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“Elegant home cooking”
Review of Da Emma

Da Emma
Ranked #194 of 5,719 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Austin, Texas
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Elegant home cooking”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Italian food cooked by your grandmother who lives in an elegant but simply furnished basement near the old port. The menu was in Italian and listed on a whiteboard brought to our table and supported by a music stand. Fortunately our congenial waiter was happy to translate the long list of courses. The parmigiana on our arugula salad was nutty and creamy - best we've ever tasted. Pasta was perfectly al dente smothered in a luscious Gorgonzola sauce. Melt in your mouth veal. One issue, wine was only available by the bottle. You must have a reservation.

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great service!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

On July 22nd I made reservations to take my boyfriend out for his 25th birthday to Da Emma.

I was disappointed when I got there and the restaurant had lost power all day and didnt receive a call. One of the waitresses was waiting in the parking lot and came up to my boyfriend and I to explain the situation and appologized for the issue. As much as we were disappointed that we couldn't eat at one of our favorite restaurants, having the waitress explain the issue to us was great customer service.

We love the food and service at Da Emma and this restaurant is truly a gem in the old port! Can't wait to go back again!!

  • Visited July 2013
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Montreal
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Authentic Roman food - great patio!”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Amazing fresh burrata is a great starter! Pasta, Meat or Fish you can't go wrong at this Montreal Gem. If you like Italian wines you will not be disappointed; Classic Chiantis to surprising Sicilians, if you like to discover new wines you will be happy at Da Emma.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank vbrie
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MA
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Outstanding dining experience”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

This is one of the better meals we have experienced. Unique setting - we ate inside in the haunting but warm transformed women's prison basement. Great waiter - good-natured and patient as he explained each menu item. Meal preparation, balance of flavors were in "wow" territory for both of us. We recommend highly for a special occasion, and having the chance to get away for a romantic weekend is occasion enough.

Visited June 2013
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“Very unique dining experience!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is certainly an interesting venue...comfortable seating and welcoming staff. The menu is quite extensive covering off any taste preferences one might have. Great wine offering as well. Antipasta plate nicely done, arugla salad tasty, veal meat balls are delicious and the pasta sauce as fine as I have ever had. My pasta side dish a bit too firm, but no biggie compared to everything else. Lamb shank was huge--enough for two people!

Our server Michele was very friendly and helped out our newbie group to Montreal with some good advice for sight seeing. I would go back and try out some other dishes.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Cher M
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