Trattoria Emilia

4.6
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367 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.6
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4.4
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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

SL
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

DB
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

DC
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

RW
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

DJ
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

MG
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Mi plato que era un risotto con mariscos tenía pocos mariscos y sin sabor

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k
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food were amazing! Great location and easy to find. Do yourself a favour and check this place out, you won’t be disappointed

AM
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great food and wonderful service. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

L
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, the ambience is gorgeous and the the staff very friendly and attentive. My favourite Italian restaurant in Melbourne!

IS
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely time here. Ambiance was fantastic. Food was of a high quality, particularly loved the hazelnut and dark chocolate mousse. Will come back another time! Thank you :)

DB
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a delicious meal. Our entire party loved the food. I will definitely be back on a future visit to Melbourne

GD
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great little restaurant. Food was really good, and reasonably priced.

M
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good venue for business lunch.
Nice food and good wine list.

AC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service very good, a shame that everyone left early! We were the last ones there by 9:30pm. Other than that a great meal and service was brilliant.

PC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Portions are tiny. Food is very tasty though. And great ambience.

LP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Trattoria Emilia is consistently good. We have had many meals here over the last two years and have never been disappointed. Each seasonal menu, and the daily specials, has provided some memorable dishes. We have introduced the restaurant to a number of our friends/work colleagues and their feedback has always been positive.

n
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was average but over seasoned. Trying a bit too hard.

MD
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service by extremely knowledgeable staff. Excellent wine list of mostly Italian wines. Dishes are mostly simple but well cooked. Would definitely return.

GZ
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing quality! Truly authentic.
Gnocco fritto, tigelle and salumi board were sooo yummy and their tortelloni and cappellacci just divine!

AF
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The environment, locale, food, wine list all first class and great value.

JP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We have been to Trattoria Emilia several times and have loved everything about it. On Saturday we went there to celebrate 3 very special birthdays. While the wait staff were generally very helpful and polite one of them literally slapped the bill on our table after we asked for it and did likewise with the pay facility. No words at all. Very rude.
But what really annoyed us was the 'antipasto platter'. We have thoroughly enjoyed each little taste sensation in the past. But this time it looked like they had scraped the bottom of the fridge for any left overs they could find - all slapped onto individual plates instead of onto a beautiful breadboard which we were expecting. Some scabby beetroot dip, tiny slices of spinach pie, some sort of pickled vegetable, small slices of veal or beef covered in white sauce, and slivers of pate with some tough as nails, tooth destroying crisps. It was nothing like we were expecting, barely conforming to what is commonly regarded as an Italian antipasto platter. At the time I actually thought I must have been in a Lebanese restaurant with the beetroot and spinach pie. At roughly $26.00 plus an extra $14 per person the 'antipasto platter' was an insult to our hip pocket nerves. Thankfully, the main meals were quite nice, although my seafood ravioli was somewhat bland.
After building up the hopes of my daughter and her boyfriend we were disappointed and embarrassed that Trattoria Emilia failed to deliver the wonderful food and service experience we had promised them. Not sure that we'll ever go back. Pity, the wine waiter at the bar does a great job and is lovely.

R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the time you walk in you know this is going to be great!
Amazing food and great service!

TV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

My favourite course was the Salumi Misti, platter. It was favoursome and fresh. The bread that accompanied the platter was divine. The main of beef rib with radicchio accompaniment was very good but the mashed potato lacked a little flavour. The deserts were the least successful of our courses but still enjoyable. The wine recommendations were excellent. The service was extremely good. Our waiters were knowledgeable, efficient and professional. Overall, we were satisfied with our experience.

p
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary at Trattoria Emilia. We selected the set menu and our waiter brought out 5 beautiful courses and really looked after us.
Would return again and feel no need to wait for the 40th anniversary

RM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Awesome food and nice location.
Deserves to return.

EG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal and service - highly recommend.
Make a perfect Negroni!

AJ
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Beautiful authentic Italian food, in an intimate, charming restaurant. The pasta was so fresh and delicious. Would highly recommend the tortelloni and the pistachio panna cotta.

TS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cannot fault. Superb. Brilliant service. Thank you.

B
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Exemplary service, flavourful and extremely good food. A great option in a city filled with choices.

JM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

gorgeous setting, warm knowledgeable food was so delicious

JS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience4

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.

NL
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and very friendly and helpful service.

RG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

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.

SM
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Loved the atmosphere, waiters were honest about items on the menu and very attentive! The dishes were yummo! But could have been bigger!

SD
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

CK
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant. Our favorite Italian restaurant in Melbourne.

RD
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.