Emilia

4.7
1652 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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKnoxvilleGuy
E. Tennessee
226 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MargaretW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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vipKnoxTN
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had yet another super meal at Emilia. They never disappoint

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TerryT
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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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
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic food; great for business or date night.

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vipLisaD
E. Tennessee
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

One of my friends had the special Saturday night. The meat was so tough, it was hardly edible. Very disappointing, especially for the price! This was our first night out in months and we chose Emilia b/c we’ve always had great food and great service. The service was excellent. The food (the one dish) was disappointing.

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vipJimmie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding our favorite restaurant in Knoxville

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed another incredible meal at Emilia’s tonight! It’s our favorite place to dine in Knoxville. We’ve always enjoyed celebrating special occasions at this fabulous restaurant.

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HollyS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals my boyfriend and I have had in a long time

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went early on Valentine’s Day evening and had a great meal with excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food and atmosphere

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PaladinVol
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Valentine’s weekend dinner with friends! Four different dishes — all were delicious!

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SamB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! Would highly recommend for any Italian food lover. It is a great date night spot!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We got stuck at a table right in front of the door, so we Elster blasted by the cold every time the door was opened. There were 6 other open tables that were further into the restaurant. I have been to Emilia many times before and always enjoyed myself, but I feel like we were snubbed with the table we were places at. It real soured the whole experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible!

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vipPat983
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very good experience and certainly will return and would recommend .

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TrevorS
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Great hospitality. Great wine knowledge. Perfectly cooked pasta and overall well balanced and well executed food.

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LaurenB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food and drinks were amazing and the atmosphere was really great too! Service was great as well! We'll definitely be back!

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suga865
E. Tennessee
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time to dine with Emilia and everything we hear around town is true - delicious food, excellent service (we had Elise as our server) in a quaint (socially distanced) restaurant
we can’t wait to return and try other menu items

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vipOpenTableVIP
E. Tennessee
133 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

An experienced consumer is able to tell in the first whiff, and first taste, the quality of an establishment. Regardless of a smiling front of house, or well studied server, the truth of a restaurant rests on the hands in the kitchen, that, on this experience, clouded the gnocchi with an over abundance of Parmigiano Reggiano without asking first.

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RobertQ
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , great service. Just a wonderful place to have dinner. It’s always outstanding.

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CynthiaH
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, comfortable atmosphere, prompt service

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JustinM
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this Restaurant.... Great food, the best is the Olives, a must try!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tuesday night Pasta special is the best. Quite a treat and reasonably priced.

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TravH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Best pasta on the planet, always cooked al dente, to perfection.

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KimH
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Never paid extra for bread at an italian restaurant. Disappointed few traditional items on menu (lasagna, spaghetti). Service was very slow and somewhat neglectful.

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meshelly129
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In terms of restaurant choices in Knoxville, Emilia offers delectable homemade pasta, which is why, I believe it is worth a visit! Awesome and swift service, modern farm chic style inside.. intimate venue with quiet surroundings. I can’t recall whether there was music in the background—if so, I think it was pretty quiet.
Prices weren’t completely horrible, but, a little steep. Dishes arrived slightly different than imagined, but still good. 4 to 4.5 stars overall.

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DavidM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner! One of the best culinary experiences in Knoxville.

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Morgan
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited on their Tuesday $10 pasta special night. We had bucatini with meatballs and the pistachio gelato. Pasta was perfect and meatballs were well seasoned. The gelato was topped with the most delicious crumble and peach preserves. Great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so amazing and comforting. Had the warm olives, artichoke fritti, carbonara, bolognese, and finished off with the pistachio gelato. Everything was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was chill and the place seemed very clean. We had the friendliest waitress with the best recommendations. We will certainly be back whenever we are in Knoxville.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful, as always!

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vipderekc
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to astound with great food and service. Ownership much be great as I feel sometimes employees sense great ownership and become vested in the success

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Zinney1
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

If you have ever been to Italy, all over-you would know what a true Bolognese sauce is. Chunks of different types of meats, mainly pork, lamb and veal and sometimes beef. I hate to criticize but this sauce was the consistency of finely ground beef with a heavy hand of salt and not a tomato in sight. The dish was 90% pasta. I kindly asked for more sauce and my server kindly brought out a bowl. What was not ok is that I was charged for it. I should have trusted my instincts and ordered something else. I will return, but never order that. I have lived in Italy and was taught by the best families. You forgot the sugar. Everything else was wonderful.

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vipBrooklyn10
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pasta dishes were terrible 😞. The Fruti Di Mare is not even close to the dish that has that name.

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Stephen
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food!

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Julie
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and our dinner was excellent!

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RussH
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
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 on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Emilia is rated 4.7 stars by 1652 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.