Trattoria Emilia

4.6
332 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Trattoria Emilia is an authentic Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal produce and fresh pasta. Head chefs Francesco Rota and Luca Flammia hail from Modena in Emilia Romagna.

At Trattoria Emilia we seasonally change the menu and source a large majority of our produce from regional Victoria, our meat is organic and sustainably grown in Tasmania and we import some of the best Italian DOC products. Some dishes that are not to be missed are the Antipasti board which changes daily as well as the Tortelloni Emiliani, and don't forget to try the crowd favourite salumi e gnocco fritto with mortadella mousse (and if you have a bottle of something special bring it along Monday - Wednesday when we offer BYO!)

Rustic, yet refined, Trattoria Emilia boasts fantastic ambience, attentive and professional service whilst all the while remaining a great casual dining spot perfect for a quick lunch, a long relaxing dinner with friends and has always been a romantic date spot.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food here is second to none. I have been here a number of times and it always keeps me coming back. The quality consistency is what you expect from a great restaurant.

SM
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always assured to have wonderful food and service that makes you feel welcome.

CK
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Our favorite Italian restaurant in Melbourne.

RD
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Both myself and my guest found the quality very good, portion size not representative of the price.

SS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we walked in the doors, we had a wonderful evening at Emilia. We made a reservation earlier that day and were promptly shown to our table and an offer made to take our coats for us. After which we were provided with the drinks menu. After ordering drinks we were provided the food menu and each item explained. We were also provided outstanding wine recommendations for each dish we chose. The food was superb. The service was excellent from the waiter to the timeliness of food and drinks arriving at our table and the price was worth every bite we are. We can't wait to visit this hidden gem again.

MB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Restaurant with a busy, yet friendly ambiance. Service was friendly and attentive and wait staff were lovely. We went there with a group of 5 friends, so the noise level did not impact us. Would definitely recommend it!

J
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice restaurant with reasonable range of choices for entree and main. We ordered a cocktail and olives to start but main arrived before we had finished these so no time for wine with main. Seafood risotto was pleasant but pretty small for $36.
Complimentary breads was a nice touch which filled us up. Only small dessert menu so we did not bother.

SF
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food, service and atmosphere were all first class. My only criticism would be; those of us seated adjacent to the kitchen and facing it had bright lights upon us( from the kitchen) . We felt it would be better if the kitchen wall were closed off with opaque glass. Other than that the dining experience was outstanding.

CE
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, friendly and professional service, a great room on a cold winter's day in Melbourne

M
Melbourne / VIC
50 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Still one of our favourites - the best short ribs that we've found!

GC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Dinner was great but breakfast the next morning was truly awful with microwaved porridge with a skin on top and motel wrappered butter.

S
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Absolutely divine - can’t get over the pasta and the mortadella mousse/pate. Service was ok - It was extremely busy but everyone was attentive. Would dine here weekly if I could!!

SC
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner, so thanks everyone and will be back soon. 😜

HM
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have eaten here on a number of occasions, always good food and service, just a lovely place to dine. BYO earlier in the week is also great.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We found this place recommended in The Good Food Guide but was disappointed. We were welcomed by a very solemn young lady who was unwelcoming but she did cheer up as the lunch progressed. The braised ribs were very tasty but the tortellini was terrible as the meat inside tasted like cheap supermarket sausage and the sauce was so heavily cooked in butter it was far too rich and fatty (there was only about 6 or 7 on the plate but we couldn’t finish them). The wine was terrific and the atmosphere was great.

JP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Trattoria Emilia. We’ve been there four times now and it always lives up to its high standard. The food, service and ambiance are all fantastic. We’re already looking forward to our next visit.

