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.
Having dined many times at Trattoria Emilia we were most disappointed with the latest experience to the extent we thought it may have changed ownership or the chef had moved on. Whilst the service was fine the all important food on the plate was very average and minimal in size. Prawn risotto as a main dish should have more than fragments of a prawn. Fish of the day which was served tepid, was again very minimal in size with 3 small shellfish and a token piece of calamari. The blue eye was also very small hiding under giant slices of radish. Dolce used to be a memorable experience but not from our latest visit. Such a pity as it was on our favourite list of restaurants.
Beautiful food and very friendly and helpful service.
The restaurant has a lovely ambience and is a popular choice for business lunches. We had a group of 4 people, we all had one alcoholic beverage and a main each and the bill was $180 - not extortionate but not cheap... Shame the seafood risotto was so bland!! The tortellini and spaghetti were lovely, however. Good portion sizes, not too big, but if you want a feed you might better served taking your $36 elsewhere. Service was a little slow, we had to ask for them to take our order... all in all a 50/50 experience.
Loved the atmosphere, waiters were honest about items on the menu and very attentive! The dishes were yummo! But could have been bigger!
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.
Always assured to have wonderful food and service that makes you feel welcome.
Love this restaurant. Our favorite Italian restaurant in Melbourne.
Both myself and my guest found the quality very good, portion size not representative of the price.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Absolutely delicious food, friendly and professional service, a great room on a cold winter's day in Melbourne
Still one of our favourites - the best short ribs that we've found!
Dinner was great but breakfast the next morning was truly awful with microwaved porridge with a skin on top and motel wrappered butter.
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!!
We had a lovely dinner, so thanks everyone and will be back soon. 😜
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a little hidden gem. Food, service and the wine list are all very good. Highly recommend it
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.
My daughter had said that Trattoria Emilia was well worth a visit and we weren’t disappointed. We will be going back soon!
Love what you guys are doing! Great food and service. Look forward to returning soon.
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
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.
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.
Can't fault the food, it was delicious. Unfortunately the running joke with our crowd was the terrible service.
Delicious food, the ambience was perfect, very nice night overall.
Excellent food, atmosphere & service. Highly recommend
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
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
Enjoyable evening . Delicious food
Liked the shared entrees
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.
Beautiful food. Great ambience. Ideal for couples, business lunches or group events.
Great staff, great food. The whole style, being informal and unpretentious but very good food and wine, strikes a chord with us. Well done.
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.
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!
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