Via Emilia - The Woodlands

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Named after an ancient Roman road that spans from Rimini to Piacenza, Via Emilia Italian Restaurant is known for their house-made pastas, braised meats, seafood specialties, and delicious desserts. The family-owned restaurant served Houston diners for over 13 years before moving to their current location in the Woodlands. We welcome you to experience the most authentic northern Italian cuisine in the Woodlands - no passport required.
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent as always. However, the service was a little slow from the kitchen.

KH
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good, but kitchen seemed to have problems or delays. We sat down and ordered within a reasonable time. We saw several tables of people come in after us, get their food before us, and leave while we were still eating. Our dinner order took extremely long. The General Manager came over to our table to “acknowledge “ that we had been waiting a long time, but offered no explanation why, or any solution or concession for the problem. When our diner came out, only 7 of our 8 individuals got their meal. The last person got their meal about 10 minutes later.

RW
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience1

We were seated next to the kitchen door. Was it because we used Open Table? Actually we had to wait maybe ten minutes to get that spectacular place.

OT
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our absolute favorite! Family owned!!! By one of the most amazing families ever! Grandmother is still in the kitchen everyday. Best food. Service. Love. Thank you Carlos & Enrique. Xo

DM
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A repeat customer enjoying another wonderful meal.

As always, varied menu exquisitely prepared with attentive service. And, least I forget an excellent wine list reasonably priced.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Second time here. Sadly it seems if you’re not a regular you don’t get as good of service.

RM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We met with friends that we had not seen for almost a year so the evening was as much focused on catching up as sharing a great meal. Our waiter Stephen (who has served us many times in the past) immediately picked up on the primary reason for our evening and ensured that we were not rushed to order and allowed ample opportunity for our group to socialize between courses. The noise level in the dining room was slightly higher than we had experienced in the past but, in all fairness, the restaurant was filled to capacity. The food was, as usual, delicious and prepared to exacting standards. We have had the good fortune of visiting Italy several times in the past. Via Emelia is one of the venues that most closely replicates the great Italian dishes that we have had the pleasure of experiencing during those visits. Highly recommended.

M
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Excellent service

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’ve eaten at Via Emilia at least five or six times now, and it is as excellent as ever. It’s a great restaurant with an excellent wine list. We were once again treated well and served an excellent meal.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and it had excellent, quick service!

PA
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening out/ Loved the piano music in the background. Still could carryon a conversation.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Since recently moving to The Woodlands, this was our best dinner so far.

AS
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thinking about this place for my daughter’s graduation party and wanted to give it a try. Ambiance is awesome. Seems like a lot of regulars head there. The service was great, the food was good and I would definitely give it two thumbs up!

WM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service; nice ambiance. Waiter and server very good. Their suggestions were good.

BH
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve dinners can be overcoming for eateries. Via had everything under control, no one panicking , everyone doing their job. The set menu was awesome from the appetizers to the main entree was fresh and had unbelievable flavors. Dessert was amazing, highly recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking excellence.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

New year's Eve

CN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall the food was good, but my daughter had stomachaches for two days after eating the Gnocchi on New Years Eve.

MK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was timely delivered and excellent. Will be there again very soon.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New Year Eve dinner

SM
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a set menu for New Year’s Eve. 4 courses with a nice variety. Everything was tasty and the presentation was lovely. The bartender didn’t know how to make a French 75 but that is the only complaint I have

f
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual. New Year’s menu was a great selection, and we are consistently rewarded with excellent food and service!

DK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent. The service was slow and inattentive.

MJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing Christmas Eve at via Emilias. Just felt like Christmas inside. Food incredible as usual. Atmosphere, personable service. Love this place.

RW
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Via Emelia, that's why we chose it for our family Christmas Eve dinner; however, we were VERY disappointed in the Christmas Eve menu. NO beef at all. We were offered a very limited menu of which none of us would have chosen had we had the normal choices. One of chose vegetarian the rest of us chose fish dishes. They were prepared well but disappointed our expectations. Won't choose Emelie next year but will return for their regular menu offers. Sorry.

ST
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local restaurant. It's our family tradition to eat there for Christmas Eve, birthdays etc.

I
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Service was just ok. We were not informed that their would be a restricted menu. Many of their signature items were not on that menu. This was very disappointing considering this was the first time we had brought our kids to this restaurant. Food was very good but the choices were disappointing. You'd expect to have a lasagna choice at an Italian restaurant.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end.

OT
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance! The food is incredible from the short ribs, fish, pasta to the desserts. The bread pudding and tres leche are out of this world. Always wonderful!

BW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Emilia is one of the very best restaurants in the Woodlands. When you look at prices they are probably the best restaurant value.

j
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in The Woodlands.

z
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was extremely slow. We had a party of 10, but our meal took 3 hours due to our MIA server. After I had to actually ask a manager for the checks I found there was an auto gratuity added. The food was outstanding as usual, but the service was slip shod at best and there was no acknowledgement of this by the manager. An “I’m sorry” would have been appreciated. I understand there was another large party, but this reservation was booked well in advance. An auto gratuity doesn’t mean you can slack off on service!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Rob was a wonderful waiter. Attended to our every want and we stayed a long time. Great service.

AC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

My husband my husband ate slice pork with green beens and the green beens were overcook. The service was just ok. I think the best of that nigth was the piano music, but I hardly listened it because there was a lot of noise. And finally, I think its not worthy price/quality.

TD
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The redesign of the restaurant has made the noise level quite noticeable. We have been many times but now asking for a quiet table is not an option. The food is decent but I think they should add more pasta options to the dishes. It is not available as a side on the menu. We ordered the appetizer special and it was 4 pieces of bread with goat cheese, jam, a little meat and arugula. For $14 I expect more since my plate was only $18. The ambiance has changed.

N
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

After a rough start at our first visit (waiting for more than 20 minutes for our reserved table) the staff made up with excellent service and GREAT food. We certainly will come back for more.

M
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Restaurant noise level was very loud I liked the ambiance but it was tainted by noise level

S
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Outstanding management!

UK
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This could be one of the hidden treasures of the Woodlands and as my second visit I was hoping that it was. We were seated quickly close to our reservation time in a booth, albeit close to the front door, which means that sound from the piano bar drifts into your area, at times quite intrusively. Our server was knowlegable but took almost 15 minutes to arrive to take our drinks order and had to be reminded to bring olive oil and balsamic vinegar for the bread twice. There was one large group in the private dining area that seemed to eat up a lot of the staff's attention, perhaps that was the cause of the slow start to service.

The starter Datteri Ripieni (Applewood-smoked bacon wrapped dates, stuffed with Goat cheese, Mascarpone cheese, and chives) for $14.00 is very good and uniquely flavorful. Overall, the food was good but not exceptional and the Ravioli with Osso Buco was more salty that I would have preferred and the flavor did not reflect the original dish which I had on the last visit which was excellent.

The Tiramisu is fresh and tastes as good as any in Italy.

I like this restaurant, I wanted to love this restaurant but it just is not at the 5* level, despite the presence of the owner on site at most times.

Worth a visit, just be prepared for an excellent or average time, neither is guaranteed.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service is a bit rushed. Although they close late they start cleaning for the night right after the rush making people who are left feeling like they need to leave.

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