Emilia

4.7
1558 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and Outstanding service!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. No aspect of this restaurant has ever disappointed us.

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JennR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered so many things and it was all incredible. I can’t wait to go back!

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HappyTummy
E. Tennessee
18 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Our meals were scrumptious. The ambiance was perfect. Situated in Market Square in Knoxville, it gives you an opportunity to browse the different shops and make it a very pleasant evening.

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DeAnnaB
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a must go when in Knoxville visiting with family! Delicious food and so nice to be able to go out for dinner again.

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vipMikeA
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for her birthday. It’s her favorite! (mine too)
They never disappoint!

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BrianW
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and impressive first visit. We will be back soon!

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Tallam
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved 2 tables of 6 for a wedding party. They were very accommodating and efficient. The food was outstanding and had something for our vegetarians and steaks for our meat lovers. Good selection of Italian wines. Next time I’m in town I will be coming back her for sure!

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NicholasC
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

i think this restaurant is one of the finest eateries in Knoxville

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Emilia’s was delightful. The food was delicious and the restaurant space is beautiful. The service was great and the restaurant did a wonderful job in the current COVID environment. Will definitely be back!

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I am new the Knoxville area and I was looking for a good restaurant for a date night. Emilia was perfect! We had reservations for 6 and were seated immediately. One of the things I was looking for was an atmosphere that would make easy for conversation. Emilia delivered. We were seated by the window at the front of the house. I was uncertain if I would be bothered by people looking in at us from the market square but as it got darker it no longer was an issue and made for a nice view with the outdoor lighting. The food was delicious! We shared the grilled broccoli and steamed mussels. Both were great! I had the seafood pasta and my date enjoyed the Orecchiette. We both cleaned our plates! Our host was very helpful when it came to the menu as well as checking up on us throughout the evening. Emilia was the perfect spot for an evening out. We both enjoyed our evening together and felt like we had enough privacy during our dinner to engage in deeper conversations. I social distancing was in our favor in that regards.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very well thought out and tasty, service was a little scattered but fine. Food was excellent.

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LindsayH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Elise was sweet and knowledgeable and the staff seated Us early and were so kind. I’m vegan and was blown away by their vegan pasta dish. We also had our three year old with us and didn’t feel like she was a bother. We will definitely be back!

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WilliamC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great service as always! Always feel like family when here!

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HeatherG
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PHENOMENAL! Every dish we ordered was fabulous, and we ordered quite a bit! Highly recommend this place. Our wonderful server Killian was so helpful with selections! An overall excellent dinner! And even though you will be too full for dessert, share the butterscotch one!

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vipSkipF
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilia is always terrific. First time back since the pandemic began in March, but they did not skip a beat. Quality of food and service are always top notch. Our server, Valerie, was excellent. Extra-added value: the hostess--Emily--is a superstar. Always so welcoming on the phone and in person. Emilia is the whole package in Knoxville.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner!

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LadyBailey
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful date night! Food was amazing, service was excellent.

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vipderekc
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frequent patron Definitely a fine dining Italian restaurant. Springer chicken and eggplant appetizer superb. If anyone reading this since covid I have been tipping 30 to 40 percent at least as wait staff etcetera with reduced tables are struggling as well. If you can afford to eat there be generous

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LaurenR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service at Emilia is consistently delicious and well done. This is one of our favorite spots for tasty, thoughtfully crafted Italian food. Always a fantastic choice!

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Stephen
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people, great menu, great service

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CarolO
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so wonderful to return to Emilia's. The food was tasty as ever and the service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good, best red wine I have had and the server and Somalia was very helpful in the selection. I would go back. I got the penne dish with gnocchi instead and it was to die for

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Russ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

UNREAL! I travel a ton and eat out a lot and this place was one of the top 5 meals I have ever enjoyed in a long career of travel. EACH item we had whether it was appetizer, entree, or dessert was just ridiculous good. I tasted every plate that came to our table and just utterly superb. The hostess was terrific, our service was impeccable, and the entire vibe of the place was crazy nice. Before we arrived, did not know they have an extensive wine list so we brought our own very nice bottle....the manager saw that we were drinking nice wine and brought over the good glasses and insisted to which we really appreciated. Family attends UT and we cannot wait to go back again and again.

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DisappointedDiner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Very disappointed after reading good reviews. Waitress was not friendly. When sides were overcooked she offered to replace with a different side, which was even worse. The broccolini was not "charred", it was badly burnt, dry, and inedible. Brought it to the owner's attention, and he said he would remove items from the bill. The sides are $7 and he took $4 off the total $70 bill. The bread isn't even complimentary, it's $5. Waitress didn't speak when she brought the check and returned it. We won't be back.

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vipKnoxTN
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be eating and one of our favorite places. It never disappoints and tonight was no different. Great meal great service

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food and great service!

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PatriciaE
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Emilia. This was our 1st time back since March.
Nothing has changed. They have delicious food, wonderful wine, and the nicest most helpful people.

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vipMrWonderful
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy that on our one-night stopover in Knoxville, that we chose to eat here. We met Matt, the owner, who sat us at our table. Food, cocktails, wine, and service were all a 10 plus. Not sure how many better restaurants might exist than this one in Knoxville, so all I can tell you is...............GO.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilia never disappoints. Great service and fantastic food. We love their grilled romaine salad, burrata, mussels, artichoke fritti, to name a few.
Meatballs and polenta are my hands down favorite.

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Jerry
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was recommended by our son whose in management with Pilot. It was our 50th wedding anniversary. It went beyond our expectations. I’d recommend it to anyone!

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Marathoner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and outstanding service. The prices are high but that seems to be the norm for restaurants located on Market Square.

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vipKellerS
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The hostess was rude and she and the manager stared at me bc

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Katie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilia was lovely as always. They are doing a fantastic job of social distancing tables but still giving a semblance of normalcy which is a breath of life during this confusing time. This was my first restaurant dining experience since March and it was so nice to be out again! The food was DELICIOUS. I considered ordering a second steak for desert because the first one was so good, but decided against it so they could have my table for the next guest... :) 5 stars - would absolutely recommend.

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vipFoodies
Nashville
56 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. The 4 of us leaned in and had appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks and couldn’t find a single thing to fault. The staff were organized and worked hard and everything felt on point. How couldn’t we highly recommend? We will certainly be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilia never fails to provide the best experience. By far one of the very best restaurants in Knoxville!

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vipKimH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all around. Food was delicious with fresh ingredients. Service was great and we felt safe and that everything was clean - observing social distancing properly, etc. will definitely be back soon.

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MattK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was spot on, and the spacing indoors and ventilation make it feel very safe. Great experience overall.

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LizW
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great, one of my most favorite spots in Knoxville!

FAQs

Emilia is rated 4.7 stars by 1558 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.