Emmaline

4.7
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1290 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
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4.7
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely first time visit for my birthday brunch. All of the staff were friendly and professional. Menu and food were solid. Definitely making return visits.

ES
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Emmaline, and it was fantastic! Great ambiance, attentive service, and delicious food all made in-house. I travel frequently to Europe, and the dishes I had made me feel like I was back there again (particularly the cacio e Pepe and homemade pistachio and blueberry-ginger gelato).

m
Houston
119 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh food, well presented. The raw fish appetizers are delightful and the large choice of entrees mean that there is something for everyone at the table. I tried the pizza for the first time on this visit and was surprisingly impressed. Light and tasty.

G
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The best part was the waiter - he was excellent but I don't remember his name!

T
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very warm and welcoming experience. The waiter made us feel special

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely and divine from the food to service

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

K
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We went for brunch & the service was incredibly slow, not a standard “enjoy your meal pace” just slow. My husband’s burger was ordered to be medium but can only be described as raw. The tuna was delicious, as were the deviled eggs.

AT
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waiter was great. Other service components have slipped dramatically. Host stand not "on point" with respect to reservation. Bar staff short handed (one tending retail bar on a Sat night). Wine & beer list selections were out of stock at 7p. What has happened to Emmaline?

BL
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was so attentive but not intrusive. I love Emmaline.

CS
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for family member's birthday. The staff was great.

LO
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the frittata and the Pretty Little Liar cocktail. Great service from Colin. Loved the vibe and laid back energy. Will be back

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, very attentive service, thoughtful food and lovely atmosphere.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Start to finish, food and service top notch.

RD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, the fish dishes and ceviche apps were great.

GF
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Went so far as to mention slow unfriendly service to Sunday evening manager and was blown off with “sorry about that.” Will not go back.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, food was great and the environment was friendly.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Emmaline! They always offer spectacular food and service in a unique and special setting!!

JI
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time on our Father Daughter dinner. Food was exceptional and wait staff very friendly.
Will be back

LH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great food, service, and ambiance!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had my birthday dinner here and it was also our first dining experience, but I’m so glad we picked this place! Everyone was so kind and our waiter was so insightful and friendly. The food was exceptional and creative - I had the sea scallops. Dessert was amazing as well- the backyard wedding cake was delicious and the chocolate truffles they gave me for my birthday was perfection. Will recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family!

BR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lunch set menu had good variety and was excellent value. The server was very engaging and provided excellent service.

b
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Emmalines and really enjoyed the place. Love the facility and the food along with the drinks were great. Everyone in our group had nothing but good things to say. We'll definitely be back.

c
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! They even brought a cake!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

A very average meal.. most expensive average meal you will probably have. Ambiance is better than the food.

FF
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food portions are small compared to the cost. Food taste was ok, needs improvement. Steak was tough. Service was ok.

AB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

1. I watched the Maitre’d transform a table for four into a crowded table for six. This was at the tail end of a Saturday brunch. That was the prelude. The restaurant was not crowded.
2. A mistake was made on the drink order and that extra unordered drink still appeared on the bill. The server had mentioned that the drink was free, but that changed with the bill.
3. Two main course orders were incorrect, with delivery of different items. This was before the server disappeared for about half an hour. We did want to eat our food together so the incorrect items were consumed.
4. A birthday celebration was overlooked until my Nephew coaxed them into finding a candle for the birthday celebrant. Notice regarding the celebration occasion was mentioned several times during the reservation process.
5. Overall, food was acceptable. The fact that everyone had not been together for a time over shadowed the mistakes and errors. The wait staff missed the boat on this meal.
6. Some thought may be required before returning to Emmaline.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and this restaurant was recommended by a friend.

The service from hostess, wait staff, and managers were personalized and attentive. The food was delicious.

The venue was uniquely decorated with classical furniture and modern art with an inviting space. Their choice of trendy club music last night magically fused everything together without conflict.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Spent a bit of time waiting on server to take our order and clear the table. Server checked on us closer to the end of the meal reducing the amount of time errors or issues could be addressed. Sommelier was fabulous.

AT
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and great, super professional and attentive. Food was delicious and really great wine selection. Recommend for all occasions.

OT
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to gather w friends

c
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a wonderful brunch! The drinks, food, service and atmosphere were all excellent. I will be returning

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We visited for our anniversary and although the food took forever to get to us, the waiter and manager made things right and comped our meal, which made the experience much better.

MA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a memorable occasion, great food and atmosphere.

R
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max has a great time on his birthday 🍰!!! 🥳🎉🎉🎉

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite Houston restaurant! The Branzino is cooked perfectly and is very tasty

JP
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed when we dine at Emmaline's. We took advantage of the $20.00 3 course lunch; totally worth it. Out waiter Anthony was great and even acknowledged our friend's belated birthday. Congratulations to Riley on her new position as Events Coordinator.

BH
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Emmaline three times and it has been outstanding each time. Keep it up and we'll keep coming!

AP
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time dining there for lunch. Will be returning. Everything is wonderful. Fresh pasta dishes, good size portions. The service is perfect.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful ambience good service and great food