Emmaline

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
Emmaline is a neighborhood restaurant offering refined American cuisine in a fun, timeless, and genuine environment. Inspired by the foresight of what Houstonians deserve, Emmaline is an approachable neighborhood restaurant that possesses a sophisticated ease yet an unpretentious and genuine spirit of vibrant, positive energy. We offer our guests a diverse, yet simple menu driven by traditional ingredients presented in elegant ways. Discover your new home at Emmaline!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us for a romantic Valentine's evening! We're offering a 4-course prix fixe menu and a glass of bubbly for $75 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Visit our website for details and a description of this wonderful menu. See you then!

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 1356 People Are Saying
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4.6
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AE
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Waited 15 minutes for waitress to come to table. Drinks came another 15 minutes later. No check in. Drinks came incorrect. Decided to order appetizers and entrees together since initial service was so slow. Took forever to get food. Wanted second drink but waitress never came. Apparently her shift ended so she left. No other waiter / waitress came by so we sat in confusion for a long time wondering if we would get our check. Very poor experience. Had come here before a year ago and enjoyed it. Now I understand why the restaurant is barely half full on Friday night

HT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether I’m there for a business meeting, friendly gathering or a date, it’s the perfect ambience and the food and service is consistently great. I’m a fan of the fondue, salmon, and pizza. The wine list is divine and the cocktails are shaken and stirred just right. I highly recommend for lunch or dinner—nice variety of menu items and full bar fab.

C
Houston
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service excellent. Really beautiful decor and great spot for ladie’s luncheon.

R
Houston
93 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, with a beautiful light wrapped live oak and hanging lanterns on the patio area. Stuffed peppers are unique and delicious. The rolls are highly recommended. Fair wine prices. Love this place!

TC
London
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance. Creative menu. Terrific execution.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!

JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went to Emmaline for husbands birthday. The food was absolutely amazing

KM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have already told several friends this is the place to go! Service was the very best. Food was wonderful. I will be back soon!

T
Houston
86 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Emmaline is one of our new favorites. Great atmosphere, and wide selection of food all prepared exceptionally well. Service is good, a little variability (our server was not familiar with types of hot teas and seemed surprised when we asked what was avaialble--there is more than one)? Other than small quirks like that, you are greeted with a smile at the door and all the staff are pleasant and welcoming! Pizza's are great, the Italian Wedding Soup is a winner and the scallops were perfect!

M
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My salmon salad was perfect (rare as I had ordered), but one of our party had asked for medium well and hers was very pink. When the waiter asked how it was, and she told him it was too rare but that was okay, he insisted on bringing her another one even though she said that wasn't necessary. We were celebrating birthdays and were gifted with a yummy chocolate desert. Service could not have been better. Lovely place for lunch.

RD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have been to Emmaline twice before. Again, they did not disappoint. We have reservations for my birthday at Brennan's, which we also love, but wanted to spend the evening at Emmaline. The service was excellent, and the food even better. Thank you for a truly enjoyable evening.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations for 10 am Saturday brunch. We probably didn’t need reservations - we were the only people in there for at least 45 minutes. The punch was AMAZING. Cinnamon roll and daily scones were very yummy. I had the Egg Florentine and it was delish - the egg was poached perfectly! We sat in the indoor patio area and it was light and bright. The valet parking was free, which was nice since it’s the only parking option. Definitely would eat there again.

BE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food is always good here. We had a new wait person so we tried to be patient. Since only one of us was drinking wine, I ordered by the glass. Wine by the glass was almost non-existant. I wanted Malbec. Nada! I finally settled for Pinot Noir. It was O.K. except for the price. I guess this restaurant caters to the business crowd that is not concerned with cost!

MZ
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service- lots of atmosphere. Beet salad was delicious. Beautiful presentation of food. Bread- yummy!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent anniversary brunch at this adorable restaurant today! The food (cinnamon roll, Italian breakfast, and grilled cheese + tomato bisque) was all delicious, and they even provided us with a complimentary Prosecco toast for the occasion. We loved the big open windows and the decor. A new favorite for us for sure!

