Via Emilia - The Woodlands
Via Emilia - The Woodlands

Via Emilia - The Woodlands

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://viaemiliarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2814659555
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Via Emilia features live music Wednesday through Saturday 6-9pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: The Woodlands Parkway
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Via Emilia - The Woodlands
Named after an ancient Roman road that spans from Rimini to Piacenza, Via Emilia Italian Restaurant is known for their house-made pastas, braised meats, seafood specialties, and delicious desserts. The family-owned restaurant served Houston diners for over 13 years before moving to their current location in the Woodlands. We welcome you to experience the most authentic northern Italian cuisine in the Woodlands - no passport required.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Via Emilia - The Woodlands reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)special occasion (62)romantic (60)notable wine list (46)fit for foodies (35)good for groups (19)great for lunch (14)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (7)great for brunch (5)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Friend's Birthday
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had a wonderful time at via Emilia for a friend's birthday. As always, Luis our server, did an outstanding job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Via Emilia Excels
    stedmantxVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It was my first time to stay in The Woodlands area. I relied on OpenTable to choose among many fine restaurants. I chose Via Emilia and I was not disappointed. Several reviews singled out Brian as an outstanding server. I asked for him and the diners were correct. Highly professional and made my dining experience exceptional. I started with the Insalata Emilia which had one of the best vinaigrettes I've ever had. The lobster ravioli was superb, complemented by a fine pinot noir recommended by Brian. Finished off with a cannelloni and chocalate martini. A memorable dining experience. I will definitely return the next time I am in the Houston area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fabulous meal
    PklagrangeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our first visit. The food (lamb shanks, spaghetti carbonara and gnocchi) was delicious, the service great (despite a large group next to us) and the atmosphere delightful. A gem in a strip mall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Italian Restaurant
    Ordinarygal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have dined at Via Emilia for years , from old location to their move to the Woodlands . We love the ambiance and charm of the new restaurant. Their service has improved and the food has always been fresh and delicious! F
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ronald
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Brian our waiter was superb as usual and the reason I always request him.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a lovely night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I took my boyfriend to Emilia after he had completed a very stressful work jaunt. The embiance was charming, our waiter, Brian, was excellent and the wine and food spoke for itself! We had a very enjoyable evening together and will definitely return. Every Thursday their remarkable Italian wines are half off as well so that always encourages the two of us! We are looking forward to exploring a few bottles if Italian wine and I certainly feel this little spot might be our special place since it's literally a few blocks away. If you haven't tried it already take a little trip to Via E! It's worth every penny! Oh! And ask for Brian- he's an amazing waiter❤️
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first time at the new location in The Woodlands. My friend was celebrating her birthday so we wanted to try it out. Overall the meal was good. I found the live music to be too loud, and forced everyone in our group to have trouble hearing cross table conversation. Also, we waited a long time for our food. Our waiter and a manager both came by the table to apologize about the delay, blaming it on a large party in one of the private dining rooms. But several other parties in our section of the restaurant who had been seated well after us got their food ahead of us, so I suspect a dropped ball in the kitchen. They comped the birthday girl a cannoli though, so she was happy. Food was good, not earth moving good, but OK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Babs61
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The ambiance is lovely with a romantic setting and the piano playing is a very nice touch. Food was good but not great but we enjoyed ourselves. The portions are large and we had plenty to take home to enjoy the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paul
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    SO and I made our first dinner at Via Emilia. Lamb shank and sea bass were both fixed perfect to our taste. Service was impeccable. Nice "old world" feel to the place. It's easy to see why the ratings are so high on an outstanding restaurant. Thanks
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  • Great find
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Right down the road from where I live, great Italian food. Wonderful ambiance. Awesome service. The food was fantastic. Best chicken marsala ive ever had. Reasonably proced. Ill be back again for sure. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of My Favorite Restaurants
    Love4food
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've just moved to The Woodlands area and decided to give this place a try based on reviews we read. It does not disappoint! I love this place. We've been there twice now and will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with Friends
    Ddines
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had an enjoyable evening with friends - good food - great house Chianti - service was good and not rushed. Our reserved table was waiting. Very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time diner
    2fromNY
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Finding your restaurant after just moving to the woodlands from New York was wonderful. Your restaurant is head and shoulders above any of the ten or so restaurants we have dined in since arriving here. Everything is first class and we look forward to returning again and again! Cudos to your entire staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food & service are exceptional. Also they are very to revise their preparations for special requests or desires. In my opinion they are the best Italian Restaurant in the Houston area for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sidewalk sally
    sidewalksally
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    All was very good. Maybe a little too much service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian Restaurant
    JohnWilliams
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Do not judge a book by its cover... The outside of this restaurant does not give the right impression for what it offers inside. It is an excellent Italian restaurant that makes you feel as if you were in Italy. The staff is extremely courteous, the food selection and the taste is great. You will not go wrong in choosing this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good!
    LindaRVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Once again we had a very nice meal..a great place to dine and carry on a conversation. A very cozy feel to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great food, wine and service
    Bass1st
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I took my girlfriend out for dinner to Via Emilia at the weekend. From the outside it looks nothing special but once inside you are transported to Italy. Nice ambiance and friendly, helpful service. The wine list was excellent and the food was very good. We selected a 2010 Valpolicella. The highlight was the limoncello cake which was quite simply the best desert we have had since we moved to the Woodlands. Its not a cheap restaurant but you get what you pay for and I felt it was good value. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly Nice Place
    sbyeats
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Via Emilia is a surprisingly nice Italian restaurant located in a neighborhood strip mall in The Woodlands. The food has been excellent every time we've dined. The menu features the usual Italian favorites, but also some creative dishes with lots of nice flavors and colors. The service is good, and we enjoy the live music. A bit pricey, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful
    KAVO
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We always enjoy dinner at this gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great restaurant. Food and service are both wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    rlatt
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I wanted a restaurant with a piano playing. I was not disappointed. Great restaurant. Great food, great service, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Osso Buco!
    greatVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had a fantastic experience at Via Emilia and the service was top notch. My meal of osso buco was the best I've had since Milan and I will definitely return to this restaurant on my next vidit to Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to go back!
    JSalas
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I took my girlfriend to Via Emilia for her birthday. We pass by it all the time and have been wanting to try it but never had. The interior is decorated beautifully. You'll be surprised when you walk in. The service was great and our server was ready to answer any questions we had about the menu. Our lump crab stuffed mushroom app was delicious. My girlfriend had the ravioli which was amazing but my dish was the best for sure. I had the Sea Bass with a side of fettuccine. Let me tell you it was the best piece of fish I've ever had! Overall we had a great time and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner
    DPZ16307
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We dined at Via Emilia with friends. We used to frequent the old restaurant on FM 1960 together. The new restaurant in the Woodlands is a WOW. The ambiance is great, the service was perfect, and the food and wine were awesome. It was so nice to dine at the new improved version of an old favorite. Give it a try--you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    mapb
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had the last seating on a Friday night, and I think our experience suffered somewhat from this. Our bread arrived cold and a bit stale (although when we asked for fresh bread the hot garlic bread our waiter brought was delicious). The main courses and wine were very good, although the wait staff seemed a bit distracted, maybe because it was near closing time and they were tired. The ambience was good inside and suitable for a romantic evening, although like many Houston restaurants the location suffers overall from being located in a shopping strip center.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Juanqui
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and the service was great. Unfortunately the hostess gave us the worst table possible eventhough they were other tables available.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We've been to Via Emilia numerous times, and rarely does it disappoint. However....the wine list is getting expensive. It used to be they had a very good selection of moderately priced wines; this last time I was a bit shocked at the average price of a bottle of wine. C'mon on guys, don't forget what made you great in the first place. Good food, good ambiance, good service, and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rex1VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Beautiful restaurant but menu lacks creativity and interest. Goat always seems to be one of their special features which is weird. Lots of competition for Italian food in The Woodlands and this restaurant is not one of our favorites for Italian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner
    Foodlover806
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Ambience was nice, especially due to strategic table placement. I didn't feel like someone else was part of my group & vice versa. Piano player was a great touch. Not something usually seen (rather, heard) but should be. Much classier than piped in Sinatra. Waitress Chloe was knowledgable, friendly, & attentive without being intrusive. Oh yeah, the food! It was worth the money. I am very 'snooty' about my Italian food because I can usually do better by cooking it myself at home & have money leftover. But I was more than pleased with our choice to have Via Emilia chef cook for us. I had a bite of the 6 different items we ordered, and all were terrific.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    user459
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary at Via Emilia at the suggestion of our daughter. We were visiting from Florida and wanted to try a special place. She had not been there, but had heard good things about the place. We found it charming and delightful. Our waiter, Luis, was knowledgeable and friendly. He had great suggestions. The service was prompt and courteous. Food was delicious!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner!
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My husband and I had salads, two pasta dishes and dessert and everything was delicious! The staff was very attentive. We had a nice date!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, Hidden, Surprise
    MiguelRunner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Nice restaurant, tucked away in one of the most unassuming locations. We were there for my wife's birthday and were promptly greeted. We were seated quickly and our server attended to us right away. From that point forward, everything seemed to operate in slow motion. The bread took quite a while to be served, I had to get the attention of the busser for iced tea re-fills (we're non-drinkers). Our food arrived at the correct temperature, the presentation was excellent, the portion was perfect, and tasted as good as it looked. Our server was kind enough to bring my wife a small desert with a candle, in celebration of her birthday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Surprise
    TexasDiDi
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant is in a strip mall... nestled between shopping and a podiatrist-- go figure!! BUT do not let that stop you from enjoying a wondderful experience!! Luckily we'd made a reservation because showing up without one would mean a lengthy wait! We arrived early so we started in the lively bar. Drinks were tasty and strong! They were a bit late moving us to our table, but we really didn't mind. They had a table for us but a couple of people from the bar actually jumped on our table... we let that go, we knew that we'd get a table soon and were not in a hurry. Dinner was delicious-- we tried the Carbonara and Lobster Ravioli. Dessert and wine also fantastic. Chloe was a wonderful server and took great care of us!!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chicken Parmigiana
    Jungleland
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This place my have the best Chicken Parm ( Pollo alla Parmigiana on the menu ) that I've had in 20 years. I was recently in Philadelphia and had the same dish at one of the city's top authentic Italian places. Via Emilia's version easily wins, hands down, no contest. I highly recommend this dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had the snapper special and the Chilean sea bass, and both were excellent. The seafood was fresh and cooked just right. We also like the portions here-- just enough. The chef substitutes quality for the usually oversized quantity at other restaurants. Skip the spumoni (It was bland). The burrata appetizer with figs, proscuitto and arugula also was excellent. We would not order the coffee again, as it was brewed extremely strong, perhaps to make up for the lack of depth. We like this place because of the variety in the menu, the very good to excellent food, great service and the ease of parking.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find!
    Joronimo
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I had the lamb shank, and it was excellent. Fall-off-the-bone delicious, cooked perfectly. My lady friend had the Pollo alla Marsala, and that too was amazing (so I heard). Our waiter was fantastic, checking on us with regularity without interrupting too much. I would definitely come here again if I find myself in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very good food and service Too much crowded and noisy live piano almost lost in noise
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It is noisy from the poor sound insulation. I had the mushroom & crap meat for an appetizer which was four small half size mushrooms with crab meat & it was delicious. My spouse had the parma ham with mozzarella & beefsteak tomatoes & loved it. For our entrees I had the pesto linguine with chicken which was not the best dish & quite frankly was disappointing. The pesto had an "off" flavor. I guess I'm used to traditional pesto with basil but this had something else in it, perhaps mint? The pasta was overwhelmed so I can't say if it was good or not. The chicken was overcooked & very dry. Spouse had the Osso Bucco which was braised & tender. Would return but would go at lunch when it's cheaper & try different dishes.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Treated soooooo special
    Burke
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary and they made it even more special than we had expected. The food, service and ambiance was top notch but it ALWAYS is. We had our first date here and so this is our special place. Love the new look and can't wait to go back. Bryan was great and everyone we interacted with. Keep doing what you do so well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet