Trattoria Emilia

4.6
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401 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 Victoria and we import some of the best Italian DOC products. Some dishes that are not to be missed are our Tortelloni Emiliani and the crowd favourite salumi misti with gnocco fritto and tigelle served with mortadella mousse.

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.
What 401 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jackie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful to join Trattoria Emilia on their re-opening post restrictions.
The service, ambience and food were all impeccable, and as usual, cannot wait to return.

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MarianneM
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had an enjoyable lunch. Food was good without being overly great.
Service was pleasant and timely. Overall a good spot for a quick, affordable business lunch.

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wendyf
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service are both outstanding here. I highly recommend this gem. I’ve been here a few times over a few years for both lunch and dinner. It’s consistently fantastic. Just don’t walk into the bar at the front and think that’s all there is. Keep going through to the dining room.

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LizS
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous place. Beautiful food. Lovely atmosphere!!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food , the most attentive and wonderful staff.
I loved the whole experience.

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RachelN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a hidden treasure this restaurant is! Amazing food and fantastic value. We will definitely be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Melbourne has some of the best Italian restaurants, and this is always up there with the best. Can always rely on the excellence of the food and service.

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We hd the degustation menu and it was great. Really creative food, served with flair. Good wine list, attentive service but not in your face.
And the best Negroni cocktail EVER!

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AdrianE
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My second visit in recent times. The service is faultless and the food was outstanding. The wine list is extensive and we enjoyed some fine Italian Sangiovese. I’ll be returning

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A good character filled venue for an informal CBD lunch. Becoming my regular haunt.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a beautiful little restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere, outstanding food and drink and great service from wonderful staff. I will be eating here again.

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markp
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the best lunch. Food was outstanding. Great little spot

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MargoM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We could not wait to come back to this restaurant when in Melbourne for work. The food is delicious and the service was excellent. Love it!

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JamesT
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Warm and inviting atmosphere, friendly and efficient service, great food, good wine selection - what else do you need?

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Trattoria Emilia is my idea of a great restaurant: talking with your friends and being able to hear them, charming help, wonderful food and wine. I’ll be going back again and again

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DianaB
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! What a great experience! We were made to feel like family. The food was delicious and wait staff attentive. This restaurant really cares about its customers. Look forward to coming back!

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AnneB
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marvellous Italian food. Great service and great wine.

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LucyMelb
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great evening of good food and being looked after.

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HelenA
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for a beautiful meal, wonderful service and a lovely atmosphere. The food was divine, especially the timarisu. I’ve never had anything like it.

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glenyssunshine
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

I'm sad to say that my friend & I were very dissapointed with Trattoria Emilias food. Their signature dish was great but the special ravioli lacked flavour, the salad was limp with old cucumber, soft radish slices & very oily dressing that lacked acidity. Some items of the antipasto were flavorless. The top layer of the fries were fine but under that they were very oily & inedible They did take the fries off our bill but we would have liked crisp fresh fries. I understand Emilias had a 2 hat a couple of years ago but the quality of the food has deteriorated a lot. We loved the ambience. Before my friend arrived I was at a table right under a fan and uncomfortable. The waitress' response was excellent. She readily moved me to another table that was great. During our meal the service continued to be good but as soon as the staff sat down to eat themselves, the service vanished. We weren't offered coffee, just abandoned. So we left disssatisfied.

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ThomasR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic gets overused, but this place is the real deal. It was full of Italians on our first visit - a good sign. The food was a knockout, including a GF gnocchi. Every other one I have tried before this was seriously lame. Caring, competent servers made us very welcome, and brightened our meals. The neighborhood restaurant we all wish we had!

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MadeleineS
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Everyone loved their food. Will definitely be back

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JanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner....genuine Italian food. We loved the atmosphere and went back a second time on our 3 day visit to Melbourne.

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JulieP
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It never fails to be a terrific restaurant to take friends to.

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RodneyM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We started with the octopus: tender, good saucing. Mains duck: excellent, slightly sweet sauce and simple vegetables ..good colours, textures etc. Lamb was good but a bit fatty. Drank and enjoyed the Sangiovese.

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SarahB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food. I would definitely recommend it!

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Jessie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, good wine list, friendly and attentive staff. A lovely dining experience.

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KatrinaK
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food simple and delicious. Great service and loved the venue.

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Savoured every mouthful. Wonderful food and will be back.

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GiadaZ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just excellent! Everything made fresh and from scratch. The chefs are from Emilia and use their nonna's recipes and the very best ingredients. Absolutely authentic.
Flavours are perfectly balanced and portions are generous.
We had: bread and focaccias and extra virgin olive oil, salumi board with gnocco fritto and tigelle, vitello tonnato, tagliatelle al ragu, tortellini modenesi, tortelli al ragu di anatra, lemon sorbet, tiramisu, chocolate and hazelnuts mousse. Absolutely divine!
My husband and I are foodies and we were born and raised in Italy. We brought there my parents who are visiting from Italy.
Pleasing us with italian food is not an easy task but they left us speachless and 100%satisfied!
Thanks Trattoria Emilia! Well done!!!

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great authentic food, the sharing plate for the pork roast was really generous & the waiter was happy to organise appropriate size entrees for a table of 3. Loved the wine list, great range including very affordable choices. Not noisy, could actually hear each other, very nice. We'll be back.

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AnneliesV
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful hidden gem!
Will absolutely be back, and will send all my hotel guests there.

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NinaP
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Your service was wonderful as was the food. Nothing was too much trouble and we loved your man from Mexico...he is amazing! Thank you for a wonderful night...loved every moment

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RachaelS
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous, high quality food and service - it's one of my favourite Italian restaurants. They use outstanding quality produce and create fresh, beautiful dishes (especially the pasta), every time. The restaurant feels cosy and the staff are informed, not overbearing, and were able to make excellent food/wine recommendations. Highly recommend!

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sherylh
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service
The staff had good knowledge of both the menu and the wine list

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SueL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I love it here, one of my favourite spots. The food was awesome as always. Thank you xx

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DanB
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful seasonal Italian that is at once traditional while steering clear of any cliches.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Trattoria Emilia did not disappoint. Fantastic food and service.

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RachelW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really beautiful and authentic northern Italian cuisine, friendly staff and lovely atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back to Melbourne to visit Trattoria Emilia again

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DominicJ
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Chef’s selection was great, very friendly staffs and very knowledgeable on the food. Great guest experience

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