Trattoria Emilia

4.5
229 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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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.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 229 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
35 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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BM
18 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Authentic. Welcoming. Care.

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JN
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really excellent place for lunch....nice ambience, excellent very friendly service....nice choice of wines, very good food [I had an excellent spaghetti dish].

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S
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I live in far north NSW & visit both Sydney & Melbourne regularly... I discovered Trattoria Emilia about 4 years ago & it remains in one of my top 5. The service is outstanding & the food delicious & deserving of the accolades it receives. I have recommended it to many & they have added it to their favourites. Long may they reign.

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EW
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely go again

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food atmosphere and the waiters are excellent

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AT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very amicable atmosphere. Pastas were very nice. Kind staff.

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ZP
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Literally everything was delicious. Good atmosphere too and felt authentic Italian

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PW
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great, authentic Italian food. We had a really friendly waiter that added to the experience. My wife is Gluten Free and they happily modified (slightly) the tasting menu to accomodate her

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CG
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Just really good, beautifully crafted, delicious and interesting Italian food. Great ambience, service and wine list

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B
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely superb Italian cuisine. We had the Winter Tasting Menu and every course was excellent.
The customer service was also above and beyond the standard.
Highly recommended!

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EH
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely Italian restaurant. Great food & wine, excellent service and a warm and romantic ambience.

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GL
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food and a good wine list. Experienced and courteous waiters

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k
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely place people so friendly

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KW
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Unfortunately we were very disappointed with our dinner. Order wrong, two dishes woefully undercooked (half the ravioli in one dish was perfect, the other pieces in the same bowl were inedible - very odd) and a 50 minute wait between entree and mains on a non-busy Monday night. Lovely wait staff let down by the food/kitchen. We had high hopes. Maybe just a bad night?

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m
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely little hidden away restaurant in the heart of the Melbourne CBD
Recommended to us by friends and it didnt let us down. Great food and wine list.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We’ve been here twice now & both times trying different things on the menu have been fantastic. Good traditional food cooked in a modern way that really showcases the produce used. Will definitely be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The food didn’t live up to my expectation. Service was great and ambiance was good.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Magnificent food, excellent service. Our server was there when we needed him and disappeared quietly when we didn't, everything was delicious and generous with extra bread etc.

Only thing I didn't like was thee 2 person tables are too small, otherwise perfect.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent food , easy to book! Thanks for a great night

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S
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Pleasant enough food and vibe for dinner but an expensive experience.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. The restaurant has good selection of Italian wine. Loved their bread , amazing! I had gnocchi and my friends had risotto and fish of the day. All food was excellent quality.
The atmosphere is really authentic and it is not very noisy, you can actually have conversation and really relax and enjoy your food.
I've been to this restaurant number of times and will definitely come back. Love it and it is reasonably priced.

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MO
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Delicious dinner with my daughter; we have been there before on several occasions - its always good value and delicious food.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very friendly wait staff and very good at their job. Knowledgeable about the menu, the cuisine, the wine etc. attentive but not intrusive . Food was authentic and well presented - very flavoursome.

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