Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

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$30 and under
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Italian
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 Italian wine list, award-winning cocktails, a secluded outdoor patio, and a private dining 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.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food1service3ambience5

Amazing ambiance but food was horrible. Don’t get the pasta here; we tried two kinds and they all tasted like microwave food.. the pasta was lumpy as if it sat in the kitchen for too long then reheated.

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our second time there (and first since approx 2016). Very much a loud, popular, busy Saturday night place. Service was fine, if a bit slow. Food was delayed coming out but server apologized for lengthy wait for appetizers. Pasta was good, not great. My wife's was under cooked, mine was cooked properly. Perhaps would be a better place on a weeknight when it's not as mobbed. Prices are very high for what you get, even when accounting for location (South End). Overall, not awful, but not much that really stood out apart from the back-lit Campari/Aperol towers. Can't comment on the drinks, though.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great!! Service was slow. Got our coffees after our food, never got additional sauce requested. Great vibe. Would give another chance!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant could not honor our reservation. They couldn’t sit us down for another hour – hour and a half. In addition, the host was extremely rude to us. Did not apologize for not being able to accommodate us.

AQ
New York Area
138 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful setting with tightly spaced tables. Good service and hearty Roman inspired dishes. Very good wine list, but little value. Bottles all have high mark-ups and some wildly marked up. Our salads and dinners were spot on - full of flavor and perfectly seasoned.

JZ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Bruschetta was disappointing the night we went. Was better in prior visits.

F
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The grilled octopus is terrific as was the linguine a la fungus. The wait did not seem to know the wine menu or the food that well although he was friendly.

Atmosphere was very pleasant but service was spotty.- waiter spilled a few things...but the space is great, the Duper Tuscan was quite nice.

Needs a bit of work—

j
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portion sizes great . Branzino was lovely

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christine invited us to have a delicious dinner at your restaurant. We had fun, ambiance was great and we all loved the food.
thank you,
Joan Needham

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Took a long time to have our food arrive. The dishes were bland and flavorless. I ordered the faro with artichoke and asparagus and it was really quite tasteless. Others mentioned the same for their dishes.

K
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like the atmosphere and the food was surprisingly good. My husband had carbonara, which was not too heavy and done Al dente. I had octopus and tri color salad which were both very nicely put together. I find their tiramisu to be too sweet but overall very nice place to go for a date or hanging out with friends.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The bucatini carbonara, a staple menu item and a longtime favorite was inedible. It was the first time I've ever sent a dish back in a restaurant, and the 2nd plate was just as problematic, and I ended up not eating my main course. The server didn't offer an alternative, and management attributed it to a new chef without any adjustment of the check. Cinquecento has been a personal favorite since it opened, and hoping it corrects course with this issue (both the dish's preparation and customer service response)!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favio was amazing as our waiter. Perfect time.

T
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent specials, value, and service, will return

KA
New England
38 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service, love the vibe here

M
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The restaurant has a very energetic environment with a fun bar and private area for events. The menu looked extremely appealing, but my meal was disappointing. I ordered a pomodoro pasta dish and the sauce looked caked on and almost as if the meal was prepared the benighted before and then refrigerated. The portions were also small and we had to ask the staff for table bread.

F
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a large group, but the waitstaff was fantastic - and once they knew we were celebrating birthdays - they brought us all some champagne after our meals! Really great experience - would recommend highly

AC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food is much improved (thank you, Chef Draghi), and the staff is very accommodating and pleasant, but there seems to be shortage of wait staff, and the kitchen. We experienced long waits for food and clearing.

DC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dietary constraints that the chef took care of in extraordinary fashion. Great food and service overall.

TU
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Cinquecento for a few years now for brunch. It always serve delicious food and provide a quiet atmosphere.

JR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Pasta was so dry, service was just ok. The clam with pasta dish was barely edible. Drinks good.

G
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a Friday evening — great food, upbeat atmosphere.

RC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Curtis the waiter was beyond rude. Not acceptable . Food was terrible

MS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, service was impeccable. Willie is the most gracious and professional server.

