Emilia

4.7
1615 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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4.8
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Julie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and our dinner was excellent!

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RussH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Overall great. The hosteas was awful and just rude. Server was great. Food as always was unreal great. Lovely place with super good food.

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ShaneC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tasting food ever! Service was amazing! Highly recommend and will go back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Good value. Great service. Whether any of their pastas or roast chicken or dessert it is all very good.

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vipScranda
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Great food, great service and a good atmosphere.

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JeffF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding meal. Great Gluten-free and Daily-free options. Great service!

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Blee
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keith and Nick were outstanding! Emilia has one of the best wine lists around. We even enjoyed the music selection!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have wonderful service and the food is fresh and delicious!

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MeganK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were wonderful. We look forward to returning.

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jennifera
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Took my mom out for dinner while in town. We loved everything we had. Roasted beets,grilled romaine and focaccia bread were perfect! Pasta dishes cooked perfectly and desserts are a must try as well.

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vipBaxter
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. The mussels were delicious and plentiful! Highly recommend.

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AlysonP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service was good!

We were excited for the homemade focaccia, but unfortunately it was dense and dry.

The texture of the homemade pasta great, but the flavor was WAY to salty.

The experience was fun, but looking back not a great value for quality of food.

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SarahK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the Pollo! It is the best! Love the market square as well where it sits.

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RayR
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, wonderful food. We will definitely be back.

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gabrielbrentsmith
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10 out of 10...service was great...food was excellent..best place on market square

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Stephen
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

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KTMustang78
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, the service was great. My only suggestion would be to provide free deserts for special occasions.

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JesseH
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous. Cannot wait to go back. Our server was fantastic too. Cannot recommend it enough.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food very good but hard to enjoy because EVERY time front door opened the bitter coldness from outside blew through the whole restaurant. - big reason NY restaurant doors open to sides.
I’ll try Emelia again in the summer.

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vipchar
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was good and atmosphere nice. Some different dishes than at a chain Italian restaurant, the roasted beets were delicious as the salmon tartare.. Good cocktails, wine list was heavy in Italian wines I was not familiar with but ended up with a nice Pinot.

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vipLovesMexicanFood
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner while viewing the beautiful Christmas lights on Market Square. Love the vegan options!! I would order the same thing a hundred times. The pistachio beets were amazing!!

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Stephen
E. Tennessee
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very consistent experience. Excellent food, excellent kitchen, excellent service, pleasant atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious food. We got the mussels to start, which were amazing. The polenta and meatballs are to die for.

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vipKnoxfoodie
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was great and we had a very pleasant and enjoyable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Our party was placed very close to the door, so every time it opened a blast of cold air made us shiver, but someone had to seated there I guess. They wine taps were out of order. Overall excellent experience.

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HOBS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The restaurant is nice and quiet. It is casual, but has an upscale feel compared to your mom and pop Italian restaurants. The server was very friendly and attentive. However, our steamed mussel appetizer was served pretty much cold and only came with enough toasted bread to finish about 1/4 of the mussels. When we asked for more bread, it was literally as hard as croutons. When we got our entrees, we could not finish 3 of the 5 because they were so salty. I had the Pork Milanese which presented beautifully, but the first bite had my blood pressure spiking. I had the rest of my family try a bite to be sure it wasn't just me and they said the same thing. My wife had the carbonara and it was the same level of saltiness. It was literally stinging her mouth. We had high hopes for this place and I am sure that the limited menu is due to COVID, but it was not what I expect for good Italian food and especially at their prices. Party of 5 was $190 with tip.

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Marc
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AWESOME vegan pasta option. would definitely recommend to anyone thats plant based or just curious.

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RobertP
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly staff that went above and beyond. The food is always good. We were impressed with how well they were handling COVID seating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but worth it!

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CoryB
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in town and definitely the best Italian food. So glad we get to experience a place so top notch in Knoxville

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KennethR
E. Tennessee
48 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding evening with top notch service from Madison.

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AinsHud
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food excellent. It is my favorite restaurant to celebrate special occasions.

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vipTimT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We eat at Emilia’s regularly, it’s one of our favorite restaurants in Knoxville. My wife and I had bad meals, the gnocchi was mush and the bolognese too salty. These are our normal “go to” meals so we were very surprised.

The gnocchi went completely untouched and we were able to share the bolognese, leaving about half uneaten. We notified the waiter who was very apologetic. The manager came over, and to our surprise we were made to feel that this is normal for these dishes and that it must be our taste. No apologies were given by the manager and neither dish was taken off our bill.

Needless to say it’ll be a while until we go back, not because of a bad night by the cook or poor service by our waiter, but rather because of poor customer satisfaction by the manager.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely AMAZING every single time!!!

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Sunshine
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love their grilled romaine salad. It was delicious. We also had carbona and fillet. All was excellent.

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ReneeM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The reservation was for my birthday which was noted in the reservation. I assumed they would give a bit of special treatment but the occasion was not mentioned. Food was very salty. My hubs had the meatball special which he really enjoyed. Everything down to the bread was a la carte. For my first visit & it being a special occasion I wasn't very impressed. Overpriced pasta. Even desert was very bland. Not much of a celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The best pasta!! The wine is over priced and our server was a bit pushy but otherwise it was great!

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SheilaC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to in Knoxville. Fine dining and great atmosphere in market square. Always satisfied.

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TodieforItalian
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is INSANELY AMAZING!!! Felt like I was In New York City. The wine list is incredible and we had the best time, plus the desserts were everything you’d want them to be along side my espresso!!! Such a delicious place. Very impressive

FAQs

Emilia is rated 4.7 stars by 1615 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.