San Jose >Food & Dining > Emiles
545 S Second St, San Jose, CA | Directions 9511237.328409 -121.883352
Neighborhoods: Central, Central San Jose
Top Notch all the way – Elegant yet unpretentious atmosphere. Delicious food and very attentive staff. Not to miss, the most wonderful souffle!
Special Occasion Dining – My boyfriend brought me here and at first I was put off by the neighborhood it was in, and its exterior seemed to lack but for downtown San Jose it is expected. However, the interior was an oasis. It is classy and has a very professional staff. I didn't lack for anything and the food was wonderful. The price reflects its decor, staff and food, so be ready to open your wallet. But it will be a wonderful experience.
Good but way Overpriced – Emile's is a decent restaurant but is overpriced and living more on it's reputation than the food quality. The real pro about this restaurant is the service I received there was excellent and top notch. Food quality was ok and so was the portions, but the food did taste like it was reheated instead of cook fresh. I was there with a party of 6 and I noticed that the vegetables were all the same regardless of having a fish or meat dish. For the prices you pay at this place you should have vegetables paired with your meal instead of giving everyone the same thing. If a resturant is interested in giving you a good food ezperience they will design the side dishes around it and if they are interestied in just getting the next person in they will not. Unfortunately this is what Emiles has become.
Longtime downtown favorite serves artfully presented Italian and French dishes in a quiet, romantic setting. – The Scene
Since 1973, Emile's has been a popular destination for both elegant business dining and special occasions. Businessmen in three-piece suits sit at white linen-covered tables across from couples celebrating big wedding anniversaries. The service is professional, attentive and personal, with Chef Emile Mooser greeting each table on most nights.
The lengthy menu delivers innovative takes on many French and Italian favorites. Start with the meltingly soft potato gnocchi served with thin slices of wild mushrooms and baby spinach in a thick, rich truffle butter sauce. The flower-pot salad--crisp seasonal greens tossed with sweet candied walnuts and a zesty vinaigrette dressing--is elegantly presented in an edible phyllo wrap. The chicken cannelloni is the least expensive entree on the menu, but it's also one of the best. Two soft crepes are stuffed with a chunky mix of basil-seasoned ground chicken and dense ricotta cheese and baked in mild tomato and Mornay sauce.
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