Via Emilia - The Woodlands

4.7
1069 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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RT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my son’s birthday and the meal was excellent!

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TD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

food is fresh and authentic... must be a scratch kitchen. Impressive and affordable wine list. Awesome deserts!

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KA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is excellent. I so enjoyed our time there as did my guests. Thank you
for recommendation. Katherine Terrell

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W
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything!

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KG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Used to go often, sad that we went for our anniversary and left so disappointed. Service was horrific, my dish was stone cold and greasy (dish I have ordered before), we had an 60 minute wait from salad course to meal. Server never checked in and she seemed to be avoiding us...couldn't get an 2nd drink even. Not sure what the issue was, our orders were not specialty or involved dishes. Seemed like a moderate crowd for a Saturday night, we did have a reservation so we were not a "fit in". Not sure if I want to go back...it wasn't anything special like it had been in the past. I will say hostess were pleasant, bar area for a pre-dinner drink was nice as always.

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MM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Usually service, food and atmosphere is excellent - there seems to be a lag whenever there are large groups (ie prom, special dates like valentines) in the normal flow of food and quality. Still one of our favorite spots. Very Disappointed in OpenTable 5000 point, $25 gift card that was unavailable to be used that night (due to not receiving the card until the day AFTER.)

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I chose Via Emilia for our anniversary dinner. We hadn’t been in some time but the Restaurant has been complexity remodeled inside and had also been expended over the years. The open style was great for lighting but it was a bit noisy.

Food was delicious and our server Victor was outstanding. The kitchen was a little slow, likely due to large prom parties but we were not in a hurry.

The pear gorgonzola appetizer was a delicious but filling treat. We could not finish our seafood entrees but left room for the amaretto cake which was superb!

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L
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We have always had an excellent experience at Via Emilia. Friday night was the exception. The service was very god. However, the salmon I ordered was not hot and the sauce on top of it was like bottled tartar sauce. It was applied way too heavy and it ruined the asparagus that was under the salmon. I ordered gluten free pasta on the side with pesto sauce. It was literally cold when the waiter brought it. I mentioned it to him and he took it back to the kitchen. He was back in a few short minutes and he said that they recooked it. Overall, not a good experience.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant for date night with my wife! Service and food were fantastic.

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d
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Three out of four meals were amazing. The osso buck ravioli was dry. The service at the bar was amazing but our waitress was terrible. We spent 30 minutes trying to get her to make eye contact to order more wine and another 20 waiting for the drinks. We saw her go and refill the other tables tea multiple times and never return to ours. The restaurant easily could have gotten another $150+ worth of drink sales if she had just come back over.

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great place. Experienced wait staff that paid attention to our table and what our desires were for the meal and evening

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JC
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, had an excellent meal with awesome service. The sea bass was amazing!!

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BB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Via Emilia and were very happy with the entire experience. Every course of our meal was delicious, the menu had a nice mix of classic dishes and items the restaurant had put their unique twist on. Service was pleasant and attentive without being obtrusive. Restaurant ambiance was pleasant. It was great for a special occasion, but we’d definitely go back for a high quality meal at a reasonable price any time.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Via. Service is outstanding and the food is consistent and always good. Love the ambience and piano. One of the few restaurants in the Woodlands that you can actually converse w your guests without yelling.

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O
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Via Emilia is a classic neighborhood gem. Nestled within "Suite F" in a mundane shopping center amongst iconic businesses such as Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and Petco, Via Emilia nevertheless shines forth as a truly authentic Italian restaurant that takes pride in offering only the best versions of classic Italian fare. One only has to look at the shower of recent awards to rest assured that you are in good hands with this establishment. Their home-made pasta is impeccable. They are one of the few to offer squid ink pasta in the area, which is a personal favorite of mine. Their wine list is awe-inspiring. For Italian foodies, this place is a must visit at least quarterly.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent as always. Was disappointed in the Carbonara. In the past it was excellent. This time the cream sauce was a bit deconstructed. The butter was separated from cream and visibly pooled in the bottom of the bowl. It also seemed as if none of the starch from the pasta water was used to bring the sauce together.

