Emmaline

4.7
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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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4.6
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4.7
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience5

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

AB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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.

c
Houston
28 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
23 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

AJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cool little spot with good food. Staff is friendly and will not rush you. Come in relax and enjoy the moment.

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Great restaurant and food was amazing. It’s a little expensive, but worth it. I highly recommend the the sea bass or scallops.

f
San Antonio
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town to visit our daughter. Had a lovely evening with friends and family. Our meal was delicious.

AK
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and impeccable service. I can see why this restaurant is my daughters favorite!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fantastic experience at Emmaline for my husband’s birthday.

DB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!

c
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, especially the staff!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night

CD
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was so relaxed during my visit. It wasn't crowded at all so I had my pick of where to be seated. I chose a booth, which was super comfy. I ordered a Truth & Oak grappa cocktail which was one of the best cocktails I've had. The calamari was amazing and even though the portion size was like a full meal, it was still light enough that I had room for the entree. The branzino was perfect!! I didn't expect it to be deboned so imagine eating a perfectly cooked, perfectly flavored full sized fish with no bones! It was one of the best meals I've had during my monthly visits to Houston. The staff was fun & friendly, my waiter Joseph was so easy going, it felt like I was being served by someone I'd known for a while. The food was somewhat expensive but for the quality and atmosphere, it was well worth the prices. I highly recommend Emmaline for a date night, business dinner, or if you're like me...a solo trip for some much needed "me time".

C
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been many times because we like the food but especially the ambiance. The salmon was particularly good. Service good.

RS
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The people who serve water should not pour water all over the table.

TC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service from our waiter, very nice, friendly employees. We sat outside upstairs and it was very nice, not loud. I’ll be back!

JF
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Really great service, cool atmosphere ....and mediocre food. I never dislike anything I eat there, but I have a hard time recalling what I ate a day later. Not sure that’s good enough in Houston.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here. The service was outstanding and the food as delicious.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, server was attentive without being intrusive. Water glasses never got half empty!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant and made better by the level of service

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice option for date night. We will be back.

f
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was really good, seems under staffed

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took an older friend for a belated birthday. The waiter was wonderful! He really made the whole experience so enjoyable.

JH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant! From the food, to the service, to the ambiance Emmaline never disappoints. My fiancé and I had a lovely time and we will most definitely be returning. Keep up the good work Emmaline!

BG
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a slow start with service. The waiter wasn't told he had new table. There were only two other tables being served. The first waiter passed us on to another waiter. He told us he was tired from working shifts that started at 9AM. The second waiter was amazing

L
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We love Emmaline. Hands down one of our top favorite places to go for any meal in Houston- brunch & dinner are great. The food is outstanding, the service is wonderful and the ambiance is perfect. Went in for an early dinner and ordered the mussels (tied for my favorite in Houston), Caesar salad, the burger (amazing) and the bucatini and clams. We had a slight mixup with one of the entrees and they immediately took care of it. The manager came over and apologized and made everything right - this would *never* deter us from coming back because everything is great/ very worth going! Try the mussels they are bomb! love their cocktails too :)

C
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful brunch for daughter’ s 30th Birthday. Buratta was amazing. Everyone enjoyed their dishes.

s
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful & very accommodating. The staff was very attentive

MN
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and quaint. Food and service was good.

m
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Calamari app was delicious, loved the arugula, parm and olives with it. The pizza we shared was yummy, sausage, pepperoni and jalapeños. And we shared the amazing banana split dessert. Plenty of food, we took 2 pieces of pizza home. Great spot for dates or groups. Love that it’s nit so noisy that you can have a conversation.

MF
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the restaurant it’s gorgeous and the service was great.

c
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I always love this place. Today we had strange almost non existent service...weird.