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
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.
Great food and service. Just 2 small con ...
Great food and service. Just 2 small concerns - If you have Tripe on the menu - serve Tripe!
What was sold as Tripe as an Appetizer was NOT tripe. Either have it or take it off the menu.
The other menu items were outstanding including the Octopus Appetizer, the Whole fish special (best I've had over many Seafood restaurants) and the Pasta dishes. Wines by the glass were varied and good and reasonably priced.
When seated, asked for a corner seat so we both could have a nice view of restaurant activity. Hostess said they were very busy that night and both corner tables were "saved"
We came in at 7 and left at 8:45, NO ONE ever sat at the Saved tables!!!
Thanks for being a bit flexible for existing customers!
Otherwise a good dinner - the Saved patrons probably sat on the Patio since it was such a nice night.
Service was horrendous. Wasn't a busy ni ...
Service was horrendous. Wasn't a busy night, yet it seemed like everything took forever. The waiter didn't even come over once to ask how everything was. It took nearly 30 minutes just to get our drinks. Definitely will not be back.
We had reserved a table on Open Table. W ...
We had reserved a table on Open Table. When we arrived they wanted to seat us at the bar despite having several booths available. They said they said had several parties of 30 arriving and wanted to put us in a quieter area. We asked to be seated at a booth. The large parties never arrived and we were quite comfortable in the booth. Our waited was charming and knowledgeable and we enjoyed our meals very much.
We were celebrating our 30th anniversary ...
We were celebrating our 30th anniversary. We arrived for our table of 4, and enjoyed an outstanding dinner. The food was outstanding, especially the oysters and the sea bass. This is truly a gem in the South End. We will be back.
Came here to treat my dad birthday brunc ...
Came here to treat my dad birthday brunch with family. Waiter and waitress Service is pretty good but the reception was not friendly enough. Prefix brunch is good but portion is bit small. But wilL come again ! TY !
Great ambiance with fantastic food! Noi ...
Great ambiance with fantastic food! Noise level was good. We were able to have a nice conversation without hearing the conversation at the tables next to us. Service was good. We did have to ask for a few small things more than once (hence the four star instead of five) but still had good service.
Our experience started with the hostess ...
Our experience started with the hostess saying that she didn't have our reservation. The waiter smiled and was pleasant. However, he wasn't trained. He couldn't answer any questions about the wine or the food. He had to keep going into the kitchen to get answers. As a nice gesture, he said he would have the kitchen split our salad and put it on separate plates (we were sharing), when the salad came out he said 'I am sorry, the kitchen can't do that.' This back and forth continued throughout the meal with a lot of misinformation/ missteps. It ended with the waiter giving us the wrong check. The place was empty; the owners must be losing interest.
It was my first experience at this resta ...
It was my first experience at this restaurant, which came highly recommended. I am a pro chef, and many would assume that we would be hypercritical, given our skills and background. Actually, we tend to be forgiving, because we know how hard the business is, and at the end of the day, we'll tolerate a lot for the pleasure of having someone else do the work. with that said, Cinquecento has several things going for it - amazing space, indoors and outdoors, in a beautiful courtyard setting. Great servers; attentive without being cloying. The menu reads well, and has good variety. Negatives: the wine glass list was sub-par for a high end Italian eatery. I did not look at the bottle list. I ordered two items, the tartare and fettucine with mushrooms and herb-cream sauce, both of which were just poorly done. The tartare was scant portioned, inappropriately seasoned, and had what I think were dried onion bits mixed in which were unpleasant, and interfered with the taste of the beef. The pasta dish appeared to have been made an hour earlier, and perhaps had sat under a hot-hold lamp for some time. The exposed parts of the fettucine were starting to crust, and the sauce was all but non-existent, so the dish was dry. Seasoning was mediocre. Lastly, it was an expensive dinner - $240 for four before tip, only one of us had a meat entree, and only I had a second glass of wine - to wash down the dry pasta. No dessert. At those prices, one expects flawless cuisine. However, I am inclined to return and give it another try, largely because the atmosphere was so lovely, and also I know as a pro that even the best kitchens have off nights. Let's hope they redeem themselves when I return.
Food was great, service was not. Waited ...
Food was great, service was not. Waited 15min for drinks, then our appetizer and main courses arrived 2 minutes later all at once. The server was very confused when I asked why our apps and mains came out together. I would definitely go back for another try though. Great place for outside warm-weather dining.
We used to love this place and it was ha ...
We used to love this place and it was hard to get a reservation. Sadly, that's no longer true.
The waiter brought spoiled, curdled milk to the table for my coffee. When I sent it back, it took another 5 minutes to get a new coffee (which was tasty) and then did charge me for it.
The breakfast potatoes were hard as rock and clearly had been reheated from the previous day. My guy's eggs were only half-edible.
The patio is beautiful, and the host was kind in helping move umbrellas for sun coverage.
If you can't get the basics, like throwing out spoiled milk and comp'ing a bad dish, then the rest of the experience is kinda lost.
For someone watching their diet (in my c ...
For someone watching their diet (in my case, Weight Watchers), there's very few choices here. The only viable meal was the grilled chicken salad: green with some vinaigrette, and a chicken breast pounded flat and grilled. How boring.
Service was adequate, but there were only three parties in the restaurant. Unobtrusive service is nice, but this bordered on inattention.
HOWEVER, kudos to the bartender. I sampled my partner's Bloody Mary. Easily among the best I've ever had.
We got an email saying the restaurant wo ...
We got an email saying the restaurant would donate $5 to the Italian Red Cross for every Bucatini Amatriciana purchased and were really excited since that's one of our favorite dishes at Cinquecento! However, it wasn't on the menu and nobody at the restaurant had any idea about the promotion. Disorganized and disappointing - emails should be accurate, discussed at restaurant, or if they are going to be sent out before a promotion actually starts they should prominently include a start date. We definitely would not have come without the email as we had just eaten at the restaurant earlier in the week.
I had been to Cinquecento for dinner man ...
I had been to Cinquecento for dinner many times and really enjoy the food there. I decided to go for brunch with a group of friends since I always really enjoy the prix fixe brunch at Aquitaine and I saw that Cinquecento has one now too. When we first sat down we were not given the prix fixe menu and I went to ask someone for it and she didn't know what I was talking about. I finally asked our waiter for that menu and she brought over one for our party of 7. We then had to ask for her to bring that menu for all of us.
After we ordered, I expected to get coffee and juice right away as I usually get at Aquitaine. The juice finally came after 10 minutes and then the food came 15 minutes later but we still didn't have any coffee. We had to ask a few times and by the time we got our coffee we had been at the restaurant over 45 minutes. I would not recommend coming here for brunch and will stick to Gaslight and Aquitaine instead. The frittata and eggs we got from the menu were ok but pretty simple. The entrees on the main menu are probably better than what they served on the prix fixe.
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