MJ
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have consistently found this restaurant to be wonderful and my only complaint was the temperature. I was totally uncomfortable by the temperature I am sure it was over 78 or 80 degrees and I feel 70 degrees is much more reasonable at this time of year so that going in and out is less jarring.

a
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was great. Unfortunately, our table for two seemed like an afterthought - wedged in between some large parties, a pole, and the bar. Servers were constantly bumping into us/our chairs. Also, it took about 5 minutes between when we ordered our entree and when we received our food. It was very clear that they wanted to turn the table over quickly, and with such poor service, we were happy to oblige.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing, service was good but not great. Would definitely go back!

ME
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Willie was our server and he was excellent despite being short-handed. Knew the menu, attentive, all around great service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ambiance was great. Got a nice table. Took 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order. Once we had drinks took 40 minutes to place any food order. The server was working hard but just too extended.

KD
London
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Very noisy and hard to talk Slow service although server was a nice guy . One order arrived and was incorrect.

A forgettable experience

JP
New England
94 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Sadly disappointed. Food quality is average, service good, but nothing like what it used to be. It's become 'girls night out' ... Nothing is quite right or as expected/advertised, too many substitutions because we don't...

M
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here for our first anniversary dinner. Loved the food and loved Karen.

MY
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I had made reservations days beforehand and when we arrived we had to wait for 20 minutes. I get it, busy Friday night, not a big deal. When we were seated and the waiter asked our drink orders, my friend ordered a Knob Creek on the rocks. The water came back to our table and said they were out of Knob, to which my friend responded 'no you're not', and pointed to a full bottle behind the bar. Still, he ordered a different bourbon, since it didn't seem worthwhile trying to get an explanation as to why that completely full bottle of Knob Creek wasn't available to us (the waiter didn't have the answer). So our drinks came and we ordered two appetizers to enjoy with our drinks and ordered our entrees at the same time. The waiter came back to our table to tell us that one of the special entrees we had ordered was no longer available, which can happen, so a different entree was chosen. We also ordered another round of drinks. Before that round of drinks came, our entrees were brought to our table. No appetizers. At that point, obviously, we didn't want the appetizers since our entrees were already in front of us. We still hadn't received our second round of drinks. The lobster special was fantastic. The waiter was apologetic. The manager asked what he could do to make it up to us. We received our second round of drinks on the house (while also noting that the empty glasses from our first round were never removed from the table.) . We were also offered free desserts. I'm giving the restaurant on this night three stars because I've been there previously and had great service, etc. Also, the lobster special was, as I said, fantastic. Also the staff was very solicitous after realizing they had made mistakes. But, really, that night was not a great experience.

WI
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I wasn't happy that on a Wednesday night with a not full restaurant that they put us in the bar area and had the bartender be our waitress, I guess I was expecting more. The bartender was awesome.
Thought the portion size was inadequate for the prices charged.
Loved the use of the space wish we sat in the main dining area.
Would rather pay for parking and have a better meal!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was cold!

E
San Francisco
134 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere but the food was just okay
Veal was really okay , my pasta was like Udon

IL
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The service is lacking. The bartenders are very slow and not friendly. I have been here a few times and this last visit will be my last. The food is good, if only they could get some decent help. I feel like they may be understaffed.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I love this restaurant and was sad to have a bad experience there. We had an 8:15 reservation, and were not sat until 9pm. This would have been ok if the bar was running smoothly, but it took 30 mins just to get 2 cocktails. The food was also no where near as good as it has been in the past and service was very slow. This place used to be my go-to Italian in the area, but I wouldn't recommend it to people anymore knowing they may have the same issues.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We had a reservation for 2 and got a small cramped table. We saw 2 bar seats open and asked to move there. The manager and hostess were very accommodating. However upon sitting at the bar the bartendress was completely depressing. No life no smiles and slow slow to serve. Food was adequate but service by staff lacking. atmosphere was fabulous. Beautiful building and dining area.

NO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cinquecento is our family's go to place for celebratory dinners. Our last visit was perfect as usual. With a party of 10, it can be hard finding a place in Boston to fit us all. Cinquecento does it well from the space to the service and of course, the food. Free parking is a great plus too. For starters, I love the new kale salad and the switch from the fried, to sauteéd artichokes. All the pastas are delicious. I would like to see some more vegetarian (not pasta) and fish entreés.

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