KO
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Absolute worst dining experience ever. Outside of our waiter being wonderful, accommodating and personable, we will NEVER return. The food was horrible, they were out of many items on the Prix fix menu and cannot cook a steak to order, if you like well done meat that you cannot even cut then Emmaline is your place. After the poorest service (waiter aside), terrible food and an almost mixed NYE countdown. The DJ tried to physically attack my husband for asking to play a song even though he didn’t play one song from the decade or year we were celebrating all night. This was hands down the poorest experience I’ve ever had that I can promise I will never return and will let friends and family know that this is not an establishment to support.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Food was horrible and they were out of all of the things we wanted. Won’t be back there

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

We were at the first sitting for New Years Eve . Our waiter basically told us what to eat and hustled us out as quickly as he could . The next seating was at 8.30 , we were out by 7.15. It was a pity to have our New Years Celebrations spoiled by an arrogant waiter.

BH
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s experience. Have been there several times and never disappointed.

DD
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

English pea soup was thick and tasted like cement. The apple salad it was supposed to be served with was a joke - no more than a teaspoon. The portions served at this restaurant are too tiny to constituents a meal.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, awesome service, awesome drinks. Best “old fashioned” I’ve ever had

C
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Everyone enjoyed their meal. As it wasn’t very busy, we were able to sit and catchup with friends who live outside of Houston.

Initially, we were seated at a table in a busy area near the kitchen door. Although she was reluctant to make a change at first, the greeter changed our table to a more desirable location where we were able to enjoy the delicious food and the football game (an unexpected bonus). Our server was excellent.

JC
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The hostess that sat us had a terrible attitude.

BH
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have now dined at Emmaline several times and have always been pleased with our experience.

JG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu was limited and wine was significantly marked up. Food was ok but doubtful that I’d go back

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was not very efficient. Waiter forgot some of the drinks/dishes ordered. Silverware and napkins was late in arriving. All in all, not a good evening.

m
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Every thing was very nice. Service was wonderful. Only complaint was the fries that came with the steak ($45) were limp, greasy and cold. I tried one and left the rest. A garlic mashed potato would have been far better with the steak. Or fries that were crispy and hot. The steak was good and the calamari was awesome. Chocolate tort was very good.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We went for Christmas Eve dinner. From the calamari to the scallops, all of our food came out luke warm. Last time we were there, we really enjoyed the food but were quite disappointed this time. Our waitress even forgot our order and had to come back to retake it.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for Christmas Eve with family

J
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Christmas Eve special menu. The Kansas City strip was amazing. I always enjoy dining here and Christmas Eve was no different. Great atmosphere and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server, very good quality food and a really beautiful venue. Made our Christmas Eve celebration just perfect! I had the branzino, it was wonderful. I also recommend the mussels - best sauce ever!

AF
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food quality was average and the service was average despite it being a slow Monday afternoon. The pictures of the restaurant looks incredible online but it definitely did not live up to its hype because of the quality of their food and service when I visited. I probably won’t recommend this place to my friends unless we plan on getting some light drinks on their rooftop patio.. That’s about as good as it gets!

TG
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this restaurant to a friend on a heart beat. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, beautiful restaurant. Loved my Entrée, glad you had choices for a vegetarian.

MX
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to celebrate girls' brunch for the season.

GG
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emmaline’s never disappoints! It is one of my favorite restaurants and one of my “Go To’s”.

OT
Houston
137 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Pretty disappointed that we got seated 25 minutes after my reservation time and 40 minutes after I got there, but other than that everything was lovely, as always (and waiting at the bar isn't really bad at all). The food and the service are top notch, and I generally dig the menu, but it's really the ambiance that's the draw. That's the part my date liked best, I think. The waiter seemed a smidge over the top personality-wise, but his heart was in the right place and he basically did a good job. Took him a while to pick up my credit card though. I'm sure I'll be back and hope the seating works a little better once the holidays are done.

MN
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, and the staff was so accommodating. Loved everything!

S
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around lovely experience, great food and hospitality

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, excellent service, wonderful food

CD
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, food and ambiance- will return often!