The Emporium
The Emporium

The Emporium

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://eastbankemporium.com/
  • Phone: 5742349000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Shriver
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties up to 60 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Grundgen 5742349000
  • Entertainment: Thursday....Live Mo-Town & Golden Oldies BBQ on the patio 6PM-9PM.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Niles & Jefferson
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Emporium
Shortly after the construction of the Jefferson Street Bridge in 1912, Chris Anwonder built the first tavern to grace our building. During the era that followed industry and commerce built upon the banks of the river. Our building has a history that somewhat parallels the economic ups and downs of this area. It has been a porcelain works, tombstone factory, and sign company. Fifteen years prior to the October 1, 1980 opening of our restaurant, it was an empty warehouse. The reconstruction of our building uses artifacts collected from the area, and most of the restored oak pieces have been uniquely located to provide the atmosphere that is the Emporium. The grand staircase, the Deacon"s bench, and the oak doors used as paneling are all from an old church. The antique light fixtures, railings, spindles, and oak columns are authentic and add to the beautiful ambiance and dining experience.
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The Emporium reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (6)good for groups (5)romantic (4)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (2)fit for foodies (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Surprisingly Good
    Buccos815VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It has been a long time since I had a meal at The Emporium that was actually good. We had a great experience. I am looking forward to trying their new menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a dinner for 5 at The Emporium. The building itself looked tired and needed paint and the entry to the building was somewhat hodgepodge. However once we entered the restaurant itself the place was nice. I heard the next day that the facility had been sold and was going to be renovated. 4 of us ordered fish for our meals, red snapper, tilapia, and salmon. Everyone was pleased with their dish. The fifth person ordered a Greek flatbread and a cajun chicken salad and liked both of them. Two of us had the Caesar side salad with our meal and were please with the tasty and ample serving. When we arrived the place was fairly empty but filled up over the course of the evening. The desserts we tried were good. We would return again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and ambience!
    Trine0929
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Took my wife for her birthday and neither of us could be happier. Wonderful food and atmosphere with great service for very reasonable prices. We even dressed up a bit to celebrate and felt quite comfortable yet could see going back dressed very casually and fitting right in as well. Our kind of place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the River
    Speedy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A band was playing across the river, supplying a distant but appreciated ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressed
    AmandaB
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was visiting South Bend for only a few hours and was mixing business with pleasure with our dinner plans. I always use Trip Advisor to plan ahead and was happy to find a place with scenery, ambiance, good food, and good prices that was perfect for our gathering. It didn't disappoint. I saved $22 using a Restaurant.com certificate to boot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Emporium was a let down
    ThePunditVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    When weather permits Emporium has the nicest terrace overlooking the river and downtown South Bend. Sadly the food is unremarkable and the service is haphazard. Too bad
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 36 reviews are from the The Emporium reviews archive.
  • Lovely terrace and good service
    Gaya
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I had lunch on the terrace with a friend and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The setting is great, the seating comfortable and the food quite good. The restaurant will honor special requests. If you are vegan, for instance, as I am, they can prepare a vegan dish. They should now consider adding a vegan option on their menu as other restaurants in our area have done for some time (LaSalle Grill, Café Navarre...).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy and Fun
    benfro6
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food was outstanding and wait staff was incredibly efficient. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the view
    GregorysNd
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Ask for a table by the windows, the river views are beautiful. Our table shared the zucchini appetizer and artichoke dip both were a huge hit with everyone. The herb roasted chicken and pork loin plates were fantastic. I have to try the grilled meat loaf my next visit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to start the evening
    ExperiencedDiner
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I often welcome the Emporium as a great place to start a weekend evening (before attending a show or concert downtown). Over the years the menu has changed but the food quality continues to be very good. Food charges are reasonable but for the price I usually expect a few of the finer things (I did miss the bread and the cloth table clothes, both not provided on this visit).
