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Emilia, Knoxville, TN

Emilia

4.6
4.6
2214 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 313-2472

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Gallaher

  • Catering

    Chef Matt Gallaher has an extensive background in catering. From small dinners and large fundraising events to weddings, Chef Matt delivers a delicious and professional experience. Email info@knoxmason.com to customize your event menu and experience.

  • Private party facilities

    We will provide exclusive use of Emilia for Private Events on Monday nights. Some other evenings may also be available. Email info@knoxmason.com for more info!

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Cross street

    Wall Ave

  • Parking details

    Market Square Garage, Locust Street Garage, and State Street Garage.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,214 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Value

  • Knoxville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Knoxville

    Good for Groups

  • Knoxville

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Most Booked

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  1. MS

    MichaelS

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will definitely return to Emilia the next time I'm in Knoxville.
  2. SF

    SteveF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another terrific dining experience at Emelia. Bethany was our server and was delightful!! Will absolutely be back!!!
  3. J

    Java

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful restaurant. The staff, the food, the service, all great. Each dish we had was tasty, with nothing predictable or bland. My Italian mother is a stickler about polenta and she approved of their version. We also tried the duck confit risotto and it was delicious.
  4. RB

    RichardB

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Has been one of our favorite restaurants in the downtown area until last night. Visiting with out of town friends and food server keep pushing to take our order. Ordered appetizers that were very good. However our entrees were disappointing. My wife’s salmon was the one exception. My good friend and I ordered the Ragu alla Bolognese, very bland with little to any meat in sauce. Mentioned to the server we were disappointed and she asked if we would like desserts. Too many good restaurants in the area, will probably not return.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was great - very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The room was very nice with decor and quite enough that you could have a conversation. The food was OK but nothing special.
  6. LG

    LindaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything about Emilia. Excellent food and wine. The Grilled Romaine Salad was to die for. Fantastic!
  7. S

    Sound

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good. Waiter was helpful but seemed to have too many tables to be able to visit frequently enough. Request a table on the side of the restaurant. Middle tables have lots of people walking by constantly. Interior was chilly in the winter.
  8. DD

    DrewD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Atmosphere not romantic. Food was bland on all three dishes. They only carry Italian wines and they are overpriced when comparison to other upscale restaurants. We will not return.
  9. LK

    LolitaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All entrees we're cooked to perfection & had great presentation & flavor. Was able to get slight modification on herbs which allowed me to order what I wanted.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emilia is always a favorite pre-show dinner spot as the food is always wonderful and the service friendly and prompt.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!
  12. A

    Annette

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Valerie and John are amazing!! Special request!! On the menu or a secret menu - PLEASE PLEASE add your pork rinds.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tennessee Theater
  14. MB

    MissB

    Cincinnati

    38 reviews

    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our surly greeter was a bit off-putting but Bethany, our server was a sweetheart and made up for it. This wasn’t the restaurant I expected.. hard to tell from the details and when you don’t know the City. It is very large, very busy and although we were starving so ate quickly, we felt a little rushed. Had a salad and a side of beets to start which were good. Had pasta and a risotto for entrees. I didn’t really enjoy the risotto.. it was over-drenched with things and I only made it through half… Very rich indeed. I sometimes wish chefs would hold back a bit on ingredients in a dish. My husband did enjoy his pasta very much though. Wine was good and the panna cotta we shared for dessert was excellent. I don’t think I would choose Emilia again but our meal was fine.
  15. c

    cattubbbgttubbsequacamat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our twin boys 18th birthday with family and friends at Emilia. The food,service and atmosphere were amazing as usual. Keith is a expert wine steward. Also our waitress Bethany did a great job and was so accommodating to our large group. It is our favorite place to eat in Knoxville. Can’t wait to go back!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always outstanding Incredible menu Fabulous drinks Great atmosphere Incredible service Emilia’s sets the bar high for all other restaurants
  17. KN

    KathyN

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite Italian place in town. We love sitting at the bar. Food is amazing, service is exceptional and Lauren (bartender) is a great addition to the evening. I would 100% recommend and have to so many people.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Great Foos
  19. RD

