Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

4.3
1208 reviews
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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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New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had fun food was yum

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing but our server was overwhelmed. He had no staff helping him pour water or run food and he was handling way too many tables. It took them 1 hour to take our dinner order. It was my friends birthday and I had put a note in the reservation and reminded the manager. The manager asked me what dessert before dinner but that was not transferred to the waiter and then he brought us dessert me us which confused things and then we got too much food way later than we expected.

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KS
New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love sitting on the outside patio in the summer! The service and food are terrific and it's an all around lovely evening. It's our go to place!

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E
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation but decided it was so nice- to eat outside. Alex was outstanding and made our dining experience great. We thank him so much for his professionalism and kindness.

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New England
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good but getting the appetizer and entree at the same time is unacceptable.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined al fresco on a perfect summer night and the setting, food and service were great.

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CS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to be seated right away on their patio after getting drinks at the outdoor bar. The service was amazing and the food was outstanding! Highly recommend!!

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MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere lovely outside, servers very nice. Had to ask for bread which was excellent. Pasta and clams - clams were large and tough, sauce was ok, brussel sprouts were soggy and burnt, branzino was good, not great - fillets were hard at the ends. Overall a nice venue but food is mediocre.

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MR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 4

This should be a 5 stars review same as all my previous ones. In those reviews I also suggested to introduce non dairy options for the coffee drinks (cappuccino, latte ...). Unfortunately that hasn't happened yet hence my 1 star feedback for not paying attention to the customers feedback.

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GA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome brunch on the outdoor patio. Great value. Food was delicious!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’ve eaten dinner here numerous times and always make a reservation, and this time, specifically asked for outdoor seating. There were 4 empty tables and we were told they were reserved, so we went to eat inside because we weren’t going to wait 30 mins for a table to open up when there were 4 open tables. Why bother making a reservation? I could’ve gotten into an argument with the maitre dummy, but that’s not why we’re there. Food was good, but not going back. The 4 tables were empty when we left and I doubt 4 parties cancelled. There’s plenty of other great restaurants where they honor the reservation system and gladly accept my payment.

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AN
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food! We are excited to go back again!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Our waitress was disinterested in providing good service, lacked knowledge of the menu and did not want to go the extra mile to accommodate any reasonable request

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CB
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We waited for over 20 minutes after being seated and no one came to ask us what we wanted to order, my boyfriend had to get up and ask the hostess if we could get a waiter. She finally showed up , we asked for sparkling water, she took the bottle that was sitting on the table because it was warm to get a cold one, she didn’t come back😂. When she finally did, she told us, I know I owe you a bottle of water but would you like put in an order for something to eat? We placed an order for appetizers , they were amazing by the way, but still no water and she said she forgot to put in our drinks order earlier so she was going upstairs to put them in😩! That’s almost an hour since we’ve been seating! No water, no drinks! But we had our appetizers quick! Few minutes after we had our appetizers, our main dishes were brought, we looked at each other like woah that was quick we just put them in! Oh well! That was not our food, we didn’t order any fish! The waitress cane over looked at the plates and said sorry she gave them to the table next to us! She apologized laughed and said “ am sorry I know I look a little off, I don’t know what’s going on” we laughed with her and said we noticed but it’s ok! Anyway she finally brought our food and water! We were dying to eat and leave lol the service was kinda frustrating but the beautiful ambience helped! We talked and enjoyed the weather while painfully waiting for Service😒! I didn’t bother to ask for the waitress’s name but I know she had reddish hair up in a bun😀!

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SA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Emanuel was superb. Food quality is good too but for $40 I was expecting a little more meat when I ordered the lamb chops. Overall a great place.

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d
New England
47 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

disappointed in food. quality not up to first time I ate there

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L
New England
61 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant! Good drinks, attentive service, and a full exciting menu. we did order the octopus and this is is such a small dish it should be called a "bite", but other than that portions were great and we all enjoyed.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants. I had made a reservation earlier in the week and had requested a booth for this special occasion. Unfortunately when we arrived we were given a round table and were told we would have to wait 15-20 minutes. We were willing to. After 20 minutes we were told that the table they told us would be available was accidentally not a booth but another table. We then waited another 15 minutes until we finally got our booth. This was over 40 minutes after we arrived. Overall food was great but the process of getting what we requested had issues.

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C
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Ordered the rib eye steak which turned out to be tough and tasteless. Our waitress offered to replace it immediately without hesitation. Ordered a pasta dish which came quickly and was outstanding as were all the other meals at the table. Great customer service!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Free parking in adjacent lot. We’ll be back!

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s my third time here and I’ve got to say- never disappointed. Good food and atmosphere. Service was good after a bumpy start. There was a waitress in training that had a few early stumbles but the head waitress took over and had everything going smoothly. Many groups sat outside and enjoyed the evening but we opted for inside and were glad for the low key and quieter setting for our early dinner. Definitely will go back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

it was at best OK for brunch, bland plate for cacao e Pepe - 5 potatoes thrown on a plate, plain toast with nothing on it and eggs, zero color. No sides for toast or potatoes, for $14. Plate definitely way overpriced for what it was. Asked for a muffin to start, didn't come out until the meal. Had to keep flagging down waitress for coffee refills. They forgot bacon side.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pretty decent place for brunch!

