The Emporium

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Inspired, passionate on-point cooking is served up daily at The Emporium restaurant. Using locally-sourced items whenever available, combined with "Fine dining without the attitude service," our goal is to completely transport you to your culinary happy place!

Whether seated in our Brasserie dining room, at our marble-topped bar or on our wraparound patio, you'll want to experience our breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner and late night options.

Looking for that ultimate badass burger? We got it.
Just want to relax with friends over perfectly done bowls of mussels and piping hot fries? We got that too.

Located on Walnut Street in Old Town, The Emporium is easy to get to with plenty of street and garage parking available.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu $48 per person with optional coursed wine pairing an additional $25. 11AM - 9PM. 4 courses finishing with Chef's Dessertapalooza. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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PC
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, server was MIA for some time. Two plates of food were dropped onto floor when we were being served. They had to be remade.

LC
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere, looking forward to going back!

b
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary dinner. I didn't tell them this in advance, but they knew from my OpenTable profile. We were treated like royalty. I really appreciate the excellent service - we will be back!

CG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was friendly, but we asked the waitress to please space out apps, salads and entrees. She was eager to take the order, but promised she’s hold off on entering entrees for 20 minutes. Lesson learned, if the server takes your order, it’s going immediately to the kitchen. We were rushed at every course as things were flying out of the kitchen.

The food was mediocre at best. We ordered a variety of dishes and weren’t impressed by any of them. The bison bourguignon was not as described. It was a 2 shanks of meat with a giant side of mushrooms. It was not a stew. The Wellington was cooked well, but it wasn’t outstanding. We also tried the roasted chicken. The sides were great, but the chicken is well, chicken.

I’d rate this place as an extremely overpriced mediocre restaurant at best. The food is nothing special and not executed well. We tried a new spot to celebrate a few birthdays, but we won’t be back.

JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Got there around 9:00pm and they were out of 4 of their 9 offered entry’s. Very disappointing.

The Emporium
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hi Joni - Thanks very much for joining us this past Homecoming Weekend. It's true that by 9PM, our Chefs let us know we had sold through four of our most popular dishes. We served over 315 dinners that evening and while we do our very best to ensure we have everything for everyone, we clearly didn't prepare enough that exciting evening. I hope you'll consider us again when thinking of where to dine out . I can be reached directly on my cell at 310.429.7230. Best regards, Jeff

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M
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I rated the ambience lower because the music was more suited for the bar than for having a nice leisurely dinner. The service and food were great though!

BL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Delicious, and very cool space for large and small groups. The service was really slow, unfortunately, even though there were very few people. But such an excellent brunch I'm happy to try again.

c
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food. The inside dining is pretty loud, and we've noticed this a few times. We sat outside this time, and it was nice. Wish we could make this a regular stop, but the price point for us is just a little high.

c
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meal and wine were excellent. Hostess and server were very personable and attentive. Our only caveat is that the space is noisy (and therefore) not ideal for conversations.

JT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Server was very nice and pleasant. However we had to fill our wine glasses all night. Simple fix that would have made the service top notch.

GK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great! Wine selection was very good too

K
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome and unique. Nice place to get my niece off campus for a meal.

P
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The best burger in FoCo.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emporium never disappoints. Food and service are both amazing.

PM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took a friend to The Emporium for her birthday and so glad we did. We were greeted with a smile, promptly seated and they even had the “Happy Birthday” menus for us! A nice touch. We ordered scallops and mushroom flatbread for appetizers. The scallops were fantastic and it was hard to be polite and let the birthday guest have the lion’s share! Loved the mushroom flat bread. The truffled honey, on the flat bread, was perfect and the only change I would make is to request a moist cloth to wipe excess honey from my fingers (it doesn’t feel like the right place to lick my fingers clean!).

We all shared the bison and the lamb pasta for the main course, both excellent choices. Great flavors and cooked perfectly! We then ordered three desserts to share, the ice cream sundae, the cannoli, and the creme brûlée. Hard to pick a favorite and we finished them all! The creme brûlée was the best I have had in Fort Collins. The lemon madeleines were a nice touch and the dessert servings were all generous but not garishly large.

Our server was friendly and very helpful. I have only 4 stars for ambiance due to the almost overpowering, perfume-y smell that hit us as we walked into the restaurant from the hotel entrance. Otherwise, it was excellent. I feel the prices were about right, especially compared to other recently opened, fine dining restaurants in the area. We will return!

C
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our 46th anniversary there, along with five other family members. We were pleasantly surprised by the menu having a Happy 46th Anniversary in large red print at the top.

We started by sharing a bread basket ($10, unlike French brasserie, where unlimited bread is free) and Moules et Frites ($19) with spicy sauce as an appetizer. Both were excellent, and the moules were plenty shared about five ways. A bottle of rose bubbly ($45) washed it all down.