    RobertD

    E. Tennessee

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    I ordered the gnocchi. It was absolutely delicious. However, when the waitress brought my food I thought there must have been a mistake. It looked like a portion that would come off a child’s menu. They are very stingy on the portion size for the price. Come on, we’re not talking about lobster or steak. This is gnocchi made out of potato and flour tomato sauce spices and pork. Not a good value for the money.
  20. J

    Joeyooh

    Los Angeles

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for a lovely dinner and attentive service.
  21. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and great service. One of my favorite places to eat in Knoxville!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal! One of the best meals we’ve ever had. We shared two starters, each had our own entree, and split two desserts. Every single dish was absolutely delicious. So flavorful and beautifully presented. Will be going back every time we’re in town for a game!
  23. MK

    McKin

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time in…seated promptly at reservation time. Server was knowledgeable of menu & attentive to detail. Sommelier was good…his recommendations were spot on. We will definitely be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    The food was a huge let down. Ordered the steak and a mushroom pasta dish to share. The pasta dished Lacked flavor and was very mediocre. The steak was ok but not great and came with very underwhelming side dishes. For the price, I was expecting a well balanced meal with high quality ingredients and flavors. Not the case. I will not be back and so not recommend this restaurant. Disappointed
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great visit! Food was fantastic and our server, Lauren, made the meal that much better with great conversation and solid food and wine recommendations. Can’t wait to return!
  26. TS

    TheSequoyahGuy

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This seems to be a terrific place for a young/hipster kind of crowd. I rate this on my total tab, I have certain expectations if I am going to spend $150 for a couple. It was very good, not amazing or memorable. As an older guy I prefer a lower level of ambient sound.
  27. T

    Tonsofun

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    My wife and I decided to try out Emilia for the first time last night. The restaurant was nice, but a bit pricey for the portions we received. Also, the flavor of most items was pretty bland compared to other Italian restaurants we frequent. We did enjoy the mussels appetizer, though. Not completely disappointed, but will probably not be back. Plenty of other restaurants in town to choose from.
  28. CW

    CyndyW

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Dinner was very good. Focaccia and Brussel sprouts were excellent. Pork was a little fatty. Salmon was g.ood
  29. SL

    SteveL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Nice restaurant. Service was very good. The pasta and starters were very good. Definitely recommend this place.
  30. BT

    BobT

    New York Area

    106 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good drinks, great food and excellent service from Bethany. Go there....
  31. EP

    EricP

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our meal at Emilia!!
  32. J

    Jimmie

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a consistently great restaurant and has become our favorite in Knoxville. Great food and service.
  33. AC

    AshleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent ambiance! They catered to my daughters dietary needs without a blink and she felt SO special! We never felt rushed. It was a wonderful EXPERIENCE not just a place to eat.
  34. JH

    JonasH

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food, wine, and service!
  35. CS

    ChrisS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The serving staff was excellent, the food was prompt and quite tasty. Portions were large.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wedding anniversary
  37. E

    Elb7

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! The food was delicious and the service was great.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! We had a great time and enjoy our meal. One of our favorite restaurant in Knoxville
  39. D

    Diner01

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Most of our food was just warm not hot. We could eat it but one meal was totally cold. They did remake it and gave us a credit for the meal. A nice touch. When the replacement arrived. The sauce if hot but polenta just warm. Server was very good and tried to be accommodating. Not sure why they could not get the temp of the food more palate pleasing.
  40. SJ

    SallyJ

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Every little thing. Amazing

FAQs

Emilia is rated 4.6 stars by 2214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
Google Map for Emilia

16 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wall Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Market Square Garage, Locust Street Garage, and State Street Garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Gallaher

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (865) 313-2472

  • Catering

    Chef Matt Gallaher has an extensive background in catering. From small dinners and large fundraising events to weddings, Chef Matt delivers a delicious and professional experience. Email info@knoxmason.com to customize your event menu and experience.

  • Private party facilities

    We will provide exclusive use of Emilia for Private Events on Monday nights. Some other evenings may also be available. Email info@knoxmason.com for more info!

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