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BG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at Cinquecento for our reservation but because we wanted to sit outside, there were no immediate seats available. The staff let us know that it should be around a 20-25 min wait. After about 30-35 min of waiting the staff let us know that despite paying and not ordering anything else, the people sitting at the large table (we needed for our group) wasn't in any hurry. To accommodate us the manager brought each of us a drink from the bar and had his team set up a new table outside. The customer service was superb as was the food. I can't say enough good things about this place and will 100% be back.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Came with my husband last Saturday for dinner. We had a reservation and when we arrived, got seated right away. The main dinning room looked very nice, so as outside patio. Drinks and appetizers were served pretty fast. We ordered octopus and bruschetta. Octopus was tender, but had no flavor, bruschetta was excellent. For the main course I ordered Fettuccine ai Funghi e Tartufi and my husband ordered Branzino. What can I say - Branzino was just perfect - the presentation, crisp skin, the way it was cooked, served with mushrooms, just great. My dish was a disappointment. First, they made it with spaghetti, not fettuccini. Had to ask them to change and the right dish came very fast. The pasta was done perfectly, it was creamy but unfortunately had no flavor whatsoever. Also, there was no trace of the truffles. Had to ask the waitress to bring salt, pepper and lots of parmesan to "improve" this pasta. Tiramisu was very good. In general the whole dining experience would be OK (Cheff is a human too, allowed to forget to season the dish sometimes) if we would have a friendlier waitress. She was serving another table next to us, they got the same "attention" as we did.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed our first dining experience at Cinquecento on the outdoor patio. The vibe was relaxed and casual. Our waiter was friendly and gave us time to explore the menu.
The appetizers were delicious. We were curious about the watermelon gazpacho but a little hesitant to order. The chef surprised us with a complimentary amuse-bouche (tasting) of the appetizer. It was fantastic!
The flavors and food presentation were delicious and appealing. The wine selection was good. Food was prepared to perfection.
My only negative comments are: table service was uneven. For a restaurant of this caliber, the table bussing and service was spotty. Dishes were removed and cutlery was not replaced before our mains arrived. We sat there staring at our food, as it cooled off while waiting for knives and forks. Our waiter never came to check-in to see if our mains were prepared to our liking.
Finally - the tree kept dropping seeds on the table. I half-joked that our drinks needed covers. Yes, they can't control the tree but they can provide a solution as it became annoying and our water glasses were replaced because they kept filling up with leaves/seeds.
We will definitely return for a special occasion -- this was at the higher end of our budget for a casual dining experience.

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l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

cacie e pepe was disappointing, way to peppery.
atmosphere was very cute!

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My wife and Son took me to Cinquecento Roman Trattoria for Father's Day. We have been here several times before but this visit was pretty bad, bad to the point where I don't think we'll be running back any time soon.

After being seated promptly and after waiting patiently for fifteen minutes I had to return to the host to ask for service. They had literally forgotten about us. Now this was a relatively early dinner and the restaurant was at approximately 30% capacity so I don't think it was a matter of the wait staff being overwhelmed. After placing our order, and throughout the dinner the wait staff was barely seen and our food was overdone for me, cold for my wife and Son. We are truly disappointed.

Previous to this visit we have been generally happy with all aspects but this visit as I said was bad enough for us to think twice about a return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great food was amazing atmosphere was also great

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice staff; enjoyed the food and outdoor seating.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience altogether

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

For the price point, we expected more. More food, more knowledge, better service. Seemed to be a bit disjointed. Has potential.

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WD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic. It was a beautiful evening to sit on the patio and we had a marvelous time!

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AD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

2 1/2 hours to get our meal because our ticket didn’t print

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DF
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had an experience that virtually missed the mark in many areas including:
1. Distinctly dismissive welcoming by the Maitre d'
2 Waiting 20 minutes for our drinks
3. Waiting 30 minutes for our appetizers
4. No apology for the delay by the waiter.
5. Offer by Maitre d' of complimentary desserts, but he did nothing to help facilitate service at any of the tables.
6. The food was overly peppery -- linguine vongole without reason.
7. The restaurant was not full inside -- I counted at least 8 empty tables.
8. The meal took 2 hours and 45 minutes.
9. We couldn't wait to leave the premises, so we left the desserts in the kitchen.

N.B. - We rarely write negative reviews. No surprise - we won't return.

9. One positive -- the parking is free

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AA
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The restaurant seemed quite understaffed the night we were there. We had a table of 8 people. From the time we sat down the pace was very slow. It seemed to take forever just to put a drink order in let alone actually receive said drinks. Three people in our party ordered appetizers and it took them an hour to arrive to the table. The server was no where to found to place additional drink orders or to inquire as to when entrees would be arriving.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Service was not great. Server was not very attentive, food took a long time to reach the table. Was never offered a second drink...

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a large group and probably a bit boisterous. The staff were super in meeting our needs and keeping the evening moving. The food was great, antipasto, pasta and mains.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another fabulous meal at Cinquecento!

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New England
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mostly very good, with some oddities, including the fact that they had no bread (ran out by 7:45) which happened the last time I was there as well. Also, the octopus app, which used to be a highlight, is now a dry, minuscule portion (again, just like last visit). But the pastas were excellent, including the always-popular bolognese and rigatoni. Service was great...friendly, fun, and attentive. Will certainly return, but worried there will be more negative changes to the winning formula of this long-standing favorite.

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