A Hill Country limestone cottage converted to an elegant restaurant? Yes, it can be done, and done well. This is a favorite spot for romantics of all ... More
A Hill Country limestone cottage converted to an elegant restaurant? Yes, it can be done, and done well. This is a favorite spot for romantics of all stripes, who come for the harp music and relaxing, three-hour dinners. A prix-fixe menu is available, as well as an a la carte menu. The prix-fixe dinner includes bread, salad, appetizer, entree and dessert, and is uniformly well-executed. The Chateaubriand melts in your mouth, and the truffle-topped Tenderloin Medallions are extraordinary.
The only reason I give them such a bad review is the fact that I called them and called them because I was thinking about buying a Groupon for them, but they never answered and I left message after message and they never called back, so there was no way I was going to buy there groupon if there service is that bad. Never tried the food.
What a wonderful experience! I had been wanting to visit for so long and WOW am I ever so happy I made the drive. The atmosphere is quaint and welcoming with a marvelous host and hostess that make you feel like you've been invited to diner. The food--I would go again just for the bread, but everything was so beyond delicious. It made our Easter ever so special. We ate left over for 2 days and reveled in how good it tasted. Definitely recommending.
Well,I had never had escargot before I ate at the Emerald-but I had to order TWO servings they were that delicious. The chef makes the garlic butter from scratch and the escargot are served in their shells. What a cool experience! The Caesar salad is prepared at your table and my wife loved that. This is a really nice restaurant if you want to dine-you aren't rushed-the ambiance is so European and the service is probably the best in Austin. You really feel so welcome and cared for. Prices aren't out of range-you are getting huge portions of high quality food-steak and lobster is what we had and we ended up bringing home a nice sized amount that we ate for lunch the next day. We definitely will be back-
Romantic and so elegant! I brought my family on Mother's Day and enjoyed the restaurant so much, that my wife and I decided to go by ourselves.It is charming and truly the staff are so very gracious. I tried the escargot and the filet mignon and they were out of this world. So I am honestly happy to have found The Emerald-thank-you for being in Austin!
I was at the Emerald this weekend and as always I never want to leave! I am from California and travel to Austin every three months for business. I am able to go there, relax, get pampered, eat incredible European cuisine plus the owners always remember me AND my likes and dislikes. This time I tried the Snapper Special-delicious sauce full of shrimp draped over a huge piece of snapper. Very good. The Emerald has been owned and operated by the same family since 1984. They care about their business and it is reflected in their graciousness and attention to detail. I'll be back in in May-you can be sure!
Valentine's Day 2009!I wanted to make sure that I wrote about the most romantic dinner I have ever experienced that took place in Austin at the Emerald Restaurant this past Valentine's Day. Absolutely the most delicious lobster and the service was impeccable. I must mention the beautiful marble floors that are in the entrance way and restrooms-gorgeous! We were seated next to a couple that were celebrating 25 years of marriage and they shared with us that they had gotten engaged at the Emerald. Twenty-five years the Emerald has been open! This restaurant is not a chain-it is the finest example of a hard working family owned business. Congratulations Emerald!!Thank-you!
My husband and I are both foodies and had found The Emerald separately before we ever met. We had our first date there, our wedding night meal there, and several other special occasions. We ended up moving to Galway, Ireland on business. We lived there for 4 years and loved the food. So, when we came home to Austin one of the first things we had to do was go back to The Emerald. It was wonderful, as always. I'm particularly fond of their French Onion Soup and Cornish Game Hen. We're always made to feel welcome and the service is wonderful. It's vastly important that you go with a relaxed attitude, the mismatched place settings and tourist-shop touches can be off putting, and the service is usually on the slow side by American standards (they're speed-demons by Irish standards). It's a delightful place and deserves the rating it has on Dine.com.
It is definitely not worth it for the price. When we first got there, someone who was dining actually had to go and get the hostess (who was also our server) to come and seat us because we were waiting for a while. The server seemed to be very busy visiting and waiting on another couple who had obviously been there before. Our tea wasn't served until our meals came out and it took a long time to get refills. The food was very bland. The salad had a horrible salad dressing that was way too spicy and overpowering. The Irish soda bread was not a good bread to serve with a steak and lobster. My husband had the cornish game hen and we love a good roll or baked bread with our meals. The soda bread was too sweet to accompany such meals. It seemed more like a dessert, with the sweet flavored butters. Considering we paid so much for our meal, they didn't have any selections for us to substitute sides on our meals. We paid $166 for this meal and we were very disappointed. If you want a romantic, expensive meal that is worth the money, go to Grey Moss Inn in San Antonio, TX.
While it is a bit of a drive outside of Austin (about 15 miles), every time we eat here I can't help but feel like I'm right back at home. The food was simply divine and cooked to perfection. I'm very happy to have chosen such a wonderful place for dinner.
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