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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
We checked in for our 7pm reservation on May 19th. I asked how long it would be to sit outside. I was told it would be 30-35 minutes, and we decided to wait for a patio table. I checked in after 30 minutes to get an updated quote. I was told it was going to be an additional hour. We decided we would sit inside immediately instead. Once inside we were not greeted by the server for 15 minutes. After we ordered we were able to flag the server down one more time for more water. He did not stop by our table again for an hour. Our entrees took an hour and a half to arrive. The manager was apologetic and brought out a salami plate to make it up to us. The salami plate didn't even arrive until after we had finally gotten and eaten our entrees. Salami is not particularly appetizing as a dessert. Overall it was an extraordinarily poor experience. I have been here twice before and had excellent experiences. I came back this time to celebrate completing a masters degree. Rather disappointing this time. The food was the only good part.
Cinquecento has very good if a bit upmarket Italian fare, neither arch-traditional nor shockingly nouvelle, but a fine compromise between the two. We tend to use the restaurant to meet particular friends who live in the South End; the range of antipasti suits extended conversation, and the range of primi and secondi piatti varies gently with the season while preserving a recognizable continuity. Pasta with funghi was delicious; a risotto was a bit more acid than we would ideally have preferred, but one understands the chef's intent. We have had the sea bass (bronzino) in the past and found it generally excellent. Very good, creamy panna cotta to finish was cleverly marketed to benefit a medical charity, easing the conscience and delighting the palate at the expense of the waistline. We shall most certainly return.
The room is lovely, and Cinquecento has a good menu, with well executed Italian favorites and updates. The wait staff was excellent, despite a surprisingly slow kitchen, especially on a Sunday night. The very slow service is the reason for fewer than 5 stars throughout. We'll definitely return to explore more items on the menu and know that we should not be in a hurry.
Despite the fact that the food is good and I had a wonderful previous experience dining here, this last time the service was horrible. Since we arrived the waitress who seemed to have no clue in what was she doing, took 20 minutes to finally take the order just for the drinks, then other 20 minutes to get the food order and then it seemed like she forgot to sent our food order because we waited more than 25 minutes between appetizers and entree. After the meal showed she never came back to check if we were ok. Her rude attitude was a disappointing experience and ruined the whole meal.
The meal was very bland, tasteless but, I guess this was the waitress' fault who forgot to send the order and they had to rush the cooking.
Ended up in the back corner of the restaurant which was great for the noise level (made it a little quieter which was nice) BUT because we were a bit hidden, the service was MUCH slower - it was almost like they forgot about us. Luckily, we weren't in a rush!
Great outdoor dining spot. Very nice drinks. Nice music. Great service.
On the downside, they try a bit too hard on the food. Some of the appetizers were "confused" with far too much going on. No need to go crazy on a plate of Bresaola... Italian food is amazing in its own right.
In general everything was fine. However, two people in our party had the Veal Milanese. Unfortunately, the presentation was very unappealing. It was a large dark brown piece of veal with some sort of white looking sauce that frankly looked overcooked and when eaten was somewhat dry tasting. Turned out not to be a good choice of entree.
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!
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