Emeril's Coastal Italian

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1678 reviews
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Located at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin, Emeril’s Coastal Italian is the first of Emeril’s Restaurants in Northwest Florida. Emeril’s Coastal Italian combines the rich and diverse tradition of Italian cuisine with the bountiful variety of nearby fresh Gulf seafood and local ingredients. The menu features Italian favorites like house made meatballs, Lasagna Bolognese and other house made pasta dishes and creative flatbreads as well as specialties straight from the Gulf. The design of the restaurant compliments the menu using an earthy mix of textures to create a casual, coastal feeling that is complete with elegant and sophisticated touches.

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MB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The ambient and food is very good, but service is very slow. We sit in outside patio and there was 3-4 tables only in the patio area, with 2 waiters to take care of. There was no reason to be very slow. They also forgot to bring my kids drink.

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NB
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Restaurant is beautiful and food is exceptional.

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SW
Tallahassee
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend’s 58th birthday

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MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A complete dining experience when you order the "chef tasting." 5 course meal, each on of them more delicious than the previous one. And the service was impeccable. You MUST try this incredible restaurant.

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B
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing! We really appreciated him!

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SR
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent flavor, seasoning on well-composed dishes. Excellent wine selections and hand crafted, unique cocktails. Saw Emeril in person and we were informed he was making the 5 course special for the evening. Lively atmosphere without being too loud.
Great for groups, dates or everyday dining.
Highly recommend.

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C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in the area frequently used for private parties so the ambience was especially nice. The food was amazing, each entree was beautifully presented and the taste of each was beyond expectations. There was an air of excitement in the restaurant because Chef Emerill was there in the kitchen!! So much fun! We often recommend this restaurant to our friends.

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LH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we were celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary. The service and food was top notch. I had the 22 ounce ribeye, it was cooked perfectly and lasted like heaven. My husband had the lasagna, the portion size was extremely generous and it tasted delicious. The portion sizes are so big neither of us finished our meal. We did save room for dessert and Oh my goodness the Tiramisu was out of this world. It was so good it was hard to eat it and not make any noises lol. Overall best anniversary dinner ever!

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MR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. The best lasagna that I have ever put in my mouth. The only thing that could have made it better was maybe a little garlic bread.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment we entered the restaurant we were given immediate attention. Our food was excellent. We had a fun time at the chef’s table where we were surrounded by good folks. The kitchen staff were interactive and nice. Dessert was outstanding. We will dine there again for sure!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service and food was very good. Some classic Italian dishes executed very well and some interesting dishes with a gulf coast twist. If I lived in town this would definitely be a go-to place for all types of occasions (dates, get-together with friends, business meal, etc).

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GD
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

We were seated almost immediately, our waiters were excellent. My husband ordered the seafood stew which he said was excellent. I ordered the lasagna. Has to be the worst lasagna I have had in my life. Gigantic serving with very little sauce or meat. The worst part was the pasta. Gooey, and dry over cooked. I did mention it and the sweet waiter comped us desert. The desert was great. Italian food it’s not.

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NS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Emeril should be embarrassed to have his name on this restaurant the quality of the food that we ate the time that we waited it was absolutely awful This was quite possibly the worst meal I’ve ever had in a restaurant in years. Had been there four times prior meal was good took family there and was completely embarrassed how terrible this food was then when we contacted them they could care less Emeril take notice you probably don’t want to have your name on a place that serves food like this your reputation is at stake

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Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Just awful. Had run out of a basic liquor on a Thursday night, so my husband couldn’t get his drink. The rosemary focaccia was inedible. Waiter didn’t even ask what was wrong when we cashed out and left before ordering dinner.

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WL
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. And Brenna makes the evening perfect with her impeccable service. We come here every time we visit the beach.

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m
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the best restaurant in Destin. Reasonable prices. The food was amazing, everything we ordered was incredible. This is the 5th Emeril restaurant we have eaten at and was the experience we’ve come to expect when popping into one of his places.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice restaurant, good food, service was a tad slow however and they were not that busy.

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The two server concept seemed good at first. Only problem is they didn’t communicate well with each other. Appetizer arrived at the table after the meal was already served. This was on a slow night.

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M
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We have eaten at several of his restaurants multiple times and always been pleased and delighted with both the food and service, so there were expectations.
The table we were seated at was to small. The first interactions with serves were positive until we choose tap water and it deteriorated. The table next to ours was a 10 or 12 top and they seated a family with 6 children under 6 all on one side of the table without supervision. When the waitress intervened the noise level from the kids went from 10 to a 6 but we still could not converses over the noise and crying.

We place a order for appetizers which were good but then the delivered entree’s before we were finished. Also they did not give any information on the offering on the salumi and cheese board nor did the confirm mains when delivering them. While you could tell the pasta was made in house, there was none of the expected Emeril flair or layers of flavors. Overall we could have had this meal at any number of restaurants and spent less.

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Very consistent results. this is my 4th time. It is worth the trip from Panama City.

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E
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We were overcharged for our wine and had to bring it to the attention of someone. After our food was served, our server relegated us to what I believe was a bus boy, who collected our plates and delivered our bill. So once we got our meal, we never saw our waitress at our table again (although she was waiting on other tables). Maybe this is how the restaurant does it. Also, we were charged for marinara sauce for our bread, which we didn’t even order marinara sauce. I think you are paying for the name at this restaurant.

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D
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Have had ok meals here before sitting at the bar. This time, we sat at a table with our group of 7. The A/C vent in the ceiling was dripping water over my hair. My hair actually got wet. We told the wait staff and they sent someone over with a dirty mop to mop the moisture off the vent over our drinks and water glasses. Not very sanitary. We asked to have our table moved. Waited almost an hour and a half from the time we got there to get food. We even had to ask a Manager to get us drinks and waters at our new table. NOT a good experience. And Emeril, I know you can do better with the food. I could do better with your recipes. Not one good salad on the menu.

And, the front desk staff always has an attitude. Like you are lucky to be there. This really stands out because everyone else in the town is so friendly. They always make you stand and wait 10 minutes or so even though you are staring at the empty table that they eventually seat you at. And, in this case, under a dripping A/C vent. All in all a bad experience. A few good dishes but Emeril really needs to take a look and taste items from his menu.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Monday evening. I ordered the grouper chef's special, it was delicious. Took my young niece and she enjoyed the experience and food as well.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I love the atmosphere, and food is generally very good. I would say that unfortunately, the service is hit or miss. We have dined at Emeril’s perhaps a dozen times since they opened. I would say service was outstanding 20% of the time, fair to good 50% of the time but very poor 30% of the time. This recent visit was one of the “poor” experiences.

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RR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emeril was in the house, so we went for the special chef's tasting - a 5-course meal plus dessert. It was more money than I had planned to spend, but it was sort of a once-in-a-lifetime thing to have him prepare our dinner, and it was all so good! It was a memorable night!

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SR
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! We had counter seating and Emeril was in the kitchen! We ordered his 5 course small plate experience and it was delicious! The best part of it besides the great food was that Emeril actually came out and served a couple of courses! It was great!!!

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always. Will return soon

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BA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Book a table for two couples, 20 year friends enjoying a beach get together.

Delighted to see Emeril was at the restaurant. We were given the option for a special tasting menu and we all said yes. Nor were we disappointed! Wonderful 5 course meal. With the fish course delivered and described by Emeril himself.

We were delighted with food, drinks and atmosphere. Will return on our next beach get together!

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JO
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was very good but it was VERY crowded, loud and service was slow.

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J
Orlando
44 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always great. They never acknowledged my husband’s birthday, though I noted that in the reservation. I probably cared more than he did. As far as taste, you can never go wrong here...

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B
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the chefs tasting and it was the absolute best meal of our lives. My personal favorites were the pasta and the duck!!!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Emeril was in the house! Outstanding food, service is slow, but we didn’t want a fast meal, so it was perfect! Highly recommend.

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 40th anniversary and all the children were there. We did the tasting menu and Émerillon was in the kitchen. It was pretty spectacular.

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are visiting in destin this week and I can definitely say that eating here was the best decision we made all week! Everything was perfect from the moment we got there to the moment we left. This was dining at it's best! Our servers were very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Our food was exquisite! To top it all off, Emeril was there!! I would recommend this be a must to anyone visiting this area! Perfection!

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RE
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very great dinner at Emeril's while on vacation. Both the food and service were spot on. We will definitely return.

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MM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! great experience! My family and I will pleasantly surprised with the food. We even saw Emeril in the kitchen!

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A
Shreveport
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always top notch! Emeril, himself, was in the kitchen the night we were there. Delicious!

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KK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply awesome! Great food. Exceptional service. If you can, try the Chefs Table! What an experience!

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ML
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lunch with daughter. Ordered appetizer of meatballs and bread which was very good. Daughter’s flatbread was good but I ordered a Wagyu burger and received lasagna. The server was so nice and he looked terrified so I told him it was fine and kept it. The order was mixed up with the next table. It happens. Sorry but the lasagna was bland. The desserts were great. Olive oil cake and limoncello cheesecake. Overall it was good and we would go back. I think my expectations were too high.

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