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The Emporium
The Emporium

The Emporium Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://eastbankemporium.com
  • Phone: (574) 234-9000
  • 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 (574) 234-9000
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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...)."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and wait staff was incredibly efficient. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went to dinner before a show. Food was good, although mine could have been warmer. Taste and portion sizes were very good."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I have been dining at The Emproium for nearly 30 years. Always good food at a decent price. Recommend highly!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "great food, great atmosphere. all around good experience. look forward to going to the emporium on our 1 year anniversary."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/24/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "The 4 course dinner package is more expense than seperate ordering. Feel the waiter did not tell the truth."
    Dined on 1/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/14/2013
  • "Very good food and service. Very reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend ...in fact I already did that today."
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "Average food, wine list has gotten better, prices good"
    Dined on 11/30/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/22/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/2/2012
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/20/2012
  • "consisintly good...with service and meau selections service was great"
    Dined on 5/13/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/28/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "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-"
    Dined on 1/20/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/29/2011
  • "This restaurant was recommended by the Marriott Hotel staff and it was an excellent choice."
    Dined on 8/27/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/16/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/5/2011
  • "Have enjoyed the Emporium for years. Great to place to go w/ my wife for a quiet dinner."
    Dined on 2/18/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/5/2010
  • "Busy football weekend. Fish and Chips were just barely warm. It was obvious meal had been sitting under warmer way too long before service."
    Dined on 10/8/2010
  • "My favorite restaurant in the area, by far! Always outstanding. Best prime rib I have ever had."
    Dined on 9/24/2010