Emilia

4.7
67 reviews
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
Emilia comprises a cafe, wine bar and restaurant both open six days a week (Monday to Saturday) for lunch and dinner located in Haunch of Venison Yard just off Brook Street in the heart of Mayfair.

Its inspiration comes from Emilia-Romagna, the culinary heartland of Italy and it aims to pay homage to that region and its food culture but also reflect – as we hope all our restaurants do – what a good modern restaurant should be with fantastic British produce, a brilliant and broad wine list and engaging waiters.

Upstairs is a 25 cover restaurant which can be booked for lunch and dinner whilst downstairs our walk-ins wine bar offers a shorter menu of as-it-comes dishes with over 20 wines by the glass.
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NC
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The lady/manager who looked after our table of four could not have been more charming. Her wine recommendations were excellent and we enjoyed very distinctive wines we would not otherwise have chosen.

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London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food is very good, but falls slightly between two stools in being neither classic Italian nor really creative fine dining. Food is somewhat overpriced, the wines OK but decidedly disappointing for the money.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great to be in a restaurant that wasn’t too noisy.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food

RL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Emilia was excellent! The food, from start to finish was perfect. Service was warm and friendly. We had a great evening, all of our group eat out a lot and we all felt it was the best place we’ve been recently. Would love to come back when the weather is nicer and sit outdoors!

WF
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful new restaurant in Mayfair from the team behind Clipstone, Portland and Quality Chop House. Great menu and wine list, and excellent presentation. Although pricing is rather robust, the space is intimate and therefore quite buzzy when full. I’d certainly go back!

MG
Wales
17 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is exquisite, and very true to its namesake. The waiting staff offered no suggestions for either food or wine? Most Italian’s would never order until everything was discussed. It certainly would have added to the ambiance. That said, the staff were friendly and accommodating. We finished our wine outside to enjoy the warm afternoon. On the pricey side, but great for a special occasion.

DM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every way , amazing food & wonderful service.

OT
Savannah
13 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I read a review of this restaurant that basically said it was highway robbery, but you’d enjoy every minute of it. I found this to be accurate — the price point of the menu skews high, but the food and service we’re both impeccable. It was special — intimate, solicitous, and delicious. Perfectly lovely.

g
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

a slightly unexpected delight - highly recommend this restaurant.

IC
London
36 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine list . Interesting and novel. Def worth a repeat list .

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best Italian restaurant in London. Superb food, incredible service and a lovely ambience.

JG
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never trust reviews. Journalists often have an ulterior reason to being kind to a restaurant - as seems to be the case here. The food has nothing to do with Emilia Romagna. One of the waiters commented that, as prosciutto and parmigiana are part of the menu, it must have. Overall, I did not find the food memorable and thought the atmosphere was rather dead. I am a journalist myself and visited with a view to include Emilia in my new travel guide (published in Germany). Sadly, I cannot.

g
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely food and great service, not cheap, but worth it.

TF
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Small, intimate setting, good wine list, excellent food. A real hidden gem. Would recommend.

DJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Top quality Italian with bright and enthusiastic staff. Quality of the dishes was exemplary. The only disappointment was the limited and slightly boring choices of main dish just one vegetarian, one fish and one meat. The rest of the menu was exciting. Excellent value wines.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, innovative and good value

E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service excellent, the ambiance perfect.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always

SK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Superior ingredients, very accomplished cooking. Rabbit tagliatelle and crispy pig's trotter especially delicious. Accessible wine list. The staff are charming and if the location were better it might be the perfect restaurant!

RP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I VISITED THIS NEW(ISH) RESTAURANT WITH A FRIEND FOLLOWING AN E-MAIL FROM THE OWNERS WHO RUN QCH. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT, THE NEGRONIS FANTASTIC, THE STAFF CHARMING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING A RETURN VISIT WITH MORE FRIENDS. 10/10

FH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We found the venue to be excellently appointed, the staff attentive and the lunchtime menu well thought out and delicious.

RS
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, friendly and helpful staff, great value. Perfect for our anniversary

CE
London
65 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It helped that it was a warm and sunny lunchtime and that the restaurant's outside space is in a quiet courtyard off Brook Street, but lunch was excellent. The full restaurant menu is not available outside so I will definitely be going back to try that, but the limited menu that was available certainly delivered. Burrata and white peaches was just right. The tagliatelle with venison ragu was possibly a bit rich for a summer's day, but delicious. And the almond cake with apricots was well worth the calories. Service was cheerful and attentive. Not sure why the restaurant wasn't busier but I expect it is early days yet. Get there while you can still get a table!

J
London
37 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable meal at Emilia. I was concerned about the noise level after eating at this venue when run by Bonham’s. They had two seatings and as the diners for the second seating waited in the bar below, the noise level became very distracting for first seating diners above! The new management have solved this with open seating.

The menu is excellent with several choices per course and quite varied. One can select several dishes from individual courses. The smoked eel pasta in a broth quite wonderful! A good balance between fish, meat and vegetables is maintained.

The wine list is excellent and is not restricted to Italian offerings. It is globally balanced and even includes a lovely and unusual Pinot Noir Blanc de Noir from Essex!

We shall return!

f
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I was excited for this restaurant but overall I found the food heavy and hard to finish. The service was great.

D
London
111 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious Italian food in small, modern restaurant. Friendly service, small portions. Quiet location in cul de sac with some outdoor tables.

PM
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! We are real “foodies” and can honestly tell that the food was incredible! The service was also excellent and we felt very cared for while we dined in a beautiful setting! The next time we are in London, we will go back! Be sure to make reservations in advance.

m
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A thoroughly pleasant evening with my grand daughter. I was concerned that the closeness of the tables might inhibit conversation, but it was not a problem at all. Delicious dinner

CJ
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb interpretation of Italian cooking. Wonderful wine list with many by the glass. Quiet and elegant venue with helpful and efficient unobtrusive service. Faultless.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Stunned no food and wine. Gorgeous service.

L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a summer supper. The staff were very accommodating around our last-minute change of arrangements. Fresh, delicious, everything perfectly judged. Tremendous wine list, albeit on the pricey side of things. No hesitation in recommending.

LC
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A quiet oasis just off New Bond St., skilfully prepared food and discreet service, ideal for a quiet business lunch or a break from retail therapy.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t wait to visit Emilia, this is the 4th member of the restaurant family and, like the others, it exceeded all our expectations! We were humbled by the food and service. The starters, mains and desserts were A+ The service is beyond excellent and the staff are second to none.

Thank you and see you very soon.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is out of this world, the focaccia the springiest, softest and most delicious I have ever tasted. I couldn't stop eating it. Every mouthful from the lightly crisped antipasti of zucchini fritti to the radishes with the warm, unctuous bagna cauda to the tagliatelli in rich rabbit ragu was extraordinarily in every sense. The choice of red wines complemented the flavours beautifully and the waiting staff were attentive and lovely. Don't be put off that this restaurant is attached to Bonhams, if this chef remains in the kitchen, you soon won't be able to bag a table for love nor money!

CC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal and excellent service! We will definitely return!

PO
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A very special evening, which even though quite expensive, you could get away with spending less. Everything we ate was outstanding, and service had a generosity of spirit which was quite charming. Free sparkling or still water, and some extra petit fours, even though we were really too full to eat them.
Lovely!!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

First visit.We will go again.Wine excellent

DG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very promising given the background of the team behind it.
The food is a bit bland because it is starting I believe. I think it will improve overtime.

AR
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a huge fan of Clipstone and Emilia is just as good - seasonal Italian cooking at very reasonable prices; small plates so great for sharing. Great date spot with a number of fun bars nearby - we'll come again!

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