Emma's Cafe And Restaurant - PA

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Great Italian Food in Mayfair. BYOB!
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CG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small 16 table byob with great food, nice portion sizes, and decent prices.

MM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The restaurant was freezing cold. The food was very good but service wasn’t great!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and the food is great

R
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent food at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, had rather poor service

i
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During the week $25.00 for a 3 course meal is a terrific bargain. The food was excellent. Mussels, veal marsala and a choice for dessert. Delicious!

SM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here were amazing. They gave us pita bread w/ tapenade as well as 2 servings of bread. During the week they have a pre fixe menu that is SO affordable and delicious. Everyone should check this place out.

d
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 6 of us,food came out all together and hot

i
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A joyous way to usher in the New year. Friends and great food. The servers were excellent and efficient. The food was cooked to order. The price was very reasonable for the quality of the meals.

R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve heard wonderful reviews from family that live near the restaurant. Everything we tried was amazing! Definitely visiting again the next time we’re in Philadelphia.

WM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighbor GEM. Always great food here. I just love the fact when I order veal a minute later he's in the back hammering the filets. Fish, his pasta , everything here is delicious. Great weekday 3-course specials. I will be back many times.

FP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. I will definitely be returning with my wife, who also agreed on everything.

M
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Restaurant was understaffed . There was a long wait for dinner.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome! From food to service!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I thought that the food was surprisingly good.
Not a bad local place to eat.
Good wholesome food.
We will go back.

SF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always, the food and service were outstanding. The only negative for me was that this was my second visit, in a row, that they were out of clams and I couldn’t get my favorite appetizer.

MM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at this restaurant and it was really quite good! The shrimp in the cocktail was very good...I'm often disappointed in restaurants with the quality of the shrimp, but this was excellent.
My dining partner's filet tips were outstanding. I had salmon which was also quite good.

B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small restaurant in Mayfair right off Cottman on Frankford Avenue. It's a byob. The food is very good and they do offer a price fixed menu on certain days. I think if you go there once, you will certainly go back again.

OT
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have dinner at Emma's every few weeks because the food is always outstanding. This is one of the rare restaurants that prepares Bronzino (our favorite seafood). We also love their Filet Mignon, and weekly special entres. Emma's continues to be a true "hidden gem" in Northeast Philly.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I still havent received my points for my visit from 6/28

s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my second dinner at Emma's and my new favorite neighborhood place to go. The only negative was it was uncomfortably warm in the restaurant. It was mid-90's outside and the kitchen is close to the dining room so I guess there was not much they could do to make the air temp cooler.

AG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This reasonably priced BYOB restaurant had been highly recommended to me over the last couple of years. Been there 3 times on the past 2 months. Emma's food and service are consistently excellent. Delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service and professional wait staff. Relatively small restaurant that you wouldn’t normally notice!

c
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal at Emma's! We had a family gathering of 11 with two kids under 12 who loved their meals (filet mignon and chicken parm). The adults raved about their meals! The pasta with scallops and shrimp, the filet tips with gorgonzola, veal marsala and all the appetizers were perfect!

JW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emma's exterior is unassuming but the delicious plates carefully crafted within is true delight. Family who've travelled to Italy, consistently request Emma's as their restaurant of choice when visiting us in Philly. With great deals on delicious meals, Emma's is everyone's favorite.

K
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this fine dining establishment. Quality dishes prepared with authenticity at an affordable price, and great service.

KG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone raved about the food and we will all return!

AG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Been several times. Delicious food. Attentive service by pleasant waitstaff. A quality dining experience. Reasonably priced - the $25 3-course weekday meal is an outstanding value. Highly recommended! It's a great place to eat!

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dining experience and look forward to returning again soon.

DD
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We have been to Emma's cafe about 6 or 7 times. My wife and I have dined here alone and with others. I brought my children,their spouses, and my six year old grand daughter there for the first time. Everyone enjoyed their apps very much. We ordered 3 for the table and it was plenty. Likewise, entrees were very well prepared. The chicken and eggplant, the seafood with blush sauce, and the chicken parm were the favorites. The only disappointing meal were the spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were not their usual quality. Almost seemed store bought.

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance!!!! The food was absolutely fresh and delicious. Highly recommend the gnocchi and steak tips.

JP
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The service was slow with water and bread, soda refills and 15 mins for a cup of coffee is too long. But, the food was served hot and very good. I will go back again for the food and hope that the service improves.

j
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love Emma's, its a great neighborhood go to for a good dinner.

a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I made a reservation through you and they did not have it. When I told them that I did it on line she said she never checked her online reservations. Also it was restaurant week from March 25th to March 31st. and they were listed but would not honor it on a Friday night. Was not stated anywhere.

BB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emma’s Cafe always has delicious fresh food, desserts, and coffee right in the heart of Mayfair and BYOB makes it a nice night out.

TH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been there several times, food is very good will not be sorry, great value, very consistant

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Emma’s! It’s our favorite restaurant! We always have a delicious meal!

DM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to Emmas Cafe and restaurant at least a dozen times. Their specials have always been what
I look forward to. This trip wasn't any different. I opted for the veal ossa bucca!!! Well, I wasn't disappointed. It was excellent as everything I've had there. Of course, we'll be back again!!

SD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service excellent food! I would definitely recommend trying this restaurant if you like Italian food.

M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so fresh and delicious. From the appetizers to dessert, everything was amazing!!!