Emilia

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Emilia is a full service restaurant located on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville. Chef Matt Gallaher serves a seasonal, contemporary Italian menu with an emphasis on handmade pasta, homemade bread, and ingredients from local purveyors.

Can't find the time or table you want? Please call the restaurant any day after 12PM Tuesday-Saturday, and after 2PM on Sunday to inquire about reservations. Please also call to book Large Party Reservations or Private Events.
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JE
Austin
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

H
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection as always! Excellent service and the bartending by Krissy is always impeccable.

TC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Service and food was great. Would definitely return and recommend to anyone wanting to dine at a great restaurant.

J
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible. What was more impressive is how well the waitress knew the menu. She was so knowledgeable that is was just extremely impressive. We will definitely be back.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, and awesome service. This is our go to place for special occasions and entertaining out of town business guests. This is a top choice for many of our Italian guests visiting Knoxville which says a lot about the quality. A very nice menu with something for everyone and a great wine list. Absolutely one of the best restaurants in Knoxville!

l
Naples
27 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Good service. Best Italian food in Knoxville. Definitely a new go-to place to eat.

W
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service! Nice atmosphere and good food. It was a nice experience and I would recommend.

MC
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 2nd time dining at Emilia. We have had a great experience both times. Great food! Great ambiance. Great wine!!! We will definitely be back every time we’re visiting Knoxville!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was absolutely the most perfect place to celebrate our 3 year Anniversary. We were seated and treated like family. Everyone was professional, and gave us top-of-the-line service. We celebrate here every year and we will continue on with this tradition. The Manager gave us a special treat and we felt celebrated and spoiled during our special occasion.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, excellent food, excellent ambiance.

EC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent starters and meal. Pasta was spot on!

k
E. Tennessee
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to go to Emilia for a date night or special occasion and tonight lived up to our expectations. Everything from the drinks to the food to the service was amazing.

b
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with unique items like grilled romaine salad and beets with pistachio. We shared an entree, orecchiette, and loved it. Excellent service from Madison.

h
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most consistent restaurants in all of Knoxville. Every time I'm in the area I always make a reservation. Their food is delicious, the hostess staff is warm and inviting, and the wait staff offers stellar service---every single time!

JE
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Emilia is always good, the meatballs were the best I've ever had, the risotto was great, the bread with ricotta cheese is awesome. The butterscotch budino is one of the best desserts I've ever had.

TS
E. Tennessee
43 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food! I finally decided on something besides the gnocchi (my favorite) and went with the Orecchiette with Ragu Alla Bolognese! OUTSTANDING. My husband went with the Chicken (Pollo 'A Mattone', another hit! Keep up the good work.

SS
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. Homemade pastas, the burrata appetizer was amazing. We are so lucky to have this chef owned restaurant. If Sam Beall were still with us he’d be eating here regularly. ❤️

RF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, location, and service! We will be back on our next visit to Knoxville.

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. One of the best restaurants in Knoxville.

SF
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great! Food terrific; service and hospitality exceptional. Definitely my downtown, go-to place, especially when I have visitors from out of town.

RD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu and fresh pasta was great. Perfect for a date night. We will be back.

OT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and service...our longtime date night destination

DO
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently outstanding and always a hit with newcomers that we bring to Market Square

CB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was terrible. I had the Gnocchi and my friend the Octopus. Both were overcooked and tasted poor. It was very over priced for the quality and portion sizes of the food. The Olive Garden has better Italian and it's just the Olive Garden.

BE
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were fabulous. Hubby said salmon was best he’d ever had. Our son tried & LOVED the mussels. Great service & wine list with fun, hip atmosphere. Will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service, highly recommend !

B
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was excellent and the waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and patient with our questions. All-around great dining experience. Highly recommended modern Italian cuisine.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Grilled veges were lukewarm. They were bland. Needed a sauce and salt. The frititi were hot (temperature) which was great and very tasty. Loved the fisherman’s stew. It was the best. My friend had the grilled chicken which she labeled excellent. Bummed that the drink list presented to us orally by waiter did not include soft drinks.Then we saw a cola being consumed at another table. I’m diabetic and could just one restaurant somewhere offer ice cold bottled diet 7- up or Sprite? Also the water offered was room temperature which I don’t like and never get from other restaurants. I like very cold water with ice.
Tables too close together. Obnoxious self-obsessed ladies nearby. We heard their whole conversation because the restaurant is so noisy.
Hostess was polite and kind. Waiter was attentive but tonight was impersonating Jim Carey which was over the top and unnecessary. Can y’all reel him in? Thank goodness I paid in cash. My recommendation is you can find tastier food at a good chain. Sorry ...and this from someone who loves unique cuisine ... usually.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal. Staff was so helpful explaining menu items. Not rushed at all. The food was amazing!

S
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilia's is our favorite restaurant in Knoxville! Great food, wonderful service, and a fun atmosphere. Our entire family loves it so we go every time we are in Knoxville. I highly recommend it.

MV
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Best restaurant in the area.

BF
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, wait staff was excellent, good environment. There an offensive odor around the front when we arrived, seemed to have dissipated by the time we left. Was my second time at the restaurant and I will go back.

MC
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and did not feel rushed

C
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go to Emilia when I visit Knoxville, and dinners like the one we had the other night are why. The salads were fresh and light and wonderfully flavored, but not too rich to fill you up before the chicken under a brick, which I cannot recommend highly enough. Emilia is the only restaurant I go to where I order chicken, because it elevates it to such a high degree. The roasted broccolini is always a favorite, especially when it's very smoky and charred in places as it was. The only so-so thing was the roasted local vegetables. They were completely fine, but when all the other dishes sing, they just were something else on the table! My one single complaint is they took the flourless chocolate cake off the menu. They need to bring that back!!! Service was quick, friendly, and very efficient, and atmosphere was casual, easy elegance.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The waitress seemed rushed and didn’t tell us the special for the day. I had to ask, which I did order. Then she forgot my order and had to come back and ask me again. Never asked if we wanted drinks. I had to ask for the dessert menu and track her down for the check. Food was great. Somewhat overpriced for the service and the fact that we are sitting 1 foot away from the tables on either side. Could have been way better. But again, food was great.

ML
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner at Emilia and the service was beyond expectations. Everything was perfect.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Excellent service. On the noisy side until around 930pm.

KR
E. Tennessee
43 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service. Excellent menu choices. Best butterscotch desert I have every had.

B
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Emilia was memorable. The food was fresh, imaginative, delicious, and seasonal. The service was outstanding but not suffocating. Our server and the sommelier could not have been more helpful. The entire dining experience was perfect!! Thank you, Emilia, for a lovely evening.

j
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always.

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