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Emilia, Knoxville, TN

Emilia

4.7
4.7
2141 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Emilia is a full service restaurant located on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville. Chef Matt Gallaher serves a seasonal, contemporary Italian menu with an emphasis on handmade pasta, homemade bread, and ingredients from local purveyors.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 313-2472

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Gallaher

  • Catering

    Chef Matt Gallaher has an extensive background in catering. From small dinners and large fundraising events to weddings, Chef Matt delivers a delicious and professional experience. Email info@knoxmason.com to customize your event menu and experience.

  • Private party facilities

    We will provide exclusive use of Emilia for Private Events on Monday nights. Some other evenings may also be available. Email info@knoxmason.com for more info!

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Cross street

    Wall Ave

  • Parking details

    Market Square Garage, Locust Street Garage, and State Street Garage.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,141 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • East Tennessee

    Best Service

  • East Tennessee

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Tennessee

    Healthy

  • East Tennessee

    Notable Wine List

  • East Tennessee

    Romantic

  • Knoxville

    Best Overall

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Value

  • Knoxville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Knoxville

    Good for Groups

  • Knoxville

    Healthy

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Romantic

  • Knoxville

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  1. c

    chicasrule

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have great service and fabulous meals. Definitely recommend this wonderful restaurant.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best night out in Knoxville. The management always makes sure that you are looked after and ensure a great dining experience all around.
  3. AG

    AlanG

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Wonderful food!
  4. JJ

    JamesJ

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Octopus app was very tender and delicious. The hummus nearly stole the show it was so good. Everyone’s meal was well presented and kitchen was spot on with the cook. All dishes were quite delicious and service was very attentive but not over bearing. Overall well worth the money.
  5. TM

    TammyM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from appetizers, main course and dessert was delicious. We made reservation and was immediately seated by friendly staff. Waitress was professional and made good recommendations. Lovely restaurant and we definitely will go back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening at Emilia’s. Took friends there and everyone had a great time and delicious meal. Our Server was a Rock Star. We enjoyed her and she was helpful with suggestions. Highly recommend
  7. JB

    JonesB

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fantastic service.
  8. C

    Cindy

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food, very helpful staff. They also accommodated my tree nut allergy needs very well but I wish they would have had more options on the dessert menu without nuts. I think the only option was Tiramisu and I thought they said it was soaked in amaretto and that can be a problem with nut allergies as well. The house red wine was very good though. They do need to have their contact info on the website though, like address, phone, etc..
  9. SC

    StephanieC

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved eating here. Simply decorated on the inside. Great food!
  10. J

    John

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a great time here. Wonderful atmosphere and food.
  11. TD

    TennesseeDouglas

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt Gallaher's Emilia's is our favorite Knoxville Restaurant, and Killian is our favorite waiter. The food is fabulous, and we always have a delightful experience!
  12. MP

    MtPdiners

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were traveling and came in for a light dinner. We each had appetizers only and they were quite good. The restaurant had a nice vibe to it....lots of small groups enjoying themselves. It’s also well-located in the Market Square area of downtown, and therefore close to many hotels.
  13. B

    Brkcn

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere were great. We had a really nice dinner.
  14. FI

    FixItFriend

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Food. Ask your waiter for advice... and you won't be disappointed. Downtown / Market Square location is fun and convenient... walking distance from great hotels. Food is fresh, well prepared and presented. Portions are generous. Take your date... she'll like it.
  15. TB

    TerrenceB

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trifecta - great food, great service, relaxed and calm atmosphere
  16. CF

    CherylF

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food and a great wine selection! Loved the gelato for dessert as well!
  17. SA

    SuzanneA

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service. Very fresh ingredients. We had to add it inside because it was very hot. The inside is very comfortable and not loud! Very rare! Best Italian food we had in a Knoxville
  18. LM

    LMMT

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick late dinner was incredible. Loved the charred romaine salad. My husband had the lamb pasta. I had the vegetarian with mushrooms. Both were so fresh and delicious. Highly recommend.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was outstanding Recommendations perfect The butterscotch dessert fabulous
  20. SR

    SaraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and overall experience like always! Bekah was great and very attentive!
  21. s

    suew

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was Fantastic!
  22. G

    Gram851

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Italian restaurant in Knoxville hands down
  23. DB

    DalethB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and cocktails. Will be back
  24. JP

    JamesP

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good quality food with a good range of selections without being a overwhelming menu. Good example of a restaurant doing a number of items really well without trying to do too much.
  25. BH

    BH928

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our serving team was so attentive, and the bolognese was top notch!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal. Server was very attentive. Seated quickly. Would definitely dine again.
  27. TF

    TomF

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Emilia’s never disappoints the palate!
  28. SK

    SamK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The filet was great and the noodles were good though the sauce was quite bland. Tiramisu needs more lady fingers, grilled brocolini was more burnt brocolini than anything else. And dont get the grilled romain, its silly. Make a regular Cesar salad with the sauce on it and you got a winner. Overall the food was disappointing but the service was absolutely fantastic. I really do wish the food was better.
  29. KH

    KimH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Loved the atmosphere. Server was extremely nice.
  30. c

    chicasrule

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight dining at Emilia's. Our favorite place to eat. Food is always delicious, and the service is always the best!
  31. K

    Knox16

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food octopus starter was too small. Needed more octopus. Pork Milanese excellent. Also broccolini needed a little more Deserts superb. Bottle and of charonnay at $53 too costly. Need some at $35. Carafe was fine
  32. AS

    AlixS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was very friendly! The service and the food were great! I highly recommend the Fusilli Carbonara and the Artichoke Fritti
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Impeccable food execution and service
  34. MD

    MelonyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. with fresh ingredients. Fantastic service. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of food. Highly recommend!
  35. N

    janeneN

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love Emelia!!! Fresh food, great service and ambience! Highly recommend!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, amazing staff, 10/10 would recommend
  37. TD

    TonyD

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent farm to table food. Decor was perfect and seating was spacious. Very low noise level presented a very pleasant dining experience.
  38. EF

    EmiliaFangirl

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal; best ambiance. Everything was delicious and flavorful - felt like we were in Italy.
  39. PP

    PatriciaP

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant. Not only is the food great but the staff are friendly and helpful. Don't forget the budino for dessert.
  40. JK

    JoeK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful good, especially considering our Gluten allergy (Celiac) restrictions. Emilia's is aware of considerations when preparing safe food for our restrictions and it is greatly appreciated.

FAQs

Emilia is rated 4.7 stars by 2141 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 37 times today
Google Map for Emilia

16 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wall Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Market Square Garage, Locust Street Garage, and State Street Garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Gallaher

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (865) 313-2472

  • Catering

    Chef Matt Gallaher has an extensive background in catering. From small dinners and large fundraising events to weddings, Chef Matt delivers a delicious and professional experience. Email info@knoxmason.com to customize your event menu and experience.

  • Private party facilities

    We will provide exclusive use of Emilia for Private Events on Monday nights. Some other evenings may also be available. Email info@knoxmason.com for more info!

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