MS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I arranged an evening as four Doctorate students with our professor. Average age about 60 years. The restaurant was completely full but the noise level was still reasonable. Overall opinion was that I made an outstanding choice of a restaurant and I basked in the glory. Didn’t last long as when I got home and told my wife, she reminded me that she had chosen the restaurant. I didn’t pass that titbit of irrelevant information to the others.

m
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is a little hidden gem. Food, service and the wine list are all very good. Highly recommend it

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Poor food quality and slow service with rude customer caring. Never go back and not worth it at all. Overcooked fish and rare cooked duck breast and laziness of dessert flavour. Pasta was good and we enjoyed though. Customer service was zero point i would like to give them. It is very first time of my experience i upset by the package they offered me.

CC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My daughter had said that Trattoria Emilia was well worth a visit and we weren’t disappointed. We will be going back soon!

BH
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love what you guys are doing! Great food and service. Look forward to returning soon.

LY
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. High end food with a reasonable price tag and the staff are all professional and friendly. Authentically Italian, this place is a hidden gem

M
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I went to Trattoria Emilia to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was our first time at this place. The food was really good and authentic Italian (so rare to find). It really reminded us of home. The service was very professional and friendly. It seems to us that a little piece of Emilia Romagna was here with us. Highly recommended. We will definitely come back again.

WL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great night out with friends for my birthday dinner at Trattoria Emilia. My husband ordered the tagliatelle ragu, which was one of the best ragu we've ever tasted. However, my dish was very underwhelming. I ordered the Moreton bay bug spaghetti, and while "chilli" and "lemon zest" were included in the description, I tasted neither. It also tasted really flat; likely needed a bit of sugar? Tiramisu for dessert more than made up for it though - absolutely delicious! We'd definitely return, but I'd stay away from the Moreton bay bug spaghetti.

JR
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Can't fault the food, it was delicious. Unfortunately the running joke with our crowd was the terrible service.

CP
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food, the ambience was perfect, very nice night overall.

CH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere & service. Highly recommend

CH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This would have to be the best Italian meal 1 have ever had. Everything was amazing. The food, the wine and the service. Will be recommending to everyone so know! Thank you

SB
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Reliably good.

There is a bit of variation in presentation of the same dish but I always feel confident in going with friends or recommending it to out of towners

AH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Enjoyable evening . Delicious food
Liked the shared entrees

IZ
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Lovely place and great location. Good wine list and pleasant staff. Pasta was superb. First course of artichokes came so over salted as to be inedible. Waiter acknowledged the dish that night was an issue. Replaced it with something else but very slow coming so my husband ate his first course alone. Dessert chocolate semifredo; too much going on with it (white choc mousse and cherry sauce) and too sweet. Keep it simple.
Bill came-charged full amount, no acknowledgement of messed up first course. That’s poor.

B
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful food. Great ambience. Ideal for couples, business lunches or group events.

GH
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, great food. The whole style, being informal and unpretentious but very good food and wine, strikes a chord with us. Well done.

EH
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely evening, very accommodating to fit an extra person on the table and to alter the menu to suit vegetarians. Good wine list and cocktails. I enjoyed the risotto.
Thank you

KT
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dined at Emilia for the first time with a party of 4. We had the most wonderful service and the food was amazing. We were given a loaf of beautiful warm bread to take home which was a lovely touch. We'll be back and will be telling our friends all about our fantastic experience!

E
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Tasty Italian food. Go for the superb gnocchi. The house made bread is excellent and the wait staff very friendly. Each time I have eaten here I have not been disappointed. Yum yum yum yum yum yum

BG
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved every mouthful! One of the best Italian restaurants in Melbourne, can't wait to go back.

ST
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Hidden down a typical Melbourne alley way you will find great service, yummy pasta and gorgeous wine. A great place to catch up with friends after work if you want to still be able to hear them talk not like a number of over crowded Melbourne restaurants.

TG
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly staff, great ambience, quality cuisine - always consistently good

LT
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at Trattoria Emilia and sampled the tasting menu for a birthday dinner.

The food and wine was superb, the service exceptional, the reataurant was beautiful.

We are from Sydney and will definitely include a return visit to Trattoria Emilia on our next Melbourne trip.

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