Four of us ordered the Bison Bourguignon ($24), and all declared it a melt-in- your-mouth winner. The portions were modest, but the sauce rich. One of us ordered the salmon, and it too was excellent. Most of us shared about the least expensive bottle of red we could find, a Spanish Monastrell blend ($36), a nice, rich and fruity match with the bourguignon. My daughter had a salad and onion soup, which she said were both well done. Our 3-year-old grandson loved his pasta and meat ball (the second meat ball ended up on the floor).

A quart of decaf coffee, several ice creams and creme brûlées capped the evening nicely.

The atmosphere is quite casual, with quite a few young children. Service was excellent—professional and friendly.

A couple ordering only a main course, dessert and a couple glasses of wine should expect to spend no less than $100 with tip. It would not be hard to double that.

d
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, great service!

KW
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Emporium was a great fine dining experience. The food was excellent with a huge range of bold tasting notes. I would highly recommend starting with an appetizer so you can cover the whole menu. Our server Jordan catered to our every need without being overwhelming. The manager at the time Phil made sure to check in with us to assure everything was enjoyable. Overall, it was an amazing dinner and experience for a special occasion!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent and the cocktails were good. Service was a little slow.

RS
Denver
179 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Fort Collins best restaurants. Wine, cocktails and the mussels are superb plus their daily specials really hot it out of the park.

BB
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

All good except for the price of the liquor. Cost of a double shot of Tito Vodka was $20. A total rip off. Ruined the experience after getting the check. Cannot recommend to friends, in fact, will warn friends if they plan on drinking any spirits, the cost is way out of line.

PB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service, tables could be a bit better located as two of the 4 guests face the wall, good wine selection. Overall I would come back and celebrate at the Emporium but would choose a better table location.

C
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely! Great food, great service.

F
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot in town for breakfast/brunch

OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fabulous. Vastly overpriced wine.

DL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special restaurant that takes its food seriously. I brought a friend here for her birthday and the service, atmosphere, and food made it a very special experience. We especially enjoyed the mussels, and the Le Royal dessert. They went above and beyond to make her feel special.

NP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere great food
The only thing I would say is the menu needs to be changed sometime to avoid getting bored

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take out of towners

MD
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I think charging $10 for a basket of bread is ridiculous. The food is good, but the value isn't. Also, I was asked if there was a special occasion on Open Table. I mentioned we were celebrating a birthday. That was never mentioned by the wait staff.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived about 10 min before our reservation so we sat at the bar and had some great drinks. Once dinner started be move to the dining room. Ordered two beef Wellington’s because it was the whole reason we came that day. As usual food was fantastic. This is our favorite place to eat. Hope to stay in the hotel next time.

j
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a beautiful restaurant. I have been several times and never disappointed. My eggs Benedict for father's day were perfect. You won't be disappointed.

JT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

A
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My wife and I had set up reservations 4 weeks in advance. Based on the menu, i had high hopes for the place. It's pretty new and built into the side of a rather ritzy hotel. We went on a Saturday because the special was for Beef Wellington. In fact, that's the only day it's served.
There was no indication of where the hostess stand was. We had to ask halfway into the establishment. However, once there we were promptly seated. Our waiter was extremely polite and very personable.
On the app section was an escargot pot pie. We ordered that and a bread basket. The bread was varied, but hard and dry. The escargot pot pie was luke warm with the escargot very rubbery. The peas in the dish were cold.
For the main course, my wife had the lamb dish while I had the Beef Wellington. Her dish was not at all what we thought it might be. The lamb was cooked in chunks, mixed in with some pasta. The flavors were ok, however it was all very oily... like swimming in oil.
My Beef Wellington...the filet was over cooked...ie a medium, instead of medium rare as one would expect. The meat was chewy in places, not super tender as a filet should be. The pastry dough fell right off the meat with any use of utensil and was really soggy on the bottom. The Wellington was served cut open sitting on top of mashed potatoes. The potatoes initially tasted pretty good, but after a few bites, it became really apparent that it was way over salted.
My wife did not even come close to finishing her lamb dish due to the excessive oil. She ate maybe 1/4 of it. We opted not to take the rest home.
The ambience is definitely hip downtown college age friendly and for those that like to sit at the bar. There were plenty of tables also. The decor was definitely modern which was nice. But for the price per plate, we were not expecting the servers to be wearing jeans.
We spent $135 with drinks, apps and dinner.
This was definitely not an experience we're in a hurry to replicate.

A
Chicago
261 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blake was an awesome server! So friendly and knowledgeable. Try the best-selling Colorado bison bourguignon and you won't be disappointed.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, tasty handcrafted cocktails, and a nice time. We frequently patronize this place because it is the best in Fort Collins!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was fast and delicious!

GP
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Still a little noisy but getting better. We had a 6:30 reservation and didn’t get our table until around 7:00. The staff was very apologetic and paid for our drinks so we weren’t to upset in the end.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very loud but beautiful venue. Service excellent. Certain food a bit pricy. Our experience was positive.

S
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only downside is that various Emporium workers kept coming by asking how everything was. It was great, but we were interrupted probably 12 times for these questions.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu completely different from that shown in open table. Waitress never heard of open table. Steak over seasoned. Could not recommend a wine.

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