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  1. Distance: 5.18mi
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About Via Emilia - The Woodlands

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.

10700 Kuykendahl Rd. Suite F
The Woodlands, TX 77381
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
The Woodlands Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(281) 465-9555

Website:
http://viaemiliarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Via Emilia features live music Wednesday through Saturday 6-9pm.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Via Emilia - The Woodlands Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (34)
Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (28)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Notable Wine List (26)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Cozy (18)
Live Music (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Business Meals (14)
Authentic (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Groups (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Very disappointing- we made reservations and waited 30 minutes. Was given a cramped table in a poor traffic spot for 4.
Manager on duty was willing to move us for desert. Too late. One party member was with injury and the standing and moving from the uncomfortable spot would have been with great physical pain.
Still thinking what was the purpose of making reservations? Especially when we had to wait in cramped active entry. We weren't the only ones waiting. There were opens tables seem - which was of concern.
We will return - with hopes of no repeat.
Our waiter and food was outstanding as always.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 6 days ago

The back of Woodlands has few competitive very nice restaurants. This place has nice piano live music, good Italian food, but is not on time with reservations, and, without music, a bit overpriced.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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food3
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

The manager was so kind to us. He could tell it was just a date night for my husband and I and the only table available for our reservation at the time was right next to a large party. He wanted to make sure our entire dining experience was perfect. So he escorted us to the bar for a glass of wine on the house while we waited for a more appropriate table to become available and prepared for us. It was a kind gesture in return for the wait.

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always a great time at Vill Emila, they have some great specials and would not hesitate to try them. Always friendly and great service, its located close to home so it is a regular stop for us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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Fantastic experience! Great food fantastic wines. Some be

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food and service was excellent. It was a birthday special occasion, but was not acknowledged by the waiters.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were seated promptly and the waiter was very good.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The service was excellent and the food amazing. We shared a grilled octopus appetizer. It was delicious. I could have had it for an entree. The pork shank is delicious but lots of food. The carmilized apple on onion topping was especially good. A great compliment to the pork.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Very goid pear appetizer, entree,& salad. Great service and a place I frequent.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I really like this restaurant. Great service and food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Never a disappointment. Excellent food and wait staff is impeccable. I love supporting locally owned businesses over national chains and I'll keep going back to this one.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had Oslo bucco again. It’s all I’ve ordered last 4-5 visits. It could be even more tender in my view though it wasn’t an issue. The little pile of spaghetti seemed like an afterthought. Very boring.
Bread pudding outstanding.
Our waiter had more than he could handle. Too many tables I guess. He did make effort however.

David Beverly

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Via Emelia’s never disappoints. The food is consistently fresh and delicious, and the ambiance is perfect for any romantic occasion. This is one of our 3 favorite restaurants in the entire Houston area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The spaghetti and creme brûlée was fantastic. They also have a top notch wine selection.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent in every aspect .a wonderful dining experience

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent, intimate dinner to celebrate my birthday.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great place for a small family special occasion or fancy date night! Wonderful food! Pricing is high but matches the quality of the food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was excellent. The wait staff was very attentive but knew when to leave us alone. The atmosphere was very nice.

The wine was way over priced. I understand there is a mark up in the restaurant industry but this was gouging the public. The first bottle was a very nice malbec from Argentina for $51.00, Specs liquor everyday price, $18.00. The second bottle was a nice Italian that was half price for $57.00 (the waiter REALLY pushed this wine) Specs everyday price $30.00

Will I go again, absolutely. Will I buy wine by the glass, probably so.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Was wonderful! Menu, the specials, the wine and drink list— excellent selection, the food was amazing! Prepared perfectly, brought out at perfect temperature, taste was delicious, unique- not an everyday franchise bulk menu- and the specialties of the day were definitely a specialty- they had Octopus served in different ways. It was just a very nice, elegant place. The staff was professional, polite, attentive just over all a very nice evening!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service was outstanding, the food was great and the deserts were very good. A little pricey but worth it now and then.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 2, 2017

My friend and I had dinner at Via Emilia a few days ago. It was my first time there; she had been there once & had told me that it was a great restaurant. She was so right! Beautiful place, live piano bar, excellent food & outstanding service. I highly recommend Via Emilia to anyone looking for great Italian food.