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T
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful, but would have liked to be away from loud party by the windows.
I loved my food, My husband did not care for his salmon griglia, he said it was overcooked and lacking in taste. He felt the salmon he gets at Republic Grill was much better, so was quite disappointed.

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OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance; only complaint is piano player played a little too loud at times!

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RR
Tulsa
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love your restaurant and frequent often

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T
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just out of hospital and had 3 grandchildren visit. (All in college) for only a few hours. We wanted good food, friendly service, and nice ambiance. We had all and more at Via Emilia. Thanks to the staff and the chefs, an ideal place for our family!

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JU
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! Bring back the onion soup!

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JG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special, a slightly breaded red snapper with two shrimp and asparagus was delicious. Wish they had it as a regular menu item. An overall very enjoyable evening.

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DA
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A rare downside for a generally very good restaurant but a little disappointed in the dish we chose.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and we were very pleased with quality of food and service. Our server, Rudy, was helpful selecting a nice bottle of Italian wine. Overall experience was delightful and we look forward to returning soon!

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YT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion, Via Emilia is one of a kind. I dare to said Via Emilia has the best waitress in the area; awesome people . They love not only what they do, but the place where they work ! So do I and my wife. They have a delicious variety of Italian food, meat, fish, wines and desserts. It’s decorated with such a great taste and the piano man is wonderful. You can’t go wrong with this place.

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DD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

food was average - sauce on pork tenderloins was overpowering - service was slow

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Great service and great food. My date had the lasagna which she loved and I had the Pork Tenderloin Medallions which was delicious. I would highly recommend this place. We will definitely be back!

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is consistently excellent! Best Italian restaurant in town!

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p
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The service got off to a bad start with no one assigned to our table and ended with no one to bring our dessert, a very long wait. The food was good but the service slow and the food could have been warmer because of long waits.The manager was troubled by the problems and comped us our appetizer and dessert, which was a nice touch. Liked the ambiance and will try again as it seems to be a nice place to eat.

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FV
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We returned to Via Emilia - it had been a while. They changed the interior which was surprising. Our server Mauricio was excellent. He was very attentive in the most perfect way which allowed us to enjoy a relaxing evening. The food tasted good but was on the cool side when served, we definitely like our pasta steaming hot. Overall it was a good evening.

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

Always amazing! Date night or family time, Via Emilia is a great choice.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous experience!!! The food and service was impeccable!!

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall the food was excellent as the had the red fish - very fresh and extremely taste. Also we started with the appetizer of the salmon that was equally fresh and taste. We will definitely be back for another meal.

Via Emilia - The Woodlands
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thanks so much, Ron, for the awesome feedback. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the red fish and salmon. We can't wait for your next visit. See you soon!

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KR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time to dine at Via Emilia and we had an enjoyable evening.

Via Emilia - The Woodlands
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thanks so much for the positive review, Kim. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Via Emilia. We hope you come back and visit again soon, and maybe we can earn that 5th star!

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HM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to celebrate a Birthday with family!!

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dining experience. Our waitress, Elisa, was wonderful. The food was awesome. We can't wait to visit again!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Not rushed, very relaxed and enjoyable experience. Great value.

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s
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little loud for business conversation. Excellent food and service.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and my server was very nice and jovial. Made us feel welcome. Loved this place and will come back again. The highlight of the evening was the dessert which was amazingly balanced and refreshing!!! It was heaven!!

Kudos to the owners! Bill was also reasonable for the good food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I came here for our anniversary and I heave to say we wanted “nice” but had no idea or even expected this scale of “nice”. Perfect evening for us great wine great food and great service. Haven’t been this impressed with a place in a very long time.

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