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The Emerald is a hidden little restaurant here in Austin, a petite Irish cottage that serves eats from the owner's homeland on Irish china and silver platters: Irish whiskey cake, flambeed onion soup, savory roasted leg of lamb. Head here after you've abused yourself on St. Patrick's Day proper, and get some culinary TLC.
Another Reason I Love This City!!. We visited the Emerald last Saturday evening for the first time and were using a groupon certificate. Parking lot was crowded, but when we entered we were greeted and quickly seated. Beautiful china, lace tablecloths, lit candles and a live harpist-great ambiance. Our dinner was served by the two sisters who are not only charming and lovely but very gracious. Our meal consisted of delcious potato soup, house salad with an incredible homemade dressing, chateaubriand carved at our table and finally Irish whiskey cake. All delicious and very large portions. We never felt rushed and we really felt so well taken care of. It is hard to find this type of restaurant where you feel so good just being there-we are so glad we live in Austin!
Very Good Dining Experience!. This was a really nice evening-delicious food and unique surroundings. You feel as if you aren't in Austin for a couple of hours-you actually relax and I felt like I was on a vacation in Ireland. The soda bread is outstanding and the entree portions are well prepared and quite generous. Impeccable service-definitely a new favorite restaurant for special occasions.
Excellent Food and service!! Groupon CustomersSay A+++. We were served like royalty-I cannot say more. Lovely dishes, LIVE harpist playing beautiful music,delicious food carved in front of our table and owners who made us feel like we were old friends. Thanks Groupon for having the Emerald as one of our choices-I heard the Emerald will be featured again in November with another fantastic dinner-this one will have lobster! Can't wait!!
Exceptional Dining Experience- Once Again!!. Living in austin is a wonderful experience and the diversity we are able to enjoy is a high point. I am truly glad we have such great restaurants of all ethnicities to explore and enjoy. I have been to the Emerald several times and have always came away feeling incredibly lucky to have this as one of my choices. Yes, it is Irish food and it is delicious. My favorite has been the escargots which are served in their shells, followed by the lobster which has been sauteed in heavy cream and irish whiskey-oh so good!! Lovely family and a precious little cottage-thank-you Emerald for being part of the Austin community!!
42 Rave Reviews Can Be Wrong. I'm dumbfounded how this place could have gotten so many rave reviews. It was absolutely awful and incredibly overpriced. The Irish waitresses were darling but all the rest goes downhill from there. The building (former house) was quite unkempt from the outside - weeds and tall grasses growing up and inside was well, musty. I was prepared for a funky experience, though, and expected the food to be stellar, as so many reviewers reported. But alas, the appetizer was adequate, but not worth the price. We had the duck and lobster entrees, which were exceedingly heavy and surrounded by towers of vegetables that appeared to be steamed/frozen. The complimentary whiskey cake was dry and not remarkable. Good news: huge portions - so big we had giant foil swans to take with us. Bad news: we didn't eat it at the restaurant and there was no way we would eat it at home. Almost $200 later (for two, including a carafe of house wine), I was wishing I had cooked my husband's birthday dinner myself. I so wanted to like this place, but...I didn't.
Very Special Evening-. My husband and I had bought a Groupon to enjoy a Chateaubriand Dinner at the Emerald on a recommendation from my sister. I was not sure what a Chateaubriand really was, but had always heard how great the Emerald was, so we were excited. It was one of the best meals we have ever had! First of all, you are eating fantastic food (Chateaubriand is beef tenderloin!!-now I know) in an atmosphere of people who are really very happy to see you. It is a family run business and what nice people they are. They were very honored that we had chosen to purchase a Groupon and thanked us-very different from some of our other Groupon experiences. The portions were outrageous-very generous and we ended up bringing home some in the foil swans that are the doggie bags! We definitely will be back!!
DELICIOUS!. My boyfriend and I went to The Emerald for my birthday dinner and it was absolutely delicious! We had the Tall Texan Steak, Roasted Duck, and house wine and all was super fantastic. Though it was pricey, it was well worth it. Also,the service was just as good as the food. Don't be discouraged by the hobbit-looking house when you pull in, trust me - you will be grateful you stayed!
Delicious Dinner Before Concert at Backyard. We love our music and we love The Emerald-as it happens we've been frequenting both establishments for many years-now they are next door neighbors-makes it easy to grab a nice dinner before the concert-as always-the roast duck is outstanding!
Romantic Valentine's Day!!. My husband and I drove up from San Antonio on the recommendation of our investment banker who is a lover of all things that have to do with eating out. As usual, he was spot on with his insight. Everything was fresh and the quality was above par. Huge lobster tail, chateaubriand, lamb-all delicious. So glad to have found this unpretentious, lovely little restaurant-we felt as if we were back in Europe-Many thanks! Yvonne and Charles
OMG - Absolutely Wonderful. This is my new favorite place. A family owned restaurant with terrific service, lovely interior and fantastic food and wine. I wish everyone could eat here. We drove from Round Rock and it was worth every minute of the drive! I can't wait to tell all of my friends so they can enjoy it also.
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