Trattoria Emilia

4.5
252 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(03) 9670 7214
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Francesco Rota & Luca Flammia
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Elizabeth St
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Parking Details
Parking available at Wilson Street car on Little Collins Street until 10pm and 24 hours on Queen Street.
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Public Transit
We are extremely close to Elizabeth St trams, Bourke St and Flinders St Station for trains
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 252 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The whole restaurant experience was terrific. We were early so didn’t experience any problem with noise. Main courses were all flavoursome. The fish special was lovely if a bit small. We decided the chocolate desserts were not nearly as good as the tiramisu. Service was good. We’ll be back.

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CL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional as usual, the food is always of such a high calibre.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The setting great, the service good, the wine selection excellent, the entre ok but both risottos Luke warm at best and fractionally undercooked. Sent one back to reheat. In summary average value for money.

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LC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not my first time here and certainly not my last. The food is very good, tasty and fresh. It was my guest's first time and she'll return with her husband.

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c
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, service was quick and friendly. Will definitely be back.

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GD
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent and authentic cucina emiliana. The gnocco fritto with salumi and the tortelloni brought us back to Modena. Monday nights is BYO, so for a very moderate corkage charge, you can bring a special bottle, which I would strongly recommend.

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G
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated my sons 21st with small family gathering at Trattoria Emilia. This was a first visit. Sensational and knowledgeable service, divine pasta, fabulous bread and a terrific ambiance. They even managed to provide a small cake and candle when we put in a last minute request. We’ll definitely be back!

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DW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food very good and staff very friendly. Good value.

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M
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Group of 4 for catch-up. Attentive service beginning to end. Food was fresh and tasty. One star off for espresso at end of meal being cold (warm the cup!).

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HJ
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Visiting the lovely Melbourne from Sydney we were so pleased to have booked a table here. We had a fabulous dinner. Loved the food, the ambiance, the attentive and friendly service from Christie and other staff, overall a really enjoyable evening.
We look forward to returning in the future.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious Italian cuisine. Loved the menu options and the owner Matteo was extremely helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed the pace of the delivery of the courses. We were offered a Lemoncello to round of the lunch which was a lovely touch.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Trattoria Emilia is a little tricky to find hidden down a side alley off Little Collins St however it was well worth seeking it out.
We shared the antipasto for 1 which was terrific with lots of unusual tasting surprises followed by two pasta dishes which were also very good.
The house wine was more than adequate and the service cheerful and efficient.
Everything made for a very enjoyable lunch and then off to the nearby Sky Bus for my flight back to Sydney.
Perfect.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not many places for a Saturday business lunch nearby, but it was good. Quieter than on a weekday.

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c
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

being there before.
very good.
going again?
Yes.
Soon.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I enjoyed he 5 course chef selected menu. Wait staff and chef were very accommodating to my request to not include duck and oysters in the courses offered, with no hesitation. Fantastic ambience, AMAZING food, great wine list and service was excellent. Will absolutely return! Highly recommended

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ND
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time we dine here the food, wine and customer service is exceptional.

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P
10 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

the food is fabulous and love the space but no one wants to be seated staring at a wall all night and better air-con please

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Specials are always great too

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MW
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This one of my favourite city restaurants. I introduced 2 friends to the latest experience and they were as impressed as I always am. Organising a family get together in November!

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FB
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I go there every second week, and was looking for trying the new spring menu.
The service is absolutely friendly and accurate, and food simply amazing. The pork belly with salsa verde and mostarda was delicious, can’t wait to be back there to try the rest of the new menu!

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DB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Miss the trippa. Food extremely tasty. Prices seem to be getting on high side. But still a very good atmosphere/ambience, and good choice.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant lovely staff
Highly recommended
Excellent Service and food

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NW
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

They double booked me so whilst sitting enjoying our first relaxing drink my mobile rang!!! Having answered it, the obvious caller was but 5 metres away wondering where I was for my booking.

Having said that, it is a nice relaxing spot, albeit somewhat hidden, with a nice ambience.

We (three of us) only had one course, so to be fair, may be harsh in saying it was ok but not outstanding.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The antipasto selection was unusual and so tasty - not a morsel left. Everyone in our group enjoyed their main course and the shared accompanying salads. Highly recommend. Lovely atmosphere in the evening and so good not to need to shout at the person next to you or across the other side of the table.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love eating here, so Trattoria Emilia was our first thought when trying to pick a place for my husbands birthday dinner. We already had an early booking, but the staff were very accommodating and led us to our table though we were 40 minutes early. The waiter was great in explaining which dishes they could make vegetarian and these options did not disappoint. And a lovely complimentary fresh loaf of bread from the bakery, on our way out. Always a lovely gesture and very much appreciated.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Good food - authentic. However sometimes you want the classic Italian (in addition) - maybe few more pasta dishes, even pizza. I realise they are being true to the Emelia Regena area - however some dishes were bland, and more variety needed.

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O
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner at Trattoria Emilia, I would recommend visiting, especially for a special occasion.

I marked 4 stars as there were a few mistakes made with orders and billing. There are also no vegetarian options on the pasta or mains menu, but there were some changes they were able to make to ‘vegetarianise’ dishes. Unfortunately I did not enjoy my dish but look forward to trying something else next time.

Otherwise, everyone enjoyed their dishes and had a lovely night.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Visiting our son in Melbourne it is one of his favourite places to eat, especially the ragu! Friendly, attentive service, beautiful home made bread (including a free loaf to take home), good wine list, wonderful authentic Italian food, what's not to love?!

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DD
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

It has good Italian Food. Fantastic Antipasta and bread. I can see what I eat and the noise level is low. Staff very friendly and accommodating. When in town I love coming here.

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AL
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Entre, charcuterie, had some different items. Main, lamb shoulder with roast potatoes, very ordinary. Dry, didn't look as if much effort was made.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was the best Italian I had in a very long time. The service spot on, friendly and professional, felt like we were in Italy. The chestnut gnocchi with beef ragout was fantastic but my spaghetti with botarga and tuna was perfection, best pasta dish I ever had.
Can't wait to return!

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LW
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Eight of us dined and everyone enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Great food, great wine list - hope to return soon.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

2 our of our 4 meals were sub standard with one having to be sent back as the pasta was hard and under cooked (chef confirmed same) and the other so bland it needed to be drowned in salt for some flavour. The bread was phenomenal and the wait staff attentive and apologetic but after hearing such great things about the restaurant we were rather disappointed and wouldn’t go back.

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V
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really good service, $10 BYO Mon-Wed and I recommend trying the Tortelloni Emiliani.

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JS
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Emila is a bit of a challenge to locate but well worth the hunt.
Our meal was faultless and delicious - 4 empty plates back to the kitchen
Service was friendly and one minor mistake was solved immediately and with an explanation (not excuse) as to how it happened.
Fabulous.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful choice of great Italian food in a warm and very pleasant ambience. Excellent service by well informed engaging staff.

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TL
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing discovery. Great food, great wine, great venue.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great little restaurant hidden up a lane way. Good and interesting Italian food. Good wine list and interesting beers. Cost, cool surroundings.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A return visit as my wife wasn’t very well on our first visit. Food was very well executed, service great and we loved the informal feel about the space. Great value too.

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M
40 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I don't remember it being this great! The salumi board, the beef cheeks and the ragu were our options on this visit, and it felt like heaven all over again (and not to mention the amazing complimentary bread!). Great pacing of the food - service was good, but could have done with a bit more warmth. Will be returning to our favourite Italian haunt in Melbourne!

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