Via Emilia - The Woodlands

4.6
1013 reviews
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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 2 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 3

We love Via Emilia; however, this time was a bit different than we are used to. I don’t know if we were treated differently for being a younger couple, but after waiting 10 extra minutes to be sat after our reservation (which was not an issue), we were sat not even 5-10 feet away from the piano player. I would have liked some privacy, but it was quite awkward to be trying to look at my date and even disturbing to even try to think because of the obnoxious noise level while basically looking the piano player in the eye. We politely asked to be sat elsewhere a bit more quiet, waited for about another 15 minutes, and were asked to follow a manager (who offered no apology or empathy at all) to our much better table. After sitting at our new table for a while, the same manager touched tables and asked how guests’ evenings were passed our table with a condescending smirk without saying a word, also seeming without worry of recovery. Our server, Gama, who was our server our first couple visits, was outstanding as always. As a fellow waiter in the service industry, Gama is a professional who is able to read his table, give knowledgeable suggestions, and be hospitable without adding pressure to time or price. Despite the discrepancies of management alone, we will definitely ask for him again. Thank you, Gama. Definitely a 4-5 star restaurant; just needs 4-5 star management (Solely to the lady who felt we were an inconvenience to her night at work).

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MD
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was cold. I sent back a dish that was cold and when I got the dish back it was still the same. Almost as if they just took the dish, did nothing and brought it back. Second time coming back. First time was amazing but will be a long time before I come back after our dinner experience this time.

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DM
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Im not sure if they've changed owners or management but the service was very slow. Our server (Yuri) was terrific despite the slow service.

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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding, but the thing that stood out most was the service Steve provided. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and always there when needed.

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S
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We didn’t get a table till after 730 for our 7pm reservation. Waiter was helpful with wine selection but not a complete expert. Food was very good though parmasean risotto was somewhat bland compared to last visit (perhaps over cooked?). Gnocchi was great as was ravioli. Wished we had done bread pudding over cannoli which had much sweeter filling than other cannoli do.

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TD
Houston
65 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exceptional. Especially our server who did a fantastic job

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I have been going to vila Emilia for years and never once have had a bad experience. We will be forever customers.

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T
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Valentines date with my forever boyfriend.

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DC
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service always amazing. Food is fresh and served hot. Perfect spot for lunch or dinner

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Houston does not know how to do Italian, until now. Wow! Fabulous! We are from the Northeast where Italian is the best. You are in the same category. We will be back. Everything was wonderful and tastefully done. Congratulation on the best Italian, in my opinion, in the Woodlands and Houston.

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u
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a go to stop when my brother comes to visit. We were seated promptly and our waiter was most cordial. He was knowledgeable of their wine selection and food pairings. Service was very good and never overbearing. The owner’s son greeted us and remembered my brother from previous visits.
Our orders were pleasantly appetizing and well done. We were never rushed and they accommodated several request for adjustments to our meals. MY veal dish was perfect.
Some changes had been made to the interior since our last visit, making the restaurant more own and appealing. All In all a great visit and look forward to many more

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a
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

After previous lovely dinners at Via Emilia we were disappointed this time: none of the 4 of us thought our meals were up to par and all of us definitely confirmed that the wine list was out of control, price-wise. Won't be going back any time soon

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JD
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Salad, service and waitstaff were exceptional. Ambience was nice as well. Pork shank was a bit dry , overcooked.... wifes snapper was very good.

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PK
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Usually our go to restaurant but arrived for our 7:30 reservation and waited over 1/2 hour to be seated. Bar was packed no place to sit while waiting. Once seated service was extremely slow, actually had to flag down our waiter to order. Food was good as usual......but expensive for mediocre service.

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BH
Houston
55 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our meals we selected were good. But I wish we were told about the specials of the day. Since we were new to The Resturant we were not aware of specials until our waiter was telling the two couples next to us. Also everyone around us was given bread but us

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here a lot. Always good.

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JW
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

FOOD VERY GOOD. PIANO IS NICE FOR A FRIDAY EVENING

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MN
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything is excellent about this restaurant including the live piano music (if you were planning to go to a concert). The piano makes it very difficult to have a conversation. They need to add quieter rooms or do away with the piano.

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LS
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were very disappointed that they changed the Wednesday “1/2 off Italian wine”rule.

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RR
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants and love the service and the food

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WB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service.
Piano was a bit loud where we sat.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience great service and amazing food

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G
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Aldolfo was our waiter, he was fabulous. He made it an experience worth returning for. The food is very good and imaginative. If you want a higher level of Italian then make it here. My Oso Bucco ravilio was delicious, my gnocchi chingali was so flavorful. We asked Aldofo for a dessert recommendation and his selection tasted great with limoncellos.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant, setting and polished wait staff
Live music and table cloths
Food was good but presentation lacked for price point
Very loud and difficult for conversation

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CN
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started the year and celebrated my birthday.Best meal ever.

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DA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Slow service at the bar which we had never experienced in the past. Otherwise excellent service and very very good food. As expected.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated one of my girlfriends birthday and the whole experience was fabulous. The food delicious and service was great, I couldn’t have asked for better night. Definitely a great place for a GNO or date night!

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friday is a popular night at Via Emilia. We did have to wait 30 minutes for a table, even thou we had a reservation.
Food was outstanding. The house wine is fantastic. Desserts are also incredible.

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BB
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great especially the pianist!

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was my first visit in around a year. Previous experiences here have been quite good. Not so much on this Friday. Had a 7:15 reservation and we didn’t get seated for 45 minutes. Our party included my 91year old mother, who had no place to sit during our wait. Food was ok. Would have been great if the manager came over to apologize.

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JH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in The Woodlands. Love the piano music, excellent food, great service and the owner Carlos is the BEST.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Best in area.

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JO
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday celebration; the service and food were Excellent!

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AD
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Evening! Everything was perfect! Would recommend Everytime!

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AP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite of ours. Everyone is welcoming and cater to us and the children like we are family.

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l
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We went for the NewYear's Eve Prix dinner ($75 per person). We waited at the bar for our 9pm reservation for about 10 minutes and then we were seated. We waited at our table for another 20 minutes for our waiter to come take our order. In the mean time two managerial type people stopped by separately to ask how everything was. Hard to say anything since our menus were still in front of us and no waiter. Finally our order was taken by very rushed waiter. So far the pianist is playing "chop sticks" in the bar area and people are still rushing around. I thought there would be more of a festive feel to the restaurant but few were dressed up and nothing gave the impression that this was a big holiday dinner. The menu was ok but nothing special, the caesar salad dressing was terrible, the regular salad was good, the jumbo shrimp cocktail was actually 2 med-large shrimp with tiny clams, the veal shank had some sauce that was awful and the parmesan risotto was lacking any flavor. We both wish we had brought our Tony's seasoning. The chicken parmesan was good and a good size. This was the second time in a month that we were at this restaurant, the first time a divider screen fell on my husband and our wine went everywhere. So all in all this price for this type of dinner is ridiculous and if you want any kind of ambiance go some place else we sadly won't be back.

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PC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner with family. Limited menu I understand but some of the choices were a bit pedestrian for the special event.

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w
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Reasonable prices. Good wine list. Desserts are killer.

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DT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service are still good, but they rearranged to get more seating and the low noise level used to make it our favorite. Now it is just like the rest. Noisy!

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