Emilia

4.7
1678 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.
What 1678 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IreneH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

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Buggy
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

So good! I had a delicious Pinot Grigio as well as mussels and pasta. All was yummy!

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CharlesM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you have food allergies like I do, Emilia will accommodate in spades. I have a difficult collection of allergies including: gluten, dairy, soy, tomatoes and eggs. Without question, the chef and our server were gracious and happy to revamp what I selected, if needed. I started with the Roasted Beets with Pistachio Butter which was out of this world, followed by the Oysters which were also fabulous. They have a lovely collection of wines too. We found out later in the meal that the chef, sommelier and one other person are from the Blackberry Farms Resort. They did not disappoint.

We had a party of 6 and everyone was exceptionally pleased with their dinner, wine and service. Bon Appetit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration.

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HallieM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place for a date night! The food was great and the service was exceptional.

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DianeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was outstanding. Food was delicious, all staff masked.

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BasilM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious & great value
Mussels Excellant
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vipBarbiedoll
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious- loved the fresh pasta and Bolognese sauce.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was great! From cocktails to the entrees we loved it all.

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BenC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Consistently good quality food. Service was great. I will bring my own wine next time. I think theirs is overpriced. The Tiramisu was a little disappointing. Overall for ambiance and food quality I am really like Emilia’s.

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vipMadcap1
Western NC
69 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Always our first choice when we are in Knoxville!

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KevinB
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was just not good at all. We left and went to a different restaurant after our horrible meal.

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PillDickle
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious homemade pasta, artichoke fritters that made my artichoke loving wife smile with glee, excellent house wine and great, prompt service. What's not to love?

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vipderekc
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistent gem. Appetizers always amazing and homemade pasta

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nancyd
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was very good. Manager decanted our bottle of wine for us and chatted a bit about the wine as he did. Menu had really interesting choices, riffing on traditional themes of Italian food.

Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was first out meal inside a restaurant with dear friends in over a year. Could not have asked for a better experience. The food was outstanding as always and our wines were the perfect accompaniment. (Thank you, Keith!) Note to those that may be intimidated by a wine list - the staff is so knowledgeable and will help you choose something that compliments your meal. Don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation! Matt and his entire team continue to knock it out of the park with some of the best food to be found in Knoxville.

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BirthdayGirl
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly staff !

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BAC2021
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

4 of the 6 dishes were ordered were extremely salty, like overwhelmingly salty. The meatball dish was good 👍. Not sure if it's a particular seasoning they use or if it was just a bad night, but none of the 4 were able to finish their dish.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was mediocre especially for the price point. Carbonara is overly salty, artichoke fritters were basically overpriced hush puppies. Highly recommend the arugula salad.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Covid safe, great service and food!

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall experience was good. One complaint - the website said outdoor seating was “first come first serve” yet when we arrived, the hostess said that all outdoor seats were “already spoken for.” We were then seated inside and finished our entire meal while outdoor seats remained unused.

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SHERRIH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely fabulous, service was impeccable, and the ambiance was enchanting. We will definitely revisit!

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vipSheilaH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Always.

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Danie
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food! 5 stars!!

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Katie
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best places in Knoxville to eat! It’s so fun and won’t completely break the bank.

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AshleyD
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint little Italian restaurant nestled in busy Market Square. If you’re looking for a quiet, intimate Italian restaurant with a family feel, Emilia is the place for you! Excellent wine selection that pairs well with their tasty pasta selections. Don’t forget about dessert because their Tiramisu is out of this world. If you haven’t tried it yet, DO IT!!

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vipSheilaH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal is always delicious!

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JSHII
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better restaurants in Knoxville. Have been multiple times, and never had a bad experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A++ Outstanding

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KathrynJ
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat at Emilia's often and the food is always very good - love it.

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vipAnjaS
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Delicious food.

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Jairod
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night outing. Food is delicious and service is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilia is always a great option for business dinners. Knowledgeable staff, great food & beverage offerings and an atmosphere conducive to conversation.

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vipKnoxvilleGuy
E. Tennessee
228 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've eaten at Emilia many times, but had not been here in over a year due to the pandemic. We were really glad to come back. The food is really good, service was great, and we had a generally nice time. We'll be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! One of our favorite restaurants in the city.

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MargaretW
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very polite about being a bit later for reservation
Service was excellent... Very helpful... An excellent wine recommendation!
Food cooked perfectly! Enjoyed the twist they put on classic dishes
Highly recommended!

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TerryT
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Seated right on time. Food was really good. Thought maybe pasta was a bit undercooked but Bolognese was fantastic. Grilled romaine really nice to start.

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vipKnoxTN
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had yet another super meal at Emilia. They never disappoint

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vipJanieW
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The Wagyu Beef was not cooked right and it was very chewy. We expected much better for the price and for that quality of beef. Very disappointing

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MDavid
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic food; great for business or date night.

FAQs

Emilia is rated 4.7 stars by 1678 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.