Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

4.5
1119 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 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.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was HORRIBLE, for what you pay, it’s not worth it. Save yourself this Olive Garden Italian spin off and go to the north end

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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We were given our food in 10 minutes and rushed through the entire dinner. It was our first dinner out with our son and we were excited to spend some time out. He was asleep the entire time (parent win). We were then handed the check as we were served dessert less than 45 minutes since we sat down. At that point we were able to see both our server and managers look our way for when we were going to be cleared out multiple times. Very disappointed in our experience at one of our favorite places.

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!!!

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A
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service in a really beautiful setting.

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

Went here for my birthday dinner and everyone loved their dishes!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was absolutely amazing!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I can’t tell you about the food, I never even got water. We were seated and waited for 20 minutes and no one ever came near our table. I went to the reception desk and a women from the table next to us was there already complaining that they were never served. I asked that the manager come to our table and again no one. We left the restaurant angry and hungry. I recommend that you GO ANYWHERE ELSE.

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RR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

It took us over a half hour to order a Drink after we sat down. It was the slowest service I’ve ever experienced.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sat at the bar. Tiago was amazing and provided great service and was warm and friendly. A female bartender, who thank goodness wasn’t our primary contact, said about two sentences to us and was rude and managed to taint our entire night. She was far more focused on getting off of her shift then tending to any guests—and there were quite a few on a Saturday night! We will come back but if she is our server, we will either move or leave. But the food was wonderful and Tiago was fantastic and so friendly!!

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

Very good, had Robert as our waiter for a second time and he was excellent! Really like the place!

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New England
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Salad was slightly oversalted. Pasta was excellent! Mediterranean sea bass was cooked well but the sauce was too watered down. Excellent service!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very knowledgeable bartender. Great night. We will be back!

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M
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went out on a Thursday night with close friends. We love the vibes Cinquecento has. Great for dating or friends catching up. However, we did not like the food offering from Restaurant Week. We will come back next time ordering from the standard menu.

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DL
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Today our pastas, Rigatoni alla Norcina, were too salty. This is my go to dish here, so I have had it a fair amount of times. So I think today may have been an off day. Will come back to try other pastas soon

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j
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable. This is a big ( and loud) restaurant where I was able to make last minute reservation even when all the other restaurants in the neighborhood were booked.

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KK
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing date night here. The ambiance, service, and food was wonderful. Thank you for a special night.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, amazing service, and great atmosphere! Perfect for group dinners or date nights.

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JP
New England
52 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal

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G
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious and the service was excellent. The Molton chocolate cake for dessert was to die for. My husband and I love this place!!

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KM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a reservation for 7:30 and weren't seated until 7:55.. it seemed as if they might have been overwhelmed and understaffed simultaneously.. service was polite but tended towards the apologetic..

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Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and it was a good as I remember.
This will be my go to place when I’m up in Boston.

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KG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in Boston! The service is always fantastic as is the food!

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was outstanding - I always sort the same dish but our lovely bar server recommended the lobster linguine special - it was great!

The staff is always very friendly and helpful - the manager came by to make sure we were happy and actually helped us pick out a table for next visit with out of town guests we happene to mention to her earlier in the evening. Excellent experience as always!

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BC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hubby and I went to celebrate Valentine’s day and each had a cocktail, a pasta dish, a side dish and dessert for 88 dollars. A bit pricey but nothing unexpected for Boston and VERY much worth it. My husband’s pasta (the sausage rigatoni) is one of the most flavorful pasta dishes we’ve had in Boston (North End included) and our cocktails were both incredible. The service was prompt and accurate. We were immediately seated at our reservation time and had our waters refilled before we could even pick up the bottle ourselves. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The food was bland, the service was bad & I had to send a drink back. Need I say more? Disappointing as it is a beautiful restaurant.

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1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time - loved it!

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H
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great location - definitely would recommend. Slightly pricey, but nothing out this world expensive.

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1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cinquecento has a great ambience, service, and good prices. Definitely recommend the Fennel Sausage Rigatoni. You just can’t go wrong with this restaurant.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation but had to wait about 15 minutes for our table, it was Valentine’s Day and super busy so it wasn’t a problem at all. Our waitress was very kind, upbeat, and attentive but not overbearing. Despite it being a busy night, the service was quick and our drinks came out almost immediately.

We ordered the Prosciutto di parma, Spaghetti con polpo all’amatriciana, Tagliatelle alla bolognese, and Rosa picante (cocktail). I thought my partners spaghetti was the better dish but he thought my bolognese was better so you can’t go wrong with either of these choices. Overall we both enjoyed the night and I’ll definitely be adding this restaurant to my list of places to eat.

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish an amazing dining experience. The greeting as we entered was welcoming. The 2 beers we had at the bar fairly priced. Our table by the window was romantic. The service was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was delicious. I proposed to my now fiancé this night and we were congratulated with complimentary glasses of Prosecco from the General Manager. A wonderful night in a fantastic restaurant.

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent wait service

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The food is excellent and the staff treats all the guests exceptionally well. Our waiter Willy was wonderful - attentive, thoughtful, engaging and knowledgeable. Thank you for a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and cocktails. Will definitely return.

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SH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine list! Willy was our server and was fantastic!

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JL
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cinquecento Roman Trattoria is a great place to dine -- for special occasions or just night out on the town. The space is absolutely stunning, the service is top-notch, and the food is always delicious and innovative.

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SM
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were warmly welcomed and escorted to our table - a wonderful setting for a mini-reunion! Our server was fantastic & the food was yummy - thank you!

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

Third time visiting and still one of favorites in Boston. Everything was fabulous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement dinner for colleague

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DL
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fennel sausage pasta was good!

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SM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This place is so cool inside and the service was great, but our food unfortunately came cold and without everything it was supposed to have. It also got even colder as we sat waiting for the side to come—wish they could have taken it back to heat as we waited

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