Restaurant News

Emmaline Will Open in Montrose in September

The team behind Emmaline.
The team behind Emmaline. Photo courtesy of Emmaline


Emmaline, the highly anticipated trattoria-inspired eatery taking over the former Teala's space on West Dallas, is slated to open next month from restaurateur Sam Governale, chef and NY transplant Dimitri Voustinas (formerly of NY's Bar Boulud, Motorino Pizza and La Gamelle) and creative director Ashley Putman. The eatery will offer all-day dining with coffee, cocktails and a menu of the American bent with a touch of European and Mediterranean influence.

Menu highlights include seared scallops with grilled zucchini and flower, sorrel and crispy black rice; charbroiled oysters, Fontina fondue and shareable plates, tea sandwiches at lunch, eggy dishes and mascarpone pancakes at brunch, and a dessert that is really speaking to us — Backyard Wedding Cake with praline and coconut.
click to enlarge Pretty slick signage there, Emmaline. - PHOTO COURTESY OF EMMALINE
Pretty slick signage there, Emmaline.
Photo courtesy of Emmaline
A lounge area will feature a centralized bar and seating area for 20 in what a press release calls "secluded, Hollywood-style booths" — the eatery has been influenced by The Ivy in West Hollywood, among other spots. There will also be seating for 80 in the dining area, with sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows and a chandelier from Teala’s, along with a climate-controlled wine room for some 1,500 bottles curated by Governale, and a 50-seat sunroom as well. Outside, a brick patio will be dog-friendly, and a second floor will also feature a terrace and room inside for private dining.

Emmaline, 3210 West Dallas
Opening in September for lunch, dinner and late-night service daily, weekend brunch, and Sunday family-style dinner.

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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.