The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market

4.2
171 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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From fresh fish to wild mushrooms, The Emporium’s Kitchen restaurant showcases locally-sourced, quality menu items that will take your dining experience to the next level. With signature menu items such as Bangs Island Mussels and Fries, Crispy Skin Salmon, or Elk Wellington, The Emporium Kitchen is a dining experience that one should not miss.

Located on Walnut Street in Old Town, The Emporium welcomes you to be swept away by its eclectic and effortless vibe.

At the Emporium, variety and quality take center stage. Located in the heart of Fort Collins Old Town district, the Emporium Kitchen + Wine Market is a cultural epicenter showcasing the unique roots and bold originality in which it resides. Bursting with vibrant energy, this local gathering place boasts approachability, variety, and thoughtfully selected offerings.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–8:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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(970) 493-0024
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Walnut St. and Chestnut St.
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Parking details
Paid Parking Structure, $6.00 Valet with receipt (day of) from The Emporium.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Celebrate at Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market. Located in the heart of Old Town, The Emporium is the ideal location to host your next event. Whether you are looking to host an intimate dinner or corporate outing, our team is delighted to assist in ensuring your upcoming event is a customized and memorable experience. Our seasonally driven tiered menus highlights regionally sourced cuts of naturally raised meat, along with soul nurturing sides, soups, and salads inspired by each season. Your guests can also enjoy samplings from our market offering a variety of high pedigree local and international cheeses and house-made charcuteries. We do not offer a private dining room at our location, however, our warm and inviting restaurant space accommodates up to 12 - 20 guests. Perfect for semi-private gatherings and dinner meetings, seating is intermingled and not one large table. Due to the timeliness and flow of service, large group reservations are taken between 5-6 pm and after 8:30 pm.

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What 171 People Are Saying
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K
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great service, food delicious, and wait staff attentive to our needs. Great experience!

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, atmosphere and so much more to the Elizabeth hotel. It is a must in Fort Collins. LOVED it and will continue to go back.

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KG
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely experience - everything from the service to the atmosphere to the food. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was average. Wine list was great. Service was great.

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DL
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

While the building is nice, the acoustics were such that you could not hear others in your party. The food was done well, but nothing one would not see at several other places in Fort Collins.

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second time back to the Emporium. The first time was for Sunday brunch, and the food and service was top-notch. The Emporium is a great addition to the Fort Collins food scene. The atmosphere is energetic and fun, and they have a nice variety of bar/cocktail and menu selections. We went for a birthday dinner this time. The duck pate appetizer was delicious. We also had the Saturday night dinner special, the Elk Wellington. The elk was cooked to a perfect rare-to-medium rare. The pastry was a little bit underdone, but the two sauces (a wine reduction & a delicate dijon sauce) and the duxelles were well-prepared. The creamed kale on mashed potatoes was yummy. It was fun to pick our wine from the market, with a wide range of regions and price points. We will definitely be back again to try more!

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T
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a life-threatening food allergy and they were so incredibly accommodating! It was a terrific lunch and a great glass of wine. If you haven't been yet, go! It's a great spot!

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DH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the Emporium. Prior to dinner, we had a drink up on the rooftop bar, Sunset Lounge. Really disappointed in the service. There were only two tables and it took the server 15 minutes to bring our glasses of wine. She seemed to be more interested in talking to the bartender than her customers. Probably won't return there and do our drinks at the Emporium instead.

I highly recommend the Bison Bourguignon for dinner and the expresso/donuts for dessert. Super yummy!

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CH
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

the service was outstanding. haven't had such good service in a long time. I had green goddess salad which was very nicely dressed and just right amounts of ingredients mixed together. the beer and onion soup was just okay, not over the top. The steak and frites were well seasoned and the steak cooked perfectly. The diver scallops were good just not seared darkly enough for my taste, and the pea puree under the scallops tasted too salty. The corn side was very delicious. Overall, the wines, red and white house wines were very good. We will be returning to try other items on the menu.

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k
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We enjoyed the food, for the most part. My grilled shrimp cocktail was fair and didn't really pair well with the pickled asparagus it was served with. On the other hand the Pasta Primavera was excellent- highlighting the taste of the fresh vegetables and mushrooms in a light, flavorful sauce. Dessert was the frozen espresso shuffle was fantastic!
This was our second time eating here and we'll probably eat here again but if excellent service is your definition of a great dining experience then take a pass for now. Service is only fair BUT the restaurant is new and I think things will improve.

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k
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly and knowledgeable staff, not intrusive. I have food allergies and they went out of their way to be sure I could eat w/o worry. Really fun decor, and nice to have it adjacent to the Elizabeth Hotel.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

meh. menu was uninspired. won’t go back.

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I brought another friend who had not been to Ginger and Baker for breakfast and I was not disappointed. Great food -biscuits are amazing and any egg dish is awesome. My friend in now making G and B her new breakfast favorite!!!!! Love, love, love, this restaurant!!

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WK
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This lovely restaurant is ruined by the high noise level. When we began dinner at 6:00 pm the level was tolerable. Over the span of our dinner the noise level got louder & louder until we found ourselves shouting our conversation in order to hear. We left early and found a much quieter place to enjoy dessert and coffee. Would not go back.