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner
    beatlegirl
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Went to dinner before a show. Food was good, although mine could have been warmer. Taste and portion sizes were very good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River views
    Domer
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Set right on the banks of the St. Joe River in downtown South Bend the Emporium was a beautiful setting for an excellent meal. We were seated right next to the river and the views are spectacular. The vegetable soup tasted homemade with a nice balance of several vegetables. The broth was nicely seasoned. The baked brie was very good and the warm bread was out of the oven fresh. The prime rib was cooked just right and the au jus had a wonderful flavor. The brussel sprouts were tenderly cooked and very good. The spanish rice also has a great flavor. The cheese cake topped off a great dinning experience. No question we will return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly good.
    sbscha
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I have been dining at The Emproium for nearly 30 years. Always good food at a decent price. Recommend highly!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, beautiful river view
    CurtisVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We were thoroughly satisfied with our experience. All of the tables have a view of the river, but ask for a table next to the window for the best view. Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Drinks were mixed well. My grilled salmon was prepared perfectly. Try the roasted brussel sprouts. They are delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6 month anniversary at the emporium
    matt
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    great food, great atmosphere. all around good experience. look forward to going to the emporium on our 1 year anniversary.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We arrived early and were
    NDfoodmistake
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We arrived early and were promptly seated. Had our own waiter until table of 8 next to us arrived, and he spent over 15 minutes exclusively with them as they tried to decide on wine. We were ignored. We both had prime rib which just wasn't that good. I ordered rare to medium rare and said warm and bloody. It was the right color pink, but it was neither warm nor bloody. Refills were slow. We had finished eating and had to wait over 10 minutes for our check and a to go box. I would not return here. There were also some shady people hanging out of the street in front of the restaurant, and it wasn't even dark yet.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family dinner
    goodeats
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    The restaurant was full so the noise level pretty high and the service was a little slow but the food was excellent and we had an enjoyable family experience over all. A nice ending to an afternoon at the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I have been coming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    My wife and I have been coming here for over 25yrs. We even had our wedding reception dinner here 24 yrs. ago. We have always enjoyed the Emporium. However, recently the service seems to be suffering and costs have been going up like everywhere else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appetizers were excellent.
    38maleUTAH
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Appetizers were excellent. The Calamari was top notch and the Ahi was good. I had a prime rib which was better than average, but to my surprise I had to request horseradish. Their Herbal Chicken also received high remarks from my friend. Our service took too long on both ends of the meal, it seemed he was overworked. Prices were fair, not cheap, nor expensive. Worth returning with my family, but not with business clients or on special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went here for our son's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    We went here for our son's 21st birthday! The French Onion Soup was great. I had the steak, and it was delicious. Others had fish and chicken and all of it was so good. I will definitely return next time I am visiting the kids at Notre Dame. Try it out! You will be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My Go-to casual dinner place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Always enjoy the Emporium for its atmosphere and food. While a casual restaurant it is still nice enough for that "special" date. Only complaint is the relatively small menu. Love that Emporium is on Opentable!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week deal not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    The 4 course dinner package is more expense than seperate ordering. Feel the waiter did not tell the truth.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I go to the Emporium quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    I go to the Emporium quite often for lunch and dinner. The only time I had something I did not enjoy was a creme brûlée that looked like it had just been pulled out of the fridge and not been caramelized on top. We've been there for lunch after a family funeral, and it's my son's favorite "fancy restaurant" choice when we attend the annual Mother/Son dance at the Palais every spring. It can be a bit chilly sitting close to the large windows in the winter, but the view is lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food and service.
