Emmaline

4.6
998 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Emmaline is a refined yet laid-back interpretation of an American Trattoria, the epitome of the neighborhood kitchen, delivering on the vision of a unique to Houston all-day dining experience. Its energy and feel is inspired by the foresight of what Houstonians deserve – an approachable neighborhood restaurant that possesses a sophisticated ease yet an unpretentious and genuine spirit of vibrant, positive energy. A diverse, yet simple menu driven by traditional ingredients presented in small shareable plates will also deliver American classics with European refinement in its larger plates, pastries and wine and cocktail program.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emmaline is our favorite Houston Restaurant! The ambiance, food, decor and service are perfection!

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NS
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, romantic spot with wonderful lighting, decor, music, food, drinks, wine and fantastic service.

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OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place great food and ambiance

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and the restaurant is cute! The food wasn't outstanding, but was fine. It was a bit pricey for what it was.

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D
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Sat for brunch and the disc jockey played the music way too loudly. Also, the selections, for the crowd, didn't seem appropriate. Had to raise voice to have our conversation and we were in the garden room.
Loved the menu, the food, but was really taken back when the waiter didn't know about your recent honor (of which I congratulated him on). Come on now, winning it is one thing, getting it in the newspaper is another, but capitalizing on the honor is necessary. Starting with informing the help is an easy place to start.

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M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I cannot stress enough how beautiful the inside of this restaurant is! I've eaten here 3 times now and I still find myself looking around to take in the decor. The food is delicious (not cheap and not huge portions, but pretty typical for this style of restaurant) and the presentation is even better. If you need a gram-worthy brunch spot or a romantic dinner date, this is the perfect spot. They've also got a standard (but I'll give them, creatively-named) cocktail list running the $10-15 range, as well as a more impressive (but under-sold) wine list. Valet parking exists in the lot, but if you plan on drinking and are from the area I'd recommend Ubering in (the entrance to their lot serves as the perfect drop off point). TLDR: I'll be back.

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N
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good and creative food. Enjoyed the waiter (who had also waited on us before). At outside and it was pleasant. Pretty noisy inside for some reason

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt spoiled. ❤️

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1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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MF
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our entire dinner was very good but we particularly enjoyed the appetizers. We had some thinly sliced scallops in a nice sauce with sorbet, burrata, and some lightly breaded and fried mushroom with aioli sauce. We choose salmon and pork chops as our entrees. They were cooked to perfection with some wood grilled vegetables.

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SP
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food at Emmaline were superb. We ate on the lovely patio since the restaurant was a little noisy inside. Our waitress was exceptionally kind and solicitous and made sure we made it in time to a play at nearby Stages Theater. Asparagus, scallops and hanger steak excellent. Highly recommend!

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C
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, comfort, atmosphere, just enough background hum from others to keep your table's conversation private - a great experience. Thanks! -Craig

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PS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and daughter-in-law were impressed with the food. It was great place to celebrate both Mother’s Day and our children’s return to Houston

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EK
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Loved the beautiful setting and our server was wonderful. Service was slow, 1.5 hours till we got our entrees, and the food was very salty, soup and two fish dishes. A bit disappointed in the food with all the hype I had heard. Maybe we ordered wrong.

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TM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go good!!!! Delicious food and amazing service. We will be back.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Very expensive and not worth the price. Kids menu was $25- if you happen to have a little one with you (which we did since it was Mother’s Day). Service was just okay even though they were not busy.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch! The food was very good and service was quick.

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LP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Cute little European bistro feel. Valet parking for convenience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Emmaline was great. The restaurant itself is beautiful and we loved sitting upstairs on the patio. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

My only complaint is that there was a set price/menu for Mother’s Day which was not communicated to me via Open Table or Emmaline when they called to confirm the reservation.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, the ambience and the service!! Great place!

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MR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance was excellent for Mother’s day. However, I just wasn’t sold on the $65 per person for the Mother’s day brunch. I wasn’t aware that if you ate brunch there for Mother’s day, you would have a set menu for $65 per person. Our tab was $300 for 4 ppl. Food was good but nothing incredible other than the pastries. I’m happy my mom was able to experience Emmaline but I wouldn’t go back. Our server was really great though and it was a beautiful day.

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T
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall experience but must mention outstanding wine advise from the restaurant sommelier. We had a really excellent couple of wines with our dinner.

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JP
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will never be disappointed at Emmaline's. I have been here several times and tried something different every time and have loved everything. From the person who parks your car to the person who refills your water, everyone does a fantastic job. A special kudo goes out to Riley, our server. You are not going to find a more knowledgeable or proficient and extremely nicer person to have as your server than her. Be sure to ask for her section when you make your reservation to be guaranteed a very memorable dining experience.

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MD
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time to take someone to Emmaline for a special occasion brunch meal. Each time has been an excellent experience. My only complaint or disappointment was that I made the reservation more than a week out and the day before I got an email from OpenTable saying that the restaurant had canceled my reservation! Well, I didn't cancel it! I called them immediately and they fixed it, but it would have been a disaster if I had not noticed the email. Why did they just willy nilly cancel my reservation?

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d
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a beautiful place with great service, a wonderful menu and cocktails.

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Houston
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have already referred many friends to this great dining spot!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful overall experience. Look forward to returning!

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k
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday & couldn’t of picked a better place!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant wait staff. Delicious food. We will be back!

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S
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is always an experience.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great time! Delicious food

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love so much!

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Emmaline and it never disappoints! The food and service are wonderful - highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish it was a very enjoyable and lovely experience. Just the right ambiance for our celebratory business meeting.

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KJ
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The restaurant seemed very quiet for a normal Monday. It took ages to get food and then much longer to get our check. Food was good but it took 90 minutes for us to get and pay for salads. Different than my last few visits which were in late 2018. Food sri good but I probably won’t go for a quick lunch.

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EF
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do I start? The place is great! We got there and were seated immediately. We talked to our server/waiter for a good while and asked him about the menu items and what he would personally recommend. The food we got was great and had a lot of flavor. Great recommendations by him. For drinks I got the Stiegl Radler Grapefruit and my wife got the Teala in season and both were amazing. Talk about trying something new, and we both enjoyed those drinks. After our dinner we ordered the Banana Gelato Split and that was also different and amazing at the same time. At the bottom of the banana split was cinnamon toast crunch cereal, different idea, but worked very well together. After we asked for the check, the server/waiter thanked us for being very nice to every server that came to our table. He then proceeded to tell us that the dessert was one them. I don't know if the people that go to this resturant aren't nice to them, but he was really grateful for us being so nice to the servers. That night, my wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and hadn't mentioned any of it to our server/waiter.

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AF
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great setting. Relaxing atmosphere. Nice service. Good food and good cocktails. What else do you need?

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LS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dining and ambiance - will definitely return !

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DW
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food parings. Tasty drinks, beautiful ambiance and excellent service.

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N
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Alex, was so delightful and truly helped to make the evening even more enjoyable!

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