My husband and I went to the Emerald with a Groupon Valentine's coupon. I've been wanting to go for years, but it has always been a tad cost prohibitive. It was absolutely worth the wait.
You might drive past the place a time or two before you realize that you just passed it as it is an old house. It has been remodeled to serve as a restaurant, but it still has a homey feel to it. The ambiance is like your grandmothers house, but with a bit of a romantic and whimsical twist to it. On the night we went, they had a harpist who was wonderful and playing all of our favorite songs.
The service is lovely, with polite and sweet, soft spoken people being attentive to your every need. It is a family run business, and you do feel like you have been invited over by dear friends for a meal. (Not in an intrusive way though.)
About the food: We got the Patty O'Cupid's Valentine's feast, and it was most certainly a feast. The meal began with the Irish soda bread, which was so delicious. It was warm and fresh and so tasty it melted in your mouth. Next, we were brought out a potato soup which I have to say, is better than my mother's. I am mostly Irish, and am a snob about potato soup, and this would never let down anyone's expectations. Then, came the main course. Chateaubriand, in a beautiful mushroom sauce with the most delicious veggies ever; broiled lobster that was too flavorful to butter; and a rack of lamb that was so good that despite being full we had no choice but to eat. The meal ended with a lovely Irish whiskey cake, which was yummy and fun.
This is not a generic restaurant. It is an experience, and a very special one at that.