Emmaline

4.5
864 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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AO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place especially the decor. Really sophisticated and charming. It was a cold rainy night and it felt cozy seating in the booth. Will definitely come again. Did not disappoint.

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OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!! A little too dark for reading menu, but loved this place and will be back!

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b
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I would recommend to a friend but I would tell them that the restaurant is dark, the service is spotty and the food is a bit contrived. The overall experience was pleasant but I think I would go back for a cocktail rather than a meal with a group larger than 4. When we arrived we were going to be seated in a room with a group of about 20 already at a table and being very loud. We were moved to the main dining room to a corner which was cold as it was all windows. The wine was excellent, the staff was polite but absent. The food was good but nothing to rave about. It would probably be nice for a romantic dinner or a drink at the bar. It is a beautiful restaurant, I might give it another try just because it is so pretty.

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EG
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Disappointed in seating arrangements for 6 people - made reservations ten days in advance and table was too small for group of six - we told they could not set larger table but did so for a group of 8 that was still unoccupied after we left.

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

Delicious!

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R
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I attended a birthday brunch for 4 on Sunday, February 17th. We were promptly seated and the service was excellent. The only criticism I have is that the sausage on our egg dish was advertised as Italian sausage with fennel but looked and tasted like German sausage without fennel. Otherwise, all the dishes were delicious and the ambiance was fun and relaxing.

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J
Houston
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Had high hopes but overall underwhelmed. Appetizer vegetable soup was actually very good. For mains, the red snapper was overcooked, dry, and could have used a complementary sauce. The mushroom pizza was overall not the most flavorful (except for the mushroom). The panna cotta was actually very good and was probably the high point. Also the overall vibe is excellent. Ultimately, would probably give them another try. I have the heard from a friend the squid ink pasta is great.

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GH
Anchorage
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have only one complaint about our dinner at Emmaline's. I ate too damn much!

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CN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The venison and pork chop were excellent, mussels very innovative. Quality of garnish was exceptional, service great. Only downside was a bad Shiraz, corazon del sol from Argentina. I’d recommend it be take off the wine list, there are far better value options out there. My Husband didn’t feel comfortable sending it back but I would have. But overall our new fave date night restaurant!

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JM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, really good atmosphere, the wine selection was fantastic and the Somm really knew his stuff.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for special occasions, date night, out with friends. Food and service is outstanding

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T
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I just had a wonderful valentine’s dinner here. Our server was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable about the food and recommended a really great wine for us that wasn’t in the menu and went out of his way to check if they had it on stock. Although the food was great, the proportion was too small and I was still hungry after the 3 course dinner. Overall we love the ambience, service and food, we will definitely be back and will be bringing some friends in the near future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was less than average
Service was very good
Nice ambiance
I wouldn’t go back because of the food

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KH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We came here for brunch a while back and it was so lovely. We had a wonderful waiter, who was charming and made the experience fun. And so we came back for Valentine's dinner and were SO disappointed, especially considering that the menu was fixed at $75 a person. Our waitress was quite rude and even brought out the wrong dessert, out of two (after they had run out of the other two). They also sat us outside, and despite asking, did not turn on the heater. The food was mediocre and cold at times. The whole experience was a bummer and I left feeling like we paid way too much.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Special valentines menu was not good. Made us sit outside when there were plenty of tables available inside

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i
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience. Special menu for Valentine's day. They nailed the ambiance. Food was very good though not spectacular. Chilean sea bass was perfectly cooked - difficult to do at scale.

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VJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I fell terribly sick with a stomach illness after dinner and into the next morning. Other than that the food tasted quite good at the time. It has a beautiful ambiance except the tables that are outside are right on the busy road and very noisy. The sunroom was much nicer. I am not certain I would go back given the issue with the food.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We went for Valentine’s Day so the price was understandably inflated. The appetizer was very good, we had oysters brulee , and Gorgonzola dolce panna cotta was amazing. The main course lobster cioppino was ok kinda lacking in flavor. Margaritas were delicious and chocolate fondue was pretty good. Our waitress was pleasant and the singer/jazz guitar accompaniment added a nice ambiance. All in all we would go back since we enjoyed the atmosphere and try a different main course.