Tags: Business Meals, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It was a perfect evening, the food was delicious especially the lemon-cello cake. The piano offered the right amount of background sound without it being to intrusive in the conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Cozy
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been there many times. Always good food and service. My only complaint -- I was too full to have dessert or coffee.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our waiter brought us complimentary glasses of champagne to celebrate our wedding anniversary

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This has been our best dining experience in The Woodlands so far. It's a great atmosphere and it delivers as start to finish experience. Service was a big part of this. Our server, Igor, was very attentive without being intrusive. He was knowledgeable without being pushy. I would only suggest the cook staff look at the quality of their Milanese - the Chicken breast was very dry and unappetizing. However, the Osso Bucco ravioli was nearly perfect and all the pasta was perfectly executed. Flavors were spot on. We look forward to being regulars here!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We went for our 5th anniversary and had a great experience! The wine list is expansive and we selected an Italian Sangiovese that was the wonderful suggestion of the sommelier.
Truely authentic Italian cuisine! The carbonara is fantastic and the red snapper even better. We finished with a cannoli and sparkling rose.
Definitely worth the trip and we will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We visited Via Emilia for dinner again last Saturday evening. As usual it was wonderful. Service was wonderful, my Osso Bucco was fantastic as my wife's Braised Short Ribs.

One of our favorite places for a very nice dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always a great meal
Nice wine list with lots of nice Italian reds
Fish, Vesl, Goat, Venison, and even pollo (Chicken) nicely prepared.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Amazing restuarant. Would recommend to anyone looking for a very nice restaurant for a date.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food and service were excellent. They did an outstanding job of accommodating for gluten allergies. Have been before and had to complaint about the noise from piano interfering with normal conversation. They stiil insist on having the piano playing but it was not so intrusive this time perhaps because we ate early. We found the bar pours to be a bit stingy but overall had great dining experience and will certainly return.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The owner was present and engaged! I will come back again soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Cozy non chain restaurant with great food that makes you feel like you've escaped to Italy for a few hours.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The shrimp was farm raised not Fresh from our gulf. Very disappointing. One store bought Gluten free pasta offered. No GF bread offered. The house salad was mediocre. The Caesar salad was a disappointment. The dishes were salty, an obvious attempt to compensate for lackluster flavor. The portions were small and lacked presentation. The cocktails were very small and consisted of mostly ice. The wines were overpriced. All four in our party agreed we would not go back.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

After spending two weeks in Italy last September we have been searching high and low to get a real Italian "fix".... little did we know this gem was right down the road. Some of the best food and service I have ever received at a restaurant. I find good service to kind of being a dying art - this place was exceptional. From the homemade pastas to the wine selection and incredible desserts - all of it was fantastic. Edmundo was incredibly attentive and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back for our taste of Italy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

My husband and I took my grandmother out to dinner here and it was one of the best dining experiences we have had. Service was impeccable and the food was amazing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Great Beer, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everyone was pleased with their food from the short rib stuffed ravioli to the red snapper. The calamari was a great appetizer for sharing. Our only complaint, and it's serious, was how the waiter kept copiously pouring wine. There were six of us. No one had the time to even take a sip and he poured more. Pushing wine is an unsavory restaurant practice. We'll be pouring our own in the future.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 30, 2017

The salads and calamari were a great starter followed by osso buco and pork shank falling off the bone.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This is our kind of restaurant. Quiet with old world ambiance. Wine list was extensive, maitre'd suggested a Chianti classico reserve which for the price, was acceptable. When I go back I will explore their listing more thoroughly so that I will be better able to order intelligently. Food was very well prepared and very tasty. After dinner latte was Lavazza but was bitter and not of the quality that you might expect. However the limoncello cake and the limoncello cordial was very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Excellent service and great food. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the live pianist.

Tags: Healthy, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Went there for my wife's birthday and it was great. Quiet and a great menu. A little pricey but the food is well worth it. Very good!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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