    cjk81
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Very good food and service. Very reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend ...in fact I already did that today.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average food, wine list has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Average food, wine list has gotten better, prices good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended... Again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Fell in love once again! Always loved the character, charm, and beautiful ambience at Emporium! For a while, the food wasn't so good. I had heard from others that it was back, and they were right. Our Thanksgiving dinner was excellent and I plan on returning for other meals and special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Huge disappointment!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Huge disappointment!! All 4 different entree orders looked colorlessly identical; dinner entrees were served on small lunch sized plates, fish & meats were dry & overcooked, vegetables colorless, dried parsley flakes coated all the food. Online menu does NOT accurately depict menu, for example: no wild-line Coho (Alaskan) salmon!!! I didn't return after my 1st visit to this restaurant years ago... hope I don't make the same mistake!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Discovery in South Bend
    Godmother3
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    We were in South Bend to attend a Notre Dame football game and were so glad we discovered The Emporium. Although it was a little difficult to navigate around the road construction, it was well worth it. Everything we ate was great--from the salad dressings on our salads to the wonderful dinner rolls, entrees and desserts--all wonderful. In addition, we had a very friendly and attentive waiter, which always adds to the experience. We highly recommend The Emporium to anybody looking for a lovely place for a great (and reasonably priced) dinner while in South Bend. If we lived in the area (we live in NY) we would definitely be regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite in South Bend!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    We love going to The Emporium when we are in South Bend -great food, something on the menu for everyone and great service at the bar and in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consisintly good...with service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    consisintly good...with service and meau selections service was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A bit more rundown than I
    Burke
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    A bit more rundown than I had expected. Food was good, but my fish was too strong! Prices were great, but maybe that is why it was just ok. Service was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Views and great food
    GregorysNd
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    I love watching the river out the large windows it is mesmerizing. The pork tenderloin was amazing and the avocado salad dressing is very refreshing. My asparagus was a little over cooked for my taste but my husband's was perfect. I definitely would return because I love many dishes on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and diverse
    Exellent
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    Excellent food and diverse menu at very reasonable prices; generous portions, good service, nice ambiance; we were visiting from out of town and had no idea what to expect; we were not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed our meal! I highly recommend the Emporium and would definitely eat there again if we are ever in the area! I would also like to add that although we were there in January, it seemed like it would be a great place for outdoor dining during warmer months-
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is very good food at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/29/2011
    This is very good food at a reasonable price - the menu had something for everyone in our party of 6. The smell of the freshly baked bread when you walk in is heavenly! The service was just delightful-we will go back. It looked as though the outdoor dining would be fun warmer weather!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant was recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2011
    This restaurant was recommended by the Marriott Hotel staff and it was an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint spot overlooking the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2011
    Quaint spot overlooking the river and downtown South Bend; perfect for a glass of wine after work. The food however lacks any particular attraction, and it remains very conservatively Midwestern; it is blend, and prepared with no passion. Go there not to discover a place "fit for foodies", but rather when you just need a hearty portion of food and don't care much about preparation. Modern local Midwestern restaurants have so much more to offer! I had an under-microwaved baked brie with plastic wrapper only partially removed, served with a loaf of "French" bread, made of this dense and chewy dinner roll that only Midwesterners like to refer to as bread. The appetizer was followed by the classic medium cooked steak served when ordered rare.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love coming to the Emporium.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2011
    Love coming to the Emporium. Very nice ambiance, good food, excellent service by trained waiters. They go above and beyond!!! Will definitely come back, and would like to sit outside. Love the east race.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as I'd remembered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/5/2011
    My husband & I both had steak (mignon & ribeye). It was ok, but not that flavorful. Smashed potatoes were luke warm and not that tasty. Did enjoy the house side salad. Rolls were delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have enjoyed the Emporium
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2011
    Have enjoyed the Emporium for years. Great to place to go w/ my wife for a quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If ever you vist South Bend
    Slugger77
    Dined on 11/5/2010
    If ever you vist South Bend a trip to the Empoium will make the trip a great one. My wife and I were very pleasantly surprised. When she is "HAPPY" I know my selection is a right on time. She had the Tapila Oscar that the only thing wrong was they were less than generous with the crab meat. I had the Lobster, it was sweet and jucy. We were greeted at the door by the manager and hostess warmly. The wait staff was attentive,well trained and versed on the menu.The wine list is extensive and surprising we enjoyed a great resling with our meal. The atmosphere in the restaurant is romantic and the noise level is moderate so you can still enjoy your conversation. Over all a "GREAT PLACE" to eat and enjoy a romantic evening with someone special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate