We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Reservation problems”
Review of Emile's Restaurant - CLOSED

No photo provided
Got a photo?
Add it.
Emile's Restaurant
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French, Italian
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Large groups
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Large groups
Reviewed February 14, 2007

I'd like to be able to say how good the food was, or how attentive the service was, but the unfortunate fact is that we didn't even make it inside.

I had made a reservation for Valentine's Day more than 2 weeks in advance - but it looks like Emile's doesn't deal well with 'popularity'... We arrived just before 8PM and entered the small entrance area, only to be greeted by a shoulder to shoulder crowd of sour faces. When I let the lady at the desk know we had an 8PM reservation I was given no indication of when a table might become available, but we weren't hopeful. As the minutes passed only a handful of diners left, and a smaller number of those waiting were ushered in. During this time there was still no communication with the increasingly hungry crowd.

After 15 minutes huddled in a corner we decided to leave. It's clear that reservations for that very busy evening were not handled well at all. This unfortunately makes us reluctant to pay them a return visit, given their clear disdain for potential customers.

2  Thank ronca
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviews (12)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

10 - 12 of 12 reviews

Reviewed July 29, 2006

This is dining at its best!!

This restaurant has been there since the 70s and there is quite a few stories you can hear about the good ol' days when this wasn't the best part of town.

The decor of the small restaurant is a little dated but this is what gives this restaurant the charm.

Food was fantastic!!!!!

Our starters were the Filo Flower Pot with Goat cheese and the Foie Gras both of which were excellent.

Main courses were the Trout (nicely crisp in a delicious lemon sauce) and the Grilled Lamb Chops.

We finished it off with Chocolate Decadence.

The waiters are knowledgable, very attentive and super friendly.

All in all a great dining experience; we will be back soon

Thank WillowGlenLover
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed March 22, 2005

I've been twice in this restaurant with my family and surely can say this is the best in San Jose, CA. The food is great, beautiful decoration. It's operated by its owner-swiss chef Emile. I highly recommend this restaurant when visiting San Jose.

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Emile's Restaurant also viewed


Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing