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600 E. 3rd St. (Red River St.) Send to Phone

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Emilia's Restaurant Review

: This pricey, elegant newcomer will make your head spin with refined surroundings, haute cuisine and a hot crowd. Up-and-comers out on the town are reveling in this charming historical building from the 1800’s that has been gently but brilliantly restored. Located a few steps away from the new convention center, Emilia’s boasts a chi-chi patio, a lofty Sunday house for private parties and an intimate bar with a fireplace that was once a carriage house. Fine pale linens grace the tables, bright flowery art springs up the limestone walls, and the young wait staff is paced and polished. Small and select, executive chef Will Packwood’s ever-changing menu features upper-echelon starters. Enjoy a complimentary amuse bouche of duck confit on sweet grilled fig, then move to foie gras with Riesling aspic, or a delicate French-style salad with diced beets, toasted macadamia nuts and bracing goat cheese croutons. Faultless mains you’ll return for: sashimi-grade rare peppercorn-crusted tuna on potato gratin; crispy roasted squab with exquisite pancetta-escarole risotto; and loup de mer (sea bass) over walnut gnocchi with slender haricots verts. Finish with heavenly caramelized honey and cinnamon tiramisu. Then let amiable owner Denis Tracey escort you through the intimate wine cellar, which cossets an impressive collection of rarities.


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