and it wasn't overly sweet. The bread was soft on the inside and a little crunchy on the edges, perfect!
Really enjoyed my experience. Waiter was ...
Really enjoyed my experience. Waiter was fantastic, food was excellent, the general manager stopped by and we had a lovely conversation. Didn't love our table, which was jammed next to a walkway, but otherwise a stellar experience.
excellent service, setting and quality o ...
excellent service, setting and quality of food. Each of the pastas are wonderful and the chicken dish is the best in the city (imho). Also try the mussels if you like them. They do a really nice job. Our waiter Willy was outstanding.
One of my favorite restaurants in Boston ...
One of my favorite restaurants in Boston and usually my husband and I rave about it. On this specific occasion we were put off by the service. Our server was moderately friendly at best and forced us to put in our full order (apps salad dinner etc) at one time claiming that the chef was making them. For a couple who enjoys a night away from our kids only a few times a year, this was very off putting. Aside from this, food and atmosphere were great per usual.
Food and service were excellent. The tab ...
Food and service were excellent. The tables for 2 were crammed together. You could hear everyone else's conversations. We were elbow to elbow. The drinks and food made up for the cramped atmosphere. Scallops are amazing.
This was our first time coming for brunc ...
This was our first time coming for brunch and it was terrific! We were well taken care of and loved the food. The pastry basket was a highlight!! Great, professional server and very welcoming host and hostess. Can't wait to return.
I love the lively yet comfortable feel o ...
I love the lively yet comfortable feel of Cinquecento. I will definitely return to try more dishes. The octopus was delicious as an appetizer and the pasta is always amazing. Service was excellent and friendly, great cocktail and wine list.
The lighting was a bit too dim to read t ...
The lighting was a bit too dim to read the menu, and I have really good eyes.
Also, I've eaten here about 5 times over the past few years, and the only reason I don't frequent it more often is always because of the service. It's just consistently poor. The entrees came out before the appetizers, and the wine came out after everything. It just always seems like a restaurant of novice serving staff, not what you'd expect from a place that looks so high end, both in its decor and it's menu.
Front of the house just needs to improve!
Everything about the place was excellent ...
Everything about the place was excellent but it was Christmas Eve and the restaurant was far too hot. Many of the diners were uncomfortable that night including me. They need to pay closer attention to that as it may things much less enjoyable than they should have been.
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