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Via Emilia Italian Restaurant

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10700 Kuykendahl Road, 77381, The Woodlands, TX (The Woodlands Parkway)
281-465-9555
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: Named after an ancient Roman road that spans from Rimini to Piacenza, Via...
Named after an ancient Roman road that spans from Rimini to Piacenza, Via Emilia 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. Enhance the experience with a bottle of wine from our extensive collection from around the world. Via Emilia's wine list includes over 200 selections spanning over 60 regions of the world, including 30 rotating wines by the glass. We look forward to creating a memorable experience that will exceed the expectations of you and your guests.
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Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very good and great service

We wanted some actually Italian-like Italian food. Not just the red gravy stuff. We wanted slow simmered meats and beautiful salads, not to mention the possibility of delicious pasta. So, we jumped in our car and made the trek over. The place was packed. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
SwissSushi
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We wanted some actually Italian-like Italian food. Not just the red gravy stuff. We wanted slow simmered meats and beautiful salads, not to mention the possibility of delicious pasta. So, we jumped in our car and made the trek over. The place was packed. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table, but that was OK. We sat... More 

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Houston
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Me and my husband have been going to this restaurant since it opened; a welcome addition to all the boring chain restaurants in the woodlands. Food is wonderful and service very nice. However I think the the good reputation has 'gone to their heads' . After being too busy for a while to eat out, we took some friends here... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We had a party of 6 and were seated at a great table. Drinks, Calamari and Wedge Salad were exceptional. The Entrees left something to be desired. The Gnocci's red sauce was a little dark and our guest said it was just ok. Veal Picatta was not the best…it had an off taste and had too much breading. We'll be... More 

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viaemilia10700, Owner at Via Emilia Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent visit. Although we are happy to hear you enjoyed the service and ambiance, we are terribly sorry to hear you did not fully enjoy your meal. We hate to hear you left dissatisfied, did you happen to let your server know? We would be honored to serve... More 

Houston, TX
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

There are not many places in Houston, let alone The Woodlands, that serve up such great dishes as Veal Shanks, Chilean Sea Bass and Lobster Ravioli. Consistently good food, fair service and pleasant atmosphere all make this a very desirable choice when dining out.

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viaemilia10700, Owner at Via Emilia Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to let us about your recent visit to Via Emilia. We're glad to hear you enjoy dining with us. We've got new specials and live music several times a week and hope you'll come visit again soon! More 

Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I have to say first that i have been to this restaurant before , but at this time we really had a bad, bad experience!! My daughter order a filet mignon, medium well with potatoes!! We had to sent it back one time, potatoes hard and undercooked and fillet overcooked!! We sent it back, and we got it same way!!... More 

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viaemilia10700, Owner at Via Emilia Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review of your recent meal at Via Emilia. Although we're glad you were for the most part impressed with the food and service provided, we want to make sure that every dish leaves you completely satisfied. We're sorry to hear that your daughter was disappointed with her steak and potatoes. We strive to provide... More 

The Woodlands, Texas
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We went there for lunch which seemed a bit fancy for lunch, but if you are looking for something not so average, this gives you a new upscale spot. Nice wine list, Excellent wait staff. Food was good. Dinner here was nice as well. Best Italian food in Woods.

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viaemilia10700, Owner at Via Emilia Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service provided during your recent visit. Please let us know what we can do next time to make your next visit your best! More 

Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I am so happy to have found this place! This is my new favorite. I love the atmosphere and the live piano music. I felt like I was in Italy. The staff were so awesome. Our waiter Mauricio was so knowledgeable and helped up pick a great bottle of wine from their expansive wine list. We tried the snails and... More 

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viaemilia10700, Owner at Via Emilia Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

WOW! Thank you for the kind words. We are so flattered to hear you thought everything - from the food, to the ambiance and service - was amazing. We will be sure to share your feedback with the staff, including Rudy & Willy. Let us know next time you plan to visit, we would be honored to serve you again! More 

Spring, Texas, United States
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went to Via Emilia's for a date night and it was so nice! Ambience is great for a date, and service was friendly yet elegant. The wine is is extensive so you should always be able to find something you like. I have to rave about the meatballs, though - the flavor of both the meatballs along with the marinara... More 

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viaemilia10700, Owner at Via Emilia Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Jacob - Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your recent visit to Via Emilia! We're overjoyed to hear you love the food, ambiance, and service provided. Although we love to hear you enjoyed the meatballs enough to come back, we encourage you to try other parts of our well-rounded menu. Speaking for everyone when we say... More 

Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The restaurant is in a strip center but once inside you would not know it. My husband and I were there on a Friday night and we were glad we had a reservation. Nice table, nice waiter and great piano music. My husband had the linguini with clams and it was outstanding. Very garlicky! Maybe ask them to cut back... More 

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Woodbridge, Canada
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We recently had dinner at Via Emilia following our recent trip to Texas for the US Grand Prix. We started our evening at the bar enjoying a couple of beers waiting for our friends to arrive. From there, we were taken to our table. We shared the calamari fritti and carpaccio di manzo for our starter. For our main course,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10700 Kuykendahl Road, 77381, The Woodlands, TX
    (The Woodlands Parkway)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  The Woodlands
  • Phone Number: 281-465-9555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Named after an ancient Roman road that spans from Rimini to Piacenza, Via Emilia 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. Enhance the experience with a bottle of wine from our extensive collection from around the world. Via Emilia's wine list includes over 200 selections spanning over 60 regions of the world, including 30 rotating wines by the glass. We look forward to creating a memorable experience that will exceed the expectations of you and your guests.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?