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B
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good but the service was not. The decor is nice but it was very loud. We were eating early in the evening so we imagine it gets louder and busier.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Emporium Kitchen remains 'way too noisy. Admittedly, I'm am a bit older than the average patron (at least the night we were there), but it is difficult to hold a conversation with one other person, let alone a group. The food is great, the wait staff are polite and quick, the general ambiance is great, but the noise . . . too much.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The price for wine was previously actually market pricing. The price has now increased to typical restaurant pricing. I will most likely not go here often now.

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M
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and they went above and beyond!!!

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J
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pleased overall - good service, great food, and reasonably priced. Wine selection is a plus, cocktails could use some help. I'll be going back.

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N
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

This was the 3rd time I have eaten here and it will be my last. There are two big issues. First, the noise level is beyond "energetic". The acoustics are really bad to begin with and then they turn the music up very loud. I asked them to turn it down and they did so by only about half a click. Had to shout to hear each other and we were in a corner.
Second, the first couple times I ate here, the wine in the market was closer to "retail price", when we went the other night, the prices have been jacked up to more than 2 times retail, basically putting the experience out of reach for our budget. The food is good, portions are not very big, but we don't look for large portions. The service was good, but the server dropped glasses.

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S
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food options, check specials before you go. They sell out quickly, after 7 you might be out of luck on the daily special. Wine market is a good selection, not sure I would say it is going liquor store rates but not terrible and you can look at the selection before you grab one. Better than looking at an old wine list.

Great place for our anniversary.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Personable service and well-prepared food. Delicious! Noise level is not so desirable.

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Just awful. Won’t be back.

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R
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was very good, wine selection adequate and service was excellent. However, the noise level was intolerable. There was no way to have a reasonable conversation. I may try the restaurant again if I can sit outside.

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SK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Happy hour only applies if you sit at the bar. This is not specified in the happy hour menu online. That was disappointing. Otherwise it was good.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We visited The Emporium Kitchen when it first opened and enjoyed the food but were particularly impressed with the concept they were promoting that they would not mark up their wines as much as competing restaurants. They have a wine market and a nice wine list, and the concept of reduced mark ups on wine fit this scenario. This concept and the good food and service led to return visits. On this visit we discovered that they have abandoned this wine consumer friendly concept. Their wines were marked up as much or more than competing restaurants of the same quality. We believe that food and wine together create an experience greater than the sum of the parts. Their change in philosophy/concept will severely reduce the number of our return visits.

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F
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and classy - a little French treat!

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SP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely brunch with interesting choices in both food and drink. Bit loud but comfortable. Will return to try lunch and dinner.

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e
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I was so disappointed in the service- both our waiter and the bussing service was really terrible. I have never written a bad review before and wouldn't have in this instance either as I would have written off our bad service to a very inexperienced waiter, but when I described it to several friends they all concurred! All of them have experienced terrible and sometimes rude service at the Emporium. What is up Fort Collins? We can do better than this! I have actually never experienced such bad service at a nice restaurant in my life.

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ET
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service and food was terrible. The hostess barely spoke 1 word to us. We waited 10 minutes for our server. When she came, she set down water and left. Another 10 minutes later she came back to take both our drink and food orders. My soup came out before our drinks came out. My steak was rare on the inside, but burnt on the outside and tasted like propane. We did not finish either of our meals and we will not be returning. It was that awful.

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Without going into detail, my wife's entree had an "ingredient" that was not intended to be added. The manager on duty handled the error in a very professional manner and went above and beyond to satisfy us. I mention this as a positive- it is refreshing to have this type of service and professionalism in Fort Collins. The bar has been set from the front of the house to the back. We will be returning.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak tartare and was absolutely amazing, not to mention the prosciutto flatbread. I will definitely go back. I just wish it had opened before I was planning to move from Fort Collins!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very confusing internal organization with various different internal units trying to coordinate our time there from entry bistro area to bar to restaurant area. Very disappointing and overpriced for what you get in the food and the experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch experience was amazing. The food, service and ambiance were top notch. We love this restaurant and visit quite often. Highly recommend this venue.

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CR
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was amazing. The food outstanding, service was impeccable. We went for their Mother’s Day brunch and it was worth the price! The only bad thing I have to say is that the ceiling tiles looked disgusting. I’m sure they wanted the “antique” look, but it just grossed me out. It looked like rotted drop ceiling tiles. I only looked up once so it was fine and everything else was incredible.

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LV
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our first time, and we loved it and will certainly go again.

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was the first Mother’s Day brunch for the hotel- nice job by everyone! Pancakes were awesome!

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Duck was ok but an incomplete meal and very small portions

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C
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food!

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good and we all enjoyed it. The server was attentive, gave good recommendations and seemed to know what he was doing.

It was loud. The floor is tile, the ceilings high and there are big glass windows in a large open space. It is all very attractive and the acoustics are great, but conversation and even hearing the waiter were difficult. Perhaps plants or tapestry hangings would help.

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