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Emilia, Knoxville, TN

Emilia

4.7
4.7
2105 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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Booked 20 times today

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 2,105 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Best Service

  • East Tennessee

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Tennessee

    Healthy

  • East Tennessee

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Best Overall

  • Knoxville

    Best Food

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Value

  • Knoxville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Knoxville

    Good for Groups

  • Knoxville

    Healthy

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Most Booked

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  1. TD

    TonyD

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent farm to table food. Decor was perfect and seating was spacious. Very low noise level presented a very pleasant dining experience.

  2. EF

    EmiliaFangirl

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best meal; best ambiance. Everything was delicious and flavorful - felt like we were in Italy.

  3. PP

    PatriciaP

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite restaurant. Not only is the food great but the staff are friendly and helpful. Don't forget the budino for dessert.

  4. JK

    JoeK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful good, especially considering our Gluten allergy (Celiac) restrictions. Emilia's is aware of considerations when preparing safe food for our restrictions and it is greatly appreciated.

  5. LJ

    LeeJ

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very nice evening. Need more menu items. Great service from waitress!

  6. GD

    GeorgeD

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    The best way to enjoy well-prepared food and drinks while spending hard-earned money. It is always the same and yet never redundant. Knoxville's most sincere and authentic Italian restaurant by un braccio and una gamba.

  7. JW

    JeffW

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    What a disappointment. Not sure how this place gets all these positive reviews. It's because of those we chose to eat here instead of elsewhere. Elsewhere would have easily been much better. Basically it's overpriced for what they offer. "Fine Italian cuisine.?" Not close. Being originally from the Chicago area we know good or great Italian. This ain't it. The Gnocchi was under cooked with little bits of fatty meat. My wife's Rotini was gummy and salty. No bread with the entrees. After asking, she brought out four pieces of toast she called focaccia. The only salad was a glob of arugula which we split. It was ok. To top it off, they knew from the reservation that it was my birthday. So...for this occasion we were told we could purchase a dessert and they'd put a candle on it. When I said "really," she snidely said, "I don't make the rules." Guess she sensed our displeasure. This experience really put a damper on our evening. Won't be back!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The chocolate and cherry dessert was amazing as was the polenta.

  9. SB

    SarahB

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic dinner and great environment

  10. J

    Janiebird

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome first time visit. Recommend splitting several items to get best samples on menu. Limited seating. Suggest reservations well in advance. Will definitely return.

  11. SB

    SteveB

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service in a warm, welcome and comfortable environment. More and welcoming outdoor seating would be a plus.

  12. N

    Nick

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food great service. Flexible with menu. Loved the grilled romaine and the amatricana

  13. AC

    jACK

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved our server and the sommelier, Keith was GREAT! The food exceeded our expectations - we will be back the next time we are in TN! Dont miss the warm olives, focaccia and the brick chicken - all exceptional! ❤️

  14. AA

    AlexisA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The asparagus app and the gnocci were great, so was the service.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasure to dine at Emilia. Friendly and attentive staff compliment the beautiful space and excellent food.

  16. CR

    CRand

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    The service was outstanding and the food good. Our appetizers and Butterscotch Budino were excellent! The only negative is that there was definitely too much salt in our entrees.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing!!!

  18. EO

    EatOutExceptionally

    Western NC

    91 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    We were in Knoxville to celebrate and meet up with friends for an exceptional dinner at Emilia. We enjoyed our visit with our friends and dinner was great. It was enhanced with 3 bottles of very old and very expensive Italian wine. We were the last folks in the restaurant and was made to feel like we were in the way of their closing so we had a bit of the wine left in bottle and said we can step outside to finish. We did not want our evening to end there but the way they made us feel was like we were in the way. Could not believe the treatment after we spent as a lovely evening and a TON of Money with them! We did so and then a young woman came out to their front patio area where we were and asked for the one Glass I still had in hand. What I am to drink this beautiful wine from a bottle??? REALLY! A $5 piece of stemware made them want the last impression we had of the restaurant to end on a sour note! SILLY MANAGEMENT BAD JUDGEMENT

  19. K

    Klitza

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    This restaurant may be Knoxville’s best and they use all the right words, but something is missing. The ambience may be what one needs to survive. The value also is okay, and the service is trained. It, however, especially the dishes, are just not Italian. The names, the ingredients, may be, but that’s not enough. One big exception, our dessert, was sensational

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great food and excellent service

  21. DC

    DaveC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Attentive waiter. Food was very good and well prepared. We would return.

  22. s

    savannahh

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and wonderful food! Best dining experience I’ve had in a long time

  23. TN

    TNgirl

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very GOOD Food, & Waitstaff !!!! A bit on the noisy side,tables closer together than we like............We just don't like having others right on top of us. But would definitely recommend, & come again!

  24. CW

    ChristinaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious, with a creative menu and a lovely setting. Becca (our server) really pushed it over the top. Her thoughtful recommendations and pleasant demeanor made us feel like guests in a friend's home.

  25. HV

    HappyVolFamily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our visit was outstanding. We were treated so kindly in spite of a really busy night. We brought in a graduation cake and it was cut and served for us too. THANK YOU!! We will be back!

  26. SC

    SeanC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    I heard good reviews about the place so gave it a try The pasta was not cooked it was hard not soft The service was OK, they asked if we wanted change it but the feeling had gone very poor food for an Italian Shame as looking forward to the meal on a birthday as well

  27. MO

    MONTYW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    I ordered the duck risotto it arrived with virtually no duck at all. We were not serve bread or anything else with the meal. I thought it was very poorly prepared the risotto wasn’t done properly I would never recommend this restaurant

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If I could give Emilia more than 5 stars I would, came to Knoxville for a weekend getaway, couldn’t get enough the first time dining we decided to dine twice in one weekend. Would recommend Emilia to anyone visiting Knoxville, the service was tremendous and the food was amazing.

  29. TB

    TimB

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was in town for the weekend and my wife and I tried Emilia out. We loved it. Food was fantastic and the service was great as well. We would definitely go back.

  30. CN

    CecilN

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Amazing service. We didn’t realize until after but the kitchen is very willing to accommodate special orders. We will be back!

  31. m

    meganb

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dining experience and food was outstanding!

  32. EX

    EXOR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was A+++++. Our server was good, but we were expecting more on the service level. Food either way surpass all our expectations. Best carbonara EVER!

  33. BK

    BenK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing pasta and wine! Delicious desert and nice options for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free/allergies. Cannot wait to go back!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My boyfriend and I went to Emilia for his birthday and absolutely loved it! Excellent, prompt service, delicious food, and lovely atmosphere. He had the steak, I had the bolognese, and we shared the focaccia. Perfectly portioned and divine flavor.

  35. BD

    BennyD

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress Valerie was excellent and attentive. Great decor and vibe. A very well thought out menu with great food that was “on point” and super fresh. We will definitely return!

  36. N

    Nate

    Nashville

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, the service and food were great. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service by the wait staff at the bar! We love this place!

  38. BS

    BrianS

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food, our server "Becca" was very helpful and friendly. We'll certainly go back.

  39. MW

    MeredithW

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The gnocchi was delicious as always, and the server so personable. My favorite place!

  40. TN

    TNGator

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    While the food was prepared well & presented in a great presentation, we've had similar menu items done with larger portions and less expensive. Good meal, but not sure we'd return.

FAQs

Emilia is rated 4.7 stars by 2105 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Emilia

16 Market Square Knoxville, TN 37902

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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