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MG
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!

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HF
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I found this restaurant by doing an Open Table search for “romantic” and it was as described! A great place for an intimate meal.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I highly recommend adjusting the description of your “brunch punch”.

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Amarillo
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordered asparagus and mussels at brunch. Both dishes were great to share!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place, the decoration is very nice and delicate. The service was great and the food very delicious. It’s social media friendly if you like taking cute pictures. Definitely will be coming back here

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PK
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was overall good.
We had to wait about 25 minutes to be seated at our table, even though we arrived at the restaurant on time for our reservation and we were told that it would take a minute to set our table.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. The food was delicious. Atmosphere is nice. A little loud and pricey but I will definitely still go back.

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KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I don't understand why such a beautiful, upscale restaurant has a big-screen TV at the bar. It threatens what is otherwise a really lovely, unique atmosphere. The service and food was excellent!

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r
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous time with Jessica taking great care of us. Great food as always!

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D
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Fourth time at Emmaline. Food quality consistently average at best, sometimes poor. Service slow. Very loud. Sad, because the space is great.

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ML
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My ONLY complaint is that the table was too small! It was very crowded once we all got our food.

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CK
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

My third visit, this time for lunch. Love the space, every inch. The food, in my opinion, is overpriced and fairly good. My Sammy had about one small forkful of steak-roll was huge. Ratio of ingredients not up to par. Ordered a cocktail and the glass was all ice and I was forced to use a straw (taboo on several levels). Waitstaff was not attentive with the exception of the filling of water glasses. The French press coffee was the highlight of my meal. I’m not sure I will return, unfortunately. I sincerely hope owners/managers will take note of my post.

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t
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Steaks were cold, fries were soggy but we sent them back and the replacements were excellent not sure if they were just super busy or what... Sea-bass is always delicious and so are scallops.

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O
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had lunch at Emmaline a few weeks ago. It is a lovely restaurant, the food was great, and it was nice and quiet. So, I made a reservation for our anniversary dinner because of all the reasons above.
For dinner, it is not quiet. It is very loud and busy, which is great for the restaurant, but not for a nice, quiet, romantic dinner. I asked for the quietest table possible. We could barely hear ourselves think. It was dark, and we couldn’t see the menu. Our server Becky was wonderful. She handed us a flashlight. If you go there, ask for her.
I would go back, but not for a quiet dinner. The food is great, and the service excellent.

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l
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous and the service was excellent. We love the atmosphere and found it to be inviting and relaxing- we will be back!

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T
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Emmaline, often there for brunch and sometimes dinner. The food is good, the cocktails are creative and tasty, and the wine list is good. It's not exactly a bargain, but it is charming and the noise level seems to be managed well compared to other trendy establishments at the same level.

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RH
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner for 5 at Emmaline. The food and service were outstanding, and good wine selections as well.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Much too loud, food uninspired, would no go back. pppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

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j
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It took 45 minutes to get a first round of drinks and salads and then another 45 minutes to get our meal and another round of drinks. When we brought it to our server and the managers attention it was basically dismissed as a timing error on the part of the sever and gave us free dessert. I am sorry first of all there should be better control of the process from management and the kitchen. Further when you mess up please own it and compensate accordingly. I should not have to ask especially when the food was either half cooked or over cooked. Overall very loud, poor service and mediocre food. Don’t waste your time or money because this was one expensive birthday fiasco!

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M
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A couple of big events in the restaurant made me leery of how our dining experience would turn out. A slight delay in being seated but afterwards, everything went well. Good food, attentive service. I want to come back and experience the outdoor seating.

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NR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My pasta was overdone. The service was slow. They do not carry the after dinner drink we requested. They didn't know the cocktail one of our guests requested. It's a fun atmosphere, but don't go here for the food or service.

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RA
New Mexico
33 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will definitely visit again.

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