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Emilia, Knoxville, TN

Emilia

4.7
4.7
2176 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 32 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 2,176 people are saying

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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

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Tennessee

    Healthy

  • East Tennessee

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Best Overall

  • Knoxville

    Best Food

  • Knoxville

    Best Value

  • Knoxville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Knoxville

    Good for Groups

  • Knoxville

    Healthy

  • Knoxville

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Most Booked

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  1. D

    Diner01

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  2. SJ

    SallyJ

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Every little thing. Amazing
  3. J

    Jonathan

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was mediocre. Group of 4, ordered 4 appetizers, 3 pasta/risotto dishes and a steak dish. Risotto dish was extra al dente to my liking, steak dish too salty but they replaced it quickly, other dishes were ok, nothing special. Service was excellent. Probably might try to come back again to give another try since waitress was excellent and manager quickly acted due to very salty steak.
  4. MC

    MikeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emilia consistently delivers good food, service and ambiance. We have never been disappointed there.
  5. S

    Sportsdoc

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience. Superb food and reasonable pricing, especially excellent wine. Will be back again soon.
  6. EP

    EricP

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Emilia. Food was delicious and service was absolutely outstanding.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time as always at Emilia!
  8. TF

    TomF

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience as always. We shared the grilled romaine heart … an excellent starter for our main courses: the bolognese from the standard menu and the squid ink pasta seafood special. Some people may be squid ink averse (and I am not always a fan) but this was a delightful dish of calamari and lobster with a delicate but spicy tomato sauce. A unique dish I would definitely get again. Of course, our butterscotch and dark chocolate desserts provided a sweet close to our meal. And our server Becca only added to our positive experience!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Passing through Knoxville on a trip— we were very excited for this dinner. But from the very underwhelming greeting at the door, to the plates literally being dropped on the table in front of us, to the very overcooked and mostly bland pasta, the dinner was just meh. The highlight of the night was the good service— although we were never asked how the meal was, even though we left more than half on the plate. Maybe it was just an off experience? Either way. Kind of a bummer. Thank you, Keith, for the excellent amaro suggestion and education.
  10. P

    Pennu

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The matte de was rude
  11. HG

    HeatherG

    Birmingham

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From cocktail to dessert, everything was phenomenal! Excellent service, highly recommend!
  12. M

    sueM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner very much. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. The service was excellent and each dish was delicious. We both had the half chicken dish and it was great. We would definitely recommend Emilia’s.
  13. j

    johnc

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the second time we have eaten at the restaurant. The food is always very good.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was great! Loved the house wine and black Manhattan. Overall, the food was good but not great. I would go back again
  15. B

    Bistrofan

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Solid and consistent. Corkage a bit high given their wine list.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The gnocchi was super light and pillowy with an awesome spicy sauce and the pork Milanese was probably the crunchiest and most tasty we’ve ever had. Was super surprised to find such good Italian food in the heart of Knoxville. Would highly recommend!
  17. JP

    JeniferPD

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome from start to finish! Amelia waited on us and she couldn’t have been more attentive. It was our anniversary dinner and it was the perfect choice for us.
  18. JJ

    JudyJ

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We arrived early and were seated more toward the back of the restaurant. However, it wasn't a problem as the noise level closer to the bar or the kitchen was nonexistent. Most importantly, the service was exceptional, and the food was amazing. Our server was Lauren. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. We had two appetizers--artichokes and focaccia bread w/ricotta. We shared Polenta&Meatballs Pomodoro and Cavatelli Ai Frutti Di Mare. Both were excellent. It is a little pricey, but completely worth it.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding from start to finish. Best chicken dish in town. Server very friendly and attentive.
  20. AC

    AmandaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Everything was just middle of the road for Emila. We had the summer risotto and the gnocchi- both were alright. The focaccia was dry but the butter/olive oil made up for it. The most standout items were the heirloom tomatoes on the pulled mozzarella and the olive oil. It’s also a good place if you want and in and out dining experience. We sat down at 5:05 pm and completed eating by 5:39 pm. I’ve spent longer at a fast casual restaurant dining out.
  21. BB

    BrookeB

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful evening! Thank you!
  22. TS

    TimS

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Killian’s service was great! Food is very good. Tiramisu is incredible!
  23. TN

    TNFoodie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Sat at two person table directly next to area where staff gathered to roll cutlery on the far left wall across from bar. Their personal conversations were distracting to our experience.
  24. MS

    MarkS

    E. Tennessee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoy the food although it’s slightly expensive
  25. JT

    JenTN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Becca and Wes took provided great service. We sat out on the patio and had a wonderful meal, starting with their fresh burrata cheese - yum!
  26. MC

    MikeC

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We recently celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Emilia. Service was superb, meal and wine were great as well. Our server was very attentive in helping us select the wine as well as our meals. Atmosphere was excellent. Will definitely come back!
  27. JH

    JohnH

    E. Tennessee

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as usual!
  28. FC

    FoodieCouple

    Memphis/West TN

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    A fantastic meal. All 6 in our party raved about their dish.
  29. MP

    MariaP

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Our server was knowledgeable on wine and recommended one based on our preferred type (which was not listed). Food served at perfect temperature and everyone on our table got their plate at the same time. This was not our first time and definitely will not be the last.
  30. EV

    EmilyV

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and environment. Highly recommend if youve been thinking about this place.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing!!!!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!!
  33. b

    bobkarennoah

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best Italian restaurant we have enjoyed in over 60 years when we lived in San Francisco, which was the best then. Our waiter knew what we were reliving our SF experiences since he also lived in SF for several years! You can't be beat for a special occasion outing!
  34. W

    Wyoomal

    Philadelphia

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great dinner. Loved the grilled Caesar! And mussels. Husband had gnocchi and said it was excellent.
  35. H

    Happ

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our yearly visit to this lovely restaurant for my daughters birthday before she goes back to UTK. (We are from Virginia ). The service, ambience and quality of food are awesome ! Great wine list as well.
  36. c

    chicasrule

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have great service and fabulous meals. Definitely recommend this wonderful restaurant.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best night out in Knoxville. The management always makes sure that you are looked after and ensure a great dining experience all around.
  38. AG

    AlanG

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Wonderful food!
  39. F

    Foodiedad

    E. Tennessee

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I are plant based. The server had great suggestions for us and everything was spectacular! Thanks and we can’t wait to return.
  40. JJ

    JamesJ

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Octopus app was very tender and delicious. The hummus nearly stole the show it was so good. Everyone’s meal was well presented and kitchen was spot on with the cook. All dishes were quite delicious and service was very attentive but not over bearing. Overall well worth the money.

FAQs

Emilia is rated 4.7 stars by 2176 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 32 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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